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Chelsea Clinton and the Clinton Foundation Are Working to Make the Opioid Overdose Antidote Narcan More Widely Available and Affordable

Around 80% of the opioid supply on a global level is consumed in the US which makes up approximately 5% of the world population, according to the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. With nearly 300 million prescriptions for opioid pain relievers written in the US in 2015 alone, equaling a $24 billion market, the rampant use of prescription opiates in the nation points to a more sizeable gap between highly developed countries and the rest of the world. Vikesh Singh, associate professor of medicine at John Hopkins University stated that consumption of the world's opioid supply increases to 95%..  - Read More

Medical Experts Explain What Is Really Fueling the Opioid Epidemic

According to CDC data, death rates from fentanyl, pinky and other synthetic opiates rose 72.3% from 2014 to 2015 across the nation. More than 33,000 Americans succumbed to an opioid overdose in 2015 and 91 Americans die every day from an opioid-related overdose. Nicholas King, associate professor at McGill University in Montreal stated that the dramatic surge in opioid-induced deaths nationwide may be attributed to several factors, including the increased use of prescription opioid pain relievers among patients and the use of opioids in combination with alcohol and/or other legal/illegal drugs. Deaths involving opioids seem to come in groups -..  - Read More

"Black Balloon Day" Commemorates the Victims of the Opioid Epidemic Sweeping Erie County, NY

On Monday evening, Erie County, NY leaders hosted a memorial event to remember the victims of the rampant opioid epidemic that continues to claim lives in Buffalo and the entire county. Aimed at increasing awareness of the potentially fatal opioid use disorders that many community members still struggle with, "Black Balloon Day" was modeled after an undertaking in Peabody, Massachusetts. At 6 p.m., members of the West Side Youth Development Coalition and the Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force, along with friends and families affected by this devastating public health crisis gathered in front of Old County Hall in downtown..  - Read More

Panel Addresses the Seriousness of Opioid Addiction in Montgomery County

The statistics regarding opioid addiction in Montgomery County, Maryland are sobering. Over the past year, there have been 253 deaths from overdose in comparison to the 177 the country saw in 2015. On Tuesday, February 21st, a panel met to discuss the current situation of drug abuse and to spread awareness and hope that numbers can come back down in 2017. The town hall meeting took place in the Human Services Center on DeHalb Street. Speakers included Chief Deputy Michael Beaty of the County Sherriff’s Office, Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, Montgomery County Commissioner, Kay McGowan, Montgomery County Deputy Administrator of Drug..  - Read More

This Is How Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Is Looking Forward To Combat The State’s Opiate Epidemic

Josh Shapiro, the current Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, recently asked local lawmakers to spare up over $2 million dollars in order to combat the opioid crisis that has been plaguing the state. According to the Attorney General, a majority of the people in the state who suffer an accidental death are those who overdose on an opiate. The AG recently met with Dawn Futrell, a woman from Altoona whose son died of a heroin overdose back in May 2016. She believes that addiction is not crime but a disease, so it needs to be treated accordingly. She..  - Read More

Counties In The State Of Ohio Have Not Been Receiving The Necessary Financial Aid To Address The Opiate Epidemic

America's ongoing opioid crisis has long attained epidemic status in the seven different central counties in Ohio and has been ravaging the local community. Juvenile offenders are more than often involved in many of these cases. Commissioners from these counties require financial aid in order to secure the resources to address both these individual cases and the larger opiate epidemic itself. However, concerns have risen over the amount of financial aid they have been receiving from the state of Ohio as of lately. Dave Burke, state senator for the Ohio Senate’s 26th District, recently held a legislative briefing to discuss..  - Read More

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