The Surgeon General recommends more Americans carry naloxone, the opioid overdose antidote. Jake Harper/Side Effects Public Media

Reversing an overdose isn’t complicated, but getting the antidote can be

Last month, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued an advisory urging more Americans to learn to use the opioid overdose antidote naloxone, and carry it with them in case they encounter someone who has overdosed. With the increase in overdoses nationwide, the advisory suggests that lay responders — people who may witness an overdose before police or […]

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Meeting drug users where they’re at: U.S. safe injection sites

Amid piles of evidence that the “War On Drugs” approach did little to address Substance Use Disorder (SUD), Americans are beginning to signal that they’re ready to try something different. This month, that signal for something different came in loud and clear from New York City, where Mayor Bill de Blasio championed a plan to […]

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Fairbanks representatives stand with leaders of the Marion County Public Health Department and others in support of a declaration of a hepatitis C state of emergency May 17, 2018, at the Indianapolis Central Library.

Fairbanks supports Indianapolis syringe exchange program

Earlier this morning, Fairbanks representatives stood with Dr. Virginia A. Caine, M.D. – director of the Marion County Public Health Department and all five Marion County health systems – in support of a declaration of a hepatitis C state of emergency. This state of emergency allows counties to implement syringe exchange programs. We appreciated the […]

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Fairbanks launches Employer Services Division

Fairbanks has launched a new Employer Services Division and program to help Midwest companies mitigate the rising costs of healthcare related to substance abuse and improve employee productivity. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, drug abuse costs employers nearly $81 billion each year in turnover, productivity reductions, absenteeism, sick-time utilization and […]

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