Mexico, a leading producer of illicit fentanyl, can’t get enough for medical use, study finds

[ad_1] MEXICO CITY — A report released by the Mexican government Friday says the country is facing a dire shortage of fentanyl for medical use, even as Mexican cartels pump out tons of the illicit narcotic. The paradox was reported in a study by Mexico’s National Commission on Mental Health and Addictions. The study did … Read more

Hepatitis C cases dropped in the US. Health officials unsure if it’s a blip or trend

[ad_1] NEW YORK — New U.S. hepatitis C infections dropped slightly in 2022, a surprising improvement after more than a decade of steady increases, federal health officials said Wednesday. Experts are not sure whether the 6% decline is a statistical blip or the start of a downward trend. Seeing 2023 and 2024 data, when it’s … Read more

U.K. cracks down on synthetic opioid 10 times stronger than fentanyl causing overdoses in Europe

[ad_1] Colorado law enforcement warning about opioid recently showing up in overdose toxicology reports Colorado law enforcement warning about opioid recently showing up in overdose toxicology reports 01:13 London — As authorities clamp down on fentanyl distribution and the amount of heroin produced in Afghanistan decreases under the Taliban, criminal enterprises have turned to a deadly … Read more

Washington Gov. Inslee signs fentanyl bill sending money to disproportionately affected tribes

[ad_1] TULALIP, Wash. — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a multimillion-dollar measure to send state money to tribes and Indigenous people in the state who die from opioid overdoses at disproportionately high rates in Washington. It was one of seven fentanyl-related bills Inslee signed Tuesday while on the Tulalip Indian Reservation, KING-TV reported. The … Read more

Tennessee nurse practitioner known as ‘Rock Doc’ gets 20 years for illegally prescribing opioids

[ad_1] MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Tennessee nurse practitioner who called himself the “Rock Doc” has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for illegally prescribing thousands of doses of opioids including oxycodone and fentanyl in return for money and sex, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Jeffrey W. Young Jr., was sentenced Monday in federal court, about … Read more

Appeals panel asks West Virginia court whether opioids distribution can cause a public nuisance

[ad_1] CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A federal appeals court asked West Virginia’s highest court Monday whether opioid distributions can cause a public nuisance as it reviews a landmark lawsuit against three major U.S. drug distributors accused of causing a health crisis in one of the state’s counties. In July 2022, a federal judge in Charleston, West … Read more

Vice President Harris, rapper Fat Joe team up for discussion on easing marijuana penalties

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris and rapper Fat Joe led a White House discussion Friday on easing marijuana penalties, with Harris saying it’s “absurd” that the federal government classifies marijuana as more dangerous than fentanyl, the synthetic opioid blamed for tens of thousands of deaths annually the United States. Harris, a former state … Read more

Amid fentanyl crisis, Oregon lawmakers propose more funding for opioid addiction medication in jails

[ad_1] PORTLAND, Ore. — Kendra Sawyer spoke with her dad from the Deschutes County jail and told him she loved him. Six hours later, in the throes of opioid withdrawal, the 22-year-old took her own life. A year later, Sawyer’s father, Kent, is left wondering whether his daughter, troubled as she was, might still be … Read more

Tribes in Washington are battling a devastating opioid crisis. Will a multimillion-dollar bill help?

[ad_1] BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Evelyn Jefferson walks deep into a forest dotted with the tents of unhoused Lummi Nation tribal members and calls out names. When someone appears, she and a nurse hand out the opioid overdose reversal medication Naloxone. Jefferson, a tribal member herself, knows how critical these kits are: Just five months ago, … Read more

Tribes in Washington are battling a devastating opioid crisis. Will a multimillion-dollar bill help?

[ad_1] BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Evelyn Jefferson walks deep into a forest dotted with the tents of unhoused Lummi Nation tribal members and calls out names. When someone appears, she and a nurse hand out the opioid overdose reversal medication Naloxone. Jefferson, a tribal member herself, knows how critical these kits are: Just five months ago, … Read more