Archive for December 2018

Considering Heroin-Assisted Treatment and Supervised Drug Consumption Sites in the United States

Originally Published in RAND | Full Story Link Here Current levels of opioid-related morbidity and mortality in the United States are staggering. Data for 2017 indicate that there were more than 47,000 opioid-involved overdose deaths, and one in eight adults now reports having had a family member or close friend die from opioids. Increasing the availability and…

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Needle Exchange Workers Witness Opioid Epidemic Up Close

Originally Published in Ideastream | Full Story Link Here EDDINGS: In Cleveland, there are two men who’ve had a front seat – literally – to Ohio’s surging opioid epidemic.  60 year old Chico Lewis and 44 year old Roger Lowe are the sole outreach workers for Circle Health Service’s syringe exchange program, the first and oldest such…

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What Can Make a 911 Call a Felony? Fentanyl at the Scene

Originally Published in The New York Times | Full Story Link Here ALTON, N.H. — Eric Weil, a gregarious 50-year-old painter who lives in a wooded neighborhood hugging the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, never suspected he would face felony charges when he called 911 last August. He had agreed to take in a friend’s son who was…

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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome; Life Expectancy Report; Statehouse Update

Originally Published in Ideastream | Full Story Link Here   They are the tiniest and most vulnerable victims being impacted by the opioid crisis. Infants, exposed to drugs in the womb are born with withdrawal symptoms that require special treatment. We’ll discuss innovative efforts happening here in Cleveland to support both newborns, and their mothers. Then, the…

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