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Opioid Crisis Strains Families and Foster System

2 hours agoNews : USAToday: News

The opioid crisis sweeping the US has hidden victims: Tens of thousands of children forced from their homes. The share of kids entering the foster care system due to a parent's addiction has reached a high, fueled by skyrocketing use of opioids. (Dec. 12)        

Maine opioid task force to unveil report

Maine's task force studying the opioid crisis is due to give its recommendations to the Legislature. The task force has been studying the opioid epidemic, existing programs targeting the crisis … Click to Continue »

NC cops caught circulating ‘tasteless’ image mocking victims of the opioid crisis

12 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

A North Carolina sheriff has publicly apologized for a “tasteless” meme that appears to mock people who overdose on opioids and wish them dead. As Western North Carolina’s WLOS reports, Henderson County Sheriff Charles McDonald apologized for a meme featuring someone squirting a...

Portugal shows the way ahead on drugs policy | Letters

Yasmin Batliwala and Ian McCauley praise Portugal’s non-punitive approach to drug addiction The driving force behind Portugal’s capacity to rescue itself from the throes of an opioid crisis is an emphasis on personalised care that galvanises...Show More Summary

SNL Mocks Lauer, Franken, Trump in Hilarious Santa Skit

SNL hit a home run with an hilarious skit featuring some highly evolved kids who are more interested in sexual harassment, Trump's recognition of Jerusalem, the tax plan, and the opioid crisis than an Xbox. Kenan Thompson nailed it as Santa and…

The Joint Commission and the Current Opioid Crisis

The Joint Commission wields such power that any hospitals that failed to meet the Joint Commission’s standard in pain management would be given “requirements on improvement” and be expected to follow them in order to remain accredit...

New hope for waitlisted patients addicted to opioids

As the opioid crisis continues to escalate, the number of people who need treatment for their dependency on heroin or prescription pain killers far exceeds the capacity of available treatment programs. People seeking treatment can wait...Show More Summary

Research finds new ways to fight the opioid crisis

In the US alone, more than 2 million people struggle with opioid use disorders. Opioids, often prescribed as pain medications, have now become the country's leading cause of drug overdose. But scientists are identifying ways to help combat the epidemic, which include getting people treatment faster, developing safer opioids, and helping patients choose appropriate treatment.

22,000 Faces Are Carved Into Pills on This Opioid Overdose Memorial

The scariest part about the opioid crisis might be that one-third of people taking prescription pills like oxycodone don't even know they're on opioids. A new campaign from the nonprofit health organization National Safety Council and Energy BBDO seeks to raise awareness about, and take action to stop, the drug epidemic sweeping the U.S., by...

Opioid crisis: Criminal justice referrals miss treatment opportunities, study suggests

Under 5 percent of those referred for opioid treatment from the criminal justice system were directed to medication-assisted programs to treat their disorder, new research has found.

New hope for waitlisted patients addicted to opioids

(American College of Neuropsychopharmacology) As the opioid crisis continues to escalate, the number of people who need treatment for their dependency on heroin or prescription pain killers far exceeds the capacity of available treatment programs. Show More Summary

Research finds new ways to fight the opioid crisis

(American College of Neuropsychopharmacology) In the US alone, more than 2 million people struggle with opioid use disorders. Opioids, often prescribed as pain medications, have now become the country's leading cause of drug overdose. Show More Summary

To stop the opioid crisis, the war on physicians must end

The present state of our nation can be traced back over the past five decades to the concerted efforts of specific entities, their goals based on profit and power, who set specific plans in place to maximize their control of same. Over the past 40 years, two such plans were woven together as they brought […]

How to Save Lives in the 'Overdose Capital of America'

A new documentary streaming on Netflix is a window into what it’s like to be on the front lines of the opioid crisis. Heroin(e) is a powerful film that follows the stories of three women in Huntington, West Virginia, who are battling the opioid crisis on its front lines. Show More Summary

Opioid Crisis: Criminal Justice Referrals Miss Treatment Opportunities, Study Suggests

A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that under 5 percent of those referred for opioid treatment from the criminal justice system were directed to medication-assisted programs to treat their disorder.

Opioid crisis: Criminal justice referrals miss treatment opportunities, study suggests

(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that under 5 percent of those referred for opioid treatment from the criminal justice system were directed to medication-assisted programs to treat their disorder

Survey Spurs Farm Groups to Action on Opioid Crisis

Two of the nation’s largest farm groups plan to work together in response to staggering numbers released in a recent survey on opioid abuse in rural America. The Morning Consult survey shows farmers and ranchers are more affected than the rest of their rural neighbors, with 74 percent confirming they’ve been directly impacted by opioid abuse. Show More Summary

Should opioids be banned in court over fears of exposure?

The potency of the synthetic opioids propelling the nation's drug crisis has Massachusetts' judiciary considering whether to ban the substances from being brought into courtrooms as evidence. The chief justice … Click to Continue »

If we are serious about addressing the opioid epidemic, this is what we should do

Multiple state leaders, including Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, and even President Trump have declared states of emergency in response to the opioid epidemic. Policymakers claim to be battling this public health crisis on all fronts, but one arena continues to be conspicuously ignored: our prisons and jails. Roughly half of all incarcerated individuals suffer from […]

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