Newsletter - In The News - Pasadena Drugs The News - Pasadena Drugsen-us2020-07-12T18:16:49.206367-05:00Medical Industry Profits off Opioid Crisis The News - Pasadena Drugs&newsletterid=2186/12/2019 12:00:00 AM<font face="times">The opioid crisis has ravaged through the U.S., taking hundreds of thousands of lives and costing the country an estimated $37 billion. Nearly 400,000 people died from an opioid overdose between 1999 and 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the number of overdose deaths tied to opioids was six times higher in 2017 than it was eight years prior.Kratom-Related Poisonings Are Soaring, Study Finds The News - Pasadena Drugs&newsletterid=2053/11/2019 12:00:00 AM<font face="times">Kratom is often marketed by its fans as being &#8220;safe&#8221; because it is plant based.&nbsp; People use it to treat pain, anxiety and depression.Opioid epidemic is a uniquely American problem The News - Pasadena Drugs&newsletterid=1831/30/2019 12:00:00 AM<div style=""><font face="times">Brian Whitfield sat on the floor of his office, back against the wall, gun in hand and a heavy-duty garbage bag nearby. The gun was intended to kill himself.Teens Using Vaping Devices in Record Numbers The News - Pasadena Drugs&newsletterid=1691/15/2019 12:00:00 AM<div>Nearly 2 in 5 students in 12th grade report past-year vaping, raising concerns about the impact on brain health and potential for addiction.</div><div><br></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="">&lt;&lt;See More&gt;&gt;</a></div>High Means DUI The News - Pasadena Drugs&newsletterid=1502/7/2018 12:00:00 AM<div>-Driver high on marijuana to receive 6 years prison when he killed cyclist.</div><div>-Marijuana related fatal car accidents surge in Washington State after legalization.</div><div><br></div><div><a href="">&lt;&lt;See More&gt;&gt;</a></div><div><br></div><div><br></div>HPD Cracking down on Fentanyl The News - Pasadena Drugs&newsletterid=12912/20/2017 12:00:00 AM<div style=""><font face="times">HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The City of Houston is cracking down on a highly addictive and deadly drug sweeping Houston.</font></div><div style=""><font face="times"><br></font></div><div style=""><font face="times">According to Mayor Sylvester Turner, the drug fentanyl or its derivative carfentanil, is a real problem in the city. He and the Houston Police Department announced a plan to target the growing issue.</font></div><div style=""><font face="times"><br></font></div><div style=""><font face="times">The crime lab director held up a small bag of sugar in a press conference Tuesday used to represent the amount of fentanyl that was found in a home recently.Kush Lab Discovered in Houston The News - Pasadena Drugs&newsletterid=1258/18/2017 12:00:00 AM<div style=""><font face="times">Firefighters say residents at a west Houston apartment complex became light-headed over a smell coming from a unit next door. They later found out the smell came from what appeared to be a kush lab.</font></div><div style=""><br></div><div style=""><font face="times">Houston Fire Department received a hazmat call in the 9200 block of Pagewood overnight.</font></div><div style=""><font face="times"><br></font></div><div style=""><font face="times">Firefighters were told something in an apartment was giving off a smell similar to nail polish remover that lasted for days.Meth-Laced Lollipops The News - Pasadena Drugs&newsletterid=1187/12/2017 12:00:00 AM<div><font face="times">HOUSTON - Harris County investigators recovered nearly $1 million worth of meth-laced lollipops during seizure Monday in a north Spring neighborhood.</font></div><div><font face="times"><br></font></div><div><font face="times">Deputies were responding to a call about a burglary to a home in the 9200 block of Wallingham Drive at Colony Creek subdivision.</font></div><div><font face="times">Deputies said two suspects, Evonne Mick and David Salinas were caught leaving the residence and loading a vehicle with the drug-laced candy.&nbsp;</font><span style="font-family: times;">Investigators said they found bags of the drugs loaded into the back seat of the vehicle.Influx of Fentanyl-laced Counterfeit Pills The News - Pasadena Drugs&newsletterid=984/19/2017 12:00:00 AM<font face="times">On October 26, 2015, CDC issued HAN 384 (<a href=""></a>) that alerted (1) public health departments, health care professionals, first responders, and medical examiners and coroners of the increase in fentanyl-related unintentional overdose fatalities in multiple states primarily driven by illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF) (i.e., non-pharmaceutical fentanyl); (2) provided recommendations for improving detection of fentanyl-related overdose outbreaks; and (3) encouraged states to expand access to naloxone and training for administering naloxone to reduce opioid overdose deaths.<br><br><br><a href="">See More&gt;&gt;</a></font>Three Sentenced for Bulk Cash Smuggling The News - Pasadena Drugs&newsletterid=563/28/2016 12:00:00 AMMAR 28 (HOUSTON) - Two Houston residents and one man from Brownsville have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in the attempted smuggling of a large amount of U.S. currency announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Joseph M.Seven Ordered to Federal Prison for Extensive Marijuana Grow House Operation The News - Pasadena Drugs&newsletterid=573/4/2016 12:00:00 AMMAR 04 (HOUSTON) - Three leaders and four others have been ordered to federal prison for their roles in a hydroponic marijuana growing conspiracy operating in and around Houston, announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit, Houston Division and U.S.14 Charged in Southern District of Texas as Part of Operation Dream Catcher The News - Pasadena Drugs&newsletterid=582/29/2016 12:00:00 AMFEB 29 (HOUSTON) - A total of 14 people are now in custody on methamphetamine charges in three separate cases, announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit, Houston Division and U.S.Local Residents Indicted in Multi-Million Dollar Ketamine Conspiracy The News - Pasadena Drugs&newsletterid=5912/8/2015 12:00:00 AMDEC 8 (HOUSTON, Texas) - Four people have been charged in a $17 million health insurance fraud scheme involving the sale of ketamine to patients without a valid prescription, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson along with Special Agent in Charge Catherine A.More Texans Seeking Treatment for Meth Abuse The News - Pasadena Drugs&newsletterid=607/26/2015 12:00:00 AM<p>WASHINGTON &#8212; A growing number of Texans are seeking treatment for methamphetamine addiction, reversing a downward trend in abuse in the state since a 2006 federal law banned over-the-counter sales of medicine containing the synthetic drug pseudoephedrine.&nbsp; </p><p>Last year 6,219 Texans sought substance abuse treatment for methamphetamine and amphetamine addiction, up 590 from the previous year, according to the Treatment Episode Survey data from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.Increase in Reported Adverse Health Effects Related to Synthetic Cannabinoid Use The News - Pasadena Drugs&newsletterid=616/12/2015 12:00:00 AM<p>On April 6, 2015, CDC received notification of an increase in telephone calls to U.S. poison centers related to synthetic cannabinoid use.