It’s time for change. The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

Substance misuse and its harms are a pervasive problem in the United States. Not only are individuals and families struggling with the consequences of this serious issue, but the effects also have far-reaching consequences on workplaces, the health care system, families, states, and communities. In the United States: Almost 67 million people reported binge drinking…

Read more

Central Florida Hard Hit by Fentanyl Scourge

Photo: Alvesgaspar / CC BY-SA 3.0 A new report from Florida’s medical examiners found that fentanyl overdose caused more deaths than any other drug in Florida in the first six months of 2016. Compared with the first half of 2015, occurrences of fentanyl—the synthetic opioid that killed Prince—nearly doubled, and deaths caused by fentanyl increased by a…

Read more

“Crazy Dangerous” Opioid Carfentanil Appears in Houston

The extremely dangerous opioid carfentanil has been confirmed in Houston prompting immediate protective measures for forensic laboratories, and first responders. According to the Houston Chronicle, a presumed batch of methamphetamine tested by the Houston Forensic Science Center (HFSC) in June was found to contain carfentanil. The world’s most powerful commercial opioid is 10,000 times more…

Read more

The Addiction Battle in Northern Texas

The national opioid addiction crisis has not bypassed communities in northern Texas. In 2014, Dallas County had the second-highest overdose rate from opiate addiction in Texas after Nueces County. The situation in Tarrant County was only marginally better than in neighboring Dallas County. “Heroin and meth made big comebacks in the area recently, and—as elsewhere…

Read more

Pill Mills Resurrecting Across Central Florida

Photo by Esmerelda Jade / CC BY-SA 4.0 Six years after shutting down most of the infamous pill mills, central Florida is going through another killer drug crisis. For many years, Interstate 75 was a notorious conduit for prescription drug trafficking, which earned the route the nickname “Oxy Express.” In hospitals along I-75—which runs from Miami…

Read more

North Florida Hit Hard By Substance Use

Photo by Johnathan Zander / CC BY 2.0 Substance use in Florida is on the rise as the national opioid epidemic has claimed thousands of lives in Florida. Earlier this month, Governor Rick Scott officially declared a public health emergency, which allows the state to accept federal grant money for prevention, treatment, and recovery services totaling…

Read more