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Doctors receiving perks from drug makers prescribe more opioids, says study

Amid the ongoing drug crisis in the United States, a recent study has found a strong connection between the perks given to doctors by pharmaceutical companies and the number of opioid prescriptions written by them. According to the study conducted by the Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction,...

Smoking tobacco and drinking is way more dangerous than illegal drugs, says study

Smoking tobacco and drinking can lead to more serious health consequences than taking illegal drugs, says a recent study published recently in the journal Addiction. The study authors found that the combined use of tobacco and alcohol cost a quarter of a billion disability-adjusted life years (DALY) worldwide compared...

Restrictions on opioids pushing drug users toward gabapentin

“I need that high to carry on,” says 21-year-old Dora Walters (name changed) of Cincinnati, Ohio, as she slips her hand into a bag to fish out some pills of gabapentin, a non-opioid painkiller. Walters started abusing prescription opioids in her high school when she stole some pills from...

DEA knowingly allowed dealers and doctors with past addiction to make and prescribe drugs, says report

An investigation by the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF) that could have a direct impact on the escalating opioid crisis in the U.S. has found that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) knowingly allowed many businesses and agencies, including dealers and doctors with history of addiction, to manufacture, distribute and...

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...

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