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No gold standard for treating NAS babies
Posted in Addiction

It seems the opioid epidemic is spreading its tentacles to every nook and corner of America, leaving many addicted and dead, sparing not even babies and newborns, the youngest victims of opioid addiction. Babies affected by neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) are special babies born to mothers who either had been doing drugs or were on […]

MDMA-glorifying hip-hop stars encourage fans to try the drug, says study
Posted in Advocacy

“Let’s take it back to the first party When you tried your first molly And came out of your body…” – “Blood On The Leaves” – Kanye West “Now you know I’m on that molly Told her I’m not tryna polly I’m just lookin for somebody to ride…” – “Molly” – French Montana These are […]

Aetna Practices Latest Example of Unethical Health Industry Practices
Posted in Health

By Lise Millay Stevens There is something rotten in Denmark. Maybe it is wafting over from the U.S. health insurance industry. CNN reports that a former Aetna medical director admitted, under oath, that he never looked at patient records prior to approving or denying care, relying instead on the recommendations from nurses at the insurance […]

Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and alcoholism exhibit similar patterns of genetic activity, says study
Posted in Dual diagnosis

It is estimated that one in five American adults could have a mental health condition at some point in their life, which is roughly equivalent to 43.8 million people. While depression is the most common mental illness, 2.8 percent live with bipolar disorder; 1.1 percent with schizophrenia and 10.7 percent of young adults aged 18-25 […]

Johnny Manziel hopes to return to NFL after overcoming bipolar disorder, alcoholism
Posted in Dual diagnosis

Diagnosed with bipolar disorder a year ago, former quarterback (QB) Johnny Manziel is hoping to make a pro football comeback. The goal of his comeback is to ultimately return to the National Football League (NFL). In an interview with “Good Morning America,” the Heisman Trophy-winning QB admitted of being diagnosed with bipolar depression about a […]

“4/20” linked to increase in fatal vehicle crashes by new study
Posted in Marijuana, Research

In most of the driving-related fatalities in the United States, alcohol happens to be the main cause, though other drugs like marijuana also play an important role. However, it is difficult to directly link marijuana use with one’s driving abilities as the drug is often used in combination with alcohol. In addition, the driver’s age […]

Texas opens first medical marijuana dispensary, but brownies, gummy lovers need to wait
Posted in Addiction, Marijuana

Texas recently opened its first cannabis dispensary. However, unlike other American states where one can find marijuana to toke, the cannabis available at this dispensary is strictly meant for medicinal purposes. If someone expects pot brownies or a marijuana blunt, they are unlikely to find it here. The Compassionate Cultivation dispensary, located in Austin, serves […]

CBD products gaining popularity in US

Cannabis is one of the most discussed drugs in the United States. Banned at the federal level, marijuana is subject to state-specific laws across the country. While 29 states and the District of Columbia permit weed for medical purposes, nine states and the District of Columbia allow its recreational use. Besides, there are 18 states […]

FASD in children more common than previously thought, says study

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is highly discouraged as it puts the unborn child at risk. In spite of this, a large number of moms-to-be in the United States consume alcohol. What is even more disturbing is that these expectant mothers indulge in four, and sometimes more, alcoholic drinks at a time, as reported by the […]

Canadian marijuana company Aphria sells stocks in US venture
Posted in Marijuana

In a move to reduce its investments in the United States, Aphria Inc. has inked a deal to sell part of its stake in Liberty Health Sciences Inc. While the Leamington, Ont.-based company has decided to sell 26.7 million shares at a price of $1.25 per share, it will continue to retain a 28.1 percent […]

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