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Local and national stories about the epidemic.

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…

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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Students Whose Families Are In The Grips Of The Opioid Epidemic Get Help At School

Originally Published in NPR | Full Story Link Here September 23, 2018 On Cape Cod in Massachusetts, school districts are using addiction counselors to help kids and their teachers cope with the chaos and trauma of the opioid epidemic. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: And in Massachusetts, drug deaths are down slightly for the first time in years.…

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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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How the Smallest State is Defeating America’s Biggest Addiction Crisis

Originally Published in Politico | Full Story Link Here August 25, 2018 CRANSTON, R.I. — By the time police caught Paul Roussell with heroin last summer, the 58-year-old lobster fisherman had been addicted to the drug for almost 10 years. He’d gone from sniffing two bags of heroin a day to 10, then as many as…

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States Show the Way on the Opioid Epidemic

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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CDC Awards $28.6M for Big Data Analytics to Track Opioid Abuse

Originally Published in HealthIT Analytics | Full Story Link Here September 06, 2017 “This sort of data analytics team can tell us important information about prescription opioids—like which physicians are writing opioid prescriptions at a rate that far exceeds their peers; how many of a doctor’s patients died within 60 days of an opioid prescription;…

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Now Hiring: A Company Offers Drug Treatment And A Job To Addicted Applicants

Originally Published in NPR | Full Story Link Here July 27, 2018 It’s hard enough for employers to find workers to fill open jobs these days, but on top of it, many prospective hires are failing drug tests. The Belden electric wire factory in Richmond, Ind., is taking a novel approach to both problems: It now…

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The Daily: How the Opioid Crisis Started (NY Times)

Originally Published in the NY Times | Full Story Link Here JULY 5, 2018 Prosecutors, seeking to hold someone accountable for the opioid epidemic, have been targeting doctors, dealers and users themselves. But those who made billions of dollars from sales of OxyContin, a painkiller at the center of the crisis, have gone largely unpunished.…