Hub gets first nod: $500,000 for resource center moves to city, county for approval

October 16, 2018 By Mark Webber

A new entity designed to help people with substance-abuse addictions navigate complex paths toward recovery is one step closer to reality.

A funding request for about $500,000 received a unanimous recommendation Monday from the Substance Abuse Public Funding Board.


Family’s Moving Obituary for Mom Who Died of Opioid Addiction: The ‘Disease Wouldn’t Let Her Go’

October 16, 2018 By Char Adams

A poignant obituary for a young mother is starting conversations about opioid addiction, as the woman’s family struggles to come to terms with her death.

Madelyn Linsenmeir died unexpectedly on Oct. 7 surrounded by her family. Now, in a moving obituary, Linsenmeir’s relatives wrote candidly about her years-long struggle with the addiction that ultimately took her life.


Opioid Crisis: Miami Police to Place Addicts in Rehab, not Jail

October 16, 2018 By Daniel Moritz-Rabson

Law enforcement officials will be partnering with the Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital, the South Florida Behavioral Health Network and the University of Miami Health System, among others, to set up a year-long outpatient treatment program for individuals found with small quantities of opioids. The “pre-arrest diversion” initiative is funded by Justice Department grants worth $1.6 million, which will pay for the operation to treat about 100 people over three years.

Police and hospital personnel hope to start offering treatment, including anti-addiction medication, social services, mental health counseling and general medical care, by May 2019. The treatment will rely on outpatient services but also provide some inpatient care.


Drug treatment for male offenders gets final OK: REALM program projected to start by year’s end

October 15, 2018 By Mark Webber

The first proposed joint project by local government to address Bartholomew County’s opioid crisis has become a reality.

The Bartholomew County’s commissioners gave their approval Monday to an inter-local agreement with the city of Columbus that will create the Recovery Enables a Life for Men program.

Known as REALM, the new program will provide comprehensive, evidence-based residential treatment focusing on the substance abuse needs of up to 40 male offenders each year.


Beyond the Stigma: Vermont woman in her 70s fighting opioid addiction

October 13, 2018 By Shawne K. Wickham

Jeannie Leavitt says breaking her addiction to prescription painkillers is the hardest thing she’s ever had to do.

She’s been in recovery since June 2016 and she credits the tough-love treatment she found at Brattleboro Retreat for that.

Leavitt is 71 years old.


The Doctor And The Epidemic: Three Years At Ground Zero Of The Opioid Crisis

October 12, 2018 By Aaron Payne

Research shows the words we use or the false ideas we hold about addiction can prevent us from implementing scientifically-back strategies to approaching the epidemic, such as medically assisted treatment or needle exchange programs.

“We all have an opportunity to behave differently, to empathize,” West Virginia Chief Health Officer Dr. Rahul Gupta said. “But also help propagate that stigma, whether it’s the terminology we use or the actions we take.”


The need for foster care in Indiana is at an all-time high

October 11, 2018 By Megan Smedley

The need for foster parents in Indiana seems to be at an all-time high, with more than 1,000 children waiting to find their forever homes

“There’s a lot of kids being pulled left and right due to the opioid crisis,” said Jessica Brown, foster care manager at Villages of Indiana.


10 ways the new opioids bill could help address the epidemic

October 11, 2018 By Kevin B. O'Reilly

Congress has sent to the president’s desk a massive bipartisan bill that aims to take on the opioid epidemic that kills 130 Americans daily, according to the latest provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Here are 10 ways the legislation can help address the opioid epidemic.


New Compound Could Lead To New Non-Opioid Pain Medication

October 9, 2018 By Jill Sheridan

The discovery of a new drug compound could lead to non-opioid pain medication.

Purdue University researchers have been focused on the identification of this compound for years. Associate Dean Val Watts says the discovery was made using animal models and inhibits a certain enzyme.


Opioid antidote inventor: We’re in the ‘next phase of this opioid crisis’

October 9, 2018 By Alexis Christoforous

“We think this long-acting opioid treatment has particular advantages,” Dr. Roger Crystal, CEO of Opiant Pharmaceuticals and inventor of Narcan, told Yahoo Finance, “as we are now in the next phase of this opioid crisis, where the majority of deaths arise from fentanyl.”

He added: “It’s the strongest of the opioids, 50 times stronger than heroin, it’s also easier and cheaper to make than heroin, and we see it growing year on year.”