Buprenorphine

The Wrong Way to Treat Opioid Addiction

As the opioid crisis continues to plague every demographic across all 50 states, unfortunately the current treatment paradigms remain stubbornly stuck in outdated preconceptions and approaches. Writing in the NY Times, author Maia Szalavitz challenges current addiction treatments, and urges using medication rather than just talk and withdrawal. “Because methadone and buprenorphine are opioids themselves, it’s easy to assume that… Continue Reading The Wrong Way to Treat Opioid Addiction

Teenage Addiction

Teenage Addiction Crisis Growing

One of the most damaging aspects of the current opioid crisis is the impact it is having on the very youngest population. While teenagers have always been exposed to drugs, the current wave of opioids is literally impacting hundreds of thousands of teenagers. Data from the American Society of Addiction Medicine shows in 2015, nearly 300,000 people 17 or younger… Continue Reading Teenage Addiction Crisis Growing

Framingham, MA

Deadly Batch of Heroin Hits Framingham

The footprints that fentanyl-laced heroin leaves behind are easy to see on the map, marking a grim cluster of overdose and death. Authorities in Framingham, Mass. are looking at such a map this week as a bad batch of heroin makes it way through the area. As reported by MetroWest Daily News, Police are warning about a batch of bad… Continue Reading Deadly Batch of Heroin Hits Framingham

Jared Gordon

UFC’s Jared Gordon Beats Addiction

Jared Gordon has always been focused on MMA. Gordon was born and raised in Queens, New York and he started boxing and wrestling at a young age. He was obsessed MMA when he was in high school. Unfortunately, he also became obsessed with drugs as well, eventually going in and out of rehab 10 times and suffering 3 nearly fatal… Continue Reading UFC’s Jared Gordon Beats Addiction

Pensicola

Pensicola Hit By Deadly Drug Overdoses

With two overdoses deaths in the same week, authorities in Pensicola are investigating if a new drug is now circulating on the streets, possibly some type of IV painkiller. According to the Pensicola News Journal, Police Department spokesman Mike Wood said a man was found deceased in the Dollar General parking lot on West Cervantes Street on Jan. 6 and… Continue Reading Pensicola Hit By Deadly Drug Overdoses

Columbus OH

Raid Nets Enough Fentanyl To Wipe Out All of Ohio

It’s difficult to overstate how deadly fentanyl can be – just a few grains will kill an unsuspecting user. So when police in a Columbus, Ohio raid found 4.5 pounds of the illegal opioid, it literally had the potential to kill the entire city. However, this recent raid in Columbus pales to an earlier bust which netted more than 20… Continue Reading Raid Nets Enough Fentanyl To Wipe Out All of Ohio

Tallahassee

Tallahassee Rallies To Fight Opioid Crisis

While thousands have died from overdose across the state of Florida, Tallahassee has been relatively “lucky”, seeing only 82 deaths this year. However, officials and residents are not waiting for the situation to worsen. A forum held this week brought out dozens of concerned parents, rehabilitation experts, medical professionals, law enforcement officials and elected officials to discuss solutions to the… Continue Reading Tallahassee Rallies To Fight Opioid Crisis

Baltimore Inner Harbor

Fentanyl Raid in the Heart of Baltimore

This week, police in Baltimore had to spend hours in hazmat suits removing all the fentanyl and morphine from a corner store in the Old Goucher neighborhood of Baltimore. The raid netted more than 16 pounds of suspected fentanyl and 13 pounds of suspected morphine, according to preliminary police estimates provided Wednesday. Two men affiliated with the store have been… Continue Reading Fentanyl Raid in the Heart of Baltimore

Alpharetta GA

In Alpharetta, GA “It’s like watching your child drown”

He was a gifted wide-receiver, and excelled in math and engineering, but in the end Blake Meier lost a long battle with drug addiction, leaving his grieving mother with heartache and many unanswered questions. On Aug. 10, 2016, Blake overdosed in a West Palm Beach motel room. Police told his mother, Dawn Camarda, that her 26-year-old son had enough fentanyl… Continue Reading In Alpharetta, GA “It’s like watching your child drown”

Erie PA

Erie, PA Braces for Longterm Impact of Opioid Crisis

Overdose deaths are expected to continue rising with no end in sight, a researcher from the University of Pittsburgh told Erie County’s Heroin Overdose Community Awareness Task Force on Friday. “If our projections are right, it doesn’t really look like it’s going to peak anytime soon,” said Hawre Jalal, an assistant professor at Pittsburgh’s graduate school of public health. The… Continue Reading Erie, PA Braces for Longterm Impact of Opioid Crisis