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June 3, 2013 - Project Lazarus to help Southwest VA battle opiate abuse [Kristen Conner, WVVA: television]
A group from North Carolina hopes to help Southwest Virginia reduce its prescription drug abuse problem. The Lazarus Project, a community effort in NC aimed at stopping opiate abuse, came to Tazewell County Wednesday to hold a forum with leaders there. They brainstormed ideas about how to tackle the problem, together. Police said Wednesday that overdose deaths in Tazewell County are the highest per capita in the Commonwealth. The group wants to save lives, but also motivate the whole community to act. Fred Brason, President of Project Lazarus, said, "We help build coalitions in communities. It's not somebody coming in from the outside saying, 'we're going to fix your problem.' That's not what we're about. We're helping, through technical assistance and training, how community coalitions can address the problem themselves."
May 23, 2013 - New program to target drug overses [Nash Dunn, The Dispatch: newspaper]
Health, education, law enforcement and other officials gathered Thursday to learn what they could do to slow drug overdose rates that have reached "epidemic proportions." Stakeholders heard from representatives of the seven-county Northwest Community Care Network and Project Lazarus, a nonprofit organization started in 2005 in Wilkes County to help deliver better pain relief while reducing drug overdose risks.Kathy Hitchcock, social work program administrator with child protective services in Davidson County, said prescription drug abuse is the root of the problem in this area, impacting children going to school, leading to break-ins throughout the community and being a leading cause of DSS taking custody of children. "We are here today to take care of a growing problem, which is prescription drug abuse," Hitchcock told a large crowd of stakeholders at the Lexington Police Department Training Center off of Interstate 85 Business Loop. Hitchcock said she and others heard about Project Lazarus and started looking at bringing the program to the county in April. Project Lazarus involves inter-related programs that seek to improve medical care received by chronic pain patients and reduce the misuse, abuse and diversion of opioid medication, said Peter Rives of the Northwest Community Care Network.
May 1, 2013 - Saving lives while giving back to North Carolina [David Pesci, Carolina Public Health: magazine]
Project Lazarus may be a work in progress, but all the progress has been in the right direction. The organization, which aims to educate about and prevent prescription drug overdose, has developed in less than five years from an effort in one rural North Carolina county to a program that now influences overdose prevention efforts in every county in the state. On the surface, the line of success seems fairly straight; in fact, it was anything but. It might not have happened at all except for a series of serendipitous events - sage admonishment from a mentor at a major pharmaceutical company, the chance finding of a roommate on Craigslist, a meeting with a determined Wilkes County chaplain. Partnering with the county medical examiner, a variety of law enforcement officers and first responders was also pivotal. So were endorsements from the North Carolina Medical Board and The White House.
May 1, 2013 - Wilkes Co. Program To Curb Drug Overdose Deaths Goes Statewide [Catherine Brand, WUNC: radio]
May 2013 - Project Lazarus [Angie Roark, America's Pharmacist: professional newsletter, NCPA subscription required]
April 26, 2013 - N.C. program aims to stem tide of prescription drug overdoses [Renee Elder, News & Observer: newspaper]
April 24, 2013 - National Drug Control Strategy 2013 [White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Director Gil Kerlikowske: government document]
April 22, 2013 - $2.6 million will expand Lazarus [Wilkes Journal-Patriot: newspaper]
Funds have been provided for a two-year, statewide expansion of a Wilkes County-based model that addresses chronic pain issues and prescription drug overdose. The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and the N.C. Office of Rural Health and Community Care provided $1.3 million apiece to help Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) implement a community-based approach modeled after the Wilkes-based Project Lazarus. The $2.6 million will fund statewide training in evidence-based approaches to pain management, including provider toolkits tailored for care managers, emergency room physicians and primary care physicians. CCNC will also provide a chronic pain coordinator in each of its 14 regional network locations to work with physicians and others in the effort.
April 19, 2013 - $2.6 million to fund health care initiative Project Lazarus [Richard Craver, Winston-Salem Journal: newspaper]
April 17, 2013 - New Funding Announced to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse Statewide [Community Care of North Carolina: press release]
April 17, 2013 - New program to combat Rx drug abuse [Jason deBruyn, Triangle Business Journal: newspaper]
April 11, 2013 - Schools seek to ‘put cap’ on prescription drugs [Tom Joyce, Mt. Airy News: newspaper]
Seeing their teachers and school administrators dressed in drag can make a shocking impression on students — but a surprisingly positive one, members of a local prescription drug coalition learned Thursday afternoon. Dr. Terri Mosley, the county schools’ assistant superintendent for instructional services, was credited by Fred Brason, a Project Lazarus organizer from Wilkes County, with taking the drug issue and “running with it” in Surry. “When education starts at an early age,” Brason said of warnings about prescription drugs, “it starts to bring about change.”
April 10, 2013 - Prescription drug industry needs to be reined in [Allan Zacher, Smoky Mountain News: newspaper]
April 10, 2013 - Drug coalition to meet Thursday [Tom Joyce, Mt. Airy News: newspaper]
April 9, 2013 - Allran authors new law that could be a lifesaver for those who overdose [Sharon McBrayer, Hickory Record: newspaper]
April 9, 2013 - Big Pharma Company Jacks Up Price of Overdose Live Saver by 1100%: Now, More People Will Die [Tessie Castillo, AlterNet: blog]
March 8, 2013 - NC Academy of Physician Assistants Partners with Project Lazarus to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse [press release NCAPA]
March 6, 2013 - New Project Lazarus official seeks to maintain ‘energy’ [Tom Joyce, Mt. Airy News: newspaper]
February 16, 2013 - Target worker accused of stealing more than 10,000 pain killers [Kirk Hawkins, Fox News Charlotte WCCB: television]
January 30, 2013 - Group takes aim at Iredell's deadly drug problem [Donna Swicegood, Statesville Record & Landmark: newspaper]
The meeting was part of an ongoing effort led by Project Lazarus, a community-based organization comprised of local health service, law enforcement and other agencies. Fred Brason, the founder of Project Lazarus, also spoke of the growing problem. Project Lazarus grew out of his experience working with a Hospice organization. At the time, he said, prescription drug abuse wasn’t a common problem. Now, he said, “the headlines are full of the issue.”
January 12, 2013 - County commissioner advocates funds to battle drugs [Tom Joyce, Mt. Airy News: newspaper]
County funding support could be in the offing for a local initiative to battle the prescription drug epidemic — if one commissioner has his way. “There are real problems,” Commissioner Larry Phillips said Thursday night during a meeting of the Project Lazarus-Surry group when continuing issues with medication abuse and misuse were discussed. The Surry official said he is impressed by the headway being made by the drug initiative so far, for which educating the public about the dangers has been a major thrust. And he believes it deserves county government support.
January 11, 2013 - N.C. Child Fatalities Task Force notes rise in prescription drug deaths [Renee Elder, News & Observer: newspaper]
Deaths from prescription drug overdoses are growing at an alarming rate in North Carolina and could eventually overtake motor vehicle accidents as the most common cause of accidental fatalities, according to a report released this week by the N.C. Child Fatality Task Force. Almost all of the overdose deaths recorded involved opiate-derived drugs such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, commonly given for pain relief, said Mike Lancaster, behavior health program director for N.C. Community Care, a statewide network of physicians providing care to low-income residents. “People may think because they’re taking a prescription drug it’s safer, but it doesn’t take that much to cause respiratory depression and death,” Lancaster said. “The whole community has to understand that if you’re taking pain meds, make sure they are safe and secure,” Lancaster said. Fred Brason founded Project Lazarus in Wilkes County to do just that after he became aware that his community had one of the highest rates of overdoses from prescription medications in the country. “Many times in the past, medications were freely shared among family and friends,” Brason says. “But with these new medications, we really can’t do that. They have addictive properties, and people wind up in trouble. People are finding and using it that would never touch heroin or cocaine.”
January 11, 2013 - Mom shares story of son’s overdose death [Tom Joyce, Mt. Airy News: newspaper]
Gail Bennett was a reluctant guest of Surry County’s prescription drug task force at a meeting Thursday night. the Stokes County businesswoman said she was compelled to attend to show the task force what “reality” looks like — the reality of a mother who lost her 31-year-old son to a prescription drug overdose 18 months ago. Bennett said she supports efforts of the Project Lazarus-Surry group, which was formed in 2011 to address an epidemic problem with prescription drug abuse and misuse in the county.
November 26, 2012 - Agencies grapple with underuse of prescription drug database [Jeanna Smialek, News & Observer: newspaper]
November 13, 2012 - Operation OpioidSAFE Rescues Wounded Soldiers From Prescription Drug Addiction [press release]
The United States Army is taking action to help wounded soldiers avoid the added crisis of a prescription drug addiction. Doctors and researchers are now emphasizing providing non-pharmaceutical treatment for pain related injuries. Spinal pain is the number one cause for a soldier's discharge, but thanks to Operation OpiodSAFE, veterans are getting back into the field with the help of new programs and technologies developed to improve function without the use of opioids. Since 2008, Major Anthony Dragovich , MD, has worked with the medical team at Ft. Bragg to create and establish Operation OpioidSAFE, a comprehensive program that strives to educate soldiers, their families, and primary care providers of the tragic side effects of long-term prescription opioids. The primary purpose of Operation OpioidSAFE is to balance the perspective view of the patient abusing drugs, as well as highlight available treatments offering pain therapy without the use of addictive medications. Every year, 10,000 soldiers at Ft. Bragg are prescribed opioids to treat chronic pain. Up to 40% of them end up abusing their medications. The medical team at Ft. Bragg collaborated with Project Lazarus, a community-wide program foundation dedicated to drug prevention, to establish a way to provide community level support to soldiers and their families struggling with prescription pain addiction.
October 22, 2012 - Leader of Wilkes County Project Lazarus receives health leaders award [Monte Mitchell, Winston-Salem Journal: newspaper]
Fred Brason II, president of Wilkes County's Project Lazarus, a program that seeks to fight the abuse of opioid-based pain medications, is one of 10 recipients for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders Award for 2012, the foundation announced today. Nabarun Dasgupta, an epidemiologist at the Gillings School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina and a co-founder of Project Lazarus, nominated Brason for the award. "Fred started Project Lazarus to take a balanced approach to preventing drug overdoses while ensuring pain patients received care," Dasgupta said. "One of the most innovative aspects Fred championed has been providing pain patients and drug users with the antidote naloxone so they can reverse overdoses themselves. Other programs had successfully trained heroin users how to use the antidote, but Project Lazarus is the first time this innovative and compassionate approach was used to prevent prescription overdose deaths. It was groundbreaking when started in 2007, and remains the most comprehensive program of its kind in the nation."
October 22, 2012 - RWJF award for Brason of Project Lazarus [Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly: newsletter]
October 19, 2012 - Area program carefully disposes unused drugs [Sandra Phillips, Lake Norman News/Charlotte Observer: newspaper]
Drug Abuse Free Iredell-Project Lazarus and the Mooresville Police Department partnered to collect and dispose of the drugs. Catherine Arnold, a member of the DAFI-Project Lazarus steering committee, said abuse of prescription drugs can lead to poisoning and sometimes death. Iredell ranks higher than state and national averages for the number of deaths as a result of unintentional poisoning. Members of DAFI-Project Lazarus tackle this issue as they strive to improve the quality of life throughout the county. Some aspects of the program are modeled on Project Lazarus, which was developed in Wilkes County by Fred Brason. The plan addresses the problem of death from prescription opioids, which are used to treat pain. A key component is organizing advisory boards based on a community’s needs. Project Lazarus has become a model for North Carolina.
October 3, 2012 - Authorities collect 31 pounds of pills [Jessica Osborne, Mooresville Tribune: newspaper]
October 3, 2012 - Iredell collection sites take in 200 pounds of pills [Donna Swicegood, Mooresville Tribune: newspaper]
September 14, 2012 - Grant targets youth drug prevention [Kellen Moore, Wataugua Democrat: newspaper]
A Watauga County group working to prevent underage alcohol consumption and drug abuse is about to amplify its efforts thanks to a $625,000 federal grant. The grant, provided through the Drug-Free Communities Support Program, will provide the funding over a five-year period to the Watauga County Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative. The collaborative — which includes members from various disciplines — will work in partnership with Project Lazarus, an initiative that started in Wilkes County and works to prevent drug overdoses.
September 12, 2012 - Putting a spotlight on accidental drug deaths [Jessica Osborne, Statesville Record & Landmark: newspaper]
North Carolina is one of the nation’s worst states for prescription drug abuse, and Iredell County ranks higher than the state average in accidental drug deaths. That makes September -- National Recovery Month – all the more important, and supporters of Drug Abuse Free Iredell and Project Lazarus are looking to raise public awareness about preventing accidental drug overdose deaths.
September 2012 - Fighting the Rx Epidemic: A Prescription for Worker's Comp [Rising Medical Solutions: white paper]
"We literally had some Medicaid patients with 50 emergency department visits a year," said Brason. The emergency departments and North Carolina Medicaid flagged these "frequent fliers" and used case management protocols to refer them to an appropriate care provider and opioid-related deaths in Wilkes County decreased by 71 percent between 2009 and 2011.
September 2012 - How some of America's best minds are helping the workers' comp industry battle the epidemic abuse of prescription drugs [Leslie Yeransian, Risk & Insurance Digital Network]
August 31, 2012 - Overdose deaths down, but ‘more work to be done’ [Tom Joyce: Mt. Airy News]
While economic progress often is measured in dollars, overdose-prevention efforts can be gauged by the number of lives saved — and in Surry County’s case, the “score” is six. That’s the difference between the number of deaths among county residents logged so far this year (11 as of Aug. 10), compared to those at the same time in 2011, 17. “There’s still a lot more work to be done,” said Donna Parks, coordinator of a Project Lazarus program in Surry, patterned after one in Wilkes County which has significantly reduced problems there.
August 27, 2012 - Every Drug Overdose Is Preventable [R. Gil Kerlikowske, Huffington Post: blog]
Reducing drug use and its consequences -- especially drug overdose deaths -- is essential to our mission, and we support efforts to bring help to people who need it. One organization that is providing this kind of help is Project Lazarus in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Project Lazarus serves an area that has borne a disproportionally large share of the suffering caused by the prescription drug abuse epidemic in America. In 2009, the death rate in Wilkes County due to drug poisoning was four times the North Carolina state average. Project Lazarus assists community groups and healthcare professionals throughout the state to help prevent and intervene in drug overdoses. The organization was founded on the principle that communities are responsible for their own health, and that every drug overdose is preventable. Project Lazarus empowers communities and individuals to prevent drug overdose deaths through training and overdose prevention programs. The services provided by Project Lazarus and other programs like it quite literally save lives.
August 24, 2012 - 'Pioneering example' [Wilkes Journal-Patriot: newspaper]
The director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy on Wednesday said a program that started in Wilkes County was a striking example of innovative efforts needed to address drug addiction. “Project Lazarus is an exceptional organization, not only because it saves lives in Wilkes County, but also because it sets a pioneering example in community-based public health for the rest of the country,” added Gil Kerlikowske, who is President Obama’s top advisor on drug policy. Kerlikowske, speaking at the John A. Walker Center in Wilkesboro, said he appreciated having the chance to highlight Project Lazarus and discuss the Obama administration’s approach to overdose prevention.
August 23, 2012 - Obama administration stands for access to drug for overdose prevention [Cengiz Sengul, examiner.com]
August 23, 2012 - Obama drug adviser speaks at Wilkes [Monte Mitchell, Winston-Salem Journal: newspaper]
August 22, 2012 - Preventing Overdose: Obama Administration Drug Czar Calls for Wider Access to Overdose Antidote [Time, Maia Szlavitz: magazine]
Speaking on Wednesday at a North Carolina overdose-prevention program, the Obama administration’s drug czar Gil Kerlikowske called for increased action to prevent drug overdose deaths. Notably, Kerlikowske urged wider distribution of a medication called naloxone, an antidote to overdoses of opioid drugs, including prescription pain relievers and heroin, saying that “naloxone can be expanded beyond public health officials.”
August 22, 2012 - N.C. Program Slashes Opioid Overdoses [David Pittman, medpagetoday.com]
August 22, 2012 - Drug Czar: Overdose deaths preventable [UPI: wire service]
The Obama administration's top drug adviser visits North Carolina Wednesday, calling for increased action to prevent drug overdose deaths. Kerlikowske will speak during a meeting with officials from Project Lazarus, a non-profit overdose prevention program operating in North Carolina. The meeting comes in advance of International Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 31.
August 22, 2012 - US drug policy adviser to speak in Wilkesboro [MyFox8.com WGHP: television]
President Obama’s top drug policy adviser is scheduled to speak in North Carolina about drug overdose deaths as part of a meeting with a nonprofit overdose prevention program operating in the state. Gil Kerlikowske is set to speak Wednesday during a meeting with officials of Project Lazarus at the Walker Center in Wilkesboro. He’s the director of national drug control policy.
August 22, 2012 - US drug policy adviser speaks in Wilkesboro [NBC WCNC Charlotte: television]
President Obama's top drug policy adviser is speaking in North Carolina about the issue of prescription drug abuse, which he says is a national epidemic.
Gil Kerlikowske spoke Wednesday during a meeting with officials of Project Lazarus in Wilkesboro. He's the director of national drug control policy. Project Lazarus is a nonprofit overdose prevention program.
August 21, 2012 - Drug deaths drop as coalition plans major meeting [Mount Airy News: newspaper]
The good news is, deaths linked to prescription drugs have dropped dramatically in Surry County. The bad news is that more work needs to be done, officials say. It is scheduled on Aug. 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Surry County Human Services Building on State Street in Mount Airy (behind Arby’s), with everyone invited. An effort known as Project Lazarus Surry — based on a similar initiative that has been successful in Wilkes County — was launched last year to combat what has been termed an epidemic here.
August 21, 2012 - Program’s success shows need to maintain focus [Editorial, Mt. Airy News: newspaper]
To eliminate an epidemic of any kind takes time, and patience, and sustained effort. Resting on laurels of any sort, losing the focus of an effort, can quickly undo its effects. So it is with local efforts to eliminate overdoses of prescription drugs, and the sometimes tragic consequences that often follow. A year ago an organized, focused effort to eliminate such drug abuse began in Surry County, known as Project Lazarus Surry. Make no mistake, misuse of prescription drugs had reached epidemic proportions, with more than 30 deaths from such overdoses in 2011. Local emergency service and medical workers will tell you the total number of local folks who overdosed on these drugs would number in the hundreds that year, maybe even higher.
August 20, 2012 - Fed advisor on drugs to speak here [Wilkes Journal-Patriot: newspaper]
August 20, 2012 - Drug deaths drop as coalition plans major meeting [Tom Joyce, Mt. Airy News: newspaper]
The good news is, deaths linked to prescription drugs have dropped dramatically in Surry County. The bad news is that more work needs to be done, officials say. An effort known as Project Lazarus Surry — based on a similar initiative that has been successful in Wilkes County — was launched last year to combat what has been termed an epidemic here. A coalition of law enforcement, pharmaceutical, educational, medical, ministerial and other representatives, along with members from the community at large, has been leading the charge.
August 15, 2012 - SPD: Small box to make 'a big difference [Statesville Record & Landmark: newspaper]
August 9, 2012 - Drop-box to target prescription drug abuse [Statesville Record & Landmark: newspaper]
July 31, 2012 - The Partnership at Drugfree.org Announces New Partners in National Medicine Abuse Action Campaign [press release]
The unifying campaign is bringing the public and private sectors together in a national education initiative and call to action to stop teen medicine abuse, one of the biggest drug problems in the United States today. The growing list of strategic partners include: Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies; American Association of Poison Control Centers; The American Medicine Chest Challenge; American Society of Anesthesiologists; Any Lab Tests Now; Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies; Caron Treatment Centers; The Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Dallas; F.A.T.E. (Fighting Addiction Through Education); Healthcare Distributors and Manufacturers Association; Major County Sheriffs; National Association of Boards of Pharmacy; National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators; National Association of School Nurses; National Education Association; The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA); Partnership for a Drug-Free Kentucky; Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey; P.E.A.C.E. Foundation; Phoenix House; Power of Pain Foundation; Project Lazarus; Schuylkill County Drug and Alcohol Program; SIMmersion and Treatment Research Institute.
June 2012 - Project Lazarus: Using PDMP Data to Mobilize and Measure Community Drug Abuse Prevention [Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Center of Excellence at Brandeis: white paper]
Project Lazarus combines a number of prevention approaches, including use of prescription history information collected by North Carolina’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) to motivate, guide and track its prevention efforts. Understanding how medical provider use of PDMP data can facilitate safe prescribing of opioids and reduce their diversion has made increased provider participation in the PDMP a goal of prevention efforts. Increased PDMP participation in Wilkes County may in turn be a factor in the decline in prescription opioid overdoses in the county since the inception of Project Lazarus.
May 11, 2012 - People are dying of drug overdoses, despite lifesaving medications [Huffington Post: blog by EL Winstanley]
April 26, 2012 - Drug-overdose antidote is put in addicts' hands [Associated Press: wire news service]
In Wilkes County, N.C., an Appalachian area with an alarmingly high rate of prescription drug deaths, a nonprofit organization called Project Lazarus has taken a slightly different approach: It persuaded doctors to prescribe naloxone in tandem with painkillers to certain patients. The practice, along with an all-out education campaign, has been credited by the organization with reducing overdose deaths 69 percent between 2009 and 2011. Fred Wells Brason II, chief executive of Project Lazarus, said he had never heard of naloxone when the group began to develop its overdose prevention plan. "Then I found out it was used in emergency rooms to reverse opiate overdoses," he recalled. "My first question was, 'Well, that's great, but not one person from Wilkes County who overdoses made it that far. They were all found at home dead.'"
April 25, 2012 - Pharmacy to host drug disposal event [Sun Journal: newspaper]
April 14, 2012 - New battle launched against drug overdoses [Gaston Gazette: newspaper]
April 14, 2012 - New battle plan launched against drug overdoses [WSOC TV: television]
April 10, 2012 - Project Lazarus at Operation Unite National Rx Drug Abuse Summit [online multimedia slides and audio]
April 7, 2012 - Program in Philadelphia helps save overdose victims' lives [Philadelphia Inquirer: newspaper]
April 6, 2012 - Fighting prescription painkiller abuse [Shelby Star: newspaper]
March 28, 2012 - Project Lazarus Saves a Life [Janaburson's Blog]
March 27, 2012 - Group wants to curb prescription pill overdoses [Salisbury Post: newspaper]
Community Care of Southern Piedmont wants to help implement a new Chronic Pain Initiative in Rowan, Cabarrus and Stanly counties. Fred Brason, president and CEO of Project Lazarus, spoke Monday about the program at the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce. Project Lazarus has significantly lowered not only the number of deaths and hospitalizations, Brason said, but also the number of prescription drug seekers at the emergency room. “We need to get this started, because if you talk about it and don’t get started, nothing’s going to change,” he said. “You can’t just leave it on the hospital. You can’t just leave it on law enforcement. It’s everybody.”
March 26, 2012 - Nearly 45,000 units collected during Operation Medicine Drop [Statesville Record & Landmark: newspaper]
February 2012 - Healthy North Carolina 2020, Reducing Unintentional Poisonings: A Success Story in Progress [NC Division of Public Health: newsletter]
Project Lazarus – a community-based drug overdose prevention program that originated in Wilkes County – is using a public health approach to address this injury epidemic. The results of Project Lazarus’s efforts in Wilkes County are encouraging. The project works through community organizers who are well-connected to the community and who help raise awareness of unintentional drug overdose. Further, Project Lazarus engages the people who are the focus of the intervention to help formulate responses that are acceptable to the community. Project Lazarus also acknowledges prevention must be supplemented with risk reduction strategies; hence, the distribution of naloxone is another key component of Project Lazarus’s strategy. Naloxone is a “rescue” medication that can be administered by a friend or family member to someone who has overdosed from an opioid medication. Many patients in Wilkes County who fill an opioid prescription also receive an overdose rescue kit that contains naloxone along with training on how to use it.
February 28, 2012 - Iredell officials to tackle prescription drug abuse [Statesville Record & Landmark: newspaper]
Concerned with the growing abuse of prescription drugs in Iredell County, medical, social services and law enforcement representatives met with Project Lazarus officials to learn about the program, which has been a success in Wilkes County. Project Lazarus Director Fred Branson [sic] discussed with the group the success officials in Wilkes County have experienced in decreasing unintentional drug poisoning death --- or overdose --- rates since the public health initiative started in that county in 2006. “It took a comprehensive county effort,” he said at Fifth Street Ministries on Tuesday. “It is a cultural and a social issue.”
January 24, 2012 - Headway being made in prescription drug problem [Mt. Airy News: newspaper]
Slowly but surely, progress is being made in combating Surry County’s prescription drug problem, according to comments at a meeting Monday night. Fred Brason, who led Monday’s session, said some steps are spreading on a statewide level which should help with the problem overall, such as a chronic pain initiative. It is based on an effort in Brason’s home county of Wilkes, where “Project Lazarus” has greatly reduced overdose deaths.
January 5, 2012 - Project Lazarus [HAMS Radio - Radio Blog]
December 14, 2011 - Progress on local health issues [Wilkes Journal-Patriot: newspaper]
December 12, 2011 - Buckley Report: Project Lazarus [WGHP MyFox8 Greensboro: television]
December 1, 2011 - Overdose fatalities are 'epidemic' [News Herald: newspaper]
Drug abuse is endemic in rural areas across America and Burke is no exception. Fred Brason, executive director of Project Lazarus in Moravian Falls, is teaming up with local officials through the Burke Substance Abuse Network to help curb deaths. Project Lazarus is an overdose-prevention initiative that aims to decrease accidental drug deaths across the state.
November 30, 2011 - Prescription drug abuse seminar Friday [Salisbury Post: newspaper]
Prescription drug abuse is a problem in Rowan County — and there are things the community can do about it. That will be the message of a free presentation by Fred W. Brason II, set for 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.Friday at First United Methodist Church in Salisbury.
November 27, 2011 - Drug task force coalition to meet [Mt. Airy News: newspaper]
The next “battle” in the war on prescription drug abuse in Surry County will be staged Tuesday, when a newly formed coalition meets to plan strategies. Attendance by the general public is encouraged at the meeting, the latest in a series that began earlier this year over concerns about an alarming number of overdose deaths. As of the end of October, at least 27 fatalities had occurred linked to misuse of prescription medications locally, including the teen population. Tuesday’s session is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. in the commons area of Mount Airy High School at 1011 N. South St.
November 13, 2011 - Around the Region [Charlotte Observer: newspaper]
November 10, 2011 - Project Lazarus Chronic Pain Initiative [Salisbury Post: newspaper]
October 16, 2011 - Project Lazarus shows decreases in prescription drug overdoses [The Athens Messenger Ohio: newspaper]
October 10, 2011 - Mt. Airy Police Discuss Prescription Drug Abuse Problem [Fox 8 Surry County: television]
Mount Airy Police tried to do their part Monday to reduce the 20 percent of Americans who abose prescription drugs. Police spoke with dozens of people at Mount Airy High School about the dangers and side effects of prescription drug abuse.
October 9, 2011 - Meeting on prescription drugs planned Monday [Mt. Airy News: newspaper]
A meeting is planned Monday evening in Mount Airy to further address the problem of prescription drug abuse in Surry County. It will begin at 5 p.m. in the commons area at Mount Airy High School, with the public invited.
September 30, 2011 - Success with Rx drug abuse shared [Wilkes Journal-Patriot: newspaper]
September 29, 2011 - Drug Use Down In Wilkes County [WXII12 Winston-Salem: television]
September 23, 2011 - Special Edition Focus on the Foothills [3WC: radio]
September 13, 2011 - Commissioners view community health data [Mt. Airy News: newspaper]
September 2, 2011 - Solutions prescribed for deadly drug problem [Mt. Airy News: newspaper]
July 9, 2011 - Project Lazarus: Solving Opioid Problems Sensibly [pain-topics.org: blog]
May 2011 - North Carolina-Based Project Lazarus Presented as Model for Taos Prescription Drug Abuse Effort [New Mexico Prescription Improvement Coalition: newsletter]
The keynote speaker for the Taos event was Fred Brason from Project Lazarus, an effort based in Wilkes County, North Carolina, which initiated the first community oxycodone drug abuse study at the county level. Project Lazarus is one of the more innovative public health interventions against fatalities from prescribed opioids in the United States. It is currently being piloted in Wilkes County and at Fort Bragg to help teach opioid overdose recognition, prevention and response in civilian and military populations.
May 19, 2011 - Rx News - New Mexico Pharmacists Association [newsletter]
Pease join us at NMMRA to hear Fred Wells Brason II talk about his very successful Project Lazarus.Fred Wells Brason II is our keynote speaker for our first learning session for the Taos Regional drug abuse Collaborative.
April 21, 2011 - Robeson County takes action against prescription drug use [WMBF Myrtle Beach: television]
A [drug] that works to reverse the effects of a drug overdose may soon come to Robeson County. Naloxone is a prescription drug used to counter the effects of opiate overdose. "So literally, it's waking somebody up from a dead scenario," Fred Wells Brason explained. He is the co-founder and president of Project Lazarus, an education group committed to preventing drug overdose from prescription drugs.
March 14, 2011 - Forum on Prescription Drug Abuse Coming to Lumberton [WBTW Myrtle Beach: television]
February 5, 2011 - Herbert Neuman: There are ways to help, prevent prescription drug abuse [Charelston Gazzette: newspaper]
November 9, 2010 - Living to Tell the Tale: Prescription Drug Abuse and Overdose Response [Traverse City, MI: film festival]
July 8, 2010 - New Directions California: A Public Health and Safety Appraoch to Drug Policy [conference DPA and CA Society of Addiction Medicine]
May 2010 - Addressing Substance Abuse in Guildford County [Wake Forest University: white paper]
June 12, 2009 - Prescription drugs leading killer in NWNC [Danville Register and Bee: newspaper]
May 29, 2009 - Do DIY Anti-Overdose Kits Help? [Time: magazine]
December 11, 2007 - Emergency Antidote, Direct to Addicts [The New York Times: newspaper]
Visit the Project Lazarus blog for regularly updated news and events related to overdose prevention and chronic pain management.