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plague every demographic across all 50 states, unfortunately the current treatment paradigms remain stubbornly stuck in outdated preconceptions and approaches.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

Gray Death

Atlanta Hit By “Gray Death” – Authorities Issue Warning

Investigators in Georgia have confirmed the first death brought on by a dangerous cocktail of drugs known as “Gray Death.” Gray Death is a combination of several opioids, including heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil — sometimes used to tranquilize large animals like elephants — and a synthetic opioid called U-47700. As reported by WYFF 4, the cases so far have mostly been… Continue Reading Atlanta Hit By “Gray Death” – Authorities Issue Warning

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