A bill defining more overdose outreach providers in an effort to fight the nationwide opioid crisis passed in the Senate, and was favorably recommended by the House Health and Human Services Committee on Monday. Senate Bill 130, sponsored by Sen. Jen Plumb (D-Salt Lake County), would amend previous legislation passed in 2016. The original legislation … Read more

A new data brief published by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) shows a rising trend of opioid overdoses involving cocaine laced with fentanyl.     The rate of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responses to opioid overdose with cocaine involvement was nearly one-third greater in 2021 compared to 2020. The brief says … Read more

Opioid overdose deaths in Colorado rose 54% in 2020, according to the Colorado Health Institute (CHI). The highest increases come from fentanyl overdoses, which doubled between 2019 and 2020, and increased by 10 times since 2016.  In a report recently released by CHI, they analyzed the increases found in 2020 versus previous years, the COVID-19 … Read more