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More than two-thirds of all drug-related overdose deaths in 2017 involved opioids, a CDC report says. Illicitly manufactured fentanyl was a leading contributor to the rise in opioid-related deaths. […] Read More

Two-thirds of the 63,632 drug-related deaths in the U.S. in 2016 were tied to opioids, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Released on March 29, the report analyzed data on the death rates for opioid overdoses from 31 states and the District of Columbia. “Opioids were involved in 42,249 […] Read More

I can’t get his face out of my mind. He had deep eyes the color of leather that perfectly matched the hue of the unkempt hair framing his face. He looked younger than he was. His eyes lit like fire when he laughed, but he was mostly serene throughout the day. He seemed at peace […] Read More

More than 63,000 people died in the U.S. from drug overdose in 2016, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released on Dec. 21, 2017. This is an 11,000-death increase from 2015 and continues a 17-year trend that has now reached levels more than three times those seen in […] Read More

I lay for three hours on a hospital bed with pain from kidney stones. The first shot of morphine had little impact; the second got me to a much better place. This took place a few years ago. Now, I read this: “Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is similar to morphine but […] Read More

A beautiful young woman gets the job of her dreams. A major airline notifies Rhonda she has been accepted as a flight attendant, and she goes out to celebrate, as anyone would do upon getting her dream job. The dream turned into a nightmare on that evening in 1987. A car crash broke Rhonda’s back, […] Read More

The number of U.S. teens dying from drug overdose is on the rise, according to a report released in mid-August by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). From 1999 to 2007, the CDC tracked a steady and significant increase in drug-related deaths of U.S. teenagers aged 15-19 – rising from 1.6 per 100,000 […] Read More

Every Wednesday night, like many churches, our church has a prayer meeting followed by a Bible study. Several months ago, on Epiphany Sunday, I preached a sermon on listening to the Spirit’s voice, and like the Magi from the east, following the signs that God places in our lives. The following Wednesday, a dear friend […] Read More