Opiates In the News

12 Nov 2015

Mom Takes to Facebook to Fight Heroin Addiction as Overdose Deaths Spike

November 12th, 2015|Opiates In the News|0 Comments

A mother for whom addiction has hit close to home has become tired of hearing about heroin overdose deaths in her area while people whine over a coffee cup, and she has taken the fight up on Facebook.

Lori Cross Schotten found her anger boiling over as she saw post after post about the recent […]

04 Nov 2015

Ohio Voters Reject Proposal to Legalize Marijuana

November 4th, 2015|Opiates In the News|0 Comments

Yesterday, voters in Ohio had an opportunity to vote on an amendment to their state constitution that would have legalized marijuana throughout the state for recreational use. Despite growing support across the nation for legalizing marijuana, the proposed amendment had a lot of critics even among those who support the legalization of marijuana.

If it […]

29 Oct 2015

Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Makes Naloxone Available to All Pennsylvanians

October 29th, 2015|Opiates In the News|1 Comment

Another state has joined the movement to make Naloxone, also known as Narcan, more easily available to those who may need it. Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine signed and announced the governor’s standing order on Naloxone yesterday. Dr. Levine’s signature acts as a prescription for any Pennsylvanian to buy […]

23 Oct 2015

More Access to Opiate Overdose Antidote in Michigan Forthcoming

October 23rd, 2015|Opiates In the News|0 Comments

Following the example of other states such as Maryland that have started to do so, a state drug task force has recommended making a legal change to allow over-the-counter sales of naloxone, an injectable drug that help to prevent overdose deaths.

The Prescription Drug and Opioid Task Force, established by Gov. Rick Snyder in June […]

11 Oct 2015

Maryland Announces $608,000 In Funding To Combat Opiate Epidemic

October 11th, 2015|Opiates In the News|0 Comments

Last Wednesday the state of Maryland announced $608,000 in funding to combat the growing epidemic of opiate addiction.

The grant money, which comes from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Byrne Justice Assistance Grants program, will go to projects designed to identify and apprehend drug dealers, help families hit by substance […]

06 Oct 2015

Massachusetts Bill Could Help Curtail Opiate Addiction

October 6th, 2015|Opiates In the News|0 Comments

Since he first took office, Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts has planned to take on the state’s drug problem. State Senator Benjamin Downing (D) has been leading the fight as well.

“Obviously, we know that this is an issue that has touched all 351 of the cities and towns in Massachusetts, and […]

04 Oct 2015

New Law In Maryland Allows For Blanket Prescription for Naloxone

October 4th, 2015|Opiates In the News|0 Comments

However, price still remains an obstacle.
Under a new Maryland law that went into effect on Thursday, doctors at local health departments across the state can write a blanket prescription that covers anyone who is trained on how to administer naloxone, removing a hurdle that many faced in its administration. […]

28 Sep 2015

CVS Enhances Commitment to Combatting Prescription Drug Abuse

September 28th, 2015|Opiates In the News|0 Comments

CVS has long had a commitment to fighting against the nationwide epidemic of prescription drug abuse. Last week, CVS announced that they are expanding the availability of the opioid overdose reversal medicine, naloxone, in its stores. Already available without a prescription in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, naloxone will now […]

24 Sep 2015

Gloucester Police Department Calls Out Big Pharma CEO’s, And It Works

September 24th, 2015|Opiates In the News|0 Comments

Gloucester, MA continues to be a leader in the fight against the epidemic of opiate addiction. Continuing their creative ways of fighting opiate addiction, last week the Gloucester Police Department published a Facebook post urging people to contact the CEOs of pharmaceutical companies to “politely ask them what they […]

22 Sep 2015

Study Finds That Doctors Play A Role In The Opioid Addiction Epidemic

September 22nd, 2015|Opiates In the News|0 Comments

In a study published by a team led by pain specialist Dr. W. Michael Hooten at the Mayo Clinic, the medical records of 293 patients that were given a short-term prescription for opiates for the first time in 2009 were analyzed. The patients were being treated for acute pain. Their doctors held no expectations […]