Columbus Dispatch, 25 Jul 2015 - In Ross County, where heroin users worry both about deadly overdoses and a possible encounter with a killer, the state is setting up a multi-agency pilot program to respond to the crisis. The Office of Criminal Justice Services is chipping in $100,000 from a federal grant to attack the heroin problem by forming a partnership involving mentalhealth and addiction professionals, law-enforcement officials and the courts. The Heroin Partnership Project was announced on Friday at the Ohio University-Chillicothe campus so that agencies can work together to share information and provide services and treatment.
Springfield News Sun, 21 Jul 2015 - URBANA - Sheriff Matthew Melvin and the prosecutor's office have teamed up to place two billboards to help get the word out about the fight against Champaign County's heroin epidemic. The billboards feature an anonymous hotline number to report heroin dealers and users to the Champaign County Sheriff's Office.
Tribune Review, 21 Jul 2015 - Pennsylvanians' addiction to heroin is the biggest drug problem in the state, a fact revealed not only in death statistics but also in state police drug busts. Pennsylvania State Police seized four times as much heroin in the second quarter of the year as they did the first, according to numbers released Tuesday. They seized more than 80 pounds of heroin worth more than $27 million between April and June, compared to just over 21 pounds between January and March.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 19 Jul 2015 - LOS ANGELES - Standing in the pulpit above Austin Klimusko's casket three years ago, his mother used his death to draw the connection between pills from a pharmacy and drugs from the street. "When his prescriptions dried up, he turned to heroin," Susan Klimusko said in a frank eulogy meant as a warning to the young mourners at Simi Valley's Cornerstone Church.
Appeal-Democrat, 17 Jul 2015 - Health care providers say a surge in heroin use in Northern California is linked to the abuse of prescription opiate pain medications, following a nationwide trend. Methamphetamine is still the drug of choice of people in need of assistance with substance abuse in Yuba, Sutter and Butte counties, but "it is shifting and shifting very quickly towards opiates," according to Jen Carvalho, CEO of Skyway House, a recovery organization based in Chico.
Baltimore Sun, 13 Jul 2015 - Group Urges Multifaceted Approach to Help Reduce Overdoses and Deaths To stem the growing heroin addiction rates and overdose deaths, a Baltimore task force plans to unveil a more than $20 million proposal today that includes around-the-clock treatment options.
Los Angeles Times, 12 Jul 2015 - Officials Sound the Alarm As Research Shows Heroin Users Are More Likely to Be Wealthy, Privately Insured and 18 to 25 Standing in the pulpit above Austin Klimusko's casket three years ago, his mother used his death to draw the connection between pills from a pharmacy and drugs from the street.
Standard-Examiner, 11 Jul 2015 - OGDEN - Mark Kastleman got a call this week from a 65-year-old woman who started on pain pills for back surgery recovery and now, a year later, has turned to heroin to feed the opiate addiction she developed. Unfortunately, her situation is not unusual.
Newsday, 11 Jul 2015 - 62 percent: That's how much heroin use in the United States increased in just under a decade. Experts say the widespread crackdown on prescription painkillers has pushed some people to choose heroin instead. The fight against drug addiction is an endlessly morphing battle everywhere, including on Long Island, where 137 heroin overdose deaths were reported in 2014. There is a bit of good news, though: Heroin use among 12- to 17-year-olds and minorities declined. Perhaps we can begin to build on that. - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom
Chillicothe Gazette, 11 Jul 2015 - If we needed any new reminders as to the pervasiveness of heroin in our community, the last few weeks have provided another stark, jarring jolt. While the community continues to come to grips with the deaths of four women and seeks information about two who remain missing, that news comes with links to the drug and prostitution culture around the city. The full impact of how much that lifestyle contributed to these incidents isn't fully known, but anecdotally we know the connections can be drawn.
Tribune Review, 10 Jul 2015 - Gus DiRenna's addiction started with marijuana and beer in high school. He was popping pills at 18 and selling drugs between jail stints in his 20s and 30s. By age 40, the Whitehall resident was shooting heroin.
Miami Herald, 10 Jul 2015 - For the past three years, Florida's Legislature has failed to pass a bill that would create a needle exchange program leaving the state without a program to help drug addicts avoid exposure to disease through dirty needles. But stark new figures released this week show heroin use is surging across the country and is up around 63% in the last decade, according to a new report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In another recent study, doctors at the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital found that over one year, cases of infection at Jackson Memorial caused by injection drug use led to 17 deaths at a cost of $11.4 million, much of it borne by taxpayers.
Jacksonville Journal-Courier, 10 Jul 2015 - Heroin, once the forbidden fruit of even the most hardcore drug users, is now a problem for even Smalltown, USA. Experts believe the meteoric rise of addictive drugs such as Oxycontin and Vicodin has contributed greatly to the increase. As tighter controls were put on those drugs, heroin became a cheaper and easier option and offers a similar euphoric high.
Coshocton Tribune, 10 Jul 2015 - COLUMBUS -- Heroin addicts leaving Ohio's prisons will soon receive the gold standard of treatment -- a combination of counseling and medication. But the state's largest detox centers, county jails, receive little money for medication, and law-and-order legislation proposed by Southwest Ohio lawmakers would lock them up longer. State lawmakers' reaction to the heroin epidemic has been bipolar. Some changes treat addicts like victims of a brain disease, while others punish them as a scourge on society. Meanwhile, thousands of Ohioans are dying of drug overdoses.
Portland Mercury, 08 Jul 2015 - Friends, it truly is a wondrous time in which we live-and the last few weeks are proof! The racist relic that is the Confederate flag has been torn down across the land, the Supreme Court has finally recognized same-sex marriage as a basic human right, and, at long last, Oregon has brought about a new age of enlightenment and freedom by legalizing cannabis. But our fight is not yet over. Not while so many Americans still demonize the joy of so many people's lives: sweet, sweet heroin.
Washington Post, 08 Jul 2015 - Highly Addictive Prescription Painkillers Are Particular Concern From page A1 Heroin addiction and the rate of fatal overdoses have increased rapidly over the past decade, touching parts of society that previously were relatively unscathed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday.
Boston Globe, 08 Jul 2015 - Study Finds New Faces of Addiction Rebecca Kaczynski doesn't fit the traditional image of a heroin addict. The daughter of a bank vice president and an assistant school principal, she grew up in a loving, intact, upper-middle-class family in the Central Massachusetts town of Dudley.
Baltimore Sun, 07 Jul 2015 - Amid a statewide surge in overdoses, Baltimore health officials announced a campaign Monday to tell heroin users that the drug they buy on the street could contain the much more potent painkiller fentanyl. The synthetic opiod, which federal officials say is 30 to 50 times more powerful than heroin, is blamed in the deaths of hundreds of drug users nationwide since 2013. Health, law enforcement and counselors began issuing warnings more than a year ago, but have not been able to stem overdoses.
Washington Post, 29 Jun 2015 - He Was Stealing Seized Evidence Even As Agency Was Hailing His Work "How do you tell someone you've idolized your entire life that you're a heroin addict?" Matthew Lowry, who kept his addiction hidden from his father and others
Los Angeles Times, 27 Jun 2015 - A Discovery May Lead to Safer Painkillers, While Advancing a Perilous Possibility It's a nightmare scenario: the invention of genetically engineered yeast that would allow people to "home brew" their own highly addictive opioid drugs.