Category Archives: Opioid Epidemic

Pennsylvania lawmaker wants involuntary treatment for overdose victims

A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants overdose victims to be subjected to involuntary addiction treatment. State Rep. Matthew Baker, R-Bradford, is seeking co-sponsors for potential…
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In Ohio, Opioid Prescriptions Continue Gradual Decline

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The amount of opioid pain killers prescribed in Ohio declined in 2016, the fourth consecutive year the number of dispensed…
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Addiction in Rural Communities Can Show How to Improve Treatment For All

A doctor handed Melissa Morris her first opioid prescription when she was 20 years old. She'd had a cesarean section to deliver her…
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Using The ER As An Intervention Point

The fear was that it was futile. Emergency responders would deliver naloxone in the field, bring heroin users back from the brink of…
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Where Addicts Are Supported, Recovery Happens

Imagine going into a police station with drugs on you. You ask for help, and instead of getting arrested, you get access to…
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Restrictions around addiction medication prevent doctors from helping

Mr. B undid his arm bandages and revealed two large, gaping wounds where he injected his heroin. He lay back in his hospital…
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Why Aren’t Heroin Users Afraid of Fentanyl?

The killer heroin was sometimes sold under the brand "Scumbag." Heroin brand names are often devised with a morbid sense of humor. A few recent examples…
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Demand For Opioid Addiction Treatment Increasing

A report the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services released last week shows signs of a continuing opioid crisis, but officials…
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Michigan sheriff wants drug help to go beyond Narcan

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard wants to see more done to stop the prescription pain pill and heroin epidemic. His deputies carry Narcan…
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Wisconsin AG Sees Progress In Opioid Fight

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said he is "encouraged' by the progress the state has made in combating its heroin and opiate abuse…
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