Category: David Rosenbloom

Old data cripples new drug campaign

March 15th, 2015 in 2015, David Rosenbloom, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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David Rosenbloom, School of Public Health

When drug overdoses spiked in early 2014, Rhode Island officials knew within days that, in many cases, heroin had been mixed with the synthetic drug fentanyl, creating a strong but toxic dose for addicts chasing an ever-greater high…

Expert quote:

“Massachusetts is a disgrace. That’s the only word that can be used.”

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Despite warnings, more guns are showing up at US airports

August 11th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, David Rosenbloom, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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David Rosenbloom, School of Public Health

One Monday last month, a 41-year-old Somerville woman was stopped at a Logan International Airport security checkpoint by agents who discovered a prohibited item in her carry-on bag…

Expert quote:

“People who have guns in states with expansive open-carry laws are carrying their guns. They get ready to go to the airport and don’t think about it. They always have their guns on them.”

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Barriers Remain Despite Health Law’s Push To Expand Access To Substance Abuse Treatment

April 10th, 2014 in 2014, David Rosenbloom, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, Washington Post 0 comments

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David Rosenbloom, School of Public Health

The nation’s health law has promised sweeping changes to help millions of people with drug or alcohol addiction get treatment. Many unable to afford services in the past now can receive them without first landing in jail or an emergency room, health officials say…

Expert quote:

“This is disease in which continued treatment is essential. If the new law is implemented by managed care companies with short leashes, they will undo its potential efficacy.”

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State’s overdose plan underwhelms experts

March 30th, 2014 in 2014, David Rosenbloom, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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David Rosenbloom, School of Public Health

Last fall, John Greene’s 19-year-old son, Evan, spent 40 days in jail for failing a drug test while on probation. Greene, an Easton resident, had been trying to get through to his son about opiate and heroin addiction for years, so jail time was in some ways a relief…

Expert quote:

“The reality is that making Narcan available and saving someone’s life is not the same as getting someone into treatment.”

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Special Report: Powerful additive leads to spate of heroin overdose deaths

February 23rd, 2014 in 2014, David Rosenbloom, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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David Rosenbloom, School of Public Health

Drug overdose deaths in Eastern Connecticut are skyrocketing. Officials are worried about the increasingly devastating impact of heroin in the region, and there has been a new, recent twist — heroin that is spiked with a potent painkiller for a lethal combination…

Expert quote:

“The problem is that it is so much more powerful than heroin that people who take mixtures of it are at significantly greater risk for overdose. Fentanyl slows down breathing, and if you have enough of it, then you stop breathing.”

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Heroin, painkiller a deadly combination

February 19th, 2014 in 2014, David Rosenbloom, Newsmakers, Patriot Ledger, School of Public Health 0 comments

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David Rosenbloom, School of Public Health

Heroin is deadly enough on its own, but mixed with a powerful painkiller meant for terminally ill cancer patients it creates a potentially even more lethal concoction that could be behind a spike in overdoses in cities and towns south of Boston, police say…

Expert quote:

“The problem is that it is so much more powerful than heroin that people who take mixtures of it are at significantly greater risk for overdose. Fentanyl slows down breathing, and if you have enough of it, then you stop breathing.”

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Inhaling Alcohol Is a Thing, and It’s Dangerous

June 7th, 2013 in 2013, Blogs, Boston Magazine, David Rosenbloom, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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David Rosenbloom, School of Public Health

College students making bad decisions is hardly breaking news…

Expert quote:

“Has it happened? Probably. But I don’t know whether anybody has actually called the National Poison Center and said, ‘Are cases like this showing up in emergency rooms, and if so, how many?’ I suspect that some have, but how big a trend it is, I don’t think anybody has a clue.”

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Putting student safety on tap

September 30th, 2012 in 2012, David Rosenbloom, Lowell Sun, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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David Rosenbloom, School of Public Health

Last school year, UMass Lowell sent an intercampus shuttle bus around the downtown at 1 a.m. on weekends to pick up some undesirable passengers: intoxicated students…

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Crack cocaine still ‘drug of choice’ for many users in Brockton

June 5th, 2012 in 2012, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, David Rosenbloom, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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David Rosenbloom, School of Public Health

On the street, it has different names – “bump,” “rock” or “white.”…

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Should Kids Try Wine? Early Alcohol Dependence

March 26th, 2012 in 2012, David Rosenbloom, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, WFXT 0 comments

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David Rosenbloom, School of Public Health

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