Tag: Heroin

Researchers Pretend To Be Heroin Addicts To Spot Weaknesses In Treatment System

Researchers tried to set up appointments for heroin addiction treatment in clinics in states where opioid mortality is high. They found that real patients would face a number of roadblocks when seeking help.

Public Health June 5, 2019

Cannabis-Derived CBD May Help Treat Heroin Addiction: Study

The CBD, a non-psychoactive component of cannabis, already provides relief for a slew of health conditions. Now, it's showing promise in helping curb cravings and anxiety of heroin-addicted individuals.

Public Health May 21, 2019

New York Heroin Use Figures Higher Than US Average

Many New York workers tested positive for heroin, according to Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index. The state’s average use rate for the opiate is higher than the national average.

Public Health April 15, 2019

Opioid-Related Deaths Now More Likely Compared To Motor Vehicle Related Deaths

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

Children Are Also Dying From Accidental Opioid Poisoning

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 Surpasses Heroin As Deadliest Drug In The US

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

News Anchor Who Reported On Opioid Abuse Loses Daughter To Fentanyl Overdose

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

One In 10 Non-Drug Users Have Detectable Cocaine Or Heroin On Their Fingerprints

Staying clean no longer keeps you safe from testing positive for class A drugs such as cocaine and heroin. Simply touching a drug user's hands already facilitates the transfer of traces that can't be removed even by thorough handwashing.

Public Health March 22, 2018

Scientific Panel Seeks Harsher Strategy, Total Policy Overhaul To Solve Opioid Problem

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

Fentanyl Spill At Police Station Prompts Changes To Drug Evidence Repackaging Procedures

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

Ohio Leads In Nation's Fatal Drug Overdoses With 4,000 Dead In 2016: Survey

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

Drug Counselors At Addiction Facility Found Dead After Overdosing On Opioids

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

At 91 Overdose Deaths A Day, Opioid Epidemic May Still Be Underestimated: CDC Report

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

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

Syringe Vending Machines In Las Vegas May Help Lower Hepatitis C And HIV Transmission Rates

The new syringe vending machines in Las Vegas, Nevada will dispense clean needles for free to reduce the spread of HIV and hepatitis C. How do these machines work?

Public Health April 15, 2017

Carfentanil Overdose: Elephant Tranquilizer 100 Times More Potent Than Fentanyl, Kills 5 In Minnesota

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

Tropical Fish Injects Heroin-Like Venom To Disable Predators

A new study has revealed tiny tropical fish fang blennies as having a unique way of repulsing predators by injecting them with heroin-like venom. The study said the big fangs that deliver venom could have evolved earlier.

Animals March 31, 2017

Heroin Addiction Rises In White People, Says New Study

Heroin addiction, especially among the whites in the United States, has experienced a rise. The rise in heroin addiction is attributed to the wrongful use of prescribed opioids.

Public Health March 31, 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

Ohio Coroner Running Out Of Room For Bodies Amid Spike In Overdose Deaths

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

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

DEA To Schedule Kratom: What Is This Medicinal Plant And Why Is It Considered A Public Hazard?

As per DEA’s announcement on Aug. 30, it is unacceptable to use the tropical medicinal plant, kratom, in the country from Friday, Sept. 30. Many people as well as researchers claim that kratom is effective in treating alcohol and painkiller addiction.

Public Health September 30, 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

Doctors Can Now Prescribe Heroin To Patients In Canada

Doctors in Canada can now prescribe pharmaceutical grade heroin to patients with severe heroin addiction, thanks to a change in regulation. Health officials believe addiction should be tackled as a health-based issue instead of being crime-based.

Medicine September 17, 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

Elephant Tranquilizer Carfentanil Blamed For At Least 8 Overdose Deaths In Ohio

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

Sports Helps Protect Teen Athletes From Heroin And Opioid Addiction

Sports is a protective factor that can steer young athletes away from getting addicted to prescription drugs. How do sports help against heroin and opioid addiction?

Healthy Living/Wellness July 26, 2016

Heroin Use In The US Reaches Highest Level in 20 Years: Experts Call Spike 'Alarming'

The heroin epidemic in the United States reaches the highest level in 20 years. The 'alarming' increase could be linked to new laws that made it more difficult to abuse opioid prescription drugs such as oxycodone.

Public Health June 24, 2016

Opioid, Heroin Overdose Antidotes Becoming Easier To Buy

Antidotes for opioid and heroin drug overdoses are easier to buy today compared with years ago. Almost every state has made it legal to buy them even without a prescription.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 7, 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

Pain Medication Offers New Potential Treatment For Heroin Addiction

The world's first study shows the use of pain medications could provide an alternative treatment for chronic heroin addiction. The finding could benefit people who do not respond to current medications.

Life April 9, 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

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

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

Here Are The Five Most Addictive Substances On Earth

In a study, researchers have listed the top five most addictive substances in the planet. The deadly heroin tops the list.

Life March 6, 2016

Obama Administration Seeks $1.1 Billion Funding For Heroin, Opioid Addiction

Obama administration seeks to have $1.1 billion in budget to fight heroin and opioid addiction. The funds are intended to improve access to treatment and strengthen current efforts.

Life February 3, 2016

NY To Extend Price Cut For Heroin Overdose Antidote Naloxone

New York's Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the extension for Naloxone's price cut. It is hoped that the nearly 20 percent price reduction for the antidote to heroin overdose will save even more lives.

Society January 20, 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

Governor Tom Wolf Expands Availability Of Heroin Overdose Reversal Drug Naloxone In Pennsylvania

Pennsylvanians now have more access to heroin overdose antidote, naloxone, through Governor Tom Wolf's new order. The state administration wanted to help curb the effects of opioid overdose thus warranting widespread availability of the drug throughout the state.

Life October 30, 2015

Obama Announces US Will Tackle Heroin, Prescription Drug Abuse

President Obama has outlined a plan to address the increasing number of heroin and prescription drug abuse victims. He said they will accomplish this by providing better access to drug treatments and training more doctors on the safe prescription of painkillers.

Life October 23, 2015

Public Schools To Stock Drug Antidote Naloxone In Response To Heroin Epidemic

School districts across the United States adopted the Pennsylvania law that allows public schools to stock up on heroin antidote drug naloxone.

Life September 19, 2015

Stanford Scientists Use Genetically Engineered Yeast To Make Opioids: Home-Brewed Morphine Next?

In search of an alternative to farming poppies, Stanford researchers bioengineer yeast to brew opioids.

Life August 18, 2015

White House To Announce New Program To Combat Heroin: What We Know So Far

The White House is set to announce a new initiative that will help to counter the increasing trend of heroin overdose cases. The details of the new program are not yet fully known but according to enforcement officials, it will be a coordination between the law enforcement and public health sectors, not only to punish addicts but to treat them as well.

Life August 17, 2015

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