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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


New York Breaks Record With 50 Million Dollar Heroin Bust

In case you didn’t hear about it, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in New York just made a drug bust in the Bronx that is likely to have a devastating impact on the dealers in the area, not to mention be counted as a huge win in the fight to keep heroin off the . . . . Continue Reading


Texas Underestimating Overdose Deaths

The opiate epidemic has taken a few turns in the past year or so regarding the drugs most commonly used and the drastic numbers of overdose deaths across the country. Public enemy number one in America was prescription opiates, then the title was given to heroin as stricter prescription drug policies were put in place . . . . Continue Reading


Heroin for Heroin Addicts?

Drug addiction treatment that’s one-size-fits-all doesn’t help everyone who’s struggling. Obviously, there are some who fall outside the current standard of treatment for substance use disorders. As it stands, standard treatments for heroin drug addiction include detoxification, abstinence programs, and methadone maintenance. However, there is a subgroup of people that do not benefit from these . . . . Continue Reading