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The House Of Representatives Has Approved A New Amended Bill To Curb Oregon’s Opioid Epidemic

Last week, on April 10th, a proposed law was approved by the House of Representatives in a unanimous decision. The goal behind this new law is to curb Oregon’s opioid epidemic and ensure that no more people die from overdoses. Under this new law, health-care practitioners who prescribe opioid painkiller medications will now receive safe-use recommendations. Under this new bill, a certain number of health-care practitioners would have been able to prescribe a supply of opioid pills to last no more than 7 days. Furthermore, anyone who would have improperly prescribed opioid medication would have been criminalized. Unfortunately, the House..  - Read More

US Senators and Military Veterans Continue to Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic

According to the office of John McCain, US Senator for Arizona and a Navy veteran, military veterans die from drug overdoses, especially opioid-related overdoses, at a 33% higher rate than the rest of the US population. The death of Marine Corps veteran Jason Simcakoski in the psychiatric ward of the Tomah, Wisconsin Veterans Affairs Medical Center in August 2014 sparked outrage across the nation, prompting the passage of bipartisan VA reforms that Tammy Baldwin, US Senator for Wisconsin authored in the "Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act" (S.1641). Nearly a year later, federal investigators confirmed that a toxic cocktail of..  - Read More

A Town Hall Meeting Was Held In Atlantic County, NJ To Discuss Stem Addiction & Overdose Deaths

A Knock Out Opioid Abuse Town Hall revolving around the residents of Atlantic County was recently held by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey at Stockton University. Residents of Atlantic County, New Jersey attended the event to talk about heroin and prescription drug addiction plaguing their communities, and methods to potentially steam this public health crisis. State Officials have claimed that drug overdoses took the lives of 85 people in Atlantic County back in 2015. Heroin use was the cause of over half of those deaths. Sandra Hannah, a 51-year-old woman who had quit taking drugs 15 years ago,..  - Read More

A New Program To Fight Opioid Addiction In Brick Township

The number of people seeking treatment and recovery from opiate addiction in Brick Township has risen sharply over the past few months. This is according to the Police Department which is tasked with handling such cases. Records show that many people have been turning themselves into the police seeking help. Some of them even walk in with suitcases in their hands and vow not to go back until they get help and recover from the problem. This is a true reflection of how the opioid epidemic has tightened its grip on Ocean County and the nearby areas.A shift from incarceration..  - Read More

New Legislation Grants New Jersey The Tools To Crack Down The Opiate Epidemic

As a part of the nationwide war against opiate addiction, New Jersey is finally headed in the right direction. The state of New Jersey just recently adopted an extensive law. The measures that this law embodies have long been encouraged and recommended by addiction experts, families that have been affected and by the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey. Altogether, New Jersey now has one of the robust opiate laws out of all the states in the U.S. The target of this new law is the opioid painkillers that have been getting over prescribed throughout the state, which is..  - Read More

The Nationwide Opioid Epidemic Has Even Been Taking The Innocent Lives Of Toddlers & Young Children

Considering how curious toddlers tend to be, it is not uncommon for them to find their mother’s drugs, whether when they have been accidentally dropped or while going through their purse. Many parents do not even properly secure the child-resistant cap that bottles of painkillers usually have. Regardless, the full concentration of a single, time-released opioid pill can lead to the death of a 35-pound toddler. Thus, even 5-year-old and younger children are not safe from the opioid epidemic plaguing the nation. Over the past 10 years, there has been a steady rise in opioid-related toddler death toll, even though..  - Read More



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