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Illegal Drugs That Look Like Rx Painkillers: The Differences Could Be Deadly
Across the country, drug operations are taking advantage of the rising trend of opioid painkiller abuse by creating illegal drug pills made to look like legal prescription medications. This incredibly dangerous growing trend has already claimed many lives across the United States as unsuspecting users take what they think is their usual dose and end up overdosing on a mystery drug cocktail. Here’s what you need to know about this disturbing trend. From Prescriptions to Illegal Drugs Prescription opioid and opiate medications are often prescribed by doctors to treat acute short-term pain, such as after surgery or a broken bone. However, because of ...

Understanding the National Heroin Epidemic and Its Tie to Prescription Drugs
The Connection Between Heroin Abuse And Opioids The United States is currently facing the worst drug crisis in American history. Over the past decade, drug overdoses have overtaken motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of accidental deaths in the country. In 2014 alone, 47,055 U.S. citizens died of a drug overdose. While many illicit and addictive drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine can be fatal in certain circumstances, opioids pose the greatest risk for overdose and fatalities. It’s important to recognize the strong link between heroin addiction and prescription opioid abuse. As the number of prescription opioids sold in the country has ...

New Law May Prevent Opioid Addicts From Doctor Shopping in California
The ongoing opioid epidemic in America has hit an all-time high, with more than 2.1 million people in the U.S. suffering from prescription pain reliever use disorders. More than 78 opioid-related deaths occur in the country every day. California is experiencing a more rampant problem than other states, with some counties reporting death rates three times higher than the national average. More than 4,000 Californians die from opioid addictions every year. One major contributor to prescription opioid misuse, abuse, and overdose is doctor shopping. What Is Doctor Shopping? “Doctor shopping” describes the practice of visiting multiple physicians and obtaining prescriptions from each ...