46,000 Drug Offenders May Be Set Free Under Early Release Plan: Is This a Good Thing?

The US Sentencing Commission recently voted unanimously to approve a reduction in terms for low-level drug traffickers who are currently in lockup, according to NPR. Now, an estimated 46,000 prisoners may be looking at early release, losing an average of 2+ years of prison time per person. The savings could be huge for corrections departments […]

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The Brain’s Role in Addiction

In the past, addiction was defined as a moral issue. Those who chose to continue abusing drugs despite the obvious detriment to their health, their standing in the community, and the mental peace of their family members were deemed incorrigible and somehow morally flawed. In recent years, however, research has demonstrated that addiction is in […]

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The Real Border Threat: Black Tar Heroin

While some are concerned about immigrants crossing the Mexico-United States border and depleting our economic resources, it has been suggested that the true border threat is being overlooked: the huge rush of black tar heroin that is crossing the border into the US from South America every day. According to the Christian Science Monitor, the […]

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Addicted to Your Meds? Should You Just Quit?

If you’re like most people in the United States, you’ve had a prescription for a narcotic pain reliever at some point in your life. OxyContin, Percocet, Lortab – for acute pain or chronic pain management, most Americans have opiate painkillers in their medicine cabinet. Without intending to, many will develop a physical dependence upon their […]

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Marijuana Use in CO Much Higher than Projected

The eyes of the medical community, lawmakers, and families across the country have been on Colorado, watching and waiting to see how the legalization of marijuana for recreational use changes things in the state. A new study conducted by the state of Colorado has found that the actual use of marijuana has been much higher […]

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Mars and Venus: Prescription Drugs Affect Men and Women Differently

People have been tracking the differences between men and women for decades, but oddly, little attention has been paid to the differences in how men and women respond to different medications. Dosages are usually based on weight or on the individual response with little attention paid to the differences in hormones, metabolism, and body composition […]

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FDA Proposes Use of Social Media for Prescription Drug Danger Awareness

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is thinking outside the box when it comes to regulating drug companies and helping them to increase the safety of consumers who use their products. According to ABC News, the FDA has proposed that drug companies utilize social media sites like Twitter to communicate the risks of using certain […]

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Are You Afraid of Recovery?

Recovery from addiction is a challenge for the body and the psyche as well. Rebuilding one’s life from start to finish – relationships, perspectives, coping mechanisms, and goals – may seem daunting at first, and this fear has made many patients report that they procrastinated going to rehab because they were scared. What are they […]

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