Cleveland becomes first Jewish community in the country to break silence on deadly opioid addiction

CLEVELAND - Cleveland is now the first Jewish community in the country to break the silence around opioid misuse and addiction within the Jewish community. Out of the roughly 820 overdose deaths in Cuyahoga County in 2017, the Jewish Federation believes at least 50 of those people were from the Jewish community. Over this Shabbat [...]

By | 2018-03-19T18:41:02+00:00 March 19th, 2018|News|0 Comments

TIME Special Report: The Opioid Diaries

Photographer James Nachtwey traveled across America to capture the devastating toll of opioid addiction. The opioid crisis is the worst addiction epidemic in American history. Drug overdoses kill more than 64,000 people per year, and the nation’s life expectancy has fallen for two years in a row. But there is a key part of the [...]

By | 2018-03-18T18:57:07+00:00 March 18th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Cleveland ER doctors witnessed spike in opioid overdoses as CDC finds Ohio ER visits surged 28 percent

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland emergency room doctors saw a surge of patients suffering from suspected opioid overdoses in 2017, in a trend the Centers for Disease Control says suggests overdoses are on the rise in Ohio and in major metropolitan areas. The CDC study released last week found that the number of Ohio emergency department visits for [...]

By | 2018-03-14T15:40:50+00:00 March 14th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Opioid overdoses spiked 28 percent in Ohio last year, CDC says

WASHINGTON - Emergency room visits for suspected opioid overdoses spiked 30 percent nationwide from July 2016 through September 2017 with the most severe problems experienced in the Midwest, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Tuesday. The report compiled from emergency departments in 45 states found overdoses rose 109 percent in [...]

By | 2018-03-06T20:36:49+00:00 March 6th, 2018|News|0 Comments

These 10 ERs Sharply Reduced Opioid Use And Still Eased Pain

One of the most common reasons patients head to an emergency room is pain. In response, doctors may try something simple at first, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. And, at least up until recently, if that isn't effective, the second line of attack has been the big guns. "Percocet or Vicodin," says Dr. Peter Bakes, an [...]

By | 2018-03-05T11:56:29+00:00 March 5th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Attorney General DeWine Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Distributors for Distribution Practices which Fueled Opioid Diversion

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today filed a lawsuit against four major prescription opioid distributors in Madison County Court of Common Pleas. The lawsuit alleges that the drug companies engaged in unsafe distribution practices that ignored their responsibility under law to provide effective controls against opioid diversion. "We believe the evidence will show that [...]

By | 2018-02-26T15:59:47+00:00 February 26th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Counterfeit Xanax laced with deadly fentanyl becoming popular party drug

LOS ANGELES, CA (FOX 11) - A FOX 11 investigation is taking you into the world of “xans” and “bars”, counterfeit Xanax pills taken by young adults which could be laced with the extremely deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl. “Imagine three to five grains of table salt, that’s the potential fatal dose for an adult,” said [...]

By | 2018-02-18T20:13:17+00:00 February 18th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Methamphetamine’s prevalence increased last year in Cuyahoga County, medical examiner says

CLEVELAND, Ohio - The prevalence of methamphetamine increased last year in Cuyahoga County, but the medical examiner's office is not seeing an increase in deaths caused by the drug, officials said. Cuyahoga County is not immune to a recent resurgence of the powerful stimulant across the nation. Law enforcement officers are seizing the drug - [...]

By | 2018-02-14T20:52:43+00:00 February 14th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Herbal supplement kratom contains opioids, regulators say

U.S. health authorities say an herbal supplement promoted as an alternative pain remedy contains the same chemicals found in opioids, the addictive family of drugs at the center of a national addiction crisis. The Food and Drug Administration analysis, published Tuesday, makes it more likely that the supplement, kratom, could be banned by the federal [...]

By | 2018-02-12T11:41:49+00:00 February 12th, 2018|News|0 Comments

OxyContin maker says it will no longer market opioid to doctors

Watch the latest video at In a surprise reversal, the maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin said Saturday that it will stop promoting opioid drugs to doctors. Manufacturer Purdue bowed to a key demand of lawsuits that blame the Connecticut-based company for helping trigger the opioid epidemic. The company's statement said it eliminated more [...]

By | 2018-02-12T11:28:02+00:00 February 12th, 2018|News|0 Comments