drug overdoses

We should be thinking of these drugs in combination, not isolation, researchers say.
Our next several blogs will catalogue the various ways drug companies have ruthlessly promoted our nation's deadly opioid epidemic. This first installment on just the latest outrage- political lobbying to block the legalization of medical marijuana. Future blogs will each tell other aspects of this sordid story.
The bottom line is that there is only one way to confidently avoid addiction to benzodiazepines: never start taking them. Since we can't predict who will eventually get hooked, the short term gains are rarely worth the long term risks. 
The drugs industry is the most profitable on earth. It has two branches -- an illegal one consisting of drug cartels and a legal one consisting of drug companies. The huge profits derived by both branches accrue from the same source -- monopoly price gouging.
The last 40 years prove conclusively that interdiction can't possibly win the war against the cartels. Illegal drugs are more available, stronger, and cheaper than ever. We have encouraged lawlessness and civil strife in every drug-producing nation.
Dave Navarro joins HuffPost Live to explain why no amount of information could keep him from picking up a syringe when he was using heroin.
Miley Cyrus didn't kill them. The Zoo Festival didn't kill them. But our society, which glorifies the use of drugs and alcohol and stigmatizes addiction and even recovery -- that expends outrageous amounts of energy on shaming Miley Cyrus while ignoring many of the issues worth getting upset about -- does play a part
The potentially harmful consequences of alcohol and other drug use aren't going to change until and unless festival organizers start doing some very basic things. But many won't -- because the fear of being perceived as 'helping' people who use drugs at their events is so great.
WATCH: And Florida is not facing this problem alone, according to the CDC, prescription drugs now contribute to more unintentional