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Alabama Department of Mental Health gives out $8.5 million in opioid settlement awards

The Alabama Department of Mental Health recently awarded $8.5 million in opioid settlement funds across the state.

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Poarch Band of Creek Indians launches joint effort to end opioid crisis in Alabama

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is partnering with the Helios Alliance to end the opioid crisis in Alabama.

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Birmingham in 2023: This year’s top stories in Alabama’s largest metro area

Though Birmingham is no longer Alabama’s largest city, the Birmingham area remains the largest metropolitan region in the state. In 2023, the City of Birmingham faced several problems, from a wave of violent crime that continued into 2023 from 2022 to a severe truancy problem in its public school system that drew the ire of Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin.

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AG Marshall sends letter to local officials to reinforce terms of $300 million in opioid settlement funds

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall sent a letter to municipal leaders around the state on Monday to explain how they are allowed to use the approximately $300 million in opioid settlement money to be paid over several years.

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Baldwin County nonprofit fighting to end opioid crisis celebrates six years

The Jace Waters Foundation for Transitional Living of Alabama celebrated six years of saving lives Monday night with its Better Beginnings Banquet.

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Deadly weekend: Jefferson County Coroner suspects five drug overdose deaths

Jefferson County Coroner Bill Yates, who has been concerned with drug overdoses for years, confirmed there were five suspected overdose deaths over the weekend.

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Erica Thomas: Breaking the chains of the opioid crisis

Alabama is known for a church on every corner, but somehow those corners are also plagued with drugs and crime. How did it get this way and what is being done to bring Alabamians back to God and break the chains that are binding and killing His people?

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Alabama to receive $250 million in opioid settlement

Alabama will receive about $250 million in an opioid settlement with drugmakers and pharmacies announced last week.

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Drug overdose deaths outpace COVID fatalities in Jefferson County in 2022

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office has confirmed 488 deaths in 2022 were drug overdose fatalities.

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Baldwin County Coroner sounds alarm over fentanyl overdoses — Says larger building needed for 'body surge'

Baldwin County Coroner Dr. Brian Pierce made a case to the Baldwin County Commission Monday during its work session. Pierce said the coroner’s office is in desperate need of a new building and he pointed out issues his office has seen with drug overdoses.

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Alabama Department of Education: Fewer public high schools keeping naloxone on campus

Fewer Alabama public high schools are keeping the opioid-countering drug naloxone on hand, even as safety concerns due to fentanyl are on the rise.

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AG Steve Marshall: $276 million opioid settlement should go toward solving addiction

As a result of the settlements, Alabama has been rewarded $276 million. 

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Jefferson County opioid, fentanyl overdose deaths soar in 2022, exceeds record violent death toll

Violent crime isn’t the only thing taking lives in Jefferson County. According to a new report from WBHM, overdose deaths exceeded homicides and vehicle-related deaths in Jefferson County in 2022 and Jefferson County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates said that he doesn’t see it slowing down.

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Toxicology report confirms deceased Selma High Student had hydrocodone and fentanyl in his system

The Selma High School student who passed away in the school’s cafeteria had two opioids in his system, including fentanyl, according to a toxicology report released by Selma officials.

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AG Marshall asks medical community to make public health board aware of horse tranquilizer, synthetic substances discovered in street drugs

Attorney General Steve Marshall spoke Friday at an event for health care providers focused on the opioid crisis.

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Horse tranquilizer killing people in Alabama — Does not respond to opioid reversal medications, causes holes in skin

As opioid-involved overdoses continue to claim lives by the thousands in the United States, the FDA is warning of a new drug that can be just as fatal as opioids but unresponsive to emergency reversal treatments.

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'Most dangerous drug on the streets': Alabama doctors discuss fentanyl crisis

Alabama doctors went live on Facebook Wednesday night to discuss the dangers of fentanyl amidst a recent surge in overdose deaths.

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Opioid overdoses: How does Alabama compare to other states?

Opioid overdoses topped the list of leading causes of death in the U.S., surpassing vehicular-related death, in 2019 ... But where does Alabama stand in the opioid epidemic?

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State investing in forensic labs with settlement money from opioid case

By Erica Thomas, Managing Editor On Tuesday, Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the second round of funding being distributed...

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Money from opioid case to be invested in Alabama’s specialty courts

Some of the money recovered by the state of Alabama through its February 2021 settlement with McKinsey & Company, will go to specialty...