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We’ve all been harmed by the consequences of drug addiction and the misguided policies surrounding drug use. People who use drugs suffer. The people who love and care for people who use drugs suffer. Our communities suffer. We feel helpless in the face of addiction, whether it’s our own or someone else’s. It feels like can’t control it, or stop it, or even get it to slow down as it guts our lives of everything good. We are hurt and we...

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Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription Drug Abuse


Posted By on May 1, 2017

Young adults (age 18 to 25) are the biggest abusers of prescription (Rx) opioid pain relievers, ADHD stimulants, and anti-anxiety drugs. They do it for all kinds of reasons, including to get high or because they think Rx stimulants will help them study better. But Rx abuse is dangerous. In 2014, more than 1,700 young adults died from prescription drug (mainly opioid) overdoses—more than died from overdoses of any other drug, including...

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On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills Bring your pills for disposal to the sites listed here: Listing of Cincinnati-Area National Take-Back Initiative Collection Sites. (The DEA cannot...

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A Hepatitis C diagnosis almost always brings a flood of questions. Will I get sick? Where do I find a doctor? Can I be cured? Around 95% of people who receive treatment for Hep C are cured, meaning the virus is not detected in their blood three months after receiving treatment. Many people do not experience symptoms until years after they contracted the virus. In fact, over half of the people who contract Hep C never experience any...

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Because so much of our work is hands-on, we are in a position to do a great deal of good in our communities. While our main focus remains providing sterile syringes to people, we are also able to help those who need health care, housing, drug and alcohol treatment, and other services. The organizations Caracole, Inc. and Equitas Health work alongside us to provide confidential healthcare screening and prevention services to our mutual...

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The Harm Reduction Coalition (HRC) recently sent a notice to its subscribers reporting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report making a strong call for expanding syringe access programs. HRC’s notice is reproduced below. The report, released ahead of World AIDS Day on Thursday, December 1st, states: “Swift action can lead to further decreases in HIV diagnoses and prevent new outbreaks among...

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