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As we all know the overdose rate in the United States has risen dramatically. In response to the number of overdose deaths from heroin and prescription opioids in the Midwest, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade of Michigan called on federal prosecutors from six neighboring states to meet at a one-day summit to address issues of drug trafficking, illegal prescriptions, and other factors that have been fueling the opiate and overdose epidemic.

McQuade and authority figures from Ohio, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania met a few months ago as part of an initiative by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force to stop heroin and prescription pill trafficking in their areas. At a press conference for the summit, McQuade noted that organized groups in Michigan and Ohio have expanded their sales to many of the aforementioned states, as well as Tennessee and West Virginia. Continue reading Midwest Attempts to Unite Effort to Fight Overdose Epidemic


If we had a dime for every news article this past year covering the heroin epidemic in this country we would be able to afford quite a lot of heroin. And that is why we decided to cover a topic that hasn’t been discussed at length. We all know and are aware that heroin is cheap and accessible, but why and how? Where did the unexpected demand for a dangerous and illegal drug come from? And how is it more widely available than ever before. Answering these questions lies in the tangled web of state and federal drug policy as well as the dynamic between the black market economy and the attempts to control it. Continue reading How Supply and Demand Created an Opiate Epidemic


The shut down of pill mills has left legitimate painkiller patients without their medications.

When the DEA released new regulations on prescription drugs last year, the intended outcome was to stop the abuse of painkillers like Vicodin. But by cracking down on how doctors prescribe these drugs and how often patients can refill them, it is the patients with actual chronic pain who are suffering the consequences.

Doctors say DEA enforcement actions have made it harder for them to prescribe narcotics. Last year, hydrocodone products, such as Vicodin, were changed to Schedule II status, meaning they have a high potential for abuse and cannot be prescribed in large quantities. Continue reading What About the Legitimate Painkiller Patients?


Heroin abuse has increased 63% over the last 10 years in the United States, and its increase has been made worse by the growing abuse of opioids such as oxycodone (Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine.

45% of Americans are addicted to heroin, BUT that same 45% is also addicted to prescription opioids. People tend to move on to street drugs after they have lost access to their prescription drugs. It is a progression of addiction.

To combat both the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic the Obama administration announced a new program to curb access to both. The program will target illegal trafficking of the drugs in areas that have been hardest hit such as Appalachia, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Continue reading Heroin and Prescription Overdose Still Rising


It turns out there may be a test that can determine whether or not childhood experiences lead to addiction. The Adverse Childhood Experiences study is a research study conducted by Kaiser Permanente health maintenance organization and the Centers for Disease Control for Prevention.

The study began in 1995. The first participants recruited to the study were a part of a long-term health outcome study. What it demonstrated was that there was a link between adverse childhood experiences with health and social problems as an adult. Health and social problems would include addiction or alcoholism.

So do you want to take the test? Well we have it for you. Wait until the end.

The test in its current form consists of 10 questions that evaluate seven factors. Continue reading How Childhood Experiences Can Determine Addiction


The number of heroin users who have died due to overdose has nearly doubled each of the past five years. The average people who die from heroin overdoses over the past decade aren’t old, they aren’t long time users and they aren’t black like the stereotype suggests. These people who are dying aren’t from the streets, they aren’t homeless and they don’t come from nothing. In fact, the opposite could be said is true. The people dying from heroin overdose, well, they had every opportunity afforded them to do something great with their lives.

The people who die from heroin related overdoses in the US are young, white suburban and rural 20 year-olds who live in the Midwest. This is a huge shift from 15 years ago when the death rate was highest among older blacks from the Northeast. Continue reading Heroin Overdoses in the Suburbs Rising


When one thinks about drinking culture on college campuses the first thing that comes to mind is a frat house or a sorority house full of young men and women drinking to excess. Of course, the problem of undergraduate binge drinking is real and needs to be addressed. Undergrad binge drinking can cause individuals to develop life-long alcohol use and dependence problems.

Continue reading Drinking Culture on University and College Campuses

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