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Opioids: An American Mass Murderer

This country has a serious opioid addiction problem. The number of fatal overdoses from both prescription painkillers and heroin an hour died from an opioid overdose that year. Approximately 2.35 million Americans had diagnosable opioid addictions in America, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Read More »

 
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DEA Orders Production Cut for Opioids in 2017

Each year, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) sets regulations on the amounts of controlled drugs that are allowed to be manufactured. Over the past three years, the DEA allowed 25% more opioid production than usual. The year 2014 set the record for deaths from drug Read More »

 
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“Super-Prescribers” are being Placed on Aetna Watchlist

Picture a bottle of opioid pills, such as oxycodone. Now think about 280 million bottles of opioid pills. That’s how many are given to patients annually. The actual number of pills given out per year is in the billions. In a society all too familiar Read More »

 
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Heroin Overdose: A Picture of Abuse

I can describe a cactus. I can tell you about its thick, bulbous leaves, and how they’re covered in spines. I can explain how the cactus has dry, tannish spots on its leaves, and how tall the cactus is. I can literally read the dictionary Read More »

 
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Maryland Governor Spends $3 Million to Fight Drug Abuse & Crime

The state of Maryland has a heroin problem. Baltimore has even been dubbed the “heroin capital of America.” Studies have shown 1 in 10 Baltimore residents to be heroin addicts. The rest of the state is plagued as well, with overdose rates soaring in multiple Read More »

 
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Tara Bealer: College Professor. Community Activist. Heroin Dealer.

The story of a heroin dealer all too often ends with an overdose. In the case of 42-year-old Northampton Community College professor Tara Bealer, the story begins with an overdose. Last year, Tara Bealer was living a normal life with her daughter in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Read More »

 
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Kilogram of Elephant Tranquilizer, Carfentanil, Seized in Canada

  Carfentanil is the sedative zookeepers and veterinarians use to tranquilize elephants and other extremely large mammals. It is 100 times stronger than Fentanyl, which is 100 times stronger than morphine. Unfortunately, it is also a recent addition to heroin, and it is killing people Read More »

 
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Drug Take Back & Disposal Programs

Up until 2010, people with leftover or unwanted prescription medication didn’t have a lot of options when it came to disposing it. The Controlled Substances Act of 1970, or CSA, recommended one of three ways: self-disposal through flushing or discarding, giving them to police officers, Read More »

 
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Amy’s Place – Recovery Home for Women by Amy Winehouse Foundation

Just over five years ago, on July 23, 2011, famed singer Amy Winehouse died of accidental alcohol poisoning. On what would have been her 28th birthday, September 14 of the same year, her father started the Amy Winehouse Foundation. Their mission is, “…supporting and empowering Read More »

 
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Lessons learned from Prince’s Death

It’s Never Too Late to Ask for Help Whether or not you listen to the music, you know who Prince is. One of music’s biggest pop stars of all time, his recent passing made millions mourn. Soon after his death, it was revealed Prince’s death Read More »

 
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