Drug overdose News

$1.1M Settlement Reached Over Fatal Highway Crash in Connecticut

A $1.1 million settlement has been reached in a wrongful death lawsuit connected to a 2016 fatal highway crash in Windsor Locks, Conn. The Connecticut Law Tribune reports the family of Kevin Dutra agreed to the settlement last month with …

Law Aimed at Maine Opioid Crisis Goes into Effect

A new law aimed at addressing Maine’s opioid crisis is coming into effect as advocates demand more urgency. Law enforcement officials say 376 Mainers died of a drug overdose in 2016. Republican Rep. Deborah Sanderson backed a new law that …

Who Is Most at Risk for Opioid Death and How to Help Them: Columbia Research

Just over 60 percent of individuals who died from an opioid overdose had been diagnosed with a chronic pain condition, and many had been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, a study of more than 13,000 overdose deaths has found. Only …

Update on the Opioid Epidemic in U.S.

Drug overdose deaths, including opioid overdose deaths, continue to increase in the United States, according to new data from the federal government. The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in …

New Jersey Woman Sues UMass Over Son’s Fatal Drug Overdose

The mother of a University of Massachusetts Amherst student who died of a heroin overdose has filed a $6 million lawsuit against the school and another student charged with selling her son the drugs. Francesca Sinacori’s suit seeks $5 million …

Drug Deaths Outnumbered Highway Fatalities in Virginia for 1st Time Last Year

Deaths from heroin and opioid use outnumbered highway fatalities in Virginia for the first time last year, officials said. Records show that 728 Virginians died from drug overdoses in 2014, while 700 people died on the state’s roads. The increase …

New Hampshire Law Grants Immunity to People Who Report Overdoses

As part of New Hampshire’s effort to address the ongoing drug abuse problem, Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed a bill that will spare people from criminal prosecution in certain cases if they are reporting a drug overdose. Hassan is calling …

West Virginia Looks to Tackle Highest Drug Overdose Rate in Nation

West Virginia has the highest rate of overdose deaths in the U.S., according to a report released this week, further spotlighting Appalachia’s festering drug abuse problem that is also fueling a rise in hepatitis C in one of the nation’s …

Virginia’s Monitoring Program Fights ‘Doctor Shopping’ for Prescription Drugs

The fidgety patient stood a bit too close to the counter at DownHome Pharmacy in Roanoke, Virginia, and chatted a bit too eagerly. She had no insurance, she said, and would be paying cash for her prescription for Norco, a …

Relatives Of Montana Man Sue Hospital Over Opiate Patch Death

Relatives of a Montana man who died of a drug overdose following surgery at a hospital in Cody, Wyo., have filed a federal lawsuit claiming negligence by the hospital and medical personnel who gave him an opiate patch. The estate …