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What Are The Legal Issues Surrounding Use Of The Opioid Overdose Medication Naloxone?

What Are The Legal Issues Surrounding Use Of The Opioid Overdose Medication Naloxone?

Naloxone (Narcan) is a medication that can rapidly reverse the bodily effects of severe opioid drug or medication intoxication. This property makes the medication highly useful in treating people actively experiencing an opioid overdose. In most U.S. states, only a licensed physician can legally give someone a dose of naloxone. However, since opioid overdoses often […]

How Are Photo IDs Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse?

How Are Photo IDs Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse?

The problem of abuse of prescription drugs, particularly narcotic painkillers, continues to be an issue throughout the country. The abuse of these drugs leads to addiction, and in thousands of unfortunate instances, accidental overdose. In an attempt to curb the problem of misusing prescriptions, many state legislatures are passing laws that require patients to show […]

How Is The U.S. Changing Its War On Drugs?

How Is The U.S. Changing Its War On Drugs?

In the wake of flower power Richard Nixon declared a War on Drugs in 1971. In 1980 Ronald Reagan initiated minimum mandatory sentencing for drug offenses. Has any of this been effective? We’ve certainly incarcerated more people on drug charges, but the problem of drug use has not gone away. The trend now is to […]

Marijuana Legalization – What’s Behind The Controversy?

Marijuana Legalization – What’s Behind The Controversy?

In years past, marijuana smoking seemed synonymous with unmotivated, snack-grubbing teenagers with a drug addiction problem. Currently, there’s an ever-growing movement toward legalizing the drug’s use. In a 2013 Gallup poll, 39 percent of Americans said that marijuana should remain illegal, while 58 percent favored legalization. Back in 1969, when Gallup first asked the question, […]