Drug Abuse

Inhaling heroin can damage brain tissue, says study

Drug users are increasingly taking heroin through “chasing the dragon” method of inhaling the addictive opioid to get high. According to a new review published in the journal JAMA Neurology in July 2018, the method could lead to several devastating side effects like irreversible brain damage and dementia. Lead author and neurologist Ciro Ramos-Estebanez of […]

DEA restriction on painkillers unintentionally boosted dark web drug trade, says study
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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) October 2014 ruling to restrict painkillers containing hydrocodone was associated with an increase in illicit online drug trading, revealed a recent study. A team of researchers used a web crawler software to compare the sale of prescription drugs containing hydrocodone with other drugs sold on 31 different dark net […]

FDA issues warning letters to 9 online networks over illegal marketing of opioids
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In its latest move to deal with the nation’s growing opioid epidemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 5, 2018 sent warning letters to operators of 53 websites across nine online networks to halt illegal marketing of “dangerous, unapproved and misbranded versions of opioid medications,” including oxycodone and tramadol. The drug regulator […]

Understanding how LSD produces long-lasting high
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Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) belongs to a class of drugs called hallucinogens that can induce profound perceptual changes, placing users at the risk of indirect harm or injury to their bodies. LSD is a potent drug, capable of altering perception of the outside world. The effects of LSD, also known as “bad trips,” depend on […]

Florida lawyer who helped Colombian drug lords launder money won’t get license back
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Convicted of collaborating with Colombian cocaine kingpins during the 1990s to launder drug money, a 72-year-old Florida lawyer won’t be able to make it back to the Florida bar. On May 3, 2018, the Florida Supreme Court rejected Donald Ferguson’s plea to get his law license back so that he can start practicing again. The […]

Dan Evans returns to court after drug ban, says cocaine is a ‘life-ruiner’
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British tennis ace Dan Evans has returned to the tennis court after a 12-month ban for failing drug test for cocaine. While preparing for the Glasgow Trophy ATP Challenger event, the 27-year-old described the drug as a shocking and “life-ruining substance,” and has vowed never to take it again. “If you saw the ruins it […]

Before discharge, overdose ED patients should be connected to treatment options, says NIDA director
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Majority of drug overdose patients, visiting the emergency department (ED), are released immediately after being administered naloxone, the antidote. Paucity of time and staff does not allow further action in any case. But according to National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Managing Director Nora Volkow, the practice of discharging victims of an opioid or heroin […]

Nearly 3 gallons of liquid meth found in Jacksonville downtown
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The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) has shut down the area of 345 Bay Street near Liberty Street on discovering a meth lab, prescription medications, marijuana paraphernalia and a 5-gallon gas can containing about 2½ to 3 gallons of a liquid methamphetamine. The JSO was informed about the presence of these drugs by a man who […]

Florida man takes heavy dose of cocaine during traffic stop; dies in jail
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A Florida jail inmate lost his life after consuming 7 grams (0.25 ounces) of cocaine during a traffic stop recently. According to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, the man (identity not revealed) was stopped on the night of Apr. 2, 2018 for a traffic violation and was arrested on charges of driving with a […]

Ailing emergency services: Drug misuse by Florida’s firefighters
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Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, the third-largest fire department in Florida, has a problem – a major one. A series of scandals and overdose incidents have indicated that the first responders of the Hillsborough County are endangering their lives, those of their colleagues and of other people that they are meant to save by doing drugs […]

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