Stories tagged with: Opiate Addiction

February 20, 2014 - 11:58am
27 weeks 4 days ago

A piece of legislation makes it way through state government that would provide a drug overdose antidote to friends and family of addicts without risk of prosecution.

The drug Naloxone is a nose spray that goes immediately into the blood stream of the addict, blocking opiate receptors. The drug forces heroin and painkillers from landing and allows the body to process it out.

Fatal overdoses from heroin and painkillers are the leading cause of death in Ohio, surpassing car crashes...

November 26, 2013 - 7:41pm
39 weeks 6 days ago

Morphine. . . Codeine. . . Hydrocodone. . . the list goes on. All have the same main ingredient.opium. The potent ingredient, typically used to relieve various forms of pain is derived from the opium poppy plant, can be traced back to ancient times and is used frequently in modern medicine.

"We have natural pain controllers in our body to some degree, so there are receptors there, so when those drugs hit those receptors, as fast and as hard as they do, that's when you've got that...

May 2, 2013 - 11:03am
1 year 17 weeks ago

One local drug counselor said addiction to opiates is one of the fastest growing drug epidemics and it's killing people.

Steve Carrel said that a few years ago only 10-15 percent of their clients tested positive for opiates, that number is now up to 50-60 percent. As a state Ohio is one of the highest with unintentional opiate overdoses. The number reflects the fact that Ohio had pill mills and that the reporting system for medical professionals was not effective.

"Even...

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