Category: Overdose

Crime

Police Warn Residents About Fatal Batch of “Gray Death” In Southern Louisiana

Gray Death Strikes A Louisiana Community In early February, the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office began to warn residents about a dangerous drug that police officers have encountered during several arrests. The substance, “Gray Death,” is so potent that merely touching it can be lethal. While the police in Georgia, Ohio, Alabama, Florida, and Pennsylvania … Continued

Heroin

Study Finds Heroin Use Has Increased Drastically in America

The Skyrocketing Toll of Heroin Use On February 11, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that the incidence of Heroin use in the United States increased by an average of 7% each year from 2002 to 2016. Then, from 2016 to 2018, the incidence of Heroin use declined … Continued

Epidemic

Study Finds Correlation Between Opioid Overdoses and Car Factory Closures

A Tragic Link Between Car Factory Closures and the Opioid Epidemic Last December, a team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania published a study in the academic journal JAMA Internal Medicine which found a correlation between Opioid overdoses and the diminishing manufacturing sector of the American economy. “Our findings confirm the general intuition that declining … Continued

Crime

Reckitt Benckiser, Former Invidior Parent Company, Settles US Investigation for $1.4 Billion

Reckitt Benckiser Pays the Biggest Opioid Settlement in History On July 11, Reckitt Benckiser, a UK-based health products manufacturer, reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to pay a settlement of $1.4 billion for its role in fueling the Opioid Epidemic. Reckitt Benckiser was the parent company of … Continued

Prevention

New Study Shows that Opioid Overdoses Are Higher in States With Legalized Medical Marijuana

States with Legalized Medical Marijuana See Rise in Opioid Overdoses One of the main arguments for the legalization of marijuana across the United States has been the idea that the drug can help combat the Opioid Epidemic. By giving doctors an alternative to the prescription of Opioids for treating chronic pain, many believe that the … Continued

Crime

Insys Becomes First Opioid Manufacturer to File for Bankruptcy Protection

Insys, a Major Contributor to the Opioid Epidemic, Faces Justice In 1990, billionaire John Kapoor founded Insys Therapeutics. His company was destined to grow into a painkiller producer worth almost $150 million by 2017. Although Insys was successful for many years, recent awareness of the catastrophic Opioid Epidemic which Insys helped supply has finally stopped … Continued

Crime

Update: Ohio Doctor Arrested for Overdose Deaths of 25 Patients

Ohio Doctor, William Husel, Held on $1 Million Bond for 25 Fentanyl Overdoses In December 2018, Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System fired Dr. William Husel, 43, on the suspicion of misconduct in the deaths of 34 patients. On Wednesday, he was arrested and charged by Franklin County, Ohio, for purposely overdosing 25 patients with the … Continued

Epidemic

Fentanyl Killing More People than Heroin in Northeast

Fentanyl Deaths on the Rise as Heroin Overdoses Decline Since 2010, the tidal wave of prescription Opioid abuse has started to subside with the government crackdown on Opioid manufacturers and distributors. So, too, have rates of Heroin addiction and overdose fallen in more recent years. In 2018, only 4 of New Hampshire’s 397 Opioid-related deaths … Continued

Prevention

New Utah Moms Suffering High Rates of Opioid-Related Deaths 

New Mothers Affected by Postpartum Depression and Opioid Addiction The Opioid Epidemic continues to devastate the lives of many, and new sources reveal expecting mothers are also victims of the addiction and overdose crisis. They may often go unaccounted for in the calculation of national statistics, according to a University of Utah Health study. The study … Continued