Topic: drug overdose

Fentanyl And Heroin Drive Virginia’s Death Toll From Drug Overdoses

Virginia’s soaring drug overdose deaths have a high opioid addiction factor. The state department health officials have assessed that a substantial number of deaths are linked to synthetic opioids like heroin and prescription fentanyl.

Public Health April 17, 2017

Oxymorphone Hydrochloride: Opioid Painkiller OPANA ER Has More Risks Than Benefits, Says FDA Panel

A panel of experts from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirms safety suspicions against oxymorphone hydrochloride, otherwise known as OPANA ER, which is a prescription opioid by Endo International Plc.

Medicine March 17, 2017

Drug Overdose Deaths Plague West Virginia, Deplete State Funding For Indigent Burials

Fatal drug overdoses in West Virginia have kept increasing and are nearly three times the national average. They are taking their toll on the state burial assistance program, which is facing a looming budget deficit.

Public Health March 8, 2017

1 In 4 Drug Overdoses In The US Is Related To Heroin

Latest figures from the CDC showed that 25 percent of drug overdoses in the U.S. are related to heroin. What's behind the rising use of this opioid drug in the country?

Public Health February 26, 2017

Drug Overdose Deaths On The Rise In US, Mortality Rate Rose Twice Since 1999

A new report has been released by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report suggests that the U.S. has seen a tremendous increase in the death rates due to drug overdose since 1999.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 25, 2017

Drug Overdose Cases On The Rise In Louisville, 52 Cases Reported Within 32 Hours

Louisville recently reported 52 drug cases in 32 hours, throwing the state in frenzy. The overdoses were caused due to consumption of heroin and synthetic opioid fentanyl.

Public Health February 15, 2017

Addressing The Opioid Crisis: Seattle, King County Focus On Harm Reduction, Approve Creation Of Safe Injection Sites

Seattle and King County officials will soon open safe injection sites for illicit drug users, in the hopes of putting an end to the growing incidence of deaths from drug overdoses.

Public Health January 30, 2017

Synthetic Drug 85 Times More Potent Than Marijuana Caused 'Zombie' Outbreak In New York

Researchers have identified the synthetic drug that caused several New Yorkers to enter a 'zombielike' state in July as AMB-FUBINACA. Originally developed by Pfizer, its patent was likely used by illegal drug labs to produce a new drug compound.

Public Health December 17, 2016

Addiction Is A Chronic Illness: US Surgeon General Report

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said that addiction should not be treated as a character flaw. He said that substance abuse should be viewed and approached as a chronic illness such as cancer and heart disease.

Public Health November 17, 2016

Police Release Video Of Mom Who Overdosed Beside 2-Year-Old In Dollar Store

A woman overdosed at a dollar store, much to the distress of her 2-year-old daughter, who tried her best to revive her mother. Police released a video of the incident to shed light on the opioid crisis sweeping the nation.

Public Health September 26, 2016

Graphic Photos Of Overdosed Adults With Child In Car Put Ohio Heroin Epidemic In Spotlight

Graphic photos of a couple high in heroin lying unconscious in an SUV were posted on East Liverpool City’s Facebook page. A grim-faced child aged 4 was seen sitting at the back restrained in the car seat.

Public Health September 11, 2016

Police Respond To 26 Heroin Overdose Cases In 4 Hours In West Virginia

Emergency workers in West Virginia responded to 26 cases of heroin overdose in just four hours on Monday, Aug. 15. Officials said the victims used a heroin variant that was laced with a particularly potent yet still unidentified substance.

Public Health August 17, 2016

Ex-Prisoners Face Higher Risks Of Opioid Overdose Death

Ex-prisoners face higher risks of overdose-related deaths, particularly from opioids, in the period immediately following their release. Findings suggest there is a great need for human intervention including the improved access to naloxone, which blocks the effects of opioid drugs.

Medicine July 9, 2016

Car Crashes No Longer The Leading Cause Of Accidental Deaths In The US

Vehicular accidents are no longer the number one cause of accidental deaths in the United States. Instead, a growing number of Americans die unintentionally because of drug overdoses.

Medicine June 12, 2016

Incorrect Dosage Turns Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Into A Killer

Drug dosing errors led to at least seven methotrexate overdose deaths in Australia – and the numbers are increasing, according to new research. Learn how this rheumatoid arthritis drug can turn into a killer.

Medicine June 6, 2016

What Is Fentanyl? Accidental Overdose Of This Drug Killed Prince

Authorities have concluded that Prince died of fentanyl overdose. The opioid is a potent painkiller that is said to be deadly even in small doses.

Public Health June 3, 2016

Side Effects Of Common Antibiotics Outweigh Benefits In Some Infections

Antibiotic dependence and overuse are becoming huge problems, and the situation is getting worse. The FDA said the side effects of common antibiotics outweigh the benefits in some infections.

Medicine May 14, 2016

Police Seize Illicit Drug 100 Times More Deadly Than Fentanyl

The Canadian Police has seized 4 kilograms of W-18 powder, a new illicit drug that is 100 times more deadly than fentanyl and 10,000 times more potent that morphine. Health experts warn the general public about the emergence of this new fatal drug.

LIFE April 21, 2016

Mother's Eulogy For Daughter Who Died Of Heroin Overdose Moves Hearts, Goes Viral

A mother's eulogy for daughter who died due to heroin overdose went viral. The mother posted the entire message on Facebook and tugged many heartstrings even after the wake was over.

Society April 15, 2016

California Lawmaker Calls For Supervised Use Of Heroin To Curb Overdoses

Democratic assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman filed a bill pushing for the establishment of legal drug injection sites to curb the growing heroin and drug overdose problem. How did law enforcers receive this proposal for supervised drug use?

LIFE April 8, 2016

California Senate Committee Backs Stiffer Penalties For Drug Traffickers Selling Fentanyl Opioid

A Senate committee in California unanimously approved the first step to stiffen penalties for major drug traffickers selling fentanyl. The potentially fatal opioid painkiller has now been pinpointed for at least 10 deaths and 42 overdoses.

LIFE April 7, 2016

Surgeons Remove 27 Bags Of Heroin From Man's Stomach

Surgeons were able to recover 27 bags of heroin from the stomach of a man who came in with symptoms of overdose. The police believes one of the bag was destroyed and leaked to the patient's body.

LIFE March 25, 2016

The FDA Cracks Down On Drug Abuse, Requires Warning Labels On Opioids

The FDA will now require some opioids to have a label that features a warning that the prescription drug could be addictive and lead to addiction, overdose and death.

LIFE March 22, 2016

Accidental Medicine Overdoses Send More Than 150 Kids In ER Daily

More than 150 kids go to the emergency room daily due to accidental medicine overdose. Advocates urge parents and carers to stay alert all the time.

LIFE March 19, 2016

CDC Urges Doctors To Use Care When Prescribing Opiates For Chronic Pain

Federal health officials urge doctors to prevent prescribing highly addictive painkillers for chronic pain. This move aims to curb the growing deadly epidemic in the United States.

LIFE March 16, 2016

Dodge County Sees Four Heroin Overdose Deaths In Just Two Weeks

Within just two weeks, Dodge County have witnessed four deaths, which authorities believe are due to heroin overdose. Officials are now calling out to the community to unite and help curb heroin use and potential overdose deaths.

LIFE March 13, 2016

Deaths From Anxiety Drug Overdoses Rose Fourfold In The Last Two Decades: Study

The number of deaths from anxiety drug overdoses has increased fourfold in the last 20 years, a new study revealed. Researchers say overdosing on anxiety drugs is a major public health issue.

LIFE February 19, 2016

Guns, Cars And Drugs Explain Why Americans Die Younger Than Europeans

The life expectancy in the U.S. is lower than that of other developed countries. New study reveals this could largely be attributed to three things: guns, cars and drugs.

LIFE February 10, 2016

Walgreens To Sell Heroin Antidote Drug Naloxone Without Prescription

Heroin overdose-related deaths increased in the past years. Walgreens plans to sell naloxone, an antidote for heroin overdose, without the need for any prescription to help curb the growing opioid epidemic.

LIFE February 10, 2016

Americans May Be Overdosing On Aspirin: Watch Out For These Mistakes When Taking OTC Pain Meds

A study found many Americans ignore recommended dosage on the labels of OTC pain medications, which could lead to an overdose and severe health conditions. Here are some warning signs and symptoms of OTC medicine overdose.

LIFE January 27, 2016

Crackdown On Florida Pill Mill May Have Curbed Heroin Overdose Deaths

The efforts of Florida state officials who target pill mills have led to a decreased rate of prescription painkiller overdose deaths. They tracked and closed pill mill clinics where doctors dispense large quantities of prescription opioids to patients without proper protocol.

Society December 22, 2015

Drug Overdose Deaths Hit New Record High: CDC

Drug overdose deaths hit record level in 2014, according to a new CDC report. Fatalities from opioid and heroin abuse, for instance, reached an alarming 14 percent increase in only a year.

LIFE December 20, 2015

16 Fall Ill In San Diego Due To 'Spice' Overdose

Synthetic marijuana drug Spice sent overdosed patients into hospitals two weekends in a row. Police are tracing the makers of the synthetic drug whose packaging bears a blue dragon or a skull.

LIFE November 30, 2015

Los Angeles Doctor Convicted Of Three Counts Of Murder Through Overdose

After a six-week trial, osteopathic physician Dr. Hsiu Ying “Lisa” Tseng was found guilty of three counts of second-degree murder. The crime: the death of three patients and a total of nine drug overdose deaths within three years.

LIFE November 1, 2015

Medical Experts Call For Tighter Drug Controls Following Paracetamol Overdoses

Of total paracetamol overdoses, a glaring 86 percent of cases were due to deliberate self-harm and attempted suicide, as a New Zealand study found. Paracetamol was also the biggest driver behind acute liver transplants, causing plenty of injuries.

LIFE October 31, 2015

Health Officials Warn Against Fake Xanax As Opioid-Spiked Drug Causes Three Overdoses

Health officials issued a warning against buying anti-anxiety prescription drug Xanas on the streets. The counterfeit versions of the drug have already sent at least three people in California to the hospital.

LIFE October 24, 2015

Nonmedical Use Of Prescription Opioids Drops But Overdose Deaths And Drug Misuse Disorders On The Rise

A new study found that nonmedical use of opioids has dropped. However, researchers also discovered that opioid-related drug misuse disorders and deaths due to overdose have risen.

LIFE October 15, 2015

Drug Overdose Is Now Biggest Cause of Injury-Related Deaths In The U.S., Report Says

Deaths from drug overdoses now exceed motor vehicle-related deaths, a new report shows. Around 44,000 people die from drug overdoses each year, it says.

LIFE June 18, 2015

Suicide Rate Among Teen Girls And Young Women Rising At Alarming Pace: CDC

More females are taking their lives, with suffocation and hanging the top activity, reports a new federal study. The numbers of young boys committing suicide is also increasing, with firearms the favored approach.

LIFE March 6, 2015

12 Wesleyan University Students Hospitalized Due To Possible Molly Overdose

12 students at Wesleyan University have been hospitalized due to possible Molly overdose. Authorities believe that the students may have taken a "bad batch" of the synthetic party drug.

Society February 23, 2015

'Parks And Recreation' Co-Executive Producer Harris Wittels Dies Of Possible Drug Overdose

Comedian Harris Wittels, whose name is synonymous with the term 'humblebrag,' was found dead at his home in Los Angeles, Calif. The cause of death is suspected to be a drug overdose.

Arts & Culture February 20, 2015

Deaths due to heroin overdose double in 2 years: CDC, AAN warn prescription painkillers may spark addiction

Deaths due to heroin overdose have more than doubled between 2010 and 2012. Some addicts may have migrated from abusing prescription drugs to heroin because heroin is cheaper and more potent.

LIFE October 5, 2014

Long term use of opioid painkillers may lead to dangerous addiction, warns American Academy of Neurology

In a position paper, the American Academy of Neurology, said that risks of using opioid painkillers outweighs its benefits in treating non-cancerous pain.

LIFE September 30, 2014

NYC fatal heroin overdoses rise tremendously

The number of deaths from heroin overdose has been increasing over the last few years. Researchers are also finding that the profile of a heroin user has also changed within the last decade.

LIFE August 28, 2014

Combating spike in heroin use: How about heroin OD kits for cops?

Nearly 20,000 New York Police Department officers will now be equipped with and trained to use medical kits to instantly treat heroin overdoses. The program will cost some $1.2 million.

LIFE May 30, 2014

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