Florida leaders announce “massive” effort to address opioid epidemic

TALLAHASSEE – As Florida grapples with nearly 2,000 overdose deaths so far this year, state leaders on Wednesday announced a “massive” effort to address opioid addiction in counties that need it most. The initiative, which includes Florida’s first statewide director of opioid recovery, is based on a pilot treatment program in Palm Beach County that … Read more

New laws change opioid fight in Tennessee

New laws to combat the opioid crisis representing a “game-changer” in Tennessee, according to an addiction recovery expert. The latest legislation makes it easier for residents and advocacy groups to obtain naloxone, a medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Why it matters: Opioids, particularly the potent synthetic opioid fentanyl, continue to … Read more

Master P discusses daughter’s death, seeks to help others with addiction

article HOUSTON, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 05: Master P performs onstage during the third annual Astroworld Festival at NRG Park on November 05, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images) NEW YORK – Rapper and entrepreneur Master P is opening up about the death of his daughter, Tytyana Miller, who died from a drug … Read more

Online opioid treatment startup Bicycle Health raises $50 million

Bicycle Health, a start up focused on virtual treatment for opioid addiction, raised a $50 million Series B round, founder and CEO Ankit Gupta tells Axios exclusively, bringing the company’s total funding to $83 million. Why it matters: New data suggest a 15% rise in opioid overdose deaths during the pandemic, and research shows the … 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

Demographics of Shelby County overdose deaths changing

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – When many eyes were on the COVID-19 pandemic, another crisis continued to grow. Deaths from opioid and other drug overdoses have gone up since 2020. Some addiction recovery specialists are getting ready to offer more resources to people with addiction in the hardest hit areas of Shelby County. A main cause … Read more

In the Pink – richmondmagazine.com

Honesty Liller lives up to her name. She has a book that came out in February, “Scattered Pink: A Diary of a Woman in Recovery,” that succinctly lays out her life, from compulsive lying and shoplifting in childhood, into drug use beginning at age 12 and on into heroin addiction. She says that her daughter … Read more

Top Pa. drug official denies blame for botched medical marijuana guidance, but her claims don’t add up

Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan newsroom powered by The Philadelphia Inquirer in partnership with PennLive/The Patriot-News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and WITF Public Media. Sign up for our free newsletters. HARRISBURG — The leader of a state agency that failed to clarify rules around addiction treatment and medical marijuana — an action that had serious consequences … Read more