Doctors are well aware of the fact that patients taking a combination of benzodiazepines and buprenorphine are at an increased risk of overdose and death, but still more than half of them prescribe this combination, according to a study presented at the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) 49th Annual Conference in April 2018. The..
At a time when the nation is struggling to combat the drug crisis, the increasing cost of providing health care seems to be adding fuel to the fire. A recent study by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation revealed that the amount spent by employers for opioid addiction and overdoses care has soared in the last..
Around 12 years ago, the Combat Methamphetamine Act passed by Congress limited the sales of pseudoephedrine (the decongestant present in drugstore products like Sudafed which is used to make meth) to 7.5 grams per customer in a 30-day period. In addition to this, it also made it mandatory for pharmacies to track sales. Although meth..
Anxiety and depression are debilitating mental disorders, but they cannot prevent people from scaling new heights and making a mark in their life and career. One such example is frontman and songwriter Adam Granduciel of American indie rock band The War on Drugs. The band’s full-length album, A Deeper Understanding, released in 2017, recently won..
After a reported spike in Lysergic acid diethylamide or LSD-related cases in Georgia last year, it seems the hallucinogenic is making a comeback in 2018. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), the state has witnessed a spike in LSD cases from 21 in 2014 to 137 in 2017. Though the year has just..
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the marketing of the first mobile application to help treat substance use disorder (SUD). On Sept. 14, 2017, the FDA permitted the use of the app, called Reset, to treat SUDs involving alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and stimulants after a 12-week clinical trial conducted on 399 patients…
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..
During the crack epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s, cocaine use peaked in the U.S., however, its use has declined in the last decade. Nonetheless, after cannabis, it is the most famous illicit recreational drug in the nation. In 2015, nearly 2 million Americans aged 12 years or older were current users of cocaine, including..
Insys Therapeutics, a pharma company that has been actively supporting anti-marijuana campaigns in the past has recently received an approval from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for the production of a synthetic marijuana drug, Syndros.