Opioid Crisis

New US survey shows some progress against opioid crisis

A U.S. government survey shows some progress in the fight against the ongoing opioid addiction crisis. Figures from the survey released Friday show fewer people in 2017 used heroin for the first time compared to the previous year. The number of new users of heroin decreased from 170,000 in 2016 to 81,000 in 2017. The … Continue reading New US survey shows some progress against opioid crisis

Doctors nudged by overdose letter prescribe fewer opioids

In a novel experiment, doctors got a letter from the medical examiner’s office telling them of their patient’s fatal overdose. The response: They started prescribing fewer opioids. Other doctors, whose patients also overdosed, didn’t get letters. Their opioid prescribing didn’t change. More than 400 “Dear Doctor” letters, sent last year in San Diego County, were … Continue reading Doctors nudged by overdose letter prescribe fewer opioids

Homeland Security News: DHS Officials Discuss Efforts to Combat the Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON – On June 19, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials participated in a hearing titled “Opioids in the Homeland: DHS Coordination with State and Local Partners to Fight the Epidemic.”  The hearing took place in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and was held by the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency. During … Continue reading Homeland Security News: DHS Officials Discuss Efforts to Combat the Opioid Crisis

Opioid crisis affects police dogs, too

HAMILTON, N.J./ Jan. 26, 2018 (STL.NEWS) — For Paul Ressler, president and CEO of The Overdose Prevention Agency Corp., every life is precious, and that includes K-9s. Ressler, as well as representatives in the local and national medical and law enforcement communities, have cautioned that canine police units can be put in deadly situations as … Continue reading Opioid crisis affects police dogs, too

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

#MoFightsOpioids – fighting the crisis on multiple fronts

JEFFERSON CITY, MO/October 18, 2017 (STL.News) – The opioid crisis in Missouri has reached epidemic levels: there were 908 opioid-related deaths in the state in 2016. As part of a comprehensive, integrated and innovative approach to addressing this crisis, Missouri is taking a multifaceted approach to reducing the impact of opioids on the state. There … Continue reading #MoFightsOpioids – fighting the crisis on multiple fronts

US Senator Roy Blunt touts details of bipartisan, committee passed LHHS Funding Bill

Washington, D.C. September 8, 2017 (STL.NEWS) NEWSBRIEF:  Addressing the committee passing the LHHS Funding Bill as a win for Missourians, Senator Roy Blunt releases details of the bill and how the spending measures stack up to previous years. $36.1 Billion for National Institute of Health (NIH) $816.1 Million to combat opioid abuse $1.8 Billion for … Continue reading US Senator Roy Blunt touts details of bipartisan, committee passed LHHS Funding Bill

Opioid Manufacturers; AG Josh Hawley Expands Opioid Marketing Investigation to Seven Additional Pharmaceutical Companies

Jefferson City, Mo. August 30, 2017 (STL.NEWS) Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley continues to widen his investigation of opioid manufacturers, today announcing the issuance of civil investigative demands to seven major opioid manufacturers. These investigative demands require the manufacturers to provide documents and information relevant to the Attorney General Office’s ongoing investigation of the pharmaceutical industry’s marketing … Continue reading Opioid Manufacturers; AG Josh Hawley Expands Opioid Marketing Investigation to Seven Additional Pharmaceutical Companies