Home > Medical > Addiction > About addiction About addiction All sections in Addiction » About Addiction » Alcohol » Gambling Addiction » Addiction News » Rehabilitation and Help » Your Guide to Drugs Overdose epidemic from fentanyl in US Illegally made versions of the drug fentanyl is responsible for a large increase of overdose deaths in the US. It can kill users by shutting down their respiratory system. Elephant sedative suspected in US drug overdoses A drug used to sedate elephants and other large animals is suspected in spates of overdoses in several US states. Painkiller misuse in US doubles in decade According to the US National Institute on Drug Abuse the increasing misuse of prescription opioid pain relievers poses a myriad of serious public health consequences. Talk Divorce support » Ask Addiction Expert » Quiz Are you depressed? » Like Health24 on Facebook » 13 strange ways to get high The truth about college binge drinking Synthetic opioid that killed Prince – one of many Despite its legitimate medical uses, fentanyl has acquired a growing reputation as a dangerous street drug, thanks to at least a dozen synthetic variants now available. Drug-oozing implant approved for addicts American federal authorities have approved a first-of-a-kind implant designed to help patients recovering from heroin and painkiller addiction. 50+ now largest group battling narcotic addiction People aged 50 to 59 accounted for about 8 percent of narcotic painkiller and heroin treatment patients in 1996, but they represented nearly 36 percent in 2012. SA implements 5 year plan to end drug abuse and trafficking The South African government urges the public to get involved in the fight against drug and alcohol abuse in light of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as well as National Substance Awareness Day on the 26th of June. People overdosing on anti-diarrhoea drugs Abusers of anti-diarrhoea drugs are reportedly trying to achieve heroin-like highs by taking massive doses of these medications. Street dagga may be more harmful than before Smoking high-potency marijuana might damage nerve fibers that connect the brain's two hemispheres, a new study reports. FDA approves Narcan, a nasal spray to treat narcotic overdose A drug marketed as Narcan offers a new treatment option for family members and first responders dealing with an opioid drug overdose. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Win a R1 500 hamper with Alpecin Hypertension Consumer Fact Sheet Understanding diabetes self-management WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher!