1012, 2018

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

By |December 10th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

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 below: 'I killed my best friend': Opioids' fatal grip on mayor, pal A young Pennsylvania mayor's secret attraction to opioids cost him his life By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press MOUNT CARBON, Pa. (AP) — Janel Firestone found her son — the 24-year-old, just resigned mayor [...]

712, 2018

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

By |December 7th, 2018|Categories: News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 overdoses. Oxycodone is a powerful opioid used to treat severe pain. Common brand names for Oxycodone include: OxyContin, Roxicodone, and Percocet (Oxycodone and Acetaminophen). As a reminder, there is no regulation or quality control with illicit drugs. Therefore, anyone taking a street drug cannot know [...]

2410, 2018

Trump signs bipartisan opioid bill aimed at curbing national crisis

By |October 24th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

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 voted 98-1 on the measure following the House’s 393-8 approval. More than 70,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year, marking a 10 percent increase from 2016. Of those deaths, 48,000 involved opioids. While Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said on Tuesday [...]

1810, 2018

Opioid crisis creates new concerns for funeral homes

By |October 18th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

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 out during a service, it's the new reality for those who consider themselves the last responders to this deadly problem. Funeral homes are now forced to change with the times. The National Funeral Directors Association is recommending that its members across the country train their [...]

1610, 2018

The Numbers Behind America’s Opioid Epidemic

By |October 16th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

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 nationwide problem, there are specific areas that are being hit harder by this epidemic. Using the location data above, from NORC at the University of Chicago, we can see clusters of counties that have an extremely high rate of overdose deaths. Between 2012 and 2016, West Virginia, [...]

1510, 2018

How Fentanyl Is Contaminating America’s Cocaine Supply

By |October 15th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

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 manufactured for the black market in places like China and South America. Over the last few years, this illegal fentanyl has started to make its way into heroin and other opiate-based drugs, such as oxycodone. It’s a cheap alternative to those drugs, and since it offers a similar sedentary [...]