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One could say that the most important mandate for the human species is to protect the future of the species. So when new research shows an alarming increase in fatal drug overdoses for pregnant and postpartum women, it serves as a warning sign that fast action is needed to improve societal conditions.
Alcohol addiction and alcohol-related deaths have increased dramatically in recent years. Today, alcohol consumption is one of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States. Yet, unlike the opioid epidemic, alcohol misuse receives little attention. It’s time to recognize alcohol-related harm for what it is, an epidemic.
A recent Massachusetts study sought to determine which demographics have been hit hardest by the opioid crisis. As it turns out, mainly working-class, blue-collar residents in construction, agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting, and industrial jobs have been affected the most. But does this data also reflect a national trend?
The presence of millions of counterfeit prescription drugs that actually contain fentanyl or other dangerous illicit drugs makes drug abuse more dangerous than ever. Just one pill can kill the unwary. We look at why and where this situation exists.
A March 2021 report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presented information suggesting fatal drug overdoses happen at a higher rate per capita in urban communities than in rural communities. But how can this be the case when urban communities generally have better access to healthcare services and addiction treatment than rural areas?
One of the most constant elements in the struggle to eliminate illicit drugs from American cities is the constant ability of drug trafficking organizations to change. They change the drugs they manufacture and traffic.
Every State in the Union addresses the drug abuse and addiction problems in its own way. And every State racks up huge costs in doing so. How much are we actually spending on this problem? And what is the financial burden for each working American?
We’re a long ways away from being “out of the woods“ when it comes to the opiate epidemic. In states like Ohio, the state with the highest number of opiate deaths in the nation, much work is left to do to combat the harmful effects of opioid addiction.
South Dakota tried to raise awareness of their meth problem with a controversial ad campaign. They definitely got attention, but it might not have been the attention they were looking for. And at the end of the day, what's really being done to address the drug problem in the state?
There have been many reports on the recent slight decline in American life expectancy in the last few years. Increased losses to substance abuse have been cited as the cause. We take a closer look at the reasons for this change.