Native Americans Slammed By Opioid Epidemic

The CDC released data showing that Native Americans have been especially hard hit by the opioid crisis, with overdose deaths higher than any other group. As reported by KRQE, Overdose deaths in Native American communities have skyrocketed in the time the opioid epidemic has swept the U.S. and federal officials are looking for solutions. Native Americans and Alaska Natives saw… Continue Reading Native Americans Slammed By Opioid Epidemic

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Florida Lawmakers Fund Opioid Battle

Florida lawmakers passed legislation to fund the opioid battle, including programs for prescription limits, education requirements and funding for treatment. As reported by FloridaPolitics.com, In the waning hours of the annual session, the Florida Legislature approved tough new restrictions on prescription drugs and agreed to spend more than $53 million on treatment and prevention to battle the state’s opioid crisis.… Continue Reading Florida Lawmakers Fund Opioid Battle

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Vancouver Calls to Decriminalize Drug Possession

In the face of an overwhelming opioid epidemic, officials in Vancouver are calling to decriminalize individual drug possession. As reported by CBC News, the city of Vancouver is calling on the federal government to immediately decriminalize the personal possession of all drugs. Managing director of social policy, Mary Clare Zak, says this is a new position for the city, but… Continue Reading Vancouver Calls to Decriminalize Drug Possession

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James Franco and Abbi Jacobson Star in Netflix Film About Addiction

Netflix has produced a new film starring James Franco and Abbi Jacobson that takes an intimate look at a family dealing with the impact of addiction. As reviewed by the Daily Dot, 6 Balloons, which debuted at SXSW on Monday, tells the story of Katie (Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson) a woman who’s trying to plan a surprise birthday party for… Continue Reading James Franco and Abbi Jacobson Star in Netflix Film About Addiction

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York PA Nurse Saves Overdose Victim At Walmart

A York PA nurse was shopping at Walmart when she saw a man overdosing in the aisle. Fortunately she had two doses of Narcan in her purse and saved him. As reported by the York Daily Record, Talysha Hughes was running errands with her 8-year-old daughter Thursday evening when she stopped at Walmart in Springettsbury Township to get a copy… Continue Reading York PA Nurse Saves Overdose Victim At Walmart

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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

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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

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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