Medication can reverse effects of opioid overdoses

As communities across the nation struggle with an opioid epidemic, there’s a medication — that’s not widely known — that can reverse the effects of an overdose and save lives. Its generic name is naloxone. About 75 people attended a June 15 seminar on opioid addiction and the benefits of naloxone moderated by Judge Shawn Crane, who presides in the sixth circuit. Law enforcement officers, … [Read more...]

Rally sheds light on risks of impaired driving

For one drunk driver, it took going blind to finally see. That’s the message Derrick Jenkins shared during A Rally to Prevent Impaired Driving, on Dec. 5 at John Long Middle School in Wesley Chapel. Three years ago, Jenkins was just a “normal kid.” But, the St. Petersburg resident’s life changed forever on Nov. 5, 2013. Jenkins, then 21, attended a local car show with a few … [Read more...]

Tackling problems of opioid abuse

A panel of local people working on the frontlines to reduce the problem of opioid drug abuse gained access to the nation’s drug czar last week in a Pasco County roundtable session initiated by Republican Congressman Gus Bilirakis, of Palm Harbor. No certain solutions were offered during the May 3 discussion with for Michael Botticelli, director of the Office of National Drug Control … [Read more...]