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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 […]

Now, microchip can routinely monitor blood alcohol level in body, says study
Posted in Alcohol

The alcohol level in the body can be measured in myriad ways – multiple urine tests, using breath analyzers, trendy alcohol-monitoring bracelets and tattoo-based sensors. As the number of alcohol-related fatalities and consumption levels are rising, researchers are constantly working to develop accurate monitoring devices to monitor individuals with heavy drinking habit or enrolled in […]

LA Lakers star Lamar Odom says weed weaned him off coke
Posted in Cocaine

The two-time NBA champion and the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star, Lamar Odom has credited medical marijuana for helping him recover from severe cocaine addiction that cost him his life once. In 2015, the former LA Lakers star was put on life support after he had overdosed on cocaine in Nevada. Though he recovered […]

Fentanyl-laced cocaine adding to the opioid crisis
Posted in Cocaine

Chris Bennett died of a fatal opioid overdose in November 2017. A pipe was found next to his lifeless body – an indicator of the fact that he had been doing drugs. Toxicology reports indicated a deadly mix of cocaine and fentanyl in the system of this 32-year-old man. His mother Liisa Bennett blames fentanyl […]

National Alcohol Screening Day: Get motivation from Leslie Jamison’s ‘recovery memoirs’
Posted in Alcohol

American novelist, essayist and former columnist for The New York Times Book Review Leslie Jamison was a shy and quiet kid who grew up feeling ignored. The word “quiet” shadowed her every move. But she soon realized the two things that released her from shyness and gave her an identity that was not “entirely censored” […]

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 […]

Counterfeit Xanax sold on social media linked to several deaths in the U.K.
Posted in Addiction

Anti-anxiety medication Xanax, part of a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, is not available in the United Kingdom except on a private prescription. That has not stopped people, especially youngsters, from obtaining the highly addictive drug illegally. An in-depth investigation by BBC, published in March 2018, revealed that between 2015 and 2017, the U.K.’s […]

Suspected Mexican drug kingpin indicted for trafficking fentanyl sufficient to kill millions
Posted in Drug

The recent attempt of the powerful Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel to transport drugs into the United States failed after a suspected Mexican drug kingpin was indicted for smuggling 20 kilograms of fentanyl into New York City, enough to kill 10 million people. The mastermind, Francisco Quiroz-Zamora, 41, also known as “Gordo” or the Fat One […]

Intravenous stem-cell treatment possible cure for alcoholism
Posted in Addiction, Alcohol

A leading cause of morbidity and premature mortality worldwide, excessive alcohol consumption accounted for 1 in 10 deaths among working-age American adults (aged 20-64 years). While treatment for alcoholism has been sought for decades, a new research claims to use intravenous stem-cell treatment in treating alcohol addiction. In a breakthrough research published in Scientific Reports […]

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