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..
Facebook needs to “do a better job policing on our service,” admitted CEO Mark Zuckerberg as he appeared before the Congress on April 11, 2018 in the wake of the recently exposed Cambridge Analytica data scandal, in which the social media giant allowed the data firm to access personal information of its 87 million users.
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…
The practice of mixing drugs with other kinds of drugs or alcohol and prescription painkillers is not new. Overdose cases involving heroin laced with fentanyl have significantly gone up in the United States in the past few years. To add to the problem is the new trend of increasing the potency of drugs by mixing..
The recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report shows a 70 percent rise in the number of emergency department (ED) visits due to opioid overdose in the Midwest region of the United States between July 2016 and September 2017. Some of the most affected states were Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri,..
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..
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..
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..
As dusk descends on the Florence-Firestone neighborhood in South Los Angeles, a heavily tattooed and stocky African-American man steps out of his low-rider car and heads straight to Pizzeria Siciliana (name changed), a pizza joint, few blocks away from the town center. Ritchie (name changed), 23, one of the most feared members of the infamous..
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..