Fentanyl’s deadly expansion to the west

A study released on October 25, 2019 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows fentanyl cutting a swath of death and destruction across the northeastern United States and the industrialized Midwest in 2017. That year, the synthetic opioid was the drug cited most often as a cause of fatal overdoses in all five

By |2019-11-04T09:03:17-05:00November 1st, 2019|News|0 Comments

Oklahoma judge orders Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million in bellwether opioid case

A US judge has ruled that Johnson & Johnson must pay $572 million for contributing to an opioid crisis in Oklahoma, where the state's attorney general had been seeking damages of more than $17 billion. District court Judge Thad Balkman said:"the state met its burden that... Johnson & Johnson's misleading marketing and promotion of opioids

By |2019-08-30T09:06:24-05:00August 30th, 2019|News|0 Comments

The rise of the opioid epidemic and law enforcement/federal responses

The opioid epidemic sweeping our nation did not happen overnight. A large factor attributed as a root of today’s crisis is the rise of prescription drug addiction and abuse, including: the philosophy of pain management and associated attempts to alleviate suffering through pharmaceutical drugs. On March 7, 2012, the House of Representative subcommittee on crime,

By |2019-11-01T13:34:34-05:00June 10th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Opioid overdose deaths plunge 31 percent in Ohio county thanks to free Narcan

In the midst of what's considered the nation's worst public health crisis so far in the 21st century, one Ohio county is dramatically reducing the number of deaths related to opioid overdoses. A new report shows overdose deaths plunged by 31 percent in Hamilton County, which includes Cincinnati. There was also a 42-percent drop in

By |2019-06-10T10:40:23-05:00January 11th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Narcan kits becoming a party essential

Are you prepared when you go out? With the increasing threat of fentanyl being found in party drugs, people are taking extra precautions when it comes to their party habits, including having a Narcan kit on hand to prevent opioid overdoses. According to the province’s chief coroner, Lisa Lapointe, cocaine was found in 46 per

By |2019-04-16T16:20:14-05:00November 15th, 2018|News|0 Comments

University security officers add naloxone kits to tool belts

The potentially life-saving medication can reverse the effects of an overdose and has become the standard treatment for overdoses of fentanyl, a synthetic drug 50-100 times more powerful than morphine. "We purchased the product sometime in the middle of August and immediately trained our officers and got them completely ready and outfitted for the school

By |2018-10-01T15:36:48-05:00October 1st, 2018|News|0 Comments

First Naloxone Dose Saves Man

A man was revived after an opioid overdose in what is the first use of naloxone since Toronto police officers were issued the life-saving medication in July. Constable Scott Patton had been writing up a quick report while stopped near Allan Gardens when a man came running up to his car yelling for help on

By |2019-01-11T15:14:55-05:00August 9th, 2018|News|0 Comments

ResQ-Grip® Glove Testing Adds Heroin Resistance

MINERVA, Ohio, Nov. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- PH&S Products had its ResQ-Grip® premium nitrile examination grade gloves tested for a combination of heroin/fentanyl resistance. Successful heroin/fentanyl-resistance testing provides gloves that can ensure the safety of first responders and healthcare personnel who come in contact with these substances. "Testing our ResQ-Grip gloves for resistance to a combination

By |2018-03-22T00:44:39-05:00March 19th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Staying Vigilant

Being prepared often comes with the hope you never have to put that preparation into practice. That is certainly the case for Memorial’s Campus Enforcement and Patrol (CEP) officers who recently completed training to administer naloxone, which has gained mainstream recognition as it relates to fentanyl overdoses. Once administered, naloxone blocks or reverses the effects

By |2017-09-12T01:16:39-05:00September 12th, 2017|News|0 Comments

NARCAN™ Carrying Cases Made Available to Emergency Personnel

With the opioid crisis worsening in Canada, more and more first-responders across the country are being equipped with naloxone, the active ingredient in NARCAN™ Nasal Spray, which is used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. As a result, Adapt Pharma Canada has developed carrying cases to make it easier for first responders to

By |2017-09-12T01:04:20-05:00May 1st, 2017|News|0 Comments