Benzodiazepines and Opioids

More than 30 percent of overdoses involving opioids also involve benzodiazepines, a type of prescription sedative commonly prescribed for anxiety or to help with insomnia. Benzodiazepines (sometimes called "benzos") work to calm or sedate a person, by raising the level of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA in the brain. Common benzodiazepines include diazepam (Valium), alprazolam (Xanax), … Continue reading Benzodiazepines and Opioids

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The Basic Bare Bones Facts About Opioids & Abuse – From the CDC

Prescription Opioids Side Effects In addition to the serious risks of addiction, abuse, and overdose, the use of prescription opioids can have a number of side effects, even when taken as directed: Tolerance—meaning you might need to take more of the medication for the same pain relief Physical dependence—meaning you have symptoms of withdrawal when … Continue reading The Basic Bare Bones Facts About Opioids & Abuse – From the CDC

‘CRISIS’: Surge in Cocaine Mixed with Fentanyl has Communities and Law Enforcement on Edge

FACT:  Before you read the article below, I want to tell you that Fentanyl deaths have increased 100% (one thousand percent) over 6 years!  ◊NationalAddictionNews.com The fear was the worst part for Ryan Fowler. The New Hampshire native spent 10 years addicted to heroin, which has been increasingly mixed with the synthetic opioid fentanyl to … Continue reading ‘CRISIS’: Surge in Cocaine Mixed with Fentanyl has Communities and Law Enforcement on Edge

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