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Gov. Hogan declares state of emergency in heroin epidemic

ANNAPOLIS, M.d. – Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency in response to the heroin epidemic in Maryland. Hogan made the announcement at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency Wednesday. He discussed Maryland’s recent efforts to combat opioid...

Why We ‘Self-Medicate’ Our Own Depression or Anxiety

By Dr. Tian Dayton This is mental health awareness month. Which means, in my experience, that it is still, to some extent at least, alcohol awareness month. Many people who suffer with undiagnosed depression or anxiety reach for alcohol or drugs to calm their nerves...

Drug OD deaths nearly tripled since 1999, CDC says

Drug overdose deaths have nearly tripled in the United States since 1999, with whites and middle-aged Americans bearing much of the brunt, a new government report shows. More than 16 out of every 100,000 Americans died of a drug overdose in 2015, compared to just over...

Michael Lohan Fights to Help Drug Addicts

Lindsay Lohan’s father, Michael Lohan, thinks drug addicts should be forced to take opiate-blocking drugs. In a letter to President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, Lohan — a recovering addict and a counselor with the Long Island Teen Challenge rehabilitation...

Substance Abuse and Addiction Health Center

Benzodiazepine Abuse Overview Benzodiazepines are a type of medication known as tranquilizers. Familiar names include Valium and Xanax. They are some of the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States. When people without prescriptions obtain and take...

New Year Drunkalogue

By Kim Wilson I remember as a little girl waking up on the morning after my parents had a party the night before. I was usually in the company my elder brother and two boys of close family friends. The four of us (while parents still slept) would smoke the stumped-out...

The Surprising Path From Student Athlete to Heroin Addict

When Robert King was a high school wrestler, he broke his foot and doctors prescribed him Percocet to help ease the pain. But he became addicted to the pain medication, and within a few years he moved on to a cheaper alternative: heroin. “Once I started taking...

Five more heroin overdoses in Delray brings October total to 88

DELRAY BEACH — The surge in heroin overdoses throughout the city in October continued Halloween weekend with five overdoses, bringing the monthly total to 88. That number tops the previous record high by 22 overdoses. READ MORE   For more information contact...

Academic Doping: The Rise of the Study Drug

It’s 2 a.m., you’ve written one sentence for the five-page paper due in a few hours and you haven’t even started looking at your notes for the big test; then you realize your coffee supply is running low. For students, this is the most dreaded week of the year—finals...

Heroin Laced with Elephant Tranquilizer Hits the Streets

The American heroin epidemic has become more dangerous, as reports of heroin laced with carfentanil are being reported throughout the country. Carfentanil is the most potent opioid used commercially, 10,000 times stronger than morphine. It is a version or analogue of...

Why Fentanyl Is So Much More Deadly Than Heroin

When prescription opioids started getting too difficult or too expensive to procure, people addicted to them started turning to heroin–a shift that’s created an “epidemic” of heroin use in whole new groups of people. Now, a new opioid is rising in use and overdose:...