First Responders Worry About Accidental Fentanyl Exposure

Fentanyl. It’s known to be 50 times more potent than heroin, and a speck the size of a few grains of salt can kill. By now, you’ve probably heard of this beast and the toll it’s taken on so many lives around the country. A whopping 5554 people overdosed on the synthetic opioid in 2014,…

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History Channel Explores “America’s War on Drugs”

No one gets a closer view of America’s war on drugs than the officers and drug traffickers who stand on opposite sides of the battle line. What really goes on behind the scenes in each camp? What kind of power struggles wage? Who’s really behind the drug epidemic? The History Channel decided to get in…

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  • First Responders Worry About Accidental Fentanyl Exposure

    Fentanyl. It’s known to be 50 times more potent than heroin, and a speck the size of a few grains of salt can kill. By now, you’ve probably heard of this beast and the toll it’s taken on so many lives around the country. A whopping 5554 people overdosed on the synthetic opioid in 2014,…

  • Portrait of the American Overdose: Do You Fit the Profile?

    Overdoses from illicit drugs and prescriptions painkillers claim a total of 45,000 lives in the US each year. Who are the people typically among these tragedies? You might be surprised. Statistics show that the profile many Americans envision when conjuring up images of a “typical” overdose victim is far from accurate. According to a 2014…

  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

    With Obama out of office, Republicans are looking to nix the limits his administration imposed on drug testing the unemployed. Instead, they want to make it easier for states to enact drug screening requirements for various forms of public assistance. It’s a move that mainly includes welfare recipients. Proponents of this movement, which are mainly…

  • The Surgeon General Finally Gives Addiction Its Own Label

    A new Surgeon General’s report finds drug and alcohol addiction to be one of America’s most pressing public health concerns. “It’s time to change how we view addiction,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wrote in his landmark report last month. “Not as a moral failing, but as a chronic illness that must be treated with…

  • Recovery Roundtable: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone?

    Suboxone is a medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction. It’s widely used as a replacement for methadone and can be prescribed in the comfort of a doctor’s office, whereas methadone can only be provided at a limited number of specialized addiction centers. Jumping Through Suboxone Hoops Despite…

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