The Ohio State University (OSU) joined the list of prominent universities across the nation that suspended their fraternities following alleged hazing or alcohol violations. Calling it a proactive step, the OSU has temporarily suspended all its 37 fraternities until further notice. Following the suspension, all social, recruitment and new member activities of the fraternities are banned. Additionally, a team will also be set up to review the situation and make recommendations. Continue reading
Marijuana is an addictive substance that is highly abused in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 4 million youngsters, aged 12 years or more, had marijuana use disorder (MUD) in the past year. MUD causes significant short-term and long-term health problems. Examining the ill-effects of marijuana use further, researchers from the Duke Health found that almost one-fourth of youngsters plagued by a problematic pot use suffer from anxiety disorders in their childhood and late adolescence. Continue reading
The opioid epidemic that is only worsening across the country kills someone in Colorado about every 9 hours and 36 minutes. Drug overdose deaths in the state has more than doubled since 2000 with 16.1 per 100,000 residents in 2016. According to state health officials, the last five years have seen a three-time increase in the rate of prescription opioids-involved deaths and five times increase in fatal overdoses related to heroin. Continue reading
Au’Driana Cohen, a one-year-old toddler from Pennsylvania, met her untimely demise early in August 2017, and the autopsy report from the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office affirmed this Wednesday that her death was the result of an accidental exposure to carfentanil. It is a drug so potent that 2 milligrams of the substance is enough to knock out an adult African elephant, the largest land mammal in extant today.
Her parents claimed Cohen was being looked after by a babysitter at the time of her overdose. Although her death is considered an accident and no charges have been filed against anyone, Mike Manko, the spokesman of Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, described the case as an active investigation. As the details around the death of this little girl remains unclear, it is quite tragic to note that she would have celebrated her second birthday this week. Continue reading
The federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in association with local law enforcement and other community partners will organize the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 28. On this day, the authorities will invite the public and give them an opportunity to surrender their expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs at 5,000 collection sites managed by more than 4,000 partners across the United States.
The public safety and public health exercise will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (local time). “Disposing of leftover painkillers or other addictive medicines in the house is one of the best ways to prevent a member of your family from becoming a victim of the opioid epidemic,” said DEA Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson. Continue reading
The Greensburg Police recently arrested a new dad for selling heroin from his hospital room. According to the police, Cody Hulse (25) of Latrobe, Pennsylvania was arrested for selling heroin in the maternity ward at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was in the hospital with his newborn child when officers detained him. The police reported to have recovered 34 stamp bags of suspected heroin, multiple hypodermic Continue reading
Hangover, an inevitable outcome of heavy drinking, is the last thing that one wants after a drinking session the previous night. For some people, the idea of a hangover is limited to thumping headaches, fatigue and weakness, nausea, vomiting, mood disturbances and compromised sleep, but some may entertain disturbing thoughts of guilt or regret the following morning and show symptoms of anxiety. Continue reading
Opioid crisis is ravaging the entire United States. Nearly 12 million people aged 12 or older in the country misused opioids in the past year, according to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Of these, around 62 percent users cited getting relief from physical pain as the last reason of misuse, while around 13 percent misused opioids to feel good or get high. Surprisingly, 53 percent opioid misusers aged 12 or older in 2016 had sourced their last dose from a friend or relative, while 35.4 percent got them the last time through a prescription, reported the NSDUH. Continue reading
The Atlanta City Council unanimously passed a legislation on October 2, 2017, to reduce the penalty for marijuana possession. The new legislation made the possession of 1 ounce or less marijuana a non-arrestable misdemeanor, and decreased the fine to $75. It is noteworthy that the latest change in rule does not legalize possession of marijuana in Atlanta. Moreover, the change will not apply outside Atlanta city limits. In the rest of Georgia, possession of cannabis will continue to attract a six-month jail term and a fine of up to $1,000. Continue reading
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has intercepted over 455,034 pounds of cocaine, worth more than $6 billion, in the current fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30, 2017. The amount exceeds the 2016 record of 443,000 pounds of cocaine. Also, nearly 600 suspected smugglers were arrested and handed over to federal authorities for prosecution during the year. Continue reading