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Synthetic Drug ‘Sass’ Blamed in Illinois Woman’s Death

Posted on April 20, 2015 in Research & News

Synthetic Drug ‘Sass’ Blamed in Illinois Woman’s DeathA formerly obscure synthetic drug called “sass” is back in the news after a tragic death in suburban Chicago. At 2 a.m. on Nov. 11, a 21-year-old woman named Cristina Villasana was rushed to a hospital emergency room suffering from acute distress apparently related to drug abuse. Her situation continued to deteriorate and she eventually lost her fight for life, joining the ranks of all the unfortunate souls whose futures have been ended far too soon because of illicit drugs.

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Heroin Overdose Deaths Triple in North Carolina

Posted on March 18, 2015 in Heroin

Heroin Overdose Deaths Triple in North CarolinaHeroin is the opioid drug of abuse well known for its potential to trigger non-fatal or fatal episodes of opioid overdose. Broadly speaking, the rate of overdose death related to heroin use has been rising across the U.S. for the last several years. In a study published in October 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, a team of American researchers used a comparison with the rate of prescription opioid overdose-related death to chart the changes in the rate of heroin overdose-related death over a seven-year period ending in December 2013.

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First-Ever Cocaine Overdose Treatment in Clinical Trials

Posted on October 27, 2014 in Cocaine

First-Ever Cocaine Overdose Treatment in Clinical TrialsCocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant substance of abuse known for its ability to trigger non-fatal or fatal episodes of drug overdose. Such episodes are particularly difficult to predict and actually occur much more often than overdoses related to the opioid narcotic heroin. In a report published in September 2014, researchers from the University of Kentucky announced their progress on the development of a treatment for cocaine overdose. This treatment relies on modification of the natural chemical activity of an enzyme found in soil inhabited by the coca plant, which drug manufacturers use to make cocaine.

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Should Doctors Be Blamed for Patient Overdoses?

Posted on June 23, 2014 in Research & News

Should Doctors Be Blamed for Patient Overdoses?According to the CDC in 2010, over 22,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States were related to pharmaceuticals, accounting for 60 percent of all overdose deaths. The problem of prescription drug abuse still continues, and experts, researchers and politicians are trying to find the best approach to reducing the damage done by the substances. Of course, prescription drugs ultimately come from doctors, and with such a large number of overdoses, it’s only natural to ask whether the doctors are to blame. Looking at the issue in more detail—through celebrity cases and the infamous “pill mills”—helps you understand the problem more closely before laying the blame at the feet of physicians. 

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Methamphetamine Overdose and Metabolic Acidosis

Posted on May 31, 2013 in Stimulants

Methamphetamine Overdose and Metabolic AcidosisMetabolic acidosis is a term used to describe the buildup of excessive amounts of acid in the body’s various fluids. In some cases, this buildup stems from excessive acid production inside the body; in other cases, it stems from the kidneys’ inability to eliminate sufficient amounts of acid from the bloodstream. Whatever the underlying cause, unchecked metabolic acidosis can kill an affected individual. People who use/abuse the illegal street drug methamphetamine can develop metabolic acidosis during the course of a drug overdose. The condition arises as an end result of an unsustainable methamphetamine-related increase in body temperature.

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Cocaine Overdose

Posted on February 10, 2013 in Cocaine

Cocaine OverdoseCocaine is a plant-derived drug produced in several different South American countries and illegally imported into the U.S. and other countries. It belongs to a general class of substances known as stimulants. The drug triggers its mind- and body-altering effects by increasing levels of chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters, and thereby increasing the rate of activity inside the central nervous system. If the impact of cocaine overstimulates this system, the result is a dangerous and potentially fatal reaction known as cocaine intoxication or cocaine overdose. Unlike some other forms of drug overdose, cocaine intoxication can occur unexpectedly even in users who take low doses of the drug.

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Death Rates Increase After Hospital Release Following Substance Abuse

Posted on October 17, 2012 in Research & News

Immediately after finishing treatment for substance abuse, many patients find it difficult to reenter the life they led previously without the presence of the addictive substance. In treatment programs, therapy often involves learning new responses to situations in which the patient would ordinarily have turned to the substance.

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Coping with a Drug Overdose

Posted on September 21, 2012 in Intervention

Dealing with the aftermath of a drug overdose can be extremely difficult. It can be terrifying while the actual overdose is happening, and it can be completely overwhelming once the overdose is finished. Overdoses can result in illness, permanent health damage, and even death. Understanding how to cope with the consequences of an overdose can turn a devastating event into something more manageable.

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The Importance of Reporting Drug Overdoses

Posted on August 21, 2012 in Research & News

There has been a steadily growing problem in this country of fatal drug overdoses. The problem seems to parallel our growing addiction to prescription painkillers, and is one begging to be dealt with on several fronts. So far there have been proposed databases to track opiate drug prescribing and to control ‘doctor shopping’; there have been calls for less reliance on prescription painkillers by doctors; and there are pleas for patients to rid their homes of unused medications. Another attempt at dealing with the problem has come in the form of new policies which could make it more likely that a person makes the 911 call when a fellow drug user appears to have overdosed.

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Rapper Eminem Describes Quiet Recovery from Drugs and Near Fatal Overdose

Posted on February 22, 2011 in Recovery

Rapper Eminem Describes Quiet Recovery from Drugs and Near Fatal OverdoseLike the title of his recent number-one ranked album, “Recovery,” rap megastar Eminem has talked openly about his near-death experience with drug addiction. Now the global celebrity encourages his fans to avoid the same problems he has experienced with drugs.

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