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Drug overdose calls decreasing in Louisville
Drug overdose calls within the city of Louisville are down since February which is an encouraging sign for health care workers. "I knew that there was a crisis in Hepatitis C, but I didn't know the opioid crisis was as bad as it is," said Donald Davis. He formed the Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition two and a half years ago. It is a non-profit that educates the public on how to treat and respond to overdoses and the benefits of needle exchanges. "More people who are participating in the exchange are using and they are getting naloxone," Davis explained. more

Sessions: US Prosecutors Will Help Addiction-Ravaged Cities
The Justice Department will dispatch 12 federal prosecutors to cities ravaged by addiction who will focus exclusively on investigating health care fraud and opioid scams that are fueling the nation's drug abuse epidemic, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday. He unveiled the pilot program during a speech in hard-hit Ohio, where eight people a day die of accidental overdoses. more

Opioid commission tells Trump to declare state of emergency
The White House panel examining the nation's opioid epidemic has told President Trump to declare a national public health emergency to combat the ongoing crisis.
"Our citizens are dying. We must act boldly to stop it," the commission, headed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, said in an interim report Monday. "The first and most urgent recommendation of this Commission is direct and completely within your control. Declare a national emergency." more

Narcan-resistant heroin appears in Myrtle Beach
Drug Enforcement Agency agents say a new Narcan-resistant strand of heroin is now in the Grand Strand area of South Carolina, and they worry people who have never even done drugs could die from it. Lt. Jamie DeBari with the Horry County Police Narcotics Unit says it’s a gray, concrete-like substance and it’s on Horry County streets. more

Appalachia in Recovery:
Purpose – to provide a method for others to see, hear, connect with people from the Appalachia Mountain region, who are managing their lives in long term recovery. A project of the 2016-2017 PAR Leadership Academy more

Opioid Addiction Rose Five-fold from 2010 to 2016: Study
The number of people covered by the health insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield who were diagnosed with an opioid addiction rose almost 500 percent from 2010 to 2016, CNN reports. The findings, from a study by the insurer, found few patients receive any treatment for their addiction. During the study period, there was only a 65 percent increase in the number of patients who received medication-assisted treatment for their addiction. more

New on the streets: Drug for nerve pain boosts high for opioid abusers
On April 5, Ciera Smith sat in a car parked on the gravel driveway of the Rural Women’s Recovery Program here with a choice to make: go to jail or enter treatment for her addiction. more

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