Pittsburgh Sets Another Overdose Record in 2017

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Pittsburgh Pounded By Fentanyl Overdoses in 2017 2017 opioid overdose deaths in Pittsburgh will exceed 700, versus 650 last year. The driving force: A seemingly endless variety of fentanyl knock-offs. As reported in the Post-Gazette, Allegheny County in 2017 broke its record for fatal overdoses, just as it did the year before, and the year before that. Is… Read More

75% of Maryland Overdose Deaths Now Driven By Fentanyl

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Fentanyl Fueling Deaths in Maryland As Maryland officials review and finalize the public health stats from 2017, there has been a positive reduction in the number of opioid prescriptions written. However, as reported by WFMD.com, there has also been a dangerous shift towards street drugs, especially the use of deadly fentanyl. “The shift in the crisis that we… Read More

Deadly New Drugs Hit Ohio

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New generation of drugs hits fentanyl ravaged Ohio region Overdoses death rates have soared in Ohio over the last year, driven by increasing supplies of potent fentanyl. Now, according to the Dayton Daily News, law enforcement in northern Ohio is warning police agencies throughout the state about two substances dealers are using to lace heroin and fentanyl —… Read More

West Virginia Overdose Study Finds Multiple Path for Intervention

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WV data research uncovers opportunity for overdose intervention West Virginia leads the nation in overdose deaths per capita, and researchers are working to understand how and why the state has been hit so hard during the last few years. Newly published research has uncovered some potentially useful insights for addressing the epidemic. As reported by the WV Department… Read More

Rochester Pastors Gather to Address Opioid Epidemic

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Churches work to be more welcoming towards addicts For many addicts, church may carry with it a stigma of guilt and shame. Fortunately, pastors in Rochester are gathering this week to address this issue and learn how church communities can be more welcoming to those who are struggling with addiction. As reported in the Democrat and Chronicle, Rev…. Read More

Overdose Deaths Linked to Economics and Disasters

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Researchers find links between economic conditions and overdose rates The current opioid crisis has hit rural communities all across the country, and new research from Penn State is shedding light into some of the factors behind this deadly trend. As reported by WHYY.org, as incomes drop and unemployment rises, communities tend to suffer higher rates of opioid-related deaths…. Read More

In One Missouri Town, Police Send Patients to Recovery – Not Jail

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New Program Arms Police With Drug Guides, Helping Guide Patients to Recovery During the past few months, the Columbia Police Department has been conducting some unusual training, arming its officers with informational cards that connect drug abusers with local services that will help them overcome addiction. According to spokeswoman Bryana Larimer, the department also trained 130 officers in… Read More

Timbaland’s Road to Recovery

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Legendary Music Producer Almost Dies from Overdose Tim Mosley, better known as Timbaland, has produced songs and albums for many of the biggest R&B and hip hop artists in the world including Nas, Ludacris, Bubba Sparxxx, Madonna, Rihanna, OneRepublic, Brandy, Drake, Rick Ross, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake. In the midst of his legendary career, he also struggled with a crippling drug… Read More

Delaware Hit By Overdoses During Thanksgiving

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Holiday Weekend Triggers Surge of Delaware Drug Overdoses It’s supposed to be a time for turkey, stuffing, family and football. However, for 11 Delaware residents, the Thanksgiving weekend turned deadly. “We know that people who are suffering from addiction are vulnerable, and those vulnerabilities often become heightened during the holidays,” said DHSS Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker in… Read More

Pennsylvania Braces for Surging Death Rate

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PA Trends Paint a Grim Picture If currents trends continue, Pennsylvania is facing a surge in death rates over the next decade. According to a new report released by Well Being Trust, a national foundation that aims to improve mental health, the death rate in Pennsylvania from drugs, alcohol and suicide could increase an incredible 46 percent over… Read More