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.

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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.

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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.


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The explosion of opioid overdoses and deaths in America and in Michigan has been well documented. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 2,300 drug overdose deaths in Michigan in 2016, an increase of almost 20-percent over the previous year.

At a recent conference in Lansing, experts discussed the role internet technology could play in fighting the spread of opioid use.


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Michigan patients now have less access to opioids for severe pain. This is the final law to take effect in a package of bills signed last year. 


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New analysis shows Lansing, Grand Rapids and several of Metro Detroit’s Downriver communities are experiencing higher rates of opioid overdoses. 

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