Deadly blue ‘Mexican oxy’ pills take toll on US Southwest -AP

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Aaron Francisco Chavez swallowed at least one of the sky blue pills at a Halloween party before falling asleep forever. He became yet another victim killed by a flood of illicit fentanyl smuggled from Mexico by the Sinaloa cartel into the Southwest — a profitable new business for the drug gang … Continue reading Deadly blue ‘Mexican oxy’ pills take toll on US Southwest -AP

sizzlin’STORIES: Opioid Rx misuse higher in LGBTQ people, study finds

A new study on prescription opioid misuse rates by sexual orientation confirms what earlier, less comprehensive studies suggested: Lesbian, gay and bisexual people are at a higher risk for misusing opioids, according to researchers. But the study also raises questions about a worrisome trend in one subset in the LGBT community. If opioid abuse rates … Continue reading sizzlin’STORIES: Opioid Rx misuse higher in LGBTQ people, study finds

NEWS FEED: Overdose deaths in Maine averaged nearly one per day during first half of 2018

Drug overdoses continued to claim nearly one life per day in Maine during the first six months of 2018 despite intensive efforts – from the State House to sober houses – to slow the opioid crisis. There were 180 overdose deaths in Maine through June 30, down just slightly from the 185 drug-related deaths reported … Continue reading NEWS FEED: Overdose deaths in Maine averaged nearly one per day during first half of 2018

NEWS FEED: Dozens stage ‘die-in’ at Portland City Hall to call attention to drug deaths

Fifty-seven people spent nearly an hour of their Friday evening lying motionless on the cold stone plaza in front of Portland City Hall, trying to draw attention to the 57 people who died from drug overdoses in the city last year and efforts to make that number smaller. Each wore black and a number, and … Continue reading NEWS FEED: Dozens stage ‘die-in’ at Portland City Hall to call attention to drug deaths