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"According to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overdose deaths in 2017 increased by almost 10 percent – claiming the lives ...of more than 70,000 Americans.. Nearly 48,000 of those were opioid overdose deaths, with the sharpest increase occurring among deaths related to illicitly made fentanyl and fentanyl analogs (synthetic opioids)."
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From the authors: "Staff here at AHEC West began receiving emails as soon as the story was posted online Monday night, and with the next day’s publication, the floodgates opened fully."
New classes are forming this fall at JFK Apartments in Cumberland for the free yoga/opioid awareness program STEP – Stretching To EmPower. Funded by the federal Office on Women’s Health, STEP features 10 weekly sessions that combine a one-hour yoga program with a 30-minute presentation on various aspects of the regional opioid crisis, including personal wellness. STEP is open to women of all ages and no yoga experience is required. Held in the JFK Apartments at 135 N. Mechanic St., the classes will be conducted every Thursday from 2-3:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 4 and continuing until Dec. 13. To register contact Jen Thomas, STEP Program Coordinator, at 301-777-9150 X-109 or by email at email@example.com. For more information about STEP visit http://ahecstep.org.