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The Need To Resolve The Worsening Opioid Epidemic Is Far More Important Than Ever Before

The PeaceHealth Community Health Assessment has revealed that the rate of opiate use-related deaths in the state of Washington are highest in Cowlitz County. Opiates are known for altering an individual's perception of pain by binding to pain receptor sites in their brain. The effects of opiates are similar to those produced by morphine and this is the reason behind their medicinal use as painkillers. Opioids like Vicodin are technically legal, but they are also available in illegal forms, such as heroin and illicit fentanyl. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the year 2015 marked a 23% rise in..  - Read More

Taunton Opioid Toll Still On The Rise

Everyone remembers how Taunton came to publicly fight the opioid epidemic even as it hot hard on other parts of the nation. Three years ago, addiction and overdoses were all over the news. Regardless of the state or the county that one lives in, there was constant worry that this epidemic was going to wipe out a generation if nothing is done to stop it. At that time Taunton was publicly facing the problem and using various aggressive tactics to combat it. So, what has changed three years later?The Epidemic Still PersistsWhat is troubling is the revelation that despite the..  - Read More

Ohio Really Is Proving To Be “Ground Zero” For Synthetic Opioid Use

The opioid epidemic is only getting worse rather than better and last month, a recovering addict from Ohio described his home state as “ground zero” for opioid use, especially illegal fentanyl. The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission recently published a report, which reveals that this deadly, illicit fentanyl is entering into the United States from China. This report details and documents the flow and path of the drug as it makes its way from China to the United States, sometimes passing through Mexico. This illicit fentanyl coming from China is accountable for contributing to the nationwide opioid epidemic and..  - Read More

Why Opioid Deaths Happen In Spurts

The reason why opiates and other prescriptions drugs are widely abused in the United States is their addictive nature. Studies have always shown that the people who end up with addictions do not even notice it when they slowly slip into it. What starts as a regular dosage to manage pain ends up becoming a major problem. It is even worse for those who use these drugs without prescription. Because of this, overdoses have become a regular coinsurance in various places. This is a disturbing trend that should be combated. So why is this epidemic so difficult to fight? Why..  - Read More

19 Bills To End The Opiate Epidemic

Senator Jim Merritt is known for sponsoring various bills every year. Over the past few years, he has helped to create legislation that have changed the lives of Americans. However, things seem to be different this year. In fact, the Indianapolis Republican has indicated that he intends to spend more than three tomes the number of bills that he usually manages in a year. Most significantly, 19 out of his bills are meant to address the opioid epidemic that has thrown Americans into panic. Although these bills have yet to be discussed, there is no doubt that they are already..  - Read More

8,000 Opioid Antidote Kits To Stem Overdoses In West Virginia

Health officials in West Virginia have announced a new radical way of responding to the opioid epidemic. According to recent news, they are releasing more that 8000 kits that contain Naloxone as an antidote. This antidote has been approved by health official for reviving people who have breathing problems because of excessive intoxication. When administered on time, the drug respond fast and therefore, it can help to save lives. Going by the latest statistics about overdoses, there is no doubt that this is a solution that everyone has been waiting for so long. Budgeting For the Antidote KitsSince it is..  - Read More



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