County looks to start needle swap program

Friday, July 29, 2016

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department will soon begin a local needle exchange program aimed at preventing intravenous drug users from contracting HIV or Hepatitis C. The health board voted unanimously Thursday in support of starting a program which will be administered at two local sites. Both the Talbot Center, a drug addiction recovery center in East
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Ohio Attorney General DeWine wants drug abuse, addiction education in K-12 classes

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Columbus — Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine told an audience of educators July 26 that he would like to see age-appropriate instruction on drug addiction from kindergarten through high school, as part of efforts to counter the state’s heroin epidemic. “If we’re serious about prevention, if we’re serious about education,
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Ontario to stop paying for high-dose opioids

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Ontario will become the first province to stop paying for high-dose opioid medications under its public drug plans, as part of a measure aimed at combatting the widespread abuse of prescription painkillers. The Ministry of Health has posted a notice on its website saying all opioids that exceed the equivalent of 200 milligrams of morphine a day will be
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‘How’s Amanda?’ A story of truth, lies and an American addiction

Saturday, July 23, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. — She had already made it through one last night alone under the freeway bridge, through the vomiting and shakes of withdrawal, through cravings so intense she’d scraped a bathroom floor searching for leftover traces of heroin. It had now been 12 days since the last time Amanda Wendler used a drug of any kind, her longest
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University of Michigan police now carry naloxone for heroin overdoses

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

ANN ARBOR, MI — University of Michigan police officers and housing security are now carrying the drug naloxone, which can save a person's life during a heroin overdose. The officers with the U-M Division of Public Safety and Security starting carrying the kits after training in May and June, said spokeswoman Diane Brown. The division purchased the
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Opiate used for elephants now in hands of Ohio heroin users

Saturday, July 16, 2016

CINCINNATI — Authorities are warning that an opiate used by veterinarians for elephants and other large animals is circulating among heroin users in Ohio. The synthetic opioid carfentanil is 100 times stronger than fentanyl, the analgesic blamed for increasing overdose deaths, and it’s 10,000 times stronger than the morphine on the streets.
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