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As opioid overdose numbers rise, so does the cost of naloxone

"Naloxone is an opioid-receptor antagonist. In other words, it has the ability to displace an opioid from the receptor site, and essentially reverse its activity to save overdose victims. However, a significant increase in the cost of naloxone has put it out of reach of the people who need it most.... These price increases came when the opioid epidemic was at its peak, and they came without any…


Opioid Education Campaign launched by Trump Administration and Truth Initiative

A new anti-opioid advertising campaign targeting young people has been launched by the White House. The advertisements center around true stories and address how quickly addiction can happen and the lengths someone suffering from addiction will go to access the drugs.

The ads were produced in association with Truth Initiative, famous for their anti-tobacco "Truth Campaign" ads. In October…


Emergency department visits for opioid overdoses rise by 30 percent in a year

Emergency room visits for suspected opioid overdoses have risen 30 percent, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And within emergency departments across 16 high-risk states — Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania Rhode Island, West Virginia and Wisconsin…


Trump seeks billions for opioids fight

Moving to prove he’s serious about the opioids fight, President Trump requested $10 billion in new money Monday to combat the “deadly scourge” of prescription painkiller and heroin abuse in 2019.

Congress last week agreed to a new budget that would spend $3 billion in 2018 and another $3 billion next year. The White House gave its own stamp of approval to the 2018 figure, but proposed more…


Online Sales of Illegal Opioids from China Surge in U.S.

WASHINGTON — Nearly $800 million worth of fentanyl pills were illegally sold to online customers in the United States over two years by Chinese distributors who took advantage of internet anonymity and an explosive growth in e-commerce, according to a Senate report released on Wednesday.

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Heroin in soups and lollipops: How drug cartels evade border security

BALTIMORE — The tip came on the last day of January 2014 to special agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE): A drug courier was about to land at the Baltimore airport with a large shipment.

Hours later, the agents asked the man, Edgar Franco Lopez, a Guatemalan, if they could search the three large duffel bags he was loading in a car outside the airport. But agents found only…


DEA puts synthetic opioid fentanyl on par with heroin and meth

The Drug Enforcement Administration is cracking down on the use of synthetic opioid fentanyl, which is more potent than heroin.

The DEA announced Monday it published a temporary order to put cyclopropyl fentanyl in the same category as heroin, cocaine and meth. Fentanyl is responsible for rising opioid deaths due to its potency.

The agency said the temporary order is needed to “avoid…


Trump's opioid commission recommends 'aggressive' outreach on opioid awareness

President Trump's opioid commission is recommending that the federal government roll out an aggressive multimedia campaign that would tell children about the dangers of drugs, and frame addiction as a disease rather than a moral failing.

"People need to be aware of the health risks associated with opioid use, and they must stop being afraid or ashamed of seeking help when facing their addiction,"…


The Addiction Podcast Interview with Amy Ronshausen

Drug Free America Foundation is fighting the good fight against drug abuse in this country.  DFAF and it's sister organization - Save Our Society from Drugs (SOS) work to defeat drug legalization attempts; promote sound drug policies; and prevent drug use, abuse and addiction. This interview is with Deputy Director - Amy Ronshausen - and it will debunk everything you think you know about marijuana.

The…


Drug Free America Foundation Releases Opioid Prevention Toolkit

On August 31st, 2017, Drug Free America Foundation released a first-of-its-kind Opioid Tool Kit in an effort to help address the opioid epidemic gripping the United States. The Opioid Tool Kit was unveiled in conjunction with International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event held on August 31st each year that aims to raise the awareness of the problem of drug overdose-related deaths.