Opioid overdose more common than perceived

The opioid overdose crisis has been one of the most devastating blows to befall the United States that has taken more lives than any American war, natural disaster or acts of terror. The efforts to curtail the proliferation of this deadly outbreak has been met with much criticism as most of the populations continue to show the signs of opioid abuse and continue to witness a marked escalation in opioid overdose. Read more

Spurt in overdose deaths from common sedatives; America faces new threat

Nearly half a million Americans died from drug overdoses between 2000 and 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Opioid overdose deaths, including opioid pain relievers and heroin, hit record levels in 2014, with an alarming 14 percent increase in just one year, the agency says. Read more

Painkiller addicts gradually switch to heroin abuse: Study

Most of the people take prescription drugs only when recommended by a doctor. But more than 2 million people in the United States do not conform to this norm and use prescription painkillers for other purposes as well, says a 2015 report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Read more