Illicit Drugs

Fentanyl Seizures Around the U.S. Skyrocket 

Record-setting seizures of fentanyl prove this deadly drug is still on the rise.

Fentanyl. Two milligrams of this stuff can kill an adult. That’s less than a pinch of salt. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that’s up to 50 times more powerful than heroin. In recent years, fentanyl has become more prevalent across the nation, adding to the already staggering death toll of the opioid epidemic. Its increasing presence is easily seen […]

The Opioid Crisis Cost Our Nation $115B in 2017

Think the opioid crisis isn't impacting you or your family? Think again...

The CDC estimates more than 62,000 Americans lost their lives to drug overdose in 2017. The emotional cost to individuals and families across the nation is impossible to quantify. The financial toll, however, can be estimated. The current opioid crisis is taking enormous amounts of money away from individuals, local governments, healthcare providers, and federal […]

First Injection Sites Will Open Their Doors This Summer

Will "safe" injection sites prevent fatal overdoses or encourage more IV drug use?

It’s a controversial subject. Both sides of the debate have significant support. Here’s the question: Would we, as a nation, be better off with supervised injection sites? They’ve been discussed, proposed, shot down, and encouraged in various parts of the country. Many wonder if these sites help curb the financial, criminal, and healthcare costs of […]

Trump’s General Counsel for Drug Czar Suddenly Dismissed

Lawrence Muir, the general counsel for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, has been fired.

Lawrence Muir – also known as Chip – the acting chief of staff and general counsel for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, was fired suddenly for unknown reasons, according to CNN. This abrupt dismissal is the latest development in the Trump administration’s rather confusing approach to the opioid crisis. Is Trump’s Dedication Questionable? […]

Gas Station Bathrooms Use Blue Lights to Stop IV Drug Use

Will blue lights put an end to IV drug use in gas station bathrooms?

Gas station bathrooms have become a common place for IV drug users to shoot up. They’re often unlocked, can be accessed without making a purchase, and provide a place out of sight from police. For the homeless, gas station bathrooms are one of the few places where it’s considered “safe” to inject. Casting a New […]

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