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Drug overdose death rate in US teens jumps 19% in a year, reports CDC
Drug overdose death rate in US teens jumps 19% in a year, reports CDC
Aug 18, 2017

Latest statistics from a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics revealed a 19 percent surge in drug overdose deaths among American teens aged between 15 and 19 years. The rise was observed after a 26 percent decline in teen overdose deaths from 2007 to 2014. The

New Jersey teen died due to fentanyl and heroin overdose
New Jersey teen died due to fentanyl and heroin overdose
Aug 17, 2017

In another macabre incident involving opioid overdose, a 13-year-old boy from Middle Township, New Jersey, died in June this year due to an overdose of a mixture of fentanyl and heroin, indicated the toxicology report released in August 2017. Authorities said that the boy, Vincent Weiner (13), died at his mother’s home in Middle Township

DEA, Justice Department at loggerheads over marijuana research
DEA, Justice Department at loggerheads over marijuana research
Aug 16, 2017

The disagreement between the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Trump administration over the issue of marijuana research continues to grow, with the Attorney General Jeff Sessions-led Department of Justice (DOJ) preventing the anti-drug agency from taking action on over two dozen applications to grow cannabis for study purposes, The Washington Post reported.

3 nurses treated for fentanyl exposure in Ohio hospital
3 nurses treated for fentanyl exposure in Ohio hospital
Aug 14, 2017

Three nurses at Massillon’s Affinity Medical Center in Ohio were treated with an overdose reversal drug on Aug. 7, 2017, after they were exposed to suspected fentanyl, police said. Media reports suggested that they were cleaning a room used to treat an overdose patient. The nurses are reported to have recovered after being administered Narcan,

Secret supervised injection site operating in US for three years, says study
Secret supervised injection site operating in US for three years, says study
Aug 14, 2017

Most people may not know about places that allow individuals with an addiction to inject drugs under the supervision of trained staff. Called supervised injection sites (SISs), these places have two main objectives: safeguarding the people who inject drugs against potential risks and controlling nuisance in public spaces. These sites are aimed at offering a

Opioid crisis is a national emergency, says Trump
Opioid crisis is a national emergency, says Trump
Aug 11, 2017

Keeping his promise to weed out the opioid crisis, President Donald Trump on Aug. 10, 2017, declared it a national emergency, saying the epidemic is a “serious problem the likes of which we have never had.” Trump’s surprise announcement came just over a week after a White House panel had urged the president to declare

Treasury takes punitive action against Mexican Drug Lord Raul Flores Hernandez
Treasury takes punitive action against Mexican Drug Lord Raul Flores Hernandez
Aug 11, 2017

On August 9, 2017, in their joint effort to intensify the war on drugs, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) along with the Mexican and U.S. law enforcement agencies, declared Raul Flores Hernandez and the Flores drug trafficking organization (DTO) as “significant foreign narcotics traffickers” in accordance with the

Physicians received $46 million from drug companies for pushing opioids, reveals study
Physicians received $46 million from drug companies for pushing opioids, reveals study
Aug 10, 2017

Doctors receiving money from pharmaceutical companies for prescribing their medications is a common practice in health care industry. Now, a new study published online in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) on Aug. 8, 2017, further shows the nexus between medical practitioners and drug manufacturers. According to the study, one in 12 physicians received

Is alcohol use turning into another public health crisis in U.S.?
Is alcohol use turning into another public health crisis in U.S.?
Aug 10, 2017

With significant attention being given to America’s opioid epidemic and the legalization of marijuana, experts are worried about another looming public health crisis. A study conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), over 11 years has found a significant increase in alcohol consumption and abuse among Americans. Findings of the study,

US says no to emergency over opioid crisis
US says no to emergency over opioid crisis
Aug 09, 2017

The Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has put to rest speculations about declaring an emergency over the opioid crisis in the United States. On Aug. 8, 2017, Price said that President Donald Trump was not considering any such declaration in the near future. The announcement by the Trump administration has come a week