Friday, August 18, 2017

opioids

BY | Nathalie Sczublewski The News Service of Florida LAKE WORTH……… Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala held a roundtable discussion Tuesday in Palm Beach County with lawmakers, local leaders and public-safety officials to address Florida’s opioid crisis. Palm Beach County ...
omated pharmacy assembly line at Medco Health Solutions in Willingboro, N.J

Freshman Representative Bob Rommel came to Tallahassee looking to tackle issues like taxes, health care, and education, so he was surprised when the first bill he found himself sponsoring centered around opioid abuse. Like so many, Rommel said that he ...
In this June 20, 2017 photo, City Court Judge Craig Hannah presides at Opiate Crisis Intervention Court in Buffalo, N.Y.

BY CAROLYN THOMPSON BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — After three defendants fatally overdosed in a single week last year, it became clear that Buffalo’s ordinary drug treatment court was no match for the heroin and painkiller crisis. Now the city is ...
Heidi Wyandt, 27, holds a handful of her medication bottles at the Altoona Center for Clinical Research in Altoona, Pa., on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, where she is helping test an experimental non-opioid pain medication for chronic back pain related to a work related injury she received in 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Post)

BY MARILYNN MARCHIONE Tummy tucks really hurt. Doctors carve from hip to hip, slicing off skin, tightening muscles, tugging at innards. Patients often need strong painkillers for days or even weeks, but Mary Hernandez went home on just over-the-counter ibuprofen. ...
In a Feb. 13, 2017 photo, Rep. Dave Baker, R-Willmar reacts after watching the Dose of Reality video depicting a parent who can't wake her child who overdosed on an opioid. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

BY KYLE POTTER ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In statehouses across the country, lawmakers with loved ones who fell victim to drugs are leading the fight against the nation’s deadly opioid-abuse crisis, drawing on tragic personal experience to attack the ...
In this July 10, 2015, file photo a woman speaks to The Associated Press inside the police station in Gloucester, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

BY PHILIP MARCELO BOSTON (AP) — A novel drug addiction program developed in a small Massachusetts fishing town and since replicated in dozens of cities nationwide was able to place almost 400 addicts into treatment nearly each time they sought ...
This Oct. 19, 2016 photo taken at Family Guidance Center, an addiction treatment center in Joliet, Ill, shows the packaging of Vivitrol, a high-priced monthly injection used to prevent relapse in opioid abusers. (AP Photo/Carla K. Johnson)

To fight rampant misuse of prescription painkillers and heroin, the federal government has approved spending more than $23 million to fund treatment projects that include giving monthly injections of Vivitrol to prison inmates. Vivitrol targets receptors in the brain’s reward ...
In this Oct. 17, 2016 photo, inmate Joshua Meador speaks about addiction at Sheridan Correctional Center in Sheridan, Illinois. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

BY CARLA K. JOHNSON SHERIDAN, Ill. (AP) — U.S. prisons are experimenting with a high-priced monthly injection that could help addicted inmates stay off opioids after they are released, but skeptics question its effectiveness and say the manufacturer has aggressively ...
In this Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, file photo, released by the East Liverpool Police Department, a young child sits in a vehicle behind his grandmother, Rhonda Pasek and her boyfriend, James Acord, both of whom are unconscious from a drug overdose, in East Liverpool, Ohio.

BY PATRICK MAIRS Widely shared, heartbreaking images of children dealing with the effects of their loved ones’ heroin addiction are raising questions about whether the pictures and videos can scare addicts straight or simply exploit the youngest victims of the ...
This Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, file photo shows pills of the painkiller hydrocodone at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vermont.

BY MATTHEW PERRONE WASHINGTON (AP) — Health officials are strengthening warnings about the potentially fatal consequences of mixing prescription painkillers and sedatives like Xanax, saying the combination can lead to breathing problems, coma and death. The Food and Drug Administration ...
X