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{FD} Overdose deaths up in NYC; fentanyl most common substance identified, report says

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In the country’s largest city, confirmed drug overdose deaths are up over a year ago — and still at epidemic levels — but the rate of deaths has slowed down, according to a report Monday. Continue reading

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{FD} Tennessee nurse wrote herself prescriptions for thousands of opioids, documents reveal

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A nurse has had her medical license suspended after authorities discovered that she used a doctor’s prescription pad to write herself 104 prescriptions to access thousands of powerful opioids. Continue reading

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{FD} To avoid overdoses, some test their heroin before taking it

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The newest tool in the fight against opioid overdoses is an inexpensive test strip that can help heroin users detect a potentially deadly contaminant in their drugs. Continue reading

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{FD} Missouri mom stole dying daughter’s meds: police

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A Missouri mother listed as the primary caregiver for her 20-year-old terminally ill daughter has been charged with taking the woman’s pain medication after the family’s doctor tipped off police about suspicious requests to refill prescriptions. Continue reading

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{FD} Artery damage seen in some teenage smokers, drinkers

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Teenagers who smoke or who binge on alcohol have signs of artery damage by age 17, a recent study shows. Continue reading

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{FD} New synthetic drug strains are making it difficult to diagnose overdoses

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Experts say many of these new synthetic drugs don’t show up on blood tests, making it more difficult for medical professionals to identify an overdose. Continue reading

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{FD} Mom’s prenatal opioids may stunt kids’ learning, study finds

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Learning disabilities and other special education needs are common in children born with opioid-related symptoms from their mother’s drug use while pregnant, according to the first big U.S. study to examine potential long-term problems in these infants. Continue reading

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{FD} How a hangover affects your brain the next day

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We all know we shouldn’t drink and drive. Continue reading

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{FD} There’s no ‘safe’ level of alcohol consumption, global study finds

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Drinking alcohol in moderation is more harmful than previously thought, according to a new study that concludes there’s no “safe” level of alcohol consumption. Continue reading

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{FD} New Haven park overdoses possibly caused by fentanyl

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Conflicting reports out of Connecticut suggest that at least some of the 76 patients who overdosed on synthetic marijuana in a New Haven park may have also ingested fentanyl. Continue reading

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{FD} More than 70 people overdose in New Haven as park visitors watch in horror

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As many as 76 people overdosed on what’s believed to have been synthetic marijuana at or near a Connecticut city park as fellow parkgoers watched in horror. Continue reading

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{FD} Up to 60 people overdose in New Haven as park visitors watch in horror

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As many as 60 people overdosed on what’s believed to have been synthetic marijuana at or near a Connecticut city park as fellow parkgoers watched in horror. Continue reading

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{FD} More than 47 people overdose in New Haven as park visitors watch in horror

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More than 30 people overdosed on what’s believed to have been synthetic marijuana at or near a Connecticut city park as fellow parkgoers watched in horror. Continue reading

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{FD} More than 30 people overdose in New Haven as park visitors watch in horror

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More than 30 people overdosed on what’s believed to have been synthetic marijuana at or near a Connecticut city park as fellow parkgoers watched in horror. Continue reading

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{FD} Demi Lovato agrees to enter rehab facility: report

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Following Demi Lovato’s apparent overdose last week, the singer has reportedly agreed to enter a rehab facility. Continue reading

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{FD} How to save someone from an opioid overdose

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On July 20, Bed-Stuy resident Louis Rivera was just beginning his morning at a local bodega, grabbing a coffee before taking his wife to the train station. Continue reading

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{FD} Demi Lovato apparent overdose: How to keep loved ones from relapsing

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The news of Demi Lovato’s apparent overdose and relapse has many people questioning how and why the starlet went down that destructible road again. Fox News’ Dr. Manny Alvarez sits down with two renowned addiction experts to find out just how common re… Continue reading

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{FD} K2 drug wreaking havoc in DC, with possible links to 4 deaths, officials say

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A batch of synthetic marijuana that is putting users into a zombie-like state in scenes reminiscent of the horror film “Night of the Living Dead” may be tied to at least four deaths and more than 140 cases of illness in the Washington, D.C., area, offi… Continue reading

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{FD} Cory Monteith’s mom reveals girlfriend Lea Michele broke the news of his death: ‘She was screaming’

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Cory Monteith’s mom revealed the actor was on pain medications for “massive” dental work weeks before he died of heroin overdose in 2013. Continue reading

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{FD} Cory Monteith’s mom reveals actor was on pain meds for dental work before overdose death

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Cory Monteith’s mom revealed the actor was on pain medications for “massive” dental work weeks before he died of heroin overdose in 2013. Continue reading

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{FD} CDC chief says fentanyl almost killed his son

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The head of the nation’s top public health agency says the opioid epidemic will be one of his priorities, and he revealed a personal reason for it: His son almost died from taking cocaine contaminated with the powerful painkiller fentanyl. Continue reading

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{FD} NC town battles opioid epidemic by using robots to test people’s ****

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In 2016 more than 33,000 opioid related deaths occurred across the U.S., but the town of Cary, located on the outskirts of North Carolina’s capital, is the first to use a special device to test sewer water in an attempt to combat the opioid crisis. Continue reading

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{FD} Mom shares last photos of son who died after taking ecstasy

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A grieving mom has released shocking photos of the final hours of her son who died after taking MDMA, also known as ecstasy. Continue reading

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{FD} Ex-Drug Czars Bill Bennett, John Walters: Mr. Trump, please don’t legalize marijuana at the federal level

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President Trump should refuse—it’s a bad deal with unsustainable consequences. Continue reading

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{FD} Battling the despair of opioid addiction in an unexpected place

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Sam Hall sat on his narrow bed, his thin frame propped up against the concrete wall, periodically glancing up from a well-worn paperback novel. Continue reading

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{FD} 70,000 opioid-related overdose deaths in US unaccounted for since 1999, study says

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The opioid crisis plaguing the U.S. may be even worse than health officials previously thought, with tens of thousands of opioid-related deaths possibly going unreported from 1999 to 2015. Continue reading

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{FD} Poison control centers report spike in kids’ exposure to addiction drug

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From 2007 to 2016, more than 11,000 children and adolescents in the U.S. were exposed to buprenorphine, a drug that’s used to treat opioid-use disorders, a new study finds. Continue reading

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{FD} Retailers experiment with blue lights to deter drug use

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The blue lights are meant to discourage people from using drugs in store bathrooms by making it more difficult for them to see their veins. Continue reading

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{FD} Pennsylvania man finds hope after years of addiction and despair

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The flight of industry has decimated a small Pennsylvania town, and the inundation of opioids has its back against the wall – and some of the city’s men are paying the price. Continue reading

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{FD} Should people with drug addictions be forced into rehab?

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Mandatory drug treatment programs are on the rise. But can a person truly recover when forced into treatment? Continue reading

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{FD} House advances dozens of bills to combat nation’s opioid crisis

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The House moved last week to push through dozens of bills aimed at curtailing the nationwide opioid epidemic — and lawmakers said they’re not done yet. Continue reading

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{FD} Kentucky sues Walgreens, claims it has role in opioid epidemic

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Kentucky’s attorney general on Thursday sued Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc, accusing the company of playing a dual role in propagating an opioid epidemic in the state as both a pharmacy chain and wholesale drug distributor. Continue reading

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{FD} Opioid overdose antidote recalled over particulate matter

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The FDA announced a recall of Naloxone on Monday after the antidote’s manufacturer flagged a potential issue with the syringe plunger. Continue reading

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{FD} Despair, hope and drugs in America: Is anyone safe?

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While America was diverted by homegrown terrorism, economic stress and mass shootings, another scourge quietly moved to the fore: drug addiction. Continue reading

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{FD} Georgia nursing board prioritizes drug-addicted nurses over patients, report says

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An investigation has found Georgia’s most fragile population – the ill and ailing – may be in imminent danger due to a culture of secrecy and questionable tactics employed by the state’s regulatory board for nurses, which stands accused of acting to ke… Continue reading

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{FD} One-third of new heroin users become dependent on it

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Every day, an estimated 300 to 520 people in the U.S. try heroin, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Continue reading

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{FD} Roseanne Barr not first celeb to claim Ambien led to bizarre behavior: What is the insomnia drug?

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Roseanne Barr appeared to blame Ambien, a prescription sleeping pill, for the racist tweet that ultimately led to her popular ABC show “Roseanne” to be canceled on Tuesday by ABC. Continue reading

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{FD} Drug users dumping thousands of used needles in NYC parks

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Junkies have been dumping some 5,000 used needles a week in parks across the Bronx — prompting desperate city officials to install dozens of syringe-disposal kiosks in hopes of cleaning up the dangerous mess. Continue reading

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{FD} 5 Connecticut students hospitalized after eating ‘tainted’ cookies

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A 15-year-old girl was arrested on Monday when five of her classmates were sent to the hospital after she allegedly gave them cookies laced with a foreign substance. Continue reading

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{FD} Dozens hospitalized after allegedly ingesting K2 in Brooklyn neighborhood

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At least 25 people were hospitalized on Saturday after police responded to reports of a mass overdose outside of a neighborhood deli in Brooklyn. Continue reading

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{FD} FDA approves non-opioid drug to treat opioid withdrawal symptoms

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Federal regulators on Wednesday approved the first nonopioid treatment to ease withdrawal from quitting addictive opioids. Continue reading

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{FD} Aspiring model found dead in doctor’s home after night of sex, drugs and alcohol, police say

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Olya Langille, 18, an aspiring model was found dead on March 26 in a doctor’s home after a night of partying, drugs, alcohol and sex. Continue reading

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{FD} Walmart to limit opioid prescriptions at pharmacies amid epidemic

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Walmart Inc. announced Monday the retail giant will begin to restrict opioid prescriptions in an effort to help stem the deadly drug epidemic. Continue reading

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{FD} Arizona reports first Carfentanil overdose death

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Arizona has recorded its first death involving an overdose of Carfentanil, a synthetic opioid that’s 5,000 times more potent than heroin, and 100 times more powerful than fentanyl. Continue reading

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{FD} Organs from overdose victims may save thousands on transplant waiting list

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Transplant procedures involving deceased overdose victims have increased nearly 24-fold since 2000, with researchers reporting on Monday that the patients who receive these organs typically fare as well as patients who receive organs from other donors. Continue reading

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{FD} US homes need Narcan to aid in opioid overdose epidemic, surgeon general advises

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The nation’s chief doctor wants more Americans to start carrying the overdose antidote naloxone to help combat the nation’s opioid crisis and save lives. Continue reading

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{FD} Surgeon general urges Americans to carry drug that reverses opioid overdose

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The nation’s chief doctor wants more Americans to start carrying the overdose antidote naloxone to help combat the nation’s opioid crisis and save lives. Continue reading

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{FD} Colorado hospitals find success in reducing opioid addiction

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Doctors say anytime an opiate prescription is written, it can be a gateway to addiction. With the opioid crisis raging nationwide, including in Colorado, a group of hospitals here grouped together to try and reduce the number of opioids doled out in em… Continue reading

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{FD} How the White House is tackling the opioid epidemic

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President Trump officially declared the opioid crisis a “public health emergency” in 2017. Here’s how he plans to tackle the epidemic. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump declares war on opioid abuse, calls for death penalty for traffickers, more access for treatment

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Speaking from one of the states hardest hit by the opioid epidemic, President Trump on Monday laid out a battle plan that calls for harsher sentences – and even the death penalty – for traffickers. Continue reading

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