Category: Alexander Walley

Online Only: Officials, medical experts discuss plans to fight opiate abuse problem

September 10th, 2014 in 2014, Alexander Walley, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Alexander Walley, School of Medicine

Collaboration is a key to combating heroin and prescription opiate abuse, according to participants in a panel discussion held on Sept. 4 to focus on the problem…

Expert quote:

“I hope through the bridges we’ve built responding to this crisis we can use this as a springboard to create a comprehensive approach.”

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Officials convene opiate experts to address drug problem

September 5th, 2014 in 2014, Alexander Walley, Boston Business Journal, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Alexander Walley, School of Medicine

A slew of opiate experts were convened by the U.S. District Court Probation Office to address opiate addiction problem in the state…

Expert quote:

“The most visible and the most important issue is that people are dying from opiate overdoses. They are dying at high rates. It’s the number one cause of accidental injury death in the state and it has been for over 10 years. People are dying, that’s the tip of the iceberg.”

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Many in U.S. push to share heroin overdose antidote with civilians

June 17th, 2014 in 2014, Alexander Walley, Newsmakers, Reuters, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Alexander Walley, School of Medicine

Health worker Warren Nicoli got the call late one February night, from a Massachusetts dad who had just seen police revive his 19-year-old daughter from the death-like state of a severe heroin overdose. Police told the man that he could get the anti-overdose drug they had used, naloxone, from Manet Community Health Center in Quincy, Massachusetts…

Expert quote:

“We’ve had a couple of periods where we have been worried about supply. It hasn’t been rationed but it’s a generic drug and there’s only a few suppliers.”

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NYPD officers to carry heroin antidote

May 27th, 2014 in 2014, Alexander Walley, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, USA Today 0 comments

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Alexander Walley, School of Medicine

About 20,000 New York police officers will soon carry an emergency antidote to reverse the effects of heroin overdoses, NYPD officials announced Tuesday. Police officers across Staten Island, N.Y., use the nasal spray…

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Helping heroin users: New York police to carry overdose antidote

April 4th, 2014 in 2014, Alexander Walley, Christian Science Monitor, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Alexander Walley, School of Medicine

All local and state police officers in New York are to begin carrying an antidote drug for heroin overdoses, the state’s attorney general announced Thursday. It is the latest effort to address a heroin problem blistering communities across the United States, including New York’s urban juggernauts and tidy hamlets alike…

Expert quote:

“It’s a big acknowledgment that community bystanders are a big solution to this problem.”

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Soaring drug deaths turn focus on anti-overdose drug

March 8th, 2014 in 2014, Alexander Walley, New Scientist, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Alexander Walley, School of Medicine

In 1992 Tracey Helton, a long-time heroin addict, shot up. Only this time was different: she had been clean for a month and her body couldn’t handle the opiate surge. The overdose would have killed her, she says, had she not been brought back from the dead by a drug that researchers call miraculous, but that the public largely hasn’t heard of…

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The Governor of Maine Is Not a Narcan Fan

February 20th, 2014 in 2014, Alexander Walley, Blogs, Boston Magazine, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Alexander Walley, School of Medicine

Even though New England is in a well-publicized heroin crisis, and Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh has recently called for all first responders in the city to carry the opiate overdose reversal medication called naloxone, commonly known by its brand name, Narcan, not all government officials in New England are on board with the idea…

Expert quote:

“Now they have this tool that they can use to literally bring people back to life, and that is a powerful experience. It represents something that’s much bigger than just the medication.”

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Heroin Overdose ‘Cure’ Exists, But Can Users Find It?

February 20th, 2014 in 2014, Alexander Walley, NBCNews.com, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Alexander Walley, School of Medicine

Tracey Helton’s descent into the world of opiates began at 17, when she had her wisdom teeth pulled and was prescribed Vicodin. Not long after, she began shooting heroin. Then came a fateful move to San Francisco, periods of homelessness, a featured role in an HBO documentary about heroin addicts and an overdose that nearly killed her…

Expert quote:

“It’s important to be creative and think about where you are going to find high-risk people and engage and empower them.”

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Mayor Marty Walsh Wants First Responders to Carry an Overdose Reversal Medication

February 14th, 2014 in 2014, Alexander Walley, Blogs, Boston Magazine, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Alexander Walley, School of Medicine

This past summer, the New York Times wrote, “Heroin, which has long flourished in the nation’s big urban centers, has been making an alarming comeback in the smaller cities and towns of New England.” And it’s no secret that Massachusetts has had its share of drug problems for a long time…

Expert quote:

“Now they have this tool that they can use to literally bring people back to life, and that is a powerful experience. It represents something that’s much bigger than just the medication.”

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Narcan Study: Use of Drug Reduces Overdose Deaths

February 13th, 2014 in 2014, Alexander Walley, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Alexander Walley, School of Medicine

A few months ago Massachusetts marked what health officials said was the 2,000th opiate overdose reversal using the nasal spray Narcan. That’s 2,000 lives saved from overdose deaths, something that has plagued Massachusetts, Maine and other states for several years…

Expert quote:

“We distributed naloxone rescue kits and provided opioid overdose education to people in the community. And so then what we did was we compared the communities where the program was implemented to communities where the program was not implemented.”

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