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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Ch 13 abc Heroes on the front line of the heroin epidemic

Monday, November 21, 2016

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) The uptick in heroin overdoses has changed the role of law enforcement across our area. Police departments are overwhelmed with the growing health emergency. They're investigating heroin overdoses as a crime. TPD started carrying the life saving nasal spray narcan in February of this year. Toledo police have successfully used the
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Second Chance: Fighting the Heroin Epidemic

Thursday, November 17, 2016

"I lost my apartment, the county took my car, my girlfriend went to prison, I lost parental rights to my daughter and I pretty much lost everything but the clothes on my back", says McCartan. He, like countless others, lost everything but his life so far, to heroin addiction. Facing 20-months of prison for robbery to support his habit, he landed in Lucas
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