OPIOID CRISIS

Editorial Staff in Opioid Crisis
August 21, 2023

10 Questions to Ask Before Taking Opioid Painkillers

Patients must protect themselves from addictive medications by becoming informed on pharmaceutical drugs their doctors may try to prescribe them.

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Karen Hadley in Opioid Crisis
June 2, 2023

The Non-Fatal Opioid Overdose and the Long-Term Health Problems It Causes

By the time emergency medical technicians get to a person who has overdosed, that individual may have already suffered severe brain hypoxia, or brain damage from a lack of oxygen caused by the effects of drugs on their lungs.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
May 27, 2023

As Fentanyl Surges into the Drug Supply, America’s Youth at Highest Risk Ever for Drug Overdoses

Every society has its core mandate to protect its youth. Unfortunately, new research shows that teen and young adult drug-related death rates in the U.S. have skyrocketed in recent years.

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Editorial Staff in Opioid Crisis
February 27, 2023

Why Do Drug Overdoses Spike During Winter? A Look at Cold Weather-Related Risk Factors

Research has shown a possible connection between cold weather and a heightened risk for overdose. Several factors may contribute to this, like cold weather making it more likely addicts will use drugs at home by themselves, therefore being less likely to have someone nearby who can render aid if the addict overdoses. The findings act as yet another reason why family members of addicts have to act fast to get their loved ones’ help.

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Editorial Staff in Opioid Crisis
February 24, 2023

Fears Mount as Increasing Number of Opioid Overdoses Seem Tied to Naloxone-Resistant Tranquilizer

A January 2023 report published in a La Crosse, Wisconsin newspaper highlighted local law enforcement’s concern that a string of recent fatal drug overdoses in the city may have been linked to opioids laced with xylazine, a powerful animal tranquilizer that can make the user’s overdose resistant to naloxone (the medication used by responders to revive OD-ing addicts). This report ties in with other reports from local newspapers across the country, plus several broader, nationwide federal warnings that seek to inform Americans of growing risk factors connected to ANY opioid misuse.

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Karen Hadley in Opioid Crisis
February 23, 2023

Drug Dealers’ Fake Pills Are More Deadly Than Ever

A tidal wave of counterfeit pills that contain deadly fentanyl plus thousands more pounds of the drug threatens a continued high loss of American lives.

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Karen Hadley in Opioid Crisis
February 15, 2023

The Extraordinary Dangers of Carfentanil

The powerful opioid carfentanil in America’s supplies of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and fake pills makes addiction more dangerous than ever.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
January 15, 2023

Fatal Heart Infections Linked to Opioid Addiction Soar Among Youth

Scientific researchers are finding a grim answer to why growing numbers of young Americans are dying from the effects of heart failure, endocarditis, strokes, and leaking heart valves. Researchers have determined that opioid abuse among young people is the common denominator for several rising heart-related diseases and fatalities among Americans ages 15 to 44.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
January 5, 2023

Digital Currency and Fentanyl, New Elements of 21st-Century Drug Trafficking

“Two Dutch nationals, an Englishman, and nine companies have been targeted for sanctions by the U.S. government for allegedly operating an illegal fentanyl ring that generated millions of dollars in virtual currency.” That is the opening line from an A.P. News report outlining the growing risk of shady business dealings involving transnational corporations, cryptocurrency, and discreet shipments of drugs. Given the increasing danger presented by online drug sales and discreet by-mail drug trafficking, families must do everything they can to get help for their addicted loved ones.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
November 22, 2022

New Studies Show Another Reason Why Fentanyl Overdoses are Often Fatal

A new study has shown that fentanyl is so potent it can stop the user’s breathing and cause death while the user is still conscious. That is different from other opioid overdoses that typically involve the user going unconscious before experiencing halted breathing and cardiac arrest. Such a development means emergency responders and concerned individuals now have even less time to respond to an opioid overdose, thus heightening the risk of death.

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