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LAPD Helps Officers Fight Addiction

It’s no secret that first responders, firefighters and police officers face incredible on the job stress. Unfortunately, this stress often leads to addiction issues at home and on the job as they try to deal with the enormous pressure they face day after day. One benchmark solution to help alleviate the challenges of police addiction can be found at the… Continue Reading LAPD Helps Officers Fight Addiction

Tom Petty

Tom Petty Autopsy – Free Falling on Deadly Mix of Drugs

The music world was stunned when Tom Petty died suddenly last fall. Now, the coroner’s report has revealed that Petty was on a deadly mix of pain meds related to a broken hip. As reported by TMZ, The autopsy report says when paramedics arrived he was in full cardiac arrest, but CPR revived him — but on the way to… Continue Reading Tom Petty Autopsy – Free Falling on Deadly Mix of Drugs

Oxycontin

Ohio Attorney General Pushes For Opioid Lawsuit Settlement

As the opioid crisis has exploded over the last few years, countless communities have entered lawsuits against the pharma manufacturers who pushed addictive opioid-based painkillers. Now it appears that these suits might be consolidated in a national settlement. As reported by Reuters, a federal judge pushing for a quick settlement of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors by U.S. cities… Continue Reading Ohio Attorney General Pushes For Opioid Lawsuit Settlement

St. Tammany Parish

St. Tammany Parish Hit By Deadly Batch of Drugs

As has happened all across the nation, fentanyl is taking a deadly toll this week in St. Tammany Parish, leaving three dead and many more at risk. As reported by WDSU, the St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston is cautioning residents about a recent and dramatic uptick in heroin-related overdose deaths. “Yesterday, we have responded to three apparent heroin… Continue Reading St. Tammany Parish Hit By Deadly Batch of Drugs

Cape Coral

Cape Coral Florida Is Epicenter of Opioid Overdoses

Cape Coral is set on a picture perfect stretch along the Gulf Coast of Florida, but it’s also at the center of a surging opioid crisis that has claimed thousands of lives all across the Sunshine State. As reported in the News-Press, overdoses, (a majority of which are not fatal), have risen 800 percent in the past four years in… Continue Reading Cape Coral Florida Is Epicenter of Opioid Overdoses

Anthony Murino

Zombie NY Firefighter Busted For Fentanyl

Anthony Murino, an NY firefighter, is heading to rehab after being arrested for buying fentanyl on the dark web from China . As reported by the NY Daily News, Murino appeared zombie-like in court , and is now headed to rehab — on the taxpayer’s dime, according to his lawyer. “Yes, he will be using his FDNY benefits. Yes, they… Continue Reading Zombie NY Firefighter Busted For Fentanyl

Organ Donations

Overdose Deaths Drive Record Number of Organ Donations

As the opioid crisis continues to cut lives short all across the country, there has been a grim silver lining as the number of organ donations have increased. As reported by WISC Madison, there were more than 10,000 deceased organ donors last year, a 3% increase over the previous year and a 27% jump since 2007. More than 1,300 of… Continue Reading Overdose Deaths Drive Record Number of Organ Donations

McKeesport, PA

UPMC McKeesport Opens Integrated Addiction Recovery Unit

In the 15132, the opioid epidemic has hit the small town of McKeesport, PA with a grim slow toll of almost 100 deaths over the last decade while bringing uncounted misery. Just south of Pittsburgh on the Monongahela River, McKeesport has seen its population shrink from 50,000 to under 20,000 as steel work disappeared and running drugs became a viable… Continue Reading UPMC McKeesport Opens Integrated Addiction Recovery Unit

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Why Fentanyl is Flooding into Pennsylvania

As the opioid crisis continues to evolve, deadly new synthetic drugs like fentanyl are flooding into the market. Pennsylvania has been especially hard hit by the potent new killer, leading a record number of overdose deaths. As reported by PennLive.com, officials recently seized a shipment of drugs heading to Philadelphia. Instead of heroin, they were surprised to find that it… Continue Reading Why Fentanyl is Flooding into Pennsylvania