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One of the most common reasons patients head to an emergency room is pain. In response, doctors may try something simple at first, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. And, at least up until recently, if that isn't effective, the second line of attack has been the big guns.

Teen Idol Frankie Lymon’s Tragic Rise and Fall Tells the Truth About 1950s America

That beautiful soprano flying high, talent and presence and just enough ham to sell it all. And it was a great story, too: Up from nothing! A shooting star! So when they found Frankie Lymon dead at the age of 25 one February morning in 1968, in the same apartment building where he’d grown up, it was the end of something and the beginning of something, but no one was quite sure what.

The budget plan includes $6 billion to combat opioids over two years. Experts say that’s good, but not enough.

Senators Markey, Paul, Hassan and Collins Introduce Legislation to Expand Medication-Assisted Therapies for Opioid Addiction

On January 17, Senators introduced the “Addiction Treatment Access Improvement Act”, legislation that will expand access to medication-assisted therapies for opioid addiction... it codifies a 2016 regulation that expanded the number of patients qualified physicians could treat with life-saving medication-assisted therapies such as buprenorphine (aka Suboxone) from 100 to 275...
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SCIENTISTS JUST SOLVED A MAJOR PIECE OF THE OPIOID PUZZLE

Biochemists are looking at the opioid receptors that the proteins from the drugs, like fentanyl, morphine and heroin, latch onto within the brain and nervous system.

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Independence Blue Cross announced on Tuesday that it will provide a life-saving opioid and heroin antidote to members free of charge.

The Philadelphia-based health provider said it will stop charging subscribers for injectable and nasal spray forms of naloxone, better known by the brand name Narcan.

N.J. drug overdose deaths on the rise, new report shows

The overdose death toll is rising in New Jersey, and experts say they don’t know when it will slow down.

Frances Bean Cobain Talks Addiction, Her Sobriety: 'It Is an Everyday Battle'

Two years sober, Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love's daughter says it's a "kaleidoscopic decision to share my feelings about something so intimate"

Senators in attendance at President Trump's first State of the Union address will be wearing purple ribbons to bring awareness the opioid epidemic on Tuesday evening. Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, D-New York, was seen wearing a purple ribbon at the event, and several senators tweeted selfies wearing a purple ribbon.

As more Americans struggle with opioid addiction and find themselves unable to perform their duties as parents, children are pouring into state and county foster care systems.....We can’t end the crisis — or a host of other problems — until we fix our beleaguered child welfare system.

BUFFALO — There are two kinds of defendants who enter Judge Craig D. Hannah’s courtroom: Those who stand on the far side of the bench to have their cases considered in the usual way, and those invited to step closer. Close enough to shake the judge’s hand or shout obscenities in his face, depending on their mood that day.

Both kinds are facing criminal charges, but those in the second group have volunteered to take part in an experiment where the primary goal is to save their lives. Arrested for crimes related to addiction, they are participants in what is believed to be the nation’s first opioid court.

More treatment. Stronger oversight. And above all, bolder leadership.

This is a solvable problem, and through philanthropy we can make some progress. But real success requires much bolder leadership -- and a far greater sense of urgency -- from both elected officials and industry leaders.

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The manufacturer of the powerful painkiller OxyContin announced last week that it will stop promoting its opioid drugs to doctors after years of criticism and mounting lawsuits, some based in part on a Times investigation.

For Paul Ressler, president and CEO of The Overdose Prevention Agency Corp., every life is precious, and that includes K-9s.

Ressler, as well as representatives in the local and national medical and law enforcement communities, have cautioned that canine police units can be put in deadly situations as they sniff out drugs. As a result, Ressler with Sgt. Scott Kivet of the Robbinsville PD and Sgt. Joseph Angarone of the Mercer County Prosecutors Office have coordinated efforts for TOPAC to partner with area law enforcement and NorthStar VETS to provide training to administer the opioid antidote naloxone in case of emergencies.

The opioid epidemic is U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams’ top priority and his position’s bully pulpit is his most potent weapon to effect change.

Because of that, Adams has publicly shared his own family’s struggle with addiction, which includes a brother who has been jailed as he fights substance abuse.

The nation’s governors are calling on [President Trump's] administration and Congress to provide more money and coordination for the fight against the drugs, which are killing more than 90 Americans a day. The list of more than two dozen recommendations made by the National Governors Association is the first coordinated, bipartisan response from the nation’s governors since Trump’s October declaration.

Synthetic opioids put police dogs at risk

Scott Kivet, a detective in Robbinsville Township, New Jersey, thinks about overdose risks to his drug detection dog Quori, a 2-year-old Labrador Retriever. They work along a section of Interstate 195 east of Trenton. They are part of a drug interdiction team that is involved in more than 100 heroin-related arrests each year. Read entire article to learn how TOPAC is helping drug detection dogs.

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President Trump's State of the Union Address was 80 minutes long. He spent just 49 seconds on the opioid epidemic, something he has declared to be a public health emergency. The brevity of his remarks on opioids is indicative of the lack of action taken by the federal government in the three months since the emergency declaration.

As overdose deaths mount, leading to a decline in US life expectancy 2 years in a row, my New Year’s wish is for more people to appreciate this statement: Not all well-intentioned approaches to addressing the opioid epidemic are good ideas. Some are based on evidence and experience, others on misunderstanding, blame, fear, or frustration. What’s needed in 2018 is the wisdom—and the courage—to tell the difference.

High schools stock up on Narcan to combat teen opioid crisis in US

January 30, 2018

Joseph Occhino, principal of Northern Highlands Regional HS in Allendale, NJ, has seen lots of changes during his 34 years as an educator… his school, which draws students from four affluent towns in northwest Bergen County, was approved to administer the lifesaving drug Narcan (aka naloxone hydrochloride) to any student who overdoses on an opioid on school grounds.
The school nurse, athletic trainer and the supervisor of health and wellness — were trained offsite earlier last year and are now authorized to administer the drug...

There’s a lot of stigma and misunderstanding with substance use disorders, treatment and recovery. But you should never let social judgment stand in the way of getting your child the help he or she needs and deserves. Here are nine facts to know so you can be better prepared to help your child.

As part of their investigation into the opioid crisis, The Washington Post and 60 Minutes released, in late December 2017, another explosive story about the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) failure to aggressively pursue alleged wrongdoing from McKesson, the largest distributor of opioids in the country.

Posted Jan. 2018

LIFE EXPECTANCY IN THE U.S. HAS FALLEN FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW, THE FIRST TIME IT’S DROPPED FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS IN MORE THAN HALF A CENTURY.