Good Samaritan Act is now law in Michigan

Thursday, January 5, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) The so-called Good Samaritan Act is now law in Michigan. The law allows anyone to seek help for themselves or someone else for a drug overdose without fear of prosecution. Nancy King, one of the co-founders of the Southwest Michigan Chapter of FAN (Families Against Narcotics) tells Newschannel 3 she lost her 21-year-old
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Epidemic and emergency, or why Ohio must do more in response to its opioid overdose deaths

Monday, January 2, 2017

Ohio leads the nation in deaths due to heroin and other opioid overdoses. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the toll climbed from 2,106 in 2014 to 3,050 last year, with an even higher number projected for 2016. Ohio outpaces New York and California, states with much larger populations. The national rate for deaths by opioid overdose is 10.4 per
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‘Quaint’ Ohio city battles insidious opioid epidemic

Friday, December 30, 2016

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Nine women live in the little house by the tracks. They’re sharing three bedrooms and a single bathroom. They rise each day at 6 a.m. and then get into a van to ride a half-mile to all-day group therapy. At dusk they’ll be back, typically sitting on the porch, smoking cigarettes, and watching the trains go by.
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Unintended Consequences of Ohio's S.B. 319 Could Reduce Access to Addiction Treatment

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

In the midst of an acknowledged opioid epidemic and public health crisis for treatment resources and options, the Ohio General Assembly has approved Senate Bill 319 (S.B. 319) which contains provisions which are expected to aid in the response to this crisis. However, one provision of this new law will in all likelihood reduce access to Suboxone clinics
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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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