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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

Sharing photos and videos of opioid overdose victims may fuel negative notions

Are photos and videos of people in their most vulnerable moments a correct way of spreading awareness about an issue, especially opioid addiction and overdose? Community leaders, police officers and other first responders in the U.S. seem to believe so; their reasoning is that openly sharing such images and videos will prevent people from misusing opioids and overdosing on them. Another reason is that incarceration is not a solution to curb the opioid epidemic. Law enforcement officials feel that using social media to propagate the miserable conditions of families and children of drug-dependents will leave a much deeper impact and dissuade others from being victims. Continue reading

Should addicts be punished for their criminal offenses?

There is a growing evidence to show how drug addiction is harming the American population. Drug addiction has been consistently increasing across all age groups in the country, especially among adolescents and adults. As per the World Drug Report released recently, cannabis is the most trafficked drug and is commonly abused across the world, with nearly 183 million people addicted to it in 2014. Continue reading

New laws effective in reducing opioid prescriptions in Florida

The two laws introduced in Florida in 2011 to tackle the problem of prescription drug abuse in the state are now showing results with the fewer prescriptions being written lately for opioid painkillers. According to a recent study by the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, the state’s top healthcare providers prescribed significantly lesser drugs to cope with pain. Continue reading

Medical marijuana research amendments scrapped by Congress

Millions of people in America suffer from pain due to various reasons, which is putting a tremendous strain on the country’s health care system, apart from emotional and financial burden on the patient and his family. A 2015 study by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), published in the Journal of Pain, revealed that an estimated 50 million Americans suffer from persistent pain.

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Jeb Bush vows to stop pill mills in his drug policy

Drug abuse has become a major electoral issue in the United States’ presidential race in the wake of disturbing numbers of heroin and prescription painkillers-related deaths, which has nearly quadrupled since 2002. The issue took center stage at a forum in New Hampshire, which witnessed at least 295 opioid deaths in 2015, earlier in January 2016 with Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush rolling out his drug policy aimed at fighting the menace. Continue reading