Monthly Archives July 2020

HCSO develops new tools to fight the opioid crisis during the COVID pandemic

  MINNEAPOLIS — While the coronavirus pandemic has dominated headlines in recent months, that doesn’t mean other areas of community concern have suddenly vanished. According to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), there have been several spikes in opioid overdoses over the past four months, including at least 50 fatal cases. “We aren’t hearing about these incidents as often but they are happening,” Sheriff David Hutchinson said. Officials with the sheriff’s office say COVID-19 has created unique challenges around the opioid addiction crisis. For instance, social distancing measures have changed the ways deputies can help people prevent or survive an
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University of North Texas Health Science Center launches educational drug disposal campaign

Before COVID-19 became part of everyday American life, the U.S. was fighting a different crisis – a war against opiates. Communities were grappling with a triple-wave crisis. The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth was among institutions in the long fight. HSC students trained to use the opiate reversal drug, naloxone. HSC experts looked for ways to decrease opioid-related overdose deaths and better monitor prescriptions. Other experts studied how DNA research into chronic lower-back pain could help patients understand when opioids won’t work for them. HSC’s commitment didn’t diminish as COVID-19 emerged and the university helped
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Atlantic County group partners with pharmacies for medication disposal education

  A substance misuse prevention group is partnering with pharmacies in Atlantic County to help educate their customers about how to properly dispose of medications. Join Together Atlantic County, based in Absecon, is giving pharmacies free Deterra drug deactivation disposal bags, informational rack cards, magnets, stickers and posters that provide information about proper medication disposal, according to a news release from the organization. Over the past five weeks, members of the group have gone to nearly 55 pharmacies and given out materials, according to the release. “Prescription and over-the-counter medication misuse has been one of the main contributors to the
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Sumter Behavioral Health holding prescription drug drop-off Tuesday

If you have unused or expired prescription pills, liquids or other medications in your home and do not know what to do with them, Sumter Behavioral Health has an answer. The organization is hosting a prescription drug drop-off from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, at the Sumter YMCA, 510 Miller Road. Also on hand will be free Deterra packets for at-home disposal. According to deterrasystem.com, the safe Deterra Drug Deactivation System includes a pouch made from material containing organic additives that are consumed by microbes found in landfills which causes the plastic pouch to degrade. The result is
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Trinity Behavioral Care hosts webinar, partners with Marion County Sheriff’s Office

MARION, S.C. — Trinity Behavioral Care wants to inform and educate our communities about “The Impact of Opioids” and hosting a special webinar today at 6 p.m. Participants will receive a voucher to pick up free school supplies and backpack. The guest speaker is Andre Norman. To register in advance for the meeting visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqdOCopjIjHdTj133OZnt-D8v3MIMryMxH. Trinity and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office are also partnering for the Poppin Pills Pop Dreams Drive-thru event outside the Marion County Administration Building on July 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors will be given free Deterra packets to dispose of unused or
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Gary woman creates organization aimed at nixing surge of overdose deaths in Region

Overdose deaths are up dramatically this year in Northwest Indiana, alarming local authorities and prompting one Region woman to take matters into her own hands. As of July 10, Lake County has recorded 121 overdose deaths, compared to 92 at the same time last year, according to Coroner Merrilee Frey. And in neighboring Porter County, Coroner Cyndi Dykes said the overdose trends there were fairly consistent in 2020 compared to last year — up until June, when the county experienced a spike. Porter County recorded 17 overdose deaths through June of this year, whereas Dykes’ office recorded nine overdose deaths
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July 14 – Free 5 Minute Narcan Training to be Held Curbside Saturday, July 18, in Bluffton and Beaufort

July 14, 2020 – On Saturday, July 18, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., the Beaufort County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Department is offering free Narcan and training on how to identify the signs of an overdose and how to help someone who may be overdosing. Training will be curbside and only takes 5 minutes. No appointment is required and you don’t have to leave your car. The 5 minute training will be held curbside at the BCADAD Beaufort office, 1905 Duke Street and the BCADAD Bluffton office, 4819 Bluffton Parkway. Free “Deterra Bags” will be available too. These bags
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Aiken Center sees success in Aiken County’s drug disposal boxes

Disposal boxes in Aiken County have become an effective resource in removing old or unused prescription drugs from households amid the coronavirus pandemic. Public resources to safely dispose prescription drugs have had to adjust as attempts to limit the spread of COVID-19 continues to cancel public events. In years past, Aiken County participated in national drug take back days that took place in various locations twice a year, once in April and again in October. However, the onset of COVID-19 has led to the cancellation of the take back days and officials at the Aiken Center Substance Use Services aren’t certain
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Sheriff’s Office offers drug disposal bags, online training on naloxone use

Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson said his office can’t – and won’t – lose sight of the opioid crisis even though the issue has been overshadowed of late by violence in Minneapolis, peaceful protests after the tragic death of George Floyd, talk of overdue police reform measures and the COVID-19 pandemic. Hennepin County has seen several distinct spikes in overdoses in the overdose tracking tool ODMAP –the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program – since the beginning of the pandemic. Since March 16, 615 suspected overdoses have been recorded in ODMAP, including 52 that were fatal. “We have seen an uptick
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