Mussels in the Puget Sound were found with traces of opioids in their system, indicating a high number of people in the area taking the drug. Other pharmaceuticals were also found including antibiotics, antidepressants, and other medication.
Walmart rewrites their policies to try and help curb opioid abuse in the United States. New regulations include a seven-day limit to supply and electronic prescriptions.
The use of heroin and other injection drugs played a significant role in the recent increase of Hepatitis C cases.
Federal officials expressed their concern regarding a new opioid mix circulating the streets of the U.S. The new mix, dubbed as "gray death," is said to be more potent than heroin and can be fatal if touched.
An average of 32 calls a day, or one call every 45 minutes were made to US Poison Control Centers reporting children who were exposed to prescription opioids.
The United States is currently facing an opioid crisis. New York Times reported that the painkiller, which was falsely advertised as safe since the mid-19900s has killed more than 33,000 people in 2015.
An existing anti-gout medication could alleviate the symptoms of opioid withdrawal in rodents.
American Society of Addiction Medicine cites that drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 47,055 lethal drug overdoses in 2014.
U-47700 is a synthetic opioid that was derived from morphine. Animal testing of the drug showed that it was about eight times stronger than morphine.
Prescription painkillers are generally safe -- if used appropriately. Once it is abused, there is a tendency that this will be the start of search for street drugs such as marijuana and heroin.
CDC warns against kratom, an opioid substitute, and suggests an emerging public health threat.