Oregon’s Measure 110 has passed and decriminalized all drugs including heavier narcotics such as methamphetamines and heroin. How will this affect Oregon’s public health?
In 2017 alone, 14,000 Americans died due to a cocaine-related overdose —a substantial increase of 34% over the previous year. Federal organizations expect these numbers to continue to climb as cocaine use shows signs of growing popularity.
The impact of stay at home orders around the world seems to have had an unintended effect, according to a recent study by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime or UNODC.
Many families have been instructed to stay home over the next several weeks as a safeguard for themselves and their families. Subsequently, we have been receiving calls from families that, upon self-imposed quarantine, they discovered a loved one struggling with substance abuse.
Vaping has helped many quit smoking cigarettes and some to quit using tobacco altogether. With this said, a recent lawsuit brought something to my attention, something that may change the way many view vaping.
In the largest settlement related to the opioid epidemic in US history, the British company Reckitt Benckiser Group (creators of suboxone) are paying $1.4 billion to end investigations into their company.
11. Pennsylvania 18.5 per 100,000 people Pennsylvania has a big problem with the homeless population abusing and overdosing from opiates. 10. Kentucky 23.6 per 100,000 people Kentucky is trying to start more drug rehabilitation programs within the prison systems.
It’s interesting that certain states, with the same population as other states, have significantly lower overdose rates . What are these states doing differently? The location has a lot to do with the number of drugs that enter a state.
Overdoses throughout the United States have been on a steady increase for years. Recently CBS came out with a list of all the states in order from the least overdose-prone to the most. The statistics are taken from overdose deaths per 100,000 residents.
New test strips that can be dipped into any drug to test if it contains the drug Fentanyl are now being passed out in Whitehall, Ohio. The test strips are not approved by the FDA, but people in Whitehall are desperate for anything which may cut down the number of deaths.