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

MORE DANGEROUS than a nuclear weapon, Fentanyl – the heroin-based prescription painkiller – could easily be the next Weapon of Mass Destruction

Opioids are the class of pain-relieving drugs made from the illegal and deadly drug heroin. Fentanyl is by far the most dangerous, but you’ve certainly heard of some other popular ones, including oxycodone (a.k.a. Oxycontin), hydrocodone (a.k.a. Vicodin), morphine and codeine. Fentanyl is so strong that just a few too many milligrams can cause a … Continue reading MORE DANGEROUS than a nuclear weapon, Fentanyl – the heroin-based prescription painkiller – could easily be the next Weapon of Mass Destruction

Doctors and Policymakers Struggle To Keep Up As Opioid Use Surges among Women

Rachael Pomerleau, 40, had taken opioids before, having had procedures like wisdom teeth removal and gallbladder surgery. But during the tumultuous two years that her children, now ages 7 and 8, were born, opioids took over her life, she told HuffPost. She was put on bed rest as a result of complications with the pregnancy of her … Continue reading Doctors and Policymakers Struggle To Keep Up As Opioid Use Surges among Women

MILLIONS of Unnecessary Opioids Prescribed by 5 Doctors

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, during a news conference on Thursday in Manhattan. He announced that five doctors had been charged with prescribing millions of pain pills to people who had no legitimate medical need for them. It was not hard to tell when the doctor … Continue reading MILLIONS of Unnecessary Opioids Prescribed by 5 Doctors