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Health Experts: Opioid Addiction Has Worsened During COVID-19 Crisis

New research shows people with substance use disorder — especially involving opioids — are at a significantly higher risk for contracting COVID-19.

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Meet Leon Fooksman, Our Social Media Connector

For more than a decade, Leon Fooksman has run our social media platforms and written stories for our website. Our goal has been to connect people during the darkest days of the opioid crisis and offer a digital place to come together, get educated, and fi

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Attorney Behind Our Push For Warm Handoff Legislation For Hospitals

NOPE Task Force worked with Michael Barnes at DCBA Law & Policy in helping to pass legislation for hospitals to do more for people suffering from drug overdoses.

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One of Our Earliest Supports Reflects on Educating Youth About Drugs

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, FL helped NOPE Task Force start presentations to thousands of students. Years later, the agency’s chief deputy reflects on the importance of teaching youth to stay clear of drugs.

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Student Coalition Member on the Impact of NOPE

"High school students tend to joke around about drugs and/or use drugs to make themselves look "cool". So, my hope was that this presentation would show them that drugs are not to be messed around with."

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How Long Does It Take To Get Addicted To A Dangerous Drug?

That depends on many factors. All of our bodies are different, and there are many different drugs. Bottom line: don’t experiment or use dangerous drugs because trying the drug even once can be dangerous.

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Combating Sober Houses and Other Problematic Issues in Florida’s Drug Overdose Epidemic

Florida has become a medical vacation destination as parents send their adult children there for treatment. Result: a massive recovery industry has been created with little oversight – until now.

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Naloxone: A Tool -- Not Treatment -- In Saving Lives

The drug naloxone reverses overdoses, but it needs to be used as a tool -- not treatment – in saving lives, much like a defibrillator for the heart attack victim. We need more effective ways to save people from drug overdoses.

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