Yes, Poppy Seeds Are Related to Drugs

In an episode of the classic television show Seinfeld, one character tests positive for opium and experiences career problems because she ate muffins with poppy seeds. Although this sounds goofy, it appears that products related to poppy seeds might pose a real-life drug-related danger. On July 12, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a letter to manufacturers …

U.S. Drug Overdoses Are Still Rising

The numbers are in, and they’re not good. What are the numbers? They’re the numbers of drug-related deaths in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drug overdoses killed 70,237 U.S. citizens in 2017. Some observers thought that these numbers would be lower. More people are aware of addiction and drugs. Federal, state, and …

Are Smart Drugs a Smart Idea?

Is there a drug that can help you concentrate, work harder and longer, and perform better? Is there such a thing as a smart pill? Is there a way to accomplish the seemingly superhuman mental tasks performed by the pill-popping character played by Bradley Cooper in the movie Limitless? It depends on who you ask. Some people believe that those …

Meth, Jail, and Hope

Many people are arrested and go to jail because of drugs. But, why do they go to jail? What happens after they leave prison? The state of Michigan’s Kalamazoo County has experienced a surge in arrests relating to meth (methamphetamine). In October, 2018, Kalamazoo County sheriff Richard Fuller said that his county’s jail had 100 more people than it did …

Dsuvia and the Continuing Debate about Opioid Use

A new opioid drug is creating controversy in the ongoing debate about opioids and opioid use. On November 2, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had approved a new opioid. Known by the brand name Dsuvia, it is a form of the drug sufentanil that is sublingual, which means people use this tablet by placing …

Using Statistics to Study Opioid/Opiate Addiction and Overdoses

Statistics are important, but how we compile and analyze statistics are also important. Using statistics in these ways can help us take effective, focused action. Speaking of statistics, we frequently see grim information about drug abuse and addiction. The numbers are depressing. For example, the state of Michigan experienced more overdose-related fatalities in 2017 than it did in 2016. There …

Can You Get High On Suboxone?

If you’re addicted to opiates or heroin, Suboxone is a medication that can help you get off of them. However, there are some people that think that if you take Suboxone, you’re simply replacing one drug that gets you high with another drug that gets you high. This is not true. Suboxone is a particular type of drug that blocks …

Legal Marijuana in Canada Raises Questions

On October 17, 2018, Canada became the second country to legalize the drug marijuana for recreational use on a national level (Uruguay was the first). Many people are watching Canada to see whether this will affect the use and legislation of marijuana in the United States and other countries. Marijuana legalization creates a host of questions relating to health and …

Pharmaceutical Companies, Drugs, and Ethics

“First, do no harm.” That’s one of the tenets of the Hippocratic oath, an oath that some doctors follow in their professional lives. Do all people working in health-related professions follow this tenet? Based on the actions of pharmaceutical companies and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it appears that some people might not. We all know that pharmaceutical companies …

Drug Abuse: Statistics and Reasons

It seems these kinds of blog posts often include a lot of statistics about drugs and drug abuse. But, given the enormity of these statistics, it’s important to discuss them. For example, from 1999 to 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that drug overdoses killed more than 630,000 people in the United States. During this same …