Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2010–2015

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is moving to curb the national opioid epidemic by slashing the production of a number of popular prescription painkillers.

In a notice published Wednesday in the federal register, the DEA finalized a previous order on 2017 production quotas for a variety of Schedule I and II drugs, including addictive narcotics like oxycodone, hydromorphone, codeine and fentanyl. The agency has the authority to set limits on manufacturing under the Controlled Substances Act.

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Red Ribbon Rally Celebrates Its 29th Year

Approximately 1,000 Treasure Valley youth joined state and city officials at the Idaho State Capitol on Friday, October 23rd, 2017, from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m., for the 29th annual Red Ribbon Week Rally.  The event, sponsored by DrugFree Idaho, Inc., is held every year to encourage students to live drug-free.

Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. Formally designated as Red Ribbon Week in 1988, this annual event serves as a channel for communities and individuals to engage in drug education and prevention and make a personal commitment to a healthy and drug-free life. The theme of Red Ribbon Week for 2017 was “What is Your Natural High.”

DrugFree Idaho, Inc. is a non-profit organization working to promote healthy lifestyles in a drug-free culture within our schools, workplaces and communities.

There was no cost for this event.  Community members were welcome to attend. 

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Drug Overdose Deaths May Peak in 2017: Study

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  • Drug overdose deaths may peak in 2017, experts at Columbia University predict. By 2034 the overdose rate could fall back to rates last seen in the early 1980s, they say.

    The experts predict the projected drug overdose death rate will peak in 2017 at 16.1 deaths per 100,000 population, The Wall Street Journal reports. They note that from 1980–2011, annual drug overdose deaths increased from 2.7 to 13.2 deaths per 100,000 population. In 2035, the death rate would reach 1.9 deaths per 100,000 population, the researchers write in Injury Epidemiology.

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