On the 31st of December 2019, just before the new year broke, a small office run by the World Health Organization received a report of “an atypical amount of viral pneumonia cases.”
Every year it seems, we hear a new story and some new information about a pharmaceutical drug or a series of drugs that we once thought were safe, now being newly exposed as being very not safe. Prescription drugs and their use is becoming more controversial, and one can see why.
Following the tragedy of Carrie Fisher’s death, the toxicology report shed detailed light on the way her toxic cocktail of drugs contributed to her death.
When the news media carries a story of a drug-related death, there’s very often more than one drug involved in that death. That was the case when the musician Prince died in 2016.
Three important things you can do to save a person from fatal drug overdose and get them on the path to recovery.
A new mapping website provides graphic illustration of overdose statistics and a forum for families to share stories of those they lost to drug addiction.
An accounting of some of the lives we lost in 2016 to drug overdoses, immortalized in loving obituaries written by their families.