FBI Video, “Chasing the Dragon,” Illustrates Opiate Addiction’s Toll

February 22, 2016 0

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has created a documentary this week that illustrates the toll of opiate addiction, The Kansas City Star reports. The film, called “Chasing the Dragon,” will be distributed to school districts nationwide and can be downloaded for free. High school students are a principal target audience of the film. The documentary is designed to send a message of deterrence to young people thinking of trying drugs, or who are just […]

Rate of Alcohol-Induced Deaths Increased 37% Since 2002

January 11, 2016 0

The rate of alcohol-induced deaths has increased 37 percent since 2002, reaching 30,700 U.S. deaths in 2014, The Washington Post reports. The alcohol death rate is the highest in 35 years, the newspaper notes. Alcohol-induced deaths included those from alcohol poisoning and cirrhosis. There were 9.6 deaths from alcohol-induced causes per 100,000 people in 2014. These deaths do not include those from drunk driving, other accidents and homicides committed under the influence of alcohol. If […]

More Than 47,000 Americans Died of Drug Overdoses in 2014, Setting Record

January 5, 2016 0

More than 47,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2014, setting a new record, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Drug overdoses increased 6.5 percent from 2013. The states with the highest overdose death rates were West Virginia, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Kentucky, and Ohio, Reuters reports. Deaths from opioids, including painkillers and heroin, accounted for 61 percent of overdose deaths in 2014. Opioid deaths increased 14 percent from the previous year. […]

Second Donation of Naloxone Made to Help Save Lives in Lake County

September 23, 2015 0

The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center and Lake County officials on Tuesday honored a pharmaceutical company for a second donation of a drug administered by law enforcement that has already assisted in saving 33 lives throughout Lake County. Virginia-based kaléo is matching last year’s donation of 3,000 kits of EVZIO (naloxone HCI injection), to the Health Department. Each kit contains two single-dose EVZIO auto-injectors containing the drug naloxone and a trainer for practice. In […]

Sports Illustrated– How painkillers are turning young athletes into heroin addicts

July 21, 2015 0

A few weeks ago Sports Illustrated had a compelling piece on prescription drug abuse and the jump to heroin addiction. Roman Montano had barely learned cursive when he was asked to sign his first baseball. Parents of teammates had watched him dominate game after game in Albuquerque’s Little League during the summer of 2000, mowing down batters and belting home runs. The autograph requests were mostly facetious, but what they signified was clear: The kid was going […]

States Scramble to Respond to Heroin Epidemic

June 17, 2014 0

State governors, legislatures and law enforcement across the country are scrambling to respond to the resurgence of heroin, USA Today reports. “It’s really on the top of everyone’s radar from a public health perspective,” said Thomas MacLellan, Director of Homeland Security and Public Safety for the National Governors Association. New heroin bills were introduced in at least 18 state legislatures, the article notes. The measures range from leniency for low-level heroin offenders, to permitting easier […]

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