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Benzos added to fentanyl causing hard-to-revive overdose problems

Vancouver - A drug chemically similar to medication for anxiety and sleep disorders that is being cut into heroin and fentanyl is suspected of contributing to a spate of overdoses that leave some users unconscious for hours at a time.

Op-Ed: The only drug to stop an overdose skyrockets

While the opioid crisis continues to grow in the United States, pharmaceutical companies manufacturing the only remedy for reversing an overdose, naloxone, have raised their prices - an astonishing 500 percent.

West Virginia law allows schools to administer opioid antidotes

Under a new West Virginia law, schools, both public and private are now authorized to administer drugs to counteract opioid overdoses in students without first receiving parental consent.

Looking for Narcan? There will soon be an app for that

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced they are launching a contest that is intended to reduce the number of opioid overdose deaths in the United States.

Narcan ineffective against powerful new opioids being used

Cincinnati - The potent animal tranquilizer carfentanil has been confirmed as being the "unknown" opioid responsible for the latest Midwest OD deaths. Worse still, officials have discovered that Narcan isn't as effective against this powerful sedative.

Heroin causes 27 overdoses and one death in 4 hours in WV city

Huntington - There were 27 heroin overdoses within four hours in Huntington, West Virginia Monday afternoon. Interestingly, all the overdoses occurred within a mile and a half radius, leading to the belief they were related.

U.S. in grip of 'urgent health crisis'

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is calling for greater law enforcement training, as well as access to Naloxone, an overdose-reversal medication used to treat the effects of a heroin overdose, in what he is now calling an "urgent public health crisis."

New York’s problem with prescription drugs

New York - Nationwide, overdose rates are increasing at an alarming rate. In some states, overdose deaths have surpassed traffic accidents as the leading cause of accidental death. As the death toll rises, many are asking what can be done to combat this trend.

Vermont 2013: A good year for drug policy reform

Now that the 2013 session of the Vermont legislature has been over for almost a month and the last of the bills have been signed into law, one thing has become clear for those Vermonters who smoke marijuana or use drugs--2013 was a good year.

Oregon Governor signs bill for overdose prevention programs

On Thursday, January 6th, Oregon Governor, John Kitzhaber, signed SB 384 A into law. The bill requires the Oregon Health Authority to establish rules for training programs that will instruct individuals on "lifesaving treatments for opiate overdose."
 

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