Surveys show that impaired driving is the prime cause of road rages and car crashes across the United States. Statistics suggest a considerable percentage of motorists against whom legal proceedings have been conducted earlier for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or a drug often tend to repeat their offenses. In Lake County, repeat..
In the wake of the rising opioid overdose cases, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams recently urged more people in the country to carry naloxone with them. Naloxone is an antidote that helps reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, which claims nearly 115 lives every day. The advisory was issued with the aim of encouraging..
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.” While this dialogue from William Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet” dismisses the idea of a name, marijuana businesses in California have a different opinion. When California voters approved recreational marijuana use in 2016, there was little doubt..
In an endeavor to decrease the number of emergency room visits, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) has launched a sobriety emergency response program SOBER to transport inebriated people to a skid row sober center in downtown area. The one-year pilot program has been in operation since November 2017 and has so far transported 100..
Only a fraction of patients, mandated by courts for opioid addiction treatment, receive the most recommended medications, revealed a recent study, published in the online journal Health Affairs in December 2017. It said less than one in 20 patients with opioid addiction, who were admitted to court-mandated rehab programs in the United States, got buprenorphine..
With increasing prevalence of drug and alcohol misuse among people in their 50s and older, experts are asking for desperate measures to control the problem. In an article, “Substance misuse in older people,” published in The BMJ on Aug. 22, 2017, the researchers raised concerns over alcohol abuse and growing dependence on drugs, such as..
Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug in the United States. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), about 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes every year, making the substance the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the country. Alcohol use, particularly high-risk drinking, is associated with alcohol use disorder (AUD)…
Whether it be the United States of America or any other place in another country, people often drink alcohol as a means to relax or celebrate. None of the occasions seem complete without raising a toast, be it during the holidays, night outs, weekends, sports concerts, weddings, birthday parties, prom nights, backyard barbecues, graduation ceremonies..
Ohioans are crossing the border and traveling to Michigan to buy medical marijuana. A few Detroit-based dispensaries are selling cannabis to people, who have valid recommendations to use medical marijuana, much ahead of the drug becoming available in their state. However, the recommendations are not going to save someone who gets caught in Ohio for..
The number of U.S. workers testing positive for using illicit drugs has reached a 12-year high, at 4.2 percent, since 2004, according to a recent report. The results, as released by Quest Diagnostic Inc., one of the leading workplace testing labs across the globe, were based on an analysis of more than 10 million samples..