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Massachusetts’ lawmakers vote to advance bill to curb opioid crisis

In an effort to curb the worsening opioid epidemic, Massachusetts’ lawmakers have voted to forward a bill, which will make addiction treatment services more accessible and widen the scope of prevention efforts. Led by the Office of Health and Human Services, the state’s Legislature’s Committee on Mental Health, Substance...

Ohio Gov. proposes new ‘safety checkpoints’ for prescription opioid use

Speculations about restrictions on the availability of prescription drugs for chronic pain patients in Ohio were put to rest on May 2, 2018, when Governor John Kasich and leaders of the state health care profession licensing boards announced a series of “safety checkpoints” that would ensure regular monitoring of...

Jeremy Miller credits drug implant for recovery from alcoholism

“Growing Pains” actor Jeremy Miller recently credited FDA-approved drug naltrexone’s long-lasting implant for overcoming his alcohol cravings and attaining successful recovery. Sharing his experience with FOX Business’ Stuart Varney, Miller said that he had been struggling with alcoholism for 15 years, and spent at least three years trying to...

Synthetic marijuana caused 155 poisonings and 4 deaths in Illinois

A woman in her 30s from central Illinois has become the fourth victim of synthetic marijuana or fake weed in over a month. Prior to this, two Illinois men (one in his 20s and another in his 40s) along with a man from Chicago had died from consuming fake...

Verne Troyer of Austin Powers fame succumbs to alcohol poisoning; battled depression for years

Verne Troyer who won acclaim for his role as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movie franchise died recently at the age of 49. He was admitted to a hospital earlier in April 2018 for suspected alcohol poisoning and was on life-support since then. Through a statement posted by Troyer’s...

Drug Take Back Day: Unused prescription medicines fueling opioid addiction in US

Is the bottle of prescription opioids you didn’t use after your tooth extraction still lying in your medicine cabinet? Do you still have those painkillers, which your physician prescribed after a knee replacement surgery, on your bedside table? If the answers to the above questions are “yes,” then your...

Ohio schools to combat opioid crisis by restructuring kindergarten lessons

The state of Ohio has taken a step forward in the direction of utilizing drug-abuse-prevention education as a tool to strengthen its fight against the opioid epidemic. By adopting an inside out approach, the state has shifted the emphasis on restructuring classroom lessons, right from kindergarten, to spread awareness...

Taking cue from France in tackling opioid epidemic

The opioid crisis has claimed thousands of lives in the past couple of years and the situation is only worsening day by day. The authorities are running against time in trying to bring the situation under control, and ensure public safety and health. At this juncture, it is worthwhile...

Bill to check patient brokering fails to move beyond New York state senate

The authorities, at both the federal and state levels, are striving to combat the ever worsening opioid epidemic by implementing various measures and policies. However, some unscrupulous organizations and groups are trying to draw mileage out of the situation, and in the process are damaging the addiction treatment industry....

Drug overdose deaths trigger rise in organ transplants, finds study

America is reeling under the skyrocketing drug overdose crisis involving both prescription and illicit opioids. The increasing number of fatal overdoses has suddenly led to a spike in instances of organ transplants, made possible by people succumbing to addiction. According to a study published in the journal Annals of...