By Teri Vance A new display in front of the state Capitol is designed to bring awareness to the opioid crisis across Nevada and the nation. “Friday is International Overdose Awareness Day,” explained Samantha Szoyka, the youth program coordinator for Partnership Carson City. “We wanted to educate the community about this crucial issue. We [...]
By Teri Vance Hurl Mahurin lost his wife, Linda, to breast cancer in 2014. She was diagnosed at stage 4 three years prior, and the cancer eventually ate away at bone and tissue in her back and leg. “With the kind of pain she was in, they prescribed her tons of medications,” Mahurin said. “She [...]
The Washington Post reports: Nearly 1 million people were not working because of opioid addiction in 2015, the latest research to show that drug use is having a profound effect on the U.S. economy. Read more
By, Max Blau/STAT by Boston Globe Media Dr. Phillip Chang’s emergency room epiphany started with a wreck. A patient admitted to the trauma unit of the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital was prescribed opioid painkillers for injuries he sustained in a nasty car crash. Read more.
By Teri Vance Carrying on its mission to create a healthier community, Partnership Carson City distributed about $1 million last year to community agencies and disposed of unused or expired prescription drugs during two annual drug roundups. “Prescription drugs are one of the worst public health problems we face,” said Kathy Bartosz, executive director of [...]
For those who were able to attend and participate in the Governor's Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Summit in Las Vegas, thank you for your attendance and input. For those of you who were not able to attend, thank you for your interest. Attached please find Governor Brian Sandoval's Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Summit Summary of [...]
Mayor Bob Crowell likes to say Carson City is the best city in the state, if not the country. But at a recent gathering of area pharmacists and technicians, he acknowledged some of its hidden shortcomings. “When you pull back the sheets, we’ve got problems,” he said. “Prescription drugs are a big part of that [...]
Aadra, 14, remembers climbing up in her great-grandfather’s bathroom to change a lightbulb. She looked over at the top of the medicine cabinet where she saw a spoon and lighter hidden. That’s when she learned that both of her uncles had a heroin addiction. “They both abused heroin and prescription drugs,” she said. “They would [...]