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White House launches campaign to combat opioid abuse
White House launches campaign to combat opioid abuse
Jun 14, 2018

A lot has been said and done about the need for spreading awareness about the dangers associated with opioid abuse and the ways it can affect one’s health. With an eye on combating the opioid epidemic, America’s largest non-profit public health organization ‘Truth Initiative’ recently launched its latest campaign titled “The Truth About Opioids” in

Parents in Missouri can hire sniffer dogs to find hidden drugs at home
Parents in Missouri can hire sniffer dogs to find hidden drugs at home
Jun 06, 2018

It’s common to see law enforcement officers using sniffer dogs to bust drug rackets. Now, worried parents and school heads in Missouri can also use trained canines to find out if their young children are doing drugs. A company in the state rents out sniffer dogs by the hour to families, schools, and offices at

‘Andy Irons: Kissed by God’: Film that explores surfer’s struggle with addiction and mental illness
‘Andy Irons: Kissed by God’: Film that explores surfer’s struggle with addiction and mental illness
Jun 06, 2018

It’s been eight years since the world lost one of the greatest pro-surfers of all times.. Known as the “People’s Champ,” 32-year old Philip Andrew Irons was found dead in a hotel room on Nov. 2, 2010. Autopsy revealed that Iron’s death was due to heart attack caused by hardening of the coronary arteries. However,

Wacky post by Ohio police offers to check meth for Zika virus
Wacky post by Ohio police offers to check meth for Zika virus
Jun 01, 2018

The Gratis Police Department (GPD) in Ohio has come up with a wacky post on social media to check the abuse of methamphetamine, which is spiraling out of control across the country. In a recent post on the GPD’s Facebook page, it offered to check for free whether one’s supply of meth is adulterated with

Bluetoothing – an addiction hotspot
Bluetoothing – an addiction hotspot
Jun 01, 2018

Addictive drugs contain chemicals that alter the way nerve cells function in our brain. Nearly all of these chemicals target the brain’s reward system. Overstimulating this system often produces a euphoric high, compelling drug users to repeat the behavior or take more drugs. However, as one continues to abuse drugs, the brain starts to produce

Reggae singer Banton’s cocaine video enrages fans
Reggae singer Banton’s cocaine video enrages fans
May 31, 2018

For years,  musicians have not only glorified cocaine in their songs but also abused it in their real lives. From Rolling Stones famed guitarist Keith Richards to much loved lead singer Kurt Cobain of the famous rock band Nirvana, the infamous association of these artists with illicit substances has never been under the wraps. The

In a first, Canadian brewing company plans to manufacture cannabis-infused beverages
In a first, Canadian brewing company plans to manufacture cannabis-infused beverages
May 29, 2018

The growing popularity of marijuana in the United States seems to have inspired brewing companies to come out with their own very own version of marijuana-infused beer. These breweries, instead of brewing alcohol-based beer, are infusing beer with marijuana in a way that it mimics the intoxicating effects of traditional beers. Black Hammer Brewing in

Stop arresting people for smoking marijuana in public, says NYC Mayor de Blasio
Stop arresting people for smoking marijuana in public, says NYC Mayor de Blasio
May 23, 2018

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has asked the New York Police Department (NYPD) to stop arresting people found smoking marijuana in public. Speaking at a conference at the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Washington, D.C., he said that the police should issue summons to those caught smoking marijuana instead of arresting them,

30 California counties file lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors
30 California counties file lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors
May 11, 2018

Any conversation regarding the opioid epidemic is incomplete without the involvement of drug manufacturers and distributors. The large-scale movement of suing pharmaceutical companies by various states has spread to California as well. Some 30 California counties, representing nearly 10.5 million people, have filed a lawsuit against 12 major pharmaceutical corporations, holding them responsible for contributing

Exhibition trains parents spot signs of substance abuse in kids’ bedrooms
Exhibition trains parents spot signs of substance abuse in kids’ bedrooms
May 10, 2018

With the intention of educating parents and helping them get familiar with their kids’ activities involving alcohol or any other form of substance abuse, Nia Inc. of Greater Richmond, a nonprofit organization, recently organized an interactive drug prevention exhibit in a mock bedroom setting. Exhibition “Hidden in Plain Sight,” organized previously in other places, was