As Opioids Ravage Communities, Locals Unite in Response

From the Epoch Times:

NEW YORK—As efforts to combat the opioid epidemic ramp up at the federal level, countless nonprofits and organizations at state and local levels spend each day dedicated to fighting the battle, oftentimes on the front lines.

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Opioid settlement would divide money based on local impact

From Associated Press:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The multibillion-dollar settlement that the maker of OxyContin is negotiating to resolve a crush of lawsuits over the nation’s opioid crisis contains formulas for dividing up the money among state and local governments across the country, The Associated Press has learned.

The formulas would take into account several factors, including opioid distribution in a given jurisdiction, the number of people who misuse opioids and the number of overdose deaths.

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These Newborn Babies Cry for Drugs, Not Milk For some Americans

From the New York Times:

“For some Americans, the nation’s opioid crisis starts before birth.”

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — His body dependent on opioids, he writhes, trembles and cries. He is exhausted but cannot sleep. He vomits, barely eats and has lost weight.

He is also a baby. Just 1 month old, he wails in the nursery of the CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital here. A volunteer “cuddler” holds him while walking around, murmuring sweetly, hour after hour, but he is inconsolable. What his body craves is heroin.

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Prevent Opioid Abuse at National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) in Nashville.

Prevent Opioid Abuse team lines up legislative sponsors in states across the nation at National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) in Nashville.

Drug Overdose Deaths Drop in U.S. for First Time Since 1990

From the New York Times:

” Three decades of ever-escalating deaths from drug overdoses in the United States may have come to an end, according to preliminary government data made public Wednesday. Total drug overdose deaths in America declined by around 5 percent last year, the first drop since 1990. “

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76 billion opioid pills: Newly released federal data unmasks the epidemic

From the Washington Post:

” America’s largest drug companies saturated the country with 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills from 2006 through 2012 as the nation’s deadliest drug epidemic spun out of control, according to previously undisclosed company data released as part of the largest civil action in U.S. history. “

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Prevent Opioid Abuse Team visits Puerto Rico

From Left to right:
Eduardo Hernandez-Calo, Director of the Environmental Health Committee under the Presidency of Senator Carlos J. Rodriguez Mateo. Eduardo is currently a PhD student at the Medical Sciences campus of the University of Puerto Rico.
Senator José Vargas Vidot, Senator, professor, and medical professional whom has shown continuous commitment with the homeless and HIV/AIDS community in Puerto Rico.
Dr. Wanda T. Maldonado, Dean of the School of Farmacy at the Medical Sciences campus of the University of Puerto Rico and president-elect of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. (AACP)
Senator Abel Nazario, a distinguished member of the education community in Puerto Rico and ex-mayor of Yauco.

Angela Conover, leader of Prevent Opioid Abuse and executive member of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.
Angelo Valente, leader at Prevent Opioid Abuse and executive member of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.
Jose Enrique Gonzalez Avila, Legislative Coordinator at the office of Senator Abel Nazario.

Doctors in seven states charged with prescribing pain killers for cash, sex

Dozens of medical professionals in seven states were charged Wednesday with participating in the illegal prescribing of more than 32 million pain pills, including doctors who prosecutors said traded sex for prescriptions and a dentist who unnecessarily pulled teeth from patients to justify giving them opioids.

The 60 people indicted include 31 doctors, seven pharmacists, eight nurse practitioners and seven other licensed medical professionals. The charges stem from the government’s largest prescription-opioid takedown. It involves more than 350,000 illegal prescriptions written in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia, according to indictments unsealed in federal court in Cincinnati.

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Puerto Rico Moves Forward on Patient Notification

Working closely with Elaine Pozycki, Founder of Prevent Opioid Abuse, Senator Abel Nazario Quiñones  has now added a  patient notification component to an existing bill  that addresses Narcan.  The Senator is optimistic it will gain adoption.  Prevent Opioid Abuse will continue to work closely with Senator Abel Narario Quinones, helping in any way we can.

‘Protect Our Children: The Opioid Crisis’ – Watch it on ABC7NY

Saturday, March 30th, 2019 8:19PMNEW YORK — WABC-TV aired the special “PROTECT OUR CHILDREN: THE OPIOID CRISIS” on Saturday, March 30 at 7 p.m. (also to be re-run Sun. 3/31at 5:30 a.m.). 

The program is hosted by Eyewitness News Anchor Diana Williams and addresses the worst drug crisis in American history – the opioid crisis – which is truly a public health emergency. 

The program begins by pointing out the fact that the national death toll from drug overdoses has now reached record highs. 

The statistics are grim and show that prescription opioids have helped lead the way towards this epidemic and unfortunately children are the most vulnerable to the ill effects of drug usage. We feature families that have lost children and are fighting this epidemic by trying to raise awareness and change legislation. Parents are now having to confront this by becoming experts on subjects they’d rather not have engaged with. 

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4—watch-it-here-on-abc7ny/5208065/