Amid the efforts to control the stubbornly rising rate of opioid crisis in the United States, a recent study has highlighted that nearly seven out of 10 patients who have recovered from an overdose are not given any follow-up medicines to prevent a relapse. As a result, in spite of an increase in the number..
President Donald Trump has dedicated his first multi-channel public service campaign to fighting opioid misuse and addiction among teens and young adults. The campaign, which will be carried out by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the Ad Council, and the Truth Initiative, is exclusively focused on the prevention and reduction of misuse..
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..
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.
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.
Despite being banned in the United States, marijuana can still be accessed legally in most parts of the country. Thanks to the states changing their laws to allow the use of cannabis – medicinally as well as recreationally. However, in the absence of federal regulation, there is no way to determine the exact content of..
The upsurge in drug overdose deaths in the United States can be attributed to factors like over prescription and misuse and abuse of prescription opioids and illicit drugs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2016, opioids were involved in 42,249 deaths, which was five times higher than the number of..
The clamor for marijuana legalization is growing with each passing day in the United States. At present, nine US states and the District of Columbia have allowed cannabis for recreational purpose and several others are considering to join the legalization wave. However, they have ignored the need to limit the potency of the drug, which..
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..
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given a green signal to the marketing of an electrical nerve stimulator designed to alleviate symptoms of opioid withdrawal. The device, developed by an Indiana-based medical technology manufacturer, is authorized for use by patients with opioid addiction during the acute withdrawal phase.