Fatalities related to opioids are rising drastically — in 2014, about 18,893 overdose deaths in the U.S. were related to prescription pain relievers, and 10,574 deaths were related to heroin. A new study reported that prescription opioid overdose, abuse, and dependence in the U.S. has cost more than lives; it has added up to an estimated total economic burden of $78.5 billion.
A study of medical examiner and other reports from eight of ten states where the largest number of seizures of fentanyl were reported throws up much more larger and more frightening numbers.
Heroin use surged over the past decade, and the wave of addiction and overdose is closely related to the nation’s ongoing prescription drug epidemic, federal health officials said.
Dreamland is a tale of two artificial and highly permeable membranes. One separates legal and illegal drugs, the other Mexico and the United States.
Heroin is quickly becoming one of the most prevalent drugs among young adults, and it is the leading reason people 18-29 sought treatment for substance abuse last year.
By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun BALTIMORE — Robert Taylor Jr., and Camille Haviland thought they were being safe — within the bounds of their dangerous heroin habit, that is. Having bought from a new dealer, Taylor tried just one capsule instead of his usual three or four. Haviland left on an errand; when she […]
By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times Emergency physicians are bracing for a new rash of overdoses of a drug that looks like heroin but may not respond to commonly used doses of the opiate-reversal drug naloxone because it is so powerful, a new study reports. The threat comes from an emerging street drug called acetyl […]
By Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times Two men were arrested on suspicion of smoking heroin inside a Chuck E. Cheese bathroom in Costa Mesa, Calif., earlier this week. Police arrested Colin Zborowski, 28, and Daniel Lubach, 27, Tuesday night after another patron called police and reported that two men may be inside the restroom doing […]
Washington (AFP) – Anna Richter played high school basketball and grew up near a golf course in Centreville, Virginia, where the average family makes more than $100,000 per year. She was 15 or 16 when she began popping prescription painkillers to get high. A couple of years later, she snorted heroin for the first time. […]
By Timothy M. Phelps, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has been crusading for more lenient treatment for nonviolent drug offenders, making it a top priority before he is expected to leave office this year. Recently, however, he has been forced to confront an epidemic of deaths from heroin and […]
Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times Four people have been arrested on drug charges after the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman in an apparent heroin overdose, although whether the suspects were involved with the actor remained unclear on Tuesday. “The four have been arrested for drug charges. That’s all we can tell you,” a New York […]
Washington (AFP) – U.S. police investigating the apparent drug overdose death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman arrested four people Tuesday night with more than 350 bags of heroin, the New York Times reported. Three men and a woman were arrested in a search of three Manhattan apartments. Investigators recovered the bags of heroin inside the […]