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February 28, 2020

The opioid epidemic and substance use disorder have contributed to the growing rate of midlife deaths, especially among people ages 55 to 64. This group had the largest relative increase in overdose deaths between 1999 and 2017, at 909.2 percent: That means that for ev...

December 16, 2019

Speaking Monday at Purdue University, Surgeon General Jerome Adams stated that Americans are now more likely to administer narcan than CPR.  He also talked about what he called his own family’s genetic predisposition to addiction, and suggested that first-year students...

June 11, 2019


For the first time in ten years, Maryland has seen a drop in opioid overdose deaths. Due to the heightened concern and spending by the government, the state has seen a 14% decrease in overdose deaths. However, Maryland authorities say the crisis is far from ove...

May 30, 2019


A study by the NIH has shown that the language we use is one of the most important ways we can decrease the stigma against people who have struggled and are struggling with substance use disorder. The article mentions multiple useful steps to take towards over...

May 20, 2019

VA Attorney General Mark Herring is filing an ongoing suit against Purdue Pharma, makers of the opioid Oxycontin. While more than 28 other states have also filed lawsuits, Herring filed his own suit, allowing him to advocate specifically for the repayment of funds spen...

January 25, 2019

Last week, the VA Department of Health released preliminary data that shows the hard work of all advocates is truly making meaningful change. The data reports that 2018 saw a nearly 40% reduction in overdose deaths in Fairfax!! Neighboring counties where we operate hav...

January 19, 2019

The preliminary findings of a study, by the University of Pennsylvania, suggests we are seeing an increase in opioid prescriptions written by veterinarians for pets. If you have prescription opioids for your pet, be sure to keep the opioids in a safe location and to di...

January 18, 2019

 According to CDC findings reported in Biggest jump in drug overdoses was among middle-aged women, “Deaths from drug overdoses increased by 260 percent among women aged 30 to 64 between 1999 and 2017. And the rate of drug overdose deaths from opioids increased by...

January 17, 2019

Dayton, Ohio is giving hope to cities around the country, as they had a 50 percent reduction in overdose deaths from 2017 to 2018. The six main strategies Dayton has used to significantly reduce the prevalence of overdose deaths are strategies that all cities can emplo...

January 16, 2019

Second Chance, an app currently being developed by The University of Washington, transforms your phone into an active sonar, allowing it to detect signs on an overdose. Once an overdose is detected, the app automatically notifies friends, family members and emergency m...

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