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Michigan on Tuesday sued four companies over the deadly painkiller epidemic, becoming what state Attorney General Dana Nessel said is the first state to sue major opioid distributors under a drug dealer liability law.

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Pharmacies across Michigan will be giving away the Nasal spray form of Naloxone, also known as Narcan, to anyone on Saturday. No names, insurance or prescription is needed. A Lansing drug rehabilitation manager said it will help those affected by the opioid crisis.

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Michigan will get $27.9 million in federal funds to help families and communities deal with the opioid crisis.

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A task force is being created to tackle Michigan's opioid epidemic.

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CVS Pharmacy is stepping up efforts in Michigan to curb pharmacy robberies and help keep narcotic medications including opioids more secure.

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The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says the number of opioids dispensed in the state decreased by 15 percent in 2018 compared with the year before.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced more than a million dollars will go to hospitals to help create better systems for treating people with opioid addiction. As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, Whitmer says reducing opioid abuse is a top priority of her administration.

A high-ranking state health official has been placed on paid leave after being accused of excessively prescribing opioids.

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The list of who can administer emergency opioid overdose medication in Michigan could grow.

Getting to Anne Polston’s house is a journey: first, you have to get to Liberty, a town about two hours southeast of Louisville. Then, there’s a winding eight-mile road that’s largely one-lane, and sometimes just gravel.

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Ingham County is one of 15 jurisdictions in the country chosen for an initiative to expand opioid treatment in jails.

City of Jackson Looks At Needle Exchange Program

Apr 11, 2019
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The city council in Jackson has begun reviewing a plan to allow programs to give substance abusers clean needles in exchange for used ones.

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Legislation advancing in Michigan would let librarians administer the drug naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses.

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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's charity will invest $10 million to help Michigan fight opioid overdose deaths.

Local Dad Fights Opioid Addiction After Son's Death

Jul 17, 2018
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An Okemos father says his son would probably have been an accountant or a lawyer had he not died of an opioid overdose in 2011 when he was 25 years old.  Now the dad is on a mission to help stop addiction as soon as possible.