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Terms Used Inside the Opioid Epidemic

  Opiate: Drugs derived directly from the opium poppy, including morphine. Opioid: Typically refers to synthetic or partially synthetic drugs designed to imitate the effects of opiates, including painkillers such as Vicodin, Oxycontin, and fentanyl. Opioids and opiates act on opioid receptors in the brain. They can affect parts of the brain that control emotion and pain perception, and can produce euphoria, or a “high.” Long-term use can alter brain functioning. Heroin: An opioid drug derived from morphine. It can be injected, snorted or smoked. Fentanyl: A potent synthetic opioid…

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As opioid overdoses rise, police officers become counselors, doctors and social workers Heroin Bulletin 

As opioid overdoses rise, police officers become counselors, doctors and social workers

  Letter to the community on Holy Addiction Capt. Ron Meyers, left, and Deputy J. David Weber approach the apartment of an overdose victim from the previous week in Chillicothe, Ohio, on March 8. The Ross County Heroin Partnership Project collaborates with federal, state and local agencies in an effort to reduce heroin deaths. (Maddie McGarvey/For The Washington Post) The nation’s opioid epidemic is changing the way law enforcement does its job, with police officers acting as drug counselors and medical workers and shifting from law-and-order tactics to approaches more akin…

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Elephant Tranquilizers Are the New Heroin Fentanyl Awareness 

Elephant Tranquilizers Are the New Heroin

Drug addicts take regular gambles with their lives and each day they play a new game of Russian Roulette. It’s no secret that drug addicts put themselves in sketchy situations that no sane person would ever contemplate doing. Addicts “cop” dope from random people at run-down convenience stores, look for someone to give them the “eye” so they know they’re holding drugs and even buy legal “research chemicals” online, not really knowing what they’re getting other than the promise of getting high. Legally. When addicts buy drugs they are putting…

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Ashland couple charged with manslaughter in overdose death Heroin Bulletin 

Ashland couple charged with manslaughter in overdose death

Letter to the community on Holy Addiction ASHLAND — An Ashland couple that was arrested last month on drug charges has been indicted on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in connection with an August overdose death. According to a press release from Ashland County Prosecutor Christopher Tunnell, Christopher and Danielle Luce were indicted by a grand jury Thursday on a total of 11 counts – nine related to the August events and two counts related to their arrest last month. The new charges are tied to the August 2016 death of…

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Distributing heroin part of Missouri man’s religious beliefs Heroin Bulletin 

Heroin treatment funding needs to have accountability [Editorial]

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan ‘s recent declaration of a state of emergency with regard to opioid abuse came with his announcement that he’ll provide an additional $10 million to treat addiction in each of the next five state budgets. These are welcome moves by a governor who has shown a willingness to lead, not to hide, when it comes to the alarming rate of opioid abuse in this and other states. The governor has stepped up and pledged to spend more on opioid abuse treatment, but Maryland residents also need…

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Fentanyl was main driver of Louisville’s surge in drug overdose deaths in 2016 Fentanyl Awareness 

Fentanyl was main driver of Louisville’s surge in drug overdose deaths in 2016

While Louisville’s heroin epidemic shows no sign of stopping , fentanyl — a synthetic opioid up to 50 times more potent — has surpassed it as the leading cause of fatal drug overdoses that continue to dramatically increase locally, according to records provided by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office. Data from the local coroner’s office shows that 324 individuals died from an accidental drug overdose in 2016, which is a 47 percent increase from the 220 fatal overdoses in 2015 — a year in which Jefferson County also withstood a…

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China’s move to ban fentanyl could help curb drug addiction crisis in US Heroin Bulletin 

China’s move to ban fentanyl could help curb drug addiction crisis in US

Pam Garozzo and her son, Carlos, three weeks before he died from a drug overdose. (Courtesy of Pam Garozzo) The Chinese government’s recent decision to ban the manufacture and sale of four types of the synthetic drug fentanyl next month came too late for Carlos Castellanos. The 23-year-old Pennsylvania man had been off drugs for 10 months when he was found dead in a car parked by a train station. Castellanos looked happy and healthy when he walked his mother, Pam Garozzo, down the aisle at her wedding on Dec….

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County Issues Deadly Drug Alert For Carfentanil, An Elephant Tranquilizer Fentanyl Awareness 

County Issues Deadly Drug Alert For Carfentanil, An Elephant Tranquilizer

Nassau County has released a deadly drug warning for the synthetic opiod carfentanil, which may be making its way to New York. Carfentanil is a synthetic drug that is 10,000 times more powerful than morphine and 500 times more powerful than heroin. It’s 100 times stronger than fentanyl — another synthetic opiod that has been causing overdoses on Long Island recently. According to the DEA, fentanyl can be fatal in doses as small as 2 milligrams. The average dose of heroin is 30 milligrams. The drug is sold under the…

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