Drug Addiction

Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Announces Increased Use of Treatment Helpline in First Quarter 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf today announced details of the increase in first quarter 2018 calls to the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs’ PA Get Help Now helpline.  In the first three months of the year, the free helpline that connects Pennsylvanians to licensed drug and alcohol treatment facilities fielded 5,078 calls … Continue reading Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Announces Increased Use of Treatment Helpline in First Quarter 2018

Making Strides in the National Opioid Epidemic State by State

United Efforts to Combat the Devastating Opioid Crisis is Paying Off (STL.News) It’s no secret…the United States is grappling with a devastating drug epidemic.  It is a nationwide problem and one that is destroying communities from coast-to-coast.  On average, 175 Americans die every day from opioid-related overdoses, and according to some experts, that death toll … Continue reading Making Strides in the National Opioid Epidemic State by State

Chris Cornell – widow Vicky Cornell talks about Chris’s addiction to prescription drugs

(STL.News) Rocker, Chris Cornell‘s widow, Vicky Cornell talks openly, expressing her belief that her husbands cocktail of prescription drugs (7 prescriptions found in his body) caused him to end his life.

In order to help prevent other families from experiencing this terrible event, Vicky has joined a team to create the Addiction Resource Center.

Questions – how many people must die before laws are changed?  Is the health care industry to blame?  Should there be more accountability of the health care industry and those that prescribe these medications?  Given the level of impairment that some prescriptions cause, are individuals expected to be responsible to be administering their prescriptions?

About Chris and Vicky Cornell

Chris Cornell (1964-2017) was the chief architect of the 90s-grunge movement and remains one of the best voices of all time having achieved multi-platinum success with three legendary bands – selling over 30 million records worldwide – Chris forged his own unique identity over 30-years as a Grammy® Award-winning, Golden Globe nominated singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer and lyricist.

Vicky Cornell, wife of Chris Cornell leads the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation, If Only, formed in 2012 to protect vulnerable children across the globe.  The foundation supports organizations that provide shelter and resources for homeless, abused and at risk youth, children living in refugee camps, victims of human trafficking and children impacted by addiction.

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Governor Wolf Commends Passage of Legislative Priority to Address Opioid Epidemic

Harrisburg, PA/December 14, 2017 (STL.News) – Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf applauded the passage of a legislative priority to address the opioid epidemic. The legislation, Senate Bill 446, sponsored by Sen. Tom McGarrigle, will give the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) regulatory authority to license or certify recovery homes that receive public funds … Continue reading Governor Wolf Commends Passage of Legislative Priority to Address Opioid Epidemic

State completes nine opioid summits with significant community engagement

JEFFERSON CITY, MO/December 13, 2017 (STL.News) -Missourians from every corner of the state filled auditoriums for a series of nine regional opioid summits held by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), as part of a state-wide initiative that saw participation from directors and members of all 16 cabinet departments in the state.  … Continue reading State completes nine opioid summits with significant community engagement

Lt. Governor Smith Announces New State Guidelines to Cut Risk of Opioid Addiction

New guidelines developed by health care providers and community partners under bipartisan legislation signed by Governor Dayton in 2015 In 2016, 376 people died from opioid overdoses in Minnesota, a 12 percent increase over the previous year New guidelines come as Minnesota is awarded $1.4 million in new federal funding to respond to availability of … Continue reading Lt. Governor Smith Announces New State Guidelines to Cut Risk of Opioid Addiction

Governor Christie: President Trump Has Done More To Combat The Addiction Crisis Than Any Other President

TRENTON, NJ/November 29, 2017 (STL.News) State of New Jersey Governor Christie made the following public statement about the addiction crisis: Governor Christie: The opioid crisis didn’t start on January 20th, 2017.  I want you to tell me one thing Barack Obama did to deal with this crisis.  I want you to tell me whether he … Continue reading Governor Christie: President Trump Has Done More To Combat The Addiction Crisis Than Any Other President

Governor Wolf Highlights Progress in Opioid Abuse Epidemic During Visit to Independence Blue Cross

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA/November 28, 2017 (STL.News) – Governor Tom Wolf spoke to a group at Independence Blue Cross today to highlight the state’s progress in fighting the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic. The remarks were part of a press event where Independence Blue Cross and the Independence Blue Cross Foundation provided an update and introduced a … Continue reading Governor Wolf Highlights Progress in Opioid Abuse Epidemic During Visit to Independence Blue Cross

Governor Christie Announces New Toolkit To Help Towns Fight Drug Addiction

Trenton NJ/November 18, 2017 (STL.News) – Governor Chris Christie Monday launched the ReachNJ Municipal Toolkit, a collection of resources designed to assist local leaders as they fight the opioid epidemic in their communities. The Governor also extended the invitation to his second Candlelight Vigil that will take place in Trenton at 5 p.m. to 6:30 … Continue reading Governor Christie Announces New Toolkit To Help Towns Fight Drug Addiction

Delaware Opioid Prescription Rates Falling Seven Months After New Regulations Enacted

DOVER, DE/November 8, 2017 (STL.News) –The number of prescriptions written in Delaware for opioid pain medications has fallen since the enactment of new prescribing regulations by the Department of State earlier this year. Statistics from the Division of Professional Regulation, which licenses controlled substance prescribers, show a 12-percent drop in opioid prescriptions statewide compared to … Continue reading Delaware Opioid Prescription Rates Falling Seven Months After New Regulations Enacted

2017 Missouri Opioid Summit – St. Louis

St. Louis will host the final stop on a nine-city tour of Missouri to discuss the opioid crisis and action steps to curb this growing epidemic. ST. LOUIS, MO/October 31, 2017 (STL.News) The United States is facing an epidemic of opiate overdose deaths. From 2000 to 2015 the rate of overdose fatalities due to heroin … Continue reading 2017 Missouri Opioid Summit – St. Louis

AP FACT CHECK: Past anti-drug campaigns show little success

October 27, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) President Donald Trump is promising a “massive advertising campaign” as part of his administration’s response to the worst drug crisis in U.S. history, but past marketing efforts have shown few results and experts say other measures could be far more effective in curbing the current epidemic. Trump declared the country’s opioid … Continue reading AP FACT CHECK: Past anti-drug campaigns show little success

Opioids Posing Increasingly Dangerous Threats to Emergency Nurses

Strategies to combat the crisis will be a focus at the Emergency Nurses Association’s upcoming national conference DES PLAINES, IL/July 21, 2017 (STL.News) – The opioid epidemic ravaging communities across the United States is posing a new threat to those on the front line who are working to combat it. Increasingly, police officers, paramedics and … Continue reading Opioids Posing Increasingly Dangerous Threats to Emergency Nurses

Simmons Hanly Conroy Files Lawsuit for New York’s Schenectady County against Drug Companies over Opioid Epidemic and Addiction

Similar lawsuits also pending on behalf of New York’s Broome, Erie, Dutchess, Orange, Seneca, Suffolk and Sullivan counties NEW YORK/June 15, 2017 (STL.News) – Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the nation’s largest law firms focused on consumer protection and mass tort actions, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of New York’s Schenectady County against pharmaceutical … Continue reading Simmons Hanly Conroy Files Lawsuit for New York’s Schenectady County against Drug Companies over Opioid Epidemic and Addiction

FHHS Hosted Heroin/Opioid Town Hall

ST. LOUIS, MO/April 12, 2017 (STL.News) Efforts continue to raise awareness about the dangerous heroin and opioid epidemic in our country. On Tuesday evening, Francis Howell High School hosted a Town Hall meeting to educate the community on this issue.  About 100 people gathered in the school’s auditorium, where they were presented with a reenactment … Continue reading FHHS Hosted Heroin/Opioid Town Hall