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BOSTON (AP) — A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people at the prescription opioid painkiller’s launch party in the 1990s that it would be “followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition,” according to court documents filed Tuesday. The details were made public in a case… Read More
The Athens County Prosecutor’s Office will host a Parent Support Group for parents who have experienced a child suffering from addiction. Questions may be directed to Becky Filar at (740)592-3208.
CLEVELAND (AP) — A report says the number of Ohio drug overdose deaths involving meth or other stimulants soared last year. Orman Hall is an Ohio University researcher and a former head of the state’s addiction services agency. He says that while opioids are more deadly, meth addiction in Ohio is increasing dramatically. The Plain… Read More
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – A drug office official read about what a West Virginia city was doing to combat the opioid epidemic and decided to see it in person. News outlets report Office of National Drug Control Policy Deputy Director James Carroll toured Huntington on Tuesday. Carroll said people think of Huntington as being the… Read More
As illegal meth use has made a comeback across the U.S., pregnant women have not been spared, doctors say. New research shows rural areas in the South, Midwest and West have been hit hardest.
New federal data show the Ohio Valley again led the nation in rates of fatal drug overdoses last year. The data confirm what local officials have reported: Synthetic opioids are fueling the increase. West Virginia had the nation’s highest rate of fatal drug overdoses in 2017 with 57.8 deaths per 100,000 people. Ohio had the second-highest… Read More
The impact of the opioid crisis was all over the ballot on Tuesday – from candidates with proposed opioid solutions to county levies for strained children services departments. Near-Record Number of Children Services Levies on the Ballot New data from the US Department of Health and Human Services notes an increase in the number of children… Read More
A rural county in Washington declared the opioid epidemic a life-threatening emergency. It uses a multiagency coordination group straight out of FEMA’s playbook to respond to the crisis.
A year after President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency, he signed a bipartisan bill Wednesday to bolster law enforcement efforts and expand addiction treatment and resources. Proponents hope the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act helps the Ohio Valley, which suffers some of the nation’s highest rates of addiction and overdose deaths…. Read More
When Dr. Rahul Gupta started work as West Virginia’s chief health officer his state was already ground zero for the opioid epidemic, with some of the nation’s highest rates of addiction and overdose fatalities. That was 2015, and 735 state residents died from overdoses that year. Preliminary data for 2017 show there were 1,011 overdose deaths… Read More