Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Abuse in Las Vegas

841 people in Clark County (which includes the city of Las Vegas) died in 2012 from accidentally overdosing on drugs. Most of the deaths involved prescription drugs. As previously mentioned, there is a direct link between the rise in prescription drug abuse and a rise in heroin abuse across the United States, and the link… Continue reading Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Abuse in Las Vegas

American Students who Smoke Marijuana

36 percent of high school seniors in the United States stated that they smoked marijuana in 2013. Over 12 percent of eight graders also smoked marijuana during the year. Nearly 60 percent of seniors stated that they did not view marijuana use as harmful, compared to 55 percent in 2012. According to an annual survey… Continue reading American Students who Smoke Marijuana

Adderall Use by College Students

Two-thirds of college students in the United States have been offered the prescription drug Adderall by the time they are seniors, according to the Journal of American College Health. 31 percent have taken the drug. 74 percent of college students who use Adderall without a prescription are able to get the drugs from a friend.… Continue reading Adderall Use by College Students

Marijuana Smoking by Employes in the United States

In a study conducted by Quest Diagnostics, less than 2 percent of workers in the United States tested positive for marijuana use through workplace drug testing. Back in 2002, just under 3 percent tested positive for marijuana. The fall in workers testing positive stands in contrast to the numbers of Americans who use marijuana. According… Continue reading Marijuana Smoking by Employes in the United States

Heroin is Cheaper Than Prescription Pain Pills

In the Midwest region of the United States, the Sinaloa drug cartel is offering heroin at a cheaper rate the prescription pain killers. According to a report by Bloomberg, users who are addicted to painkillers turn to heroin due to the costs. One pills of Vicodin sold on the black market costs around $5 to… Continue reading Heroin is Cheaper Than Prescription Pain Pills

Link Between Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin

Federal data from the United States showed that nearly 80 percent of people who used heroin in 2011 also previously abused prescription painkillers in 2011. The rise in prescription drug abuse in the United States has lead to a rise in the number of people using heroin. Between 2007 and 2012, the number of people… Continue reading Link Between Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin

Prescription Drug Abuse by Teens in the United States

Research conducted by the University of Michigan found that one in 10 young teenagers who visited the emergency room in Michigan abused prescription pain killers in 2012. 10.4 percent of the 2,100 teens who entered the emergency room at the University of Michigan Medical Center abused a prescription drug. 8.7 percent abused prescription opioid such… Continue reading Prescription Drug Abuse by Teens in the United States

Fentanyl for Sale on the Black Market

Public health programs and agencies in Canada have estimated that there have been 3,757 deaths from overdoses on opioids in Ontario, Canada between 2002 to 2011. (More overdose statistics from prescription drug abuse.) Between 2009 and 2011,  oxycodone was linked to 491 overdose deaths and fentanyl was lined to 253 deaths. A drug dealer in… Continue reading Fentanyl for Sale on the Black Market

Street Price for Actavis Promethazine Cough Syrup with Codeine

According to a report by Noisey, the price of prescription strength cough syrup sold on the black market varies across the United States. On average, pints of the cough syrup can cost between $250 to $400. In Houston, a pint can sell for up to $1,000, and in Atlanta pints have been reportedly sold for… Continue reading Street Price for Actavis Promethazine Cough Syrup with Codeine

OxyContin Pills Smuggled From Canada to US

According to a study conducted by Ontario Drug Policy Research Network, thousands of OxyContin pills dispersed in Canada ended up being smuggled into the United States during an 18 month period. Between August 2010 and February 2012, Canada was offering the more addictive form of Oxy, while the United States was offering a tamper-resistant version… Continue reading OxyContin Pills Smuggled From Canada to US