Naloxone’s Role in Reversing Opioid Overdoses

Naloxone's role in reversing opioid overdoses

The opioid epidemic has reached critical proportions, affecting populations across virtually all demographics in the United States. The year 2016 alone saw over 63,000 overdose deaths, an increase of 21.5 percent over 2015. With an estimated 72,000 deaths in 2017, this trend is only worsening, putting more lives at risk with few signs of progress. In fact, the… Read More

Washington Deputy Saves Man from Opioid Overdose using Narcan

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Washington Deputy Saves Man from Opioid Overdose using Narcan Deputy Alex Velikodnyy, of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, saved a man’s life this weekend using Narcan just one day after being trained on how to use it. A grant from the Medical Reserve Corps of Eastern Washington provided for several hundred Narcan kits to be used by deputies… Read More

Pennsylvania Launches Opioid Dashboard

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New PA Data Dashboard Sheds Light on Opioid Crisis Pennsylvania recently launched a new opioid dashboard that integrates data from across the state and visually displays trends regarding the ongoing opioid crisis. As reported by ABC 27, acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine says more than 4,600 people in Pennsylvania died of an overdose in… Read More

Penn State Researchers Hope to Beat Addiction With Wearables

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New PSU wearable system could help break the cycle of addiction Researchers at Penn State are developing a wearable platform called WearIT designed to help people struggling with addiction to stay on the path to recovery. As reported by Centre Daily Times, Penn State researchers are working on a system that aims to help people in addiction recovery… Read More

$500 Billion Per Year – Cost of Opioid Crisis Spiraling Out of Control

Cost of Opioid Crisis

New Study Captures Total Economic Impact of Crisis The Council of Economic Advisers released a new study on the cost of the opioid crisis, and estimated a total annual impact of $500 billion on the US economy. As reported by Marketwatch, some cities are filing lawsuits against drug manufacturers to help pay for the mounting costs of the… Read More

FDA Endorses Medically Assisted Addiction Therapy

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FDA Signals New Approach to Fighting Addiction The FDA plans to begin permitting pharmaceutical companies to sell medications that help temper cravings, even if they don’t fully stop addiction. As reported by The New York Times, the Food and Drug Administration plans to begin permitting pharmaceutical companies to sell medications that help temper cravings, even if they don’t… Read More

Elephant Tranquilizer Running Wild in Wisconsin?

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Elephant Tranquilizer Being Used By Humans to Get High Officials in La Crosse Wisconsin have become alarmed by the appearance of deadly overdose cases involving carfentanil, a potent elephant tranquilizer. As reported by WEAU, health officials in Wisconsin are voicing concern over carfentanil. It was originally created in the 1970s to be used as a tranquilizer for large… Read More

Mass Gov. Charlie Baker Urges Pharma To Step Up Fight Against Addiction

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Governor Tells Pharma To Step Up in Fight Against Opioid Crisis Mass Gov. Charlie Baker, recently speaking at a Washington Post event, urged pharmaceutical companies to take a more active role in fighting the opioid crisis. As reported by the Greenfield Reporter, Baker outlined a series of areas where he’d like to see the federal government and the… Read More

Macklemore Shares His Secret For Beating Addiction

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Macklemore Shares Details of His Addiction Battle Seattle rapper Macklemore shared details of his battle with addiction to Time Magazine. After experimenting with Oxycontin in high school, Macklemore’s opioid addiction was ruining his life by his mid-twenties. The secret for his recovery – compassion. As he explained to Time, “When I was 25, my dad asked me a… Read More

3 Overdose Victims Found on Street In San Francisco Haight-Ashbury

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Fentanyl Suspected in 3 Haight-Ashbury Overdose Deaths 3 overdose victims were found lying in the street in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district this week. Authorities are still investigating details. As reported by CBS SF Bay Area, the bodies of three men were discovered early Thursday on the sidewalk near a high school in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district in what… Read More