Youth and fentanyl: What every family needs to know

A surge of illicit fentanyl in the Pacific Northwest is supercharging an opioid epidemic with counterfeit pills that are 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin, cheap and readily available — often to young people who make the potentially deadly mistake of viewing them as no more dangerous than cigarettes. Jennifer Epstein Oregon Health … Read more

Xylazine Increasingly Found in Overdose Deaths

Overdose deaths involving the veterinary tranquilizer xylazine, also known as “tranq,” are increasing in several parts of the country, a study in Drug and Alcohol Dependence has found. Fentanyl was present in nearly all of the overdose deaths involving xylazine in the study, and the two appear to raise the risk of overdose when taken … Read more

Something Every Family Needs to Know: Youth and Fentanyl

These images of actual legitimate and counterfeit pills are examples and do not represent the many variations of counterfeit pills. (Courtesy of the DEA) MEDIA ALERT WHAT: With illicit fentanyl surging into the state, resulting in the widely reported deaths of teenagers, Oregon Health & Science University will convene a roundtable discussion of experts addressing … Read more

Colorado led the nation in bank robberies last year — a ranking that some investigators lay at the hands of desperation and addiction

Normally, Colorado has between 110 and 120 bank robberies a year. That number dropped to 90 in 2020, during the height of the COVID-10 lockdowns. Last year, though, it spiked to 195 robberies. “It is a lot,” said Michael Schneider, Denver FBI’s special agent in charge. “These are violent crimes. … These have a significant … Read more

Treatment wasn’t working. Would jail have saved a woman in Colorado from fentanyl?

The months ahead would bring progress and healing — but also struggles and relapse. In March, Allison died following an overdose. Her death came just as Colorado lawmakers began debating a new approach to the felony drug. Now, the state is poised to increase the criminal penalty for possessing small amounts of fentanyl to a … Read more

Mom speaks out on the dangers of Fentanyl after son’s overdose death

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn (WTVF) — More than half of drug overdoses in Nashville are linked back to fentanyl. It’s not just a Metro problem. It’s all across the state and one mother knows this unfortunately too well. Tonya Garton buried her son a year ago after a fentanyl overdose. She says her mission now is … Read more

Is the Opioid Crisis Masking Real Rates of Suicides?

April 21, 2022 – Pandemic conditions were ripe for a mental health disaster: Isolation, a crashing economy, and a mystery illness taking aim with deadly accuracy. But while instances of depression and anxiety increased, there seemed to be one comforting prospect: In the past 2 years, suicide numbers have dropped. “We all thought that suicides … Read more

Colorado’s fentanyl bill will force more people into treatment. Treatment providers may not be ready

Over the course of a single day, as many as 600 people may filter through this office, including perhaps a half-dozen new patients. “It’s just nonstop,” said Diana Warrilow, lead behavioral technician for the clinic. “I wear my running shoes — it’s constantly ‘Go, go, go.’” It may soon get even busier. A proposed new … Read more

As opioid deaths, a Greeley family speaks about losing their son to fentanyl

The pills wreaked havoc on his family’s life, as they led to anger outbursts and withdrawn emotions. “Our life became a crisis,” Sheila said. “We were always in chronic crisis mode, because there was always a certain level of crisis in our family.” Zach’s opiate usage eventually led him to legal trouble when he fell … Read more