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(westword.com) Continuing our coverage of the opioid crisis in Colorado, we reached out to Harm Reduction Action Center executive director Lisa Raville to learn more about the use of heroin and other drugs in the

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Federal regulators on Wednesday approved the first nonopioid treatment to ease withdrawal from quitting addictive opioids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expedited approval of Lucemyra to help combat the U.S. opioid epidemic. Two-thirds of drug

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If you ask people what caused the opioid crisis ravaging our country, you’ll no doubt hear that doctors are to blame for handing out painkiller prescriptions too liberally. That narrative makes sense: Over the past

(wbez.org) Steve Kamenicky, known on the street as “Ponytail Steve,” is fully aware of the harsh truths about the opioid epidemic having been a heroin addict for four decades. Now that he’s kicked the habit,

(thefix.com) This month, a team of researchers at the University at Buffalo published a paper detailing a method of chemical testing that uses a light-trapping nanostructure to identify tiny samples of chemicals. And, though it’s

(indeonline.com) As the man with the handful of tiny needles moved closer, Sarah Downs’ nervousness grew with his every step. She rocked back and forth in her plastic chair. She fidgeted. She bounced a leg.

(harvard.edu) Patient brokering. This can take several forms. Lead selling involves paying brokers a finder’s fee or kickback for referring patients to their treatment facility (e.g., financial compensation of $500 to $1000 per patient or

(sfchronicle.com) SAN FRANSISCO, CA – San Francisco’s mayor wants to create a special medical team — the first of its kind in the nation — to spread out onto the city’s streets and give homeless

IMPACT STORIES

(wbez.org) Steve Kamenicky, known on the street as “Ponytail Steve,” is fully aware of the harsh truths about the opioid epidemic having been a heroin addict for four decades. Now that he’s kicked the habit,

(duboiscountyherald.com) – Tyhria Williams was in prison in 2011 when she got the bug to write.She wrote on envelopes, then mailed them to her dad, telling him not to open them.When she was released, she

COMMUNITY STORIES

(9news.com) DENVER CO – Blair Hubbard was 19 when she tried heroin for the first time, a progression from a year-long addiction to opioids. It was a five-day spiral that led to the amputation of

(nytimes.com) Surging opioid use and homelessness are driving an epidemic of despair in parts of the state that are short of housing, treatment options and patience. As heroin use has surged in Eureka, Calif., residents

RECOVERY STORIES

(gizmodo.com) PORTLAND, OR – Over the past few years, a hospital in Portland, Oregon has dramatically shifted its approach to treating patients with substance use disorders, including opioid addiction. And since then, the hospital has

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(bangordailynews.com) YORK, ME — It doesn’t happen here. We don’t have people addicted to heroin, no people who can’t get off oxycodone. York Hospital substance treatment counselor Sally Keck has heard it all. “Underlying this

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BUPRENORPHINE STORIES

1. Pediatric unintentional opioid exposures decreased by more than 75% following the introduction of child-resistant unit-dose packaging (UDP). 2. More than 20% of unintentional buprenorphine-naloxone exposures in children  Study Rundown: In the past 2 decades,

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(bangordailynews.com) YORK, ME — It doesn’t happen here. We don’t have people addicted to heroin, no people who can’t get off oxycodone. York Hospital substance treatment counselor Sally Keck has heard it all. “Underlying this

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FEDERAL GOV

(nydailynews.com) Sen. Chuck Schumer is pushing the Trump administration to make stopping the flow of deadly fentanyl a top priority in upcoming trade talks with China. An estimated 90% of the world’s fentanyl is produced

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STATE GOV

(tampabay.com) FLORIDA – Attorney General Pam Bondi has spent months searching for a law firm to take on the opioid industry. But she’s not getting any help from an 8-year-old state law that caps the

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LOCAL GOV

(sfchronicle.com) SAN FRANSISCO, CA – San Francisco’s mayor wants to create a special medical team — the first of its kind in the nation — to spread out onto the city’s streets and give homeless

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USER ISSUES

(westword.com) Continuing our coverage of the opioid crisis in Colorado, we reached out to Harm Reduction Action Center executive director Lisa Raville to learn more about the use of heroin and other drugs in the

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CHRONIC PAIN

(lasvegasnow.com) In Nevada, statistics show that 99.98 percent of all opioid prescriptions do not result in overdoses, but the crackdown on pain medicine has continued to intensify anyway. Like most pain management physicians, Dr. Dan

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TECHNOLOGY

(thefix.com) This month, a team of researchers at the University at Buffalo published a paper detailing a method of chemical testing that uses a light-trapping nanostructure to identify tiny samples of chemicals. And, though it’s

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FIRST RESPONDERS

(tdn.com) COWLITZ COUNTY, WA –  The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Narcotics Task Force, which faced shutdown in June due to a $150,000 budget shortfall, will likely live to see the end of the year. Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark

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EDUCATION

(news.harvard.edu) When confronting the power of addiction, the power of language is important to keep in mind, specialists say. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic handbook, describes someone

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

(thestar.com) Overdose deaths in Calgary and Edmonton are concentrated in the core, but just as many are occurring in the suburbs — and who’s dying might surprise you. Seated at a picturesque home that backs

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ECONOMIC IMPACT

(13newsnow.com) RICHMOND, VA – Governor Northam announced Monday that Virginia received another $9.76 million in a federal grant to help fight the opioid epidemic. This is the second consecutive year that the Department of Behavioral

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STUDIES/STATS

Efforts to reduce opioid-related deaths by restricting access to pain medication seem to be backfiring by driving people toward more dangerous drugs. Two analyses published today provide more reason to be skeptical of this approach,

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PRESCRIPTION NEWS

Federal regulators on Wednesday approved the first nonopioid treatment to ease withdrawal from quitting addictive opioids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expedited approval of Lucemyra to help combat the U.S. opioid epidemic. Two-thirds of drug

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NARCAN

(moneyish.com) The opioid epidemic claims 115 American lives every day. Advocates of the overdose antidote naloxone are intent on lowering that number Bronx native Brian Angel, the 27-year-old canvass director at VOCAL-NY, received training with

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FENTANYL

(nydailynews.com) Sen. Chuck Schumer is pushing the Trump administration to make stopping the flow of deadly fentanyl a top priority in upcoming trade talks with China. An estimated 90% of the world’s fentanyl is produced

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MARIJUANA

(courtesy of pbs.org) As more states legalize medical and recreational marijuana, doctors may be replacing opioid prescriptions with suggestions to visit a local marijuana dispensary. Two papers published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine analyzing more

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ARRESTS

(nola.com) NEW ORLEANS, LA – Authorities arrested two men found in a Metairie motel with almost 5 pounds of heroin and more than $42,000 in cash, according to arrest reports. Christopher Garza, 37, and Napoleon

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SENTENCING

(wpxi.com) NORTH HUNTINGDON, PA – A former Norwin High School teacher was sentenced Thursday for selling drugs, Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE reported. Lisa Rodnicki was arrested in 2015 after she tried to

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