Category Archive: Drugs in the News

Jul 27

HHS Secretary: 259 Million Opioid Prescriptions in U.S. in 2012 Outnumbered American Adults

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell told Congress Wednesday that there were more than 250 million prescriptions for opioid drugs in 2012 – more than the number of adults in the U.S. “In the year 2012, there were 259 million prescriptions for opioids. That’s more than one for every adult in the country,” Burwell told …

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Jul 17

Pot Breathalyzer To Make Marijuana Legalization Safer

With marijuana becoming legal in more and more states across the U.S., concerns about road safety have taken center stage. As regulations regarding how much alcohol can be safely consumed before driving have been hammered into the public eye for years, many worry that newly legalized pot rules need to be paid the same attention. …

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Jul 14

Sounding the Alarm as Prescription Drug Abusers Turn to Heroin

Standing in the pulpit above Austin Klimusko’s casket three years ago, his mother used his death to draw the connection between pills from a pharmacy and drugs from the street. “When his prescriptions dried up, he turned to heroin,” Susan Klimusko said in a frank eulogy meant as a warning to the young mourners at …

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Jun 24

Medical Marijuana May Help Some Symptoms, But Not All

Medical marijuana shows some effectiveness in helping treat chronic pain but there is less evidence of its success in warding off nausea or helping ill patients gain weight, researchers said Tuesday. The issue of whether or not medical marijuana works remains a matter of debate, even as 23 US states and the US capital, Washington, …

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Jun 23

Deaths From Synthetic Marijuana use Rising Sharply in U.S.: CDC

Synthetic marijuana killed three times more people in the first five months of 2015 than in all of 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday. With catchy “brand” names such as Spice, Sexy Monkey, Black Mamba, K2, No More Mr. Nice Guy, Twilight and hundreds of others, synthetic marijuana …

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May 28

Even Nicotine-Free E-Cig Vapor Damages Lung Cells

In the last couple of years, electronic cigarette use has exceeded that of traditional cigarettes among teenagers. And now, a new study shows how e-cigs aren’t necessarily great for lung health either: not only is nicotine damaging for the lungs in any form, but even exposure to vapor from e-cigs that don’t contain nicotine may have …

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May 22

What’s Kratom? Parents Claim the Drug Drove Son to Suicide

The parents of a University of Georgia student who committed suicide earlier this month are now speaking out about it — specifically about an unregulated drug called Kratom they say their son John Eden was addicted to, in an aim to save others from the same tragic fate. “I had a feeling he was on the ledge, …

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May 20

Two Flee South Lake Tahoe Drug Lab Explosion

Two people are being sought in connection with a drug lab that blew up in South Lake Tahoe on Tuesday night. The suspects were seen running from the apartment on Larch Avenue after the 8:20pm explosion on May 19.  Glass was blown out and a small fire started. However, the damage was minimal. The building inspector …

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May 18

The Surprising Downsides Of Being High On Pot

Smoking marijuana can lead to more than a euphoric high, and has been linked to long-lasting delusions, mouth swelling and several other surprising effects, according to a new review of research on the recreational use of the drug. “All recreational users should be aware of potential undesired acute cannabinoid effects,” or the effects of being …

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May 15

Renowned Doctor to Present in Truckee on Prescription Drug Dangers

Dr. Roneet Lev, a prescription drug safety champion and 2015 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit keynote speaker, will present to Tahoe-Truckee community members next week. Her presentation will center on prescription drug abuse, as well as national and local safety efforts. The free event is scheduled for 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at the Tahoe …

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