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Marijuana Use Can Increase the Risks for Alcohol Use Disorders

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Marijuana Use Can Increase the Risks for Alcohol Use Disorders

Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug in the United States. Marijuana has been approved for medical use in over half of US states, and 5 states have legalized it for recreational use in individuals over 21. Legal or not, marijuana continues to be at the center of controversy. Of major concern is an […]

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New Drug Ibudilast May Help Treatment of Alcoholism

New Drug Ibudilast May Help Treatment of Alcoholism

Alcoholism presents an urgent public health issue in the United States. According to the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism, a division of the National Institutes of Health, nearly 90,000 people die each year as a direct result of alcoholism, making it one of the leading causes of death nationwide. These numbers don’t include those […]

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Teen Marijuana Use: Brain and Developmental Risks

Brain and Developmental Risks with Teen Marijuana Use

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States, though the term “illicit” does not always apply. Twenty-three states have already passed measures approving marijuana for medicinal use, and five have legalized recreational use for individuals over the age of 21. These measures have been subject to their share of controversy. One […]

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Opioid Abuse, Heroin Addiction Gripping Knoxville and Tennessee

Opioid Abuse, Heroin Addiction Gripping Knoxville and Tennessee

Knoxville, in eastern Tennessee, is a manufacturing and wholesaling center in the south. The opioid epidemic throughout the country cuts deep into this Appalachian region community and highlights the sudden and impactful increase in prescription opioid and heroin abuse over the last several years. Explore the Data on Drug Abuse in Tennessee In the first […]

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Drug Addiction and Overdoses Hitting Close to Home in Lancaster County, PA

Drug Addiction and Overdoses Hitting Close to Home in Lancaster County, PA

In southeastern Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania Dutch country – the community faces a struggle all too familiar in modern America, heroin and opioid prescription addiction. In Lancaster County, the epidemic affects suburbia and rural areas outside the city rather than the stereotype of inner-city drug problems. For many, the problem hits close to home. Families struggle […]

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Drug Addiction and Substance Abuse on the Rise in Houston, Across Texas

Drug Addiction and Substance Abuse on the Rise in Houston, Across Texas

As one of the largest cities in the United States, Houston, Texas is a bustling place for NASA, the oil and gas industry, and health care. While the state of Texas does not typically show up on the radar of high-risk heroin abuse centers, Houston and the state of Texas deal with a diverse range […]

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Study Shows Addictive Cravings Are Detectable After Death

Study Shows Addictive Cravings Are Detectable After Death

Substance abuse is an epidemic in our nation, and headlines all over the United States are a testament to how deadly it can be. Substance abuse is now the leading cause of unintentional death, with overdoses claiming more lives than car accidents. As it turns out, a new study suggests that addiction can affect us […]

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Prescription Opiate Abuse Increases Lethal Potential of Benzodiazepines

Prescription Opiate Abuse Increases Lethal Potential of Benzodiazpines

A Lethal Combination: Prescription Opioids and Benzodiazepines In 2015, the primary cause of death for nearly 9,000 individuals was linked to benzo-opiate combinations. Almost a third of opioid overdose fatalities also include the use of a benzodiazepine. The data supports recent regulatory changes to opioid and benzodiazepine warnings. Abusing a legal or illegal opioid with […]

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The History of Poppies and Opium

The History of Poppies and Opium

When most people think of poppies, they think of an innocent red or pink flower. They might think of the flower that put Dorothy to sleep in The Wizard of Oz, a fairly innocent children’s story. But poppies have a dark side with a long history – they are inextricably tied to drug addiction. Poppies […]

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