Georgea Kovanis Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Jan 20, 2019 It's Friday afternoon at El Club in southwest Detroit. Later, the Pom-Poms, a dance music duo made up of a woman named Kitty and her husband, Ricky Eat Acid, will appear beneath the spotlights. But for now, the stage is occupied by Darlene Owens, the straight-talking, energetic leader of the substance use disorder unit for the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority. She's here to teach the 60 or so folks in front of her how to save the life of someone overdosing on heroin or other opioids. "Alright, you guys, we're ready to get this party started," Owens says as she prepares to spend the next two hours talking the group through the basics of naloxone, the opioid overdose-reversing nasal spray that is better known by its brand name, Narcan. Everyone who completes the session will get a free kit containing two doses of the antidote. Owens has done more of these … [Read more...] about Trying to save lives in the midst of the opioid crisis
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Hope Yen and Calvin Woodward, Associated Press Updated 5:46 am PST, Monday, January 14, 2019 In this Jan. 8, 2019, photo, President Donald Trump speaks from the Oval Office of the White House as he gives a prime-time address about border security in Washington. (Carlos Barria/Pool Photo via AP) In this Jan. 8, 2019, photo, President Donald Trump speaks from the Oval Office of the White House as he gives a prime-time address about border security in Washington. (Carlos Barria/Pool Photo via AP) Photo: Carlos Barria, AP Photo: Carlos Barria, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 In this Jan. 8, 2019, photo, President Donald Trump speaks from the Oval Office of the White House as he gives a prime-time address about border security in Washington. (Carlos Barria/Pool Photo … [Read more...] about AP FACT CHECK: Trump isn’t holed up nonstop at White House
Georgea Kovanis Detroit Free Press Published 11:00 AM EST Nov 7, 2018 Post operative surgical patients in Michigan only took about 1/4 of the opioid pain medication doctors prescribed, according to a new study by the University of Michigan that appears in the Nov. 7 edition of JAMA Surgery. The study of 2,392 patients who underwent surgeries in 33 Michigan hospitals between January 2017 and September 2017 is significant because it highlights the difference between what doctors prescribe and what patients actually use. Unused medications are frequently abused or sold on the street, fueling the nation's opioid crisis. The study also found: ♦ On average, patients took only 27 percent of all opioids prescribed to them. ♦ The the larger the prescription size, the more opioids a patient will take. ♦ Tobacco users tended to use more opioids after surgery. ♦ The older a patient was the fewer opioid pills he or she tended to take. ♦ Among 12 … [Read more...] about Michigan patients use about 1/4 of opioids prescribed
Georgea Kovanis Detroit Free Press Published 5:03 PM EDT Oct 23, 2018 In an effort to combat the opioid epidemic and help people in need, the state of Michigan has unveiled a website with information on treatment facilities, drug take back sites, and pharmacies that dispense opioid overdose-reversing Narcan (prescriptions are not needed for Narcan). It's all available at www.michigan.gov/opioids. Information on the Michigan State Police Angel Program — which allows people struggling with addiction to walk into any state police post for help — is also available. People accepted into the MSP Angel Program are assessed and placed into treatment. Last year, there were 2,279 overdose deaths in Michigan — 1,941 were opioid-related. In 2016, there were 1,786 opioid-related deaths. In 2015, there were 1,320. Read more: Contact Georgea Kovanis: [email protected] or 313-222-6842. Follow her on Twitter @georgeakovanis. List of opioids … [Read more...] about A one-stop resource for opioid-related treatment, prevention
Editor’s note: The Gazette continues its Collateral Impact series, which takes a look at the effects and sometimes unintended consequences of legalized marijuana in Colorado.A frequently used criticism by law enforcement of Colorado’s legalized marijuana industry is that it invited dangerous drug cartels into the state, where they operate in black market shadows.Law enforcement in El Paso, Teller and Pueblo counties say it in news releases when perpetrators are of Cuban or Mexican descent. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, said it in January, alleging “cartels have rushed into Colorado, resulting in 19 cartel operation busts in the last 18 months.”And 4th Judicial District Attorney Dan May repeated it to a crowd of community leaders May 1.“We have cartels from around the world,” May said. “You name any South American country, we have it here.”The shock value is immediate, as it conjures images of a city overrun by violence and … [Read more...] about Colorado’s black market marijuana: Are authorities wrongly blaming cartels?