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Opioid Crisis Causing Increase in Rates of Infectious Diseases

Fighting for Public Health America’s opioid epidemic has paved the way for a lot of new challenges. Frequently, these problems call for new strategies. The overdose outbreak led to staggering death rates, as well as a new wave of harm reduction techniques. Crackdowns on prescription opioids led to an influx in heroin use, and lethal . . . . Continue Reading


Important Facts to Consider When Fighting Percocet Addiction

America’s opioid crisis continues, and by many accounts, it is worse than ever. Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die from an opioid overdose, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Illicit drugs such as heroin or fentanyl contribute to staggering overdose rates across the country. Meanwhile, prescription painkillers . . . . Continue Reading


Suspected Fentanyl Exposure Causes Police to Evacuate Station

In the age of the opioid crisis, new synthetic drugs have become part of the illicit drug trade. Many of these substances are even more deadly than street drugs like heroin or prescription pain medications like OxyContin. In fact, some of these chemical compounds are so potent that even law enforcement and first responders are . . . . Continue Reading


Recognizing Fentanyl Overdose Symptoms Before It’s Too Late

Many experts believe it is fair to say that the opioid crisis in America is quickly becoming a fentanyl crisis, with reports indicating that the majority of overdose deaths in the nation last year involved the infamous synthetic opioid. That is why it is so important to learn the signs for recognizing fentanyl overdose symptoms . . . . Continue Reading


Opioids and Opiates: Understanding the Key Differences

  We hear the term all the time- “opioid epidemic”- but people often get the keyword “opioid” confused with “opiate”, and honestly it is a completely understandable mistake. The two seem pretty much interchangeable in a lot of situations. However, there are a few differences that it helps to be aware of. So what are . . . . Continue Reading


Addicted Women Face Deadliest Year after Giving Birth

Women already face plenty of adversity when it comes to overcoming addiction. Many of the challenges women face in recovery are unique, and some of the obstacles they have to push through can seem insurmountable. The same can be said for women who have just given birth to a child. New mothers can experience extreme . . . . Continue Reading


How Cops Helping Addicts are Changing the Conversation on Addiction  

On June 29th, 2018, the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI) organization celebrated its third year anniversary. That week, representatives from some of the more than 400 PAARI law enforcement partners joined public health officials and government leaders to honor the work the PAARI programs have done all over the nation to change the . . . . Continue Reading


Blue Light Special: Colored Bulbs to Prevent Public Restroom Drug Use

  It has been said before that in the midst of the ongoing opioid crisis in America, public restrooms have become ground zero all across the country. You don’t have to look very hard to find stories about users being found in the grips of an overdose on bathroom floors; be it at a bar or . . . . Continue Reading


Ohio Teen Using Baby Blankets to Fight Infant Heroin Addiction

Sidney Depp is a 16-year-old sophomore cheerleader at Springboro High School in Springboro, Ohio. For the past two years she has been running a non-profit called The Love Project. The mission of her campaign is to help fight infant heroin addiction, which has increased drastically in the past few years due to the opioid epidemic. . . . . Continue Reading


Big Pharma Opioid Makers Now Facing Lawsuit from Miami

Since early 2014, I have been writing about attempts by city and state officials all over the country to hold Big Pharma opioid makers accountable for their role in the opioid epidemic in America. In 2014 we talked about Chicago adding its name to the list of plaintiffs. By 2015 two counties in California were . . . . Continue Reading