Fentanyl figures in most fatal drug overdoses in U.S., researchers say [NBC…

It’s No. 1 — with a needle. Synthetic opioids like fentanyl have overtaken prescription painkillers as the most common drug involved in fatal overdoses in the U.S, researchers from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported. They reached their conclusions, which were unveiled in a letter published in the Journal of the American…

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Suffolk LIGHT mobile app helps with substance abuse challenges

Suffolk LIGHT provides overdose prevention education, emergency assistance connection, centers for assistance and more to help and support individuals, families, schools, and communities with substance abuse challenges. The app includes a list of local alcohol and drug treatment providers, a direct link to law enforcement, a list of 12-step meetings, educational information, and more. This…

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WAR on Addiction Rally a Success! Suffolk Legislator Anker Participates in WAR on…

Farmingville, NY - On April 21st, 2018, Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker, attended the WAR on Addiction Rally at the Pennysaver Amphitheater at Bald Hill in Farmingville. In memory of Billy Reitzig, his father, William Reitzig, organized the rally to educate the residents on the dangers of drug use and overdose, provide support services, raise…

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Saturday April 28th: DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, to be held on Saturday April 28, 2018 from 10am-2pm. The Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. It also provides…

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Missouri House advancing bill on opioid crisis [Associated Press]

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House is advancing a bill aimed at fighting the opioid crisis with drug take-back programs and limits on prescriptions. The proposal would limit initial painkiller prescriptions to seven-day supplies for acute pain. Cancer and hospice patients would be exempt, and doctors could write longer prescriptions if they deem…

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