Deaths due to kratom overdose rose to an alarming rate within just a five-month period beginning July 2016. It is largely known as an herbal supplement, but large doses could lead to seizures, coma, and even death.
Medicine April 12, 2019
There has been an exponential increase in the rate of overdose deaths linked to fentanyl. In a new report, the CDC revealed that the number of lives claimed by the synthetic opioid has doubled every year since 2013.
Public Health March 21, 2019
Drug overdose deaths among middle-aged women in the United States rose by 260 percent from 1999 to 2017. Why are women in this age group hit hard by the drug abuse crisis?
Public Health January 10, 2019
The still experimental Second Chance app converts a smartphone into a sonar device to detect breathing problems that could indicate an overdose. The app can also contact medical services and people who can administer Naloxone.
Public Health January 10, 2019
Fentanyl led the list of drugs related to overdose deaths in 2016. Moreover, fatalities linked to the synthetic opioid soared from 4 percent in 2011 to 29 percent in 2016.
Public Health December 12, 2018
Americans born in 2017 are expected to reach 78.6 years, which is 1.2 months lesser in life expectancy for the third consecutive year. Last year's number of drug overdose deaths also increased from 2016.
Public Health November 29, 2018
Naloxone, the drug that can reverse the results of an opioid overdose, has been recalled by its maker. The drug is being recalled due to the presence of a particulate matter.
Public Health June 5, 2018
Organ donations from donors who died of a drug-overdose has increased over 10-fold in the United States since the year 2000. Is this related to the opioid epidemic?
Medicine May 17, 2018
The rate of fatalities due to fentanyl, a type of synthetic opioid, is higher compared to deaths due to prescription opioids. Deaths due to fentanyl overdose reached 46 percent in a data analysis published in the journal JAMA.
Public Health May 2, 2018
The opioid epidemic appeared to help alleviate organ donor shortage in the United States. Outcome of transplants from drug overdose donors are slightly better than those involving organs from sick patients.
Public Health April 17, 2018
First responders often have to bring Naloxone just in case of an opioid overdose emergency. In Ohio, police officers had to administer Narcan on a colleague after the then-unknown substance blew into his face and he fell ill.
Public Health April 14, 2018
A nursing home patient in Minnesota tragically died after a nurse mistakenly administered the wrong dosage of oxycodone. The 53-year-old patient was on a short-term visit at the facility for cancer treatment.
Medicine February 1, 2018
A 27-year-old New Yorker went on a rampage in Phuket International Airport. While high on Viagra, he screamed at scared onlookers and even threw his own feces at airport staff.
Medicine January 9, 2018
Latest figures from the CDC showed that deaths by drug overdose in the United States have risen by around 20 percent in 2016. What's behind the increase in death rate?
Public Health November 4, 2017
Two teenagers died of fentanyl overdose in Georgia. The pair, who were friends, had reportedly bought the opioids from the same dealer.
October 30, 2017
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