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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 […]

Jonathan Davis opens up about his addiction to Xanax, mental illnesses
Posted in Anxiety

Jonathan Howsmon Davis (47), best known as the lead vocalist and frontman of nu metal band ‘Korn,’ has lived a tough life battling addiction to recreational drugs, prescription drugs, alcohol, and debilitating mental illnesses like anxiety and depression. Having recovered successfully and staying sober for almost 20 years, the singer recently launched his first solo […]

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 […]

Bronx woman hooked on K2 arrested for killing her five-month-old son
Posted in Substance Abuse

A 30-year-old woman from the Bronx was arrested on June 12, 2018, for allegedly killing her five-month-old son by throwing him against a wall. Joann McLeod is facing murder charges after she admitted to hurling her infant son Raymond Profil at a wall, authorities said. According to McLeod’s family members, she is an abusive drug […]

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 […]

American doctors prescribing fewer opioid pain relievers, says report
Posted in Substance Abuse

Continuing a five-year trend, American physicians reduced the number of opioid prescriptions in 2017, according to a report released on May 31, 2018. The American Medical Association (AMA) observed a 9 percent decrease in prescriptions for opioid painkillers, including Vicodin and OxyContin, in 2017, or a reduction of 19 million compared to the previous year. […]

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 […]

Former mayor of New York City helped OxyContin manufacturer continue its sales, says report
Posted in Substance Abuse

Rudolph Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, secured an agreement to limit further prosecution of OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma and escape prison term for its executives more than a decade ago, according to a report published in The Guardian. Although Giuliani failed to thwart the criminal conviction over the Purdue’s tactics to downplay the […]

Consuming MDMA wrapped in cheese is an emerging trend among partygoers
Posted in Drug

Ecstasy, chemically known as 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), is a drug common among partygoers across the world. The mood-altering effects of the drug make it popular choice of drug among people who wish to open up emotionally, which they might otherwise find it difficult. In a new emerging trend, now, middle-class women in the United Kingdom are […]

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