Saving Lives from Opiate Overdose

Saving Lives from Opiate Overdose The evolution of American drug use has two faces: On one side is the groundswell for the approval of medical marijuana and even recreational marijuana. On the other side, the arrival of heroin abuse and opiate overdoses in the suburbs has increased the demand for lifesaving methods to combat overdoses.

March Madness for Drugs vs. Alcohol

March Madness for Drugs vs. Alcohol You can find every possible permutation of a March Madness playoff bracket this week, including one on Jezebel called Drugs vs. Alcohol. Yes, 64 teams, drugs vs. alcohol, broken down into illegal and legal drugs and hard alcohol and soft stuff. With appropriate seedings—what’s the likelihood No. 16 Smirnoff

Keeping Teens off the Marijuana Bandwagon

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Keeping Teens off the Marijuana Bandwagon The conversation about marijuana is not dying out. Medical, recreational, legal or illegal, it is part of the buzz in state legislatures and professional sports. Despite the cries of ‘it’s harmless,’ the medical studies continue to show that the earlier you start smoking marijuana, the worse it is for

Not Me: Identifying Addiction

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Not Me: Identifying Addiction A new survey of smokers, or should I say, people who smoke, has brought out that old issue of admitting there’s a problem. The California study showed that more than 12 percent of Californians who smoke do not identify as smokers. These are people who: Smoked at least once in the

Craving Risk or Lacking Control?

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Craving Risk or Lacking Control? Are you a risk taker? Do you wonder why you got that way and got addicted? It may be in your brain, but not in the craving for drugs, as you might have heard. That line about having no self-control has a grain of truth to it. A study by

Are You Safe in Surgery?

Are You Safe in Surgery? The problems of addiction affect people in every walk of life, including healthcare professionals, for whom access to controlled substances is easier. It’s easy to pass that off as a subset affected that doesn’t matter to anyone else, but consider the medical professional who feeds his addiction and ends up

Sounding the Alarm on Crystal Meth

Sounding the Alarm on Meth

Sounding the Alarm on Crystal Meth Meth Awareness Needed When Impact Is So Deadly The calendar is full of awareness weeks and months, with different colored ribbons (pink for breast cancer) and even facial hair getting into the act (Movember mustaches for men’s cancers). Sadly, we’ve had to make room for another cause—we are in

Cold Turkey Means Damaging Inflammation

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Cold Turkey Means Damaging Inflammation Scientists are just beginning to learn more about long-term effects of inflammation on the body, and they can now add a new source for it: Quitting drugs cold turkey can increase levels of damaging inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s immune system response to anything. If a mosquito bites you, the