Sources tell TMZ that Demi Lovato's drug apparent overdose was fueled by a dangerous session of freebasing oxycodone mixed with fentanyl. Here's what you need to know about the dangerous practice.
How can a basic breakfast potentially ruin someone's life? A mother in Maryland who ate a poppy seed bagel before going into labor wound up testing positive for opiates — and almost losing her newborn baby in the process.
Officials in Indianapolis say they’re investigating an outbreak of overdoses tied to people who have used a street drug that’s mixed with bug spray.
A new study found opioids are ineffective at treating certain types of chronic pain. Marijuana might be the answer, to judge from some recent research.
The Dolls Kill online retailer says its customers like to test boundaries. One offering on the site does the same, and it stirred up a sarcastic response.
Dejah Hall’s post about before and after drug addiction has gone viral. One mom’s shocking before-and-after photos — showing how her “disgusting” life had been ravaged by meth, cocaine, and heroin addiction — are going viral for their combo of shock and hope this week. “I was a monster,” Dejah Hall, 26, of Glendale, Ariz., told ABC 15 on Monday (video below).
There are a lot of things that become off limits when you’re pregnant but many Canadian women who take Accutane for severe acne don’t comply with warnings to avoid the drug during pregnancy – despite the potential to cause damage to the head, face, heart, central nervous system, and limbs of a fetus. ALSO SEE: Jillian Harris responds to being called out for drinking coffee while pregnant A new study commissioned by Health Canada and published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal points to many failures in preventing pregnancy in those who use the drug, which also goes by the name Isotretinoin. ALSO SEE: New mother urges pregnant women to get whooping cough vaccination But it’s not the only medications that can be risky during pregnancy. Click through the gallery above to learn about some other drugs that should be used with caution or avoided altogether during pregnancy and if you’re unsure about any other drugs, be sure to check with your doctor first before taking anything
The CDC’s Wonder database contains data on all deaths in the United States from 1999 to 2014. In other words, no matter what day of the week it was, the leading causes of death were: heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, accidents, strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, flu and pneumonia, kidney disease, and suicide.
While most of us know what the long-term effects of alcohol are, we may not realize that one night of drinking can be even more dangerous. In another tragic case, Shelby Lyn Allen was found dead after a night of heavy drinking with her friends in 2008. Allen, who was a high school junior at the time, died of alcohol poisoning.
Fentanyl deaths have become an epidemic in Canada, with police and health experts from all across the country warning the public of the drug’s devastating and potentially fatal effects. In Canada, the so-called overdose antidote is available by prescription only in a liquid form that’s administered via an intramuscular injection. Narcan works by quickly reversing the respiratory depression caused by opiates in an overdose.
“Skittles parties” may sound innocent, but they are far from it: They’re an alarming trend in which teens raid their parents’ medicine cabinets and dump the prescription and over-the-counter drugs they’ve gathered into a communal bowl. The teens then take handfuls of a random assortment of pills, often with alcohol, to get high. Several teens have overdosed after playing Russian roulette with pills at these parties, which are also known as “pharming parties.” Last month, five high school students in Marin County, California, overdosed after an apparent “Skittles party” and were taken to the hospital. He died from a drug overdose after a “Skittles party” in 2013, just days before he was supposed to head off to college.
Back in the ‘90s, the world was shocked when teenager Leah Betts died from taking ecstasy. She dropped a pill on her 18th birthday, collapsed, started convulsing and spent five days in a coma before her life support machine was switched off.
Parents should start talking to their kids about alcohol at age nine, according to a recent report by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP report, published in the journal Pediatrics, was aimed at reducing binge drinking in high school students. The reason to start talking to kids about alcohol before they even reach middle school is that, according to study authors, kids begin to develop impressions about alcohol as early as nine years old.