Heroin Bulletin 

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…

Read More
Heroin Bulletin 

Mother Warns Parents About Fentanyl Crisis

Mother, Sherri Kent sent a warning to parents across Canada after her son died from an overdose of fentanyl: you don’t need to be addicted to overdose on the drug. “My son was not an addict,” she wrote in a Facebook post on April 19. “He made a mistake that cost him his life.” Fentanyl is unlike other opioids in terms of sheer potency. By some estimates, the drug is up to 100 times more powerful than heroin, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. And it’s increasingly being…

Read More
What is justice in overdose fatalities? Heroin Bulletin 

Where is the Justice in Overdose Fatalities

  CHILLICOTHE – Billy Guysinger can’t bring himself to come home from working third shift at the paper mill at the same time anymore. Not since the December morning, his two cats failed to meet him at the door. The morning he peeked into his adult son’s room to find what he often feared he’d find. “The only thing I could say was, ‘Why, son,?’” Billy said. Chase Guysinger, a 28-year-old father of one, looked like he’d simply gone to sleep, likely not long after Billy had left for work the…

Read More
Heroin Bulletin 

Parents, Ex-Users Share Heroin Horror Stories

One mother cried out for help. Her daughter, a heroin addict, has been in and out of treatment several times. And it has taken an emotional toll on the mother, who has done everything she can for her only child. “It’s like you are spinning and spinning and spinning on a merry-go-round that won’t stop,” the mother said about the devastation. Emergency room nurses explained how they’ve seen multiple overdoses and it’s changed them. Another mother said her third-grade daughter had recently been offered a “piece of candy” at school….

Read More
Still from the HBO Film Warning: This Drug May Kill You HBO Heroin Bulletin 

Painkillers to Heroin, New Film Shows It Can ‘Happen to Anybody”

The struggling heroin addicts whose tragic stories drive a harrowing new documentary about America’s opioid crisis turned to the needle after the damage was done by prescription painkillers. Only one of them is still alive when the credits close on “Warning: This Drug May Kill You,” a searing study of the plague directed by longtime New York newswoman Perri Peltz But in the final frames, the fate of a young survivor named Stephany Gay is anything but certain as she quits a program designed to wean her off the drugs…

Read More
Heroin Bulletin 

The Opioid Crisis Startling Age Divide.

Young Americans are overdosing on heroin while older ones continue to overdose on prescription painkillers. The opioid epidemic in the US can sometimes seem like a giant game of whack-a-mole for health officials — look away and the epidemic shifts. More people still overdose on prescription painkillers than any other opioid, but heroin and other illicit opioids like fentanyl are now fueling a separate, and perhaps even deadlier, drug epidemic. And it turns out there are now big differences between age groups when it comes to opioid overdoses. Jay Unick,…

Read More
The Experts Are Stumped by Heroin Crisis Addiction 

Opioid Crisis is Stumping The Experts

Monday, April 24, 2017, 12:01 AM By Dave Mowery David Mowery: said it more than once while he was checking in from Atlanta. “Nobody really has a handle on this thing yet,” reporter Ford Turner said. Ford’s comment wasn’t because his eyes were suddenly opened to the growing opioid crisis. Rather, it was confirmation of what he has observed before he attended the National Prescription Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit last week. The summit drew a variety of professionals, law enforcement officials, heads of government agencies, congressmen and others to…

Read More
Uncategorized 

School Nurse’s Room: Tylenol, Bandages and an Antidote to Heroin

At every school in New Rochelle, just north of the Bronx, in Westchester, there is a locked medicine cabinet in the nurse’s office, stocked with things like EpiPens for allergic reactions, inhalers for asthma, Tylenol for aches and pains. Now, those cabinets also include naloxone, an antidote for people who are overdosing on opioids like heroin. Given as an injection or a nasal spray, naloxone can quickly revive someone who is not breathing. The city keeps it in every nurse’s office, including in its elementary schools. “We have it the…

Read More
Madison man accused of selling oxycodone, heroin Heroin Bulletin 

Madison man accused of selling oxycodone, heroin

MADISON, Wis. – A Madison man was charged in federal court on accusations that he distributed oxycodone and heroin. William D. Flowers, 26, is charged with two counts of distributing oxycodone, four counts of distributing heroin and with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Prosecutors said Flowers distributed oxycodone and heroin in February and March, and that he had a handgun on March 13. If convicted, Flowers faces up to 20 years in federal prison on each distribution charge and 10 years on the felon in possession charge….

Read More
In School Nurse’s Room: Tylenol, Bandages and an Antidote to Heroin Heroin Bulletin 

In School Nurse’s Room: Tylenol, Bandages and an Antidote to Heroin

At every school in New Rochelle, just north of the Bronx, in Westchester, there is a locked medicine cabinet in the nurse’s office, stocked with things like EpiPens for allergic reactions , inhalers for asthma , Tylenol for aches and pains. Now, those cabinets also include naloxone, an antidote for people who are overdosing on opioids like heroin. Given as an injection or a nasal spray, naloxone can quickly revive someone who is not breathing . The city keeps it in every nurse’s office, including in its elementary schools. Click…

Read More