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Mom's Caffeine Habit Contributed to Her Death

Pathologist says excessive fluoxetine intake was exacerbated by caffeine

(Newser) - A British mother's caffeine habit apparently helped put her in an early grave. Victoria Lane, who'd struggled with mental health issues since surviving a bad car accident at 16, battled anxiety and paranoia. In an attempt to appease the dry mouth the prescription antidepressant fluoxetine gave her, her... More »

74 Drug Overdoses Reported Over 72 Hours in Chicago

Authorities suspect heroin laced with painkiller

(Newser) - Chicago authorities are scrambling after 74 heroin overdoses were reported in the 72 hours between Tuesday and Friday afternoon, more than double the overdose rate during the same time last year, NBC Chicago reports. Police suspect an "extremely strong batch of heroin" that's been laced the powerful painkiller... More »

CVS Makes Big Move in Fight Against Heroin Deaths

Stores in 14 states can now offer overdose-antidote drug naloxone without prescription

(Newser) - People in 14 states can now walk into a CVS and pick up an opioid-overdose antidote without a prescription, the company announced yesterday. Naloxone was already available in stores in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, but now Arkansas, California, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah,... More »

Call Girl Pleads Guilty in Google Exec's Fatal OD

Alix Tichelman sentenced to 6 years

(Newser) - A California prostitute charged with killing a Google executive with an overdose of heroin aboard his yacht pleaded guilty yesterday to involuntary manslaughter and administering drugs. A Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge sentenced Alix Tichelman to six years in prison, bringing a sudden and unexpected conclusion to a tawdry... More »

Family Pens Blunt Obit for Woman Killed by Heroin OD

Molly Alice Parks 'made a lot of bad decisions,' including drugs

(Newser) - Molly Alice Parks died last week at 24, and when you read her obituary, you won't have to wonder about the tragedy that took her life at such a young age. The New Hampshire resident "passed away in Manchester on April 16, 2015, as the result of a... More »

Why Mom Wants You to See Photos of Dead Daughter

Jackie Smallwood hopes Summer Myers' death can save a life

(Newser) - Summer Myers was found in a polka-dot sundress on January 4, her body sprawled on a mattress in the filthy trailer she shared with her brother in Alaska. Her skin was purple. A needle, a tourniquet, and bottles of pills surrounded her. Paramedics declared her dead of an overdose at... More »

4 Students Charged in Wesleyan 'Molly' ODs

At least 2 people still reportedly being treated after overdoses

(Newser) - Four students are facing charges after 11 students at Wesleyan University were hospitalized with overdoses of MDMA, or "Molly," this weekend. Zachary Kramer, Eric Lonergan, Rama Agha Al Nakib, and Andrew Olson, all aged 20 or 21, were arrested yesterday; they were also suspended from their studies, NBC... More »

How a Hospital Covered Up Elvis Presley's Overdose

With help from Elvis' doctor, George Nichopoulos, book claims

(Newser) - When paramedics were called to Graceland on Aug. 16, 1977, two different people told the responding medics that they believed Elvis Presley had overdosed. Though no one in the room disputed the idea, it seemed to cause "a kind of funny stir in the room," one of the... More »

Charlie Sheen's Ex-Fiancee ODs

Brett Rossi rushed to hospital, insider says

(Newser) - Brett Rossi—the porn star Charlie Sheen pretended to marry , then actually got engaged to , then split with weeks before their wedding —was rushed to a hospital over the weekend after apparently overdosing, sources tell Radar . "She still has not gotten over the breakup," an insider says.... More »

Pair Took Selfie With Dead Friend, Dumped Body: Cops

Missouri pair charged with abandoning corpse

(Newser) - When Dennis "Nathan" Meyer apparently overdosed on Dilaudid, a painkiller, while hanging out with Chelsie Berry, 24, and Jared Prier, 28, last week, police say the Missouri pair reacted in perhaps the worst possible way: They allegedly took a selfie with his corpse, dumped the body, and then posted... More »

Heroin OD Antidote Saves Drugged Kitten

DA says addict tortured cat, injected it with drug

(Newser) - A quick-thinking veterinarian saved the life of a kitten after a "depraved" man tortured it and injected it with heroin, authorities say. A Pennsylvania clinic had considered euthanizing the abused kitten, which was lethargic and suffering head trauma, but it revived after it was treated with Narcan, a drug... More »

Prom King Killed by Caffeine Overdose

Extremely potent caffeine powder killed teen just before graduation

(Newser) - An 18-year-old Ohio prom king died just a week before graduation, and as WKYC reports, toxicology results reveal an unlikely culprit in his death: caffeine poisoning. Logan Stiner of LaGrange had apparently ingested caffeine powder and died after suffering an irregular heartbeat and seizures. The top student and star wrestler... More »

Guide: I Totally Warned Dowd About Pot

'She got the warning,' asked him to roll her a joint, says My 420 Tours operator

(Newser) - One time, Maureen Dowd accidentally ate 16 times the recommended dose of pot candy and got so high in a Denver hotel room that she thought she "had died and no one was telling me." Dowd wrote about the experience in yesterday's parable/column on the growing pains... More »

Date: Girl Who Died After Prom Mixed Booze, Pills

Text messages shed light on what may have happened to Jacqueline Gomez

(Newser) - Jacqueline Gomez was already acting "different" shortly before she left Aldine ISD's prom Friday night, says close friend Justice Gonzalez. "She was stuttering, not talking clear. Her eyes were low, like she was dizzy." The next morning, her date found the 17-year-old dead in their Houston... More »

Peaches Geldof Overdosed on Heroin: Report

It's not clear how she got the drugs

(Newser) - Toxicology tests show that Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose, according to the Times , which says the results will be announced at an inquest hearing today. Police found no evidence of drugs near the 25-year-old's body, and Geldof had repeatedly insisted her drug-taking days were behind her. (The... More »

You'll Soon Be Able to Buy Heroin Overdose Antidote

Gets FDA's OK

(Newser) - Friends and family will be now able to take the first step to save a loved one from an overdose of heroin or powerful painkillers called opioids, including OxyContin and Vicodin. The Food and Drug Administration has approved an easy-to-use device that automatically injects the right dose of an overdose... More »

How to Save Heroin Addicts

Experts weigh in on changes that should be made to treatment

(Newser) - Could Philip Seymour Hoffman have been saved? That's what two columns are arguing today:
  • On CNN , drug experts Ethan Nadelmann and Tony Newman outline a 7-step plan to stop overdoses—105 people in the US die each day from heroin or pharmaceutical opioid ODs. The first step: Make treatment
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Jersey Shore's New Problem: Heroin Overdoses

Fatal overdoses more than doubled last year in Ocean County, NJ

(Newser) - It's been a rough week for New Jersey , and an NBC News investigation only adds to the state's woes: It found that fatal heroin and prescription drug overdoses at the Jersey Shore more than doubled last year, with 112 deaths in Ocean County compared to 2012's 53... More »

Sheen's Ex: 6 ODs in 2 Years

Brooke Mueller is in rehab for 20th time, sources say

(Newser) - We've known for a while now that Brooke Mueller is in a dark place, but Radar today reveals just how dark: Sources say that over the past two years, she's overdosed six times and has been hospitalized on every such occasion. And her current stint in rehab (at... More »

Fatal Drug ODs Rise 11th Straight Year

Prescription medications at core of problem

(Newser) - Fatal drug overdoses rose for the 11th straight year, federal data show, and most of them were accidents involving addictive painkillers despite growing attention to their risks. "The big picture is that this is a big problem that has gotten much worse quickly," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, head... More »

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