Drug abuse

Police seize drugs worth $46000 sold clandestinely through Facebook

12-27   Police seize drugs worth $46000 sold clandestinely through Facebook

A 10-month long operation led the Chicago police to arrest 50 people, and seize 17 different types of drugs worth $46,000 and at least 18 illegal firearms. During the operation, the Chicago police infiltrated several secret Facebook groups and found that they were clandestinely selling drugs and illegal arms. The sting operation has come as […]


Study links painkillers to obesity, heart disease and diabetes

12-12   Study links painkillers to obesity, heart disease and diabetes

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For decades, the United States has been dealing with the immense pain given by the painkillers, some legal, some illegal. Prescribed by doctors and sold by pharmacists, prescription medication can be as powerful and potentially dangerous as street drugs. What adds to their growing popularity is the easy availability and the common misconception that they […]


Meth-related overdose deaths jump 500% in West Virginia

12-05   Meth-related overdose deaths jump 500% in West Virginia

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The number of overdose deaths involving methamphetamine has jumped a whopping 500 percent since 2014 in West Virginia, according to the latest state health records. In 2017 so far, a record-breaking 129 people succumbed to meth-related overdoses, and the numbers are not showing any signs of slowing down. Experts believe that over 50 percent of […]


Pharmacogenetics: Matching DNA and Drug Can Be Challenging

10-05   Pharmacogenetics: Matching DNA and Drug Can Be Challenging

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By Michael Cala Pharmacogenetics is the study of how genes affect a person’s response to drugs. Basic idea is that the healthcare providers tests a patient’s DNA and based on their unique ‘profile,’ can determine what medication at what dose will work best. The goal is a create “personalized” approach that gives patients the most […]


Americans More Likely to Die from Drug Overdoses than Gun Homicides

09-11   Americans More Likely to Die from Drug Overdoses than Gun Homicides

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By Barbara Jump September is National Recovery Month. And that’s something we all should take notice of right now. Because, as the The New York Times reported in June, the epidemic of drug overdose deaths is rising faster than ever. In fact, drug overdose/opioid-related deaths are now the leading cause of death of Americans under […]


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