The Opioid Epidemic in Hays County Texas Continues To Rise

Opioid Epidemic in Hays County Texas Drug overdose deaths in Texas have been leveling off in recent years according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hays County—situated between Austin and San Antonio—seems to buck that trend. Local addiction counselor Tori Bowman told Communityimpact.com that a quarter of her patients

New Jersey Holds Town Hall Meetings on Reorganization of Addiction and Mental Health Services

New Jersey Holds Town Hall Meetings on Reorganization of Addiction and Mental Health Services By Michael Rass New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has said the opioid crisis will be his primary focus before he leaves office in January. In his final state-of-the-state address, Christie called that crisis “one that is ripping the very fabric of

What is the Heroin Triangle? A Georgia Epidemic

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Photo: J. Tesla / CC BY-SA 4.0 What is the Heroin Triangle? In January, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal referred to the drug overdose crisis in his state as “an ongoing epidemic that ravages the hearts and minds of not only individuals but also the communities that they touch.”   The focal point of Georgia’s

Wisconsin Leads Midwest in Alcohol Misuse and Faces Growing Meth Problem

Wisconsin Leads Midwest in Alcohol Misuse and Faces Growing Meth Problem By Michael Rass Like many other states in the Union, Wisconsin has an opioid problem. Governor Scott Walker put it bluntly: “We’ve recently seen opioid use and abuse escalate throughout Wisconsin. The bottom line is this has become an epidemic, and every year we

New Illinois Survey Shows Many Directly Touched by Opioid Epidemic

A new poll from the National Safety Council (NSC) shows one in three Illinois residents has been directly touched by the opioid epidemic ravaging the nation. Illinoisans may have personally known someone who has become addicted to opioids, known someone who overdosed or died from an overdose or suffered from opioid use disorder themselves. Last

New Pilot Program to Reduce Opioid Deaths in Jacksonville

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 in 2015, they had 2,114 overdose victims. In 2016, that number jumped to

Fighting Stigma and the Opioid Epidemic in Western Pennsylvania

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 been replaced by the synthetic opioid fentanyl (and fentanyl-related substances) as the number

Playwrights Battle the Opioid Epidemic in Ohio

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. Earlier this year, the Columbus Dispatch contacted the coroner’s offices of all 88

Ohio’s High-Tech Opioid Technology Challenge

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 a single year from 2014 to 2015. The crisis shows no signs of