What Is the Gray Death?
As the opioid epidemic continues to unfold, a new threat has revealed itself. It’s called the gray death, and it’s already killed several Americans.
Oregon Decriminalizes Drugs—What This Means for the Future
In an effort to keep addicts out of jail, Oregon just voted to decriminalize possession of heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, oxycodone, and other hard drugs. However, many criticize the law for legalizing harmful substances.
How Heroin Can Kill You (Hint: It’s Not What You Think)
Most people know that overdoses of opioids like heroin, oxycodone or fentanyl can kill on the spot. But the use of these drugs, especially injecting them, can cause many other deadly conditions. Understanding the risk an addicted person faces every day should include knowing about these less obvious risks.
Addiction Is “A Solution” that Becomes “The Problem”
The often false, painful and confusing narrative of how a person becomes addictive is at the center of much debate. For many years, addiction was seen as a problem for the inner city, or the morally weak. Worse, when a person didn't fit this narrative, they were labeled with different terms.
Are Young People Using Drugs More Often than They Used to?
Drug and alcohol misuse at any age carries with it a severe risk not only for the user but for those around them as well. And while drug and alcohol misuse can occur with anyone, at any time, and under just about any circumstances, this life-threatening crisis does seem to affect various demographics differently.
Heroin Overdoses on the Way Down in Some Areas, Band-Aid for the Real Problem
Heroin addiction. The term itself brings out feelings of discomfort, sadness, and heartache. It seems like everywhere we turn there is another story of an individual who died from a heroin overdose—a life lost, a family tormented.
The Difference between Fentanyl and Other Opioids—Why So Many Addicts Die
If you’ve had your eye on health news, you’ve probably heard “fentanyl” mentioned more than once in the last year. And why is that? Fentanyl is a powerful and potent opioid pain reliever first introduced into the medical pain-relief sector for treating cancer patients.
Increase in Pet Painkiller Prescriptions Could Indicate More Owner Misuse
Because of a significant increase in painkiller prescriptions to pet owners, veterinarians are being warned to watch for some owners who might be consuming these drugs instead of giving them to their pets.
What Are the Most Addictive Drugs in the World?
It’s no small task to measure the addiction potential of a substance. But researchers still put in the effort do this in order to furnish us with valuable information about different drugs. That information can help us greatly in addressing the drug crisis that our nation is mired in.
Eliminating Health Problems Could Start with Eliminating Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Drug use and excessive alcohol consumption cause and worsen a very long list of physical and mental illnesses. To maintain a healthy life, avoiding drug use, or recovering from addiction, are vital first steps.