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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

Have opioid deaths in Northeast Ohio finally crested? Evidence suggests yes

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The number of deaths attributed to heroin and other opioids dropped in recent months in what medical and law enforcement officials say is the first sign of optimism that the fight against the deadly opioid epidemic might be working. The decline comes after eight years where deaths climbed dramatically, caused by the [...]

By | 2018-05-21T20:20:57+00:00 May 21st, 2018|News|0 Comments

Authorities: 3 arrests helped save 1,500 lives after fentanyl pills were stamped to look like Oxycodone

SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio — Three people from Summit County face charges after being caught with 1,500 fentanyl pills stamped to look like Oxycodone. Gerald Bowerman, 36, of Cuyahoga Falls; Emmett Nelson, 34, of Akron; and Cortney Williams, of Cuyahoga Falls, each face one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl and one [...]

By | 2018-05-04T19:44:14+00:00 May 4th, 2018|News|0 Comments

After years of heroin addiction, Mayfield Heights man is now 11 months clean

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Between November 2016 and today, Bryan Smith gave up heroin and took it up again, only to put it down for what he hopes is the last time. He spent a couple of weeks in jail, started dating a woman, proposed to her, fathered a child and moved into his own apartment. Through [...]

By | 2018-04-30T12:11:30+00:00 April 30th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Life-saving overdose antidote Narcan should be available across northeast Ohio, but it’s not

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- In Ohio, a state hit hard by the heroin and fentanyl overdose epidemic, it should be easy to get the overdose-reversal drug, naloxone, at most pharmacies without a prescription. A 2015 law allows pharmacists across the state to use a standing order signed by a doctor to dispense the lifesaving medication, most [...]

By | 2018-04-30T07:46:15+00:00 April 30th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Greater than Heroin collaborates with National Drug Take Back Day to help fight addiction epidemic

Many communities and organizations are partnering with law enforcement agencies for National Drug Take Back Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28. The goal is to help reduce the amount of unneeded, unused and expired prescription drugs that often are found in homes. The program offers a way to properly dispose of these unwanted [...]

By | 2018-04-26T13:27:10+00:00 April 26th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Politicians need to take note of needles and ZIP codes in opioid crisis: Mark Naymik

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Aside from bodies in the morgue, there are no more important indicators of the scope of Northeast Ohio's opioid crisis than needles and ZIP codes. And nobody is closer to these telltales - and the people who fuel them - than Lisa Fair, Chico Lewis and Roger Lowe. Together, they run the [...]

By | 2018-04-26T13:21:20+00:00 April 26th, 2018|News|0 Comments