heroin http://www.kplu.org en Nasal Spray Antidote To Opiate Overdose To Be Widely Available On WSU Campus http://www.kplu.org/post/nasal-spray-antidote-opiate-overdose-be-widely-available-wsu-campus <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Drug overdoses, mostly from opiates, are the </span><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/overdose/facts.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">leading cause of accidental death </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in America. But there is an antidote, and it may soon be much </span><a href="http://www.pharmacy.wsu.edu/newsletter/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">more widely available </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">on the Washington&nbsp;State University campus.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For someone who overdoses on heroin or a prescription painkiller, a quick shot of </span>naloxone<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> could make the difference between life and death. In the past, this has meant an actual injection, which can be hard to administer for someone who isn’t trained, as well as carrying risks of blood-borne diseases.</span></p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:45:12 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 14825 at http://www.kplu.org Nasal Spray Antidote To Opiate Overdose To Be Widely Available On WSU Campus Drug Cartels Thrive on Ultimate Consumers: Addicts http://www.kplu.org/post/drug-cartels-thrive-ultimate-consumers-addicts <p><em>Editor's Note:&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 14.399999618530273px;">Drug traffickers are doing big business up and down the West Coast. When you go by freeway, you’re driving a Silk Road of sorts for heroin, meth, and cocaine. This export industry is evolving. Drug experts say heroin is back on the rise, fueled in part by prescription drug abuse. </span></em></p><p><em><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 14.399999618530273px;">This week, in a series we call Border to Border Drugs, we’re reporting on drug-trafficking rings that rely on every freeway in the West. In part two of the series, correspondent Chris Lehman reports on how the supply side of this business may change, but the demand remains strong.</span></em></p><p><em><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 14.399999618530273px;">---</span></em></p><p>Heavy-duty prescription painkillers have something in common with heroin. They're both opiates, and the effect they have on people who get hooked is similar. One difference? Heroin is usually cheaper and easier to get. That was true for Portlander Kevin Lehl. He says he got hooked as a teen when he was prescribed opiates to treat chronic pain.</p><p>"I was in love with it from the very beginning,” Lehl said.</p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 18:01:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 10056 at http://www.kplu.org Drug Cartels Thrive on Ultimate Consumers: Addicts Heroin becoming the scourge of 20-somethings http://www.kplu.org/post/heroin-becoming-scourge-20-somethings <p></p><p>There are two versions of this story.</p><p>One is the story of how drug-abuse involving heroin has spiked upward, especially in young adults, over the past decade. Drug experts say people end up on heroin as a last resort, after getting addicted to prescription painkillers.</p><p>That version is in the news this week, and has <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/drug-abuse-trends-deaths-down-insidious-twist">made headlines for the past few years</a>, when annual drug trends come out.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 00:04:51 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 9058 at http://www.kplu.org Heroin becoming the scourge of 20-somethings Spike in deaths from heroin draws attention to increase in use among young http://www.kplu.org/post/spike-deaths-heroin-draws-attention-increase-use-among-young <p><em>&quot;Nationally, Seattle is fairly high in heroin use.&quot;</em></p><p>Last week Washington state saw a spike in heroin-probable deaths. Seven people in King County overdosed on the drug with in just four days.</p><p>The spike stands out against a general decline in deaths due more to a decrease in the purity of the drug than a drop in usage, said one researcher. In fact, use among the young has risen by 74 percent.</p><p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 18:40:06 +0000 Evan Hoover 4433 at http://www.kplu.org Spike in deaths from heroin draws attention to increase in use among young Drug abuse trends: Deaths down, with an insidious twist http://www.kplu.org/post/drug-abuse-trends-deaths-down-insidious-twist <p>You&#39;ve probably heard the under-world of drug abuse has taken on a new face over the past decade, with the rise of prescription pill addicts.</p><p>The story is more nuanced than that. But before looking at the nuance, here are a few surprising facts and a disturbing trend. Thu, 09 Jun 2011 01:01:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 1822 at http://www.kplu.org Drug abuse trends: Deaths down, with an insidious twist Prescription drug abuse deaths take a surprising drop http://www.kplu.org/post/prescription-drug-abuse-deaths-take-surprising-drop <p>There&rsquo;s a glimmer of hope in the struggle against prescription drug abuse.&nbsp; For the first time, the number of overdose deaths from painkillers has gone down in King County. It&rsquo;s also fallen statewide.</p><p>Unfortunately, people hooked on painkillers may be turning to heroin. Heroin abuse used to be confined to Washington&#39;s cities -- primarily Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane and Everett. Now, it&#39;s appearing for the first time in small towns and rural areas.</p> Wed, 08 Jun 2011 21:48:47 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 1819 at http://www.kplu.org