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Police officer accidentally overdoses after drug arrest in Ohio

An East Liverpool, Ohio police officer found out the hard way just how dangerous fentanyl can be after he accidentally overdosed after making a drug arrest and nearly died Friday night.

CDC — Drug overdose deaths have more than doubled since 1999

Atlanta - New figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that drug overdose deaths in the U.S. have more than doubled since 1999, with a sharp spike in heroin overdose deaths.

Video: Toddler tries to wake up mom who apparently OD'd on drugs

Lawrence - Police in Lawrence, Massachusetts decided to release a disturbing video of a terrified two-year-old girl trying to wake her mom up after she collapsed in a dollar store from an apparent drug overdose.

Georgia doctor arrested after 36 patients died, 12 from overdoses

Jonesboro - A Jonesboro psychiatrist was taken into custody after his office and home were raided. He is accused of over-prescribing drugs that resulted in the deaths of 36 patients.

Vancouver-area alert as fentanyl causes 2 more drug overdoses

Two men in South Delta were hospitalized on Friday evening after using what police believe was cocaine laced with the dangerous drug fentanyl. The two survived but police issued a warning to illegal drug users.

Doctors concerned about addiction prescribing fewer opiates

According to a new study released by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, nearly half of all primary care physicians in the U.S. say they are becoming less likely to prescribe opioids to patients for pain management.

Study: Medical marijuana can lead to fewer opioid overdose deaths

According to a new study, chronic pain suffers living in states where medical marijuana use has been legalized are less likely to die from prescription opioid overdose.

Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in his NYC apartment

New York - The Wall Street Journal has reported that actor and director Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead in his West Village, NYC, apartment. A cause of death for the 46-year-old was not named in the report.

B.C. girl, 7, may have overdosed on date rape drug

Langley - The RCMP in Langley are investigating whether the little girl mistakenly drank the drug GHB, commonly known as the date rape drug, from a water bottle in her mother's home.

Report: Ex-Shane Mosley Foe Shannan Taylor dies of drug overdose

A former challenger of Shane Mosley was reported in serious condition and courageously fighting for his life at the Wollongong Hospital in Australia.

Study: Rate of children poisoned by medicine rising dramatically

Atlanta - A new study has found the number of children under 18 seen in emergency rooms due to an accidental overdose of prescription or over-the-counter medication has risen dramatically, with over 70,000 visits to hospitals occurring each year.

Parents file claim over teen's death during a rave party in LA

Los Angeles - The parents of Sasha Rodriguez, who died as a result of an ecstasy overdose, filed a claim against the management of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum last December 2010.

Former tennis star Capriati recovering from overdose

Reports have surfaced that former tennis star Jennifer Capriati is recovering in Florida after being rushed to an area hospital because of a drug overdose.

Illegal prescription found to be in possession of Corey Haim

Corey Haim the 38-year-old actor who died on March 10 had problems with substance abuse. He had underwent rehabilitation for his addictions to prescription drugs and cocaine.

Actor Corey Haim dead at age 38

Actor Corey Haim was found dead in an Oakville, California apartment from what appears to be an accidental drug overdose. He's best know for his roles in the 1980s films The Lost Boys and License to Drive.

Michael Jackson was healthy prior to drug overdose

According to Michael Jackson's autopsy, the singer was in relatively good health prior to the drug overdose that took his life.

Mary Kate Olsen denies involvement in Heath Ledger's death

Mary Kate Olsen issued a statement denying any sort of involvement she might have had in the death of the Dark Knight star, Heath Ledger, as a result of drug overdose.

Drug Supplier To Be Prosecuted For Teen's Overdose Death

In the very first case under a new Michigan state law Wayne County will be prosecuting the man who supplied the drugs that led to the death of a 17-year-old girl.
 

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Police officers stand outside the apartment of movie actor Philip Seymour Hoffman after he was found...
Police officers stand outside the apartment of movie actor Philip Seymour Hoffman after he was found dead in New York February 2, 2014
With permission by Reuters / Joshua Lott
Two men embrace near the apartment where movie actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in New Yo...
Two men embrace near the apartment where movie actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in New York February 2, 2014
With permission by Reuters / Joshua Lott
Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. He was found dead in his apartment in New York City on F...
Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. He was found dead in his apartment in New York City on February 2, 2014
With permission by Reuters / Robert Galbraith