Tag: Fentanyl

ST. JOHNSBURY, VT - FEBRUARY 06: Drugs are prepared to shoot intravenously by a user addicted to heroin on February 6, 2014 in St. Johnsbury Vermont. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin recently devoted his entire State of the State speech to the scourge of heroin. Heroin and other opiates have begun to devastate many communities in the Northeast and Midwest leading to a surge in fatal overdoses in a number of states. As prescription painkillers, such as the synthetic opiate OxyContin, become increasingly expensive and regulated, more and more Americans are turning to heroin to fight pain or to get high. Heroin, which has experienced a surge in production in places such as Afghanistan and parts of Central America, has a relatively inexpensive street price and provides a more powerful affect on the user. New York City police are currently investigating the death of the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman who was found dead last Sunday with a needle in his arm. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Better OxyContin Leads to Worse Heroin Epidemic

The conventional wisdom on the opioid crisis is that prescription drug dependency was a major factor behind the surge of addictions and overdoses. This belief was challenged by studies demonstrating that prescription drug problems from the 1990s and 2000s were fading before the current opioid crisis began, and the real problem today is with street drugs like heroin and fentanyl. New research highlights a very sharp dividing line between the earlier pill problem and today’s drug crisis: OxyContin was reformulated in 2010 to cut down on abuse, so addicts turned to heroin.

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Obama’s Welcome for Migrants Allowed ‘Chemical Warfare’ on Americans

The early theory of the opioid crisis and the “White Death” was that over-reliance on prescription painkillers was a major factor in rising mortality rates. Americans were reporting more pain to doctors than ever before, and receiving more painkiller prescriptions as a result. New research and analysis challenge these assumptions by arguing that the opioid crisis flows largely from drugs like heroin and fentanyl, which exploded just as prescription drug use was beginning to decline, and one of the primary contributing factors was the migrant crisis President Barack Obama unleashed in his second term.

Director of National Intelligence Agency Dan Coats testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on May 23, 2017

5 Global Perils Highlighted in U.S. Worldwide Threat Assessment

The American intelligence community unveiled its annual Worldwide Threat Assessment this week, highlighting the menace to U.S. national security posed by Islamic terrorism, drug overdoses fueled by Mexican and Chinese transnational criminal organizations (TCOs), and various other perils.

Fentanyl is a potent prescription painkiller which is extremely addictive, leading people to seek out illegal copycat versions

Feds Score ‘Massive’ Fentanyl Seizure in Sinaloa Cartel Probe

PHOENIX, Arizona — Federal authorities seized more than 30,000 fentanyl pills as part of an ongoing investigation targeting the Sinaloa Cartel’s operations in this city. While the use of fentanyl as a recreational drug is relatively new, it became an increasing threat due to the drug being 100 percent more powerful than morphine.

DOJ: Drug Overdose Now Leading Cause of Death for Americans Under 50

Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Tuesday morning. Rosenstein, along with acting head of the Drug Enforcement Agency, Chuck Rosenberg, and other prominent officials in law enforcement addressed the media at the DEA’s headquarters in Arlington, VA to discuss the ongoing response to the nation’s staggering opioid epidemic.

Cop Overdoses after Touching Fentanyl Dust

An Ohio police officer passed out and had to be treated for an emergency overdose after he merely brushed some fentanyl powder off his shirt following a drug bust. It took four doses of the opioid overdose antidote, Narcan, to revive him.