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Cocaine And Fentanyl Mix Kills 3, Sickens 7 in NC

Cocaine And Fentanyl Mix Kills 3, Sickens 7 in NC | Alcohol & Drugs | Scoop.it
Recreational drugs laced with the powerful opioid, fentanyl, have caused overdoses and deaths over the last decade, most often in the Northeast and Midwest. Cocaine or heroin combined with fentanyl can turn deadly for the unsuspecting user, as occurred early this morning in Siler City, North Carolina.
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Cocaine and fentanyl prove to be a deadly combination.

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Mom who lost 2 sons in one night to opioids works to spare others from same fate

Mom who lost 2 sons in one night to opioids works to spare others from same fate | Alcohol & Drugs | Scoop.it
Becky Savage, a nurse in Indiana, lost her sons Nick and Jack to opioids in a single night. She's on a mission now to prevent more such tragedies.
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A completely horrifying experience for a mother to deal with.
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Drug overdoses killed more Americans last year than the Vietnam War

Drug overdoses killed more Americans last year than the Vietnam War | Alcohol & Drugs | Scoop.it
"Despite the groundbreaking work that police and other agencies are doing, the epidemic is continuing to worsen," a new report states
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More Americans died as a result of drug overdoses last year compared to the Vietnam War.
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Billions Of Dollars Lost To The Opioid Epidemic In Mass.

Billions Of Dollars Lost To The Opioid Epidemic In Mass. | Alcohol & Drugs | Scoop.it
A breakdown of a seminal estimate from the Centers for Disease Control suggests the state's economic burden was about $10 billion in 2016.
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The economic impact of the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts.
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Teenagers are using less drugs, but overdosing more on heroin and fentanyl

Teenagers are using less drugs, but overdosing more on heroin and fentanyl | Alcohol & Drugs | Scoop.it
When it comes to teen drug use, there is both encouraging and alarming news: Fewer adolescents are using illicit drugs, but overdose rates have gone up.   In 2015, the rate of drug overdose deaths among teens aged 15 to 19 climbed by 19 percent, after years of slow decline, according to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of these fatalities were due to opiates like heroin and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and and tramadol. Heroin is responsible for the most deaths among these drugs, and is now responsible for one fatality per 100,000 adolescents per year. At the same time, fewer teens are using illicit drugs other than marijuana. Results from the Monitoring
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There is good news and there is alarming news.
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Thousands of urban overdose deaths linked to shocking increase of fentanyl in drug supply

Thousands of urban overdose deaths linked to shocking increase of fentanyl in drug supply | Alcohol & Drugs | Scoop.it
The man-made narcotic fentanyl, about 50 times stronger than heroin, is directly linked to thousands of overdoses and a shocking rise in fatalities nationwide
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If the opioid crisis isn't a national emergency, nothing is

If the opioid crisis isn't a national emergency, nothing is | Alcohol & Drugs | Scoop.it
Official site of The Week Magazine, offering commentary and analysis of the day's breaking news and current events as well as arts, entertainment, people and gossip, and political cartoons.
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The headline says it all!
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Study: Marijuana smokers have greater risk of death from high blood pressure

Study: Marijuana smokers have greater risk of death from high blood pressure | Alcohol & Drugs | Scoop.it
A just-released study found that people who smoke pot have a three times greater risk of dying from hypertension or high blood pressure.
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New research shows the dangers of marijuana smoking increasing the risk of hypertension or high blood pressure.
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Trump on Opioid Crisis: Just Tell kids Not To Do Drugs

Trump on Opioid Crisis: Just Tell kids Not To Do Drugs | Alcohol & Drugs | Scoop.it
Donald Trump didn’t adopt his own White House opioid commission’s recommendation to declare a national emergency over opioids – instead, he suggests we just tell kids drugs are “no good, really bad for you in every way.”
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How would the "Just Say No" approach work for today's opioid crisis?
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FDA to step up targeting of fentanyl, other synthetic opioids at postal facilities

FDA to step up targeting of fentanyl, other synthetic opioids at postal facilities | Alcohol & Drugs | Scoop.it
Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the agency must do more to try to slow the flow of dangerous opioids into the country.
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FDA taking new measures to target synthetic opioids that are coming through postal services.
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Opioids in Middletown

Opioids in Middletown | Alcohol & Drugs | Scoop.it
A Yahoo News special report exploring a community's battle against the opioid epidemic.
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This is a great investigative piece one on multiple stories related to the opioid crisis in Middletown, Ohio.  Great overall reads.
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Opioid commission to Trump: Declare state of emergency

Opioid commission to Trump: Declare state of emergency | Alcohol & Drugs | Scoop.it
The White House panel examining the nation's opioid epidemic recommends that President Trump declare a national public health emergency to combat the ongoing crisis.
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Simple message from Opioid commission to President Trump: Declare a national public health emergency.
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Study finds sevenfold rise in prescription opioid use among fatally injured drivers

Study finds sevenfold rise in prescription opioid use among fatally injured drivers | Alcohol & Drugs | Scoop.it
The percentage of fatally injured drivers who tested positive for prescription opioids rose sevenfold from 1 percent in 1995 to over 7 percent in 2015, according to a new study at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. The findings appear online in the American Journal of Public Health.
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Another effect of the opioid epidemic: increase in fatally injured drivers among opioid users.
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This Isn't the First U.S. Opiate-Addiction Crisis

This Isn't the First U.S. Opiate-Addiction Crisis | Alcohol & Drugs | Scoop.it
Doctors overprescribed painkillers in the 19th century. Eventually, they stopped.
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One of the big differences between the first opiate-addiction crisis and today's opioid epidemic was the invention of the hypodermic needle.
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Meth makes a comeback — and it’s purer, cheaper and much more lethal

Meth makes a comeback — and it’s purer, cheaper and much more lethal | Alcohol & Drugs | Scoop.it
Twelve years after Congress took aggressive action to curtail it, meth has returned with a vengeance. At the U.S. border, agents are seizing 10 to 20 times the amounts they did a decade ago. Methamphetamine, experts say, has never been purer, cheaper or more lethal.
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Methamphetamine is making a comeback.
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Top Mental Health Researcher Suggests Link Between Opioid Overdoses and Suicides

Top Mental Health Researcher Suggests Link Between Opioid Overdoses and Suicides | Alcohol & Drugs | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON ― As fatal opioid overdoses continue to rise, the causes of each death have become all too familiar: They usually involve a lethal cocktail of heroin, painkillers, and increasingly, the powerful synthetic opioid Fentanyl.
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This is something I hypothesized about with fatal overdoes being suicides.
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Drug overdose deaths skyrocketed in 2016 — and traditional opioid painkillers weren’t the cause

Drug overdose deaths skyrocketed in 2016 — and traditional opioid painkillers weren’t the cause | Alcohol & Drugs | Scoop.it
New official numbers show fentanyl took overdose deaths to unprecedented heights last year.
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Prescription opioids become an epidemic; now synthetic opioids are taking the lead with unprecedented numbers last year.
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Marijuana 'ended up killing' our son: Heartbroken parents explain

Marijuana 'ended up killing' our son: Heartbroken parents explain | Alcohol & Drugs | Scoop.it
Michael Ziobro was just 22 when he died. His family believes marijuana is to blame.
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A long article on both sides of the marijuana debate.
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Trump declares opioid crisis a 'national emergency'

Trump declares opioid crisis a 'national emergency' | Alcohol & Drugs | Scoop.it
BEDMINSTER, New Jersey (AP) — President Donald Trump is officially declaring the opioid crisis a "national emergency."
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Despite some earlier reports, President Trump declares opioid crisis a national emergency.
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US won't declare opioid emergency, Price says

US won't declare opioid emergency, Price says | Alcohol & Drugs | Scoop.it
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price says Trump has no immediate plans to declare the nation's opioid epidemic a public health emergency.
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Despite recommendations from the opioid commission, the U.S. will not declare it a national emergency.
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Max Barry died from combination of several drugs, including two opioids, autopsy shows

Drugs found were Xanax, cocaine and two opioids, liquid methodone and hydromorphone, according to an autopsy report released Wednesday.
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Son of a mayor died as a result of drug overdose.  The mayor is being forthcoming with her son's addiction.
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City's morgues are full, thanks to opioids

City's morgues are full, thanks to opioids | Alcohol & Drugs | Scoop.it
As Ohio grapples with the deadliest drug epidemic in American history, the criminal justice system has undergone a transformation: To stop an epidemic, they have to think like medical professionals.
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America's opioid epidemic - CNN

America's opioid epidemic - CNN | Alcohol & Drugs | Scoop.it
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"America's opioid epidemic" by CNN has a great amount of news articles and stories.
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What Is Fentanyl, The Opioid Drug 50 Times Stronger Than Heroin?

What Is Fentanyl, The Opioid Drug 50 Times Stronger Than Heroin? | Alcohol & Drugs | Scoop.it
Fentanyl is an extremely potent synthetic opioid, typically used as a painkiller. However, in recent years it has been mixed with heroin and other street opioids, leading to an increase in overdoses across the world. Fentanyl is 100 times stronger than street heroin, with some variants such as Carfentanyl thought to be 10,000 times stronger.
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Fentanyl and Carfentanyl are said to be 100 and 10,000 times stronger compared to heroin.
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I watched my childhood home go from idyllic to drug-ravaged. Trump's opioid commission isn't going to fix it

I watched my childhood home go from idyllic to drug-ravaged. Trump's opioid commission isn't going to fix it | Alcohol & Drugs | Scoop.it
Drug 'em up and blame China. Sure sounds a Trump plan.
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Someone describes how the opioid commission is not going to fix her childhood home that has turn drug-ravaged.
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Star athlete → injury → prescription painkillers → opioid addiction → dealing drugs → homeless

Star athlete → injury → prescription painkillers → opioid addiction → dealing drugs → homeless | Alcohol & Drugs | Scoop.it
Editor’s note: The following is a first-person account of a college athlete’s spiral into opioid addiction, as told to Eric Adelson.
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From star athlete to being homeless.  This downfall started with a promising future until and injury and prescription painkillers turned into an addiction.
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