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Legislation to Combat Opioid Crisis
Fox 40 – Feb. 21, 2018
Assemblyman Evan Low and Assemblywoman Marie Waldron talk about the introduction of a new package of legislation to combat the opioid crisis. The bills would tighten prescription regulations, expand access to alternative treatments, increase prescriber training, and enhance the tools available to health professionals and law enforcement.
Siskiyou supervisors hear update from opioid safety coalition
The Siskiyou Daily News – Feb. 21, 2018
The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors heard a presentation from Maggie Shepard, facilitator for Siskiyou Against Rx Addiction (SARA) – an opioid safety coalition established in 2016. Shepard discussed the group’s activities and progress since it began.
Police officers take on a bigger role in the fight against opioid deaths
Sacramento Bee – Feb. 19, 2018
Sacramento County officials hope police will play a bigger role in combating opioid overdoses after receiving a grant from the California Department of Public Health last year. The grant supplies the county with 2,900 doses of naloxone. Those doses will be dispersed among eight law enforcement agencies in the county and two community groups that focus on drug use.
These strips detect a deadly drug. But users still shoot up
The Sacramento Bee – Feb. 16, 2018
Safer Alternatives through Networking and Education, a South Sacramento organization, has been handing out strips that detect the deadly drug Fentanyl to drug users since late last year. Still, for most drug users, the presence of fentanyl in their stash is not a deterrent to using, though it may help them prevent an overdose.
Is the Secret to Solving the Opioid Crisis More Opioids?
Pacific Standard – Feb. 26, 2018
Medication-assisted treatment in Rhode Island's prisons is preventing overdose deaths among the recently incarcerated. Since 2016, Rhode Island jails and prisons have offered medication to treat addiction to any inmate with an opioid abuse disorder. At the same time, a network of 12 community clinics were established around the state to continue providing MAT to inmates upon their release.
Opioid deaths mounting, lawmakers hit gas on new legislative push
The Hill – Feb. 25, 2018
Congress is moving to take a second crack at opioid legislation, including new bills from the House of Representatives. The House’s legislation will craft new policies, some of which are likely to need a slice of newly approved dollars from Congress' newly approved spending deal.
Let Cities Open Safe Injection Sites (Opinion)
The New York Times – Feb. 24, 2018
If lawmakers are serious about ending the opioid crisis, American cities and states should follow the lead of other countries where such sites have proved incredibly effective in slashing overdose deaths. At safe injection sites, trained staff provide clean needles, administer naloxone when there are overdoses and offer long-term treatment options.
These 10 ERs Sharply Reduced Opioid Use And Still Eased Pain
NPR - Feb. 23, 2018
Ten Colorado hospitals participated in a six-month pilot project designed to cut opioid use, the Colorado Opioid Safety Collaborative. Launched by the Colorado Hospital Association, it is billed as the first of its kind in the nation to include this number of hospitals in the effort.
The states taking the opioid epidemic seriously (and not), in one map
VOX - Feb. 22, 2018
Some states have made an effort to build serious infrastructure around opioid addiction treatments like Buprenorphine, while others have not. This map shows how states are doing in providing a key frontline treatment for opioid addiction, compared to the number of opioid overdose deaths.
Medicaid, Marijuana And Me: An Ex-Opioid Addict's Take On American Drug Denial
Forbes – Feb. 18, 2018
"I learned that our laws for protecting people from dangerous drugs seem to have far less to do with safety and efficacy than you would hope," says Janet Burns who is in recovery. Burns believes the US needs to do more a lot more talking about opioids, and other drugs, and look at some basic ways to prevent overdose and death.