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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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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…

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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….

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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Police scramble to find cause of rash of heroin overdoses Heroin Bulletin 

Police scramble to find cause of rash of heroin overdoses

A young woman was unresponsive and needed immediate medical attention in the blue-collar neighborhood mixed with apartments and homes. Soon after, another 911 call came from The Elms Apartments in Ogletown. Then Richardson Park near Elsmere. Finally, Pike Creek. In just over five hours, four people were dead in homes throughout New Castle County, and all indications point to heroin , said Officer First Class JP Piser, a spokesman with the county police department. Three women, ages 23, 26 and 59, were pronounced dead, along with a 63-year-old man, Piser…

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Heroin bust aftermath: A victim's mother grieves; prosecutors face 'challenge' Heroin Bulletin 

Heroin bust aftermath: A victim’s mother grieves; prosecutors face ‘challenge’

Bucks County prosecutors filed charges against 13 people Wednesday in what they said was a heroin trafficking ring. Tina Richartz has watched the video again and again. “Every day,” she said. “A hundred times a day.” And a hundred times a day she rewinds the recording and skips to the spot where the district attorney says her son’s name. On Wednesday, the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office announced it had busted a 13-member heroin ring run by Quakertown brothers. Among those arrested was the person who, police had determined, had…

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Ohio pilot, wife found dead in apparent fentanyl overdose, police say Fentanyl Awareness 

Ohio pilot, wife found dead in apparent fentanyl overdose, police say

Brian and Courtney Hayle were found dead on March 16, 2017 of apparent fentanyl overdoses. WHIO CENTERVILLE, Ohio — Family members say a woman found dead along with her airline pilot husband from apparent fentanyl overdoses had long batted drug problems. Police say the children of 36-year-old Brian Halye and 34-year-old Courtney Halye found their bodies at their home in Centerville near Dayton. They were discovered by their four children, who called 911, CBS affiliate WHIO reports . Brian Halye was a pilot for Spirit Airlines. In January of 2016,…

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