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Heroin overdose cases doubled in West Virginia since drug monitoring database came into being, says study

11-22   Heroin overdose cases doubled in West Virginia since drug monitoring database came into being, says study

As the United States continues to struggle with the never-ending opioid crisis, different federal agencies have been taking one step after the other hoping to curb the menace. One such important step is the state drug monitoring database. Statewide prescription drug monitoring programs are being used in 49 states, with 36 of them passing laws […]


Opioid epidemic costs over $500 billion, says White House

11-21   Opioid epidemic costs over $500 billion, says White House

The opioid epidemic lashing the United States is hurting the country not only in terms of the years of potential life lost (YPLL) but also in terms of lost dollars, causing a huge dent in the state treasury. According to the White House, the actual cost of the opioid epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, […]


GOP senators plan to repeal Obamacare’s individual health care mandate in tax reform bill

11-15   GOP senators plan to repeal Obamacare’s individual health care mandate in tax reform bill

After an extensive effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare—that eventually stayed on—senators of the Republican Party are now trying hard to rescind the individual mandate of Obamacare as part of their tax reform bill. The Republican senators are arguing that repealing the individual mandate, which was part of the ACA, in […]


FDA cracks down on 500 websites selling illegal prescription medicines

09-26   FDA cracks down on 500 websites selling illegal prescription medicines

In an effort to curb the online availability of unapproved medications, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken action against over 500 websites allegedly involved in illegal sale of potentially dangerous prescription drugs. According to the FDA, these websites were selling unauthorized substitutes of prescription medicines, including opioids, injectable epinephrine products and antibiotics […]


Cocaine affects brain area linked to impulse and self-control, finds study

09-18   Cocaine affects brain area linked to impulse and self-control, finds study

Sometimes certain people who are cocaine users become averse to the drug after years of abuse, however, they find it difficult to quit the addiction. The reason behind this has been unearthed by a new study, which revealed that cocaine abuse for a prolonged period severely affects the area of the brain that controls impulsivity […]


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