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Heroin and synthetic opioids responsible for surge in drug overdose deaths in US after 2010, says study

Heroin and synthetic opioids responsible for surge in drug overdose deaths in US after 2010, says study

Drug cartels are exploiting the rising opioid addiction in the U.S. to their advantage by flooding narcotic markets nationwide with low-cost and highly potent heroin from Mexico, according to a new study published by the American Action Forum. Approximately three out of four new heroin users have abused prescription opioids prior to using the illegal drug, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Continue reading

Online alcohol delivery jumps 33% in 2017; will easy availability aid alcoholism in US?

Online alcohol delivery jumps 33% in 2017; will easy availability aid alcoholism in US?

Online alcohol delivery revenue grew 32.7 percent in 2017, with December turning out to be the highest revenue earning month comprising 12.2 percent of annual alcohol sales, a recent analysis by market research company Slice Intelligence says. According to it, one of the major contributors to the record-breaking online sales was consistent growth of Drizly, an e-tailer that ensures same-day doorstep alcohol delivery. Continue reading

Trump’s national strategy to combat opioid crisis stresses on single opioid antagonist

Trump’s national strategy to combat opioid crisis stresses on single opioid antagonist

The Donald Trump administration’s national strategy to combat the opioid epidemic, unveiled in March, is stressing on a particular opioid antagonist, manufactured by a single company, to provide addiction treatment to those incarcerated. Though the initiative of providing opioid antagonist is a good one, it seems that promoting just one particular kind of antagonist is like doing favor to the company manufacturing it, according to a report published in the Stat. Continue reading

Trevor Noah pokes fun at Zuckerberg, says Facebook targeting him with Xanax ads

Trevor Noah pokes fun at Zuckerberg, says Facebook targeting him with Xanax ads

Many celebrities, politicians and other famous personalities have been at the receiving end of “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah’s inimitable, poker-faced humor. Among his most recent targets was Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and CEO, who is embroiled in a massive data privacy scandal involving 50 million users of the social media site. On March 21, 2018, Noah mocked Zuckerberg’s discomfiture over Facebook’s mishandling of the data breach. “Things are so bad for him right now that Facebook is showing him ads for Xanax,” said Noah.  Continue reading

UVA researchers developing drug-delivery patches to manage pain through non-addictive drugs

UVA researchers developing drug-delivery patches to manage pain through non-addictive drugs

The United States is battling two complex public health problems simultaneously – alleviating the burden of suffering from pain, and minimizing the damage resulting from the long-term use of opioid pain medication, such as oxycodone, codeine and morphine. The high rates at which opioid painkillers were prescribed in the late 1990s led to the rampant use and misuse of prescription and non-prescription opioids, culminating in the opioid epidemic which was declared a public health emergency in 2017. Continue reading

New Indiana law expands programs to tackle opioid crisis

New Indiana law expands programs to tackle opioid crisis

In order to help the people of Indiana overcome their drug habit and attend to their health care needs, Governor Eric J. Holcomb recently signed a new law that will lead to an increase in the number of opioid treatment programs from 18 to 27. As per the new law, opioid treatment centers will enter into a partnership with hospitals to provide services like counselling and medical-assisted treatment that are critical for recovery. Though the new law does not have provisions for brand new treatment centers, it envisages that the new programs can be provided in the already existing facilities approved by the state. This will make treatment services more accessible and bridge the gap between need and fulfillment. It is also likely that nine additional certified community mental health centers could be approved by the Division of Mental Health and Addiction after June 30, 2018 to run the new program. Continue reading