Hope in the opioid crisis? Overdose deaths appear to be leveling off as states intensify efforts to save lives

Bill Kinkle hasn’t worked as a nurse in nearly a decade. But the Pennsylvania man never leaves home without emergency medical supplies. Always on his belt: naloxone, a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose and save a life. Kinkle, who lives in the Philadelphia suburb of Willow Grove, says his own life has been saved by naloxone more than once. Nearly 15 months into recovery from heroin addiction, he also carries a card telling


Despite an opioid crisis, most ERs don’t offer addiction treatment. California is changing that.

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This is what it looks like when we stop treating addiction as a moral failure. By German Lopez@germanrlopezgerman.lopez@vox.com Updated Jan 8, 2019, 11:25am EST SACRAMENTO, California — When Michael Curci still used opioid painkillers and heroin, he didn’t see himself living beyond his mid-20s. “I didn’t even think I was going to make it,” Curci told me, while at the El Dorado County clinic where he receives treatment for opioid


The Numbers Are So Staggering.’ Overdose Deaths Set a Record Last Year.

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A class of synthetic drugs has replaced heroin in many major American drug markets, ushering in a more deadly phase of the opioid epidemic. New numbers Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that drug overdoses killed more than 70,000 Americans in 2017, a record. Overdose deaths are higher than deaths from H.I.V., car crashes or gun violence at their peaks. The data also show that the


Fentanyl surpasses heroin as deadliest drug in US

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WASHINGTON (AFP) – The synthetic drug, fentanyl, has surpassed heroin as the deadliest drug in the United States, taking more than 18,000 lives in 2016, federal health officials said on Wednesday (Dec 12). In 2016, the latest year for which full data is available, “29 per cent of all drug overdose deaths mentioned involvement of fentanyl,” said the report from the National Centre for Health Statistics, part of the US


The Forgotten Addiction

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In recent years, Americans have begun, justifiably, to recognize the complex public health problem of opioid misuse and associated overdose deaths as a national crisis. Unfortunately, as is often the case when a tidal wave of worry about a particular health issue engulfs the nation, other similar concerns are often swept out of public consciousness. Take alcohol misuse, for instance. Although alcohol arguably presents a greater threat to public health


For One Rural Community, Fighting Addiction Started With Recruiting The Right Doctor

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Lindsay Bunker woke up from a nightmare. The 32-year-old lives with her sixth-month-old daughter on the Lac Courte Oreilles Indian Reservation in northern Wisconsin. She’s struggled with addiction for over 10 years, mostly to heroin. Then came the nightmare: She dreamt two men were attacking her baby while she could think only about drugs. “In my mind I was thinking, ‘If I can just get one hit, if I can


School-Based Counselors Help Kids Cope With Fallout From Drug Addiction

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When Maddy Nadeau was a toddler, her mother wasn’t able to care for her. “I remember Mom was always locking herself in her room and she didn’t take care of me. My mom just wasn’t around at the time,” she says. Every day, her older sister Devon came home from elementary school and made sure Maddy had something to eat. “Devon would come home from school and fix them cold


Rehab jail for heroin addicts

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Each day in the U.S. more than 115 people die from an opioid overdose. But in this small town of Greenfield, Massachusetts, a community is taking innovative steps to combat the crisis and break the addiction cycle   Click to view original link


Calling 211 hotline offers a lifeline for drug addiction

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MILWAUKEE — It’s no longer a question that opioid abuse has become a rising problem in Wisconsin. In 2017, nearly twice as many people died from opioid overdoses (916, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services) as car crashes (545, according to the Department of Transportation) in the state. On top of that, for the third straight year, U.S. life expectancy has dropped, according to the report from the


Fentanyl in cocaine: The deadly truth of new drugs cocktail

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Fentanyl in cocaine: The deadly truth of new drugs cocktail The US government has warned that a surge in cocaine deaths is being exacerbated by the presence of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 80-100 times stronger than morphine. Correspondent Nick Bryant and cameraman Darren Conway report from Illinois on a worrying new trend in America’s opioid crisis.    Accreditation: Click to View Original Article