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High Rate of Alcohol Use Disorder Among College Students

Drinking on college campuses is more than just a rite of passage or something that young people do to “blow off steam” in the wake of a challenging academic schedule. According to statistics compiled by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), about 20 percent of college students…

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Study Tracks Accidental Prescription Drug Overdoses Among Children

As we have previously reported, it is important for people to not only keep their current medications in a safe place, but also to properly dispose of unused prescriptions. The reasons, especially for painkillers, are plenty. While many people immediately think of teenagers getting a hold of the drugs and…

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New Video From Macklemore Targets Modern Day ‘Drug Dealer’

GRAMMY Award-winning artist Macklemore is once again making headlines, and this time it is for combining his anti-drug activism along with his music. The video (below) for his song ‘Drug Dealer’ is turning heads and bares the harsh realities of prescription painkiller addition. Unlike more stereotypical anti-drug messages, this one…

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Doctors May Be Held Liable for Wrongly Prescribing Powerful Painkillers

Subsys is powerful version of fentanyl that is designed and approved for cancer patients with acute pain. However, some doctors have begun to prescribe Subsys to patients who do not have cancer. This sort of off-label use for drugs happens frequently, and may be more harmful that either the patients…

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Drug ad Alcohol Use Intensifies During Natural Disasters

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, researchers are releasing data showing that there is an increase in drug and alcohol abuse after a natural disaster. Since drugs and alcohol are often turned to in times of crisis and extreme stress, it is understandable why there can be an uptick during…

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Study: Suburbs Not the Only Places Heroin Use is Increasing

Every major city in America has certain parts in it that are known to be riddled with drugs. People from surrounding suburbs oftentimes travel to these parts of the city to obtain their drugs, whether they stay there to use or bring them back home. A commonly held belief among…

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Drug Test Results Indicate Employee Drug Use Rising

Screening job applicants for drugs is a standard policy most businesses follow. Generally, if the applicant is promising they will be asked to submit to a drug test. If the drug test comes back negative they are usually moved on to the next phase of the hiring process. This is…

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Higher Risk For Substance Abuse Among Bipolar Teens and Young Adults

Additional information regarding an earlier study of teens diagnosed as bipolar has recently been published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. The original study from 2008 showed that adolescents who were diagnosed with bipolar disorder were more likely to abuse illegal drugs and smoke cigarettes than those who were not.…

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Soccer Star Comes Clean

In April of this year, soccer start Abby Wambach was arrested for driving under the influence. Wambach, who had recently retired from professional soccer, had secretly struggled with drugs for years. But it wasn’t until her arrest that she was able to begin on the road to recovery. In the…

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National Recovery Month 2016 Under Way

Every year in September, people in recovery, advocates, family members, treatment and intervention professionals and other providers celebrate National Recovery Month. The goal is to not only raise awareness about the fact that recovery from substance abuse and mental health problems can happen, but also to show support for those…

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Misuse of The Word Addiction

Misuse of The Word Addiction: What Does Addiction Really Mean? People misuse words and phrases constantly. In fact, some people misuse words so much that they no longer know the true meaning of the word they are using over time. People seem to make up their own definitions for the…

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How an Intervention Helps the Whole Family

How an Intervention Helps the Whole Family and Not Just the Addict An intervention is an effective way to help an addict or alcoholic enter treatment. It consists of a professionally directed face-to-face meeting between the addict and the addict’s family and friends. The goal is to help the addict…

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