Lancaster, Pennsylvania

In Lancaster, PA – Not All is Good and Plenty

In a region famous for it lush farmland and picturesque Amish buggies – community leaders are now grappling with a growing opioid crisis that is anything but quaint. Newly released data from OverdoseFreePa.org – a product of a group of law enforcement and medical professionals in Pennsylvania, shows that over the last two years alone, close to 250 people have… Continue Reading In Lancaster, PA – Not All is Good and Plenty

Saint Louis

Former Addicts Helping Addicts in the ER

Faced with an ongoing overdose crisis, participants in the Behavioral Health Network of Greater St. Louis asked: “How can we work together to get this under control?” The network is a consortium of health providers, leaders, advocates and consumers who work together to address barriers to mental health services. Looking across the nation for inspiration, they found a model in… Continue Reading Former Addicts Helping Addicts in the ER

New Painkillers

Will A New Class of Painkillers Reduce Overdoses?

Opioids offer incredible pain relief by acting on neuronal receptors. Unfortunately, they also have a powerful impact on portions of the brain that control respiration, leading to slower breathing – and in many instances – death. Now, the FDA is in the process of approving a new class of opioid painkillers that provide the positive pain reducing effects, but without… Continue Reading Will A New Class of Painkillers Reduce Overdoses?

Farm house

Rural Communities Reeling From Opioid Deaths

The USDA just released an eye-opening report called Rural America At A Glance, and there are serious challenges facing rural America – driven in no small part by the opioid crisis. According to the report, while rural America shows signs of a strengthening economy, many rural areas face unique challenges that place them at a competitive disadvantage relative to more… Continue Reading Rural Communities Reeling From Opioid Deaths

Drug Monitoring

In West Virginia, Has Restricting Rx Meds Caused More Heroin Deaths?

Call it the law of unintended consequences. Across the nation, 49 states have so-called prescription drug monitoring programs, and 36 states have laws requiring doctors to check them. But some new research adds an important caveat about how well prescription drug monitoring programs work. After West Virginia required doctors to use its database, overdoses from heroin among 18- to 34-year-olds… Continue Reading In West Virginia, Has Restricting Rx Meds Caused More Heroin Deaths?

Fentanyl Death

Fentanyl Sales Start to Eclipse Heroin

The opioid crisis is taking an even deadlier turn as dealers are now selling fentanyl as a stand-alone product, dispensing with heroin altogether. While drug traffickers and dealers once used fentanyl to spike the potency of the heroin they sold, the Drug Enforcement Agency said this week that sellers across the country are now packaging fentanyl for sale by itself.… Continue Reading Fentanyl Sales Start to Eclipse Heroin

Santa Busted

Ho-ho Heroin? New Jersey Santa Arrested For Drug Possession

It is a sad parable for our times – this holiday season even Santa is struggling with drug addiction. A New Jersey man who moonlights as Santa Claus for Toys for Tots was arrested on drug charges Monday. Charles Smith, 66, was pulled over by police for a traffic violation and they discovered all kinds of drug toys and paraphernalia… Continue Reading Ho-ho Heroin? New Jersey Santa Arrested For Drug Possession

Baltimore Inner Harbor

Former Addicts Revitalize Crime-Ridden Park in Baltimore

26ers Park in the Harwood Community was once infested with crime, but now it’s giving recovering drug addicts a sense of purpose. “The park was known as the park from hell, so no one wanted to visit it,” said Concerted Care Foundation director Ronald Shelley. “Many of them have been destructive in the past, but now they want to restore… Continue Reading Former Addicts Revitalize Crime-Ridden Park in Baltimore

Florida: State of Emergency

Florida Reports Staggering Rise in Drug-Related Deaths

Florida’s medical examiners most recent report shows dramatic increases in all types of drug-related deaths, including a 97 percent increase in deaths caused by the synthetic opioid fentanyl. The report, released Wednesday, found that the total number of drug-related deaths in Florida jumped 22 percent from 2015 to 2016. Don’t Wait. Call Today To Ask About Our Cutting-Edge Programs. Deaths… Continue Reading Florida Reports Staggering Rise in Drug-Related Deaths

Pittsburgh Three Rivers

The 15210: Pittsburgh Communities Rally to Fight Opioid Crisis

A string of small towns outside of Pittsburgh are stepping up in the face of an unprecedented number of overdoses. According to the Post-Gazzette, Carrick, Knoxville and Allentown have some of the highest raw numbers of fatal overdoses and most daunting rates of drug deaths in the county. The ZIP code they share, 15210, has suffered more fatal overdoses than… Continue Reading The 15210: Pittsburgh Communities Rally to Fight Opioid Crisis