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California sees threefold surge in fentanyl-related overdose deaths in 2017
05-28-18 Category: Opioid

Fentanyl, one of the deadliest synthetic opioids on the planet, claimed a record number of lives in California in 2017. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reported 746 overdose deaths involving fentanyl in 2017, the highest since authorities began monitoring fentanyl-related deaths in 2008. The last year figure was over a threefold surge from […]

Right to try bill reaches President’s desk; new hope for terminally ill
05-28-18 Category: Addiction

The “Right to try” bill, which aspires to provide terminally ill patients the access to potentially life-saving treatment options and/or experimental drugs, years before they are available in the market, is now at President Donald Trump’s desk. The bill was passed with a 250-169 vote on May 22, 2018 by the Congress. Each year, over […]

On hearing the term substance abuse, one is usually reminded of alcohol, illicit drugs or prescription opioid abuse. However, the spectrum of substance abuse is not so limited. Surprisingly, the abuse of household inhalants like toilet cleaners, hair spray, paint thinner, gasoline, glue and others also falls under the ambit of substance abuse. And sadly, […]

NIH halts study on benefits of moderate drinking after concerns raised over industry involvement
05-23-18 Category: Alcohol, Alcohol Abuse, Alcohol Addiction

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently halted the study looking into the health benefits of moderate drinking after reports emerged that its employees sought funding from the alcohol industry. On May 17, 2018, NIH Director Francis Collins said that the proposed study was suspended, citing the need to investigate the source of funding. “This […]

Rewarding effects of cocaine and heroin are guided by environmental influences
05-22-18 Category: Drug Abuse

It has been found that the rewarding effects of addictive drugs mostly depend on shared substrates. And more often than not, it’s the environment in which a drug is consumed that happens to influence the rewarding effects. A recent study, published in the JNeurosci in May 2018, came out with an interesting observation that drug […]

California State University in dire need of mental health counsellors
05-10-18 Category: Mental Health

There is no denying the fact that mental health disorders have become a burgeoning problem in the United States. And it’s not just the elderly who are getting affected, even youngsters in their prime are increasingly facing the brunt of various mental issues. Students of various university campuses have the advantage of seeking help from […]

K2 can produce a variety of dangerous effects, say ER doctors
05-09-18 Category: Substance Abuse

“I could neither eat nor sleep. I shed 50 pounds in a span of two months; never in my life did I weigh less than 180, and I reached 150,” said 25-year-old Carlos Rodriguez (name changed) of Orange County. “In a week, I felt dreadful and sick. I went into depression and couldn’t sleep. It […]

Washington family evacuates new home on discovering it to be contaminated with meth
05-08-18 Category: Addiction

Ten days after moving into a new home, a Washington state family with three young children was forced to vacate the home as the house was found to be contaminated with serious levels of crystal methamphetamine. Jason and Amanda Gates had been living in the Maple Valley for the past two years and loved it […]

Alternative treatment options may help reduce long-term opioid use, says study
05-03-18 Category: Addiction

In order to rein in the opioid crisis, experts believe it is the duty of physicians, pharmacist and patients to collectively identify and prevent the misuse of prescription painkillers. Now, a new study that analyzed the rate at which opioids were prescribed at 176 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals and clinics nationwide has […]

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