Substance Abuse

Trump worried about surge in drug abuse in US, but says cities turning safe

01-29   Trump worried about surge in drug abuse in US, but says cities turning safe

President Donald Trump recently compared the 1960s with today’s opioid epidemic ravaging the United States and said that the drug problem in those days was nothing compared to the present situation. The current drug scenario in the U.S. is catastrophic, which he has termed as “carnage.” The spike in drug overdose cases is unprecedented, something […]


Scientists successfully cure cocaine dependency in mice

01-22   Scientists successfully cure cocaine dependency in mice

Addiction to cocaine can be debilitating. Though there are certain therapies and programs that can treat cocaine dependence, the need of the hour is to develop more treatment modalities to overcome the problem. Claiming to have found a new way to treat cocaine addiction, researchers from Mont Sinai Medical Centre in New York said that […]


Highlights 2017: Top anti-drug operations of 2017 involving US

12-29   Highlights 2017: Top anti-drug operations of 2017 involving US

Controlling drug trafficking and distribution is a significant challenge for law enforcement agencies, considering the fact that the way drugs are being sold and distributed is continuously evolving. The 2017 World Drug Report highlighted the changing landscape of the illicit drug trade. New technologies like the dark web and even Facebook, and the emergence of […]


Cocaine is being laced with synthetic opioids in South Florida, cautions DEA

12-19   Cocaine is being laced with synthetic opioids in South Florida, cautions DEA

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The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) Miami Field Division notified recently that in the last two years, forensic chemists discovered opioid-laced cocaine in over 180 samples seized by federal authorities in 21 counties, including Palm Beach and Broward, across the South Florida area. The Miami-Dade County led the seizures with 69 instances of cocaine cut with […]


Reduction in long-stay antipsychotic use may be exaggerated, finds study

12-12   Reduction in long-stay antipsychotic use may be exaggerated, finds study

Posted in Substance Abuse

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which recently met its target of reducing antipsychotic use among long-stay residents in nursing homes and care centers, has set new goals for underperforming providers to minimize antipsychotic use by 15 percent by 2019. However, a recent study suggests that such reductions in antipsychotic use in long-stay […]


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