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American Teens Getting High on Opium: Is it Cause for Fall in Teen Population?

America has begun to face another new threat of losing the most of its teen population from the overdose of Opiate drugs


November 6, 2016: America has begun to face another new threat of losing the most of its teen population from the overdose of Opiate drugs. It has reported a drop in the population of American teens, due to Vicodin and Oxycontin medications. Right from the mid-1990’s the usage of Opium has increased in pain killing drugs. For better results in curing pain, scientists came up with the addition of the drug in medicines. But, it is having adverse long time effect on the teens of the country.

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Kids Addicted to Pain Killer Drugs

These Opiate medications which treat chronic pain resulted in about 19000 deaths till 2014. Trauma pediatric discharge records of children and teens of ages 1-19 from 1997-2012 showed the admission of these children, about 13000 of them for Opiate poisoning and 15-19 aged teens were for Heroin poisoning. Doctors say, “From 1997-2012 Opiate poisoning has doubled. And the highest admissions were for teenagers, ages 15-19. 1-4 ages of hospitalization are been increased. Heroin poisoning increased 150% during this time period.”

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Vicodin and Oxycontin- The Narcotic Trafficking

Painkilling drugs that have a high amount of Vicodin and Oxycontin are in wide circulation in  the USA. When teens and children are prescribed this medication, they often get addicted to these drugs. This has also resulted in an increase in the illegal trafficking of Narcotic drugs into the country, targeting the teen groups.

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America faced 950% increase of Methadone and Heroin abuse among its teens in the period of 1990-2012. In order to make situations better, the physicians are trying to include new alternatives for Oxycontin and Vicodin.

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

Google Along with Other SSocial Media Giants will Face The Lawmakers, Wikimedia Commons
Google Along with Other SSocial Media Giants will Face The Lawmakers, Wikimedia Commons

Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?