American Dental Association announces new policy to combat opioid epidemic

Looking at the worsening opioid crisis that continues to affect millions of Americans, the American Dental Association (ADA) has announced a new policy for prescribing opioids with respect to prescription limits and continuing education. ADA president Joseph P. Crowley has urged the dentists across the nation to make sincere efforts in combating the opioid epidemic…

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Disciplinary action against 9 midshipmen of US Naval Academy for alleged drug use and failure to report

The U.S. Naval Academy recently announced initiation of a disciplinary action against nine midshipmen for alleged drug use, according to a spokesman of the Academy. Five men are held responsible for using illegal drugs like ecstasy, ketamine, mushrooms or cocaine within the Academy, while the remaining four have been held responsible for not reporting the..

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Debate over Alabama’s new fentanyl trafficking bill proposing tough mandatory minimum sentences

In January 2018, the Alabama Senate voted unanimously to pass a bill proposing tougher penalties for the distribution and trafficking of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 100 times more powerful than morphine. The bill prescribed strict mandatory minimum sentences based on the weight of the drug. In a public hearing before the House Health Committee on..

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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..

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Certain drugs are prescribed for their therapeutic effect, but not all drugs have medicinal properties. The drugs that are prescribed in moderation for treatment of physiological and psychological disorders can wreak havoc if abused for prolonged periods. Moreover, there are some drugs that are counterfeits of prescription drugs or are made after mixing chemical properties..

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