According to news outlet Task & Purpose, an internal DHS memo proposes classifying Fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction

The Department of Homeland Security may be considering classifying fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction, or WMD. News outlet Task & Purpose reportedly obtained an internal memo from the agency's WMD office that outlines how the government could designate the drug as a potential "mass casualty weapon." According to the February proposal, fentanyl's "high toxicity … Continue reading According to news outlet Task & Purpose, an internal DHS memo proposes classifying Fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction

Meet the ‘Hillbilly Lawyer’ Fighting to Take Down Big Pharma

Inside the massive lawsuit that seeks to assign blame — and financial penalties — for the opioid epidemic. Paul Farrell paced the courtroom as lawyers filed into place: plaintiffs on the left, defendants to the right, briefcases down, folders out. Outside the chambers, Lake Erie glistened through the floor-to-ceiling windows lining the marble hallway of the Carl B. Stokes … Continue reading Meet the ‘Hillbilly Lawyer’ Fighting to Take Down Big Pharma

Are You Jumping from the Fire Of Opioids into the Frying Pan of Kratom? BEWARE!

Mitragyna Speciosa, also known as Kratom, is a large tree in the Rubiaceae family native to Southeast Asia. It is said that Kratom affects the human brain similarly to an opiate, although there is no conclusive clinical data proving how the alkaloids work in relation to the human brain. But that certainly hasn’t stopped people from … Continue reading Are You Jumping from the Fire Of Opioids into the Frying Pan of Kratom? BEWARE!

DUE TO THC IN MARIJUANA, LEARN ABOUT WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF AN OVERDOSE. YES, PEOPLE ARE OVERDOSING MORE & MORE FROM MARIJUANA

Is it possible to overdose on weed? The answer is yes. Despite being considered legal for both recreational and medical use in many U.S. states and other countries, weed is a potentially addictive product that can still have devastating effects if not consumed in moderation. Marijuana overdose is largely a product of poor self-regulation and … Continue reading DUE TO THC IN MARIJUANA, LEARN ABOUT WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF AN OVERDOSE. YES, PEOPLE ARE OVERDOSING MORE & MORE FROM MARIJUANA

Fighting drugs with drugs – what could go possibly go wrong? Opioid overdose antidote now sold over the counter

Overdose antidotes, now being sold without prescription, may turn out to be more harmful than people realize. With more than 8,000 pharmacies across the U.S., Walgreens will soon be carrying an overdose antidote. This concoction will be sold to anyone without the need for prescription or indication from a medical professional. The drug, Narcan (naloxone hydrochloride), claims to … Continue reading Fighting drugs with drugs – what could go possibly go wrong? Opioid overdose antidote now sold over the counter

Heroin Users Aware of Fentanyl, but at High Risk of Overdosing

Most heroin users in Baltimore, a city heavily affected by the opioid epidemic, recognize that the heroin they buy is now almost always laced with the highly dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl, according to a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. At the same time, the researchers found … Continue reading Heroin Users Aware of Fentanyl, but at High Risk of Overdosing

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OPIOID ADDICTION

Many people use opioids to treat chronic pain. However, when they overuse the drugs, they can become addicted to it. But it is not always easy to tell if someone you know has an addiction to opioids. Recently, researchers from the University of Michigan suggest 11 signs of opioid addiction everyone should know: Taking a … Continue reading WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OPIOID ADDICTION

After his first overdose, my husband promised it wouldn’t happen again. I believed him

The first time I saved my husband’s life, his face was the color of saturated denim. I found him curled on the floor, body fighting itself. Limbs constricted, shoulders twitching, he snorted desperately as his lungs gasped for oxygen. I yelled his name, shook his arm, slapped his face. The sputtering sound came less often, … Continue reading After his first overdose, my husband promised it wouldn’t happen again. I believed him

When heroin kills, the appeal grows — and policing the drug becomes harder

At the retail end of the global heroin trade, local heroin rings repackage pounds of the drug into single-serve doses and push the product to its final destination: the user. From there, the next stop is often a hospital emergency room or a morgue, as an epidemic of heroin-related overdoses and deaths continues its creep … Continue reading When heroin kills, the appeal grows — and policing the drug becomes harder

These states have been hit the hardest by America’s opioid epidemic

While there's early evidence that the explosive rate of opioid deaths has started to slow, opioids killed more than 49,000 people in the United States in 2017, according to preliminary data. A new study reveals which part of the country has been affected the most by the ongoing epidemic.   In a study of opioid deaths … Continue reading These states have been hit the hardest by America’s opioid epidemic