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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...

Americans still not ready to embrace patients of addiction, finds survey

The biggest battle that a patient of addiction fights is not that of recovery, but of overcoming the associated stigma, says a recent survey conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The study revealed that majority of Americans still consider opioid addiction a serious health hazard...

Advertising conglomerate WPP bans alcohol during office hours

British advertising conglomerate WPP has banned drinking in office. In its updated policy on alcohol at workplace, the ad major has explicitly stated, “No drinks trolleys should be provided nor alcohol consumed at desks.” It has also asked agencies to restrict drinking in dining rooms and lounges so that...

Pennsylvania Gov. extends opioid disaster declaration by 3 months

Looking at the opioid epidemic, which is only growing with every passing day, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has decided to extend the opioid disaster declaration in the state by three more months. Making the announcement recently, Gov. Wolf said that the state required more time to implement strategies to...

Wastewater testing by MIT start-up to help Cary determine opioid use among its people

Combating the opioid epidemic, which is ripping apart the fabric of the nation, has become the motto of not just the American government but also of many other organizations. One such example is that of Biobot Analytics, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) start-up, which aims to help the...

University of Manchester students jailed for online drug dealing

In yet another shocking incident related to online illegal drug trafficking, a group of four students from the University of Manchester were convicted for trading drugs like lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), ketamine and ecstasy to clients from America, Australia, Europe and New Zealand through the now disbanded Silk Road....

Study finds variation in death rates from substance use disorders in US counties

Deaths of despair are deaths caused by overdoses, suicides and diseases triggered by alcohol and drug abuse. Unfortunately, these deaths have lately reached alarming levels. A recent study, published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), revealed that such deaths in the country have increased like never...

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...

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