Medicaid was designed to help the poor who truly needed it, now it’s turning into a slush fund for non essentials. Continue reading →
Indiana needs to face the reality Chicago and the rest of the state of Illinois are now the neighbors who never mow their lawn or takes care of their house. Continue reading →
Day after day when I scan the internet on stories, heroin abuse in America continually pops up. Continue reading →
The pharmaceutical industry is pushing a new method to conquer fears……more pills for American’s to digest. Continue reading →
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Running this blog and my career choice, I’ve gained numerous law enforcement sources who I value in obtaining up to the minute information with what is happening on the ground. Continue reading →
Hoosier Econ reached out to Indiana health officials in regard to how much money has been spent combating heroin and HIV in Scott County. Here is what the Joint Information Center emailed me: Continue reading →
Heroin is clobbering the state of Indiana and it comes with an enormous financial cost. Law enforcement, imprisonment, children removed from homes and other costs are all there for many to dissect. The DEA recently put out an alert of a possible explanation of why people are overdosing on heroin.
The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today issued a nationwide alert about the dangers of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues/compounds. Fentanyl is commonly laced in heroin, causing significant problems across the country, particularly as heroin abuse has increased.
In the last two years, DEA has seen a significant resurgence in fentanyl-related seizures. According to the National Forensic Laboratory Information System (NFLIS), state and local labs reported 3,344 fentanyl submissions in 2014, up from 942 in 2013. In addition, DEA has identified 15 other fentanyl-related compounds.
Fentanyl is a Schedule II narcotic used as an analgesic and anesthetic. It is the most potent opioid available for use in medical treatment – 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin. Fentanyl is potentially lethal, even at very low levels. Ingestion of small doses as small as 0.25 mg can be fatal. Its euphoric effects are indistinguishable from morphine or heroin.
Costs associated with saving an overdosing addict are skyrocketing as well. More municipalities are wanting police to carry heroin antidotes since they are usually first to encounter a person overdosing. Foxnews.com had a post about the antidote naloxone.
Naloxone reverses the effects of opioids – drugs derived from opium, including heroin – on brain receptors. But a price increase late last year means that instead of buying 400 naloxone kits for a little under $21,000 – at $51.50 per kit paid to a third-party distribution company – that’s now enough for only 200, at just under $100 per kit, a negotiated discount that’s $5 cheaper than what he was quoted.