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Can safe injection sites curb ongoing opioid crisis?
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In the wake of the opioid epidemic ravaging the United States, cities like San Francisco, Seattle, Denver and New York City are considering to allow supervised injection facility (SIF) for people with addiction to heroin and other opioids. Such safe sites would cater exclusively to individuals hooked on heroin or opioids, providing them with a […]

US Postal Service collaborates with other agencies to fight opioid crisis
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In the past 20 years, opioid abuse has spread like wildfire across the length and breadth of the United States without a definite end in sight. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of overdose deaths involving opioids, including prescription drugs and heroin, has quadrupled since 1999. The CDC data […]

Highlights 2017: Tracing Trump administration’s key 2017 health care policy announcements
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The year 2017 was a tumultuous year with regard to health care reforms in the United States. In July 2017, the seven-year Republican endeavor to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) failed in the Senate due to lack of a suitable replacement. Many termed this effort a “skinny repeal.” After numerous failed attempts, in September […]

Researchers explore drug therapy to overcome meth addiction
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Methamphetamine or meth, a Schedule II drug, is associated with a high degree of physiological and psychological dependence. Considering its highly addictive properties, researchers across the globe are striving hard to find ways to overcome its addiction. One such study looked into the impact of medications like Prozac in progressively decreasing the reward effects of […]

Couple arrested for using drone to sell fentanyl and meth
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Drug dealers are turning to new and ingenious means for selling their contraband – catapults, narcotic-submarines and banana containers. Lately, drones have emerged as an excellent means of selling drugs to customers. They are handy and can be remotely controlled to deliver drugs to the destination. A Riverside couple, Benjamin Paul Baldassarre (39) and his […]

Posted in Dual Diagnosis, Mental Health, Substance Abuse - 0 Comments

It is never easy to deal with a serious mental disorder or an addiction. Imagine the plight of a person struggling with both, most likely unaware of at least one of these problems. It is, therefore, always challenging to treat patients suffering from dual diagnosis – the condition which involves concurrent symptoms of a mental […]

Prescription drug abuse among seniors is invisible epidemic in US
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Developing an addiction to a prescription medication with the passage of time is not something unheard of. But, the effects of such an addiction on Americans over the age of 65 can outweigh the impact of any drug dependence widespread among younger adults. Experts say that the likelihood of an elderly succumbing to the adverse […]

DEA busts San Fernando Valley-based heroin ring making $250,000 each week
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After a series of raids across several counties in California, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Dec. 13, 2017, busted a multi-million dollar heroin ring that operated out of the San Fernando Valley, earning nearly $250,000 a week. According to authorities, the ring was highly sophisticated and functioned like a pizza delivery business, distributing packages […]

Stop marketing snortable chocolate Coco Loko, it is an alternative to illegal street drugs, FDA tells manufacturer
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FDA denies snortable chocolate Coco Loko as In a bid to curb drug abuse and control rising addiction rates, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently warned Orlando-based Legal Lean to discontinue marketing snortable chocolate Coco Loko, saying it is an illegal alternative to street drugs which is endangering public health. The snortable chocolate powder […]

Baja California girl hospitalized after consuming meth-laced soft drink
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Within hours of lifting a ban on the consumption of 7Up in Mexico’s Baja California, a 16-year-old girl ended up in a Mexicali hospital when she reported ill after drinking Manzanita Sol, which she had purchased from her neighborhood convenience store. According to media reports, the girl sensed a strange flavor and immediately fell sick. […]