Ohio Drug Court

Ohio Drug Court Delivers Mixed Verdict On Treatment Success

Trumbull County, just north of Youngstown, Ohio, has been hit hard by the current opioid crisis. As officials grapple with the crisis, they are trying to help criminal offenders deal with their addiction rather than simply sending them to prison. One solution is a so-called “drug court”, presided over by Judge Andrew Logan. As reported by The Vindicator, drug court… Continue Reading Ohio Drug Court Delivers Mixed Verdict On Treatment Success

Kevin Stevens Shattered

Kevin Stevens – Penguins Star Shattered By Addiction

In the early 1990s, Kevin Stevens was one of the NHL’s most feared scorers. He tallied 54 goals in the 1991-92 season, played alongside the likes of Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr, and won a pair of Stanley Cup titles. Then he suffered a gruesome facial injury in 1993 – only months after that first taste of cocaine, he recalled… Continue Reading Kevin Stevens – Penguins Star Shattered By Addiction

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

Washington, DC

A Heroin Crisis So Powerful That It Drives Bipartisan Action in DC

In today’s highly charged political environment, there are few issues that garner widespread partisan support in Washington. The opioid crisis is one issue that seems to bridging the divide. As reported at KTUU, fifty-six democrats and 44 republicans in the House are pushing eight proposed laws to loosen opiate-addiction’s ever-tightening grip on America. “Heroin addiction does not choose Rs and… Continue Reading A Heroin Crisis So Powerful That It Drives Bipartisan Action in DC