Ohio School Board Member Overdoses On Fentanyl In Parking Lot

US | Steve Birr
Drug abuse concept., overdose asian female drug addict hand, drugs narcotic syringe in hand on the floor. (Photo: Shutterstock/SanchaiRat)

‘We’ve got a big problem in Ohio’

The Opioid Epidemic Is Causing A Sharp Rise In Cocaine Overdose Deaths

Health | Steve Birr
Lines of cocaine and a rolled-up bill Shutterstock/Victoria 1

‘High possibility for overdose and death’

Lawsuits Pinning The Opioid Crisis On Big Pharma Roll On Into The New Year

Health | Steve Birr
Oxycodone is the generic name for a range of opoid pain killing tablets. Prescription bottle for Oxycodone tablets and pills on metal table for opioid epidemic illustration (Shutterstock/Steve Heap)

‘Causing the worst drug epidemic the country has ever seen’

Government Sponsors Briefing On How To Survive Nuclear Holocaust

US | Thomas Phippen
Nuclear explosion (Credit: Shutterstock)

‘Planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness’

Colorado Man Blasted On Heroin Invades Stranger's Home And Refuses To Leave

US | Steve Birr
A man injects himself with heroin using a needle obtained from the People's Harm Reduction Alliance, the nation's largest needle-exchange program, in Seattle, Washington April 30, 2015. The People's Harm Reduction Alliance launched its free meth pipe program, which is pioneering but illegal, in March after learning from its own survey that 80 percent of area meth users would be less likely to inject drugs if given access to pipes. The theory behind the Alliance's handout program is that giving meth pipes to drug users may steer some away from needles, which are far riskier than smoking, especially if the user is sharing with another person infected with HIV or hepatitis C. There is little scientific evidence to support that claim, but the Alliance, a privately funded needle-swap group run by drug users, said it has distributed more than 1,000 pipes in Seattle in a matter of weeks and could expand to other cities in Washington state and Oregon. Opponents say giving away meth pipes discourages quitting while wasting resources on an untested scheme that will not solve a city-wide health problem. Picture taken April 30, 2015. REUTERS/David Ryder

The man allegedly crashed on the stranger’s couch

Wild Cookie-Eating Squirrel Lunges At Police Officer

US | Eric Lieberman

‘Always go the extra mile to help their residents’

US Life Expectancy Decreases Second Straight Year As Opioid Overdoses Rise

US | Steve Birr
A bag of heroin and drug paraphernalia are seen at an abandoned house in Ljubljana August 3, 2009. REUTERS/Bor Slana

‘Deadlier than the AIDS epidemic at its peak’

Cities Sue Opioid Manufacturers Over A 'Pattern Of Racketeering'

US | Steve Birr
A pharmacist holds prescription painkiller OxyContin, 40mg pills, made by Purdue Pharma L.D. at a local pharmacy, in Provo, Utah, U.S., April 25, 2017. REUTERS/George Frey

‘Destroyed the lives of countless men and women’

Idaho May Be The Next State To Hike The Vaping Age To 21

Daily Vaper | Steve Birr
Ufa, Russia, South Vape Shop, 5 April, 2016: E-liquid (e-juice) "High vape" for electronic cigarette (vaping device), on the counter in smoke (vapor) in vape bar in bottles. (Aleksandr Pogudin/Shutterstock)

‘This new issue of vaping’

Police Warn Of Fentanyl 'Game Changer' Laced In Cocaine And Heroin

US | Steve Birr
Anti-narcotics workers display bags containing cocaine in front of an incinerator in Lima September 22, 2011. More than six tons of drugs including cocaine paste, marijuana, cocaine and opium seized during police operations held between July and September were incinerated. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

‘We would never expect to see this’

Opioid Busts Yield Enough Fentanyl To Kill Ohio's 'Entire Population'

Health | Steve Birr
A law enforcement staff shows confiscated heroin before burning it in the headquarters of the Drug Control Agency in Dushanbe May 30, 2008. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

‘Not much more than five or six small grains of salt’

Rate Of Babies Born Addicted To Painkillers Surges More Than 80 Percent In Colorado

Health | Steve Birr
A man injects himself with heroin using a needle obtained from the People's Harm Reduction Alliance, the nation's largest needle-exchange program, in Seattle, Washington April 30, 2015. The People's Harm Reduction Alliance launched its free meth pipe program, which is pioneering but illegal, in March after learning from its own survey that 80 percent of area meth users would be less likely to inject drugs if given access to pipes. The theory behind the Alliance's handout program is that giving meth pipes to drug users may steer some away from needles, which are far riskier than smoking, especially if the user is sharing with another person infected with HIV or hepatitis C. There is little scientific evidence to support that claim, but the Alliance, a privately funded needle-swap group run by drug users, said it has distributed more than 1,000 pipes in Seattle in a matter of weeks and could expand to other cities in Washington state and Oregon. Opponents say giving away meth pipes discourages quitting while wasting resources on an untested scheme that will not solve a city-wide health problem. Picture taken April 30, 2015. REUTERS/David Ryder

‘People are turning to heroin’

Opioid Deaths At Hospitals Quadruple, Fueled By Medicare Patients

Health | Steve Birr
A used needle sits on the ground in a park in Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S., May 30, 2017, where individuals were arrested earlier in the day during raids to break up heroin and fentanyl drug rings in the region, according to law enforcement officials. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

‘Fastest-growing share’

Rate Of Teens Smoking, Vaping Plummets In US Localities

Daily Vaper | Steve Birr
Martin Borne, co-founder of electronic cigarette retailer "Demain J'arrete", demonstrates the use of an electronic cigarette in his shop in Paris October 8, 2013. The European Parliament voted on Tuesday to water down proposed tobacco legislation, rejecting an immediate ban on menthol cigarettes and scaling down the size of health warnings on packets following intense lobbying by tobacco companies. The parliament also said manufacturers should be free to sell smokeless e-cigarettes, which deliver nicotine electronically and are a rapidly growing market, as a consumer product when not being marketed as an aide to help people quit smoking. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

‘Learn more about vaping’