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Gray Death: The Latest and Deadliest of Heroin Cocktails

The crisis of opioid addiction in the United States is an ever-evolving tragedy. Healthcare professionals, state and federal legislatures and law enforcement have so far been unable to stop or contain the spread of opioids and heroin spiked with even more powerful and deadly drugs. In fact, it’s become increasingly difficult for scientists to keep […]

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Drugged Driving Fatalities Surpass DUI Deaths for the First Time

New data released in April finds that drivers killed in car accidents were more likely to test positive for drugs than alcohol for the first time in U.S. history. According to the study conducted by the Governors Highway Safety Association in partnership with the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, 43 percent of drivers in 2015 […]

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Will California’s AB 186 Create Safe Spaces to Use Heroin and Opioids?

Like other states in the U.S., California has seen a spike in overdoses as a result of heroin and prescription painkillers. While the news cycle appears to have moved away from the country’s opioid epidemic, the problem persists. In 2015, an estimated 33,000 people fatally overdosed on heroin or opioid medication, according to the Centers […]

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The Migration of Addiction Treatment Centers to California

California is known for many things: the beaches, movie stars, Hollywood, and outstanding weather, just to name a few. It’s also home to a large number of addiction treatment centers, with many of them located in and around Malibu. But why are so many drugs rehab centers in Los Angeles? To answer that, we need […]

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Criminalizing Drug Overdoses For Inducing Panic? Really?

Nestled between Columbus and Cincinnati, Washington Court House, Ohio, a town with little more than 14,000 residents at last count, is now charging drug overdose survivors with “inducing panic.” The misdemeanor, which can result in a $1,000 fine and up to 180 days in jail, is levied immediately after first responders save a victim’s life, […]

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E-Cigarette Dripping Causes Toxic Emissions for Teenagers

The sale of cigarettes is in a steady decline. However, that doesn’t mean teenagers and adults aren’t getting their nicotine fix. E-cigarettes, which use battery-heated coils to turn liquid into vapor, are an $8 billion market, reports Bloomberg, and almost half of worldwide sales – 43 percent – are in the United States. A potentially […]

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Cocaine-Related Overdose Deaths Have a Dangerous National Spike

Cocaine is making a comeback and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fatal overdose deaths linked to the drug have surged. Derived from the coca plant, use of the addictive stimulant had seen a steady decrease in the past decade. The crisis of opioid addiction though is fueling an increase in […]

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Why are Seniors and the Elderly at Risk for Medication Problems?

Aging is not for the faint of heart, as the saying goes, and many elderly Americans find that growing old gracefully means sticking to a schedule of prescription medications. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that adults 65 and older make up 13 percent of the population, but adds that this demographic “accounts for […]

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Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome is Marijuana Induced Sickness

Laws permitting some type of marijuana use have been on the books since 1996, when California first legalized the sale and consumption of medicinal pot. Today more than 25 states allow for medicinal marijuana and among those, eight have legalized recreational marijuana. Generally speaking, advocates have argued marijuana use came with little to no negative […]

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Monitoring the Future Survey: Declining Rates of Teen Drug Abuse

The 2016 numbers are in and research shows yet another year of declining drug and alcohol abuse among eighth, 10th and 12th grade students. The caveat is marijuana use in these demographics, which spiked in 2015, has remained relatively stable. “Clearly our public health prevention efforts, as well as policy changes to reduce availability, are […]

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