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Heroin overdoses rising again, despite 'main suppliers' behind bars


Friday, December 23, 2016

BAY COUNTY, MI -- Despite authorities locking up some of the area's alleged major heroin traffickers on federal charges, the amount of overdoses in Bay County is skyrocketing once again. Beyond that, the recent spate of fatal overdoses is causing some officials to suspect a substance used to sedate elephants is making its way into Bay County. In October,
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Growing heroin epidemic factor in increased organ donation


Saturday, December 17, 2016

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -The growing heroin epidemic and increase in overdoses means another chance at life for some. "There's an ongoing heroin epidemic, not only in Ohio, but across the country. Especially here in Ohio and Northeast Ohio and it's obviously a terrible thing," said Nick VanDemark, Communications Manager at Lifebanc. He says they've noticed a
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Pharma Execs Arrested in Shockingly Organized Scheme to Overprescribe Notorious Opioid


Friday, December 9, 2016

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionreleased data showing that overdose deaths caused by synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—the drug that killed Prince rose by nearly 75 percent in 2015. On the same day, federal prosecutors in Massachusetts announced the arrest of six former employees including a former CEO and two former vice
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Editorial: Miles to go in drug battle


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

It’s no secret that Ohio is wrestling with a devastating plague of drug addiction and fatal overdoses, but still it was a shock to learn last week that Ohio led the nation in overdose deaths in 2014. The number of deaths has continued to escalate since then. One of every nine heroin deaths in the country happens in Ohio. In response, The Dispatch
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Needle Exchanges Work, But Resource Shortages, Users’ Unsafe Practices Undermine Success


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Although the programs are showing results, problems still exist. There are rarely enough needles for users, even when an area has an established exchange program. In addition, white people tend to share needles and are less likely to seek out clean syringes. Meanwhile, the rising cost of an anti-overdose medication is causing panic for those who desperately
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Dr. Jeanette Ann Moleski commentary: State must reduce use of addiction medication


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Ohioans are becoming all too familiar with the heroin and prescription opioid abuse crisis in our communities and state. We either see the endless stories of addiction in the news or, far worse, watch it unfold in our homes and our neighborhoods. As a physician who treats men and women in the grips of addiction, I see how state policy influences the way
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