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Officer Nearly Dies From Fentanyl Overdose After Ohio Traffic Stop

CBS Pittsburgh / KDKA  – ‎10 hours ago‎
EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (KDKA/AP) – Police say an Ohio officer suffered an accidental overdose after a drug arrest when he touched powder on his shirt without realizing it was the powerful opiod fentanyl.

Mother pleads for answers after teen’s fatal drug overdose

Hawaii News Now  – ‎10 hours ago‎
Earlier this week, Crystal Lawelawe was planning her 17-year-old’s high school graduation party. Now, she’s planning her funeral.

Opioid overdose survivors recall naloxone roller coaster

Bloomington Pantagraph  – ‎3 hours ago‎
“I remember waking up with a bunch of EMTs and police officers around me,” said Brittany Lord of Clinton, who survived an accidental heroin overdose about five years ago, thanks to the emergency overdose-reversal drug also known under the brand name …

Nonprofit offering overdose training in Kingman

Kdminer  – ‎1 hour ago‎
Sonoran Prevention Works) – One year ago Friday, Governor Doug Ducey signaled his commitment to ending the opioid overdose epidemic by signing HB 2355 into law.

Six overdoses, two dead in Milford in past week

Wicked Local Chelmsford  – ‎17 hours ago‎
MILFORD – Police responded to six overdoses in Milford in the past week, including two fatal overdoses. Authorities suspect fentanyl to be the culprit.

Parents remember son killed by overdose in Putnam

Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)  – ‎16 hours ago‎
Jeffrey Burdette, 57, died March 19 after a heroin overdose put him on life support for several days. Imogene Burdette said her son struggled with an alcohol addiction that started in high school and later cost him two marriages.

overdose in Erie County hotel

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  – ‎May 13, 2017‎
Emergency personnel responded to five reported overdoses at a Summit Township hotel early Saturday morning, according to Erie County 911.

2 drug-overdose victims found dead in Vista home publicly identified

fox5sandiego.com  – ‎May 13, 2017‎
VISTA, Calif. – Two of three apparent drug-overdose victims found dead inside a Vista home earlier this week were publicly identified Saturday.

To Combat Overdose Deaths At Sea, Fishermen Look To Reversal Drug Narcan09:50

Here And Now  – ‎May 12, 2017‎
Massachusetts fishermen are taking new steps to prevent overdose deaths at sea. The nonprofit health advocacy group The Fishing Partnership is training fishing captains to use the overdosereversal drug naloxone, also known as Narcan. The organization …

Fentanyl overdoses skyrocket in Volusia County

Daytona Beach News-Journal  – ‎May 13, 2017‎
A rising number of victims with overdoses linked to fentanyl – a powerful synthetic opioid – are turning up in emergency rooms and on the streets of Volusia County.

Fentanyl test boosts dose-reduction rate, could lead to fewer overdoses

The Globe and Mail  – ‎13 hours ago‎
Drug users who test their drugs and discover fentanyl are 10 times more likely to reduce their dose, raising the possibility that making such tests widely available could reduce overdoses. That is one finding of a drug-checking pilot project at Insite 

Saskatoon teen latest casualty in opioid overdose epidemic

CTV News  – ‎May 13, 2017‎
Friends and family of a Saskatoon teen who died of a fentanyl overdose last weekend are now preparing for her funeral Saturday when they should have been celebrating her birthday

Cape overdose deaths continue to climb

Cape Cod Times (subscription)  – ‎May 12, 2017‎
Fentanyl, an opioid 50 times more potent than morphine, was found in 77 percent of the drug overdose victims in Massachusetts in 2016, according to state Department of Public Health statistics.

To Combat Overdose Deaths At Sea, Fishermen Look To Reversal Drug Narcan

KSMU Radio  – ‎May 12, 2017‎
Massachusetts fishermen are taking new steps to prevent overdose deaths at sea. The nonprofit health advocacy group The Fishing Partnership is training fishing captains to use the overdosereversal drug naloxone, also known as Narcan. The organization …

Police investigating suspected overdose on Gosford Road and White Lane near Fastrip

KERO 23ABC News  – ‎May 13, 2017‎
Police investigating suspected overdose on Gosford Road and White Lane near Fastrip. 5:52 PM, May 13, 2017. 5 hours ago. Share Article.

Opioid overdoses overwhelm the nation’s morgues

Marketplace.org  – ‎May 11, 2017‎
Tania Madfes died a week later, but it would take six months more before David would receive a death certificate listing cause of death.

County medical examiner says 2016 set record for overdose deaths in La Crosse

La Crosse’s NewsTalk 1410AM 92.3FM  – ‎9 hours ago‎
In 2016, the county reportedly set a record at 26 for number of overdose deaths during a calendar year. “(That) kind of goes with the trend that the DAs seeing and what we’re seeing when there’s an accidentally overdose or an intentional overdoes 

Seattle could be first city to give heroin users ‘safe spaces’

Washington Examiner  – ‎9 hours ago‎
Seattle is on track to become the first place in the country where heroin addicts can legally shoot up at a supervised healthcare facility, hoping that the controversial move can reduce the number of overdose deaths and decrease the spread of disease 

Heroin, fentanyl found in Laurel traffic stop: police

Delmarva Daily Times  – ‎16 hours ago‎
A Route 13 traffic stop in Laurel turned into a sizable drug bust Saturday, police say. After Laurel police pulled over Jerry Hamilton Jr.

Heroin epidemic may be plateauing in Central Illinois

Bloomington Pantagraph  – ‎May 14, 2017‎
Generally, people start using heroin by snorting a powder form, said Ed Betzelberger, director of addiction services for Tazwood Center for Wellness that provides mental health services in Tazewell, Woodford and Logan counties.

As a Former Heroin Addict, the Documentary *Warning: This Drug May Kill You* Reminds Me How Lucky I Am

SELF  – ‎May 14, 2017‎
As I settled in to watch HBO’s new documentary on the opioid crisis, Warning: This Drug May Kill You, I prepared myself. It’s never easy to witness someone in the throes of active addiction.

Heroin: How Big Pharma Created America’s Worst Health Crisis

HuffPost  – ‎May 12, 2017‎
I was dope sick and the street I copped heroin on was naked except for a grotesquely thin kid in his early 20s. He had a teardrop tattoo under his left eye.

Panel to look at how heroin affects area

Toledo Blade  – ‎May 13, 2017‎
Personal stories and professional experience with heroin will be coming to Perrysburg. The Way Public Library and the League of Women Voters of the Perrysburg Area will host a panel discussion May 23 about the heroin epidemic facing the community, …

New, deeply personal movie ’75’ explores heroin crisis in Cincinnati

WCPO  – ‎5 hours ago‎
“75,” named for the interstate corridor that forms a major backbone of drug trafficking networks in the United States, is a gritty and realistic look at the heroin crisis and its grip on Ohio communities. It’s also deeply personal for its creators 

Paterson man allegedly sold 20 bricks of heroin to undercover detective

Paterson Times  – ‎13 hours ago‎
A city man allegedly sold 20 bricks of heroin to an undercover detective from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, according to authorities.

Tanzania: Sh2 Billion Heroin Haul Intercepted At Border

AllAfrica.com  – ‎2 hours ago‎
Dar es Salaam – Police at the Tanzania-Kenya border at Namanga seized on Thursday 25kg of heroin that was being smuggled into the country using a tourist shuttle minibus.

Seattle heroin injection site plan faces new challenge from voters

KVI-Radio  – ‎May 12, 2017‎
Supporters of Initiative 27 announcer their plan to gather signatures requiring a vote in King County to decide the fate of two proposed supervised heroin injection drug sites in Seattle. I-27 has until July 31st to collect over 47,000 valid voter 

More than 10000 bags of heroin seized in Atlantic County drug sweep

NJ.com  – ‎May 11, 2017‎
ATLANTIC COUNTY — In the past two weeks, police have arrested several people and seized more than 10,000 bags of heroin as part of a joint drug sweep to combat the increasing drug problem plaguing New Jersey’s streets, officials said in a statement.

Foster kids: Major jump due to heroin epidemic

Pueblo Chieftain  – ‎8 hours ago‎
Data from the 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey – an annual undertaking by the Colorado Department of Health and Human Services – found 6.3 percent of teenagers in Pueblo reported having used heroin at least one time in their life. More than 4 percent …

Luke Davies went from heroin addict to Oscar nominee

Daily Mail  – ‎1 hour ago‎
The Australian screenwriter behind novel-turned-film Candy, starring Heath Ledger, has opened up about the life he lived that inspired the story.

Initiative proposed to ban heroin safe-injection sites in King County

The Seattle Times  – ‎May 11, 2017‎
Miloscia has told The Seattle Times he sees safe-injection sites as a step toward decriminalization and legalization of heroin. An opponent of marijuana legalization and an advocate of tighter restrictions on alcohol, Miloscia said we should 

Senior Citizen Busted Selling ‘Deadly Cocktail’ Of Heroin On A Bicycle

The Daily Caller  – ‎May 13, 2017‎
Police nabbed an alleged drug-peddling senior citizen found selling heroin laced with fentanyl from a bicycle on the streets of New York City.

Salem woman wanted in connection with heroin trafficking arrested

Statesman Journal  – ‎May 12, 2017‎
A Salem woman who was wanted by Polk County Sheriff’s Office in connection with herointrafficking throughout Polk and Marion counties has been arrested, according to officials.