Retired Marine Lance Cpl. Hank Brandon Lee's death certificate says he died from fentanyl overdose but how did this happen? How was he able to obtain the powerful opioid painkiller while under VA's watch?
Feature | Health August 7, 2017
A car crash related to drug overdose in Chelsea sent three police officers to the hospital after rescuing the casualties. Reports say fentanyl was involved.
Public Health August 6, 2017
Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says there is no law that requires police officers to carry Narcan. Here are his reasons why he does not want deputies to carry the opioid antidote.
Public Health July 10, 2017
Opioid prescriptions in the United States have dropped 18 percent from 2010 to 2015 but they remain high overall, according to a new CDC report. Learn the opioid prescription trends that fuel a drug overdose epidemic in the country.
Public Health July 7, 2017
Responding to drug overdose calls costs money and other resources. A councilman in Middletown City in Ohio proposed a controversial solution for drug addicts who keep overdosing opioids.
Public Health June 30, 2017
The opioid epidemic in the United States have become so bad, librarian in at least three cities now learn how to treat drug addicts who overdose with Narcan. One librarian has saved at least six people since April.
Public Health June 25, 2017
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation released preliminary findings on fake Percocet pills that had caused four deaths across Central and South Georgia. The yellow pills contain a mixture of deadly drugs.
Public Health June 9, 2017
Police and health authorities warn the recent wave of drug overdose hospitalizations in Georgia is linked to counterfeit medication. The mysterious yellow pills sold on the streets are designed to mimic Percocet, a prescription opioid painkiller.
Public Health June 8, 2017
Overdose from cocaine and carfentanil, a drug so powerful it is used to sedate elephants, killed a pilot and his wife in Ohio. The fatal accident occurred a week after the Spirit Airlines pilot's last flight.
Public Health May 31, 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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