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Study Says Most Opioid Deaths Were People Who Had Prescriptions

A newly released study of the opioid crisis in America actually reveals that 2/3 of people who died due to opioids actually were diagnosed with chronic pain and received a prescription painkiller in the year before their death. This research is being called “the largest study of opioid deaths”, and shows that over half of . . . . Continue Reading


Can Ear-Clip Electronic Detox Device Stop Opioid Withdrawal?

  Imagine a drug addiction treatment program providing you with a hear-aid the first day of treatment. Well, a new electronic detox device might not make things sound much better, but most people seem to think it could make you feel better. Recently the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an electrical ear-clip device that . . . . Continue Reading


Did You Know Middle-Aged Women Use the Most Opioids in America?

For a long time, people have assumed those most at risk of drug abuse were young teens, especially in urban areas. But prescription narcotics have ushered in a new and frightening era of substance use disorder with powerful opioids, so this may not be the case. A new report has shown that middle-aged women are . . . . Continue Reading


Why Women Stay: Understanding Battered Woman Syndrome

The term “battered woman syndrome” applies to any woman who has lived through at least two cycles of abuse from a partner. Often, people are left wondering: why did they stay? However, the reasons are complex and vary from woman to woman. Women in abusive relationships often stay because they are afraid to leave. In . . . . Continue Reading


Pop-Up Safe Injection Site Hits Vancouver

Vancouver is testing a new operation to combat the drug overdose epidemic: pop-up safe injection sites. The small operation consists of a couple of people trained in CPR, chair, clean needles and Narcan (aka naloxone). Just recently, Vice reported that a “harm reduction tent” had been set up for a week now in downtown Vancouver. . . . . Continue Reading


Antidepressant Use More Than Doubles After Weight-Loss Surgery

A recent Danish study found that gastric bypass patients’ prescription drug use decreased after surgery. However, the use of psychiatric drugs like antidepressants more than doubled. Why could this be? Researchers studied over 9,000 Danish patients who underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, currently the most common weight-loss surgery used today. They examined the prescription drug . . . . Continue Reading


Heroin Addiction Making Huge Impact in Congress

Author: Justin Mckibben Over the years the old-school no mercy and no-holds-barred approach to the War on Drugs in America has been the law of the land and in recent years we have seen the real tragic impact of this kind of drug policy dogma being pushed onto the people, watching households and communities topple . . . . Continue Reading


Hundreds March through Patterson to Support Fight against Addiction

My birth town is making me proud this week… In a display of hope against the pitfalls of addiction, hundreds of people marched through Patterson, New Jersey on Saturday Morning in the 5th Annual Passaic Country Recovery Walk. Many of the participants were recovering drug addicts and alcoholics who emerged from the grips of addiction . . . . Continue Reading


Ohio Woman Invents App to Fight Heroin Addiction

 The city of Marion, Ohio, just like a lot of cities all over America, has been torn apart by the devastation and demoralization caused by the surging opiate outbreak. With overdose death rates climbing to catastrophic rates all over the country, more and more people are stepping in and looking for answers. Now, one Marion, . . . . Continue Reading


6 Ways Drugs Affect the Neuroscience of the Brain

The brain has an intricate system of nerves and neurotransmitters enabling neurons to produce signals communicating with itself in various circumstances to create our senses and perceptions. So of course when foreign molecules are introduced into the brain they can corrupt this communication system. Drugs do this by mimicking brain’s neurotransmitters or by hijacking their . . . . Continue Reading