1. Northwest Health Services Receives Grant Money To Help Combat Drug Addiction In Rural Counties

A local not-for-profit will begin investing $1 million to fight addiction and drug abuse in rural northwest Missouri. Last year opioid overdoses killed nearly 1,100 Missourians. Northwest Health Services is working to reduce that number. (kq2.com)

2. Pandemic is Not Only Killing COVID-19 Patients, But Those With Opioid and Drug Addiction

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a dramatic increase in fatalities involving opioids and increased use of other drugs. According to reports by the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program, drug overdoses increased 42% in May 2020. (nbcsandiego.com)

3. White House Officials, Shore Leaders Talk Drug Crisis

President Donald Trump’s drug czar traveled to Easton on Monday, Aug. 17, to discuss the drug addiction crisis lawmakers say has “resurrected” on Maryland’s Eastern Shore during the coronavirus pandemic because of isolation and many other associated challenges. (stardem)

4. Officer Assists Woman With Drug Addiction

Especially if they’re fortunate enough to have someone help steer them toward the road to recovery. (tnonline)

5. ‘We Get Them Online For 40p’: Warning Over ‘dangerous Fake’ Anti-Anxiety Drugs

PHE recently issued a rare national alert to healthcare providers about the availability of fake pills being sold as benzodiazepines, such as Xanax and diazepam, where the drug has been linked to overdoses and deaths. (news.sky.com)