Category Archives: Opioids

Police And Other Agencies Are Adopting New Overdose-Tracking Systems

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Drug overdose patients rushed to some emergency rooms in New York’s Hudson Valley are asked a series of questions: Do you have stable housing? Do you have food? Times and location of overdoses are noted, too. The information is entered into a new overdose-tracking system that provides near real-time glimpses into […]

The World Sees The Rise Of A Different Kind Of Opioid Crisis

KAPURTHALA, India (AP) — Reports rolled in with escalating urgency — pills seized by the truckload, pills swallowed by schoolchildren, pills in the pockets of dead terrorists. These pills, the world has been told, are safer than the OxyContins, the Vicodins, the fentanyls that have wreaked so much devastation. But now they are the root […]

MLB To Remove Cannabis From List Of Abused Drugs, Will Test For Opioids And Cocaine

Still reeling from the sudden death of a young pitcher, Major League Baseball and its players’ union have agreed to a policy under which players will be tested for opioids and cocaine. The policy, which was announced Thursday, comes a little more than five months after the Los Angeles Angels’ Tyler Skaggs was found dead […]

Major League Baseball Calls For Rehab, Not Suspension For Players On Opioids

MIAMI (AP) — Players who test positive for opioids would enter treatment and not be suspended under the change to Major League Baseball’s drug agreement being negotiated by management and the players’ association, according to union head Tony Clark. Talks to add testing for opioids began following the death this year of Los Angeles Angels […]

Tennessee Physician Faces 20 Years In Prison For Overprescribing Opioids

A Tennessee doctor is facing up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal charges of over-prescribing opioids this week. Dr. Darrell Rinehart, who operated a medical clinic in Columbia, Tennessee before relocating to Indianapolis, Indiana, pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday, according to a release from the office of the U.S. […]

ICE Arrests Undocumented Immigrant Drug Offenders In Sting Operation

A four-day sting operation targeting undocumented immigrants throughout Massachusetts has led to the arrests of 19 individuals who have been either convicted or charged with fentanyl, heroin or other drug-related trafficking crimes, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (or “ICE”) said Wednesday. ICE said that those arrested had been released by local law enforcement in […]

Artist Takes “The Opioid Spoon Project” On Cross-Country Tour

The artist and activist Domenic Esposito has created “The Opioid Spoon Project,” featuring four 800-pound sculptures depicting spoons used for opioids, which he has displayed outside drug companies. One of the sculptures, called FDA Spoon for the initials of the Food and Drug Administration that are engraved on the end, was displayed outside the federal […]