Sunday, December 4, 2022

Play

Group wants rollbacks of some IA voting restrictions; RSV, Flu, COVID: KY faces "Triple Threat" this winter; Appeals court halts special master review of documents seized at Mar-a-Lago.

Play

The Senate passes a bill forcing a labor agreement in an effort to avoid a costly railway worker strike. The House Ways and Means Committee has former President Trump's tax returns in hand. The Agriculture Committee is looking at possible regulations for cryptocurrency following the collapse of cryptocurrency giant FTX. The Supreme Court will be reviewing the legality of Biden s student debt relief program next year. Anti-semitic comments from Ye spark the deletion of tweets from the the House Judiciary Committee GOP's Twitter account.

Play

The first-ever "trout-safe" certification goes to an Idaho fish farm, the Healthy Housing Initiative helps improve rural communities' livability, and if Oklahoma is calling to you, a new database makes it easier for buyers and builders to find available lots.

MD Anti-Drug Coalition Forms to Address Opioid Epidemic

Play

Thursday, May 3, 2018   

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A coalition of Maryland leaders and health care advocates have launched a statewide coalition focused on reducing the number of people becoming addicted or dying from opioid use.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 1,800 Marylanders died in 2016 from opioid overdose. To help reduce those numbers, Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates Michael Busch along with a coalition of community leaders created the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative, or RALI Maryland. Retired General Arthur T. Dean, chairman and CEO at the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, said part of their initiative is promoting the use of biodegradable pouches people can fill with water to safely dispose of their leftover prescriptions.

"And in the last week or so we've given out more than 150,000 of these pouches to Marylanders trying to help them rid themselves of these medicines,” Dean said.

RALI Maryland's inaugural program is focused on educating patients on how to safely dispose of unwanted or unused medications.

Dean said the coalition also has been working with prescription drug manufacturers and physicians to curb the number of excess drugs that are given to patients that can ultimately lead to abuse. He said doctors used to give out a 30-day supply of opioids.

"So now the prescribing guidelines says that a doctor should give no more than seven days,” he said. “And then if the patient needs more, they come back and get some."

State officials say there were nearly 2,000 fatal overdose deaths in Maryland last year. Dean said he hopes the pouch, which can hold up to 45 pills and will dissolve them with just warm water, will be just one part of a universal effort to stop the opioid crisis from getting worse in the state and around the country.


get more stories like this via email

According to the Brennan Center, at least one bill with a provision restricting access to voting was introduced in the legislature of every state except Vermont in 2021. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

The Iowa League of Women Voters plans to ask the Iowa Legislature to rethink the voting restrictions put in place prior to last month's midterm electi…


Environment

Agriculture groups and government agencies aren't slowing down in trying to convince farmers to use more sustainable practices such as cover crops…

Social Issues

Winter is here, leaving many older South Dakotans vulnerable to social isolation. But a growing body of research, as well as opportunities, shows …


Almost 60% of Black students and 50% of Latino students experience food insecurity, compared with 30% of their non-Hispanic white peers, according to a study by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

By Jala Forest / Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan Reporting for the Kent State-Ohio News Connection Collaboration Nearly 40% of college students a…

Environment

The Biden administration has proposed a rule to limit methane flaring from oil and gas development on public lands. The rule would impose royalty …

Each year in the United States, an estimated 58,000 to 80,000 children younger than 5 are hospitalized due to RSV infection, according to the CDC. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

The flu, COVID and RSV are rapidly spreading in Kentucky, and health experts say that's a problem for hospitals, schools and the state's vulnerable …

Environment

As its 125th anniversary nears, the Connecticut Audubon Society has released a report detailing the effectiveness of conservation efforts in the …

Social Issues

2022 was a banner year for women elected as governor. Nearly one-third of America's governors will be women next year, which is a record. Iowa …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021