a man reaches for a needle as he considers how today's opioid epidemic mirror the late 19th century morphine addiction phenomenon

Today’s Opioid Epidemic Mirrors Late 19th Century Morphine Addiction

How does today’s opioid epidemic mirror the late 19th century morphine addiction phenomenon? A country divided by ideology over slavery and the federal government’s role in prohibiting it led to America’s Civil War of 1861-1865 and a devastating loss of 625,000-750,000 lives. Long after rain washed away the blood of thousands of fallen soldiers at…

a man sits against a brick wall and considers drug use and abscesses

Drug Use and Abscesses

How are drug use and abscesses related? Drugs such as heroin, morphine, cocaine, amphetamine, methamphetamine and certain prescription drugs are injected intravenously and less often via intramuscular or subcutaneous methods. Injection introduces a drug into the bloodstream via a hollow hypodermic needle and a syringe, which breaks the skin. Injection site abscess is one of…