Drug Rehab

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 […]


Ryan Leaf on quitting NFL, getting sober and finding the purpose of his life
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Ryan Leaf had the career he always wanted – in 1998, he was going to play in the NFL, make millions and get to do what he really loved. As the No. 2 NFL draft pick, Leaf started as the Chargers’ starting quarterback and won his first two starts. During his career, Leaf played for […]


MEMA chief Lee Smithson resigns citing PTSD and alcoholism
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Lee Smithson, director of Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), resigned recently, citing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol addiction as the reasons behind his decision. Prior to his appointment as the MEMA director in 2016, Smithson had a 31-year military career. Consequently, he developed PTSD symptoms that pushed him toward alcohol as a coping mechanism. […]


FDA fast-tracks extended-release oxycodone prodrug
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PF614, an “around-the-clock analgesic for moderate to severe pain for an extended period of time” from Ensysce Biosciences, Inc., has been granted ‘Fast Track’ designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). PF614 is a two-step extended-release oxycodone prodrug that has been designed with abuse-deterrent properties and is limited to oral administration. In a […]


Deadly heroin-fentanyl mix claims youngest victim, a 10-year-old boy

The deadly heroin-fentanyl mix has claimed the life of yet another unsuspecting victim. Alton Banks, a 10-year-old, fifth-grader at Frederick Douglass Elementary School, died post a trip to the local swimming pool on June 23, 2017. Alton started vomiting when he returned from the pool and was found unconscious in the evening. He was rushed […]


More Central Florida first responders learn to administer miracle drug, Narcan

After the prescription drug epidemic of 2010, South Florida is again witnessing an alarming increase in the number of opioid-related mortalities. As per reports, while the state of Florida continues to report an increase in heroin-related fatalities, the first half of 2016 saw more than 700 people in the state dying of a fentanyl overdose, […]


Opioid prescriptions down but still very high, says CDC
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The nation is witnessing a decrease in the opioid prescription levels but the number of morphine milligram equivalents (MME) prescribed per person in 2015 was still about three times higher than that in 1999, says a federal report released on July 6, 2017, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report examined […]


Meth: The monster lurking behind America’s opioid epidemic

Meth, the killer stimulant that’s hiding in the shadow of the nation’s opioid crisis, is fast becoming the next big threat for the U.S. Though one of the most addictive and destructive drugs, meth kills slowly and at lower rates as compared to other deadly opioids. Its usage has seen a rapid increase in many […]


Supervised injection facility: New approach to curbing drug overdose cases

The United States is reeling under an opioid crisis. Not only prescription drugs but also illicit opioids such as heroin and fentanyl are being abused by people across the U.S. A preliminary data compiled recently by The New York Times shows that drug overdose has become the leading cause of death for Americans under the […]


Clean needle program aims to reduce heroin use

Providing heroin users with sterile needles to reduce heroin use may appear to be a self-defeating step. However, many major cities in several countries have been doing just that with surprisingly good results. People who are addicted to heroin might share their needles and even their syringes with others, which facilitates the transmission of HIV […]


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