East Tennessee State University College of Nursing professor Dr. Judith Rice has worked with people experiencing homelessness for nearly two decades, giving her insight into how substance abuse and the region’s opioid crisis has affected them.
A new needle exchange program in Johnson City will be only the second of its kind in Tennessee, and will help limit infections spread by the increasing rate of intravenous drug use in the area, health officials say.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is targeting opioid abuse in Appalachia by establishing a new field office in Kentucky to oversee a region ravaged by overdose deaths.
LOWELL, Mass. — They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets. Syringes left by drug users amid the heroin crisis are turning up everywhere.
As the chair of the Washington County Democratic Party, Kate Craig is hoping to bring attention to issues related to pain management and was one of several people who attended a speaking engagement hosted by the Carter County Democratic Party about opioid abuse in the region.