High Schools Stock Up On Life-Saving Drug

Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, New Jersey draws students from four affluent towns in northwest Bergen County. The school has seen how widespread the opioid crisis is in their county and decided to be prepared. The school has been approved to administer the lifesaving drug Narcan (the commercial name for naloxone hydrochloride) to any student who overdoses on an opioid on school grounds. Continue reading “High Schools Stock Up On Life-Saving Drug” »

More Children in Foster Care Due to Opioid Crisis

You may think the fact that there is an opioid epidemic taking thousands of lives is bad enough, but consider the toll on children. There are so many negative points of opioid abuse but the effects on children have to be one of the worst. Continue reading “More Children in Foster Care Due to Opioid Crisis” »

Fentanyl: A Big Part of the Opiate Epidemic

Fentanyl is an opioid that is up to 50 times more potent than heroin, just 2 milligrams of powdered fentanyl can be deadly. Last year, authorities seized at least 668 kilograms of fentanyl — that’s enough to kill every American. Continue reading “Fentanyl: A Big Part of the Opiate Epidemic” »

Prescription Drug Parties and Overdoses

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We all know drugs are bad for you; typically a student will be taught about the dangers of illegal drugs and alcohol from about age 11. Sadly, most of the warnings are about hard drugs like cocaine, heroin, meth, not prescription pain medications. Continue reading “Prescription Drug Parties and Overdoses” »

Two Missouri Teens’ Drug Overdose Stories Sobering for Kansas City Area Parents

Missouri is a great place to raise a family, but a growing number of teens are dying here as the result of a drug overdose. Two tragic cases have happened recently — one in the Kansas City metro, and one in the St. Louis area.

One drug overdose involved 15 year-old Bailey Wages at a slumber party in Belton; Wages suffered from seizures and died of an accidental drug overdose. Brayden Travis, an 18 year-old from St. Charles, Missouri, overdosed heroin and Xanax in March; he’s currently in a coma due to his overdose.

Here’s what Kansas City parents should know about teen drug abuse and overdoses.

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