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How “Invisible Overdoses” Help Show the True Gravity of the Opioid Epidemic

There is another sad and maddening aspect of the opioid epidemic that has had a grip on the United States for the past five or six years. Unfortunately, the true figures for the number of people suffering overdoses may never be known. This is because only a death by overdose is actually recorded as an …

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Why Disposing of Unused Opioids is So Important to Prevent Future Addiction

In Nashville, Tennessee, the DEA is taking steps to make sure that prescription opioids are not falling into the hands of addicts and those recovering from opioid addiction. For example, on certain weekends people in Tennessee are able to drop off unused and unwanted medications at dozens of sites as part of a campaign known …

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California Researchers Hope a Plant Holds Key to Curbing Opioid Crisis

A new study performed by the University of California has shown that a plant extract commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine therapies may help reduce the addictive nature of morphine and other opioids. The plant extract in question is Corydalis yanhusuo, which comes from a plant known as yan hu suo in Chinese. In English, …

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Emergency Rooms Getting Creative When Dealing with Opioid Addiction

A report recently published by the Bloomberg American Health Initiative and the Legal Action Center has indicated that despite the increasing rise in overdose-related fatalities along with the importance of addiction treatment in Emergency Rooms, most hospitals are lacking when it comes to the screening of patients for substance misuse. In addition, hospitals do not …

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Why Are Drugs to Treat Opioid Addiction Not Available in Some Federal Prisons?

The First Step Act was passed by Congress in 2018. This act included a wide range of prison reforms. These reforms included the requirement for federal prisons to increase the ease of access to suitable medications to help inmates who enter their facilities addicted to opioids. Despite opinions to the contrary, opioids are not easy …

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Rochester NY County Creating Dedicated Team to Respond to Rise in Opioid Overdoses

In 2020, the medical examiner in New York’s Monroe County recorded a total of 238 fatalities that were declared attributable to various opioid-based narcotics—including heroin and fentanyl. This marked an increase of over 30 percent when compared to the figures recorded in 2019. The public health leaders in the county are now working in tandem …

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Tennessee Nonprofit Receives Large Grant to Grow Substance Abuse Programs

A nonprofit organization known as DrugFree WilCo that was set up with the aim of preventing and reducing drug misuse in Wilson County, Tennessee has been awarded one million dollars from the Health Resources and Human Services Administration (HRHSA). The HRHSA forms part of the US Department of Health and Human Services. DrugFree WilCo Seeks …

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