Distribution of the kits is an extension of a previous push to train library staff to spot the signs of an opioid overdose and administer naloxone directly to library patrons in distress.
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The draft measure also includes additional money for programs meant to help quell opioid and heroin abuse.
“This is not the end all answer to the opioid crisis, but it is certainly a significant step forward in the right direction,” according to Dr. Rahul Gupta, the state’s health officer.
Some advocates for children being raised by grandparents worry that a new federal law will make it more difficult for caregivers to get help from state agencies and financial assistance.
A Federal Reserve study looked at how people assessed the state of their local economy and the national economy, to see if the “deaths of despair” hypothesis of the opioid abuse crisis held true.
A mix of education, treatment, and other measures shows promise, experts say.
In Arkansas and other states, city and county associations have led a full-out charge against the pharmaceutical industry.
The new lawsuits aim to “recover millions of dollars lost due to opiate addiction and drug overdoses that have taken so many lives in this country and greatly affected the lives of many.”
Officials know that synthetic opioids are killing more people than heroin or OxyContin—but there’s still a lot of data missing.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it wants to be a strong partner for rural communities in the grip of the opioid epidemic.
The company hopes it will play a part in reducing opioid use.
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Nationwide, a quarter of heroin addicts pass through the corrections system each year. But fewer than 1 percent of the more than 5,000 U.S. prisons and jails offer access to FDA-approved medication used in treatment.
"If we’re going to be effective, we need to be nimble and bring the medication to them instead of asking everybody to trudge across town to get their daily dose at a fixed facility,” according to Brad Finegood, a behavioral health official in King County, Washington.
But sheriffs and police chiefs want requirements put in place that will prevent states from siphoning off much-needed funds, especially for treatment.
Despite leading the nation in accidental overdose deaths, the city is seeing economic growth and launching innovative educational programs, according to Mayor Nan Whaley.
The president’s speech in New Hampshire had a mix of bipartisan solutions, along with highly political ideas and rhetoric that could destroy broad support for his initiative.
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