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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...

Bill introduced to increase participation in prescription drug take-back programs

In an effort to increase public participation in the federal prescription drug take-back programs, U.S. Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley from Iowa and Senator Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut have presented the Access to Increased Drug Disposal (AIDD) Act of 2018.

New bill proposes integration of job training in drug addiction recovery programs

For the thousands of patients enlisted in addiction treatment centers, the road ahead can turn out to be both rocky and bumpy. Even after completing a grueling and often painful treatment programs at addiction help centers, they fail to be ass

Decline in opioid prescriptions fails to check the rise in opioid overdose deaths, finds study

It all started in the late 1990s when doctors in the United States found it suitable enough to prescribe opioids for pain relief. Little did they know that decades later, the same set of drugs would become such a grave cause of human pain. A recent study conducted by...

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