Posts by Terrance Reynolds

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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U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur: $1.5 million in opioid-focused awards

Originally Published in The Morning Journal | Full Story Link Here September 23, 2018 U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, an Ohio Democrat, announced Sept. 20 $1.5 million in funding to fight the opioid crisis, according to a news release. The Erie County Department of Health and Firelands Regional Health System each received a $250,000 Rural Health Opioid…

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Elyria police add second program to combat drug addiction

Originally Published in The Chronicle | Full Story Link Here Sept. 20, 2018 ELYRIA — Elyria police have launched a second program to help drug addicts and their families to resources that could help them. Elyria police piloted its Quick Response Team program May through July and have since made it a permanent program. On Wednesday,…

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Fight Drug Abuse, Don’t Subsidize It

Originally Published in New York Times | Full Story Link Here August 27, 2018 Almost 64,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2016, a shocking 54 percent increase since 2012. Dangerous opioids such as heroin and fentanyl contributed to two-thirds of the deaths. This killer knows no geographic, socioeconomic or age limits. It strikes city…

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States Show the Way on the Opioid Epidemic

A Graphic from Kelsey Wroten

Originally Published in New York Times | Full Story Link Here August 24, 2018 The opioid epidemic is far from contained — the national death toll from drug overdoses climbed to a record high last year. But some states and cities are bucking the trend and showing how governments can get a grip on the worst drug…

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