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National Institute of Health – Initiative to Help End the Opioid Crisis

Opioid addiction, misuse and overdose is an ongoing and rapidly evolving public health crisis.  An estimated 2 million Americans are addicted to opioids, and approximately 25 million suffer daily from chronic pain. Following a rapid increase in rates of opioid pain reliever prescribing, widespread use and misuse of these medications has risen at an alarming rate, giving way…
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FDA Classifies Kratom As An Opioid

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that the supplement known as “kratom” is an opioid and has been linked with 44 deaths, The Washington Post reports. Kratom, an unregulated botanical substance, is used by some people to relieve pain, anxiety and depression, as well as symptoms of opioid withdrawal. The FDA recently conducted a scientific…
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Amnesty Program To Combat Opioid Abuse

Ocala Police Department Launches Amnesty Program To Combat Opioid Abuse   The Ocala Police Department announced an amnesty program for people addicted to opioids in an effort to limit drug overdoses and drug-related deaths in Ocala. The Heroin/Opioid Amnesty program, announced Tuesday, was created under the Heroin/Opioid Task Force established by Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn last May…
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Free Fitness Classes

Department of Health in Marion County is offering free fitness classes in February and March for residents to help them lead healthy lives. Classes include: Full body fitness (Feb. 7, Feb. 21, Mar 7, and Mar. 21,from 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.) Through a combination of cardiovascular exercises and resistance training, full body fitness will provide…
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