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Is Kratom Legal in the United States?

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Thursday, June 6, 2024

Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa), a tropical tree native to Southeast Asia, has gained popularity in the United States in recent years. Kratom is not approved for medical use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and there is ongoing debate about its safety and potential for abuse and addiction. Federal Regulations on Kratom At the federal … Continued


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What is Medetomidine aka Domitor?

Domitor aka Medetomidine

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Medetomidine, sold under the brand name Domitor, is a potent veterinary sedative and analgesic that has recently emerged as a dangerous adulterant in illicit drugs across the United States. Originally developed for use in both small and large animals, medetomidine produces sedation, pain relief, muscle relaxation and anxiolytic effects. However, this drug is not approved … Continued


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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Thursday, April 6, 2023

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time to recognize the profound impact that alcohol use can have on our lives. Sadly, the U.S. struggles with one of the highest rates of alcoholism in the world: according to recent statistics from The National Institutes on Health (NIH) an estimated 14 million Americans are struggling with an … Continued


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Tennessee Opioid Addiction

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Tennessee Opioid Crisis is growing. “We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort, and a lot of money on the opioid crisis,” said president Trump as he declared a state of emergency in August. More than 100 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose. Recent data is revealing Tennessee … Continued


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‘Pink’ Synthetic Drug Emerging as Deadly Killer

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Monday, April 17, 2017

A synthetic opioid originally developed to be a potential replacement for morphine is now causing a number of deadly overdoses across the United States. The drug, U-47700, is more commonly referred to as just “U4” or “Pink” due to its pinkish coloration. Dr. Donna Seger, Executive Director of the Tennessee Poison Center, says that while … Continued


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More Tennesseans Dead From Opioid Overdoses Than Car Crashes

Monday, April 3, 2017

Here’s a wake-up call for all of us: In 2015, more Tennesseans died due to opioid-related causes than in car crashes. Opioid use is on the rise in the Volunteer State, and there’s no real sign of it subsiding. According to the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, almost five percent of the … Continued


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Tennessee Officials Warn of Lethal Counterfeit Opiates Laced with Fentanyl

Monday, February 6, 2017

Tennessee state leaders have issued a warning to citizens, particularly those struggling with opiate addiction. The underground market for painkillers, which many addicts find themselves entangled in, has recently been flooded with Fentanyl-laced counterfeit opiates being sold as legitimate drugs, leaving many unsuspecting users at perilous risk of overdosing. These fake pills are being purported … Continued


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US Surgeon General: ‘Face Up to Addiction’

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Facing Up A recent US Surgeon General’s report uncovered some staggering facts about the magnitude of America’s drug problem. Several highlights from the report provide surprising context for just how widespread the addiction epidemic has become: In 2016 more people used prescription painkillers than tobacco. The number of people with substance abuse disorders in America … Continued


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Heroin Deaths Surpass Gun Homicides for the First Time

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The death toll from heroin overdoses has surpassed the annual rate of gun homicides in the US for the first time. In 2007, gun homicides outnumbered opiate overdoses 5-1, and a shift this drastic is alarming news for public health officials, who are trying to manage the devastating impact of the addiction crisis. The rising … Continued


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How Heroin Travels in the U.S.—Infographic

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

1960s Heroin Use To understand how heroin travels into the U.S. now, it’s important to understand the drug’s origin. Heroin was first synthesized in 1874 by English chemist C.R. Alder Wright. From the beginning, its intended purpose was for medicinal use. However, like most opioids, heroin soon found its way into the drug sub-culture for … Continued


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