Prescription and over-the-counter medications are some of the most commonly abused and misused drugs in the country. Medication can be an effective form of pain relief and other treatment when used properly and by prescription guidelines, but some can be problematic when abused.
Meth withdrawal is a serious consequence of meth addiction. When following a binge, or when trying to get sober, users can experience harsh meth withdrawal side effects that can hinder their mental and emotional well-being. The physical and mental symptoms of withdrawal can be debilitating.
According to data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 10 percent of people aged 12 and older suffer from illicit drug abuse monthly. Despite how many people may use drugs, it may not be completely noticeable. Looking for patterns in a person’s behavior and mannerisms can help to determine if someone you know, whether it be a child, spouse, or friend, is abusing drugs.
Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, reached a $270 settlement to resolve a lawsuit with the state of Oklahoma on Tuesday. This is one of many lawsuits that the pharmaceutical manufacturer is facing for their alleged role in the opioid crisis and their alleged deceptive marketing tactics used to peddle their drug to the public.
In a new suit filed by Oklahoma against multiple pharmaceutical companies, the State of Oklahoma and Attorney General Mike Hunter have asked the state to release documents that companies like Johnson & Johnson have marked as confidential in order to “end J&J’s secrecy once and for all.”
The shift from retail to online e-commerce has completely changed the way companies conduct business. It has also dramatically changed the way that drug dealers and users conduct their own business. Imagine placing an order on Amazon for a kilo of cocaine with the same ease that you order a candle set. For thousands of dealers and users around the world, the entire vibe of the illicit narcotics marketplace has changed from criminal to convenience.
In January of 2016, DEA agents in Oklahoma made a single bust of more than 100 pounds of meth, valued at over $1.5 million. The bust was one of many where Mexican drug cartels were caught with massive quantities of the stuff, a result of Oklahoma’s more stringent laws regulating the ability to purchase the ingredients that go into making meth at home. As these allergy and cold medicines became harder to get, “mom and pop” meth labs became replaced by factory produced Mexican product. According to supervisory agent with the FBI Jeff Bowles, roughly 95% of the meth in Oklahoma now comes from Mexico.
The drug epidemic in the country, fueled by the rise of opioids, has led to tens of thousands of deaths each year across the nation. Data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that there were over 30,000 drug overdoses directly attributed to synthetic opioids. Moreover, studies show that this number may not be dropping any time soon. Despite federal legislative efforts to crack down on prescription drug abuse, there is some evidence that the problem will get worse before it gets better.
Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is a promising alternative to opioids when it comes to pain management and physical therapy. CBD is a compound extracted from the cannabis plant, which includes marijuana and hemp. However, CBD oil itself contains no THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and has no psychoactive properties. CBD oil has been shown to help ease seizures, pain, and anxiety.
Oklahoma is one of the states that has been the most severely affected by the opioid crisis, one of the drugs being methanphetamine. It is easy to forget about other substances and the way they have affected the country due to the spotlight that opioids have received in recent years. While opioids remain the most deadly class of drugs in the country, there are many other illicit drugs that still kill thousands of Americans each year.