Drugs

Can we end opioid epidemic by legalizing all drugs?

The 130 people who are estimated to die every day from an opioid-related drug overdose serve as a stark reminder that the nation is gripped by an opioid epidemic. In fact, the federal Health and Human Services last year declared it a national public health emergency. To combat the opioid epidemic...

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 3:39pm

Are drug dealers really giving flavored meth to kids?

"ALL PARENTS PLEASE BE AWARE!!" an ominous Facebook post reads. "There is a drug going around the schools ..Its known as Strawberry Quick …or strawberry meth." It sounds terrifying, but is strawberry meth really a problem in schools now? What is strawberry meth?...

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 11:37am

Was Oxycodone and Fentanyl responsible for Demi Lovato overdose?

What drugs did Demi Lovato overdose on? While several news outlets have reported that the singer overdosed on heroin, new details have surfaced saying the Demi Lovato overdose scare was not caused by heroin. According to TMZ, Lovato was out partying with friends in West Hollywood before she...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 12:31pm

What is Narcan and why was it given to Demi Lovato?

When paramedics found Demi Lovato unconscious from an apparent drug overdose, they treated her with Narcan before rushing her to the hospital. But what is Narcan and why did paramedics give it to her when they arrived at the scene? The singer and former Disney star is now listed in stable...

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 1:22pm

Mass. leads nation in reducing number of opioid prescriptions: Report

The opioid epidemic in Massachusetts has been one of the worst in the country. In 2016, the rate of opioid overdose deaths here was 29.7 per 100,000 residents, compared to the national rate of 13.3. Hopefully, though, there is relief on the way. Doctors in Massachusetts are leading the country in...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:31pm

NYC will open safe injection sites: Mayor

New York City will open overdose prevention centers, also referred to as safe injection sites, in an effort to reduce deaths as the opioid epidemic continues, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced. “The opioid epidemic has killed more people in our city than car crashes and homicides combined,...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 11:54am

Mass. opioid deaths down, but Baker says too soon to declare 'victory'

The number of opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts fell an estimated 8.3 percent from 2016 to 2017, marking the first year-over-year decline in several years, the Department of Public Health announced Wednesday. A total of 1,977 people died of suspected or confirmed opioid overdoses in...

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 9:21am

Mass. authorities seize 30 pounds of fentanyl from drug traffickers

State and local authorities have seized 77 pounds of narcotics — including heroin, cocaine and more than 30 pounds of the deadly opiate fentanyl — as the result of a six-month long investigation, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office. The...

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 9:59am

Rafael Palmeiro is ready to make a major league comeback... at age 53

Rafael Palmeiro had a successful Major League Baseball career until it came to an end in 2005 after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. The former Orioles first baseman is ready for the next phase of his life — his MLB comeback. Will there really be a Rafael Palmeiro comeback...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 6:31pm

Anna Nicole Smith: Sloppy drug fiend or stunning actress? Her doctor speaks out

The day that would forever change Dr. Sandy Kapoor, one of the late Anna Nicole Smith’s doctors, started off like any other day. “I was in my bedroom, going through an infuriating ritual that makes me late to my clinic every single morning — I have a doctorate from the Boston...

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 6:23pm

Woody Harrelson had to get high to survive a dinner with Trump

Despite announcing earlier this year that he has given up cannabis, the name Woody Harrelson will always go with marijuana like peanut butter and jelly… and all the other munchie delights. After “30 solid years of just partying too f—king hard,” it’s been a year since...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 7:07pm

Ed Sheeran opens up about his secret substance abuse problem

Ed Sheeran, the Perfect songwriter who brought lovers everywhere their weddings songs, is opening up a bit about his substance abuse problem. The Shape of You singer took a hiatus from the music business for a year and is opening up about his secret battle with substance abuse — but he hasn...

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 5:40pm

Opioid maker tried to influence federal policy to combat opioids: Report

The manufacturer of OxyContin, a painkiller at the heart of the opioid epidemic, advised a Trump administration commission on how to fight the opioid epidemic, a problem the company largely created, Vice News reports. An executive of Purdue Pharma, the drug's maker, sent the commission a five-...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 5:18pm

Staten Island areas with most opioid overdoses lack treatment options: Study

The opioid epidemic is devastating Staten Island, affecting those from all races, ages and socioeconomic backgrounds — but the borough is severely lacking in treatment centers, according to a new study. A report by Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 3:42pm

Dumbo rehab offers addiction recovery with luxe accommodations

Dumbo is known for being an artist enclave and tech hub, but the vibrant New York neighborhood may now find itself on the forefront of the addiction recovery industry with the recent opening of the nation’s first Phoenix Life Center. Part of the 50-year-old Phoenix House rehabilitation...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 5:02am

Feds are gathering data on medical marijuana patients and state officialsaren't happy

A federal anti-drug program has started compiling information on medical marijuana patients, a move that has alarmed officials in states where medicinal use is legal. Task forces funded by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, known as the drug czar’s office, have begun...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 5:31pm

U.K. approves vaping to quit smoking, says it's 95 percent safer

Vaping enthusiasts worldwide are cheering a decision by British regulators granting alicense to an e-cigarette – as a prescription to quit smoking traditional cigarettes. The Guardian reported that "Britain's drug regulators have given the go-ahead for a British American Tobacco...

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 12:30pm

Hazmat-wearing DEA agents, police raid luxury Long Island City high-rise

Federal and state law enforcement agents wearing hazmat suits executed a drug raid at a luxury Long Island City high-rise Tuesday morning, resulting in the arrest of two people.  Brian Parker, 34, of Long Island City and Victoria Koleski, 29, of Farmingdale, New Jersey, face 20 years in...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 3:49pm

'Fentanyl Kills' PSA released after two large opioid busts in one week

Responding to a surge of fentanyl, the highly potent synthetic opioid, on New York City streets, the city can expect to see a new public service campaign to warn the public of the heightened risk of overdose death. New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan announced on...

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 8:12pm

NYPD makes the most pathetic drug bust ever and Twitter can't even

In a city where gangs still run city blocks and up to 10 percent of the population is using drugs at any given time, it makes sense for the New York Police Department to have a tough-on-crime mentality. Drug busts grab headlines when kilos of crack and heroin are taken off the streets and gang...

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 6:13pm