Michigan opioid OD deaths jumped 54% between 2015 and 2016

Friday, July 14, 2017

LANSING, Mich. -- Overdose deaths from opioids other than heroin jumped 54 percent between 2015 and 2016, and have more than tripled since 2012, according to data released Thursday by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. A total of 1,365 died from opioid overdoses in 2016, compared to 884 in 2015 and 426 in 2012. That doesn't include
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More and more Ohio drivers are impaired by drugs

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The answer to how often an Ohio driver’s blood or urine sample tested positive for fentanyl used to be “never,” says a crime lab chief at the State Highway Patrol. But over the past three months, the powerful synthetic opioid — 50 times stronger than morphine and often mixed with heroin — has been detected in about 1 in 20
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Party politics muck up nine years of Statehouse solutions for the opioid crisis

Sunday, July 2, 2017

In late November as the Ohio Senate wrapped up its legislative agenda for 2016, Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni went to President Larry Obhof to ask for a Christmas miracle: a bipartisan compromise to fund opioid addiction treatment. The Youngstown-area Democrat and former boxer led with a $10 million request. The Ashtabula Republican countered with $2
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Ohio GOP preps for showdown over drug treatment, Medicaid expansion

Saturday, June 24, 2017

COLUMBUS - Ohio's GOP lawmakers say they are devoting millions to the fight against heroin and opioids, even as they propose stripping away insurance that helps Ohioans receive drug treatment. With one hand, GOP lawmakers in the Ohio Senate have offered $176 million to tackle the state's drug problem. With the other, they've proposed crippling Gov. John
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Test strips could help drug users detect deadly fentanyl

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A Hudson man is hopeful an inexpensive test strip might help drug users avoid fentanyl, the powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that killed his son and hundreds more in the past few years in Northeast Ohio. Greg McNeil, the founder of opioid addiction awareness organization Cover2Resources is working with several local agencies to buy
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If You're Serious, America: Here Are 26 Concrete Policy Steps to Reduce Opioid Addiction and Overdoses

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Drugs, mainly opioids, are killing Americans at a record rate. The number of drug overdose deaths in the country quadrupled between 1999 and 2010—and compared to the numbers we're seeing now, those were the good old days. Some 30,000 people died of drug overdoses in 2010. According to a new estimate from the New York Times, double that number died
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