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Needle exchanges spread in Kentucky as outbreak threat grows
Programs allowing intravenous drug users to exchange dirty syringes for clean ones are spreading in Kentucky as communities confront growing heroin abuse and concerns over the potential for disease outbreaks caused by addicts sharing needles. So far, health departments and local governments in 13 counties have approved needle exchanges, and 11 are in operation, according to the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services and local officials. more
Heroin laced with elephant sedative found in Hamilton County
Hamilton County health officials are issuing an urgent warning about a drug combination that is 10,000 times more potent than pure heroin. Carfentanil, a powerful opioid intended for sedating large animals, has been discovered in local supplies of heroin, the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition announced Friday. more
Connecticut Filmmakers Make Pitch For Recovery High Schools
Two Connecticut men who made a film tracking a recovery high school in Houston over the course of two years said Connecticut needs to jump on board if it’s serious about battling drug addiction. more
Adapt Pharma to Launch Program to Raise Awareness, Expand Access and Facilitate Product Experience of NARCAN® (Naloxone HCl) Nasal Spray - a new Treatment for Opioid Overdose
Adapt Pharma, Limited, announced that it has launched a program providing a donation of 25,000 cartons (50,000 doses) of NARCAN® (naloxone HCl) Nasal Spray 4mg, the first and only FDA-approved naloxone nasal spray, to community partners. Specifically, Adapt has partnered with Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), the Harm Reduction Coalition (HRC), and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, to allocate donated product to their constituents that may benefit from the program. more
Congress Takes Action on Opioid Epidemic With Passage of Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act
For the first time in decades, the U.S. Congress has passed a bill aimed to curb drug addiction via better treatment and recovery options. The Senate approved the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act, or Cara, by a vote of 92-2. Cara clears the way for creation of a pain management taskforce, extra funding for new addiction research and encourages treatment options that avoid incarceration. The only thing the bill lacks is funding to set these changes in motion. more
Congress Finally Passes Bipartisan Legislation To Address Opioid Epidemic. The president said he will sign the bill, but he has reservations about its lack of funding.
For nearly three years, recovery advocates have been working to educate our policymakers about addiction as a public health crisis and that long term recovery is a reality for millions of Americans. Through national call-in days, letters, forums and many, many individual conversations with policymakers, and the work of an amazing network of Recovery Community Organizations across the US. Our work with a great team of partner organizations in prevention, treatment, law enforcement and recovery in Washington DC has been an amazing effort! more