Tag Archives: drugs

Substance Use Disorders in Late Life: The Next Silver Tsunami

Substance Use Disorders in Late Life: The Next Silver Tsunami (PDF) Source: Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy Over the next few decades the percentage of population of individuals 65 years and older in the United States is projected to increase from 13% to 25% of the total population. These older adults are thought to […]

Today’s Heroin Epidemic

Today’s Heroin Epidemic Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Heroin use more than doubled among young adults ages 18–25 in the past decade. More than 9 in 10 people who used heroin also used at least one other drug. 45% of people who used heroin were also addicted to prescription opioid painkillers.

Drug-related offences in Canada, 2013

Drug-related offences in Canada, 2013 Source: Statistics Canada Research has linked illicit drugs to crime in a number of ways, including the involvement of organized crime in the supply and distribution of illegal substances (Royal Canadian Mounted Police 2010; Canadian Border Services Agency 2014), the social disorganization that can be associated with drug abuse (International […]

Notes From the Field — Reported Adverse Health Effects Related to Synthetic Cannabinoid Use — United States, January–May 2015

Notes From the Field — Reported Adverse Health Effects Related to Synthetic Cannabinoid Use — United States, January–May 2015 Source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (CDC) On April 6, 2015, CDC received notification of an increase in telephone calls to U.S. poison centers related to synthetic cannabinoid use. Monthly calls to all poison centers are […]

Drug-Poisoning Deaths Involving Heroin: United States, 2000–2013

Drug-Poisoning Deaths Involving Heroin: United States, 2000–2013 (PDF) Source: National Center for Health Statistics Drug poisoning (overdose) is the number one cause of injury-related death in the United States, with 43,982 deaths occurring in 2013 (1). While much attention has been given to deaths involving opioid analgesics (2), in recent years there has been a […]