Drug Addiction: A “Common Enemy” in Ohio

Photo by: Ynsalh / CC BY-SA 4.0  Ohio is one of three states comprising the heartland of America’s opioid addiction crisis. In 2015, West Virginia (41.5 per 100,000), Kentucky (29.9), and Ohio (29.9) were among the top five states with the highest rates of death due to drug overdose. Florida—with its own drug abuse epidemic and

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

“Our Neighbors Are Dying” – The Addiction Crisis in New Jersey

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has dedicated the last year of his term in office to tackling the drug addiction crisis in his state. “Our friends are dying. Our neighbors are dying. Our co-workers are dying. Our children are dying. Every day. In numbers we can no longer ignore,” Christie declared in his state-of-the-state address

Opioid Crisis in Southwest Texas: Fentanyl and Carfentanil Posing Threat

Photo By: Argash / CC BY-SA 3.0 The national opioid addiction crisis is also affecting neighborhoods in San Antonio. In 2014, Bexar County had the third-highest overdose rate for opiates after Nueces and Dallas Counties. Twenty-one percent of intoxication deaths in Bexar County involved multiple drugs. The US Department of Health and Human Services is soon

The Link Between Chronic Pain and Addiction in East Texas

Houston is the seat of the internationally renowned Texas Medical Center, which contains the world’s largest concentration of research and healthcare institutions. More heart surgeries are performed at Texas Medical Center than anywhere else in the world. The fourth-most populous city in the United States also attracts a lot of patients with chronic pain many

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

First Responders In South Florida Overwhelmed By Opioid Epidemic

The number of daily opioid overdoses in South Florida is overwhelming the police, reported Public Radio International in April. “Delray Beach is at the epicenter of a South Florida overdose epidemic estimated to have claimed more than 900 lives last year. Medical examiners are still counting.” According to official estimates, first responders in Palm Beach

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

The State of the Opioid Crisis in Georgia

Georgia—like many states across the nation—has seen a dramatic increase of drug overdose fatalities in recent years. As elsewhere in the United States, this trend is mostly driven by the misuse of opioids. Of the 1,307 drug overdose deaths in 2015 in Georgia, 900 (88 percent) were related to opioids, including heroin. A 2017 white