The northeastern US is seeing a spike in ODs that medical experts are attributing to the powerful cancer drug.
The recent death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has pushed the topic of heroin back into the spotlight, but some medical professionals in the northeast never stopped talking about it in the first place. Before the news reports about Hoffman, who it is believed died of a heroin overdose, a Pennsylvania medical examiner was seeing […]
A new study found a “dramatic disparity” in high schools when it came to steroid use. Why is this population at risk?
When you think of steroid users, chances are you imagine bulky bodybuilders or professional athletes, but a recent study found another group is at much higher risk for using the dangerous drugs, and that group may just surprise you. Steroid use is much higher among gay and bisexual teen boys, who rely on the illicit […]
The powerful narcotic painkiller would be the first hydrocodone-only drug in the US, but some say its formulation makes it ripe for abuse.
Narcotic painkillers are big business in the US. We already consume 99 percent of the hydrocodone used in the world, and Vicodin was the most prescribed medication in the country in 2010. That same year, overdoses had quadrupled from a decade earlier. Now, the newly approved drug Zohydro has some up in arms. While Vicodin […]
Surviving prison in just the first hurdle. Post-release drug abuse and overdose rates paint a grim picture for life on the outside.
There is a lot of discussion about prison reform and how those who serve time fare after being released from behind bars. A new study published in late 2013 goes beyond the more popular topics like reoffend rates, though, to look at the causes of death among former prisoners. It’s a grim topic and the […]
Why is heroin use on the rise while other drug abuse is falling?
We’ve always seen the popularity of certain drugs wax and wane. What is hot this year is old news soon enough. But Vermont’s governor, Peter Shumlin, saw an alarming rise in heroin use in his state that he couldn’t write off as a passing trend. He has since given the issue major attention, devoting an […]
The President of the United States has gone on record equating marijuana with alcohol, causing others to question: “Has cannabis been getting a bum rap?”
Just weeks after legalized marijuana went on sale in Colorado, President Obama is fanning the flames of controversy by telling the editor of the New Yorker, “I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.” In the same article, Obama also references his own marijuana use as a kid and adds, “We should not be […]
The attack on Creigh Deeds by his own son shows cracks in the mental healthcare field and gives a glimpse of what desperate parents go through in seeking treatment.
When Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds was stabbed multiple times by his son, the incident shone a spotlight on the issue of mental health disorders in America. As news agencies rushed to report details, the scope of the tragedy became clearer. The senator was stabbed by his 24-year-old son, Austin “Gus” Deeds, who then committed […]
We look at what defines a true addiction and how you can tell if your obsessive need for a specific substance or activity meets the criteria.
The term “addiction” has entered the pop culture lexicon and been applied to everything from coffee drinks and junk food to workout routines. But can you really be addicted to a latte, some Pringles or a Zumba class? While some studies claim to find junk food as addictive as drugs, experts know that addiction isn’t […]
Pricey pillows and ceramic canisters are the latest décor items to glamorize substance use.
As you hit the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, you may have missed some new items meant to spread a little cheer. High-end designer Jonathan Adler latest line of home décor includes a variety of drug-themed pieces. Of course, it’s nothing new. The fashion and design worlds have always flirted with drug culture, giving […]
Lighting up may be legal in Colorado, but Denver Police are on the lookout for pollution from marijuana users and the fine is a hefty one.
While pro-pot advocates continue to cheer laws to legalize marijuana in several states, the debate is far from over. Washington State and Colorado are poised to provide a case study in the debate over legalization, with Colorado voters recently overwhelmingly approved a plan for taxing their state’s newly-legal marijuana market. Still, that doesn’t mean you […]