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.
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.
Most teenagers who got addicted with opioids first received drugs with the help of a prescription from doctors.
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.
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.
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.
FDA is warning that taking higher than recommended doses of loperamide can cause serious heart problems that can lead to death.
Opioid Presciptions in the United States have decrease after 20 years due to the stricter guidelines in prescriptions and tremendous efforts of health care facilites to fight opioid addiction.