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Trump signs bipartisan opioid bill aimed at curbing national crisis

President Trump signed a sweeping bipartisan bill into law on Wednesday aimed at making medical treatment for opioid addiction more widely available while also cracking down on illicit drugs being sent through the mail. The bill, which was passed by Congress earlier this month, will expand access to substance abuse treatment in Medicaid. The Senate [...]

By | 2018-10-24T15:06:46+00:00 October 24th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Opioid crisis creates new concerns for funeral homes

CLEVELAND - The opioid crisis in Northeast Ohio is changing how those who provide afterlife care do their jobs. Not only are they seeing more overdose deaths, but each one brings its own unique challenges that could leave funeral home staff and their guests at risk. From accidental exposure to powerful drugs to fights breaking [...]

By | 2018-10-18T07:41:46+00:00 October 18th, 2018|News|0 Comments

The Numbers Behind America’s Opioid Epidemic

Drug overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50, who are now more likely to die from a drug overdose than from car accidents or firearms. The United States has the dubious distinction of having the highest percentage of drug-related deaths in the world. While opioid abuse is a [...]

By | 2018-10-16T15:31:53+00:00 October 16th, 2018|News|0 Comments

How Fentanyl Is Contaminating America’s Cocaine Supply

The super-potent drug has been the leading killer of the opioid epidemic — now it’s finding its way into illegal stimulants, and the death toll is rising Right now, the United States is grappling with a deadly opioid epidemic, and at the center of the crisis is illegal fentanyl, a painkiller found in hospitals that is also [...]

By | 2018-10-15T07:33:11+00:00 October 15th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Drug deaths in Ohio increase to 4,854 in 2017: state report

Gov. John Kasich, during a Thursday afternoon press conference at the Ohio Statehouse, says the perception of the drug abuse problem raging out of control is "simply not true." (Laura Hancock, cleveland.com) COLUMBUS, Ohio - Over 13 people died a day on average in Ohio due to drug overdoses last year, a new high as [...]

By | 2018-09-28T07:44:24+00:00 September 28th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Ohio county reports 18 fatal overdoses in 1 week

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The coroner for the county that includes Ohio’s capital city is warning of a spike in overdose deaths and encouraging friends and family members of addicts to obtain an overdose antidote. Dr. Anahi Ortiz of Franklin County on Wednesday reported five overdose deaths in 24 hours in greater Columbus, for a total [...]

By | 2018-09-06T22:03:07+00:00 September 6th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Recent spike in drug overdose deaths has Cuyahoga County on pace to match 2017’s record total

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A recent spike in fatal drug overdoses has Cuyahoga County officials concerned there could be as many drug-related deaths in 2018 as last year's record-setting total. Fourteen people died of drug overdoses during a recent five-day period from Aug. 2 to Aug. 6, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office said in a [...]

By | 2018-08-08T23:30:43+00:00 August 8th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Heroin deaths surpass gun homicides for the first time, CDC data shows

Heroin deaths surpass gun homicides for the first time, CDC data shows Opioid deaths continued to surge in 2015, surpassing 30,000 for the first time in recent history, according to CDC data released Thursday. That marks an increase of nearly 5,000 deaths from 2014. Deaths involving powerful synthetic opiates, like fentanyl, rose by nearly 75 percent [...]

By | 2018-07-26T12:51:24+00:00 July 25th, 2018|News|0 Comments

New opioid report finds evidence of pill mills and doctor shopping in Ohio

WASHINGTON, D.C. - While Ohio has taken steps to crack down on over-prescription of  highly addictive opioids, a new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found almost 50 health care providers around the state who prescribed the narcotics to at-risk Medicaid beneficiaries during a year-long period that ended in May 2017. [...]

By | 2018-07-10T19:38:39+00:00 July 10th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Dr. Marc Siegel: The opioid crisis has a solution — Here it is

I recently attended a symposium examining how medical schools can prepare future doctors to deal with the continuing opioid crisis. I joined over 90 educators from 30 medical schools at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University to discuss devising a curriculum based on a successful model that Brown has created. The curriculum on [...]

By | 2018-07-09T09:25:46+00:00 July 9th, 2018|News|0 Comments