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Methylphenidate and Methamphetamine in Oklahoma

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Jan 2, 2019 8:00:00 AM

 

Drug overdose deaths are on the rise over the past few year, most of which is due to the prevalence of opioids. However, there are a number of other substances that contribute to the 72,000 annual drug deaths in the United States. For example, heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine were a few of the top drugs of abuse in 2017 that led to tens of thousands of drug deaths.

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America's Opioid Epidemic Solutions

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Dec 31, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

This year, president Donald Trump signed into law the SUPPORT Act, a comprehensive bill designed to tackle the nations endemic opioid problem. Known officially as the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act, it was first introduced to the House of Representatives in June. It flew through the House and Senate in an uncharacteristic showing of mass bipartisan support.

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Why Oklahoma Is In Need Of Drug Rehab Facilities

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Dec 27, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

The passage of SQ780 in Oklahoma this year marks another step in the state’s fight to curb drug addiction and overdoses, as well as cut down on the massive incarceration rates for possession. This bill reclassified drug possession to a misdemeanor, meaning instead of going to prison, offenders would have the chance to attend drug courts and enter treatment.

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How to Detox Your Body From Drugs

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Dec 24, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

According to government data, there are over 72,000 drug deaths a year and 88,000 annual alcohol-related deaths in the United States. There are tens of thousands more that struggle with some kind of substance abuse disorder whether it be alcohol, illicit drugs, or prescription painkillers. According to data from the White House, over 2 million people deal with an addiction to opioids. If these people with substance abuse problems are not careful, it could get the best of them and they could be a contribution to next year’s drug and alcohol death statistics that seem to be rising every year.

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The Effects of a Cocaine Overdose

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Dec 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

According to data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there were over 14,500 drug overdose deaths that involved cocaine in 2017. Since 2010, there has been a 3.5-fold increase in the total number of deaths. Similarly, there were almost 4,200 drug deaths that involved cocaine in combination with opioid synthetics in 2016. There was a 23-fold increase in the number of these deaths from 2012 to 2016, this is mostly due to the emergence of fentanyl.

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What is the Krokodil Drug?

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Dec 11, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

Since the early 2000s, opioids, specifically synthetic opioids, have had detrimental effects in the United States. There are a number of specific opioids that have been especially harmful to the country, such as codeine, oxycodone, and fentanyl. Fentanyl in particular has come into prominence over the past few years and today is present in about 30,000 of the 72,000 annual drug deaths in the country.

 

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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in Oklahoma

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Dec 7, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

Over the past decade, the opioid epidemic has come more into the limelight as politicians and media begin to recognize the catastrophic impact it has had on our communities. In 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services declared the Opioid Crisis a state of public emergency and announced a plan to combat the problem that was killing over 130 people every day.

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"Just Say No" And Its Effects

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Dec 3, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

Just Say No may have been intended to help solve the drug crisis in America, but the message also sowed confusion, painting all addicts as criminals and all substances as evil. Learn more about the Reagan administration’s approach to the War on Drugs.

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Changes In Oklahoma Prescribing Laws

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Nov 30, 2018 3:00:00 PM

 

The World Health Organization estimates that about 5.6 percent of the global population, or 275 million people, used drugs at least once in 2016. About 27 million people suffered from opioid use disorder, with an increasing proportion using prescription opioids. The United States specifically has seen the effects of the opioid crisis up close and personal. According to the United Nations 2017 Drug Report, over 12 million people in the United States misused prescription opioids.

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The Effects of Opioids in Kentucky

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Nov 30, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Opioid addiction is a problem across the country, and much of the world. However, there are certain areas around the United States where the problem is especially devastating. For example, the Appalachian region in the Midwest is one area that has been hit particularly hard by the opioid epidemic. States like Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky have all been ravaged by the crisis as all four states were in the top five for states with the highest overdose death rates in 2016.

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