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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

Ohioans lose 519,471 years of life from opioid overdose deaths in 7 years

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Ohioans lost more than a half-million years of life due to fatal opioid overdoses from 2010 through 2016, according to an analysis by the Ohio Alliance for Innovation in Population Health. On average, the preventable overdose deaths knocked almost 40 years off the lives of the 13,059 Ohioans who died, leaving holes [...]

By | 2018-06-15T15:06:52+00:00 June 15th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Are We Getting Sea Life High on Opioids?

Believe it or not, mussels in Seattle are testing positive for opioids. Mussels are what are known as “filter feeders” since they absorb food from their surrounding environment. The problem that is surfacing is demonstrating the difference between “pollution” and “climate change,” which so many people assume are the same thing. Mussels absorb also all [...]

By | 2018-06-12T07:41:58+00:00 June 12th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Fatal opioid overdoses increased in 2017 in Cuyahoga County, medical examiner says

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The number of deaths from opioid overdoses continued to increase in 2017 for Cuyahoga County, according to a report from the medical examiner's office. Of a record-breaking 727 fatal drug overdoses in 2017, 492 were from fentanyl, an opioid used as pain medication, and 191 were from carfentanil, a derivative of fentanyl [...]

By | 2018-06-11T18:02:54+00:00 June 11th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Despair, hope and drugs in America: Is anyone safe?

While America was diverted by homegrown terrorism, economic stress and mass shootings, another scourge quietly moved to the fore. Drug addiction is nothing new. What is new is which part of the population it strikes. All have been hit at different times but right now, it seems to  be middle-aged white Americans battling opioids. Opioids [...]

By | 2018-06-04T15:42:41+00:00 June 4th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Cleveland police’s specialized opioid unit now a national model

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Scott Moran spent the last three years rushing out of the door as part of Cleveland police department's specialized unit that responds to each opioid overdose in the city. The veteran narcotics detective, who is part of a seven-man team called the Heroin Involved Death Investigation unit, uses a non-traditional approach to [...]

By | 2018-05-22T08:08:19+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|News|1 Comment