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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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{FD} Philip Seymour Hoffman’s partner Mimi O’Donnell details late actor’s horrifying drug addiction

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Philip Seymour Hoffman’s longtime partner Mimi O’Donnell detailed on Wednesday the late actor’s struggle with drug addiction and how she and their children have coped with the death. Continue reading

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{FD} Opioid painkiller prescriptions may run in families

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When one person in a household gets prescribed opioids, the other people who live with them are more likely to get their own prescriptions for these narcotic painkillers, a U.S. study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Guardian Angel’ police officer adopts opioid-addicted newborn from homeless woman

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“I just felt God telling me, ‘Tell her that you will do it because you can.'” Continue reading

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{FD} Reps. Renacci, Meadows: New legislation would help fight opioid crisis that is causing holiday heartbreak

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Across America, far too many families and communities are spending this holiday season not with celebration or cheer, but with heartbreak over the loss or suffering of a loved one to the opioid epidemic. Continue reading

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{FD} Study finds commonality in 61 percent of opioid deaths

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As the staggering toll—in terms of bodies, emotions, money, and our life expectancy—of the opioid epidemic comes into sharper focus, the idea of those who are most at risk is crystallizing, too, thanks to research out of Columbia University Medical Cen… Continue reading

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{FD} Mom, boyfriend gave baby marijuana after she broke her leg, police say

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Tessa Rose Murray and Nerrell McCoy of Muncie, Ind., were arrested Monday after they failed to seek treatment for their infant daughter’s broken leg and instead gave her marijuana to treat the pain. Continue reading

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{FD} Former addict buries self alive in drug awareness campaign

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A former addict has been buried alive outside of a Florida church since Sunday in a bid to raise awareness for drug addiction and to help others kick their habit. Continue reading

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{FD} Top cancer doctors have some advice about alcohol

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Name things that increase your risk of cancer. Continue reading

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{FD} Flakka, drug that makes people bark and strip, wreaks havoc in Midwest, South

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Otherwise normal folks suddenly running *****, and screaming through the streets, and breaking into homes? Continue reading

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{FD} Doctors claim baby’s 2015 death was caused by marijuana overdose

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Two poison control doctors who listed an 11-month-old boy’s cause of death as damage to his heart muscle claim that it was brought on by ingesting marijuana. Continue reading

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{FD} Colorado arms K-9 units with life-saving opioid antidote

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Colorado law enforcement agents across the state were outfitted with 4,000 kits of Narcan on Wednesday amid an uptick in the amount of K-9 units exposed to dangerous opioids while on the job. Continue reading

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{FD} FDA clears nerve stimulator for opioid withdrawal symptoms

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday cleared for use an electrical nerve stimulator designed to reduce the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Continue reading

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{FD} Woman dies after cleaning up son’s fatal drug overdose, coroner says

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A Pennsylvania coroner believes that a 69-year-old woman who died earlier this month likely came into contact with a deadly substance while cleaning up her son’s drug paraphernalia. Continue reading

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{FD} FDA warns on use of kratom to treat opioid addiction amid links to 36 deaths

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The FDA issued a public health advisory on Tuesday over the use of kratom, an unapproved botanical substance that originates from Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Continue reading

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{FD} South Carolina church uses Bible and prayer to help faithful fight opioid addiction

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Thousands are dying from opioid-related overdoses across the U.S. but a South Carolina church is waging war against the epidemic using the power of prayer to help those battling addiction. Continue reading

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{FD} To the people dying from the opioid epidemic, drugs aren’t the problem — they’re the solution

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For the first time in America, we are properly tackling drug addiction as a public health issue requiring public health solutions, rather than a public safety issue necessitating heavy-handed and ineffective criminal penalties. Continue reading

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{FD} Federal prosecutors take on pharmaceutical companies for their alleged role in opioid crisis

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The billionaire founder of a pharmaceutical company is the latest to face criminal charges as prosecutors seek to hold big business drug makers responsible for the role they have played in the opioid crisis. Continue reading

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{FD} Opioid abuse crisis takes heavy toll on US veterans

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Opioid drug abuse has killed more Americans than the Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam wars combined, and U.S. veterans and advocates this Veteran’s Day are focusing on how to help victims of the crisis. Continue reading

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{FD} Cutting back on alcohol can prevent cancers, experts claim

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A large organization of cancer doctors has issued a call to action to minimize alcohol consumption. Continue reading

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{FD} Florida insurer to stop covering oxycodone, will offer abuse-resistant alternative

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Florida Blue said that starting Jan. 1, 2018 the insurer will no longer cover the cost of OxyContin prescriptions and instead offer patients Xtampza ER, an alternative opioid that resists crushing and contains a substance that neutralizes the effect of… Continue reading

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{FD} Trump declares opioid epidemic public health emergency – here’s what that means

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President Trump officially declared the opioid crisis a “public health emergency” last month. Continue reading

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{FD} Seven House Representatives: Opioid addiction and abuse is not partisan, it’s about saving lives

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Today nearly 100 Americans will die from a drug overdose involving prescription drugs. Continue reading

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