OVERDOSE NEWS BULLETIN
News from Across the Commonwealth and the Nation
PENNSYLVANIA
08-02-2018
(Franklin) Parents who have lost children to drug overdoses are working together to raise awareness about overdose and addiction. Carrol and Victoria Rhodes, Mike and Robin Straley and Robert and Kelly Brown will host an overdose awareness event, 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at Mercersburg Lions Club Park. It will be a family-friendly, educational event... (Public Opinion)
08-01-2018
(Chester)...On Monday, the Chester County Coroner’s office released data on drug deaths due to drug overdose for the first half of the year, revealing that 59 people died from drug overdose, with 57 deaths determined to be accidental and two due to suicide. The majority of those who died from drug overdose were white men, ages 25 to 44... (Daily Local)
07-31-2018
(Beaver) While the number of overdose calls are down compared to last year, Beaver County officials are dealing with a summer spike in drug overdoses and overdose-related deaths... (The Times)
07-31-2018
(Armstrong) Armstrong County leaders say education, agency networking, treatment opportunities and the use of Narcan with bucking the statewide trend in opioid overdoses... (WITF)
07-30-2018
(Regional) Faced with a persistent opioid epidemic, officials in Western Pennsylvania have asked federal authorities to designate Allegheny, Beaver and Washington counties as a high intensity drug trafficking area... (Post-Gazette)
07-29-2018
(Luzerne) The number of drug overdoses in Luzerne County in 2018 is on pace to equal or surpass last year’s total of 151, which was a record... (Citizens Voice)
07-28-2018
(Blair)...Operation Our Town, initially, was a way to give local police more resources to go after drug dealers and make the job safer for officers.It started when Fiore told Altoona police to buy eight armored vests and send him the bill... (WITF)
07-27-2018
(Wyoming) Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Friday traveled to Northeastern Pennsylvania to praise those who worked diligently to pass a new state law allowing hospice and home health workers to safely dispose of medications left behind following the death of hospice patients... (Times Leader)
07-27-2018
(Philadelphia) Overdose deaths in Philadelphia declined during the end of 2017 and the start of the new year, offering a glimmer of hope amid the city’s ongoing struggle with the opioid epidemic, health officials said Friday... (Philly)
NATIONAL
08-03-2018
(Ohio) Republican Gov. John Kasich signed a bill into law Thursday with a message aimed at people dealing in the powerful opiate fentanyl aren’t welcome in Ohio... (WVAH)
08-02-2018
(Rhode Island)...According to a press release, the event is being hosted by the Pawtucket Red Sox, in conjunction with Above the Noise Foundation, which is a New England-based non-profit that hosts drug-and-alcohol-free music festivals to “inspire, empower, and provide funding to U.S. cities battling the national addiction epidemic.”... (TurnTo10)
07-31-2018
(Virginia)...According to preliminary data released Tuesday by the state’s chief medical examiner, 398 people died last year from an overdose related to cocaine. And so far this year, more people have died after using cocaine compared with the same period last year... (Roanoke Times)
07-31-2018
(Missouri)...Missouri health officials are looking to implement Engaging Patients in Care Coordination, or EPICC, across the state within a year. The program treats overdose victims at emergency rooms with buprenorphine, a medication that mimics opioids without the resulting high and helps with withdrawal symptoms. It also offers a peer counselor to help individuals recover from addiction... (Plain View)
07-27-2018
(North Carolina)...The drug addiction recovery high school may be a valuable addition not only because Raleigh, which is one of the 50 most populous cities in the U.S., does not have an academic institution offering similar services but also because of how drug abuse has been impacting teenagers throughout the nation... (Addiction Now)
07-27-2018
(District of Columbia) More than 300 people have overdosed in Washington, D.C. just in the last two weeks after consuming what is suspected to be synthetic marijuana, known as K2. The crisis is offering a glimpse into a wrenching national problem... (NPR)
07-27-2018
(Delaware) After 14 months of examination, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Bloomberg American Health Initiative determined that Delawareans suffering from opioid addiction have inadequate access to medication treatments and can't get connected to appropriate services in a timely manner... (WDEL)
07-27-2018
(Regional) Health officials in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia say the number of overdose deaths continued to rise in 2017. The Ohio Valley ReSource's Aaron Payne reports that one public health official says, however, there is cause for optimism... (WVPR)
INTERNATIONAL
08-02-2018
(Canada) A program to train tenants of the Downtown Eastside’s single-room occupancy (SRO) hotels in emergency overdose response highlights the need for greater investments in both peer-led intervention and in social assistance and housing policy reform, according to research from the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU)... (The Star)
07-28-2018
(Canada) B.C. paramedics responded to 130 suspected overdose calls Friday, tying the record for the highest number of overdoses in a 24-hour period since April 26, 2017... (Vancouver Sun)
07-27-2018
(England) Many believe there is a crisis in British prisons, with understaffing and the drug Spice causing huge problems. Rob Morris died six months after leaving prison. His family is still trying to understand what went wrong while he was inside... (BBC News)
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Sent: August 3, 2018