Month: April 2014

The Latest Buzz: Caffeine Intoxication and Withdrawal

There’s no denying that caffeine consumption is now a daily part of American culture. In fact, 90 percent of the U.S. population consumes caffeine in some form every single day, making it the most used drug in the country, pushing caffeine intoxication and withdrawal into the mainstream. Dave Barry, the American humorist and author, summed up his feelings about caffeine when he wrote, “It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.” Perhaps Mr. Barry didn’t understand how accurate the phrase “medical need” really is. The most recent of edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), released in May 2013 and published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), has now included caffeine intoxication and withdrawal syndrome in the manual. By definition caffeine is a drug. It affects the user’s central nervous system, creating temporary changes in the brain’s chemistry. It is also addictive and can cause withdrawal symptoms when stopped. A psychology professor at American University and an advisor on the DSM-5 work group said, “The symptoms of caffeine withdrawal overlap with a lot of other disorders and medical problems.” According to DSM-5, caffeine intoxication can start once more than 250 milligrams of caffeine, two to three cups of coffee or...

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Alcohol Awareness and Prevention – Help For Today and Hope For Tomorrow

For nearly 30 years, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) has been working to educate the public on the perils of alcoholism and substance abuse. NCADD’s goal is to increase awareness of the public health issue of underage drinking, while reducing the stigma associated with seeking help for these matters. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total cost of alcohol related problems is $223 billion. This figure includes healthcare expenses resulting from alcoholism, such as emergency room visits and treatment, the loss of productivity in the workplace, law enforcement and court costs. Many experts feel that substance abuse and addiction has become a public health crisis. America’s youth face a difficult challenge in avoiding alcoholism and substance abuse issues. There are many reasons why kids turn to drugs and alcohol, such as peer pressure, depression and anxiety, or stressful school and home situations. Teenagers are four times more likely to become alcohol dependent if they experiment with the substance before the age of 15. Children who grow up with a parent or parents who suffer from addiction issues are at a higher risk of developing substance abuse problems themselves. Sadly, there is also a greater likelihood for physical abuse or domestic violence in homes where alcoholism is a factor. Additionally, families where there is one or more alcoholic suffer from poorer overall...

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Narcan for Heroin Overdose Reaches Mainstream America

When a news story makes it to The Today Show, it’s either fully into the mainstream news, like a viral video, or it’s an important topic that affects millions of people, such as the latest flu bug. Heroin is just such a topic – one that is reaching epidemic proportions and is already affecting a lot of people. While many people still view it as a fringe problem that only impacts poor people on the “other” side of town, it’s time to get realistic about how big this problem really is. NBC understands how big the problem is, and has been running a news series called, “Hooked: America’s Heroin Epridemic,” to help push the facts about heroin usage into millions of households. On April 9, the Today Show featured a segment titled, “Life-saving heroin antidote makes its way to more families,” that discussed Narcan. The week before, the FDA approved the use of Narcan by families and friends of heroin abusers. According to the CDC, there were over 28,000 fatal heroin overdoses in the U.S. from 1996 to 2010. That number would have been even higher if it wasn’t for Narcan, which has saved more than 10,000 people from fatal overdose. Narcan is the brand name most people know for Naloxone, which is an opioid antagonist that can restore breathing after a heroin overdose. It has been in use...

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15 Facts About Drunk Driving in America

Preventable. Selfish. Irresponsible. Senseless. Expensive. Reckless. Dangerous. Even Fatal. These are all words to describe driving while intoxicated, yet despite the fact that we all know it’s illegal, not to mention just plain wrong, in 2010, 300,000 people in America still drove drunk. Every single day. It’s hard to decide which adjective above best describes the problem DUIs pose, but Preventable and Fatal serve as appropriate bookends. Drunk driving is preventable, and the cost in dollars to avoid the consequences is probably a mere $20 cab ride, or the equivalent of a couple of drinks at most bars today. Yet the fatal cost in the loss of life is immeasurable. So why do people still drive under the influence of alcohol every day? Selfish is the best word to describe it. We could ramble on about the hows and whys but it’s probably better to illustrate with drunk driving statistics and an easy to read infographic below from Instant Checkmate. Here are 15 Facts About Drunk Driving in America 1. Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is illegal in all 50 states 2. The average cost of a DUI to the drunk driver is $10,000 3. Drunk driving costs the United States $132 Billion every year (that’s a lot of zeroes) 4. 33% of drunk drivers are repeat offenders 5. 75% of people with a DUI continue to drive without a...

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RSS Addiction News

  • Polysubstance Abuse: Addicted to the ‘High’ Rather Than the Drugs February 21, 2018
    Until there’s a social consensus, it bears repeating that addiction is a complex and complicated disease of the brain. People develop the condition for a variety of different reasons, which makes plotting out an effective treatment approach a challenge for patients, physicians, therapists and other addiction healthcare specialists. That said, the treatment of addiction continues […]
  • Driving Under the Influence Just Got a Lot Weirder February 14, 2018
    In all 50 states, the legal blood alcohol limit (BAC) for anyone operating a motor vehicle is .08, though advocates continue pressuring legislators to bring it down to a .05 BAC. Public awareness campaigns, new laws and stricter penalties regarding DUI violators were launched in the mid 1970s. The original campaigns highlighted the gruesome realities […]
  • Hygge [hew-guh] to Beat the Winter Blues and Improve Mental Health: The Danes Know What They’re Doing February 7, 2018
    As the grip of post-holiday wintertime clamps down on North America, it’s all too common to allow the shorter days, frigid temperatures and stress of getting back to work push us into isolation, both physically and mentally. In Denmark, where the average temperature in January is about 28 degrees Fahrenheit and 0 degrees in February, […]

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