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
An 18-month-old met her untimely demise on Christmas Day because of fentanyl overdose. Her parents were charged with second-degree murder and were found that they manufacture and distribute the synthetic opioid.
January 16, 2019
Americans now have a higher odds of dying from opioid overdose than in a car crash. The latest data revealed that opioid overdose is now the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States.
Public Health January 14, 2019
A report from Yale University researchers found that almost 9,000 children and teens died from opioid poisoning in the past 18 years. Majority of the deaths involving children were due to accidental ingestion of narcotics either a prescription or illegally procured.
Public Health December 29, 2018
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
Fentanyl will be more difficult to acquire even from dealers in the dark web. Major sellers have delisted the synthetic opioid because they do not want to risk getting caught by the cops.
Medicine December 3, 2018
Three deaths and two overdoses were reported in San Diego this past week because of fentanyl-laced cocaine. Authorities believe more of the drug is still being sold by drug dealers in San Diego.
Public Health September 16, 2018
A journalist who has been covering the opioid crisis in the United States for 10 years lost her daughter to fentanyl overdose. Angela Kennecke hopes that her family's tragedy could save the lives of people addicted to the drug.
Public Health September 9, 2018
China said that for the U.S. to address illegal shipments of fentanyl, it should first cut the demand from the Americans. The statement was issued after a year-long investigation found that fentanyl is being shipped from China.
Public Health June 25, 2018
Michelle Breitenbach said that Insys sales representatives promoted the Speakers Bureau Program to boost the sales of the drug Subsys. How were doctors rewarded for prescribing the fentanyl-based opioid painkiller?
Public Health May 31, 2018
More than $20 million worth of fentanyl drug were seized by the Nebraska State Patrol during a routine traffic stop. It was the largest fentanyl seizure in the history of Nebraska.
Public Health May 27, 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
Two men were sentenced to prison for possession of heroin and fentanyl, with intent to distribute the drugs. Police seized from them 45 kilograms of fentanyl, which contained over 18 million lethal doses of the powerful opioid.
Public Health January 30, 2018
Facebook warns the public about the dangers of fentanyl overdose while using shopping carts. Experts, however, debunked the possibility of topical absorption of fentanyl in powder form.
Public Health November 10, 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
An FDA-commissioned scientific panel recommends sweeping changes in doctors’ opiod prescription practices and health policy, in general, to stop the growing opioid epidemic in the United States. Here are the details on the new report.
Public Health July 14, 2017
Two people were transporting drug evidence when fentanyl leaked through a box. The incident became a hazmat situation and prompted GBI's Crime Lab to modify current procedures for repackaging and returning drug evidence.
Public Health June 30, 2017
Naloxone, more popularly known as Narcan, can help bring back people from overdose. Two new strains of highly potent fentanyl, acrylfentanyl, and tetrahydrofuran are likely resistant to this drug.
Public Health June 29, 2017
Police officers and paramedics face potentially deadly threats when responding to drug overdose incidents. They still face these threats even when they observe safety precautions such as wearing gloves and masks.
Public Health June 8, 2017
The Columbus Dispatch's new survey has revealed more than 4,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016 in Ohio. Learn more about the opioid overdose epidemic in the state and the role of powerful synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.
Public Health May 29, 2017
Residents in recovery at an addiction facility in West Brandywine, Chester County, found their two counselors dead after they overdosed on opioid drugs. Police discovered used needles and heroin laced with fentanyl near the bodies.
Public Health May 25, 2017
A new CDC report has warned that the total number of opioid-related deaths may still be underestimated and a few cases may be missed. Find out more from the example of Minnesota drug overdoses.
Public Health April 25, 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
An overdose of carfentanil, a deadly elephant tranquilizer, killed five people in Minnesota. The opioid is said to be 100 and 10,000 times more potent than fentanyl and morphine, respectively.
Public Health April 2, 2017
Opiates are reportedly responsible for high number of premature deaths in the United States. The problem of drug abuse has not only led to premature deaths, but also high rates of unemployment and school dropouts.
Medicine March 30, 2017
An overdose of fentanyl is known to cause several thousand deaths each year. Here's a detailed look at the various symptoms and signs of fentanyl overdose and abuse.
Medicine March 19, 2017
The United Nations has put chemical ingredients used in the production of the illicit drug fentanyl and a similar substance under its international watch list. What does it mean for America’s drug abuse crisis?
Public Health 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
The spike in overdose deaths in Ohio has put pressure on the state's capacity to respond in terms of facilities and medicine. The Montgomery County coroner plans to rent spaces at funeral homes because the 12 new spaces in the refrigerator are 'not enough.'
Public Health February 4, 2017
A 10-month-old baby girl had to be resuscitated by doctors twice after she had suddenly stopped breathing. It was later discovered that the child had ingested traces of the dangerous opiate fentanyl in her system.
Public Health January 3, 2017
DEA reduced the amount of opioid pills that may be produced in the country in 2017. Ongoing opioid epidemic and decrease in the prescription of such pills by doctors in recent days are claimed to be the reasons behind the cut in production.
Public Health October 7, 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
Carfentanil, a drug used to sedate big animals such as elephants, is being blamed for overdose deaths in Ohio. Users may not even be aware they are taking the powerful synthetic opioid.
Public Health September 7, 2016
Carfentanil, a potentially fatal synthetic drug in combination with heroin, is sold in the streets of the United States. The opioid is capable of tranquilizing an African elephant, which is more than 50 times heavier than the average man.
Public Health September 6, 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
DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg told a Senate committee that they need the help of lawmakers to effectively control the sale and use of synthetic drugs. The agency has monitored an increase in the use of the drugs in the country.
Public Health June 8, 2016
Some patients continue to use opioids months after a successful joint replacement surgery despite improvements in pain. What causes them to continue using prescription opioid painkillers?
Medicine June 4, 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
Toxicology tests reveal that the iconic singer Prince died from an accidental overdose of opioid fentanyl, which is 25 to 50 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.
Feature | Health June 3, 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
Authorities are investigating possible heroin-laden fentanyl drug overdose as the cause of death of 10 individuals in California. Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate drug 100 times more powerful than morphine.
Life April 5, 2016
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 research has found that one in three American seniors who benefit from the U.S. Medicare program receives painkiller prescription from several healthcare service providers, putting themselves at risk of injury and even death.
Life February 24, 2014
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