OVERDOSE NEWS BULLETIN
News from Across the Commonwealth and the Nation
PENNSYLVANIA
06-29-2018
(Centre) The opioid epidemic has been relentless in communities throughout Pennsylvania in recent years. According to the state Department of Health, at least 10 Pennsylvanians die of opioid or heroin overdose each day... (Centre Daily Times)
06-28-2018
(Statewide) Governor Tom Wolf today announced the second renewal of his 90-day opioid disaster declaration, which was introduced in January, renewed in April and set to expire July 4. The renewal allows for the initiatives introduced in the past 180 days to continue without interruption... (Office of Governor)
06-28-2018
(Delaware) Crozer-Keystone Health Systems has engaged more than 1,000 people battling opioid addiction since opening its Center of Excellence, a full-service case management program launched in January 2017... (Philly Voice)
06-26-2018
(Philadelphia) In the last 10 days, 20 crack cocaine users in West Philadelphia have overdosed — two fatally — on what health officials suspect is fentanyl, the deadly synthetic opioid, city officials said Tuesday. What’s more, it appears that the victims did not realize they were taking fentanyl... (Philly)
06-25-2018
(Statewide)...Naloxone has drawn praise from local government officials, public health experts and nonprofit workers, who say it could help turn the tide in the opioid epidemic. But as naloxone distribution has skyrocketed in recent years... (Post-Gazette)
06-24-2018
(Lehigh)...Every Monday morning for about an hour and a half, Pennsylvania’s Opioid Operations Command Center in Harrisburg floods with activity.... (Morning Call)
06-24-2018
(Statewide) Colored bulbs cast an eerie blue glow in the restroom of a convenience store where people who inject heroin and other drugs have been seeking the relative privacy of the stalls to shoot up... (TribLive)
06-22-2018
(Allegheny) A University of Pittsburgh opioid task force has recommended that the school mobilize its research and treatment resources to fight addiction through initiatives ranging from partnerships with local medical centers to an on-campus space devoted to student recovery... (Post-Gazette)
NATIONAL
06-28-2018
(National) Prisoners addicted to opioids are at an extremely high risk of overdose in the period right after their release. A bill that just passed the House is designed to help... (Washington Post)
06-27-2018
(National) The scope of the national opioid epidemic is dramatically underestimated because of incomplete death certificate reporting, according to a study released Wednesday by the journal of the U.S. Surgeon General... (TribLive)
06-27-2018
(National)...EMS providers have a unique perspective regarding the success and shortcomings of various approaches aimed at mitigating the crisis. There is no doubt that progress will only occur with an impartial and multifaceted approach that includes teamwork and cooperation across different EMS boundaries... (EMS1)
06-26-2018
(Texas)...As the state continues trying to find solutions for growing opioid use, Texas lawmakers are evaluating the possibility of joining 40 other states with drug overdose "Good Samaritan" laws, which would provide certain legal protections for people who report a drug overdose... (KXAN)
06-26-2018
(Massachusetts)...The sensors, designed by an Andover-based electrician and installed in four of the bathrooms, have alerted workers to two to five overdoses every week since the devices were installed in March 2017, Gaeta estimated... (Boston Globe)
06-25-2018
(National) Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc...announced today that it has received the first tranche of $500,000 from the previously awarded grant of approximately $7.4 million from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse for the development of OPNT003 (intranasal nalmefene), a long-lasting opioid antagonist for the treatment of opioid overdose... (Global Newswire)
06-25-2018
(National)...Investigators reported that between 2007 and 2016, more than 11,000 emergency calls were made to U.S. poison control centers after a child or teen was exposed to buprenorphine... (CBS News)
06-25-2018
(National) China’s drug control agency on Monday said the United States should do more to cut its demand for opioids to tackle the use of synthetic drug fentanyl, but it vowed to step up cooperation after Chinese production of the substance had been blamed for fuelling the U.S. opioid crisis... (Reuters)
06-24-2018
(National) A new study shows that the combination of opioids with one common class of drugs in particular is especially risky in the first 90 days of concurrent use... (Forbes)
06-23-2018
(Ohio)...The label “overdose capital” came after powerful drugs such as fentanyl and carfentanil — an elephant tranquilizer — began to saturate the streets of Dayton and its nearby suburbs... (Dayton Daily News)
06-23-2018
(Rhode Island) After passing the Rhode Island Senate in May, the RI House of Representatives also voted overwhelmingly in favor of Kristen’s Law, which specifies controlled substance delivery resulting in death, carrying a penalty of up to life in prison... (RI Central)
INTERNATIONAL
06-22-2018
(Canada) Nearly 4,000 Canadians died of opioid overdoses last year – a record high in a crisis that shows no signs of abating. The mounting deaths have turned ordinary citizens into vocal advocates for drug-policy reform; Grief has made way for action... (Globe and Mail)
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Sent: June 29, 2018