Overdose

Major opioid maker to pay for overdose-antidote development

A company whose prescription opioid marketing practices are being blamed for sparking the addiction and overdose crisis says it’s helping to fund an effort to make a lower-cost overdose antidote. OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma announced Wednesday that it’s making a $3.4 million grant to Harm Reduction Therapeutics, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit, to help develop a low-cost … Continue reading Major opioid maker to pay for overdose-antidote development

Iowa News: Iowa Attorney General Miller urges Iowans at risk to get opioid overdose antidote

State providing 4,000 free doses of Narcan on Friday DES MOINES, IA – Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller stresses the importance of Iowans — including legal users of prescription opioids — getting access to the overdose-reversing drug. “Quite literally, naloxone may be someone’s only lifeline if they overdosed on prescription painkillers or heroin,” he said. … Continue reading Iowa News: Iowa Attorney General Miller urges Iowans at risk to get opioid overdose antidote

St Louis Local News: Regional Opioid Overdose Death Rates Continue to Soar According to the NCADA

ST LOUIS, MO – For the fourth year in a row, the St. Louis region has set a new record for opioid overdose deaths.  Though the numbers are not yet final, preliminary data indicate that the region experienced at least a 5% increase in fatal opioid overdoses last year.  At least 756 lives were lost … Continue reading St Louis Local News: Regional Opioid Overdose Death Rates Continue to Soar According to the NCADA

Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Christopher Sorensen, Drug Dealer Indicted for Fentanyl Distribution Resulting in Overdose

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A federal grand jury returned an indictment  charging a Dumfries man with distributing Fentanyl, a very potent pain killer used in the medical profession, that resulted in the non-fatal overdose of a Virginia woman. According to the indictment, since November 2017, Christopher Sorensen, 31, engaged in a conspiracy to distribute Fentanyl, distributed … Continue reading Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Christopher Sorensen, Drug Dealer Indicted for Fentanyl Distribution Resulting in Overdose

Soaring overdose deaths cut US life expectancy for 2nd year

NEW YORK /December 21, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — U.S. deaths from drug overdoses skyrocketed 21 percent last year, and for the second straight year dragged down how long Americans are expected to live. The government figures released Thursday put drug deaths at 63,600, up from about 52,000 in 2015.  For the first time, the powerful painkiller … Continue reading Soaring overdose deaths cut US life expectancy for 2nd year

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

US teen drug overdose deaths inch up after years of decline

NEW YORK/August 16, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — After years of decline, teen deaths from drug overdoses have inched up, a new U.S. government report shows. The drop in teen deaths had been a rare bright spot in the opioid epidemic that has seen adult overdose deaths surge year after year — fueled by abuse of prescription … Continue reading US teen drug overdose deaths inch up after years of decline