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Will Fentanyl Dealers Start Seeing More Accountability for Overdose Deaths?

April 13, 2017 6:14 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , , , ,

A Rhode Island woman was recently sentenced to 20 years in prison for second-degree murder after she sold another woman fentanyl causing her to overdose almost immediately after the transaction. The woman who died thought she was buying heroin. The woman is the first in Rhode Island to be convicted of murder for selling drugs […]

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Misinformation Plays Significant Role in Texas Drug Epidemic

March 9, 2017 1:22 am / by RU Texas posted in , , , , , ,

It’s, frankly, little surprise that many healthcare organizations and state agencies would have a hard time keeping up with the glut of addiction-related fatalities consuming the United States. The reality is that this urgent and pervasive public health issue is growing faster than we, as a nation, can get our arms around it. The fact […]

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Louisville Overdose Spike Reignites Treatment Versus Enforcement Conversation

February 16, 2017 6:31 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , , ,

A city that has been at the forefront of the American opioid epidemic since its start, Louisville, Kentucky recently experienced an even higher-than-usual increase in overdoses this past week. The city’s Metro Emergency Medical Services reported 151 overdose calls in less than seven days. Concerned that these spikes are no longer mere anomalies-but rather the new normal as the rest of the state and the entire country continues to contend with an increasingly pervasive and sophisticated opioid problem-Louisville has pledged to hire 150 new police officers to crack down on dealers. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer also plans to collaborate with the DEA on overdose death investigations to get heroin dealers off our streets, and forming a task force with other agencies, including the FBI, the DEA, ATF, the US Attorney, Kentucky State Police and the State Attorney General’s Office, to pursue, arrest and prosecute violent offenders.

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Dropkick Murphys’ New Album Tackles Addiction and Substance Abuse

January 16, 2017 6:29 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , , ,

It’s called 11 Short Stories of Pain and Glory and it’s the ninth album from Quincy, MA punk legends Dropkick Murphys. The record was made right here in Texas and was deeply inspired by the Massachusetts opioid epidemic that claimed an estimated 1,747 residents in 2015. Like many other areas of the country, the synthetic drug fentanyl has led to a significant increase or overdose deaths (nearly 13 percent) throughout the state. The band, who have a documented history of advocacy and community activism, has felt the effects of opioid addiction first-hand, with members losing loved ones to the disease.

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An Important Message from Recovery Unplugged Medical Director Dr. David Kramer

November 15, 2016 4:38 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , ,

I’ve treated thousands of patients over my 20-year career as a doctor on the front lines of substance abuse and psychiatric illness. Recently, however, I had a heartrending experience that I feel must be shared; one that brings home the true nature of compassionate and genuine treatment in this fearful and uncertain time when millions of Americans suffer from life-threatening opioid addiction and struggle to access treatment.

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Get Involved In International Overdose Awareness Day

August 18, 2016 4:28 pm / by RU Texas posted in , ,

August 31 will mark the 15th annual International Overdose Awareness Day. The event was established to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. International Overdose Awareness Day gives all interested participants an opportunity to connect with one another and combat the spread of overdose deaths around the world. It’s also a reminder to those who have suffered the unthinkable impact of losing a loved one to overdose know that they are not alone.

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