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Category: Drug news

Opioids for Chronic Pain? New Survey Questions Effectiveness, Necessity

Opioids for Chronic Pain? New Survey Questions Effectiveness, Necessity

The opioid abuse epidemic in the United States has reached critical levels, claiming lives and affecting communities across the country. While we have ventured to spread awareness and provide educational material regarding opioid abuse, it’s difficult to address the issue without also recognizing that these powerful painkillers are, for some,...

Fight Prescription Drug Abuse on National Drug Take Back Day!

Fight Prescription Drug Abuse on National Drug Take Back Day!

Tomorrow marks one of the most important days in the fight to end prescription drug abuse in the U.S.- National Drug Take Back Day. On October 22nd facilities across the country will participate in National Drug Take Back Day by providing a safe, legal way to dispose of unused prescription...

DEA Reverses Kratom Ban, Opens Formal Discussion

DEA Reverses Kratom Ban, Opens Formal Discussion

The controversy surrounding Kratom and the pros and cons of its use is nothing new: some praise it as a viable solution to chronic pain and the current opioid abuse epidemic, while others warn that the risks of overdose and new dependency are real and significant enough to justify a...

More People Arrested for Marijuana Than Violent Crimes, Study Says

More People Arrested for Marijuana Than Violent Crimes, Study Says

This is the reality of the decades long war on drugs: The U.S. prison system is overflowing with people serving extreme sentences for drug-related crimes. Fear of judicial punishments leads to tragic and preventable deaths. In 2015, more people were arrested for possession of small amounts of marijuana than violent...

Ohio Mother Finds Marijuana in Wendy’s French Fries

Ohio Mother Finds Marijuana in Wendy’s French Fries

Quick, when you think about pot smokers and the munchies, what foods do you think of? Taco Bell was likely at the top of that list, maybe cheetos or doritos, donuts or a giant bowl of cereal- something fast and easy to access that doesn’t take a whole lot of...

Prosecutors Could Soon Seek Death Penalty for Dealers of Fentanyl-Laced Heroin

Prosecutors Could Soon Seek Death Penalty for Dealers of Fentanyl-Laced Heroin

In an act that clearly shows federal authorities are finally getting serious about the heroin overdose epidemic, a bill was just introduced to the House of Representatives which would allow prosecutors to seek capital punishment or life imprisonment for drug dealers found guilty of selling Fentanyl-laced heroin. This bill comes...

Seattle Man: “Excuse Me, Officer, Have You Seen My Cocaine Briefcase?”

Seattle Man: “Excuse Me, Officer, Have You Seen My Cocaine Briefcase?”

In the long list of things you shouldn’t do if you want to get away with drug dealing, asking police officers to help you find your misplaced briefcase full of cocaine should probably at the top. But, I suppose, sometimes you get desperate; lapses in judgement happen, right? For a...

7 Overdose Deaths in One Day in Cleveland

7 Overdose Deaths in One Day in Cleveland

The tragedy of the current opioid overdose epidemic is not going to go away by just ignoring it. Slowly but surely the American public is coming to recognize that; unfortunately stigma, shortcomings in community resources, and other factors continue to stand in the way of those who need treatment to...

Chinese and American Authorities Team Up to Halt Production of Fentanyl

Chinese and American Authorities Team Up to Halt Production of Fentanyl

Fentanyl: the ultra-powerful synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. Fentanyl has contributed largely to the recent  increase in opioid abuse and overdoses due to illicit drug suppliers using it as a cheap means of cutting heroin supplies. The consequences have been lethal...

Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week

Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week

The opioid abuse epidemic has reached all time critical levels. We are facing a public health and safety crisis that has been largely ignored and under reported for far too long. Fear of legal ramifications, social ridicule, and harsh stigmas create a massive roadblock in the fight to end substance...