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From suing drug manufacturers to new laws – things Florida has been trying to tame opioid menace

Earlier in May 2018, Florida sued the Big Pharma for fueling the opioid epidemic in the state. According to state’s Attorney General Pam Bondi, the drug menace has been causing 15 deaths a day. The 15-deaths-a-day figure of the day thus becomes a major contributor to the overall national mortality caused by the opioid crisis, which as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stands at 115 deaths per day. Continue reading

Florida governor signs bill that limits prescription to three-day supplies to curb opioid crisis

In an effort to curb the swelling rates of opioid addiction in the state, Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill imposing a three-day limit on prescriptions into law. The bill, which is a part of the bigger plan to control the opioid epidemic, aims at not only preventing people from getting hooked on prescription painkillers, but also stopping excess medications from entering the black market. Continue reading

Hayver launches app to help people deal with drug and alcohol addiction

Addiction is taking its toll, killing thousands in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than 15 million Americans aged 12 or older had an alcohol use disorder (AUD) in 2016, while an estimated 7.4 million people in the same age group were grappling with an illicit drug addiction. Though a number of measures have already been taken to deal with the addiction crisis, scientists and experts are trying hard to develop an innovative tool for welfare of the mental health care industry. Continue reading

States fail to utilize funds amid worsening opioid crisis

In 2016, over 63,600 deaths due to drug overdose left federal authorities aghast in the United States. The fact that most of these fatalities were linked to opioids intensified the concern. In order to tame the menace, the authorities have taken several measures such as limiting the writing of prescriptions, keeping a tab on the opioid sales, increasing the treatment facilities, and allocating huge funds to states for recovery programs. Continue reading

Ways to prevent prescription drug abuse

Prescription drugs like painkillers play a pivotal role in saving and improving lives, but that doesn’t mean that every medicine is safe to use. In fact, prescription drugs are now the leading source of addiction in the United States for its increased accessibility. There has also been a marked rise in the emergency visits and treatment admissions due to the chronic misuse of prescription drugs. In severe cases, it can also lead to overdose and death. Continue reading

Despite growing support, Florida unlikely to legalize recreational marijuana anytime soon

While medical marijuana was legalized in the Sunshine State of Florida in 2016, there is a buzz around legalizing recreational marijuana in 2018.  Some people think that the refusal of the government to remove prohibitions on recreational marijuana has pushed the masses toward illegal black markets.  As a result, the problem of marijuana abuse has gone beyond control.     Continue reading

Decoding drug cryptomarkets

Cryptomarkets, also known as darknet markets, are trading points that utilize the anonymity of the web for carrying out sale and purchase of goods, drugs and data retrieved through unlawful means. Concurrent with the advent of online shopping sites, there has been a marked increase in the size of cryptomarket in recent times. Continue reading

Use of medical marijuana in pediatric care involving serious illnesses

Though marijuana can help relieve symptoms of certain medical conditions, its use is still illegal in the eyes of the federal government and drug regulation authorities. The plant that is believed to cure a range of illnesses has often been criticized for its adverse health effects including breathing problems, damage to learning and cognitive thinking, and distortions in perception and senses. Continue reading

Cocaine-exposed babies- Born addicted to drugs!

Addiction is a fallout in the personal front, but what if one was born addicted to drugs? Using cocaine while pregnant is not only harmful to the mother but also to her baby. Cocaine use can harm a pregnant woman and her unborn baby in more ways than one. When abused by a pregnant woman, the drug passes through the placenta and affects the baby and might even damage the fetus. The unborn babies exposed to a dangerous drug like cocaine during fetal development  might face many health problems, ranging from understated to life-threatening ones. It may also lead to later defects in some children, including behavioral problems, deficiency in cognitive performance and attention-related problems. Continue reading

Jinxed Forever 27 Club – How drug overdose killed these 5 musicians

The term ‘Forever 27 Club’ was never consciously created to depict the phenomenon for which it is now infamous. Moreover, it was not coined until after the death of the Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain on Apr 8, 1994 at the young age of 27. However, by then, the number ‘27’ had taken on mythical proportions due to a series of mysterious deaths of many influential musicians at precisely this age—27 years. Continue reading