opioids

Dr. Lisa DeStefano photo
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

With the explosion of opioid addiction in America, doctors and patients are looking for ways to avoid using the painkillers. For some, manipulative therapy could be a way out.


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Baer Law Firm, Pharmacy Attorney, Aurora, CO.

Nine cities and counties from across Michigan are taking drug companies to court.

As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, they are trying to recover many millions of dollars in costs related to the opioid crisis. 


Drug Enforcement Agency

As America confronts the opioid crisis, environmental scientists are warning about a related problem. Chemicals from pain-killers and other drugs often end up in lakes and rivers, creating what some scientists say could be a deadly cocktail for fish and other wildlife.


Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

The East Lansing police reported at least two overdose patients have been saved since the department began requiring all officers to carry Naloxone kits. 


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Law enforcement officers in mid-Michigan are expanding their efforts to help care for victims of opioid addiction.


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State officials say overdose deaths jumped by 18 percent last year with the majority of cases involving opioid abuse.

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flickr/frankieleon

Michigan health care leaders are developing strategies to curb opioid use by pregnant women. 

 


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The Lansing City Council voted Monday to approve a needle exchange program aimed at reducing the spread of HIV and other infections.

 

Drug paraphernalia is considered illegal under Michigan state law, except in the case of needle exchange programs. The council’s decision last night put the city ordinance in line with that state law.