Jersey City resident charged for distributing over 100 grams of heroin

Jersey City resident charged for distributing over 100 grams of heroin 27-year-old Travis Thomas, also known as “Mush,” pleaded guilty in Newark federal court to charges accusing him with one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin, and seven counts of heroin distribution. On July 8, the Jersey City resident admitted to distributing over 100 grams of heroin throughout Hudson County… Continue Reading Jersey City resident charged for distributing over 100 grams of heroin

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$1 million worth of marijuana discovered in Ford Fusions at Ohio dealership

$1 million worth of marijuana discovered in Ford Fusions at Ohio dealership Several cars were manufactured at a Ford plant in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. They were then transferred by rail to a dealership in Lordstown, Ohio. Somewhere along the supply line, marijuana was packed into the shape of half-moons and hidden in spare tire wheel wells of the Mexican-made Ford… Continue Reading $1 million worth of marijuana discovered in Ford Fusions at Ohio dealership

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Pulse Nightclub responder opens up about PTSD among police officers

Pulse Nightclub responder opens up about PTSD among police officers Gerry Realin, 37, was one of many who responded to the tragic Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando on June 12, 2016. That night, he spent four hours tending to the nightclub’s victims. Shortly afterward, he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder—items such as black Sharpies or white sheets remind him… Continue Reading Pulse Nightclub responder opens up about PTSD among police officers

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Rate of drug-dependent babies continues to increase in Kentucky

Rate of drug-dependent babies continues to increase in Kentucky From 2003 to 2012, the number of babies born with drug dependency increased drastically; in Kentucky, 15 of every 1,000 babies go through opioid withdrawal within hours of being born. This issue is especially prevalent in rural areas. In Richmond, Kentucky, Jay’la Cy’anne Clay was born dependent on drugs. Within 24… Continue Reading Rate of drug-dependent babies continues to increase in Kentucky

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Groundbreaking Linkin Park Lead Singer Chester Bennington Passes After Troubled Life

Groundbreaking Linkin Park Lead Singer Chester Bennington Passes After Troubled Life Shortly after 9 a.m., influential music artist Chester Bennington was found deceased in a Los Angeles home. According to the L.A. County Coroner, the Linkin Park singer was discovered inside a Palos Verdes Estates home hanged. A young man of just 41 years, his untimely death is being investigated… Continue Reading Groundbreaking Linkin Park Lead Singer Chester Bennington Passes After Troubled Life

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Pennsylvania Parents Share Late Daughter’s Poem About Heroin Addiction

Pennsylvania Parents Share Late Daughter’s Poem About Heroin Addiction 23-year-old Delaney Farrell passed away last week after a five-year struggle with heroin addiction. She was one of more than 50 people who overdosed in Lycoming County in Pennsylvania, and one of three who died. Five years ago, Delaney was introduced to heroin at a party, not knowing what it was.… Continue Reading Pennsylvania Parents Share Late Daughter’s Poem About Heroin Addiction

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Heroin Epidemic Costing United Stated Billions

Heroin Epidemic Costing United Stated Billions Since the year 2000, the number of reported heroin users has more than doubled. At the same time, heroin-related deaths, especially from overdoses, have more than tripled. In a study conducted by University of Illinois at Chicago, heroin usage costs were calculated by looking at all of the ways over one million active heroin… Continue Reading Heroin Epidemic Costing United Stated Billions

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Indiana Governor Expands Drug Addiction Treatment Efforts

Indiana Governor Expands Drug Addiction Treatment Efforts Insurance agency Blue Cross Blue Shield recently analyzed records for 30 million customers, and discovered that nearly 20 percent of patients were prescribed opioid painkillers at least once in 2015. Of those 20 percent, almost half were prescribed large doses, resulting in a larger chance of opioid dependency. Between 2010 and 2015, opioid… Continue Reading Indiana Governor Expands Drug Addiction Treatment Efforts

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Blue Cross Blue Shield Opioid Addiction Study Produces Shocking Findings

Blue Cross Blue Shield Opioid Addiction Study Produces Shocking Findings Insurance agency Blue Cross Blue Shield recently analyzed records for 30 million customers, and discovered that nearly 20 percent of patients were prescribed opioid painkillers at least once in 2015. Of those 20 percent, almost half were prescribed large doses, resulting in a larger chance of opioid dependency. Between 2010… Continue Reading Blue Cross Blue Shield Opioid Addiction Study Produces Shocking Findings

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Meth and Heroin: Oregon’s Greatest Drug Threats

Meth and Heroin: Oregon’s Greatest Drug Threats With expanded production and new strategies for drug trafficking, Mexico continues to smuggle methamphetamine and heroin into the United States. For example, Oregon State Police discovered meth hidden in liquid and stored in tequila bottles—64 pounds of it—at a traffic stop outside Sutherlin. Meth is also being smuggled in powder form, or traced… Continue Reading Meth and Heroin: Oregon’s Greatest Drug Threats