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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+00:00October 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+00:00September 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+00:00September 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+00:00August 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+00:00July 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+00:00July 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+00:00July 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+00:00June 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+00:00June 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+00:00June 11th, 2018|News|0 Comments