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Opioid Crisis Bill Cleared by Senate Heads to President Obama

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The battle against the deadly opioid crisis in the United States is getting a major push from Capitol Hill. The US Senate passed a bill by a 92-2 vote in mid-July 2016 that would authorize nearly $900 million over a five-year period to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic that has claimed thousands of lives and […]

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Alcohol Withdrawal: Timeline, Symptoms and Treatment

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Millions of Americans suffer from an alcohol use disorder, and more than 80 percent of the US adult population has admitted to drinking at some point in their lifetime, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). With so many people struggling with alcohol misuse, the process of alcohol withdrawal is common […]

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Fentanyl-Laced Xanax Deadly Street Drug, Authorities Warn

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Xanax users, take note, especially if you don’t know where the pills you’re taking came from. Authorities have issued public warnings about a recent rise in overdose deaths linked to fake fentanyl-laced Xanax tablets that are being sold on the streets in Central Florida, California, and other parts of the US. The “super pill,” as […]

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Dentist Dealers: Opioid Addiction Bites Back After Over-Prescription

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Last week, NBC Nightly News featured opioid addiction in “Hooked: Fighting America’s Addiction to Painkillers,” a collection of news stories that aims to shed new light on the opioid epidemic spreading in the United States. While Americans have been fighting a serious prescription painkiller addiction for the past two decades, along with heroin and other […]

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Dabbing Pot Gaining Popularity Among Marijuana Users

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Mention “dabbing” these days, and you might get an invitation either to dance or to get high. In some communities, “dabbing” is a popular hip-hop dance, and several YouTube videos show viewers how to do it. But in other communities, the term means something completely different, and its popularity is about getting high on marijuana—without […]

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Internet Addiction: World Wide Webidemic?

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When the general public was introduced to the internet in the ’90s, no one could have imagined the extent of its role in society and daily life. Fast forward to modern day, almost three decades later, and the internet as we know it is a permanent staple of commerce, business, social relationships, and amusement. But […]

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Rio Olympics May Shine Light on Steroid Addiction

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Every four years, people all over the world anticipate the largest national sports competition, but almost every year, an acclaimed athlete falls into the scandal of steroids, performance-enhancement drugs, or developing a steroid addiction.   In May 2016, Russian athletes who won gold medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, were ousted for […]

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Probuphine: New Opioid Treatment Drug Approved by FDA

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The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a new implantable treatment for opioid addiction, Probuphine, according to ABC News.            The implant, comprised of four match-size rods, is inserted beneath the skin. The opioid treatment releases a milder dose of an opioid treatment drug known as buprenorphine for six months.  […]

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Social Media Posts: Can They Reveal Problematic Drinking?

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College students who post status updates about their alcohol use on social networking sites may be exhibiting an “alcohol identity” that could indicate whether they are at risk of having problems with alcohol, according to a recent study. Researchers from North Carolina State University and Ohio University set out to learn what drives students to drink […]