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Genetic variant may be key to treating opioid addiction in African-Americans

Yale University researchers have located a genetic variant peculiar to African-Americans. They believe identifying this anomaly may benefit opioid-dependent individuals who are on methadone maintenance. The gene The research, published in Molecular Psychiatry, pinpoints the gene OPRM1. This gene determines how opioids affect the brain. According to the study, tracking the genetic variant can help […]

Chronic pain patients caught in the middle of opioid debate

Opioid painkillers are a blessing for those experiencing severe pain from surgery, trauma, burns, acute conditions and cancer. But for those with chronic pain, long-term opioid use can lead to increased tolerance to the drug and result in adverse health effects. America consumes 80 percent of the world’s opioids, says the American Society of Interventional […]

El Chapo is extradited to the United States

Just a day before Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration, on Jan. 19, 2017, Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman Loera, known as El Chapo, was extradited to the United States from Mexico. According to reports, he may be incarcerated at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, where cells measure 7 feet by 12 feet, the size […]

Psychotherapy may help repair brain connections, says study

The word “psychosis” describes a condition during which one’s connection with reality is lost, says the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). A person dealing with a psychotic episode may hallucinate, have delusions, behave oddly or be unable to speak clearly. These symptoms make the condition frightening for many people. Traditionally, antipsychotic drugs help manage […]

New Mexico takes first step towards legalization of recreational marijuana

Legal marijuana is one of the fastest growing industries in America, according to a BBC report published in 2016. After the November 2016 elections, when California, Massachusetts and Nevada voted for legalization of recreational marijuana, 1 in 5 American now resides in a state that has legalized recreational marijuana, says The Washington Post. At present, […]

More people die by suicide than homicide in Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma, has a population of around 400,000 and is known for its Art Deco architecture. It is part of a largely rural state in the South Central U.S. that is known for many things, including the land rush of the 1880s, the longest stretch of old Route 66, its famous zoo, the National Cowboy […]

Three people plead guilty after major cocaine bust in El Paso

Last week, Luis Armando Baylon, Oralia Almanzar, and Adrian “Nanis” Garcia, pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court to one count of conspiracy to distribute narcotics. The three were arrested in Socorro during a multi-agency sting operation last summer that involved the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and local […]

San Antonio police raid major drug ring

In a joint operation with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), San Antonio police raided the homes of several members of the Tango Orejon/Tango Blast street gang. The raids netted numerous firearms and over six kilos of methamphetamine. The feds step in The Jan. 12 raid was the first high-profile raid of the New Year. Last […]

Abuse, addiction and mental illness: A dangerous trap

“Dual diagnosis.” Spend any amount of time reading treatment literature – or browsing a treatment company’s website – and it’s only a matter of time before the phrase “dual diagnosis” makes an appearance. What is a dual diagnosis? According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), a dual diagnosis is when someone has both […]

New report gives Texas lawmakers ammunition to attack flawed mental health system

Texas lawmakers who launched the 85th legislative session on Tuesday have a newly filed 109-page report about the state’s critical mental health system to sink their teeth into and propose bills to make powerful changes. The in-depth analysis was created by the House Select Committee on Mental Health based on more than 40 hours of […]

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