Narcan kits installed outside businesses in the north of the country

GLENS FALLS, NY (NEWS10) — Several companies in the northern part of the country will soon be equipped with Narcan emergency kits, as part of an initiative by the Adirondack Health Institute to expand public access to the lifesaving drug. The institute’s Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) has provided 125 Narcan emergency boxes outside … Read more

‘Indefensible’ that Toronto’s request for drug decriminalization has not yet been granted, lawyer says

OTTAWA -Toronto’s request to decriminalize drug possession remains on hold nearly a year after it was made, in part because of “political cowardice” in Ottawa, a harm reduction advocate says. “People are dying because the drug supply is contaminated and toxic. Criminalizing people for simple personal possession and use of drugs will do more harm … Read more

A vaccine against the deadly fentanyl could be close at hand

By Kara Murez HealthDay reporter THURSDAY 17 Nov. 2022 (HealthDay News) — Researchers report creating a vaccine to fight fentanyl addiction, in a potential breakthrough in the opioid epidemic. The injection is said to block fentanyl’s ability to enter the brain and cause the “high” users crave. It could be used to prevent relapse in … Read more

Walmart offers to pay $3.1 billion to settle opioid lawsuits

Retail giant Walmart on Tuesday is the latest major drug industry player to announce a plan to settle lawsuits filed by state and local governments over the toll of potent opioids sold at its pharmacies with state and local governments across the US. The $3.1 billion proposal follows similar announcements on Nov. 2 from the … Read more

CVS and Walgreen Propose $10 Billion Opioid Scheme to States Including Pennsylvania

CVS and Walgreens appear poised to settle thousands of lawsuits over their role in the ongoing opioid crisis, and Pennsylvania could claim a cut of the proposed $10 billion. The pharmacies announced on Wednesday that they were willing to pay about $5 billion each to settle numerous lawsuits from state, local and tribal governments. CVS … Read more

Cycling while high on meth, opioids send thousands to ER

By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Stoned cycling leads to thousands of serious accidents each year, a new study suggests. Between 2019 and 2020 alone, more than 11,000 people were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for injuries that occurred while riding a bicycle while high on methamphetamine, … Read more

Birmingham family sues Snapchat after son died from fentanyl pill he bought via app | Metro Detroit News | Detroit

click to enlarge Shutterstock Snapchat has become a popular platform for buyers and sellers of fentanyl. The family of a 19-year-old Birmingham man who died after taking a fentanyl pill he bought from a dealer on Snapchat is suing the social media company over his death. Jack McCarthy’s mother found him dead in their kitchen … Read more

Saving lives with ‘safer opioids’

By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) — As opioid overdose deaths continue to rise, a Canadian program points to one way to save lives: to provide “safer” opioids to people at high risk of overdose. That’s the conclusion of a study evaluating Canada’s first formal “safer opioid delivery” or SOS program. … Read more

Gloversville Police Chief will remain in office until the end of the year

GLOVERSVILLE, NY (NEWS10) — Will the police chief stay or will he be forced to go? That was the question asked by several of the Gloversville congregation at their meeting Tuesday night. The answer, according to Mayor Vincent DeSantis, is yes, but only for a few months. “The chief is still with us. He will … Read more

Wave of opioid overdoses expected to hit rural, urban areas in the US

By Cara Murez HealthDay ReporterHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Experts predict opioid overdoses will increase in both rural and urban areas due to the deadly practice of mixing the highly addictive narcotics with other drugs. The coming wave of opioid overdoses “will be worse than ever before,” said researchers at Northwestern … Read more