Only a small amount of fentanyl is enough to be lethal.
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Fentanyl’s wide availability in the drug supply has led to an increase in unintentional overdoses. While prevention strategies are available, limited availability stymies their use.
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Cannabis use is linked to poorer memory, attention and mental health.
Euphoria, which has aired on HBO since 2019, continues to be a popular hit.
Euphoria tackles the status quo head on with an esthetic that transgresses the codes of television, while criticizing several taboos and social issues.
Emblems of America’s epidemics.
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The number of fatal drug overdoses in the US over a 12-month period has surpassed 100,000 for the first time. Fentanyl is the main driver of the spike in deaths.
An Afghan boy collects raw opium east of Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2018.
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As the Taliban, warlords and corrupt public officials vie for drug profits and power, it will fuel even more instability in the country.
Zenzo Msomi as Sipho (front) and Ngcebo Cele as Andile in Ulwembu.
With the community, the group of theatre-makers and academics created a play that could also serve as a policy brief on what’s missing from the battle to reduce drug use in Durban.
People with alcohol or substance dependency already struggle to access mental health treatment, covid will only make this worse.
Canada needs to address the problems facing what are known as crossover youth.
The federal government should create a federal child and youth advocate — a children’s commissioner — in order to help Canada’s crossover youth.
A back alley in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a high-risk COVID-19 area due to the fact the vulnerable populations converge there, is pictured in January 2020.
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Drug users are already among the most marginalized and stigmatized populations in times without a pandemic. Unless we decriminalize drug use, once again they will bear the brunt of another deadly disease.
The pandemic is driving up a litany of social ills.
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America’s news reports and social media chatter open a window into the nation’s psyche. An AI-based text analysis of these words shows that the coronavirus is driving up familiar social ills.
Neurostimulation is rife with potential and pitfalls.
From dementia to depression to drug addiction, artificial brain stimulation has been hailed as a landmark medical technology for the future. But safeguards are needed if we want the benefits without the risks.
The new measures that give police discretion not to prosecute are in keeping with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s decision not to join US President Donald Trump’s “war on drugs”.
A change to drug laws in New Zealand has been hailed as a leap towards treating drug addiction as a heath issue. But it has also been criticised for essentially decriminalising class A drugs.
Advice from the people who’ve reviewed all the latest evidence about the effectiveness of these painkillers.
Parents’ substance use affects children’s physical, psychological, cognitive, social and economic well-being, a new review of the research has found.
Listening to friends who are grieving can be more important than saying something.
For many who know someone who has lost a loved one, it can be hard to know what to say or how to respond. For those who have lost a loved one, the silence can be deafening. Some things to keep in mind.
One theory is that the drug is named after the scaly green skin it can cause among those who use it.
A chemist explains what it is, how it’s made – and its devastating consequences.
Many people may misunderstand the basics about opioids. That prevents researchers from understanding the full scope of the epidemic.
We’ve got better at managing the health risks of traditional drugs of abuse, but novel psychoactive substances, or ‘legal highs’, are a dangerous unknown.
The US opioid epidemic killed more than 40,000 people in 2016 – now, other countries are at risk.
Mental distress, addiction, debt, family dysfunction and abuse are all problems to be milked for profit.