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Opioid Crisis to Be Discussed April 24 in Corinth

The toll opioids take on communities will be discussed in Corinth on April 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Corinth High School Auditorium, 1310 North Harper Road. The public is invited. Stand Up, Mississippi is a collaboration of several Mississippi agencies, including the Department of Mental Health, the Department of…

USDA to Host Discussions on Opioid Abuse in Rural Areas

Staff reports The U.S. Department of Agriculture this month will begin hosting a series roundtable discussions to better understand what rural communities need to address opioid misuse. “The opioid epidemic in rural communities is more than a public health issue,” said Anne Hazlett with USDA Rural Development. “This is a…

MBN to Keep Working With Coroners to Identify All Overdose Deaths

By Josh Mitchell Corinth Today News Editor The director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics is “disappointed” that legislation concerning the reporting of fatal drug overdoses died in a state Senate committee Tuesday. The bill would have imposed fines and possible license suspensions for coroners and healthcare providers who failed…

Overdose Reporting Bill Dies in Senate

By Josh Mitchell Corinth Today News Editor A bill that would have penalized coroners and healthcare providers for failing to report overdose deaths to the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics died in a state Senate committee Tuesday. House Bill 1020 passed the House this month with strong bipartisan support on a…

Life-Saving Drug Used in Alcorn County Overdoses

By Josh Mitchell Corinth Today News Editor Alcorn County was among the top 15 counties in Mississippi in terms of the number of times an opioid overdose reversal drug was given in nine months last year, a state report says. Emergency medical services data show that the life-saving drug naloxone…

Heroin, Fentanyl Threaten Alcorn County

By Josh Mitchell Corinth Today News Editor Corinth and Alcorn County law enforcement officials are concerned that the highly potent drug fentanyl could become a problem locally. “That’s going to be something we all deal with in the near future is this epidemic in fentanyl,” said Corinth Police Chief Ralph…

‘Unusual’ Drug Allocations Target of New DEA Surge

By Josh Mitchell Corinth Today News Editor Scrutiny will be intensified nationally over the next 45 days on pharmacies and prescribers dispensing unusual or disproportionate amounts of drugs, the U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday. Alcorn County had 26 drug-poisoning deaths from 2012-2016, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health.…

New Program in Corinth to Fight Opioid Abuse

By Josh Mitchell Corinth Today News Editor Alcorn County residents who have fallen victim to the opioid epidemic now have a new service available in Corinth to help them. Region IV Mental Health Services started accepting clients this month for its new Medication Assisted Treatment program. People with opioid addictions…

Drug Rehab Broker Schemes ‘Alarm’ Officials as Opioid Crisis Grips Nation

Staff reports A practice called “ patient brokering” has “alarmed” some members of Congress as the nation confronts the opioid crisis. There have been numerous articles about patient brokers who treat addicts as “commodities” to generate profits, members of a Congressional committee wrote in a July letter to the U.S.…

Alcorn, Tishomingo Among Highest Opioid-Prescribing Counties in Nation

By Josh Mitchell Corinth Today News Editor Alcorn and Tishomingo counties were among the highest opioid-prescribing counties in the nation in a new study. They were the only two counties in Northeast Mississippi in the top quartile for opioid prescriptions, the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states.…