A Philadelphia hospital is reporting a spike in the number of patients who are being treated in the emergency room for overdoses from crack cocaine laced with fentanyl. Experts say fentanyl is being mixed with a number of drugs, including heroin, cocaine and ketamine.
As the federal government focuses on combating the opioid crisis, a bipartisan effort to revise sentencing guidelines set during the 1980s crack cocaine era faces an uncertain future, The Wall Street Journal reports.
There are early signs that cocaine use and availability is on the rise in the United States for the first time in almost a decade, according to a new State Department report on the global narcotics trade. The increase may be due to an expansion in Colombia’s coca crop, according to The Washington Post.
A hospital in New Haven, Connecticut treated 12 people who overdosed last June when they used fentanyl that had been sold as cocaine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Three of the people died.
A new study suggests restrictions put into place by the U.S. government on a chemical needed to produce cocaine have led to a reduced use of the drug in the past decade. Mexican police action against a company importing pseudoephedrine, which is used to make meth, also contributed to the decline.
Two anti-cocaine efforts in Colombia, funded by American taxpayers, were not cost-effective, according to an analysis by two economists. The interventions “are inefficient and socially costly ways of reducing drug consumption,” they conclude.
A medication used to treat high blood pressure might be useful in addiction treatment, a study of rats suggests. The drug, called isradipine, erased memories that led the rats to associate a certain room with cocaine or alcohol.
British scientists have developed a fingerprint test that detects cocaine use, according to Fox News. The researchers say the test has many benefits over traditional drug testing, including a quick turnaround time.
A program to destroy the Colombian cocaine crop by spraying herbicide may end because of concerns the active ingredient in the herbicide could cause cancer. Experts say the result may be a surge in the country’s cocaine production, according to Time.