Suspected deaths due to heroin overdose in Coal City, Illinois

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A northern Illinois coroner issued an alert about dangerous drugs after a spate of deaths in a small city. Grundy County Coroner John W. Callahan’s office along with Coal City Police Department is investigating the death Tuesday afternoon of a 60-year-old as a result of suspected heroin overdose. “This is the third death in Coal City this past 10 days as a result of suspected heroin,” Callahan said in a


Fighting heroin addiction? Watch Bobby’s inspiring story

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At the height of his addiction, Bobby, from Barrow-in-Furness, was injecting heroin and crack cocaine up to six times a day. The BBC’s Michael Buchanan finds out how the man turned his life around in a town where drug-related deaths have reached unprecedented levels.    


I Use My Own Rehab Stories to Help People Get Treatment for Opioid Addiction

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Photo by Mike Beyer Recovering from drug addiction is not typically a one-and-done experience. Often, people move repeatedly between treatment and relapse, and not because of some personality flaw or weakness, but because of the enormity of the task at hand. Studies have suggested that between 40 and upwards of 85 percent of individuals struggling with drug addiction will experience relapse, many within a year of treatment. A large part


Police: Driver under influence of heroin in Upper Darby crash

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UPPER DARBY, Pa. (WPVI) — Delaware County: A driver who crashed his vehicle into a utility pole in Delaware County was under the influence of heroin, Upper Darby police say. That driver has been identified as 27-year-old Ryan McClatchy of Drexel Hill. It happened around 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Edmonds Avenue and Township Line Road. The crash caused the pole to split in half. The vehicle became


Fewer Virginians are taking prescription opioids

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Doctors are writing fewer prescriptions for powerful painkillers than they did a year ago, and fewer Virginians are dying and overdosing from opioids, according to reports filed by the state Department of Health. If the fatal overdose trend holds through the final quarter, 2018 could mark a turning point in Virginia’s opioid epidemic. Overdose deaths have been on the rise since 2013, when, for the first time, more Virginians died


Boise files lawsuit against 20 drug makers over opioid crisis

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    BOISE, ID – After tragically losing his 19-year-old son Carter, Boisean Scott Fischer is left with questions. “How does a kid who’s a little league football player and soccer player, and loved to play baseball– ya know, started duck hunting when he was 10 years old…he just loved the outdoors… how does a kid go from that to an opioid addiction?” said Fischer. Carter died from an opioid overdose in


Ohio to Consider Medical Pot for Opioid Addiction

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An Ohio physician and medial professor believes medical cannabis should be used to treat opioid addiction in a state that saw a record number of overdose deaths last year. Dr. F. Stuart Leeds has been preparing data and research to submit to the State Medical Board of Ohio as it considers expanding the current list of conditions for which doctors can recommend medical cannabis. Leeds acknowledges the limited data, but he


Friends speaks in regards to Mac Miller’s death and his Drug Addiction

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Lil Xan opened up about his struggles with addiction Tuesday in the wake of Mac Miller and Lil Peep’s deaths and the overdose that nearly killed pop star Demi Lovato. Lil Xan, the 22-year-old up-and-coming rapper whose real name is Diego Leanos, said in an interview with TMZ that Miller’s death really affected him. Miller died from a mix of fentanyl, cocaine and ethanol in September, the coroner’s office said Monday. He was found dead


Using Virtual Reality to Beat Addiction

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The numbers are staggering. More than 72,000 people died from a drug overdose last year alone. That’s 200 a day. One person every eight minutes. And the vast majority of those overdoses were opioids. One-hundred-and-fifteen people die from an opioid overdose every day in the U.S. But addiction and overuse were not even on Felicia Kleinpeter’s radar when she was prescribed painkillers after a car accident. “They made me feel


Jamie Lee Curtis discusses past opioid addiction

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(CNN)Jamie Lee Curtis is proud to be nearly 20 years sober but says it hasn’t been easy. The actress, who currently stars in “Halloween,” told People she first became addicted to pain killers in 1989 and hid it for ten years. “I was ahead of the curve of the opiate epidemic,” Curtis said. “I had a 10-year run, stealing, conniving. No one knew. No one.” This is not the first time that