Abuse of prescription drugs, especially painkillers, has become a major health epidemic in the United States, with millions of overdose deaths occurring every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that over 183,000 people died due to the overdose of prescription painkillers from 1999 to 2015. In fact, a huge percentage of people in..
Melanie, a middle-aged San Francisco single mother stared at the scratch marks on the leather couch in the living room. Her eyes were moist with tears as the bitter scenes from last night’s argument played before her eyes. “When is it going to be my face that she scratches in anger?” she wondered. Her worst..
Heroin use in the United States has skyrocketed over the last decade. With a significant rise in cases of heroin overdoses across the nation, the situation is turning from bad to worse. Recently, at least six people succumbed to heroin overdoses in Atlantic City, New Jersey (N.J.), proving that the calamity is here to stay…
New and illicit drugs keep flooding the market in the United States and they keep finding their way to people who are sometimes oblivious to their effects. Law enforcement agencies try their best to keep such drugs off the streets, but drug traffickers often devise new ways to bend the rules.
With at least 46 confirmed deaths across several American states, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has temporarily banned the synthetic drug “Pink”. Known as U-47700 in the medical community, the drug was legal in most of the U.S. states, including Arizona. With the ban on Pink, the drug will now be categorized under Schedule I..
The recent death of Prince, the music legend, sent waves of grief across the world. It was reported that he died of an accidental overdose of powerful opioid fentanyl. Apparently, he was taking medications to manage chronic pain. Inadvertently, he became the poster child of what can happen with chronic use of such medications. Ironically,..
People are often under the misconception that prescription pain relievers are safer than illicit drugs as they are prescribed by certified medical practitioners. But what they do not realize is that when people fail to follow the prescription and change the dosage or consume others’ prescription medicines, it may lead to adverse effects, such as..
Overdose of opioids and substance abuse are claiming thousands of lives annually in the United States. However, the death rate due to overdose of opioids has gone up significantly among the middle-aged white Americans over the years, a report published by The New York Times recently says.
The problems of prescription drug abuse and heroin addiction, both of which have acquired an epidemic proportion across the United States, are considered closely linked to each other. However, a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine claims that heroin addiction is rare among the abusers of opioid-based painkillers. The researchers say..