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Illegal Online Purchases of Pot on the Rise

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THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 – Millions of Americans buy marijuana online illegally, a new study found. "Anyone, including teenagers, can search for and buy marijuana from their smartphone, regardless of what state they live in," said study leader John Ayers. He's an associate research professor at San Diego State University's School of Public Health. In the study, Ayers' team examined Google ...

U.S. Drug Traffickers Could Face Death Penalty Under Trump Opioid Plan

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Drug traffickers in the United States could face the death penalty under President Donald Trump's plan to tackle the nation's opioid addiction epidemic. The death penalty would be imposed where appropriate under current law, according to a top administration official, the Associated Press reported. Trump also wants to lower the amount of drugs required to trigger mandatory minimum sentences for ...

Managing Pain With Fewer Opioids After Joint Replacement

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WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 – Using two or more pain control methods after hip and knee replacement surgery rather than opioid painkillers alone reduces risks to patients, a new study finds. "Patients need to be aware that there are ways to treat their pain during and after surgery in addition to opioids," said study author Dr. Stavros Memtsoudis. "If the doctor prescribes more than one type of ...

Poison Prevention at Home

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TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 – Every day, more than 300 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for accidental poisoning, and two children die from it. Reports of youngsters getting sick after eating colorful laundry and dishwasher detergent pods that they thought were candy have renewed warnings about keeping all cleaning products both out of sight and out of reach – behind cabinet doors with ...

Opioid ODs Outpacing Other 'Deaths of Despair'

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TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 – Though fewer Americans are dying from alcohol abuse, suicide and murder, opioid overdose deaths have risen dramatically in recent decades, a new report finds. And some regions of the United States are bearing the brunt of these "deaths of despair," the researchers discovered. "Unless more effective policies are developed and programs implemented, drug use disorders will ...

Health Tip: Prevent an Accidental Drug Overdose

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-- The medicine you're taking has to be given in the correct dose for it to work effectively, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Here are the FDA's suggestions to help avoid an overdose: Always follow the directions on the drug facts label. Make sure you are not taking two or more drugs that contain the same active ingredient. Never take more than the recommended amount. Talk to your ...

Certain Teens More Likely to Get Hooked on Opioids

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MONDAY, March 12, 2018 – Teenagers with any mental health problem are more prone to painkiller dependence after receiving a prescription opioid, a new study finds. The odds of progressing to long-term opioid therapy can double, triple or more, depending on the kid's diagnosis and the other drugs prescribed to treat their disorder, the researchers said. The findings mirror earlier studies showing ...

ER Visits for Opioid Overdoses Soaring: CDC

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TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 – America's opioid epidemic is escalating at breakneck speed, with tens of thousands of overdose victims spilling into the nation's emergency rooms seeking lifesaving treatment, a new government report shows. Emergency room visits for opioid overdoses increased nationwide and across all demographic groups between July 2016 and September 2017, according to ER records ...

Hip-Hop Music Blamed for Encouraging Drug Use

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MONDAY, March 5, 2018 – Hip-hop music may be influencing black Americans to try the street drug molly, a new study suggests. Molly – the powder or crystal form of ecstasy – is a stimulant and hallucinogenic. University of South Florida researchers surveyed young black adults who said they'd tried molly. The investigators found that 82 percent of them said hip-hop music had influenced their ...

More U.S. Kids Landing in ICU From Opioids

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MONDAY, March 5, 2018 – A growing number of U.S. kids are ending up in the intensive care unit after overdosing on prescription painkillers or other opioids, a new study finds. Researchers found that between 2004 and 2015, the number of children and teens admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit for an opioid overdose nearly doubled. That included teenagers who'd abused the drugs, and young ...

Is Herbal Drug Kratom a Health Friend or Foe?

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FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 – What's the truth about the herbal drug kratom? Is it a potentially dangerous opioid that needs to be tightly regulated, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has argued in recent months? Or is it a misunderstood natural product that provides people in pain an alternative to opioids, a point of view asserted by a number of scientists who've studied kratom? Disagreement ...

New Research Debunks Two Medical Marijuana Myths

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THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 – Mention legalizing medical marijuana, and people often think two things: This will prompt teens to think marijuana use is OK, and more will start using it. Legalizing marijuana will reduce the number of adults overdosing on opioids. As it turns out, neither has proven to be true, according to new research. Since medical marijuana first became legal in California in ...

Xanax, Valium Looking Like America's Next Drug Crisis

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THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 – America is well aware of its opioid epidemic, but there's a hidden crisis brewing with prescription sedatives such as Xanax and Valium, a new review warns. Known as benzodiazepines, overdose deaths involving these medications have increased exponentially over the past decade, in lockstep with a steady growth in prescriptions for the drugs, the review authors found. Use ...

FDA Cracks Down on Kratom Products

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 – A number of kratom-containing dietary supplements are being recalled and destroyed by the manufacturer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday. Kratom – a plant that grows in Asia – poses serious health risks, according to the FDA. Earlier this month, the agency declared that kratom acts like an opioid in the human brain. And on Tuesday the ...

Some Pain Patients Can Cut Opioid Dose and Still Get Relief

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 – Some potentially good news for folks taking opioids for chronic pain: It's possible to slowly reduce the dosage without increasing discomfort, new research suggests. That's even true for people who've taken the drugs for a long time. One patient in the new study had used opioids for 38 years, the researchers said. "For some people, long-term opioids are necessary, but ...

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