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{FD} NC town battles opioid epidemic by using robots to test people’s ****

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In 2016 more than 33,000 opioid related deaths occurred across the U.S., but the town of Cary, located on the outskirts of North Carolina’s capital, is the first to use a special device to test sewer water in an attempt to combat the opioid crisis. Continue reading

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{FD} Mom shares last photos of son who died after taking ecstasy

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A grieving mom has released shocking photos of the final hours of her son who died after taking MDMA, also known as ecstasy. Continue reading

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{FD} Ex-Drug Czars Bill Bennett, John Walters: Mr. Trump, please don’t legalize marijuana at the federal level

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President Trump should refuse—it’s a bad deal with unsustainable consequences. Continue reading

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{FD} Battling the despair of opioid addiction in an unexpected place

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Sam Hall sat on his narrow bed, his thin frame propped up against the concrete wall, periodically glancing up from a well-worn paperback novel. Continue reading

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{FD} 70,000 opioid-related overdose deaths in US unaccounted for since 1999, study says

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The opioid crisis plaguing the U.S. may be even worse than health officials previously thought, with tens of thousands of opioid-related deaths possibly going unreported from 1999 to 2015. Continue reading

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{FD} Poison control centers report spike in kids’ exposure to addiction drug

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From 2007 to 2016, more than 11,000 children and adolescents in the U.S. were exposed to buprenorphine, a drug that’s used to treat opioid-use disorders, a new study finds. Continue reading

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{FD} Retailers experiment with blue lights to deter drug use

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The blue lights are meant to discourage people from using drugs in store bathrooms by making it more difficult for them to see their veins. Continue reading

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{FD} Pennsylvania man finds hope after years of addiction and despair

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The flight of industry has decimated a small Pennsylvania town, and the inundation of opioids has its back against the wall – and some of the city’s men are paying the price. Continue reading

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{FD} Should people with drug addictions be forced into rehab?

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Mandatory drug treatment programs are on the rise. But can a person truly recover when forced into treatment? Continue reading

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{FD} House advances dozens of bills to combat nation’s opioid crisis

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The House moved last week to push through dozens of bills aimed at curtailing the nationwide opioid epidemic — and lawmakers said they’re not done yet. Continue reading

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{FD} Kentucky sues Walgreens, claims it has role in opioid epidemic

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Kentucky’s attorney general on Thursday sued Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc, accusing the company of playing a dual role in propagating an opioid epidemic in the state as both a pharmacy chain and wholesale drug distributor. Continue reading

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{FD} Opioid overdose antidote recalled over particulate matter

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The FDA announced a recall of Naloxone on Monday after the antidote’s manufacturer flagged a potential issue with the syringe plunger. Continue reading

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{FD} Despair, hope and drugs in America: Is anyone safe?

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While America was diverted by homegrown terrorism, economic stress and mass shootings, another scourge quietly moved to the fore: drug addiction. Continue reading

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{FD} Georgia nursing board prioritizes drug-addicted nurses over patients, report says

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An investigation has found Georgia’s most fragile population – the ill and ailing – may be in imminent danger due to a culture of secrecy and questionable tactics employed by the state’s regulatory board for nurses, which stands accused of acting to ke… Continue reading

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{FD} One-third of new heroin users become dependent on it

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Every day, an estimated 300 to 520 people in the U.S. try heroin, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Continue reading

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{FD} Roseanne Barr not first celeb to claim Ambien led to bizarre behavior: What is the insomnia drug?

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Roseanne Barr appeared to blame Ambien, a prescription sleeping pill, for the racist tweet that ultimately led to her popular ABC show “Roseanne” to be canceled on Tuesday by ABC. Continue reading

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{FD} Drug users dumping thousands of used needles in NYC parks

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Junkies have been dumping some 5,000 used needles a week in parks across the Bronx — prompting desperate city officials to install dozens of syringe-disposal kiosks in hopes of cleaning up the dangerous mess. Continue reading

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{FD} 5 Connecticut students hospitalized after eating ‘tainted’ cookies

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A 15-year-old girl was arrested on Monday when five of her classmates were sent to the hospital after she allegedly gave them cookies laced with a foreign substance. Continue reading

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{FD} Dozens hospitalized after allegedly ingesting K2 in Brooklyn neighborhood

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At least 25 people were hospitalized on Saturday after police responded to reports of a mass overdose outside of a neighborhood deli in Brooklyn. Continue reading

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{FD} FDA approves non-opioid drug to treat opioid withdrawal symptoms

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Federal regulators on Wednesday approved the first nonopioid treatment to ease withdrawal from quitting addictive opioids. Continue reading

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{FD} Aspiring model found dead in doctor’s home after night of sex, drugs and alcohol, police say

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Olya Langille, 18, an aspiring model was found dead on March 26 in a doctor’s home after a night of partying, drugs, alcohol and sex. Continue reading

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{FD} Walmart to limit opioid prescriptions at pharmacies amid epidemic

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Walmart Inc. announced Monday the retail giant will begin to restrict opioid prescriptions in an effort to help stem the deadly drug epidemic. Continue reading

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{FD} Arizona reports first Carfentanil overdose death

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Arizona has recorded its first death involving an overdose of Carfentanil, a synthetic opioid that’s 5,000 times more potent than heroin, and 100 times more powerful than fentanyl. Continue reading

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{FD} Organs from overdose victims may save thousands on transplant waiting list

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Transplant procedures involving deceased overdose victims have increased nearly 24-fold since 2000, with researchers reporting on Monday that the patients who receive these organs typically fare as well as patients who receive organs from other donors. Continue reading

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{FD} US homes need Narcan to aid in opioid overdose epidemic, surgeon general advises

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The nation’s chief doctor wants more Americans to start carrying the overdose antidote naloxone to help combat the nation’s opioid crisis and save lives. Continue reading

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{FD} Surgeon general urges Americans to carry drug that reverses opioid overdose

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The nation’s chief doctor wants more Americans to start carrying the overdose antidote naloxone to help combat the nation’s opioid crisis and save lives. Continue reading

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{FD} Surgeon general urges Americans to carry overdose antidote

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The nation’s chief doctor wants more Americans to start carrying the overdose antidote naloxone to help combat the nation’s opioid crisis and save lives. Continue reading

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{FD} CDC director pledges to bring opioid epidemic ‘to its knees’

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Dr. Robert Redfield, Jr, the new CDC new director pledged Thursday to work to bring the nation’s opioid epidemic “to its knees” and said he believes the AIDS epidemic could be ended in three to seven years. Continue reading

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{FD} Colorado hospitals find success in reducing opioid addiction

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Doctors say anytime an opiate prescription is written, it can be a gateway to addiction. With the opioid crisis raging nationwide, including in Colorado, a group of hospitals here grouped together to try and reduce the number of opioids doled out in em… Continue reading

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{FD} How the White House is tackling the opioid epidemic

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President Trump officially declared the opioid crisis a “public health emergency” in 2017. Here’s how he plans to tackle the epidemic. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump declares war on opioid abuse, calls for death penalty for traffickers, more access for treatment

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Speaking from one of the states hardest hit by the opioid epidemic, President Trump on Monday laid out a battle plan that calls for harsher sentences – and even the death penalty – for traffickers. Continue reading

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{FD} Rep. Marsha Blackburn: A concrete step in the fight against the opioid epidemic

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The opioid epidemic gripping Tennessee and our country has been destroying lives for well over a decade. Continue reading

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{FD} Native American overdose deaths surge since opioid epidemic

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Native Americans may be the most affected by the opioid epidemic that has spread across the U.S., and federal officials are looking for solutions. Continue reading

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{FD} U.S. to file ‘statement of interest’ in lawsuits against opioid makers, distributors

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The United States will file a “statement of interest” in an action involving hundreds of lawsuits against drug manufacturers and distributors, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Fake *****: Mississippi lawmakers say flush it away

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Political and business leaders in Mississippi are working to pass a law that would flush fake ***** down the ******. The Mississippi ***** Trouble Act would ban the sale or use of synthetic human ***** for the purposes of defrauding a drug test. Continue reading

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{FD} Fake *****: Mississippi in legislative push to flush it away

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Political and business leaders in Mississippi are working to pass a law that would flush fake ***** down the ******. The Mississippi ***** Trouble Act would ban the sale or use of synthetic human ***** for the purposes of defrauding a drug test. Continue reading

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{FD} Promising Ivy League student, 19, killed in opioid crisis

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The virus of the opioid crisis in America has no borders or boundaries. Continue reading

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{FD} Georgia police officers save man who overdosed on opioids in dramatic video

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Three police officers in an Atlanta suburb are being praised for their fast work after they saved a man who overdosed on opioids in a dramatic rescue last week captured on body cameras. Continue reading

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{FD} West Virginia calls in National Guard to tackle opioid crisis

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People expect to see the Army National Guard during disasters. Continue reading

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{FD} Philadelphia aims to become first US city to legalize safe injection sites

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Medically supervised injection sites could be the answer for curbing the deadliest drug crisis in American history, and with an estimated 1,200 overdose deaths in 2017, Philadelphia is willing to give the unconventional approach a try. Continue reading

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{FD} Ohio AG ‘encouraged’ by prospect of multi-state opioid settlement

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As settlement talks begin for lawsuits involving the nation’s opioid epidemic, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said Wednesday he’s encouraged by a federal judge’s understanding of and comittment to resolving the crisis. Continue reading

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{FD} FBI strengthens crackdown on darknet drug dealing

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After Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new team to combat the dark web users of the opioid epidemic, some experts in the field say it’s about time the government focused their resources on this realm of activity. Continue reading

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{FD} Here’s what Trump should say about opioids in his State of the Union address

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Opioids are becoming increasingly deadly to Americans. In 2016, two-thirds of drug-related deaths involved opioids. Continue reading

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Newt Gingrich: Opioid deaths are a health crisis — Treatment, not jail, is the cure

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About 91 Americans are expected to die today and every day from opioid overdoses. Continue reading

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{FD} Fighting the opioid epidemic will require more court battles

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New York City’s decision to file a lawsuit this week against eight big pharmaceutical corporations and distributors that ignited the nation’s raging opioid epidemic cannot bring back the hundreds of thousands of loved ones who have perished during this… Continue reading

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{FD} Philadelphia aims to be first US city to host safe injection sites

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Philadelphia wants to become the first U.S. city to permit medically supervised drug injection sites as a way to combat the opioid epidemic, officials said Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Walmart takes on opioid crisis in free disposal program

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Wednesday said it will provide customers filling prescriptions for opioids with a packet of powder that will help them dispose of leftover medication. Continue reading

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{FD} Should pot be legal? Let states decide that question, not the federal government

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded an Obama administration policy that blocked U.S. attorneys from prosecuting marijuana cases in states where the drug is legal. Continue reading

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{FD} Opioid epidemic burdening grandparents, foster care

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As the opioid epidemic pushes children out of their parents’ custody, grandparents and other relatives are forced to step up. Continue reading

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{FD} University president: We know your kids are drinking and we need your help

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This is the time of year when many college students return home to see family and friends, and to face nosy but well-meaning questions about school. Just as everyone at the holiday table will press them for information, students will be trying to asser… Continue reading

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