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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


Ohio Sees Drop in Overdose Rates

Let me start by saying O-H and hoping someone out there knows how to finish it… (I-O) I mean come one, do you not see this picture above?! Is that not a gorgeous view?! Amazing right… yeah, that’s the O-State. As someone who was born and raising in Buckeye country, and as someone who was . . . . Continue Reading


Ohio Mom Injects Children with Heroin

Drug addict parents are never an easy thing to talk about. It is almost inevitably a touchy topic. People who regularly abuse illicit substances or have serious or even life-threatening addictions often don’t get cut much slack for their destructive habits pertaining to their kids, and with good reason considering they’re putting the lives of . . . . Continue Reading