Overdose Deaths

Drug abuse

After rocky start, hopes up in Oregon drug decriminalization – Associated Press

Photo: A woman enters the Great Circle drug treatment center in Salem, Ore. Two years after Oregon residents voted to decriminalize hard drugs and dedicate hundreds of millions of dollars to treatment, few people have requested the services and the state has been slow to channel the funds. When voters passed the state’s pioneering Drug

Drug abuse

States look for solutions as US fentanyl deaths keep rising

Photo: A display of the fentanyl and meth that was seized by Customs and Border Protection officers over the weekend at the Nogales Port of Entry is shown during a press conference on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Nogales, Ariz. As the addiction and overdose crisis that has gripped the U.S. for two decades turns

Drug abuse

Youth’s overdose death renews pleas for Narcan in schools

The death of a 13-year-old student who apparently overdosed on fentanyl at his Connecticut school has drawn renewed pleas for schools to stock the opioid antidote naloxone, as well as for training of both staffers and children on how to recognize and respond to overdoses. The seventh grader died Jan. 15 after falling ill at

Opioid epidemic

Officials question San Francisco’s emergency over opioids

San Francisco Mayor London Breed The Board of Supervisors in San Francisco were meeting Thursday to consider an emergency order requested by the mayor to tackle the opioid epidemic in the city’s troubled Tenderloin neighborhood, with some members clearly dismayed that the declaration could be used to criminalize people who are homeless, addicted to drugs

Cybercrime

New DEA Alert Latest Reminder that Cybercrime Can Kill

The COVID-19 era brought a record number of drug overdose deaths — more than 93,000 last year — fed in part by a surging cybercrime industry selling fake pharmaceuticals. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) just issued a public warning over the growing number of fake pills bought online, some of which are laced with potentially lethal amounts