According to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 21 million Americans currently need treatment for a substance abuse disorder. Ninety percent of them will not receive treatment; many will end up incarcerated because of crimes related to their addiction.
An Iowa doctor who supplied Slipknot bassist Paul Gray with prescription painkillers has been charged with eight count of manslaughter.
The escalation in alcohol and drug abuse in the U.S. military has been well-documented over the past decade, but the Defense Department continues to use outmoded strategies for diagnosing, treating and preventing substance abuse among military personnel.
With mental disorders among U.S. military personnel at an all-time high,
the Army is actively researching tools to combat depression and suicide. One of the many military-funded research projects is evaluating the feasibility of using a nasal spray to quickly relieve symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts.
A group of activists are traveling across the U.S. to protest the way the Mexican government has handled its war on drugs. The "Caravan for Peace" will journey 6,000 miles by bus and on foot and visit 25 cities to call for an end to the violence that has left 60,000 people dead and another 10,000 missing since 2006.
For many pharmacists in America, a job that was once pleasurable has become highly stressful.
Pharmacies across the country have been hit by armed drug addicts and drug dealers seeking painkillers, anti-anxiety drugs and other controlled medications.
A man from Jefferson County in New York was arrested last week after he took a baseball bat to the head shop where his son purchased the bath salts that he overdosed on.
Daniel Avery reportedly entered Tebbs Head Shop when it opened and requested to buy bath salts.
The highly under-published problem of opioid prescription drug abuse actually is one of the main causes of our ongoing drug war. This drug war is currently being waged locally and nearby is reaching fever pitches in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
Opioid painkillers are a class of psychoactive substances that are mainly used for pain management and include codeine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone (among others).