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Even in best-case scenario, opioid overdose deaths will keep rising until 2022

February 11, 2019 In the nation’s opioid epidemic, the carnage is far from over. A new projection of opioid overdose death rates suggests that even if there is steady progress in reducing prescription narcotics abuse nationwide, the number of fatal overdoses — which reached 47,600 in 2017 — will rise sharply in the coming years. [...]

By |2019-02-11T13:11:58-07:00February 11th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Study Links Drug Maker Gifts for Doctors to More Overdose Deaths

WASHINGTON — A new study offers some of the strongest evidence yet of the connection between the marketing of opioids to doctors and the nation’s addiction epidemic. It found that counties where opioid manufacturers offered a large number of gifts and payments to doctors had more overdose deaths involving the drugs than counties where direct-to-physician [...]

By |2019-01-31T17:06:50-07:00January 31st, 2019|News|0 Comments

US customs announces largest fentanyl seizure in its history

(CNN) -- US Customs and Border Protection made the largest seizure of fentanyl in the agency's history on Saturday at the Nogales port of entry on the US-Mexico border, Port Director Michael Humphries announced Thursday. Officers uncovered 100 packages of fentanyl weighing nearly 254 pounds and with an estimated value of $3.5 million, Humphries said. [...]

By |2019-01-31T16:59:58-07:00January 31st, 2019|News|0 Comments

Cocaine overtakes heroin as No. 1 cause of fentanyl overdose deaths in Ohio

Cocaine is now Ohio’s most dangerous drug. It killed more people than heroin because powder cocaine and crack cocaine in Ohio are now broadly contaminated with fentanyl and its chemical relatives, such as carfentanil and norfentanyl. An analysis of autopsy results shows that fentanyl has now spread throughout Ohio’s illegal drug supply, except for marijuana [...]

By |2019-01-16T15:28:25-07:00January 16th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Fentanyl now America’s deadliest drug, federal health officials say

Fentanyl is now the deadliest drug in America, federal health officials announced Wednesday, with more than 18,000 overdose deaths in 2016, the most recent year for which statistics are available. It's the first time the synthetic opioid has been the nation's deadliest drug. From 2012 to 2015, heroin topped the list. On average, in each year from 2013 [...]

By |2018-12-13T10:39:12-07:00December 13th, 2018|News|0 Comments

‘I killed my best friend’: Opioids’ fatal grip on mayor, pal

MOUNT CARBON, Pa. (AP) — In a story Dec. 9 about the fatal overdose of a young mayor and his friend, The Associated Press erroneously reported the number of drug overdose deaths in 2017. It was about 70,200, not more than 72,000, which represented an earlier government estimate. A corrected version of the story is [...]

By |2018-12-10T13:28:53-07:00December 10th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Medical Examiner Issues Warning Regarding Fake Oxycodone Pills: Fentanyl Disguised as Fake Oxycodone

CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson, today issued a public health warning today, indicating that the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office has detected fentanyl in pills that have been disguised to appear as Oxycodone (30mg tablets). This is an immediate threat to public health safety, causing a heightened concern for potentially fatal [...]

By |2018-12-07T13:13:05-07:00December 7th, 2018|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 |2018-10-24T15:06:46-07:00October 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 |2018-10-18T07:41:46-07:00October 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 |2018-10-16T15:31:53-07:00October 16th, 2018|News|0 Comments