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New Pilot Program to Reduce Opioid Deaths in Jacksonville

By Lakeview Health Lakeview Health Meet The Editorial Team Published: September 19, 2017 New Pilot Program to Reduce Opioid Deaths in Jacksonville By Michael Rass Fact: Every day, an average of 12 people overdose on heroin or similar drugs in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department (JFRD) tracks overdose emergency calls. JFRD says

Fighting Stigma and the Opioid Epidemic in Western Pennsylvania

By Michael Rass Michael Rass Meet The Editorial Team Published: September 13, 2017 More than 4,600 people died of drug overdoses in Pennsylvania last year, a 37 percent increase from 2015 according to a recent report published by the Philadelphia field division of the US Drug Enforcement Administration and the University of Pittsburgh. Heroin has

Playwrights Battle the Opioid Epidemic in Ohio

By Michael Rass Michael Rass Meet The Editorial Team Published: September 12, 2017 More than 4,100 Ohioans died from accidental drug overdoses in 2016, a 36 percent increase from the year before. On average, eleven Ohioans died each day in 2016 from heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, or other drugs. The crisis is apparently continuing to escalate.

Ohio’s High-Tech Opioid Technology Challenge

By Michael Rass Michael Rass Meet The Editorial Team Published: September 8, 2017 Photo: Lisa Chamberlain / CC BY-SA 2.0 Ohio has one of the worst addiction problems in the nation. The state has even been called the “face” of the opioid epidemic. Opioid overdose deaths in Ohio increased by an alarming 29 percent in

The War Against Opioid Addiction in Arizona

By Michael Rass Michael Rass Meet The Editorial Team Published: September 7, 2017 The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) released its latest data on opioid overdoses in June. The 2016 Arizona Opioid Report showed the highest number of deaths in the state in ten years. In 2016, 790 Arizonans died from opioid overdoses. The

Drug Overdose Deaths Continue to Rise in Pennsylvania

By Lakeview Health Lakeview Health Meet The Editorial Team Published: August 30, 2017 Photo: Fran Rogers / CC BY-SA 2.5  Last year, approximately 13 people died each day of a drug-related overdose in Pennsylvania, according to a new report by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the University of Pittsburgh. The state’s fatal overdose rate increased

North Texas Sees Rise in Heart Infections due to Drug Misuse

By Michael Rass Michael Rass Meet The Editorial Team Published: August 18, 2017 Texas lost 2,601 people to drug overdoses in 2014, many of them to heroin and other opioid drugs. That year, Dallas County had the second-highest overdose rate for opioids in Texas, after Nueces County. Those are not the only fatalities of the addiction

Opioid Crisis in Florida’s Miami-Dade County Worsens

By Michael Rass Michael Rass Meet The Editorial Team Published: August 15, 2017 Photo: Don Ramey Logan / CC BY-SA 4.0 Heroin deaths in Miami-Dade reached record level in 2015, with 83 recorded cases. That’s up from 11 in 2011. To deal with the escalating crisis, the county created a task force last December in

Chicago Mayor Emanuel Wants to Increase Access to Addiction Treatment

By Michael Rass Michael Rass Meet The Editorial Team Published: August 10, 2017 The number of opioid-related deaths continues to rise in Chicago. In response, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced new plans in July to intensify the city’s efforts to combat the epidemic and increase access to addiction treatment. “The opioid epidemic is destroying families across