Opioids Hitting Hard in Black Urban Communities

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Fentanyl Floods Into Urban Black Communities While the initial wave of the opioid crisis was centered in mostly white rural areas, over the last year, black urban areas are seeing spiraling numbers of overdoses. As reported by NPR, the current drug addiction crisis began in rural America, but it’s quickly spreading to urban areas and into the African-American… Read More

Opioid Protesters At Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Protest Draws Attention to Family Behind OxyContin Protesters gathered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art at an exhibit funded by the Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma – the makers of OxyContin. As reported by the NY Times, anti-opioid activists unfurled banners and scattered pill bottles on Saturday inside the Sackler Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art… Read More

New Study Discovers Opioids Provide No Pain-relieving Advantage

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Prescription Opioid Pain-relief is Overrated After countless overdose deaths, it turns out that opioid pain-killers are actually no better than over the counter pain-killers. In a new head-to-head study against over the counter medicines such as Tylenol, ibuprofen and aspirin, opioid products made no significant improvement in pain reduction. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, for all… Read More

Pennsylvania ER Overdose Visits Are Overflowing

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ER Overdose Visits Surge – Opioid Crisis Shows No Signs of Slowing New CDC data shows that ER overdose visits rose sharply in many states across the country, with Pennsylvania spiking by more than 80% between July 2016 and September 2017. Officials believe fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are driving the deadly surge. As reported by Philly.com, emergency… Read More

Carfentanil In Minnesota Drives Overdoses

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K9 Pills Thought to be Oxycontin Actually Contain Carfentanil Carfentanil laced pills in Minnesota are driving a rash of overdoses as authorities sound the alarm about the powerful and deadly synthetic opioid. As reported by Fox9, a Northfield, MN man is in custody, arrested on charges connected to a string of serious overdoses last weekend. Three people were… Read More

Nine Students Hospitalized In UCSB Mass Overdose

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Oxycontin and Alcohol Suspected In Mass Overdose Nine students were hospitalized in a UCSB mass overdose this weekend. Authorities believe that the victims all took pills laced with some type of synthetic opioid. As reported by Business Insider, the incident began when sheriffs deputies and paramedics responding to an emergency call found a young man unconscious in the… Read More

New Philly Ad Campaign Targets ‘Heroin In Pill Form’

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New Ads Take Tough Stance on Prescription Painkillers A provocative new Philly ad campaign targets the use of prescription opioids, warning they are “heroin in pill form” and urges viewers – “don’t take the risk”. As reported by WHYY, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health is launching a new installment of an awareness campaign warning people to avoid… Read More

What You Should Know About Benzodiazepine Addiction

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What to Know about Benzodiazepine Addiction What are Benzodiazepines? Benzodiazepines, or benzos, fall into a class of drugs called tranquilizers. This form of tranquilizers is prescribed for medical reasons, but benzos are often a gateway to prescription pill addiction. Once an individual is benzo-dependent, quitting cold turkey can be incredibly difficult. Recognizing benzodiazepine addiction and seeking treatment can… Read More

How to Get Through Pain Without Painkiller Addiction

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How to Get Through Pain Without Painkiller Addiction The opioid epidemic in America is at a record high. A vast majority of the time, people who got addicted initially went to their doctor for pain relief or a medical procedure. Most of them had no intention of developing a painkiller addiction, and they never even saw it coming…. Read More