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‘I was in total shock’: Ohio police officer accidentally overdoses after traffic stop

Washington Post  – ‎6 hours ago‎
Last summer, the Drug Enforcement Administration warned law enforcement across the country that fentanyl, the dangerously potent and often deadly synthetic opioid, could not only kill drug users but officers exposed to small amounts.

overdose deaths since Saturday in Erie Co.

WGRZ-TV  – ‎10 hours ago‎
The eight weekend deaths, which still must be confirmed with toxicology from lab testing, could bring the 2017 total to 40 confirmed.

Caffeine Overdose Killed South Carolina Teen, Coroner Rules

NBCNews.com  – ‎16 hours ago‎
A 16-year-old boy died from a caffeine overdose after drinking caffeine-laden soft drinks, coffee and an energy drink, a South Carolina coroner said Monday.

Ohio boy, 9, dies of cocaine overdose

fox8.com  – ‎4 hours ago‎
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – When Marcus Lee, Jr. died the day after Christmas, his father was told his son had a seizure. Now Marcus Lee, Sr.

House of Correction inmate died of carfentanil opioid overdose

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  – ‎17 hours ago‎
An overdose of carfentanil, a large-animal tranquilizer 10,000 times more potent than morphine, caused the April 30 death of a 52-year-old male inmate at the Milwaukee County House of Correction, the medical examiner’s office said Monday.

Indiana ERs see opioid overdose visits increase by nearly 60% in five-year period

Indianapolis Star  – ‎11 minutes ago‎
Emergency room visits for non-fatal drug overdoses in Indiana increased by nearly 60 percent in a recent five-year period, during which time deadly overdoses rose by an average 3.5 percent each year, according to a report from the Indiana State 

Melrose overdose deaths increase sharply from 2015 to 2016

Wicked Local Melrose  – ‎17 hours ago‎
Melrose Police Chief Michael Lyle said five of the eight overdose deaths in 2016 occurred in Melrose, with three occurring in other cities or towns.

Vancouver mouse overdoses on heroin, but trust-building volunteers bring back to life

Vancouver Sun  – ‎14 hours ago‎
“It was just like a human overdose. Your breathing functions start to shut down.” The OPS team were told the mouse had eaten some heroin, so Melissa Patton, one of the volunteers, immediately sprang into action.

Senator Adeleke Was Given Overdose Of Banned Drugs – LAUTECH CMD

SaharaReporters.com  – ‎5 hours ago‎
The Chief Medical Director, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Prof Akeem Lasisi, has testified that the late senator representing Osun-West senatorial district, Chief Isiaka Adeleke, died of an overdose of banned 

Woman dies of suspected drug overdose, police say

Foster’s Daily Democrat  – ‎19 hours ago‎
ROCHESTER – Rochester police are investigating what they believe to be an overdose that claimed the life of a Summer Street woman Sunday night, which occurred after officers investigated a separate death Friday morning and three nonfatal overdoses …

No jury for opioid overdose murder trial

Minnesota Public Radio News  – ‎16 hours ago‎
The Maplewood woman charged in the opioid overdose deaths of five men will go on trial Tuesday in Hennepin County District Court for two of those deaths.

Woman gets prison in fatal drug overdose case

Canton Repository  – ‎15 hours ago‎
CANTON Stephanie I. Vanhorn stood with her back turned as the father of a drug overdose victim grappled with emotion during a court hearing Monday.

Officer overdose on accidental contact with fentanyl raises concerns in Georgia

WSB Atlanta  – ‎16 hours ago‎
Police say the most dangerous form of fetntanyl is the powered form, like this talcum powder that can be easily inhaled or absorbed through the skin, which caused the officer to overdose in Ohio. “A very small pinhead amount can overdose you 

Mom accused of causing child to overdose on prescription meds not once, but twice

WTAE Pittsburgh  – ‎11 hours ago‎
She was showing signs of a near-fatal overdose and required life-sustaining interventions. Hanley admitted her daughter “was real sleepy” and had become non-responsive.

Hy-Vee pharmacies offer drug to reverse opioid overdose

Muscatine Journal  – ‎15 hours ago‎
MUSCATINE —Hy-Vee announced it will now sell naloxone – a drug that treats opioid overdose – without a prescription in its pharmacies across Iowa.

Family seeks damages in wrongful death lethal overdose claim against Hillcrest hospital

Waco Tribune-Herald  – ‎15 hours ago‎
Daniel Gann, a former chaplain at Hillcrest; his two sons; and Marjorie Coslett, his deceased wife’s mother, are suing Scott & White Memorial Hospital, doing business as Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, in what the family claims is the drug overdose 

DA proposes addicts who refuse treatment after overdose reversal be involuntarily committed

WECT-TV6  – ‎17 hours ago‎
An unsettling pattern has emerged out of the nation’s prescription opioid and heroin addiction epidemic: addicts revived from an overdose often refuse treatment, only to overdose again. A Wilmington woman who died from an overdose of heroin is one of 

Patrolman back on the job following unintended overdose

The Review  – ‎9 hours ago‎
One of the tenants, Justin Buckel, was also involved in a traffic stop Friday during which a city police officer suffered a drug overdose. (Photo by Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert). EAST LIVERPOOL – Although still feeling the effects of an unintended drug 

Rochester police respond to several overdoses over weekend

WMUR Manchester  – ‎10 hours ago‎
Rochester police are concerned there could be a lethal batch of heroin in the city following three overdoses Friday and a suspected overdose death on Sunday. However, they can’t be sure, as there is evidence that will never be tested. “Just makes us 

Heroin addicts are your problem

CNN  – ‎2 hours ago‎
I wrote about the devastating effects that heroin addiction had on my hometown — Canton, Ohio — last week. I expressed concern about proposed cuts to Medicaid and the rollback of Obamacare.

6 men arrested for heroin possession in first week of May: police

NJ.com  – ‎16 hours ago‎
BAYONNE — Six men were arrested and charged with heroin possession during the first week of May, authorities said. Two Bayonne residents ages 31 and 32, along with a 52-year-old Jersey City resident, were arrested April 30 in the area of West 52nd ..

Heroin Deaths Spike as Pills Harder to Find

NBC 6 South Florida  – ‎15 hours ago‎
As South Florida comes to grips with an opioid epidemic, many who’ve been down the path to heroin addiction recall the same first step: abuse of prescription pain killers.

Amanda Peters to head Heroin Impact Response Task Force

Cincinnati.com  – ‎May 14, 2017‎
Veteran community engagement professional Amanda Peters was named Heroin Impact Response Task Force coordinator at the Northern Kentucky Area Development District in April.

Tioga Sheriff: 4 suspects still wanted in connection with herointrafficking investigation

The Ithaca Voice  – ‎16 hours ago‎
ITHACA, N.Y. – Authorities continue to search for four suspects wanted in connection with a heroindrug trafficking investigation led by the New York Attorney General’s office.

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

WCPO  – ‎14 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 

Couple with kids allegedly sold heroin out of Allentown motel

lehighvalleylive.com  – ‎20 hours ago‎
Allentown police say a couple was selling heroin out of a city motel where they were staying with two children. Police said they received numerous complaints that Carmen Martinez-Velez, 32, and a man staying with her, later identified as Braulio Torres 

Task force issues heroin warning for northern Chautauqua County, N.Y.

GoErie.com  – ‎14 hours ago‎
MAYVILLE, N.Y. – The Southern Tier Regional Task Force is warning people not to use heroin that was obtained in northern Chautauqua County, New York.

Prison awaits fatal heroin supplier

Pekin Daily Times  – ‎18 hours ago‎
Vickers was one of a group of heroin users who obtained the drug from McIntyre, the only one among them who dealt directly with their heroin supplier, according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit. She told police she drove with several of them on Dec. 4 

Meth, heroin involved in Boulder County indictments over ‘Operation Crystal Stiletto’

Longmont Times-Call  – ‎14 hours ago‎
Recently unsealed Boulder County grand jury indictments reveal that a group of people formed a network for trading methamphetamine and heroin along the Front Range. Following an investigation dubbed “Operation Crystal Stiletto,” police arrested nine …

Put aside stigma to fight heroin addition, forum speakers say

Chicago Tribune  – ‎16 hours ago‎
More than 30 people attended a May 11 community forum on heroin use, held at the Wilmette Public Library and sponsored by the Wilmette Police Department.

Large amount of heroin seized from PIA plane at Heathrow Airport: UK authorities

Geo News, Pakistan  – ‎1 hour ago‎
LONDON: A large amount of heroin “concealed in packets” was seized from Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) PK-785 in an intelligence-based operation, UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) confirmed to Geo News on Tuesday.

Woman found passed out in vehicle with 48 bags of heroin: Police

PennLive.com  – ‎19 hours ago‎
She was found in possession of 48 bags of heroin and drug paraphernalia, police said. She was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center where she was charged with possession of drugs and paraphernalia, and was released pending a summons, police …

Man arrested in Lebanon heroin bust

Lebanon Express  – ‎21 hours ago‎
Dealer-level amounts of heroin, digital scales, packaging material, drug records were recovered, the department said. Daniel Antonio Ibarra, 22, was arrested and taken to the Linn County Jail on charges of delivery and possession of a controlled 

Mother and daughter survive heroin nightmare

Santa Clarita Valley Signal  – ‎7 hours ago‎
Cary Quashen reaches out to hug Emilie Calarbrese, who will be three years sober from heroin on May 16, after Emilie’s mom, Kellee, talked about what it took to get her daughter sober at the Signal’s Talk About Heroin at Action Family Counseling on 

Police using precaution after officer overdoses brushing heroin off uniform

ABC6OnYourSide.com  – ‎15 hours ago‎
He accidentally overdosed after brushing Fentanyl off his uniform. That officer needed several doses of Naloxone to survive. “Heroin enough was a tragedy watching our loved ones die,” said Kim Burch, who has a son battling heroin addiction. “Now, they 

Deputies fight against rising numbers of opioid, heroin related deaths

WIS  – ‎11 hours ago‎
It’s an epidemic that’s sweeping across the nation: the growing number of deaths related to opioid and heroinabuse.

Police Officer Overdoses After Powder Goes Airborne During Heroin Bust

The Daily Caller  – ‎20 hours ago‎
A police officer involved in a roadside heroin bust Friday overdosed an hour later and had to be revived after fentanyl powder went airborne and absorbed through his skin.

Ex-NFL player, Shaheen tackle topic of opiates

Seacoastonline.com  – ‎18 hours ago‎
“There’s a lot of work being done in New Hampshire to help stop the opiate problem, but there’s nothing targeted at teachers and people who deal with student-athletes in a way that tries to address prevention,” said Shaheen.

Can’t Hardly Wait Star Ethan Embry Reveals Past Battle with Heroin and Pill Addiction

PEOPLE.com  – ‎18 hours ago‎
Opiate OD is the leading cause of preventable death in America at 50k last year alone. It’s a health [crisis] not a criminal one Mr Sessions,” the 38-year-old actor tweeted Friday.

Clarksville man charged with selling synthetic opiates in Nashville

Clarksville Now  – ‎May 15, 2017‎
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 26-year-old Clarksville man was charged in Nashville with possessing and selling the synthetic opiate Kratom after a month-long investigation. Metro police reported Christopher Miller was arrested Friday and officers seized …

Increasingly potent opiates put Hoosiers, responders at risk

Batesville Herald Tribune  – ‎May 11, 2017‎
Photo courtesy of Paige Sutherland/NHPRThis is a visual of the doses of heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil needed to kill an average adult.

Police worried about herbal product that can be used to achieve opiate-like high

CTV News  – ‎May 14, 2017‎
Some Canadian police agencies are concerned about the use of a plant-based substance that, at high doses, has similar effects to opiates. Kratom is an herbal product derived from the leaves of a southeast Asian tree that is in the same family as the 

Report: Davidson County No. 13 in state for opiate-related deaths

Lexington Dispatch  – ‎17 hours ago‎
According to data released by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on Monday, Davidson County ranked 13th in the state for the number of opiate-related deaths in 2015. Several counties in the top 10 tied for their position for the …


Raid on Garfield Park probationer turns up thousands of bags of heroin

WDEL 1150AM  – ‎20 hours ago‎
Police said they recovered 3,906 bags of heroin, 4.58 grams of crack cocaine, marijuana, and $2,961 in suspected drug proceeds.