heroin http://michiganradio.org en Heroin addiction and overdose deaths on the rise in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/heroin-addiction-and-overdose-deaths-rise-michigan <p></p><p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that heroin use in the U.S. jumped 79% from 2007 through 2012. And heroin overdose deaths rose 45% between 2006 and 2010.</p><p>Police and public health officials say Michigan is on the same track, with heroin addiction and overdose deaths on the rise.</p><p>Special Agent Rich Isaacson is with the Detroit division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. Isaacson says the increase in heroin use and overdose deaths is directly related to the rapid increase in the misuse of opiate drugs, such as OxyContin and Vicodin. Isaacson says these prescriptions can get very expensive, which can result in addicts turning to heroin, which is also an opiate drug, for a much cheaper price.</p><p>Isaacson says prevention and education are very important to reduce the addiction and overdose rates. He adds that strict oversight on how the drugs are obtained and educating doctors about addiction could help as well.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">*</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:50:12 +0000 Stateside Staff 17935 at http://michiganradio.org Heroin addiction and overdose deaths on the rise in Michigan In this morning’s news: Medicaid expansion, emergency managers, and heroin incidents http://michiganradio.org/post/morning-s-news-medicaid-expansion-emergency-managers-and-heroin-incidents <p><strong>Medicaid goes to House floor</strong></p><p>Yesterday, the Michigan House Competitiveness Committee voted to send the Medicaid expansion bill to the floor. Michigan Radio's Jake Neher reports that while Republicans were split on the issue, “Democrats on the panel all voted in favor of the bill. That’s after lawmakers dropped a controversial plan to limit able-bodied adults to four years on Medicaid. But they say they’re still concerned about language that would raise premiums and co-pays for some patients after four years.”</p><p><strong>Questions for Governor about Detroit's emergency manager</strong></p><p>Concerns have been raised about Governor Rick Snyder’s process in selecting Kevyn Orr as Detroit’s emergency manager. Rick Pluta reports that “a judge says Governor Rick Snyder’s office must turn over e-mails and other records related to the candidate search for a Detroit emergency manager. The judge’s order is related to a lawsuit that alleges Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr was hired illegally. The lawsuit claims the process was rigged and carried out in violation of Michigan’s open meetings law.”</p><p><strong>Heroin incidents on the rise in Michigan</strong></p><p>A rash of heroin overdoses occurred in Washtenaw County last week, and incidents are on the rise across parts of the state. “Authorities say a particularly toxic heroin mix known by some on the street as ‘black shadow’ appears to be circulating in southeast Michigan communities, causing a rise in overdoses and at least one death this month,” <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130613/NEWS05/306130029/heroin-acetyl-fentanyl-overdoses-saline-washtenaw-county-fatal">report</a> Robin Erb and Tammy Stables Battaglia of the Detroit Free Press.</p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 12:22:50 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13029 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning’s news: Medicaid expansion, emergency managers, and heroin incidents Eight overdose from heroin in Washtenaw County http://michiganradio.org/post/eight-overdose-heroin-washtenaw-county <p>Eight people have overdosed from heroin over the past two days in Washtenaw County, according to the health department and the sheriff's office. One person died in Saline, and seven others were hospitalized.</p><p>Sergeant Geoff Fox of the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office says heroin use in Michigan is increasing. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 17:02:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12994 at http://michiganradio.org Eight overdose from heroin in Washtenaw County Heroin abuse in Michigan on the rise http://michiganradio.org/post/heroin-abuse-michigan-rise <p>Heroin abuse is increasing in Michigan and so is the number of fatal overdoses.</p><p>Felix Sharpe of Michigan's Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addiction Services says that 680 people died from heroin overdoses in Michigan last year.</p><p>Many abusers of prescription painkillers have moved to heroin because of its price. Drugs like Oxycontin sell for up to $40 dollars a pill on the street, while heroin sells for about $10.</p><p>Sharpe says that many of the victims are young people whose first contact with opiates came through painkillers prescribed to parents and grandparents. He says parents need to lock up prescriptions or dispose of them if they're no longer being used.</p><p>According to The Michigan Department of Community Health Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addiction Services' 2011 annual report,&nbsp; the number of people receiving treatment for heroin abuse in the state jumped from 7,857 in 2001 to 10,924 last year. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 21:13:40 +0000 Rina Miller 9119 at http://michiganradio.org Heroin abuse in Michigan on the rise The number of older Michiganders in substance abuse treatment doubles in a decade http://michiganradio.org/post/number-older-michiganders-substance-abuse-treatment-doubles-decade <p>&nbsp;The number of adults over 50 entering into substance abuse treatment nearly doubled in Michigan during the past decade,&nbsp;according to a new state health department study.</p><p>&nbsp;The Department of Community Health compared data on substance abuse treatment admissions from 2000 and 2009.&nbsp;</p><p>Alcohol was and is the main reason most older adults ended up in treatment Michigan.</p><p>A decade ago, alcohol was the reason 85% of older Michiganders ended up in substance abuse treatment.&nbsp; But by 2009,&nbsp; that percentage dropped to 59%.</p> Mon, 18 Oct 2010 18:25:12 +0000 160 at http://michiganradio.org The number of older Michiganders in substance abuse treatment doubles in a decade