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Second police officer overdoses after responding to one-car crash

A Washington Township police officer was given two doses of Narcan and taken to a Monroeville, Pennsylvania hospital early Sunday morning after coming into contact with a powdery substance while searching a DUI suspect's car.

11-day-old girl died from meth overdose, mom charged with murder

Edmonton - In what Edmonton police spokesman Scott Pattison called “horrific”, an Edmonton, Alberta woman is in custody after it was alleged her 11-day-old daughter died of a methamphetamine overdose.

Naloxone nasal spray given fast-track approval in Canada

Canada's Minister of Health signed an interim order on Wednesday that allows immediate access to Narcan (naloxone) nasal spray. The drug is made by Adapt Pharma, and can be imported from the U.S. and sold in Canada.

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: Enzyme shows promising results for drug overdoses

Lexington - The natural enzyme 'cocaine esterase' has shown a promising tendency to break down cocaine quickly. While not a way to treat all addiction and overdoses it could be a useful addition to standard treatments.

Accidental drug overdose forum in Toronto

Toronto - A special forum is taking place in Toronto. Titled ‘Apathy and Overdose’, the meeting is taking place in Toronto on Wednesday June 18.

FDA approves overdose device

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a handheld device for the treatment of opioid-overdose emergencies.

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.

New York’s problem with prescription drugs

New York - Nationwide, overdose rates are increasing at an alarming rate. In some states, overdose deaths have surpassed traffic accidents as the leading cause of accidental death. As the death toll rises, many are asking what can be done to combat this trend.

Coroner finds Cory Monteith died from heroin and alcohol overdose

Canadian actor Cory Monteith died from a mix of heroin and alcohol, the British Columbia coroner's office said on Tuesday. The star of the hit TV show 'Glee' was found in his Vancouver hotel room around noon on Saturday.

Physician pleads guilty to painkiller deaths

A New York physician faces 20 years in prison after admitting he distributed painkillers to people he knew were drug addicts. This follows on from news that deaths from prescription painkiller overdoses have risen sharply among women.

Vermont 2013: A good year for drug policy reform

Now that the 2013 session of the Vermont legislature has been over for almost a month and the last of the bills have been signed into law, one thing has become clear for those Vermonters who smoke marijuana or use drugs--2013 was a good year.

Oregon Governor signs bill for overdose prevention programs

On Thursday, January 6th, Oregon Governor, John Kitzhaber, signed SB 384 A into law. The bill requires the Oregon Health Authority to establish rules for training programs that will instruct individuals on "lifesaving treatments for opiate overdose."

U.S. drug overdose deaths rise for 11th year running

Deaths from drug overdoses have risen for the 11th consecutive year according to U.S. government data. The main cause is from the overuse of addictive painkillers.

Cough Syrup believed to have resulted in 33 deaths

Gujranwala - Officials in Pakistan are investigating the cause of death of thirty-thee people, with initial indications pointing to cough syrup.

Video: Watch former addict Freddy Sharp overdose on 'bath salts'

Freddy Sharp, 27, of Tennessee, is a former bath salts addict. He claims he has been addicted to the drug since he was 13 or 14 years old. Sharp describes an overdose on bath salts as the "evilest thing imaginable."

8 U.S. troopers died of opiate overdose in Afghanistan

Investigative reports have shown that 8 U.S. soldiers died from a heroin overdose or by mixing prescription and other opiate drugs during 2010/2011.

Antidote to cocaine overdose developed

La Jolla - In what could be a major breakthrough in treating cocaine addiction, investigators at the Scripps Research Institute have developed an injectable solution that can protect mice from an otherwise lethal overdose of cocaine.

Drug and alcohol binge supposed cause of Amy Winehouse's death Special

London - After years of struggling with an on-again, off-again drug and alcohol addiction, the English singer--popular for her soulful voice and signature beehive hairdo--has died.

Larry King's wife overdoses

Shawn Southwick, the wife of CNN host, Larry King has reportedly been hospitalized after overdosing on drugs. Southwick was supposedly found in her home in Utah, unconscious.

Jury Convicts Father in Daughter’s Overdose Death

A Massachusetts jury has convicted Michael Riley, 37, of first-degree murder in the 2006 death of his daughter, Rebecca. The girl was found dead on the floor of her parents’ bedroom after being given an overdose of prescription drugs to quiet her down.

Mass. mother convicted of murder after four-year-old overdoses

Plymouth - A Plymouth County jury has found a Massachusetts mother, whose four-year-old daughter died after being given toxic levels of drugs prescribed to control her behavior, guilty of second-degree murder.

Sceptics plan to overdose on homeopathy pills tomorrow

On January 30, we'll be able to watch, hear, or read what happens when a substantial number of people take an overdose of homeopathic remedies in a concerted effort to end other people's freedom of choice to take the pills or drops they prefer.

Another Leak In Caylee Anthony Case: Defense Memo Alludes To Death By Drug OD

Another possible leak in the case, as Nancy Grace hammers the conflicting written defense memo alluding to the possibility of Caylee Anthony dying by a drug overdose.

Be Careful When Mixing Drugs

With the death of Heath Ledger bringing accidental overdoses into view it is important to know how to protect yourself from the same fate. Often times when a person is sick they can mix up dosages and find themselves in trouble.

Search Warrants Issued For Two Doctors In Connection To Anna Nicole Smith's Death

It may just be time for some doctors to pay the piper. The California Department of Justice has served eight search warrants to those in connection with prescription drugs that Anna Nicole Smith took.

Op-Ed: Overdrive Society, Overdosing on Coffee

A teenage girl was rushed to the hospital after overdosing on espresso coffee. She downed seven double espresso coffees while working in the family's shop and was left "burning up and hyperventilating".

Update: Parents Intentionally Overdose Child

Parents accused in the overdose death of their 4-year-old daughter for money.

Autopsy Results Show Anna Nicole Smith Died of Drug Overdose

Police Chief Charlie Tiger has confirmed today that an overdose of drugs accidentally killed the reality TV star Anna Nicole Smith. Investigators say the case is now closed.

Update: Arrest made in teen's ecstasy overdose death

A 19 year old has been arrested in the death of Danielle McCarthy,16.
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