45% of painkiller users do not know they are taking opioids

July 27, 2015 0

Forty-five percent of Americans who use opioid prescription painkillers do not realize they are taking an opioid, or that the drug is just as addictive as heroin, according to a National Safety Councilsurvey. In fact, opioid painkillers and heroin have nearly identical chemical makeups and produce the same effects. Drug overdoses, largely from opioid painkillers, are a leading cause of unintentional injury death for American adults. The epidemic is a primary focus of National Safety Month, observed […]

Sports Illustrated– How painkillers are turning young athletes into heroin addicts

July 21, 2015 0

A few weeks ago Sports Illustrated had a compelling piece on prescription drug abuse and the jump to heroin addiction. Roman Montano had barely learned cursive when he was asked to sign his first baseball. Parents of teammates had watched him dominate game after game in Albuquerque’s Little League during the summer of 2000, mowing down batters and belting home runs. The autograph requests were mostly facetious, but what they signified was clear: The kid was going […]

Shocking News– Advertising influences youth on marijuana!

July 8, 2015 0

Viewing ads for medical marijuana may influence middle school students to use the drug, a new study suggests. Students in sixth through eighth grades who saw ads for medical marijuana were twice as likely as others to have used the drug or to say they intended to use it in the future, the study found. The study included more than 8,200 middle school students in Southern California, HealthDay reports. In the first year of the […]

Mislabeling is a problem with medical marijuana!

July 6, 2015 0

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association says 75 edible medical cannabis products purchased (under 47 different brands) in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle, 17 percent were accurately labeled, 23 percent were under-labeled, and 60 percent were over-labeled with respect to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content. Over-labeled products were most common in Los Angeles; under-labeled products were common in Seattle. Non–THC content was generally low. Forty-four products (59 percent) had detectable levels […]