South Carolina’s Dash to End Addiction Epidemic Includes Drug-Sniffing Dogs in Schools, Fentanyl Tests for Drug Users in Charleston

A Dash to end addiction - South Carolina

There are certain genteel images that come to mind when South Carolina is mentioned, like the broad porches of the big houses in beautiful Charleston, a slow golf game in Myrtle Beach, and leisure time spent on the many sunny beaches. But just underneath that glittering façade of tourist destinations is a problem that is also growing across… Read More

Delaware 6th in the Nation for Drug Overdoses, Advised to Expand Treatment

Delware is advised to expand treatment and other drug news

The second-smallest state in the U.S., Delaware has “sixth highest increase in overdose deaths in the country,” according to recent statistics. According to news organizations like WDEL, “more than 1,000 Delawareans have died from drug overdoses” in the course of the last four years. While opioid-related deaths constitute a public health crisis, the abuse, and suffering associated with… Read More

The Shocking News That May Increase Your Fear of Going to the Dentist – Plus Other Drug-Related VA News

VA Drug-related news

A visit to the dentist is typically met with some anxiety and fear. Having a metal instrument scraping your teeth is the least comfortable way to spend an afternoon. However, usually you can trust your dentist to be knowledgeable and experienced, and to carry out the unpleasant job with the utmost professionalism. Not so for Virginia Beach, VA… Read More

Cocaine in Concord, NH – What an Investigation Into Drug Trafficking Turned Up, and Other News

What an investigation into drug trafficking turned up, and other news

Birthplace of the world’s first alarm clock and home to the country’s first free public library, New Hampshire has made some memorable headlines in its time, but these days, the state’s drug trafficking problem is, all too often, generating news. This month, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Murray issued indictments for nine men accused of conspiring to distribute powdered… Read More

Cities of Newport, Bangor, and Stetson Hit Hard in Maine’s Drug Epidemic

At the end of last year, Maine’s departing governor Paul LePage made headlines by blaming the state’s drug trafficking problem on minorities. As the Portland Press Herald reported, LePage stated that “these are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty–these types of guys–they come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, they… Read More

Busted: PA’s Kensington Drug Ring in Possession of 200,000 Doses of Fentanyl, Heroin and Cocaine – and, an Alligator in Chester County

PA Kensington Drug Ring Bust

Law enforcement recently seized nearly 200,000 doses of heroin and fentanyl and arrested 11 individuals, during a big bust of a suspected multi-million dollar drug ring operating in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the shutdown of this large drug trafficking operation in February 2019. The bust was the result of hard-working local,… Read More

How NJ’s Route 23 Became “Heroin Highway”— and Newark the Site of the State’s Biggest Drug Bust in Years

New Jersey - Drug Bust

New Jersey’s excellent interstate highway system easily connects Philadelphia and New York, with a heavy volume of traffic flowing both ways daily. But its prime location between these two large metropolitan areas also makes it vulnerable to the flow of another kind of traffic: the drug trade. The drug journey typically starts in Mexico or Columbia. Heroin and… Read More

Maryland Fights Drug Epidemic with Diverse Mix of Strategies

How MD faces the drug epidemic

The dire statistics may be surprising for a state that conjures up images of diverse cities, bucolic farms, lacrosse, eating crabs and the beautiful Chesapeake Bay. But alongside these more wholesome activities, Maryland has a drug epidemic that is eating it alive, much like the way those crabs scavenge at the bottom of the bay. The National Institute… Read More

Connecticut’s Great Face-Off: Opiates and Legalized Pot vs. Addiction Treatment

Connecticut's Great Face-off- Opiates & Legalized pot vs addiction treatment

Over the last few years, Connecticut has faced a growing epidemic of opioid overdoses. The state, ranked 11th in highest overdose rates, saw 27.4 deaths per 100,000 residents in 2016. Overdose deaths have grown from 357 in 2012 to 1,038 in 2017, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Connecticut’s cities and towns have taken… Read More

Challenge and Progress: Connecticut & The Opioid Crisis

Local News - Connecticut - And the Opioid Crisis

As the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports, few regions of the United States have been hit by the opioid crisis as hard as New England, with Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts all experiencing annual overdose counts that are breaking records. Another New England State, Connecticut is making news when it comes to pervasive issues with drugs as well. NIDA reports that… Read More