• TMZ claims Demi Lovato 'freebased' oxycodone laced with fentanyl: What does that mean, exactly?
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    Korin Miller

    TMZ claims Demi Lovato 'freebased' oxycodone laced with fentanyl: What does that mean, exactly?

    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.

  • This woman tested positive for opiates during labor because she ate a poppy seed bagel
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    Elise Solé

    This woman tested positive for opiates during labor because she ate a poppy seed bagel

    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 say this baby died hours after being breastfed
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    Korin Miller

    Officials say this baby died hours after being breastfed

    Authorities said methadone, amphetamine, and methamphetamine were found in the baby’s system.

  • People in Indianapolis are overdosing on drugs laced with bug spray
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    Korin Miller

    People in Indianapolis are overdosing on drugs laced with bug spray

    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.

  • Are magic mushrooms the next medical marijuana?
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    Sabrina Rojas Weiss

    Are magic mushrooms the next medical marijuana?

    Activists are campaigning for the legalization of psychedelic mushrooms whose active component is psilocybin.

  • Marijuana could treat chronic pain better than opioids
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    Abby Haglage

    Marijuana could treat chronic pain better than opioids

    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.

  • Jackie Kennedy's dark history served as inspiration for this fashion show
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    Alexandra Mondalek

    Jackie Kennedy's dark history served as inspiration for this fashion show

    Moschino creative director Jeremy Scott hints at the ugly side of Jackie Kennedy's glamorous Camelot.

  • Boots with a cocaine pocket are actually for sale
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    Kerry Justich

    Boots with a cocaine pocket are actually for sale

    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.

  • Pharmacists' Picks: 2017's Top Recommended Health Products
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    U.S. News Staff

    Pharmacists' Picks: 2017's Top Recommended Health Products

    These pharmacist-recommended over-the-counter products will make your next trip to the drugstore easier. be.

  • Mother Shares Before and After Photos of Meth Addiction, Inspires Many
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    Beth Greenfield

    Mother Shares Before and After Photos of Meth Addiction, Inspires Many

    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).

  • These common medications are dangerous during pregnancy
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    Gail Johnson

    These common medications are dangerous during pregnancy

    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

  • This is the deadliest day of the week
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    Gail Johnson

    This is the deadliest day of the week

    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.

  • How one night of drinking can kill you
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    Asymina K.

    How one night of drinking can kill you

    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.

  • Why a drug that can reverse fentanyl overdoses should be available over the counter in Canada
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    Gail Johnson

    Why a drug that can reverse fentanyl overdoses should be available over the counter in Canada

    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.

  • Dad Speaks Out After 'Skittles Party' Leads to Son's Death
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    Rachel Grumman Bender

    Dad Speaks Out After 'Skittles Party' Leads to Son's Death

    “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.

  • Ecstasy Is Likely More Dangerous For Women Than Men – So Why Are So Many Of Us Still Taking It?
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    Alison Coldridge

    Ecstasy Is Likely More Dangerous For Women Than Men – So Why Are So Many Of Us Still Taking It?

    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.

  • The right time to talk to your kids about drugs, sex and alcohol
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    Gail Johnson

    The right time to talk to your kids about drugs, sex and alcohol

    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.