Study: Opioid Addiction Crisis Affecting US Employers

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The nation’s opioid epidemic reaches far and wide and no place is immune to it, and that includes the workplace. A recent report by the National Safety Council offers insight into US employers’ perceptions about prescription drug use and how it affects the workplace, and the policies they use to address it. According to the […]

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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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Teen Drug Abuse: Spotting the Signs

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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, teenagers are being introduced to substance use as early as age 13. With this exposure, there is a likelihood your child will feel pressured to partake in substance abuse and may at some point try alcohol and other substances (e.g. marijuana, opioids, hallucinogens, etc.) because their friends […]

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Elderly Addicts: Substance Abuse Among Seniors Growing

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Abuse of prescription drugs among the senior population is one of the fastest -growing health concerns in the US. Older adults also have been found to suffer from alcoholism at rapidly increasing rates. Yet despite the rapidity with which the number of senior men and women suffering from these disorders climbs, the issue remains overlooked by the vast […]

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Why Opiate Painkillers are No Better Than Heroin

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There are many drugs to which a person can become addicted. In fact, there are even a number of behaviors that research has found can be quite addictive and disruptive to one’s daily life and health. Even so, more often than not when we consider the disease of addiction, we think of alcohol and drugs, […]

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Prescription Drug Monitoring Databases: Are They Helping?

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It seems that in each decade, a new drug emerges—or perhaps an old drugs returns—to ravage the nation as a scourge to our society. Individuals from all over the demographic spectrum can fall prey to the seduction of substance abuse, whether it be due to the allure of alcohol, heroin, prescription pills, or something else. […]

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Hydrocodone Causing an Epidemic

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Much like the trends seen in fashion, one might say that, similarly, addiction trends wax and wane over the years. For instance, one generation’s cocaine epidemic gives way to the next generation’s heroin epidemic in the endless ebb and flow of substance abuse.  Unfortunately, this means that by the time we find ways to try […]