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1 in 4 traffic deaths in Washington area in 2016 linked to alcohol and drugs, says report

Consumption of alcohol and drugs affects various faculties of a person, impairing his/her ability to take quick decisions, much required when driving. The impairment can make driving a risky affair, putting both the driver and others in danger. A recent report on traffic crashes in Washington area revealed that...

Sorority banned at Lehigh University after ‘reprehensible’ scavenger hunt involving drugs, alcohol and sexual activity

A sorority at the Lehigh University in Pennsylvania has been banned from campus for two years, until May 2020, for “reprehensible” scavenger hunt involving drugs, alcohol and sexual activity. Alpha Chi Omega’s Theta Chi chapter lost its recognition due to the hunt it organized in December 2017 where the...

Opioid overdose: Number of US kids making ER visits on the rise, cautions study

More and more American children are reaching the emergency rooms (ERs) of hospitals, with the number almost doubling from 2004 to 2015, according to a recent study, published in the Pediatrics in March. The number included teenagers who abused drugs and children who consumed these drugs accidentally. According to...

When it comes to managing pain, opioids do not prove better than alternatives, says study

Considered the drug of choice for treating chronic pain, opioids appear to be no better than their non-opioid counterparts, according to a recent study published in the journal JAMA in March 2018. One of the standard approaches followed by the medical fraternity for managing pain is using opioids despite...

Mom from Baltimore gets 30 years in prison for death of her heroin-addicted baby

A 37-year-old woman of Baltimore was sentenced on March 5, 2018, to 30 years in prison for the death of her infant son, who was born addicted to heroin. Anne Kirsch admitted to doing drugs during her pregnancy and on the night prior to the baby’s death on Oct....

HHS secretary wants more states to seek Medicaid waivers to combat opioid crisis

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar has shown his willingness to persuade more states to use the Medicaid program as a means to combat the opioid crisis. Speaking at a White House summit on opioids recently, Azar said he is pushing for a key recommendation of President...

Ahead of Pennsylvania special election, candidates clash over lack of funds to combat opioid crisis

Nearly two months since Gov. Tom Wolf declared Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic a “statewide disaster emergency,” fund paucity and more budgetary provision to deal with the drug menace remain a key electoral issue for the upcoming special election to fill former Congressman Tim Murphy’s seat in the 18th District. While...

‘Wonder drug’ Baclofen ineffective for treating alcohol use disorders, finds study

Baclofen is a medication commonly used for treating muscular spasticity. Prior studies have shown it to be a promising treatment option for patients suffering from alcohol use disorder (AUD) and some have even cited it as the ‘wonder drug’ to treat alcoholism. However, a recent study by a team...

Alcohol poses a greater threat to human brain than marijuana, finds study

Alcohol consumption is more harmful for the brain than marijuana use, suggests a recent study by scientists from the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder (UCB). According to the study published in the journal Addiction, there is a link between alcohol consumption and lowered...

Introduction of Opioid Response Enhancement Act set to tackle opioid epidemic

As the onslaught of opioid epidemic continues in the country, a group of 15 American senators has introduced the Opioid Response Enhancement Act to help the states tackle the problem. The bill would boost a grant program under the aegis of the 21st Century Cures Act of 2017, ensuring...

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