Synthetic Drugs: Where dangers lay hidden

February 13, 2017 in drug abuse, opioids, Substance Abuse

Synthetic drugs, also called club or designer drugs, are chemical, lab-created substances that mimic natural drugs such as marijuana, cocaine or morphine. Although they are similar to cocaine, methamphetamine and cannabis, they are not derived from plants. These drugs have varied effects on the brain or behavior of users. The New York Department of Health defines synthetic drugs “with properties and effects similar to a known hallucinogen or narcotic but having a slightly altered chemical structure….” Basically, the term ‘synthetic drug’ covers a wide, ever-changing range of substances.

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 Opioid epidemic continues to grow in Wisconsin despite measures

January 30, 2017 in Addiction, drug abuse, opioids, Substance Abuse, Treatment

From “wonder drug” to life-threatening substance, opioids have crossed all boundaries to reach epidemic levels in the United States. With the problem rising alarmingly, the federal agencies are now trying to deal with it in several possible ways. In January 2017, Governor Scott Walker called a special legislative session to pass a dozen additional bills to combat opioid addiction in Wisconsin. However, social justice groups and civil rights advocates objected to the move, saying that it was not enough to address the state’s growing opioid epidemic.

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 Governor Hogan introduces tough legislations to counter Maryland’s opioid menace

January 25, 2017 in Addiction, opioids, Substance Abuse

To counter Maryland’s growing opioid addiction crisis, Governor Larry Hogan and Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford have outlined a package of anti-heroin proposals. The proposals, made on January 24, 2017, include limiting the ability of doctors to write opioid prescriptions, strict penalties for dealers who supplied deadly drugs and the creation of a new command center to coordinate authorities’ responses to the growing opioid crisis.

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 Philadelphia hospital seeks volunteer cuddlers for newborn opioid addicts

January 18, 2017 in drug abuse, Drug Addiction, opioids

As the week-old restless infant scrunched up her pale face bursting into heartrending sobs, the silver-haired volunteer intensified her embrace and hummed a lullaby. Responding to her touch in a flash, the helpless little one snuggled up blissfully in the warmth of her bosom.

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 Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week: Obama seeks Congress action for $1.1B for better drug addiction treatment

September 21, 2016 in Addiction, opioids, Treatment

Prescription drug abuse is not a new phenomenon in the United States, but the growing number of drug overdose-related deaths has prompted the Obama administration to observe the Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week from September 18 to 24.

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 Celebrities who succumbed to fatal overdose of drugs

June 03, 2016 in Blog, opioids

The news of pop icon Prince’s mysterious death in April 2016 came as a shock to his millions of fans across the world. But even more shocking was the cause of death, which became official only now with the toxicology report confirming prescription drug overdose behind his sudden demise. He thus joins the list of celebrities who conceded their lives to opioid addiction, which has taken the shape of an epidemic in the United States.

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 NFL player Eugene Monroe bats for marijuana as pain reliever for players

May 20, 2016 in Blog, opioids

The United States consumes approximately 80 percent of all the opioids sold globally. A report, titled “Estimates of Pain Prevalence and Severity in Adults: United States, 2012,” by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health estimated that nearly 50 million Americans are living with chronic pain. As pain affects Americans more than any other disorder, there has been a surge in opioid abuse cases in the country during the past decade. Approximately 300 million pain prescriptions were written by physicians in 2015 alone.

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