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  • Drug Overdose Signs and Symptoms

    Drug abuse always carries the risk of serious side effects, including overdose. Whether you abuse alcohol, an illegal drug such as cocaine, or medications prescribed by a doctor—such as opioid painkillers—addiction development will always be a ...

    ... since 2000. 2 The numbers underscore, perhaps today more than ever, the importance of recognizing the signs and symptoms of a drug overdose so you can get the help you or a loved one needs—and possibly save a life. Signs ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

    Shannon was feeling even more anxious than usual, so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as prescribed, but she figured an extra one wouldn't hurt. Feeling calmer, she decided to drive over to her ...

    ... their breathing become slow, shallow or labored? If a loved one exhibits any of the above symptoms, you've got a potential overdose situation on your hands. Whether they've taken too much Xanax, or more likely, combined ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2013 across the nation. That's two times the amount of overdose deaths a ...

    ... feel something is wrong, it probably is. Signs and Symptoms by Drug Let's take a look at the steps you should take when someone has overdosed. Depressant Overdose Opiates and benzodiazepines ( heroin , Oxycontin, Valium ... continue reading
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  • Naloxone Kits: Are Pharmacies Set to Combat Opiate Overdoses?

    Mike was at his apartment and using heroin with a group of friends. Since Mike's regular dealer was out of town, he'd picked up the batch from someone different. After shooting up, Mike immediately noticed a difference in the way he felt. Something ...

    ... was pronounced dead upon arrival at a local hospital. An opioid overdose reversal drug such as naloxone could have immediately reversed the symptoms, but he hadn't felt comfortable asking his doctor for the prescription ... continue reading
  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

    A drug overdose occurs when the body has been overloaded with either prescription medication or an illicit substance. Under normal circumstances, our body's metabolism would be able to detoxify the substance in order to avoid its potentially harmful ...

    ... depend on the type of drug consumed. In a situation where every second counts, recognizing the symptoms of an accidental or intentional overdose could save a life. With that in mind, let's take a look at what happens ... continue reading
  • Legalizing Marijuana Decreases Fatal Opiate Overdoses, Study Shows

    According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. In an effort to relieve that constant pain, the number of opiate prescriptions has nearly doubled over the last decade. Today, opiates like ...

    ... the key. Over the past two decades, deaths from drug overdoses have become the leading cause of injury death in the ... (THCV) Learn more about the signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse . Additional Resources on ... continue reading
  • Symptoms and Signs of Substance Abuse

    How to tell if Someone is Using Drugs Drug use affects people from all walks of life and all socioeconomic statuses. Whatever the reason a person starts taking drugs, whether recreationally or as prescribed, tolerance, patterns of increased use, ...

    ... place themselves at increasing risk of potentially fatal overdose. 3 Changes in appearance can be additional clues ... below to find out some characteristic signs and symptoms of abuse and addiction for that substance. You ... continue reading
  • 9 Mind-Blowing Facts About W-18

    Just when we thought things couldn't get any worse than fentanyl … The street-drug market has a new player - and it's even deadlier than previous killers. W-18 won't deliver a great high; it will, however, deliver death. Introducing W-18 Here are ...

    ... to be damaged, anyone coming into contact would face being overdosed with this drug immediately and would need immediate medical attention.” Fatal Symptoms: The symptoms of W-18 exposure include feeling sleepy, trouble ... continue reading
  • Lethal Drug Combinations

    What are the Deadliest Drug Combos? Combining drugs (“polysubstance abuse”) is both common and potentially dangerous. There are various reasons why individuals use substances in combination. For some, the activity is done haphazardly, without ...

    ... , increasing the chance of cardiovascular complications, including heart attack and cardiac arrest. Other symptoms of overdose include: Extreme stomach pain or nausea. Irregular heartbeat. Seizures. Coma. Heart attack ... continue reading
  • Why is Meth So Addictive?

    According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health, 4.9% of Americans aged 12 and older reported using methamphetamine in their lifetime. 1 Meth is an extremely addictive drug with limited medical use. It creates an intense high that can ...

    ... using meth and becoming addicted is that high doses of can lead to overdose, which can be fatal. Symptoms of overdose include: 4 Dangerously high body temperature. Convulsions. Stroke. Heart attack. Death. Long-Terms ... continue reading
  • The Use and Abuse of Date Rape Drugs

    Although Bill Cosby has been making headlines for his alleged use of date rape drugs, sexual assault cases involving these substances have been a problem in the U.S. for decades and continue to be a growing trend. What's more, many young adults and ...

    ... to the floor, eyes wide open, able to observe events but completely unable to move. Overdose symptoms are likely with higher doses and lack of tolerance, requiring immediate and professional medical attention. Learn ... continue reading
  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

    Addiction affects millions of lives in the U.S. It is a chronic disease that frequently includes cycles of relapse and remission, and it is progressive without treatment or participation in recovery work. It is characterized by being unable to ...

    ... may relapse in an effort to relieve withdrawal symptoms, and they can easily overdose because withdrawal decreases their tolerance. Most fatal opioid overdoses happen in people who recently detoxed. 23 Barbiturates ... continue reading
  • Is Your Friend High? Here’s How to Tell…

    Your friend seems a little “off.” Is he simply having a bad day? Did he not sleep well? Is he sick? Or is he high? To the untrained observer, it can be hard to tell. But it's important to discern. Depending on the circumstances, it could affect ...

    ... be a sign your friend is high (and possibly overdosing). (U)nexplained Injuries: Drug abuse results in quite ... to drug use . Opioids are known for causing these symptoms. If you suspect your friend is struggling with drug ... continue reading
  • Shocking Threats Swirl Around Tramadol Abuse

    Though Tramadol hasn't yet achieved the publicity other opioids have in the states, it sure is making waves abroad. Earlier this month, it was revealed that tramadol, an addictive synthetic painkiller believed to be as powerful as morphine , is ...

    ... excruciating (therefore making it quite difficult to quit using it), but overdosing is quite common. Symptoms can involve seizures and a fast collapse. And it's no longer just the tramadol abusers who are facing danger ... continue reading
  • Ill Inventory: Drug Theft and Loss in the United States

    Every year, countless people become reliant on pharmaceuticals. And every year, drugs go missing. Despite extensive efforts to curb addiction and abuse, America's war on drugs is far from over. Guidelines for improving opioid prescribing practices ...

    ... the cause of America's drug problem; it's a symptom. So maybe it's time we take it more seriously. ... , and for our crude rates of prescription drug fatal overdose - all of which are considered “controlled substances” by ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet , has reached epidemic levels in the United States. But a recently published study highlights a strange trend: Non-medical use of opiates has decreased, ...

    ... Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is the Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit, which guides medical professionals on how they can recognize symptoms of opioid misuse and reduce the risk of death by ... continue reading
  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

    Naloxone History Lesson Naloxone is not a new medication. In fact, emergency responders have used the medication since the 1960s. Today, worried parents keep naloxone on hand, law enforcement officers carry the medication in case of life-threatening ...

    ... to prevention tool in the fight against opiate-related overdose deaths. Myth #1: Naloxone Encourages Addicts to ... than the nasal spray. If the signs and symptoms indicate a life-or-death emergency, giving the medication ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

    According to statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of substance-related emergency room admissions involve a combination of both drugs and alcohol. Poly-Drug Abuse Although ...

    ... Russian roulette. Alcohol and Benzodiazepines A symptom of rampant prescription drug abuse, benzodiazepines ... coordination, coma and significantly increase the risk of overdose and death. Alcohol and Opiates Alcohol and ... continue reading
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  • Overdosing on Sleep Medication is a Big Problem

    According to a recent survey , 69 percent of primary care patients complain of insomnia and other sleep issues. To solve the problem, doctors often prescribe sleeping pills or hypnotic medications. However, many people end up using these drugs for ...

    ... are only for short-term use. This destructive cycle has created a sleeping pill epidemic, with overdose numbers skyrocketing. There are several sleep-inducing medications on the market today. They include benzodiazepines ... continue reading
  • Overdosed

    The United States is experiencing an epidemic of drug overdose deaths: every year, nearly 44,000 lives are tragically lost, with more than half of the fatalities caused by prescription drugs. We've analyzed the latest government data to find out why ...

    ... in 2014 were highest among white people aged 45 to 54 (16.3 deaths per 100,000 persons). Prescription drug overdoses among black or African American people in the same age category were nearly two times lower, at 8.5 per ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... Tolerance: About half of all the people in recovery will ultimately suffer a relapse. When this happens, drug overdose is a serious concern. When they haven't been using for a while, their drug tolerance drops. Unaware ... continue reading
  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

    With fatal overdoses increasing each year, the need for action has never been greater. Despite funneling billions into the anti-drug movement, the addiction problem remains unsolved. Acknowledging that fact, several countries are looking to “safe ...

    ... of operation, Denmark's safe rooms seem to have provided a positive impact. In 2011, Denmark recorded 285 drug overdose deaths. In 2012, the number was down to 210 - the lowest in 19 years. Canadian Supervised Injection ... continue reading
  • Record-Breaking Number of Overdoses Traced Back to Bad Heroin

    A dangerous batch of heroin circulating throughout the city of Chicago has caused a record-breaking 74 overdoses in the span of just three days. When the numbers began to climb at such an astonishing rate, medical professionals began to suspect a ...

    ... hope to trace the source of these drugs and get them out of circulation. They hope to prevent these overdoses from turning into the first wave of yet another nationwide opioid epidemic. In a preventative effort, the Drug ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

    Permanent brain damage due to an opiate overdose is a very real, life-altering consequence of opiate abuse . The dramatic increase of opiate-related deaths is now demanding public attention, but the consequence of permanent brain damage remains ...

    ... to quantify the extent of damage in relation to oxygen deprivation and time, the common effects of overdose-related brain damage include: Memory loss and the inability to concentrate Impairment of hearing and/or vision ... continue reading
  • Decade of Drug Overdose

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains a publicly accessible database on causes of mortality, which is used here to shed light on the drug overdose epidemic currently ravaging the nation. Using the CDC's data from 10-plus years as ...

    ... maintains a publicly accessible database on causes of mortality, which is used here to shed light on the drug overdose epidemic currently ravaging the nation. Using the CDC's data from 10-plus years as well as recently ... continue reading
  • Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms

    It's common knowledge that injecting drugs like heroin poses a huge risk for transmission of the HIV virus. In fact, around 30 percent of all HIV infections worldwide (outside sub-Saharan and African areas) occur through this method. But a new study ...

    ... this method. But a new study indicates that occasional IV heroin use after HIV transmission could actually worsen the symptoms of this illness much more than regular IV heroin use . But how is this possible? HIV and ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

    Withdrawal. It's a huge hurdle on the path to recovery. Those struggling to leave opioids behind know they'll eventually have to face the intimidating mental and physical effects of withdrawal. It's a powerful and frightening thought. Some of the ...

    ... work and hope this new insight will lead to the creation of a more effective treatment method for the symptoms of withdrawal. Dr. Trang says their next steps will be to determine the drug effectiveness in humans and to ... continue reading
  • Signs and Symptoms of Commonly Abused Drugs

    When you suspect that you or a loved one is struggling with a substance abuse problem, it's important to know some of the signs and symptoms of addiction to that drug. You can find a brief overview of the major drugs of abuse below. For a full list ...

    ... or a loved one is struggling with a substance abuse problem, it's important to know some of the signs and symptoms of addiction to that drug. You can find a brief overview of the major drugs of abuse below. For a full ... continue reading
  • Overdoses Visualized

    Prescription opioids and illicit drugs have become incredibly pervasive throughout the U.S., and things are only getting worse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose deaths have increased 137 percent since 2000. ...

    ... the U.S., and things are only getting worse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose deaths have increased 137 percent since 2000. Even more shocking is that opioids - which are legal ... continue reading
  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

    With the opioid epidemic claiming nearly 78 lives each and every day, President-elect Trump has his work cut out for him in the drug arena. One of his stated policies involves increasing access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose from ...

    ... in using it? Naloxone users have also weighed in. They believe few drug users knowingly run the risk of overdosing and needing to be revived, since the medication ruins their high and can make them violently ill (which ... continue reading
  • Trafficking Statistics

    Although law enforcement fights every day to keep our streets free of drugs, the problem of drug supply and demand remains. This page will provide information and statistics to illustrate the magnitude of the movement of drugs into and throughout ...

    ... the leading cause of injury death in the U.S. 5 According to an article published in JAMA , drug overdose deaths more than doubled from 2000 to 2015, and deaths involving opioids more than tripled during the same time ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Michael Phelps Eight-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps has not only plunged into the water, but into drugs. In 2009, he lost his endorsement contract with Kellogg's after a photo emerged of him taking a hit of marijuana . 2. Dock ...

    ... -American basketball player who had just been drafted by the Boston Celtics, two days later died of a cocaine overdose. 11. Marcus Camby Toronto Raptor Marcus Camby was drafted to the basketball team in 1996 and just one ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Klonopin? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Klonopin is a brand name for the drug clonazepam . It's a benzodiazepine that affects the way chemicals in the brain work. It helps reduce anxiety, can treat seizure disorders, and may be used to treat panic disorders. Those taking it sometimes ...

    ... , or school because I'm taking this drug in excess? 5. Do I have withdrawal symptoms when I try to stop this drug? 6. Do I get withdrawal symptoms when I have not taken the drug at a regular time or in a high dose ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

    An opioid epidemic has swept the nation. Every day in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Over the course of a year, that number grows to 18,250—which is enough to fill every seat at Madison Square ...

    ... from a doctor. Heroin is easier to get, it's cheap, and it produces a similar high. Risk of heroin overdose is especially dangerous because the drug is often laced with fentanyl , which can be deadly even in small doses ... continue reading
  • Police Are Gearing Up to Face Down a Couple of Killers

    Guns won't help. A bullet-proof vest won't cut it. No badge, baton, hat, or handcuffs will stop the threat. The latest danger faced by law enforcement officials is a class of drugs that can kill on contact. Standard-issue equipment is no longer ...

    ... the narcotics division received 196 intranasal doses of Narcan, a nasal spray used as an antidote to treat opioid overdoses . Equipped with this drug, officers now have a means to help themselves - or others - suffering ... continue reading
  • 15-Minutes of Narcan Internet Fame Leaves Permanent Scars

    Imagine overdosing in public, prompting police officers to administer Narcan - the powerful opiate antidote - to save your life. Now imagine this entire experience being captured on video and streamed across the Internet. Strangers witnessing your ...

    ... it happened in public they can do what they want with it,” Bonner said. “They got him through the overdose and now they're prosecuting him when what he really needs is help.” The police department defended its decision ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

    A Cincinnati woman and her incarcerated boyfriend are now facing criminal charges after she reportedly tried to smuggle a Bible laced with heroin into the prison. Tehani Teepe, 39, and Timothy King, 28, were charged with illegal conveyance of ...

    ... Xanax pills into the jail through alternate methods. Underwear A Kentucky inmate died last August after allegedly overdosing on methadone-soaked underwear. Michael Jones, an inmate who was out of jail on a court-ordered ... continue reading
  • Inmates Receive Federal Funding to Re-enter Society Sober

    After years in prison, freedom is just around the corner. Tom served his time and will rejoin society soon. But what are his options? With no job and no money, Tom's likely to return to his previous lifestyle. He'll be surrounded by triggers and ...

    ... He'll be surrounded by triggers and find it extremely difficult to stay clean. In fact, his odds of overdosing within the first 30 days of release are extremely high. Like Tom, many inmates are released from their cells ... continue reading
  • What Are the Current Substance Addiction Trends Among Teens Today?

    Although you might think your home is drug-free, your teenager might know otherwise. Many of the current substance abuse and addiction trends among teens today are shocking simply because they involve household products that are readily available. ...

    ... have gone to the hospital after experiencing strange physiological effects due to I-dosing, or “Internet overdosing,” on digital drugs. Bath salts are one dangerous teenage substance addiction trend you probably have ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

    When the book Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus hit book shelves back in 1992, it was a huge hit. By highlighting the differences in men and women, the book's theory is still solidly ingrained in our culture. Though gender equality has come a ...

    ... report. “How did it happen that for 20 some years, women, millions of them, were essentially overdosing on Ambien?” Effects of Other Drugs Naturally, Ambien isn't the only prescription medication that affects women ... continue reading
  • What Could Illicit Drug Synthesis Expose You To?

    For the 44 million Americans aged 12 and older who used illicit drugs in 2014, the associated health risks are grave. But there's another risk that accompanies illegally manufactured substances - the exposure to hazardous chemicals. Clandestine drug ...

    ... are the No. 1 cause of accidental death in the country. A variety of factors can play a role in overdose deaths, such as a person's weight and body size, age, and past experience with drugs. Drugs manufactured in secret ... continue reading
  • America’s Pill Mills

    For the past 20 years, the U.S. has been in the midst of an invisible and deadly battle. Prescription opioids. Once thought to be a safe treatment for chronic pain with little to no risk of addiction , they've now caused more than 47,000 overdose ...

    ... safe treatment for chronic pain with little to no risk of addiction , they've now caused more than 47,000 overdose deaths in 2014. This number is only expected to increase in the coming years . More shocking is that 259 ... continue reading
  • America’s Drug Awareness

    For the first time in a decade , the CDC reported that death rates in the United States have increased. While news outlets trumpet the increased violence rampant in many areas of the country, the public is largely unaware of a silent contributor - ...

    ... /after-princes-tragic-overdose-heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-fentanyl_b_10270416.html www.npr.org/2016/02/18/464463631/when-a-loved-one-dies-of-overdose-what-happens-to-the-family www.drugabuse.gov/publications ... continue reading
  • Heroin's Death Toll Hits an All-Time High in New York

    New York City has a serious heroin problem on their hands and new data released by the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reveals just how deep the issue goes. In fact, more people died from unintentional heroin overdoses in New York ...

    ... involve one single type of drug . As the N.Y. Health Department notes, 94 percent of the city's overdoses involved more than one substance. In an effort to fight back against heroin, 20,000 NYC police officers are being ... continue reading
  • Pain Killer Protocol

    It's only been 21 years since the introduction of OxyContin started what we now refer to as the “opioid epidemic,” yet the number of deaths from drug overdoses in 2016 outnumbered the number of American deaths in the Vietnam War. Opioids are ...

    ... 29/health/purdue-opioids-oxycontin.html https://www.cbsnews.com/news/opioids-drug-overdose-killed-more-americans-last-year-than-the-vietnam-war/ https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/fix-opioid-crisis-doctors-me-may-have ... continue reading
  • The Rise of Drug Deaths in America

    This year, drug overdose deaths surpassed firearm deaths for the first time, making the issue of addiction and drug abuse an even greater concern for Americans . The public is aware of the numbers associated with overdose deaths; however, big ...

    ... by the U.S. in World War II - 291,557 . It only took four years, from 1999 to 2002, for drug overdose deaths to eclipse the number suffered by the U.S. in the Vietnam War. The total U.S. casualties during the Vietnam War ... continue reading
  • The Dilaudid Dilemma

    Every day, physicians across the nation prescribe painkillers to help patients cope with pain. The types of painkillers prescribed are as varied as the type and intensity of pain levels; however, more potent painkillers - like opioids - are ...

    ... than ever before - has made opioids readily available for those seeking to treat pain or other ailments. Overdose and hospital visits related to the nonmedical use of opioids have also continued to climb - with opioids ... continue reading
  • Russian Roulette: The Hidden Dangers of Cutting Agents in Cocaine and Heroin

    In the United States, more than 47,000 people die from drug overdoses every year . To make matters worse, drug deaths have recently surpassed both automobile and firearm accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the country. There's no ...

    ... addiction-disease-facts-figures.pdf http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/07/dea-drug-overdose-deaths-surpass-firearms-car-crashes/ http://www.ebi.ac.uk/chebi/searchId.do?chebiId=CHEBI:8050 https://www.vice.com ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Statistics

    Statisticians analyze numerical information on subjects as varied as medicine, politics and even commercial retail sales - allowing researchers to investigate trends and test new ideas. As the phenomenon of substance abuse stubbornly continues to ...

    ... Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Every day in the United States, 114 people die as a result of drug overdose, and another 6,748 are treated in emergency departments (ED) for the misuse or abuse of drugs. Nearly 9 ... continue reading
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

    You've just taken an opioid painkiller . The medication travels to your brain, making the pain sensations stop. The same opiates also make you feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is ...

    ... 's the good news. The bad news is opiate drugs also slow your breathing…and in case of an overdose, your breathing is slowed to a virtually non-existent and lethal level. The right amount of drugs slows your breathing ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

    It's well-documented that heroin and prescription painkiller abuse are two of the biggest drug problems in the U.S., but a new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration highlights just how serious the problem is. Shocking Death Rate Chuck ...

    ... was also a seven-fold increase in the number of people ages 54 to 64 who died from opioid overdoses . To put these alarming statistics into perspective, more people use prescription drugs than cocaine, heroin, MDMA and ... continue reading
  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

    Opiates are a group of drugs that manage pain by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). There are two different kinds of opiates: natural and synthetic. Natural opiates come from the dried “milk” of the poppy plant and include opium, ...

    ... , the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that opiate pain relievers were involved in 14,800 overdose deaths - more than cocaine and heroin combined. 4 In 2012, the CDC also revealed a 91% increase ... continue reading
  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

    In recent years, opioid abuse has received a lot of attention - and for good reason. In 2014, 19,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids ; that's up 16 percent from 2013. But notice the wording; it's important: “Overdoses ...

    ... . In 30 percent of opioid-related deaths , it's the combination of benzos and opioids that result in an overdose. So, why don't we hear more about benzo abuse? Well, that's a really good question. Benzo Stats Benzos ... continue reading
  • Ruthless Drug Dealer Ordered to Pay for His Client’s Funeral

    Opioid abuse is killing thousands of Americans each year. Every day, nearly 100 lives are lost to the opioid epidemic. Many of these fatalities are caused by a deadly drug that's secretly added to baggies of heroin (or cocaine) as a cheap way for ...

    ... County, Kentucky home last April. Identified by the initials “J.H.”, the boy died of a fentanyl overdose. J.H. thought he was purchasing heroin from his dealer, Michael Chandler. J.H. received fentanyl instead. The ... continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    $6.5 million is up for grabs. The state of Ohio recently launched its Opioid Technology Challenge, calling on healthcare providers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. The goal is to generate ideas that can be developed into solutions to curb the ...

    ... statistics we're currently experiencing across the nation. An estimated 91 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose. Over 2 million Americans are currently struggling with an opioid use disorder . More than half of ... continue reading
  • Supervised Heroin Shooting Galleries: Coming to a Public Housing Site?

    Vancouver is facing an unprecedented number of opioid overdoses, prompting the government's housing partners to launch a new effort in hopes of curbing this deadly trend. The goal is to get intravenous drug users to use in designated supervised ...

    ... is monitored via camera; after entry, residents are checked on every ten to fifteen minutes. In cases of overdose, staff members are trained to administer Naloxone. Since March 1, 2017, they've had almost 16,000 people ... continue reading
  • True or False: Ready to Put Your Fentanyl Knowledge to the Test?

    Fentanyl. This potent opiate has added a whole new level of danger to the opioid crisis, causing a staggering number of overdoses and deaths. Part of its overall threat is the lack of public knowledge and awareness. So, how much do you know about ...

    ... potent opiate has added a whole new level of danger to the opioid crisis, causing a staggering number of overdoses and deaths. Part of its overall threat is the lack of public knowledge and awareness. So, how much do ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

    With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers and law enforcement. While all eyes have been focused on this front, we may have ignored another battle that needs greater ...

    ... to four percent. Based on numbers from the Centers for Disease Control, 3,700 Americans died from drug overdoses involving methamphetamine in 2014. This is twice the number from 2010. By 2015, this number had risen to ... continue reading
  • Don't Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance - It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

    You may have heard about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine. What you may not have heard about, however, is the ultra-potent concentrated version of it: carfentanil . What We Know About Carfentanil Developed in the mid-1970s as a ...

    ... to add in baggies of heroin . Just this year, officials have already seen a noticeable uptick in heroin overdoses, which they attribute to the growing prevalence of carfentanil in the States. And because it's so powerful ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

    ... ” or euphoric high of consuming the drug. In further tests, the rodents also appeared less susceptible to fatal overdose, as the researchers found that it took much longer for the drug to impart its toxicity. If this ... continue reading
  • Drugs in the News

    In a world grappling with issues of substance use and abuse, drugs are bound to see their days in the spotlight of our 24-hour news cycle. Maybe it's because of another tragic celebrity overdose, forcing us to confront the fact that even our heroes ...

    ... their days in the spotlight of our 24-hour news cycle. Maybe it's because of another tragic celebrity overdose, forcing us to confront the fact that even our heroes and icons struggle with addictions and vices. Maybe it ... continue reading
  • Sentencing by State 2

    have led to overcrowded facilities, skyrocketing prison costs, and major social, economic, and political impacts. Currently, nearly half of all inmates in federal prisons are serving sentences for drug offenses. Many are fathers and mothers who miss ...

    ... -8204169 http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jun/17/report-west-virginia-has-top-rate-of-drug-overdose/?page=all http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/fact-sheets/2015/01/growth-in-federal-prison-system ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Ozzy Osbourne Rockstar Ozzy Osbourne has long struggled with addiction. In fact, his heavy alcohol and drug abuse led to him being fired from Black Sabbath in 1978. 2. Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain got to know his wife Courtney Love while they used ...

    ... Chili Peppers, turned to cocaine and heroin when he was young. However, when his bandmate died of a heroin overdose in 1988, Kiedis swore he would never again do drugs. 7. Whitney Houston Singer Whitney Houston, cited by ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Drew Barrymore Former child star Drew Barrymore's drug abuse in her teenage years found her controversial fame, including two trips to rehab that motivated her to get back on track with her career. 2. Mary-Kate Olsen “Full House” actress ...

    ... Houston and Amy Winehouse, to Cory Monteith and Philip Seymour Hoffman, celebrity deaths from drug and alcohol overdoses leave millions of fans in mourning. Could we have saved these stars? What do these celebrity drug ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

    Concerns over the risks of combining benzodiazepine and opioid prescriptions has 41 state health officials petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place a new black box warning on both drugs' labels to warn patients and doctors of the ...

    ... benzodiazepine prescription and the associated risk of death from a drug overdose , found that the risk of death from drug overdose significantly increased in a synergistic, dose-response fashion as daily benzodiazepine ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

    Millions of Americans suffer daily from chronic pain. Factor in all the people managing temporary pain after accidents or surgeries and you have a massive number of people on prescription painkillers. Abuse of morphine, an extremely powerful and ...

    ... human trials in the next two years. If proven effective, particularly by reducing the risk of abuse and overdose , we might have a “miracle” drug on our hands! Additional Reading: Opiate Alternatives: Doctor's Got a ... continue reading
  • Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics, Study Finds

    The face of heroin in the US is changing. As the drug becomes more commonly abused among new racial, geographic and socioeconomic groups, the profile of those users is also evolving. The change is, in part, because heroin is becoming more ...

    ... experience more severe substance problems overall, “including greater risk of having a co-occurring mental disorder, an overdose, and/or HIV,” the authors wrote. Group #3 Researchers found that the group who only used ... continue reading
  • IV Drug Abuse: 3 Potentially Deadly IV Injection Sites

    The dangers of intravenous drug use are well documented. Although most available information focuses on the very high risk of overdose and the diseases associated with sharing needles (both very real dangers), injecting drugs can also be incredibly ...

    ... , potentially causing a range of neurological problems or a stroke. Due to the high risk of overdose and the risks associated with shared needles, using drugs intravenously is never safe under any circumstances. However ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Tamper-Resistant Painkillers Aren’t Helping

    Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic. Nearly 5 million Americans, or 1.9 percent of the population, use pain relievers - or opioids - for non-medical purposes, according to a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ...

    ... so, arguing that tamper-resistant formulations of drugs do not solve the problems of opioid addiction and overdose . In addition to increasing evidence that the overall number of deaths had not decreased, it was found ... continue reading
  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

    According to recent statistics gathered during a detailed research investigation - a project aptly dubbed The National Heroin Threat Assessment - the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA) reports that the availability and abuse of heroin is ...

    ... number of deaths related to heroin use has more than tripled from 2,402 in 2007 to 8,260 overdose deaths in 2013. During this same time, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports the ... continue reading
  • The Great Debate: Alcohol vs Marijuana

    You may have had the debate yourself—what's worse? Alcohol or marijuana? With new studies coming out, more laws legalizing the recreational, and medicinal use of marijuana, the conversation seems to come up again and again. Even though we may all ...

    ... a gram of marijuana. That means that you would have to smoke between 238 and 1,113 joints in a day to overdose on marijuana . That's a lot of joints. Crime Rates When it comes to what substance will put someone at risk ... continue reading
  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

    A crushing avalanche is crippling Appalachian communities, but it's not the mountainous disaster you might think. This avalanche is a deadly onslaught of opioids . In 2014, the seven Appalachian states accounted for more than a fifth of nationwide ...

    ... of nationwide opioid-related deaths . West Virginia, with a population of 1.85 million, has the highest overdose rate in the nation. Why the Appalachian Region? What's going on in this misty-mountain region? Experts ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription ...

    ... drug dealers from accessing pills, for example. Barby Ingle, president of the International Pain Foundation, feels the overdose concern is out of proportion. “There's such a hysteria going on,” she claims . “There are ... continue reading
  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

    Tom fell off a ladder and hurt his back. His doctor gave him a prescription for Percocet , a powerful opioid painkiller. He only took a couple and now he's got ten pills left over in a bottle sitting in his medicine cabinet. If this scenario (or a ...

    ... ) believe that it's safe, it's a terrible idea. Opiates are very potent painkillers and, when misused, can result in overdose . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that more than three out of five ... continue reading
  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

    With his heart pounding, Officer Harrison approached the warehouse. His dreams of fighting crime never included this scene. He wasn't chasing a fugitive; he wasn't even trying to arrest anyone. The other officers had already taken the dealers down ...

    ... that the “ black box ” is the FDA's strongest warning, and it cautions about the risk of abuse, addiction, overdose and death . Fact Three: Abusing fentanyl or mixing it with other drugs can be deadly. Gary was looking ... continue reading
  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

    “Smack” - “Junk” - “H” Heroin is a drug that goes by many names. But no matter what you call it, it's still the same potent, potentially deadly drug. While its name really isn't that important, knowing some basic facts about heroin can ...

    ... increased six-fold between 2001 and 2014. In 2014, heroin use caused more than 10,000 deaths by overdose . That same year, 586,000 Americans had developed a substance use disorder involving heroin. Heroin-related deaths ... continue reading
  • San Francisco Mayor Proposes Drug Distribution to Homeless

    For San Francisco, the statistics related to opioid abuse are staggering: The Department of Public Health estimates there are 11,000 people addicted to heroin in San Francisco. It is estimated that thousands of these individuals are homeless. The ...

    ... receptors in the brain and prevents opioid cravings. That means people can't feel the effects of opioid drugs or overdose if they do happen to relapse. The mayor's budget proposal allocates $6M to the funding of a 10 ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

    Fifty times stronger than heroin , the synthetic opioid fentanyl is flooding the drug market - and heightening the danger of overdose. In search of cheaper mixes and stronger highs, dealers now lace heroin and cocaine with this potent drug. We've ...

    ... dangerous. Last year, fentanyl and other synthetic opioids took over the number one spot for leading cause of drug overdose deaths in the US. The CDC reported more than 20,000 people in the US died from synthetic opioids ... continue reading
  • Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About a Resurgence of Cocaine in the U.S.?

    According to the DEA's annual Drug Threat Assessment cocaine use is on the rise. It looks as if, while in the midst of an opioid epidemic, a lethal storm of cocaine has quietly made landfall in the US. Cocaine-related deaths spiked in 2006 at 7,500 ...

    ... , which can lead to stroke or other serious side effects. A single dose may cause a life threatening overdose. Even a small amount of cocaine has been proven to cause an irregular heart rhythm, elevated blood pressure ... continue reading
  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

    It's against state and federal law to use telehealth (remote medical services) to obtain buprenorphine for the first time; a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - often known by its brand names, Suboxone or Subutex. This law is known as the ...

    ... the middle of a deadly opioid epidemic . Especially in Utah - where they continue to experience overdose deaths that could be easily avoided with easier access to treatment. Additional Reading: Virginia Wants Treatment - ... continue reading
  • Heartbroken Parents Use Obituaries to Raise Addiction Awareness

    When a loved one passes away, you want to remember them at their best. You want others to remember them at their best. You carefully select the words for their obituary to reflect their life's contributions and all the love and affection you feel ...

    ... 's contributions and all the love and affection you feel for them. But what if your loved one died of an overdose? What if the thing that took them from this world was a lost battle with substance abuse? What do you say ... continue reading
  • The Price Tag of Heroin in America: $51 Billion

    If you're hooked on heroin, you'll spend an average of $150 a day to support your habit. That's nearly $55,000 per year. Heroin abuse comes with a pretty hefty price tag, unfortunately personal financial burden isn't the only cash-flow issue left in ...

    ... Cost of treating newborns with medical conditions related to heroin Lost productivity at work Heroin overdose deaths Combining all these factors, researchers discovered the societal cost per heroin user per year ... continue reading
  • Public Restrooms Have Become Ground Zero in Opioid Epidemic

    The opioid epidemic has impacted countless families, but according to a recent article on NPR.org , people aren't the only ones affected. Public restrooms have become the newest casualty in the midst of the drug epidemic sweeping across our country. ...

    ... according to him, would be well-lit with stainless-steel surfaces and be stocked with naloxone in case of an overdose occurrence. It would have a biohazard box for needles and bloodied swabs. It would also be monitored - ... continue reading
  • Introducing the Drug That Can Kill With a Single Dose

    Just when we'd thought we'd heard it all, an even more lethal drug concoction popped up on our radar. It's just the latest killer in the opioid epidemic ravaging our country. Dubbed “gray death” by authorities, this high-potency cocktail is ...

    ... drug users' lives. “You don't know what you're getting with these things,” said Richie Webber, who overdosed on fentanyl-laced heroin in 2014, told The Associated Press. “Every time you shoot up, you're literally playing ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

    Methadone maintenance has been around for years as an effective treatment for opioid dependency . Yet, its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging anyone from using it as a ...

    ... , you can clearly see the benefits of using methadone, as it has the potential to reduce the risk of overdose, death, and criminal activity. Myth #2 - Methadone is Just Another Addictive Substance People on a stable dose ... continue reading
  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

    Methadone is in the hot seat again. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Medicaid to restrict access to the drug, citing that methadone - when prescribed for pain, not for opiate addiction - accounted for ...

    ... that state's preferred drug list (PDL). This has proven to be problematic, as recent reports discovered a correlation between overdoses and accessibility to methadone. In fact, the rates of fatal and nonfatal methadone ... continue reading
  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

    One in 20 Americans are popping pills that have been prescribed for someone else. And the CDC reports that most misused prescription opioids are obtained from family members - many of them stolen from medicine cabinets. We Need Solutions This abuse ...

    ... some of our loved ones from developing or continuing a drug habit - or save some of our loves ones from overdose - isn't it worth the effort? What do you think? Are tamper-proof bottles really a good deterrent? Should we ... continue reading
  • Druggie: The New Makeup Shade Making Ugly Waves

    Approximately 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, with drug overdose deaths continuing to rise. In fact, since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled. As most of us know, drug addiction destroys lives ...

    Approximately 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, with drug overdose deaths continuing to rise. In fact, since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled. As most of us know, ... continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

    Opioids are used by millions of Americans. It seems that every day a news article is being shared on television or the Internet about opioid misuse, addiction, and unfortunately, overdose. With new information emerging each year from research and ...

    ... the most harm and drug-related deaths. Worldwide, roughly 69,000 people die each year from an opioid overdose. Taking the steps to quit can prevent further harm to yourself, your relationships, and to those who love ... continue reading
  • The 9 Most Expensive Drugs in America

    Each year, Americans spend nearly $100 billion on illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. These figures do not even account for the billions of dollars that are spent on prescription drugs each year—about $374 billion according ...

    ... . Unfortunately, the most expensive price is that of a person's life—heroin poses a serious risk of overdose and the spreading of deadly diseases such as HIV/AIDS or hepatitis. #7 Methamphetamine Meth users spend over ... continue reading
  • Political Parties on Drug Use

    A recent Pew Research Center survey indicated that 86 percent of Americans believe the country is more politically divided than ever before. Polarized viewpoints surrounding topics like immigration and foreign trade are broadcasted daily on ...

    ... policies than women. State of Crisis The CDC found that the four states with the highest age-adjusted drug overdose death rates in 2015 were West Virginia (41.5 per 100,000 residents), New Hampshire (34.3), Kentucky (29 ... continue reading
  • Seized

    In 2015, Border Patrol prevented more than 1.5 million pounds of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and meth from entering the United States. 1 In the same year, the Coast Guard intercepted 72 vessels and more than 150,000 pounds of drugs. 2 These ...

    ... 2010 and 2015. In nearby Rutland County, which was fourth highest in the country, there were 49. Overdose deaths aren't the only negative effect drug trafficking has on communities. Another is the proliferation of drug ... continue reading
  • 5 NFL Players Who Tackled Their Addictions

    Drugs and alcohol have become a major part of NFL culture. From March 2013 to March 2014, NFL players were arrested 27 times on drug charges, and several players have also received lengthy suspensions for positive drug tests, including Cleveland ...

    ... to painkillers by his senior year of college, but heroin, cocaine and alcohol were his primary drugs of choice. He overdosed several times and had to be rushed to the hospital. “I used a lot of heroin. You talk about an ... continue reading
  • Who Manufacturers All these Crazy Semi-Legal Designer Drugs?

    Designer drugs have been subject of much media attention of late, as the Internet has made obtaining them easier than in the past. In many cases, it's simpler to order designer drugs online than to try to obtain street drugs. Designer drugs can be ...

    ... drug that has been around for years. Users may feel euphoric and calm while taking the drug. Overdoses of ecstasy can cause convulsions, heart palpitations, kidney failure, coma, and death. The active ingredient in ... continue reading
  • So-Called “Legal” Drugs and the Trojan Horse Game

    Are you familiar with the concept of a Trojan Horse? It's pretty on the outside but filled with deadly enemies inside. It creates an appearance of innocence, but is designed with trickery in mind. Legal drugs are a lot like a Trojan Horse. These ...

    ... health problems, nervous disorders and sometimes death (just like illegal drugs.) They also have a high risk of overdose , partly due to their mystery contents. Let's take a look at a couple specific legal drugs on ... continue reading
  • Opiate Alternatives: Doctor’s Got a Brand New Bag

    We have seen a staggering increase in both opiate painkiller and heroin abuse over the last decade. As people become dependent on opiates - physically and psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling ...

    ... a look at the latest numbers, shall we? In 2014, approximately 20,000 people died from prescription opioid overdose. An estimated 2.1 million people are addicted to prescription painkillers . Approximately 25.3 million ... continue reading
  • 25 Harmful Effects of Morphine

    Morphine is an effective pain reliever. It's administered frequently by healthcare professionals. It's prescribed to manage moderate to severe pain after an accident, post-surgery, or for a chronic condition. It's accepted for common use throughout ...

    ... this deadly disease. Death - Heroin and morphine share the top slot for most common cause of overdose-related fatalities. Is It Worth The Risk? Do these harmful results outweigh the benefits? The hundreds of doctors ... continue reading
  • Methadone Programs: A Bad Treatment Plan for Addicted Parents?

    When it comes to the negative effects of substance abuse , addiction casts a wide net. Addicted parents, in particular, are faced with a unique set of challenges, as an opiate dependency ultimately affects the whole family. For thousands of parents ...

    ... years. This is compared to the 30 percent lifetime prevalence rate of arrests in the United States. Overdose and Death Mortality rates are much higher for parents using methadone than for heroin users in general. Thirty ... continue reading
  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

    When you think about the drug trade in America's big cities, it seems like it might be easier for teenagers to abuse drugs like prescription painkillers. With the massive amount of drugs flowing in and out of large cities, there's certainly no ...

    ... Penn State. “With this number of adolescents there are major implications for increased treatment demand, risk of overdose and even death from these opioids.” The Rise of Rural Opiate Dependency One reason for the rising ... continue reading
  • DEA: Heroin ‘Probably’ More Dangerous Than Marijuana

    With 23 states and Washington D.C. legalizing medical marijuana and four states legalizing it for recreational use, it's quite possible we'll see a day when marijuana is considered “legal” throughout the U.S. However, the Drug Enforcement ...

    ... those reasons and more, it's crucial that the DEA makes it a priority to learn more about a drug that we're yet to truly understand. Additional Reading: Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage Image Source: iStock continue reading
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