A former high school football player from Texas, who became a Mexican drug lord, has been sentenced to more than 49 years in prison on cocaine trafficking and money laundering charges. A federal judge in Atlanta on June 11, 2018, also slapped a fine of $192 million on 44-year-old Edgar Valdez-Villarreal alias “La Barbie.” In..
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There has been a dramatic increase in the number of deaths caused due to driving under the influence of drugs, according to a new report by Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released last week. The study, an effort to examine how drugs increase the chance of accidents, also found that a majority of the fatally..
Researchers have found an association between alcohol, heart health and a gene known as titin. According to a study published recently in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, faulty variations of titin could react with alcohol to induce rapid heart failure in patients who carry the gene, even if they consume alcohol in..
In a historic move, Pennsylvania became the first state in the United States to add opioid addiction on the list of qualifying conditions to be treated with medical marijuana along with three other conditions – neurodegenerative diseases, terminal illness, and dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders.
To help experts better understand the link between alcohol use disorder and lung diseases, a recent study by the Loyola University Health System has suggested that alcohol use by a patient prior to a lung transplant can extend his/her stay in the hospital and time on ventilator compared to patients who abstained from alcohol before..
The legalization of cannabis use in many states across the United States has deepened the belief about the drug being harmless. This has caused many parents to use pot in the presence of their kids, increasing the risk of exposing the children to secondhand marijuana smoke. A group of researchers at the Columbia University’s Mailman..
At a time, when the sale of illegal prescription drugs in the United States has gone through the ceiling, Walmart has decided to revisit its opioid policy and make novel changes to it. Early this week, the retail giant announced that it would make its opioid policy stricter by enforcing a limit on filling opioid..
Amid growing concerns over an increasing number of teenagers and young adults getting addicted to drugs, a high school in New Zealand has distributed pamphlets to students that carries step-by-step instructions to use methamphetamine “discreetly.” However, the initiative has stirred an outrage among the parents of the students.
Cocaine abuse is one of the predominant reasons for the rise in the number of emergency room (ER) visits and overdose deaths. The impact of cocaine addiction is primarily felt on the natural reward circuits of the brain, making it difficult for the user to quit the habit. In order to manage cocaine withdrawal symptoms..
To assist health care providers, doctors and community organizations working toward combating the opioid menace, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton announced fresh guidelines on April 26, 2018, to monitor patients using painkillers. Dayton also urged the state legislature to do more toward achieving this goal. He also earmarked $700,000 as grants to eight communities in Minnesota.