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Ohio Community Considering Tough Policy for Repeat Overdose Calls to 911

The City of Middleton, Ohio, is feeling the effects of the opioid crisis like so many other municipalities in the US. Under a proposed plan by a City Council member, people who dial 911 for help for a person who is overdosing on opioids may be told that help is…

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Rise in IV Drug Use Sounds Alarm

As healthcare professionals and researchers have watched the opioid epidemic sweep through the country, the use of needles has also increased dramatically, bringing a host of additional problems. According to new research conducted by scientists at USC, not only is the number of people administering their drugs via needles is…

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Rash of Heroin Overdoses Linked to W-18 Use

Among the rise of opioid-related overdose deaths throughout the U.S. in recent years, there has been a significant increase in the prevalence of synthetic compounds as well, often being added to heroin and making it more potent. New York State’s Erie County is one of many locales that has seen…

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New Research into Opiate Addiction Seeks Non-Opioid Medications

In the constant effort to create effective and safe treatments for people addicted to opiates such as heroin and prescription painkillers, researchers may have found a new way to prevent against further abuse. While medications geared towards reducing heroin abuse have proven successful in many circumstances, a group of researchers…

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Heroin-Related Overdoses May be Under-Reported

In 2015 there were over 30,000 deaths attributed to opioids. While this number is heartbreakingly high, it is likely not completely accurate. According to a team of researchers at Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, many overdose cases that have several drugs in their toxicology report don’t even…

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Viewing Opioid Addiction as a Public Health Problem

One of the most challenging barriers to overcome when it comes to handling an addiction is the stigma and misunderstandings attached to being an addict. People who have substance use disorders are often viewed as poor, uneducated, minority males who are also criminals. However, this is simply not true. In…

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Survey Shows Opioid Use Among Teens Declining

The results of a new study reveal that high school students are not using opioids like prescription pain medications and heroin as much as adults. The rate of opioid use and overdose deaths has reached epidemic proportions, but has continued to decline among high school students recently. Over the past…

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Cigna Lessens Barriers to Opiate Addiction Treatment

In the ongoing battle against the devastation caused by opioids such as heroin and prescription painkillers, many groups and policy makers continue to find ways to save lives. Since our country has reached an all-time high in the number of drug overdose fatalities, addressing this immediate concern is literally a…

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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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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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Substance Abuse Affects Children

Substance Abuse Affects Children: How Does Mom’s Substance Abuse Affect Her Unborn Child? Substance abuse affects children in profound ways. Ingesting drugs or alcohol during pregnancy can have devastating effects on an unborn child. Alcohol, heroin, amphetamine, and cocaine are especially dangerous, but all substance abuse affects children regardless of…

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