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Response to alcohol can indicate future outcomes in people with prior alcoholism, says study

The alcohol response of a person with a history of alcoholism can indicate the future outcomes, says a recent study by researchers from the University of California San Diego. According to the study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, a higher-than-expected rate of problematic drinking among the elderly could be indicative of […]

Combination of benzos and opioids increases overdose risk, says study
Posted in Addiction

The use of benzodiazepines, also known as tranquilizers or sedatives, is quite risky and dangerous, and when combined with drugs like prescription painkillers or heroin, the risk increases manifold. A recent study analyzed in detail the effects of combining the two by studying the claim records of beneficiaries of Medicare prescription drug benefit plan, popularly […]

Midway Independent School District approves expansion of drug testing policy
Posted in Addiction

In an effort to flag the students who may be struggling with a substance abuse disorder, the Midway Independent School District (ISD) School Board recently unanimously gave a green signal to extend the measures of its current student drug policy. As per the development, the school would be widening its random drug testing policy to […]

Key provisions of ACA are unconstitutional, says Justice Department
Posted in Addiction

In a court filing, the Donald Trump administration has made it clear that it will not defend key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and said that the Obamacare’s individual mandate — requiring people to have health insurance or pay a fine — is unconstitutional. The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) also said that […]

Rising prevalence of salvia use in US raises concern among officials
Posted in Addiction

Salvia is a drug that is gradually gaining prevalence in the United States. Although the drug is legal in the country and used for medical purposes, several reports have suggested people using it as a safer alternative for illicit drugs. This has raised concerns among the federal authorities, already struggling to curb the swelling opioid […]

Meth addiction on the rise among borderland mothers of El Paso
Posted in Addiction

Karleth Acosta (name changed) is a young mother addicted to methamphetamine (meth) since teen years. She even took the drug during both her pregnancies. She doesn’t even pay heed to the advice offered by health care workers as she is mostly high. It’s an “urge as big as how much I love my children,” she […]

Opioid death rate increasing by 10% each year in Texas
Posted in Addiction

The Texas House Committee members met on April 17, 2018, to discuss the rising rate of deaths due to the ongoing menace of opioid crisis. According to the experts, the rate of opioid overdose deaths has been consistently increasing by 10 percent every year since 2014. They said fentanyl and heroin were the major contributors […]

Retired NHL goalie Clint Malarchuk on his struggles with mental illness and addiction
Posted in Addiction

From a victim of mental illness and addiction to a champion of the cause, retired National Hockey League (NHL) goalie Clint Malarchuk has come a long way. In March 1989, the goaltender suffered a severe injury to his throat. Though he survived the incident, he was severely impacted by trauma. What followed was self-medication with […]

San Antonio drug bust: Multiagency raid leads to seizure of meth, heroin worth $1m

A multiagency drug bust led to the seizure of around 10 kg illegal drugs, comprising mostly methamphetamine and heroin, worth over $1 million recently from a home in San Antonio, Texas. Seven firearms, three vehicles allegedly used in the drug business and a huge amount of cash were also seized. One person was arrested in […]

Drug overdose deaths on the rise across all demographics in US, reports CDC
Posted in Addiction

The public health crisis of opioid epidemic that has hit the United States seems to be worsening. Opioid overdose deaths are still on the rise across all demographic categories in the United States, as revealed in the latest report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After examining data on fatal overdoses from […]

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