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DEATH ABUNDANCE: The opioid epidemic has created a rise in organ donations

10/20/2016 - The tragic increase in overdose deaths associated with the nation's opioid epidemic is providing an unexpected benefit: a spike in the number of organs available for transplant. The percentage of organs coming from donors who have overdosed has been rising steadily over the past few years. Nationwide,...

FDA launches app competition to fight opioid overdoses; avoids real issues associated with Big Pharma

9/28/2016 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it is sponsoring a competition between web developers to design an app to fight opioid overdoses. But is it just a scheme designed to distract attention from the real problem: that Big Pharma – with the assistance of government...

46,000 Americans killed each year by drug overdoses... most of them FDA-approved Big Pharma opioids... while medical system suppresses HEMP cures that render many painkillers obsolete

3/2/2016 - According to the FBI, around 15,000 people are murdered in the United States each year. Terrorism incidents like the San Bernardino shootings add another few dozen fatalities, and war operations in the Middle East bring additional casualties into the mix. Yet the number of Americans killed by FDA-approved...

Marijuana overdose fatality rates remained at constant level throughout 2015

1/7/2016 - In late December 2015, the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its yearly statistics regarding overdose death rates from various legal and illegal drugs. Although overdose death rates are on the increase for several types of drugs, overdose...

Medical marijuana legalization reduces painkiller overdose deaths

9/3/2014 - A massive joint study (no pun intended) by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City was conducted to determine the impact on reducing prescription opioid deaths in states...

FDA approves portable device to reverse opioid overdose, can be used by family members and caregivers

4/17/2014 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced their approval of a hand-held auto-injector device designed to reverse opioid overdose, whether the overdose is known or even suspected. The device is the first of its kind and can be given to the individual in need by family members or...

Overdose death of Philip Seymour Hoffman underscores urgent need to decriminalize and regulate recreational drugs across America

2/3/2014 - Street heroin is devastating America today. The heroin overdose death of creative genius Philip Seymour Hoffman -- found dead today with a needle in his arm and "Ace of Spaces" heroin in his hotel room -- underscores the urgent need for radical reforms that would decriminalize, regulate and assert strict...

Viagra overdose forces man to have his penis amputated

9/29/2013 - A Colombian man recently experienced the ultimate strike to his manhood following an overdose with the popular erectile dysfunction drug Viagra (sildenafil citrate). According to Colombia's La Nacion newspaper, 66-year-old Gentil Ramirez Polania had to have his entire penis surgically removed after...

Doctor charged with murder in overdose of multiple patients, prescribed over 27,000 medications in three years

3/21/2012 - A California doctor accused of carelessly dispensing prescription drugs to patients who may not necessarily have needed them is facing murder charges following the deaths of several of these patients. The U.K.'s Daily Mail reports that Dr. Hsiu-Ying Tseng, 42, prescribed more than 27,000 medications...

You can't overdose on homeopathic remedies; Why won't homeopathy skeptics drink their own medicine?

2/11/2011 - It's really quite hilarious to see this unfold: Homeopathy skeptics and vicious Big Pharma attack dogs are running around the globe in ludicrous demonstrations where they consume huge doses of homeopathic remedies in public and then claim that because they don't die of an "overdose," these medicines...

Prescription drug overdoses on the rise in the U.S.

8/20/2010 - Both accidental and intentional prescription drug overdoses are on the rise in the United States, according to a study conducted by researchers from West Virginia University. "People have seen the headlines related to Heath Ledger, Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole Smith and they think that's tragic but...

Missouri hospital subjects brain cancer patients to massive overdose of radiation

6/24/2010 - A Missouri hospital has admitted that it subjected 76 patients to 50 percent overdoses of brain radiation because a medical device had been programmed improperly. According to the administration of CoxHealth in Springfield, a stereotactic radiation therapy device was programmed improperly after the...

FDA Warns on Overdose Risk for Darvon and Darvocet Painkillers

11/27/2009 - The FDA has issued a warning about the high overdose risk from the opiate painkillers Darvon and Darvocet, but has stopped short of banning the drugs as the United Kingdom has done. Darvon and Darvocet contain a mix of an over-the-counter painkiller (either aspirin or acetaminophen) and the opiate...

17 Babies Nearly Killed by Blood Thinner Overdose at Texas Hospital

11/30/2008 - At least 17 newborn infants received massive overdoses of blood thinning drugs, possibly leading to the deaths of two of them. The children received a major overdose of the blood thinner heparin in the neonatal intensive care unit of Christus Spohn Hospital South in Corpus Christi, Texas. The drug...

Radiation overdose kills teen cancer patient

10/19/2006 - A 16-year-old Scottish girl -- who was accidentally given at least 17 overdoses of radiation at the Beatson Oncology center in Glasgow during treatment for a brain tumor earlier this year -- died yesterday in her family's home. Lisa Norris was diagnosed with a brain tumor in October last year, and...

Prescription pain killers involved in more drug overdose deaths than cocaine or heroin in the US (press release)

9/25/2006 - Trends analysis of drug poisoning deaths has helped explain a national epidemic of overdose deaths in the USA that began in the 1990s, concludes Leonard Paulozzi and colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, USA. The contribution of prescription pain killers to the epidemic...

Deaths From Accidental Prescription Drug Overdose on Rise in New Mexico (press release)

7/17/2006 - Accidental overdose deaths in New Mexico caused by prescription drugs increased at a higher rate than those caused by illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine, according to a new study covering a 10-year period. Opioid pain relievers such as codeine, Demerol and morphine accounted for the majority...

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