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OxyContin Maker Under Fire For Fueling Opioid Epidemic

Opioid dependence and addiction is a growing problem in the United States that involves compulsive use despite dangerous and legal consequences. It ruins lives, wreaks havoc on families, destroys personal and professional relationships and, more often than we’d like to believe, ends up fatal. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared in 2013 that addiction to prescription painkillers is an epidemic and is responsible for 60 percent of fatal drug overdoses. The subsequent “crackdown” on opioids left many patients with no alternative other than turning to the black market for their painkillers and, in the absence of...

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Positive Peer Pressure

The words “peer pressure” usually bring up negative connotations, and often focus on drugs, alcohol, and smoking. Certainly there is some validation to focus on the negatives, especially for parents, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The infographic below entitled, “The Science of Peer Pressure,” illustrates some positive aspects of peer pressure, and although a few of them aren’t related to drugs, alcohol, or smoking, they can still be used to instill positivity when thinking about some of these weightier issues. When related to competition, studies have shown that most people get more satisfaction from winning among...

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The Dangers of Synthetic Drug Flakka are Increasing

CBS This Morning recently aired a segment about the dangers of the synthetic drug Flakka, and if more people knew the consequences and side effects, they would probably stay clear of it. Flakka is described as being more powerful than heroin or cocaine and it’s quickly spreading across the country. It first made headlines earlier this year as police and emergency rooms reported extremely erratic behavior by users who were later identified to be under the influence of flakka. While there are many variants of the drug, flakka is most similar to the drug Gravel, which was in the...

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The Dangers of Synthetic Drugs

It’s bad enough when people use or abuse illegal drugs, but in recent years, a more dangerous crop of synthetic drugs has made its way to the streets. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, 158 new synthetic substances were identified in 2012. Some of the most popular synthetic substances to hit the market include bath salts (hallucinogens and stimulants) Smiles (hallucinogen), and synthetic marijuana, which goes by the names K2 or Spice. All of these illegal substances are dangerous in their own right, but because they are not created in a proper laboratory like prescription medications,...

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Medical Marijuana Research is Taking a Long Time

The United States is seeing a tidal wave of states loosening restrictions on the sale and use of medical marijuana, with some states making it legal to purchase by anyone, even those without a prescription or medical need for it. It’s a thorny issue in the medical community because many doctors base their treatment decisions on evidence that something works before prescribing it to patients. Medical marijuana certainly falls under that category. Part of the problem exists because marijuana is considered a Schedule I Drug by the federal government, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Food and Drug Administration. Schedule...

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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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