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 trend shows a startling increase of 74 percent over the past four years.
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 more than 26 percent from 2015 to 2016, accompanied by a 380 percent
Photo By: Dori / CC BY 2.5 Like other states in the nation, Wisconsin has been struggling with the impact of the opioid addiction crisis on the lives of its residents. Although 63 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties saw a decline or remained the same in the number of opioids prescribed between 2010 and 2015, the
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 epidemic in Texas and the rest of the nation. Dallas TV station WFAA
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 attempts to formulate a plan for ending the opioid epidemic. The Miami-Dade Opioid
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 the United States, and Chicago is no exception,” Emanuel said in a statement.
Photo: Don Dearing / CC BY-SA 2.0 The number of children being removed from their homes in Northern Florida’s Duval County due to the drug addiction of their parents is increasing at an alarming rate. Lee Kaywork of Family Support Services told News4jax.com in May that drug addiction used to be the cause of 40
Photo: Paul Keleher / CC BY 2.0 Gloucester, the historic fishing city north of Boston, made national headlines in 2015 when it introduced an unprecedented amnesty program that encourages substance users to turn in their drugs to the police without fear of arrest. The hope was that many of the people could be encouraged to
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
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