Cold Weather Increases the Risk of Fatal Opioid Overdoses

A new study finds that cold weather snaps are followed by a marked increase in fatal opioid overdoses. A research team led by Brandon Marshall, an associate professor of epidemiology at Brown University's School of Public Health, found a 25 percent increase in fatal opioid overdoses after periods of freezing temperatures compared to days with … Continue reading Cold Weather Increases the Risk of Fatal Opioid Overdoses

Case Against Ohio Doctor Charged with Killing 25 Patients May Hinge on Former Colleagues

One of the largest murder cases in Ohio history, involving a doctor accused of killing 25 patients, will hinge on his colleagues' cooperation and what they can offer up at trial, legal experts say. And what those former co-workers reveal may help shed light on something that has so far eluded investigators: a motive. A … Continue reading Case Against Ohio Doctor Charged with Killing 25 Patients May Hinge on Former Colleagues

Amid America’s Opioid Crisis, Deaths from Stimulants (ie: ADD & ADHD drugs) are Steadily Rising

Headlines about America's drug crisis have long centered on opioids such as heroin and fentanyl. But a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paints a more complicated picture of the drug crisis. Overdose deaths involving cocaine and psychostimulants such as methamphetamines, MDMA, methylphenidate (commonly sold as Ritalin) and caffeine have also been … Continue reading Amid America’s Opioid Crisis, Deaths from Stimulants (ie: ADD & ADHD drugs) are Steadily Rising

Mom Accused of Doing Drugs, Passing Out in Front of Kids in McDonald’s Bathroom

CHARLESTON, W.Va.—Authorities say a West Virginia mom who passed out in a McDonald’s bathroom after doing drugs in front of her kids has been charged with child neglect. 32-year-old Sarah Parker is facing charges of child neglect resulting in injury after the incident on Saturday. The station cites police and says Parker snorted the drugs … Continue reading Mom Accused of Doing Drugs, Passing Out in Front of Kids in McDonald’s Bathroom

FOR DOCTORS & THOSE OF YOU TRYING TO GET OFF OPIOIDS BY YOURSELF: You can INCREASE Your Chance of Accidental OVERDOSE!

While tapering patients taking prescription opioids off of the medication is associated with a lower risk of overdose if the patient stops taking the drug, it can also lead to increased risks of overdose if it leads to the patient switching up dosages, according to a new JAMA study. Why it matters: This is yet another obstacle to solving … Continue reading FOR DOCTORS & THOSE OF YOU TRYING TO GET OFF OPIOIDS BY YOURSELF: You can INCREASE Your Chance of Accidental OVERDOSE!

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