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Mexico: Mexican Youth Tapped to Feed Demand for Heroin in U.S.

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 07:00
The New Mexican, 31 Aug 2015 - Poppy Production Booms As American Appetite for Opioids Grows With her nimble hands, tiny feet and low center of gravity, Angelica Guerrero Ortega makes an excellent opium harvester. Deployed along the Sierra Madre del Sur, where a record poppy crop covers the mountainsides in strokes of green, pink and purple, she navigates the inclines with the deftness of a ballerina.
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US HI: Column: Halting The Heroin Scourge

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 07:00
Garden Island, 27 Aug 2015 - Steve was guest-hosting "The Diane Rehm Show" on NPR recently, and the topic was the nationwide upsurge in heroin addiction. The first caller was Stacy from New Albany, Indiana. "It's funny," she said. "I'm listening to this show and I have a syringe of heroin in my hand."
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US MD: Group Urges Stepped-up Funding For Heroin Battle

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 26 Aug 2015 - Rutherford Says Size of Problem Outstrips Available Money Cautioning that there likely would never be enough money to fix Maryland's heroin problem, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford said Tuesday that a state task force recommends an expansion of treatment and prevention efforts to begin addressing it.
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US PA: 'Ground Zero' For the Heroin Crisis: 2 Days, 25

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 07:00
Washington Post, 24 Aug 2015 - Washington, Pa.- The first call came at 7:33 p.m. last Sunday: Two people had overdosed on heroin in a home just a few hundred yards from the station where firefighters were awaiting their nightly round of drug emergencies. Six minutes later, there was another. A 50-year-old man had been found in his bedroom, blue from lack of oxygen, empty bags of heroin by his body.
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US DC: Editorial: The Heroin Emergency

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 07:00
Washington Post, 21 Aug 2015 - Controlling Prescription Opioids Can Help Curb the Epidemic. NOT EVEN the federal government can solve the nation's growing heroin epidemic on its own, but it could always do more. That's probably the best way to think about the new anti-heroin initiative unveiled by the White House on Monday. A one-year, $2.5 million plan to track the flow of drugs through the Northeastern states and other "high-intensity" regions certainly can't hurt; but the White House isn't pretending that its new initiative will conquer the problem and nor should anyone else.
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US: A New Strategy To Fight Heroin

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 07:00
Washington Post, 17 Aug 2015 - White House Responds to Surge in Use, Deaths As heroin overdoses and deaths soar in many parts of the nation, the White House plans to announce Monday an initiative that will for the first time pair public health and law enforcement in an effort to shift the emphasis from punishment to the treatment of addicts.
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US OH: State Program To Fight Heroin Crisis

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 07:00
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.
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US OH: Billboards Being Used In Champaign County Heroin Fight

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:00
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.
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US PA: Statistics Show Devastating Expanse Of Pa. Heroin Issue

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:00
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.
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US CA: Prescription Pills Fueling Increase in Use of Heroin

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 07:00
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.
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US CA: Heroin Use Surges In Northern California

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 07:00
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.
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US MD: Heroin Task Force Wants 24-Hour Treatment Options

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 07:00
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.
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US CA: The Devastating Path From Pain Pills To Heroin

Sun, 07/12/2015 - 07:00
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.
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US UT: Painkiller Addictions Leading To Wave Of Heroin

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 07:00
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.
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US NY: Editorial: Worrisome Increase In Heroin Use

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 07:00
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
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US OH: Editorial: Saving Chillicothe's Heroin Addicts

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 07:00
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.
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US PA: Pittsburgh City Council Learns Of Heroin Epidemic From

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:00
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.
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US FL: As National Heroin Rates Surge, Miami-Dade Still Lacks A

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:00
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.
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US IL: Editorial: Multi-faceted Solution Needed In Heroin Crisis

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:00
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.
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US OH: Are Ohio Heroin Laws Helping?

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:00
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.
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