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..
In its March 2010 volume, the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse published a study on adolescent drug dealing among white and black youths. The study found white youths who deal drugs are likely to be drug users whereas black youths who deal are principally motivated by financial gain.
A study by the Mayo Clinic and Olmstead Medical Center found 70 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug. Twenty percent of patients take five or more prescription meds. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of people taking at least one prescription drug doubled between 2007 and 2010. According..
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—CDC—produces a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The July 4, 2014 report detailed the plunge in Florida’s prescription drug overdose rate between 2010 and 2012. According to the report, prescription drug deaths decreased about 23 percent. Overdose deaths from oxycodone decreased more than 50 percent. The CDC attributes the..
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 10 to 30 percent of all prescription drugs sold in developing countries are counterfeit. According to Motherboard.com, manufacturing counterfeit drugs is cheap and easy, provided the counterfeiters can obtain the ingredients. Pfizer, the maker of Viagra—the most counterfeited prescription drug in the world—filed its patent for the..
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—CDC, prescription drug abuse in the U.S. has reached epidemic proportions. Across the country, more and more states are reporting increases in crime directly traceable to prescription drug use.
Jaroslav Flegr is an evolutionary biologist at Charles University in Prague. Flegr proposed in the 90s that Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite excreted by cats, was responsible for a host of mental disorders, including schizophrenia. In a 2012 article in the Atlantic, Flegr points to cases in nature where microorganisms are responsible for altering the behavior..
As mentioned in part one of this series: there is no scientific evidence to support claims that vaccines for measles, mumps or rubella cause autism; nor is there any evidence vaccines cause neurological damage. But this has not dissuaded some individuals and groups from claiming there is a link. Earlier in 2015, Rand Paul, the..
One of the most contentious public health issues of the past two decades has been the alleged link between vaccines and the increase in the number of cases of autism. According to a 2014 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention— CDC — report, one in 68 children in the U.S. has an autism spectrum disorder—ASD…
In a 2013 article published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, Lisa Merlo, a researcher at the University of Florida’s Center for Addiction Research and Education, interviewed 55 physicians being monitored by their state physician health programs for alcohol and drug abuse. Of the 55, 38 abused prescription drugs. According to Merlo, most of the..