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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Over-the-counter painkillers are as good as prescription opioids, claims study

A combination of two non-addictive over-the-counter (OTC) drugs is equally effective as a trio of opioid medications for treating patients complaining of acute pain in an emergency department (ED), reveals a recent study. According to the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in November, 2017, ED patients with severe pain..

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Three students of Madison, Connecticut won the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) Operation Prevention Video Challenge. Organized by DEA Educational Foundation and Discovery Education, facilitator of digital content and professional expansion for K-12 classrooms, the competition invited teens to submit a video of 30-60 seconds urging their peers to rethink about using opioids. The three teens..

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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..

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Testosterone plays a critical function in the regulation of adult male reproductive functions, sexual activity, fat metabolism, bone function, strength and muscle mass. As men age, testosterone levels begin falling, especially after they turn 30. This often results in a decrease in energy levels and muscle strength, mood fluctuations, increased osteoporosis, decline in cognitive functions..

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Pot users got an adrenalin rush recently when the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) website declared that medical marijuana was now permitted inside the plane in the passenger’s carry-on and checked luggage. The social media went into a frenzy when the website’s “What can I bring” page showed a green “Yes” for medical marijuana. However, shortly..

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The Milwaukee County, which was already witnessing a menace of synthetic opiate fentanyl had its first brush with carfentanil recently, a much deadlier drug used to tranquilize elephants. Carfentanil, which is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl, has been found to be responsible for as many as three..

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Rapid escalation in medical marijuana sales in Detroit prompted the authorities to introduce an interactive map that will help track the presence of almost 300 medical marijuana centers across the city. The color-coded map displays dispensaries that are presently operating, ones that are in the process of being permitted, and those that have been shut..

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