Substance Abuse

U.S. charges 58 in Texas with healthcare fraud, illegal opioid distribution

Fifty-eight people have been charged with engaging in healthcare fraud schemes that centered on the illegal distribution of more than 6 million opioid pills across Texas, U.S. prosecutors said on Wednesday. Some 16 medical professionals, including six doctors and seven pharmacists, were charged in the schemes, which featured one pharmacy in Houston that illegally dispensed …

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Purdue Pharma, bears the “lion’s share” of the blame for the opioid crisis.

The north wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a vast, airy enclosure featuring a banked wall of glass and the Temple of Dendur, a sandstone monument that was constructed beside the Nile two millennia ago and transported to the Met, brick by brick, as a gift from the Egyptian government. The space, which …

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Autopsy report says football player died of opioid overdose

Medical examiners say a Northern Arizona University offensive lineman died of an opioid overdose. Authorities found Malik Noshi unresponsive in his Flagstaff home on July 7. An autopsy report released Tuesday listed the cause of death as acute fentanyl intoxication and the manner as accidental. It also said Noshi had recently used cocaine and had …

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Faces of an Epidemic: Stories of the Victims of America’s Opioid Crisis

Faces of an Epidemic: Stories of the Victims of America’s Opioid Crisis — and the Fight to Save Lives By Steve Helling•@stevehelling and Alexandra Rockey Fleming Jack and Hunt Freeman were Texas brothers with a lot going for them. Hunt, 26, was a charismatic salesman at a Harley Davidson shop; Jack, 29, worked as a …

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Alcohol Withdrawal Complications Led to Heart Failure

True Blood’ Star Nelsan Ellis – Alcohol Withdrawal Complications Led to Heart Failure. Nelsan Ellis’ heart failure was triggered by alcohol withdrawal complications. The “True Blood” star’s family said Nelsan — who died Saturday — struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for years and his latest attempt to withdraw from booze on his own led …

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4 dead, at least a dozen hospitalized after mass overdose in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Public Health said as of Wednesday morning, six more overdose cases possibly related to fake Percocet were reported. None of these cases have been confirmed as overdoses related to the street drugs. The Georgia Department of Public Health said as of Wednesday morning, six more overdose cases possibly related to fake …

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Ohio Attorney General Sues 5 Drugmakers Over Opiate Crisis

Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio attorney general sued five drugmakers on Wednesday, accusing the companies of perpetrating the state’s addictions epidemic by intentionally misleading patients about the dangers of painkillers and promoting benefits of the drugs not backed by science. Attorney General Mike DeWine said the companies created a …

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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 these drugs for their sedating effects, use turns into abuse. Doctors may prescribe a benzodiazepine for the …

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Long-Term Heavy Alcohol Use & Older Adults Don’t Mix

It might not be surprising news that a night of heavy drinking impacts a person’s short-term memory, but University of Florida researchers have found that older adults’ mental abilities are more affected by heavy drinking than younger adults, and that heavy drinking in youth can have long-lasting effects on memory and learning in old age. …

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Ohio Cops Release Images of Couple Passed Out in Suspected Overdose with Boy, 4, in the Car

Ohio police have posted shocking photos of two unconscious adults – who police believe had overdosed on heroin – in a car with a 4-year-old boy in the back seat. On its Facebook page, the city of East Liverpool, Ohio, shared the photos Thursday, along with a police report. Police say that they responded to …

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What is Substance Abuse?

Every day individuals are taking substances in ways that differ from the substances’ intended uses. Commonly overlooked until negative consequences appear, Substance abuse is the misuse of a substance. Forms of substance abuse are: Using prescription drugs without a prescription administering substances in an unintended manner using more than the recommended or prescribed amount of …

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