By Makenna MaysTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a neurological device that could help those suffering from opioid withdrawal symptoms.“This is something, I think, will revolutionize the country in the way of addiction and the epidemic in our world,” said Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis.Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, talks about the beneifts of the Bridge Device. The Bridge Device is FDA approved and help people struggling with opioid addiction. Photo by Adrianna Pitrelli, TheStatehouseFile.comThe NSS-2 BRIDGE, was created by Innovative Health Solutions, an Indiana medical technology company. The device would be installed behind the ear in the three places, like an acupuncture device, and it would send messages to the brain eliminating pain. A research study has shown that the device has led to an 84.6 percent reduction of withdrawal symptoms in as little as 60 minutes.“Significantly reducing withdrawal symptoms lessens the dependency on opioids, allows for easier transition to medically assisted treatment and ultimately works as another tool to combat the opioid epidemic facing our country,” Brian Carrico, president of Innovative Health Solutions said in a statement.Symptoms of opioid withdrawal include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, anxiety and sleeplessness. These symptoms can be so severe that people often turn back to opioids within a few hours.“One of the reasons why people sometimes go through detox 20 times and not succeed is because of the incredible pain,” Merritt said.The device is worn for five days, and then patients will receive a shot of Naltrexone or Vivitrol and enter into some form of recovery or counseling.Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, shows an FDA approved Bridge Device. The device is the first electric stimulation device to help people struggling with opioid addiction cope with the physical side effects of withdrawal. Photo by Adrianna Pitrelli, TheStatehouseFile.com“This device will be the future of recovery,” said Merritt.This device will be prescription only, but will cost much less than traditional medical treatments.With the FDA clearance, doctors will be able to prescribe the BRIDGE device to patients in withdrawal as well as those suffering from post-acute withdrawal symptoms. The device will be eligible for insurance coverage as soon as states and commercial carriers adopt the technology.Merritt sees a lot of potential uses for the BRIDGE device in methadone clinics as well as doctors’ offices for those who suffer ailments such as fibromyalgia.“This has so much potential for our world that it’s just exciting that people will not have to use opioids to be pain free,” Merritt said.Merritt has proposed bills for the 2018 legislative session that would impose stiffer penalties for drug dealers including a 10-year mandatory minimum for those dealing fentanyl, a powerful opioid.Makenna Mays is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
An associate county medical examiner’s statement in the trial of Christopher Vasata, one of the suspects in the 2017 Super Bowl triple murder, took the courtroom by surprise on Wednesday afternoon.According to that official, one of the three victims—Sean Henry—was shot 17 times, sometimes at very close range.Neighbors along Mohawk Street in Jupiter also testified.One of them, Jason Armentano, says, “All of a sudden, I heard what at first I thought might’ve been fireworks. It definitely sounded like gunshots. It sounded like a bunch of shots altogether.” In total, he says he heard eight to 10 gunshots.Super Bowl Murders: Death penalty trial enters day 2 of testimony @CBS12 https://t.co/Z0GO2oqe3b— Al Pefley (@AlPefley) June 12, 2019 He adds that shortly thereafter, the host of the Super Bowl party where the murders occurred ran into Armentano’s house and told him that his friends had been shot.Armentano says his neighbor’s behavior was, “Like he saw a ghost. He couldn’t talk.”Another neighbor, Brindin Sieff, also says he heard gunshots, and that he noticed a Honda Accord leaving the scene at 1105 Mohawk Street as someone said, “We need to get in the f—king car now! We need to leave. The police are on their way.”Vasata’s trial is expected to last around three weeks. Police believe that he also killed Kelli Doherty and Brandi-el Salhy at that Super Bowl party.If he is convicted, prosecutors say they intend to seek the death penalty.
MIAMI, Florida – Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) has been named one of the seven national recipients of the African American Youth STEM Initiative Grant from NAF and made possible by the Fund II Foundation.M-DCPS’ selection was based on its compelling plans to expand opportunities in STEM to its African-American student population in the NAF academies. Each school district will be awarded up to $225,000.NAF STEM Academies at three M-DCPS schools: Information Technology and the Engineering Fast Track at American Senior High; Engineering and Health Sciences at North Miami Senior High; and Information Technology at North Miami Beach Senior High will implement strategies and activities across its programs to strengthen corporate, post-secondary and community engagement to offer more internship opportunities to African-American students.Each school also has committed to increasing the number of African-American students achieving NAFTrack Certification, an industry-recognized accreditation, which signals to employers that individuals are uniquely qualified.“This grant will allow us to increase representation from our African-American students, so they are able to achieve successful futures in STEM careers,” said Lisette Alves, Assistant Superintendent, Division of Academics. The African-American Youth STEM Initiative was created to address the cascading effects of low high school graduation rates and the lack of college and career readiness resources for young people in the U.S.The Fund II Foundation provides grants to 501(c)3 public charities to preserve the cultural richness of the African-American experience and to safeguard human dignity by giving voice to the voiceless and promoting human rights. NAF is a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure that high school students are college, career, and future ready. For more information about NAF Academies in Miami-Dade County Public Schools, please visit: dcte.dadeschools.net.
1 James McClean has made 43 appearances for club and country this season The Premier League may be home to the McClean brothers in years to come if this strike is anything to go by. Republic of Ireland star James McClean has already impressed in the top flight with Sunderland and current club West Brom. The 26-year-old international has made 43 appearances for club and country this term, netting three goals.The winger – who has cost nearly £2million in transfer fees – has shown his ability on a number of occasions. Could his younger brother soon be following him to the English shores? Patrick McClean, 19, scored his first goal for Derry City at the weekend, in the League of Ireland Premier Division draw with Longford Town. His strike will certainly be a memorable one.McClean, a defender on as a substitute, received the ball just past the centre circle, controlling and rifling home from 40 yards – see below!