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Obamacare did not cause the opioid epidemic

This argument has been popping up on social media. But it’s rebuked by the basic concept of time.<p>Did Obamacare cause the opioid painkiller and heroin epidemic?<p>That’s what Conn Carroll, communications director for Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee, suggested on Wednesday night, tweeting that “expanded …

OxyContin a gateway to heroin for upper-income addicts

Powerful prescription painkillers have become pricier and harder to use. So addicts across the USA are turning to this more volatile drug. The new twist: Heroin is no longer just an inner-city plague.<p>Heroin in Charlotte has become so easy to get that dealers deliver to the suburbs and run specials …

US opioid epidemic: Heroin use booms five-fold in a decade

Five times more people in the US were using heroin in 2012-13 compared with 2001-02, which has been linked to dependency on prescription painkillers …

Heroin Use Is Spiking Among White Americans

The U.S. is in the throes of an opioid epidemic, with 91 people dying every day from an overdose on opioids like prescription painkillers or heroin. …

How Medical Marijuana Could Help End the Opioid Epidemic

A bill in New Mexico could make medical marijuana available for opioid addicts – but with the science still inconclusive, will it become a law?<p>Rio …

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Heroin Use Rises Significantly Among Young Whites

<i>Summary: A new study reports on the growing trend of heroin use in young white male with little education and of lower socioeconomic status.</i><p>Source: …

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Even Healthy-Looking Suburbs Are Dying From Drugs

Some communities are much sicker than they look, according to our analysis of CDC data and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s new county health rankings.<p>Updated: April 05, 2017 Editor's Note: Listen to CityLab’s Laura Bliss discuss this story on 60dB.<p>Full of historic suburban towns on Boston’s …

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Donald Trump believes the solution to the opioid crisis is talk

A top drug policy expert fears his plan is “an empty gesture.”<p>President Donald Trump will soon sign an executive order to tackle what he’s called the “total epidemic” of opioid abuse and addiction. The main objective of the order is to create a commission that’s tasked with publishing a report on …

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Cannabidiol has therapeutic potential in the treatment of anxiety and substance abuse disorders

A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that cannabidiol could aid the treatment of anxiety-related and substance abuse disorders.<p>Cannabidiol …

Jails full of drug addicts, Ecija rehab center has few

CONTRASTING SCENES While the Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Nueva Ecija (top photo), which was opened four months ago and can …

Legal medical marijuana leads to big drop in opioid-related hospital visits: study

The legalization of medical marijuana in several American states has been linked with a drop in hospital visits due to opioids, according to a new …

Venom from Fanged Fish Could Become New Pain Medication

The next time you are in pain, you might want to think of a “fanged fish” that lives in the Great Barrier Reef off Australia.<p>The venom from that fish …

For Opioid-Addicted Inmates, More Jails Rely On Vivitrol

Sixty-five percent of the U.S. prison population is addicted to drugs or alcohol, but only 11 percent receive treatment, according to a study by the …

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A staggering increase in U.S. heroin use has hit young, white men the hardest

Heroin use — which has been at the epicenter of a ruthless and relentless opioid epidemic sweeping the country — has increased fivefold over a decade, and dependence on the drug has tripled, researchers say.<p>A major study released Wednesday found that the sharpest increase in heroin use and …

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History of Heroin and the War on Drugs

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How you fight opioid addiction — with opioids

or the millions of Americans struggling with opioid addiction, breaking the habit can be physically and psychologically demanding.<p>Those who quit …

First-Ever International Drug Checking Day to be Held This Friday

Harm reduction organizations from around the world are taking part in the drug education initiative on March 31.<p>A coalition of drug safety organizations is hosting the first-ever international drug checking day on March 31 to raise awareness of safer drug use. The initiative is aimed at …

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How the opioid boom transformed policing: we're not just making arrests — we're caretakers

A police captain describes battling the opioid epidemic on the front lines.<p>There was the mom that overdosed in her car, her kids still sitting in the back when the police arrived. Or the home where the officers arrived on the scene to find an elderly parent left without anyone to care for them …

DEA: Made-in-China Lethal Opioid Fueling U.S. Drug Epidemic

A homemade designer version of fentanyl, the highly addictive opioid which is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent, has been the center of drug busts across the country this month—with law enforcement pinpointing its origin from underground labs in China. The DEA says the …

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DEA chief on opioids: "It scares the hell out of me"

President Trump has given a new commission 90 days to come up with ideas to address the deadliest drug crisis in American history. More than 52,000 …

Tiny fish with a funny name could help with opioid crisis

A tiny fish with a funny name may help solve one of our biggest problems — the opioid crisis.<p>Opioids like morphine are addictive, have side effects …

What are blennies? Meet the predator fish who might carry the next opioid drug.

Fang blennies, a type of reef-dwelling venomous fish, are just two inches long — but they're not ones to mess with.<p>A new study into the small fish's …

Researchers just exposed another way to help combat the opioid epidemic

It’s not the only answer, but it could be part of the solution to the deadliest drug crisis in US history.<p>There’s another type of prescription drugs, besides opioid painkillers, that’s involved in thousands of drug overdose deaths in the US every year.<p>The drugs are benzodiazepines, which are widely …

What are we doing about the opioid epidemic?

If you’ve just come out of surgery or are suffering from chronic pain, you probably appreciate medicine that numbs it, like opioids. Unfortunately, research shows that even medical use of opioids comes with a cost. Each year, millions of Americans become dependent on these addictive drugs, and the …

Opioids Shouldn’t Be a Doctor’s First Resort

Four out of 5 heroin abusers started with prescription painkillers.<p>By<p>Marc Siegel<p>Percocet, my patient announced, was the best antidepressant she’d ever had. An orthopedist had prescribed her the drug for back pain resulting from a fall. When the patient, who suffered from depression, asked for more, …

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The Senate may finally try to hold big pharma accountable for the opioid epidemic

A top Senate Democrat is formally requesting documents from opioid makers.<p>A top Senate Democrat is launching a formal investigation into one of the big culprits behind the nation’s worst drug overdose crisis in history: pharmaceutical companies.<p>On Tuesday, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), the top …

Opioid Epidemic: Trump to Set Up Commission on Addiction Crisis

President Donald Trump is expected to launch a commission Wednesday to address the nation’s growing opioid epidemic, according to sources familiar with the planning.<p>Trump will sign an executive order setting up the commission, which will be tasked with outlining recommendations and federal …

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Christie will advise Trump panel on opioid addiction

<b>(CNN) —</b> New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will take on an advisory role to help figure out ways the Trump administration can fight the opioid epidemic.<p>President Donald Trump made the announcement at a meeting at the White House Wednesday, with Christie sitting by his side. Trump introduced him as a …

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