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11 New Medical Conditions Added to Michigan’s List of Those  that Qualify for Medical Marijuana

11 New Medical Conditions Added to Michigan’s...


Early July, Michigan updated its list of medical conditions that qualify for a medical marijuana card by adding 11 new conditions to the list, bringing the grand total up to 22. Some of the latest additions include autism, Tourette’s Syndrome, and Parkinson’s disease. What this...


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Northern Kentucky Schools Advocate for Voluntary Drug Testing Clubs

Northern Kentucky Schools Advocate for...


So, this is interesting. Northern Kentucky schools are advocating for students to voluntarily join "drug testing clubs," which ask students to step outside of the box in their pledge to be drug-free. The schools now want students to put their money where their mouths are and prove they...


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New, Faster Drug Test May Speed Up Court Proceedings

New, Faster Drug Test May Speed Up Court...


When a matter is before the court, depending on how backed up the court may be, it can take months or even years for a case to finally be heard. In the meantime, non-violent offenders often wait out the time in prison, often because they are from low-income backgrounds and cannot afford...


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Popular Drug Valsartan Recalled After Carcinogenic Ingredient Found

Popular Drug Valsartan Recalled After...


Valsartan, a drug commonly used to treat blood pressure and heart health issues, was recalled worldwide by the FDA last month due to the discovered presence of NDMA, an ingredient that has the potential to cause cancer. Interestingly, Valsartan's brand name, Diovan, is safe from this...


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Alcohol-Related Liver Disease is on the Rise in Young Adults

Alcohol-Related Liver Disease is on the Rise in...


Many young adults joke after a night out with their friends that they probably just seriously damaged their livers. Unfortunately, this is becoming ever truer, as people as young as their mid-30s are being diagnosed with liver disease at an alarming rate. And it's not just young people...


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California Introduces What May Be the Very First Marijuana Breathalyzer Test

California Introduces What May Be the Very...


As the legalization of marijuana in this country continues to grow by the day, one of the chief concerns is that we don't have a great picture of marijuana's effects, if any, on driving. Because marijuana stays in the system for weeks after a person has used a cannabis product, it's...


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Meth is Back and, Unfortunately, is On the Rise

Meth is Back and, Unfortunately, is On the Rise


Just when you thought we already had enough to deal with insofar as the opioid epidemic and the decision as to whether or not to legalize medicinal and recreational marijuana, meth comes back and rears its ugly head. And, unfortunately, it's coming back stronger than ever. News outlets...


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More South Carolina Workers are Failing Drug Tests, Leading to an Even Greater Shortage in the Work Force

More South Carolina Workers are Failing Drug...


The number of working Americans who are failing drug tests in this country continues to rise, and according to Quest Diagnostics, South Carolina is currently experiencing one of the highest rates in the country. More than one out of every 18 workers who took drug tests in the state last...


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Opioid Smugglers Using the U.S. Mail to Sneak Trace Amounts of Opioids in Cargo Shipments

Opioid Smugglers Using the U.S. Mail to Sneak...


Every day, thousands of mailpersons wake up, head to work, trade their car in for a mail van, pick up that day's shipments, and head off to deliver the mail. There would be no reason to think anything would be amiss, yet shipping services like the U.S. Postal Service, Federal Express...


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Mothers Rapidly Making Up the Nation's Prison Population as Opioid Epidemic Rages On

Mothers Rapidly Making Up the Nation's Prison...


It's getting to the point where officials at a prison in Marysville, Ohio are building a nursery on the premises because mothers – females, in particular – are surpassing men in terms of being incarcerated in this country. Specifically, women are being imprisoned for opioid...


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On April 20, Chuck Schumer Announced His Plan to Make Marijuana Legal

On April 20, Chuck Schumer Announced His Plan...


There were rumors that he was going to do it on the date in question, and then he did. Last month, on the unofficially recognized marijuana holiday of April 20, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced his plan to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. What this...


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Scientists Continue to Work on a Reliable DUI Marijuana Test

Scientists Continue to Work on a Reliable DUI...


In Colorado, there are now more marijuana dispensary shops than there are Starbucks stores, saying Denver lawyer and former prosecutor Chris Halsor. However, despite the fact that the consumption of products containing cannabis is now legal in the state, driving under its influence...


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Marijuana May Lead to Infertility

Marijuana May Lead to Infertility


Despite the fact that we have known since 1973 certain things about how cannabis can affect a woman's reproductive health, there is still little to know at this point in a field that has been widely understudied. What we do know, however, is that cannabinoid levels soar during...


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Kratom: The Newest Opioid

Kratom: The Newest Opioid


If you've never heard of kratom, it is a supplement that has been marketed for the purposes of treating everything from chronic pain and mood swings to withdrawals from opioids. However, kratom has been at the center of a spate of recent controversies, one of which being that the...


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Managing the Risks of Opioids While Trying to Stay on Them

Managing the Risks of Opioids While Trying to...


NPR recently did a story on how some people who have been prescribed opioids find their benefits to outweigh their risks. How can people who have more difficulty functioning without opioids than with them minimize their risks to addiction and side effects? All it takes is a bad fall...


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Limiting Prescriptions to Reduce the Opioid Epidemic

Limiting Prescriptions to Reduce the Opioid...


Around now marks one year since Maine became one of the first states to put limits on their opioid prescriptions, namely the dosages that were given to patients. So, how successful were they? Pretty successful, as it turns out. Maine's law is considered the toughest law in the U.S. on...


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New Hampshire Fire Department Responds to More Overdoses than Actual Fires

New Hampshire Fire Department Responds to More...


While the opioid crisis is bad everywhere you look in the U.S., but few places are struggling as badly as New Hampshire, a state that reportedly holds the highest rate of overdose from synthetic opioids in the country. In fact, overdoses are so frequent in New Hampshire that the...


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Trump Wants to Enforce the Death Penalty for Drug Dealers

Trump Wants to Enforce the Death Penalty for...


Earlier this week, President Trump announced a notably harsher penalty for drug dealers in an effort to combat the opioid crisis: give 'em the death penalty. The plan is expected to be unveiled on Monday, March 26, 2018 in the state of New Hampshire. While everyone has been hit hard by...


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The Effect of Opiates on Children

The Effect of Opiates on Children


When you think of the opioid epidemic in this country, the first thing you probably think of is a strung-out addict, looking for his or her next fix, possibly ending up as another statistic when he or she eventually overdoses. What you probably don't realize is how this epidemic has...


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Attorney General Announces the Organization of a Task Force to Examine Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

Attorney General Announces the Organization of...


This week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that a task force has been created, the sole purpose of which to examine the ways in which opioid manufacturers and distributors are contributing to this country's opioid epidemic. In 2016 alone, nearly 65,000 Americans succumbed to...


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U.S. Life Expectancy Drops for the Second Year in a Row, Thanks to the Opioid Crisis

U.S. Life Expectancy Drops for the Second Year...


U.S. Life Expectancy Drops for the Second Year in a Row, Thanks to the Opioid Crisis Here's some disheartening news to close out your year: America's life expectancy, the average time a U.S. citizen is expected to live, fell for the second year in row this year, with the catalyst being...


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Just Because Marijuana is Legal in CA Doesn't Mean You're Allowed to Drive While High

Just Because Marijuana is Legal in CA Doesn't...


California is still in the process of trying to figure out the appropriate protocol for testing drivers' blood so as to determine what the legal limit should be in order to measure someone's impairment while driving after smoking or consuming a cannabis product. Alex Traverso, a...


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Despite Its Increasing Legality, Doctors Warn Against Mothers Using Marijuana

Despite Its Increasing Legality, Doctors Warn...


As of this writing, there are over 2,500 members belonging to the Facebook group "Pot-Smoking Moms Who Cuss Sometimes." The group was formed in California, where recreational marijuana usage is legal, and many members of the group believe marijuana is an all-natural and harmless home...


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Judge Says Overdose Deaths to Double on an Annual Basis After Heroin Sweep

Judge Says Overdose Deaths to Double on an...


District Court Judge Linda Davis of Macomb County, Michigan believes that until we are able to change our ways insofar as how we prescribe opiates in this country, then we're going to see the number of fatal overdoses involving heroin double annually. She also believes that our overall...


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States See Crime Rates Fall as Marijuana Becomes Legalized

States See Crime Rates Fall as Marijuana...


New research has shown that violent crime rates in states that border Mexico have significantly dropped in the wake of medical marijuana being legalized. According the study, which is entitled "Is Legal Pot Crippling Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations? The Effect of Medical...


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Holistic Therapy Programs May Reduce the Opioid Epidemic

Holistic Therapy Programs May Reduce the Opioid...


The Pain Rehabilitation Center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota offers an annual three-week program wherein patients who suffer from chronic pain enroll for the purpose of getting off of their pain medications once and for all. Many of those who enroll in this program have tried...


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Trump Administration Lifts Policy, Leaves Marijuana Legality Up to the Government

Trump Administration Lifts Policy, Leaves...


The Trump administration lifted a policy last week that was put into place by the Obama administration with regard to the legality of marijuana at the state level. Up until now, federal authorities were prevented from cracking down on marijuana sales in states were pot is legal...


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Health Insurance Companies are Looking to Discourage Opioid Use, Too

Health Insurance Companies are Looking to...


Health insurance companies are often the ones stuck paying the bill for the prescription painkillers that too often lead to addiction. Therefore, it should not be surprising that they too are getting in on the fight to stop Americans from continuing to abuse opioids. Cigna is leading...


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Psychedelic Drugs Being Used to Treat Depression

Psychedelic Drugs Being Used to Treat...


One might never expect that magic mushrooms could be used as a treatment option, but clinical trials doing just that have been conducted in cancer patients at both Johns Hopkins University and New York University (NYU). Particularly, researchers are studying the effect of the active...


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States Struggle to Budget for Repeat Overdose Treatments

States Struggle to Budget for Repeat Overdose...


There is no doubt that the opioid epidemic has been hitting all 50 states in recent years, and hitting them hard. Ohio has raised a point that is rather relevant and also incredibly sad: with the number of overdoses that have been occurring every day, how exactly do you budget for that...


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Drug Treatment Company Looks to Profit Off of the Country's Opioid Crisis

Drug Treatment Company Looks to Profit Off of...


It probably shouldn't come as a surprise that when you have an epidemic like the opioid epidemic we have right now in this country, there's going to be someone out there who sees a gigantic opportunity to profit off of the situation. That is essentially what mental health advocate Steve...


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When Drug Tests Infringe Upon Your Constitutional Rights

When Drug Tests Infringe Upon Your...


Navy veteran Robert Williams was surprised to learn that he had been tested for drugs, which he had only learned about after asking for his lab results in order to find out about his cholesterol level. Said Williams: "Just because they have a sample or tissue of mine does not mean they...


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Representatives Fear that Cuts to Medicaid May Fuel the Opioid Epidemic

Representatives Fear that Cuts to Medicaid May...


Last year, the opioid epidemic in this country killed more people than those who were killed in the Vietnam War. Now, representatives are expressing their fear that cuts to Medicaid, like those proposed in the GOP's repeal-and-replace bill, will only serve to fuel the opioid epidemic by...


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The UN and the WHO Call for the Decriminalization of Drugs

The UN and the WHO Call for the...


The United Nations and the World Health Organization have recently voiced their desires for drugs to be decriminalized. Specifically, in a joint release that focused on ending healthcare discrimination, the organizations called for the "reviewing and repealing punitive laws that have...


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Washington D.C. Remains Undecided about Marijuana

Washington D.C. Remains Undecided about...


D.C. passed a recreational marijuana law back in 2014 that legalized the possession, growing, and gifting of limited amounts of recreational marijuana. What remains illegal, however, is the sale of it. It was still an open question as to where people would be able to buy the...


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A Terrifying New Victim of the Opioid Crisis: Toddlers

A Terrifying New Victim of the Opioid Crisis...


Summit County, Ohio is experiencing what may arguably be the most horrifying effect of this country's desperate opioid problem: toddlers are succumbing to overdoses due to not knowing the difference between candy and heroin, or another drug that is just as dangerous. On Tuesday night, a...


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New Year, New Clients, New Discounts!

New Year, New Clients, New Discounts!


Happy New Year, and what a great year it will be! To kick start 2018 we are offering you, our valued clients, an opportunity for a 10% discount on your February 2018 invoice! This offer is only valid for clients already signed with Soteria Screening Laboratories as of 01/01/2018. While...


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Nevada is Rushing Recreational Marijuana to Its Shelves

Nevada is Rushing Recreational Marijuana to Its...


Nevada is apparently trying to set the record for fastest turnaround of recreational marijuana after being given permission to proceed with its early start recreational marijuana program. Voters approved the state's Question 2 back in November, and Nevada's goal has been to get...


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Enough Fentanyl was Seized in New York this Summer to Kill 32 Million People

Enough Fentanyl was Seized in New York this...


A pair of drug busts that took place in New York in August and September of this year netted a gain of enough drugs to kill 32 million people, authorities said after confiscating almost 195 pounds of fentanyl in a pair of bust that included a sting operation. Fentanyl is an opioid that...


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Vermont Becomes the First State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Vermont Becomes the First State to Legalize...


Vermont has become the first state in the country to approve a bill for legalizing recreational marijuana. The bill works to legalize small amounts of marijuana possession and is expected to into effect in 2018. The bill also anticipates the possibility of a taxed and regulated legal...


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Easthampton is Opening a Medical Marijuana Dispensary, Hiring 50-60 Workers

Easthampton is Opening a Medical Marijuana...


A new medical marijuana dispensary is opening in Easthampton, MA by the end of this year. The Hampden Care Facility intends on holding a job fair, from which it will select 50-60 workers to run its medical marijuana dispensary at the Keystone Mill. Many of those hired will be in charge...


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Gates Police Will Pick Up Unused Medication from Citizens' Homes

Gates Police Will Pick Up Unused Medication...


In Gates, New York, local police are so intent on getting opioids off of their streets that they will literally make house calls to come get your leftovers. Chief James VanBrederode expressed frustration on behalf of all law enforcement with the opioid epidemic and how it just doesn't...


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Doctors Often Receive Gifts from Opioid Manufacturers

Doctors Often Receive Gifts from Opioid...


Recently, researchers at the Boston Medical Center discovered that about one in every 12 doctors in the United States is regularly gifted money, lunch, or something else valuable from opioid drug manufacturers. Researchers also found that opioid manufacturers are putting more effort...


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Employers Turning to Refugees as More Workers Test Positive for Drugs

Employers Turning to Refugees as More Workers...


Sterling Technologies, a plastic molding company in Pennsylvania, is one of many companies who are now hiring refugees in the wake of the soaring drug use that is running rampant in this country. With less and less people being able to pass a drug test, companies are now hiring refugees...


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Detoxing Without Medical Assistance is a Bad Idea

Detoxing Without Medical Assistance is a Bad...


Simply put, centers that specialize in helping drug users kick the habit and recover are expensive. Further, the waiting lists can be unfathomably long, so it takes a while for someone to receive the help they're looking for. This is why many addicts decide to detox on their own. This...


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Trump Creates Opioid Panel to Deal with Epidemic

Trump Creates Opioid Panel to Deal with...


This week, in an effort to combat the current opioid epidemic that has claimed tens of thousands of lives over the better part of the past two decades, President Trump announced that he would be creating an opioid panel led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Christie brought the...


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The More Weed You Smoke, the More Stressed You'll Be

The More Weed You Smoke, the More Stressed...


Those who smoke marijuana often report that they do so in order to relax or relieve their stress. However, few studies have actually proven these effects in the past. Researchers at Chicago's University of Illinois and the University of Chicago have recently discovered that low levels...


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CDC Slams Opioid Usage for Chronic Pain

CDC Slams Opioid Usage for Chronic Pain


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is jumping on the bandwagon of trying to ebb the flow of the opioid epidemic crisis we are currently in the middle of. The CDC called the epidemic "one of the most pressing public health issues" at the moment, and it released a...


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Opioid Epidemic Could Get Much Worse Before It Gets Better

Opioid Epidemic Could Get Much Worse Before It...


In a recent analysis performed by STAT News, it is estimated that the 33,000 people who succumbed to fatal opioid overdoses in 2015 could climb to as many as 94,000 by 2027 – that's nearly three times the number of fatal overdoses in a period of only 12 years, and a sobering reminder...


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Opana ER the Latest Dangerous Opioid to Hit the News, but For Different Reasons

Opana ER the Latest Dangerous Opioid to Hit the...


Opioid painkiller Opana ER made NPR's news this week due to the fact that the dangers involved with taking the drug actually outweigh its benefits. Back in 2012, the ingredients in Opana ER were altered so as to make it harder to crush. The goal here was that abuse of the drug would...


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Debates Loom on Drug-Testing New Jersey Schoolteachers

Debates Loom on Drug-Testing New Jersey...


In the Lacey Township School District located in New Jersey, drug testing has been the norm for years for students and bus drivers alike. But now, in an effort to strengthen its anti-drug agenda, the school's administration and board are considering making drug testing a requirement for...


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Congress Votes on Permitting States to Drug Test the Unemployed

Congress Votes on Permitting States to Drug...


A rule implemented in 2012 under President Obama held that states could only drug test applicants for unemployment if those applicants were looking for jobs that normally required regular drug tests. That rule is now changing however, as a new law is expected to be signed off by...


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Colorado Seeing Less Fatal Opiate Overdoses Since the Legalization of Marijuana

Colorado Seeing Less Fatal Opiate Overdoses...


According to new research recently published in the American Journal of Public Health, the legalization of marijuana in Colorado has led to an unexpected "reversal" in the number of fatal overdoses the state is seeing that can be attributed to opiates. According to the authors of the...


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China Finally Blacklists Carfentanil

China Finally Blacklists Carfentanil


U.S. officials were relieved to hear last week that China is finally going to be putting carfentanil on its controlled substances list as of March 1. This means that it will be considered just as dangerous as its weaker cousin, fentanyl. Carfentanil is estimated to be about 10,000 times...


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America's Opioid Addiction Creates Gaps in Its Workforce

America's Opioid Addiction Creates Gaps in Its...


America's Opioid Addiction Creates Gaps in Its Workforce Economists estimate that there are 1.5 million people of working age who are currently missing from the work force. This means that they are unemployed and/or they are not looking for a job. It is not entirely clear the affect...


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GOP to Vote on Drug Testing the Unemployed

GOP to Vote on Drug Testing the Unemployed


Many who are unemployed in the U.S. may have to pass a drug test in order to keep their short-term unemployment insurance payouts, depending on the results of a vote that is expected to happen this week on House Joint Resolution 42, proposed legislation from congressional Republicans...


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A Veterinarian's Role in the War on Opioids

A Veterinarian's Role in the War on Opioids


Some states are bringing veterinarians' offices into the fight against the current opioid epidemic. Why veterinarians? Well, because some people who are addicted to opioids actually use their pets to procure more drugs. Both Colorado and Maine have laws on the books that authorize or...


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Maine Recovery Center to Offer Counseling Instead of Drugs

Maine Recovery Center to Offer Counseling...


A new recovery center in Rockland, Maine, which is set to open later this month, plans to offer counseling instead of drugs to for those who are either struggling with drug addiction or who are coping with a friend or family's member's addiction to drugs. The Coastal Recovery Community...


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Patients Opting for Marijuana Over Opioids in Some States

Patients Opting for Marijuana Over Opioids in...


In a true case of "pick your poison," patients who live in states where medicinal marijuana is legal are choosing cannabis over opioids in order to treat their pain, anxiety, and depression. While this may sound good at first because of our nation's current opioid crisis, this may be a...


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Greenwood, Indiana Makes History with New Drug Treatment Device

Greenwood, Indiana Makes History with New Drug...


Greenwood City Court in Indiana has made history by becoming the first court in the United States to offer a new and innovative drug treatment program for offenders who are addicted to heroin. The device is might right in Indiana, and it helps offenders deal with the effects related to...


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The Children of the Opioid Epidemic

The Children of the Opioid Epidemic


One of the most upsetting casualties of the opioid epidemic in this country are those children who are affected by their parents' usage of the drugs. It may not be the first thing we think of, but the skyrocketing rates of addiction in this country have also led to the skyrocketing...


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Opiates Killing a Person a Day in 2017

Opiates Killing a Person a Day in 2017


The opiates epidemic isn't going away anytime soon, unfortunately. Recent findings show that opiates are still killing a person a day. However, this development actually shows progress when compared to last year's numbers. Not to mention the fact that morgues are actually experiencing...


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Opioid Prescriptions Starting to Plummet, but Still Remain High

Opioid Prescriptions Starting to Plummet, but...


NPR recently reported that a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that doctors are prescribing less opioids, and when they are prescribing them, they are prescribing, on average, a lower dosage. This is promising news, especially in light of...


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The High Cost of Regulating Marijuana in Sacramento, California

The High Cost of Regulating Marijuana in...


A staff report prepared earlier this week shows an estimated cost of nearly $6.5 million in annual permit fees that Sacramento will need to raise in order to regulate the local marijuana industry. Such costs will go, in part, toward paying the additional staff they will need to hire to...


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What We Do and Don't Know About Marijuana

What We Do and Don't Know About Marijuana


A new study published in May by The New England Journal of Medicine illustrated the results of the first test that used marijuana to treat one particular form of severe epilepsy in children. The study found that there is a component of cannabis – one that does not provide users with a...


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Alabama is No Stranger to Prescription Drug Overdoses

Alabama is No Stranger to Prescription Drug...


Prescription drug overdoses are sadly everywhere right now, and Alabama is no exception. Morgan County's coroner, Jeff Chunn, said that he rarely goes a week without seeing a death related to an overdose, that he typically sees at least one every week. Chunn said that Morgan County...


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Painkillers Not Only Ruin Lives, But Also Military Careers

Painkillers Not Only Ruin Lives, But Also...


Over 100,000 troops left the military over the past decade with what is known as "bad paper," or a status of "dishonorable discharge." Having a dishonorable discharge on your record is bad news. You receive none of the benefits associated with being a veteran and, in some cases, you may...


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Virginia General Assembly to Hear Bills on Marijuana, Opioids and Heroin

Virginia General Assembly to Hear Bills on...


In light of the opioid and heroin crisis that is currently sweeping the nation, bills are to be introduced to the Virginia General Assembly insofar as trying to get a handle on keeping the epidemic under control. And with marijuana increasingly becoming legal in the country, both for...


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Putting the THCA in Marijuana: What Is It and How Is It Used?

Putting the THCA in Marijuana: What Is It and...


THCA, or tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, is the non-psychoactive acid form of THC that is found in the marijuana plant when the plant is still raw. In layman's terms, this means that the marijuana plant itself cannot get you high. In order to derive THC from the plant – the part that...


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The Number of Heroin and Opiate-Related Deaths Soar in North Carolina

The Number of Heroin and Opiate-Related Deaths...


The numbers are in, and they aren't good. Between 2014 and 2015, the death rates from synthetic opiates in North Carolina rose over 72 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). First responders in the area have noticed a dramatic uptick in the...


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Drug Treatment Company Looks to Profit Off of the Country's Opioid Crisis

Drug Treatment Company Looks to Profit Off of...


It probably shouldn't come as a surprise that when you have an epidemic like the opioid epidemic we have right now in this country, there's going to be someone out there who sees a gigantic opportunity to profit off of the situation. That is essentially what mental health advocate Steve...


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Arizona Doctors Need to Do More to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse

Arizona Doctors Need to Do More to Prevent...


The scary truth as it stands right now, and in this age of an especially potent heroin and opioid epidemic, is the fact that over half of the doctors in Arizona are not signed up for the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program (CSPMP). The CSPMP allows doctors to look up...


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The More Weed You Smoke, the More Stressed You'll Be

The More Weed You Smoke, the More Stressed...


Those who smoke marijuana often report that they do so in order to relax or relieve their stress. However, few studies have actually proven these effects in the past. Researchers at Chicago's University of Illinois and the University of Chicago have recently discovered that low levels...


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Oswego, IL Makes Possession of Small Amounts of Marijuana a Civil Offense

Oswego, IL Makes Possession of Small Amounts of...


Oswego, IL has officially decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. It is now a civil offense, rather than a crime, to be caught with 10 ounces or less of marijuana in the city. Police were instructed to issue ordinance tickets and fines in these instances and to...


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Baton Rouge Expecting More Overdose Deaths This Year than Ever Before

Baton Rouge Expecting More Overdose Deaths This...


East Baton Rouge, Louisiana is expecting to break a record this year, and not a good one: the county is on track to see more overdose deaths related to opioids and drugs in general this year than any other year in history. The county's coroner, Beau Clark, says the state is taking...


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Heroin Epidemic Skyrocketing in Maine

Heroin Epidemic Skyrocketing in Maine


While fentanyl has been getting a lot of press lately, heroin is still just as deadly among drug users, with fatal overdoses averaging to be about one each day in Maine. The number of fatal overdoses in the area is soaring, from 57 deaths in 2014, to nearly double that number (108) the...


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Georgia Experiences a Rash of Overdoses in 48 Hours on a Mystery Drug

Georgia Experiences a Rash of Overdoses in 48...


It has not been a good week for Georgia… As many as four people died in 48 hours in Georgia earlier this week, as the state was overwhelmed with opioid overdoses, particularly in middle Georgia, according to health officials. Over a dozen overdoses were reported in three emergency...


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Fentanyl Beats Out Heroin for the Most Deadly Drug on Long Island

Fentanyl Beats Out Heroin for the Most Deadly...


At least 220 people succumbed to a fatal overdose from fentanyl in 2016 on Long Island, according to records provided by medical examiners in both Nassau and Suffolk County – the two counties that make up the island. This number surpasses the previously reported numbers associated...


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Answers to Common Questions Regarding the Legality of Weed

Answers to Common Questions Regarding the...


Right now, California is working on a bill in an attempt to combine the laws associated with medical marijuana and Proposition 64 into one single, stream-lined system. The bill covers over 100 pages of legislation, and it covers everything from rules for delivery companies to pesticide...


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Veterans Feel the Worst Effects of the Current Opioid Epidemic

Veterans Feel the Worst Effects of the Current...


Right now, the U.S. is battling what has been called "the worst drug crisis in American history." While the present opioid and heroin epidemic has taken its toll on families across the country, veterans are some of those who are at risk of feeling the ultimate effects of the epidemic...


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Drug Companies Sued as "Merchants of Death"

Drug Companies Sued as "Merchants of Death"


Ohio's Attorney General, Mike DeWine, filed a complaint consisting of over 100 pages in a civil lawsuit against five drug companies on Wednesday. In the complaint, the state claims that these companies have worked as "merchants of death" in fueling the opioid epidemic to its...


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Teen Drug Use Drops to Record Lows

Teen Drug Use Drops to Record Lows


In light of the recently depressing news that the opiate and heroin epidemics in this country are simply skyrocketing, there is a light at the end of the tunnel: teen drug use is going down to record lows, and for many kinds of different drugs – both legal and illegal. Teens' use of...


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Everything You Need to Know About a Urine Drug Test

Everything You Need to Know About a Urine Drug...


Urine drug tests are used to look for any trace amounts of drugs that may be in a person's body. After the patient urinates into a sample cup, his or her urine is then tested for things like opioids, alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamines, and marijuana. While some companies opt for their...


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Number of Babies Being Born Addicted to Opiates, Heroin Skyrockets

Number of Babies Being Born Addicted to...


The very idea of babies being born addicted to opiates and heroin is heartbreaking enough, but it is their screams that are perhaps the hardest thing for those in healthcare to handle. Dr. Sean Loudin, the medical director of Cabell Huntington Hospital in West Virginia told CNN that...


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Ketamine Being Used as a Treatment for Mental Illness

Ketamine Being Used as a Treatment for Mental...


The hallucinogenic ketamine, which also goes by the street name "Special K", is now being marketed as an expensive off-label treatment for hard-to-treat mental disorders, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and bipolar disorder. Private clinics across the country have begun...


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More than 50 People Die After Taking New Drug in Florida

More than 50 People Die After Taking New Drug...


Over 50 people have died in Broward County, South Florida in a mere six-month period after taking a new drug that has recently hit the streets in the area. Carfentanil has caused overdoses in about 40 cases that have passed through the doors of Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood...


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Drug Use in the Workplace Still at an All-Time High…and Climbing

Drug Use in the Workplace Still at an All-Time...


Quest Diagnostics recently released some new numbers that show that workplace drug tests are continuing to find incredibly high numbers of those who are using drugs in the workplace. Levels as they are right now are higher than they have been in a decade. Last year, 4.2 percent of drug...


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Who Knew the Nazis Took So Many Drugs?

Who Knew the Nazis Took So Many Drugs?


Many soldiers in the Nazi regime abused illicit drugs, including Adolf Hitler himself. At least, that's according to German writer Norman Ohler, who detailed these accounts in a book he published last year entitled Der Totale Rausch ("The Total Rush.") (His book was recently republished...


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Treating Heroin Addiction with Marijuana: Trading One Problem for Another

Treating Heroin Addiction with Marijuana...


At a clinic named High Sobriety and located in Los Angeles, the approach to rehabilitation is a rather unexpected one: those who come in addicted to heroin are encouraged to toke up on marijuana as a form of treatment. This belief is actually nothing new when compared to the "miracle...


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California Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

California Legalizes Recreational Marijuana


They actually did it. Perhaps just as controversial as our presidential candidates was the idea that California could legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. This result was predicted before-hand, and the influence from this decision could be unprecedented, considering the impact...


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U.S. Crystal Meth Production is Down as Users turn To Mexican Cartels

U.S. Crystal Meth Production is Down as Users...


Crystal meth production in the United States has been declining since 2014 due to drug users turning to Mexican cartels' cheaper and purer imports. There have been significantly fewer meth lab busts and seizures in states like Missouri, which have typically been the most prolific...


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Election 2016: Voting on Whether or Not to Legalize Marijuana

Election 2016: Voting on Whether or Not to...


Perhaps just as controversial as the actual candidates running for President this year is the proposal of the legalization of marijuana. In addition to voting for their choice for who will move into the White House after President Obama leaves office, five states will also be voting on...


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The Man Deemed as The Godfather of Marijuana Research Has Never Smoked It

The Man Deemed as The Godfather of Marijuana...


Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, the man considered to be the world's most important marijuana researcher, has never even smoked a joint. He has, however, had an insatiable urge to research the drug for the majority of his professional career. He started looking into marijuana in Israel in the...


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Boston Archdiocese Pays $850,000 to Help Defeat Question 4

Boston Archdiocese Pays $850,000 to Help Defeat...


The Boston Archdiocese believes that increased drug use in its area has posed a threat to the Catholic Church's social service and health programs. As a result, the church has invested $850,000 in the Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts, which is a campaign that was set up to...


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The Five Most Commonly Abused Drugs

The Five Most Commonly Abused Drugs


Right now, the opioid crisis is the highest it has ever been in the history of the war on drugs. People are succumbing to fatal overdoses at alarming rates, and lawmakers and law enforcement are scrambling for ways to crack down on the problem before it gets even more out of hand than...


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Drug-Related Car Crashes in Utah are On the Rise

Drug-Related Car Crashes in Utah are On the...


Statistics were recently compiled that show that drug-related car crashes in the state of Utah that can be categorized as DUI cases (Driving Under the Influence) and that happened in 2015 actually doubled the rates previously reported the year before. The problem is that people are...


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Urine Tests: Easy to Use, Easy to Abuse

Urine Tests: Easy to Use, Easy to Abuse


The go-to test for drugs is the urine test. That's because it is incredibly easy to administer. Rather than getting someone who may be squeamish about needles to sit still for a blood tests, all they have to do is pee in a cup and hand it over. Unfortunately, it is also pretty easy for...


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New Rise in “Academic Doping” as Students Struggle to Study

New Rise in “Academic Doping” as Students...


Back in 2014, a new trend began to develop which was referred to as “academic doping.” This phrase was used to describe students abusing Adderall as a study aid, as opposed to the caffeine pills or energy drinks used in decades past. Adderall is a medication that is typically...


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Why Employers Should Regularly Test for Marijuana

Why Employers Should Regularly Test for...


Some people are pro-marijuana and others advocate against the legalization of it, but one thing everyone can agree on is that marijuana causes people to experience physiological changes while under the influence. Immediate effects include a rapid heartbeat and a lack of coordination...


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Doctors Treating Alcohol Problems Neglect Proven-to-Be-Successful Drugs

Doctors Treating Alcohol Problems Neglect...


In a recent article by Kaiser Health News, it was noted that public health officials have noticed that there are two drugs proven to be successful in the treatment of problems relating to alcohol, however doctors are neglecting to incorporate them into their treatment plans. Some...


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Alcohol: The Socially Acceptable Drug that Kills Workplace Productivity

Alcohol: The Socially Acceptable Drug that...


Alcohol is perhaps the only drug that isn't just legal but widely encouraged. We use it at parties, after work during happy hours, and even at home after a long day as a way to unwind. It is glamourized in the movies, and it is widely socially accepted – which is why it finds itself...


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Synthetic Cannabinoid Overdoses Skyrocket

Synthetic Cannabinoid Overdoses Skyrocket


Synthetic cannabinoids, or synthetic marijuana, was first spotted in the United States back in 2008, and it has been nothing but trouble since. However, the problems have recently gotten significantly worse, with synthetic cannabinoid overdose rates more than doubling between the years...


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Heroin Now Responsible for a Quarter of the Nation's Overdoses

Heroin Now Responsible for a Quarter of the...


Last week, the CDC reported that 25 percent of the total number of overdoses that befell this country back in 2015 were related to heroin. Further, researchers have discovered that the number of fatal overdoses in general has doubled since 1999. The total number of fatal overdoses was...


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Drug Abuse Spikes Among Railroad Workers

Drug Abuse Spikes Among Railroad Workers


No industry is safe from rampant drug abuse, as is evident by the recent spike in illegal drug abuse among those who work for the railroad. Case in point: earlier this year, just after a railroad worker checked in to be given his daily assignments, he was found dead in the bathroom as a...


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But What about the Children?

But What about the Children?


As the heroin epidemic continues to grow, it becomes heartbreakingly clear just how much of an effect it can have on the next generation. Children all over the country are calling 9-1-1 to inform the dispatcher that they have either just witnessed the death of their parent, or that they...


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Studies Find that Smoking Has a Permanent Negative Effect on Your DNA

Studies Find that Smoking Has a Permanent...


You often hear about how stopping smoking allows you to essentially erase the effects that smoking has had on your body, and that the longer it has been since you quit, the healthier your body becomes. However, recent findings show that smoking actually permanently damages your DNA, and...


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Babies Born Addicted to Opiates Show Poor Performance in School Later On in Life

Babies Born Addicted to Opiates Show Poor...


In what is an unsurprisingly but still unsettling news story, CNN wrote about a recent study by Australian researchers which found that children who are born addicted to drugs like heroin and other opiates are more likely to do poorly when they reach school age. Children who are born...


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Illicit Drugs, Not Prescriptions, Responsible for Recent Massachusetts Overdoses

Illicit Drugs, Not Prescriptions, Responsible...


A study released by the Department of Public Health earlier this month shows that recent deaths in the Massachusetts area can be attributed to illicit drugs like heroin and fentanyl, rather than opioid prescriptions. This study works to fuel the theory that because doctors are...


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Hair Follicle Testing

Hair Follicle Testing


Hair follicle drug and alcohol testing is becoming more popular because of its longer look back period. Hair follicle testing can detect substance abuse going back for approximately 90 days. When a substance is used, it is absorbed and metabolized into the bloodstream. Because hair...


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Drugs in the Workplace are at an All-Time High

Drugs in the Workplace are at an All-Time High


For the longest time, drug use in the workplace has been on a decline, but that is unfortunately changing, as the number of those who have tested positive for drugs has, over the last three years, increased to their highest point in a decade. Quest Diagnostics revealed that an analysis...


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The All-Consuming Price of Prescription Drugs

The All-Consuming Price of Prescription Drugs


Anyone who has ever been prescribed a prescription drug, especially if they did not have insurance when they were prescribed that drug, can tell you that brand-name prescription drugs usually cost an arm and a leg. Why is this? And why are generic drugs so much less expensive? Consumer...


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Libraries Increase in Popularity for Drug Users

Libraries Increase in Popularity for Drug Users


Drug users are visiting libraries in droves lately, and while that sounds really promising, it’s actually far from it. Unfortunately, the same qualities that make a library appealing for studying purposes - quiet, tucked away spaces where people will generally leave you alone - are...


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Micro-Dosing: The Latest Craze

Micro-Dosing: The Latest Craze


Employees who need a midday pick-me-up are ditching their Red Bulls and Monster energy drinks in favor of taking small amounts of drugs to get them through the day. The practice is called "microdosing," and it involves taking a tiny, diluted amount of LSD with the belief that it will...


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New Designer Drug Flakka is Similar to, but Worse than, Bath Salts

New Designer Drug Flakka is Similar to, but...


Designer drugs can be nasty drugs that make people do nasty things. In addition to the growing popularity of fentanyl and the not-so-popular bath salts, flakka (which has been around since 2014) is now slowly showing up as the culprit in more incidents, and it provides users with the...


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Why You Should Be Careful When Buying Prescription Drugs Online

Why You Should Be Careful When Buying...


Being able to buy prescription drugs online can be a lifesaver if you are disabled, elderly, or otherwise can't get out of the house as often. It can also be helpful to those of us who are just too busy to factor in yet another stop on our ride home from work. However, consumers must be...


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U.S. and China Join Forces to Stop Fentanyl Flow into the U.S.

U.S. and China Join Forces to Stop Fentanyl...


The accidental death of legendary musician Prince back in April, which resulted from his consumption of an overdose of fentanyl, has ushered in a sweeping awareness of the drug and just how much of a problem it has become in the U.S. To try to stop just how much fentanyl is getting into...


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Obituaries are Being Stripped of Taboos in Light of Opioid Overdose Epidemic

Obituaries are Being Stripped of Taboos in...


As more and more people succumb to the opiate overdose epidemic that has skyrocketed in recent years in this country, the desire to keep the details mum on these kinds of deaths is rapidly diminishing. People are recognizing how important it is to fight back against the stigma that...


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Passengers Beware: Fake Uber Drivers are Everywhere

Passengers Beware: Fake Uber Drivers are...


This is one of those stories where it’s surprising that we haven’t heard something like this sooner: a man is posing as an Uber driver in Gainesville, Florida in order to lure women into his car. The UFPD is warning women who choose to ride with an Uber driver of the signs to watch...


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Rise in Opiates Severely Hurting HIV Progress

Rise in Opiates Severely Hurting HIV Progress


This is one of those side effects that you don't quite realize until it becomes reality. The recent opiate epidemic is actually threatening three decades of progress that has been made insofar as reducing the number of HIV and AIDS cases in the United States. How is this possible? Well...


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Safe Consumption Sites May Soon Open in Seattle

Safe Consumption Sites May Soon Open in Seattle


Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine formed the Heroin Task Force in Seattle, and the organization has recently endorsed the opening of safe-consumption sites for those in the local area who are addicted to drugs like heroin and crack-cocaine. These...


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A Reminder on the Effects of Mixing Drugs and Alcohol

A Reminder on the Effects of Mixing Drugs and...


With the holiday season upon us, it is common for people to overindulge a little during their Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts. They may go overboard on the wine in particular, in addition to the food, but it is important to remember that if you are taking prescription medication, you...


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Heroin Overdoses on the Rise Due to Opioid Over-Prescription

Heroin Overdoses on the Rise Due to Opioid...


It’s no secret that heroin has been the drug of choice for quite a while now. Heroin use among individuals aged 18 to 25 has doubled in the past ten years, and overdoses and deaths from the drug are skyrocketing. But why is the rate of death so high? What is it about heroin that makes...


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Chronic Back Pain Linked to Illicit Drug Use

Chronic Back Pain Linked to Illicit Drug Use


In a recent study, the results of which should surprise absolutely no one, chronic lower back pain sufferers are more likely to turn to illicit drugs like cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamines for relief. Investigators admit that the relationship between the two is a...


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Olympic Athletes with Past Doping Offenses  are Finding Themselves Spurned by Their Peers at this Year’s Games

Olympic Athletes with Past Doping Offenses are...


At this year’s Olympic games, competitors with prior doping offenses are being directly confronted on the issue, rather than being met with the relatively awkward silence that would dog them in prior years, and nowhere is this more prevalent than in the swimming competition, with such...


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Women are More Likely to Die from Taking Ecstasy

Women are More Likely to Die from Taking...


New research has come to light that shows that women are actually more likely to die from taking ecstasy than men are. This is because of the biological differences between men and women, namely female hormones. One of the most common – and most dangerous – side effects of taking...


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A message from our Background Screening Experts: "Connecticut Adopts Ban the Box"

A message from our Background Screening...


This month Connecticut joined the states that have passed a Ban-the-Box law per Public Law No. 16-83. It goes into effect on January 1, 2017. This law prohibits covered employers from inquiring about a prospective employee's prior arrests, criminal charges or convictions on an initial...


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Just the Facts: Methamphetamines

Just the Facts: Methamphetamines


Right now, there is an upsetting trend among high school students showing an increase in their usage of methamphetamines (meth) as the current drug of choice. It is therefore more important than ever that parents know what meth is, as well as how to recognize potential signs of the...


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A message from our Background Screening Experts: "Vermont Ban the Box"

A message from our Background Screening...


Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed H.261 establishing Ban the Box in that state. The law goes into effect on July 1, 2017. This version of the Ban-the-Box law is slightly different from most states. In Vermont, the law prohibits asking job applicants to check the box asking about...


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Using Marijuana to Diminish Dependence on Opiates

Using Marijuana to Diminish Dependence on...


Opiates can be a dangerous business, and the over-prescription of same is often blamed for the epidemic we're currently seeing in the uptick of heroin and fentanyl overdoses in this country. Patients are prescribed opiates when they may have been able to receive a treatment that was...


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High Schools Open up Communication about Heroin with Their Teens

High Schools Open up Communication about Heroin...


Perhaps one of the most important demographics to talk to about heroin and drugs in general is the teenage demographic. This is because teenagers are always under immense peer pressure and may feel a continuous struggle to belong. In light of the heroin epidemic that continues to grow...


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The Importance of a Well-Written Drug Policy

The Importance of a Well-Written Drug Policy


In order to have a successful drug-free program in the workplace, a company must have a well-written and comprehensive drug policy in place. The policy cannot be something that is just thought up overnight and then put into place. Typically, an effective policy is discussed many times...


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Comparing Drunk Driving to Drugged Driving

Comparing Drunk Driving to Drugged Driving


While alcohol is technically a drug, there is a distinction in the law between drunk driving and drugged driving, though both are typically classified as "driving under the influence." However, the effects of both are typically the same. Whether a driver is under the influence of...


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Coping with Substance Abuse Problems in the Workplace

Coping with Substance Abuse Problems in the...


Right now, there are 20 million Americans who are struggling with issues related to substance abuse. Of course, it stands to reason that with that many people having a substance abuse problem, some of them could be working right alongside us in the workplace. As a matter of fact, 60...


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Everything You Need to Know About Employee Assistance Programs

Everything You Need to Know About Employee...


Some employers may not realize that they can use their company's Employee Assistance Program to help an employee who may be struggling with issues related to drug abuse. EAP can guide managers on how best to deal with an employee's drug problem, including requiring or suggesting that...


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Four Signs Employers Can Use to Spot Substance Abuse in the Workplace

Four Signs Employers Can Use to Spot Substance...


Unfortunately, substance abuse in the workplace is becoming a more common issue with each passing day. Alcohol is one of the biggest offenders, causing 500 million sick days each year with employees calling out who are simply too sick to work. Employees who use illicit drugs are more...


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Maintaining a Drug-Free Workplace When Marijuana is Legal

Maintaining a Drug-Free Workplace When...


It may sound counterintuitive to try and maintain a drug-free workplace when marijuana is legal in your area, but it can be done. There are some things that you have to decide insofar as to how you want to handle them and the repercussions that can come from the ways in which you handle...


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4 Ways to Have a Successful Audit While Guaranteeing a Drug-Free Workplace

4 Ways to Have a Successful Audit While...


One of the best ways to determine whether or not a drug-screening program is successful is to conduct an annual audit. Audits will show which areas of the program are weakest, and which areas are strongest, so that the weakest areas can be corrected for the following year; else the...


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New OSHA Rule Makes Employers Think Twice about Post-Accident Drug Testing

New OSHA Rule Makes Employers Think Twice about...


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) put a new rule into effect back in August of this year regarding drug-testing that is conducted after a workplace-related injury or accident occurs. Essentially, if employers have policies in place where they automatically require...


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6 Ways to Broach the Subject of Drug Use with Your Teen

6 Ways to Broach the Subject of Drug Use with...


One of the most important things you can educate your children about is the effect of illicit drugs, but you may find it hard to begin. Where do you start, and what do you start with? Here are six ways to help you bridge the gap so that you can have that very important conversation...


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Finding Out About Your Ancestors through Your Own DNA

Finding Out About Your Ancestors through Your...


Finding out about who your ancestors were and how they play a part in who you turned out to be is as simple as spitting your DNA into a tube and mailing it off to a lab to be tested. Voluntary DNA testing may not exactly be a watercooler topic just yet, but enough people have heard of...


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Drug-Free Employers Should Review Policy Before Prohibiting Medical Marijuana

Drug-Free Employers Should Review Policy Before...


Ohio is soon to be the latest state to be added to the list of states that permit medical marijuana to be legalized. However, as is to be expected, businesses have come together to lobby for an exception to these medical marijuana rules as they pertain to businesses that promote a...


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The Sneaky Ways Illegal Drugs are Being Brought into the Workplace

The Sneaky Ways Illegal Drugs are Being Brought...


You may wonder how someone can just shoot up or snort an illicit substance while at work. How do they not get caught? Doesn’t anyone see them do it? As it turns out, it’s surprisingly easy to smuggle drugs into work when you’re bringing them in in the forms of lip balm, gummy...


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Major Move Allows Quest Diagnostics to Begin Using eCCF

Major Move Allows Quest Diagnostics to Begin...


Quest Diagnostics is one of the biggest names in the business - perhaps even the biggest - when it comes to drug testing, and last month they got even bigger. Last month, an announcement was made that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was going to allow Quest to start...


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How the DNA Testing Process Works for Immigrant Visas

How the DNA Testing Process Works for Immigrant...


Foreign individuals seek immigrant visas when they want to make the United States their permanent residence. In order to be eligible to apply for an immigrant visa, the applicant must be sponsored by a relative who is a U.S. citizen, a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. (i.e. a green...


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Illicit Drug Sales Online Boost Offline Markets

Illicit Drug Sales Online Boost Offline Markets


In October of 2013, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shut down Silk Road, the first major illegal online drug marketplace on what is referred to as the “dark web.” The dark web is an entirely different internet that lives on “darknets,” which are overlay networks that...


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Heroin is Still the Most Deadly Drug Out There

Heroin is Still the Most Deadly Drug Out There


Heroin and opioids are still among the most popular illicit drugs being taken on the street today, however heroin is still top of the charts when it comes to being the most fatal, particularly due to the recent boom in cocaine and fentanyl abuse. This is because heroin is being...


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Brain Molecule May Make Some More Vulnerable to Cocaine Addiction

Brain Molecule May Make Some More Vulnerable to...


A study conducted by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, California shows that the hypocretin molecule in the brain may actually make some people more likely to become addicted to cocaine than others, according to a report published by Science Daily. The hope now...


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How Employers Should Handle an Employee Who is Intoxicated While On the Job

How Employers Should Handle an Employee Who is...


When someone is addicted to drugs, the addiction doesn’t wait. They need the fix no matter what time of day it is, or where they are when the craving strikes. This unfortunately also applies to the workplace, and with more than 70 percent of the country’s nearly 15 million Americans...


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Ketamine May Be Used to Treat Alcoholism

Ketamine May Be Used to Treat Alcoholism


Researchers are currently working with party drug ketamine to determine whether or not it can actually be used in lower doses to treat alcoholism and its effects. The idea is that ketamine causes changes in the brain, so it may actually increase the chances that psychological treatment...


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Former NFL Players Beg the League to Lift Their Ban on Marijuana

Former NFL Players Beg the League to Lift Their...


Perhaps no one is more acquainted with chronic pain than a former NFL player. Being tackled by several men who are just as large as you (or larger) on the regular can do a number on your bones and joints, not to mention organs like your brain. So it should come as no surprise that many...


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Long-Term Cocaine and Meth Users May Be Unable to Distinguish Right from Wrong

Long-Term Cocaine and Meth Users May Be Unable...


US News posted an interesting article earlier this month in which they reported that those who take cocaine or methamphetamines regularly may be unable to properly distinguish right from wrong. This is because the parts of the brain responsible for understanding morals and emotions...


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Patients Receiving Treatment from Intoxicated Medical Professionals is a Scary Reality

Patients Receiving Treatment from Intoxicated...


The idea that your doctor might be under the influence of drugs when he or she is treating you is a scary thought, but one that may very well be true, as it is estimated that as many as 100,000 medical providers - including doctors, nurses, and medical technicians - are either dependent...


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Fentanyl Appears in Crack Cocaine in Canada

Fentanyl Appears in Crack Cocaine in Canada


Last week, the Fraser Health Authority in Canada issued a warning that fentanyl was popping up in crack cocaine - a trend that was recognized after 43 crack cocaine users overdosed within a period of only 48 hours in Surrey. This is the first time that the fentanyl and crack cocaine...


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ADHD Medications May Actually Lower Substance Abuse Risk

ADHD Medications May Actually Lower Substance...


It has been a concern among parents that stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall, which are often prescribed to treat their children’s Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), might increase their children's risk of substance abuse later on, but it turns out that the opposite is...


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As Prescriptions Become Scarce, Pain Sufferers Resort to Street Drugs

As Prescriptions Become Scarce, Pain Sufferers...


On June 1 of this year, British Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons decided to try something new as an alternative to doctors prescribing their patients opioids for pain: now doctors are required to try non-drug treatments on their patients first and only resort to...


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Club Drug “Molly” is Not as Safe as People May Think It Is

Club Drug “Molly” is Not as Safe as People...


People have been under the impression that the recreational drug “Molly” (a.k.a. MDMA - a pure version of ecstasy) is mostly harmless, producing a high that allows users to enjoy feelings of euphoria, heightened senses, and uninhibited displays of emotion without the severity of an...


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Synthetic Marijuana Triggers an Overdose Epidemic in Brooklyn

Synthetic Marijuana Triggers an Overdose...


You know you have a marijuana problem in your neighborhood when the local businesses are posting signs asking that people stop smoking it in their areas so that the ever-present clouds of smoke will finally dissipate. That’s exactly what’s happening in Brooklyn, though the cause of...


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A Rare Breed: Job Candidates Who Can Pass a Drug Test

A Rare Breed: Job Candidates Who Can Pass a...


The struggle is real - the struggle in trying to find employees who are able to pass a pre-employment drug test, that is. That’s what companies across the country are collectively saying is a huge problem they are facing when attempting to recruit new talent. The problem is two-fold...


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Street Drugs Oxycodone and Percocet Found to Contain Fentanyl and Caffeine

Street Drugs Oxycodone and Percocet Found to...


You may have heard a lot about fentanyl in the news lately, what with the role that it played in the death of legendary musician Prince, and it is becoming more popular in part due to its potency, which is estimated to be between 50 and 100 times stronger than that of morphine. Now...


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Types of Employee Drug Testing in the Workplace

Types of Employee Drug Testing in the Workplace


Employee drug testing is essential for organizations to ensure a drug-free workplace environment. A workplace environment that is free from drugs promotes professionalism, integrity, productivity, discipline, and a positive work culture amongst others. Crimes related to drug abuse can...


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