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The Unintentional Results of Increased Prescription Drug Monitoring

April 18, 2014
Across the country, states have been taking action in an effort to protect their residents from the ongoing scourge of prescription drug abuse and addiction. Implementing prescription drug databases that are statewide as well as some interstate databases that connect with their neighbors is one [...]

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Options Explored for PTSD and Addiction

April 16, 2014
A recent report published in the journal Addiction Behaviors explored the different options available to those who are struggling with both post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a substance abuse disorder. According to the report, there is evidence to support a strong connection between PTSD and [...]

Zohydro: Lifesaver or Life-Ender for Patients?

April 14, 2014
Combination painkillers that combine hydrocodone with over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen are harmful enough, but now a pure form of hydrocodone has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of pain as well. Many are concerned. In fact, [...]

Neknomination: The Deadly Game of Drinking Idiocy

April 10, 2014
“Neck your drink. Nominate another. Don’t break the chain, don’t be a dick.” So goes the rallying cry of young adults who are taking part in the latest – and arguably, the dumbest – social media drinking game, Neknomination. “Nek” is a form of the [...]

Wax: The New Drug of Choice in California?

April 8, 2014
“Wax” is the latest thing to hit the streets in California – a potent form of marijuana that is reported to be so strong that a single hit will keep the user high for a day or more. Though it’s legal in Colorado, the likely [...]

Heroin Addiction Treatment Versus the Insurance Company: Getting Coverage for Treatment

April 4, 2014
The opiate painkiller addiction and overdose epidemic that has been problematic for over a decade seems to be swiftly spawning a heroin epidemic in the United States. As increased regulations limit the ability of users to access painkillers like OxyContin and Percocet, many are turning [...]

Which Is Worse: Marijuana or Alcohol?

April 2, 2014
It’s not easy to compare marijuana and alcohol. The two substances have different mechanisms in the body, different effects on users, and different approved uses in the United States. But as more and more states consider legalizing the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, many [...]

Interstate Prescription Monitoring Programs: Are They Working to Stop Drug Abuse?

March 31, 2014
In our last post, we discussed the ongoing problem of prescription drug abuse – especially painkillers like OxyContin and Percocet – and how the rates of overdose and death are steadily decreasing across the country due in part to increased monitoring by medical professionals. One [...]

Heroin Abuse Is Increasing: Why?

March 28, 2014
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that heroin abuse is up across the country among first-time users by 60 percent in the last 10 years; the number of new users are up from 90,000 per year to an estimated 156,000 a [...]

The Truth Behind the Pothead Stereotype

March 26, 2014
“Pothead.” It’s a derogatory term used to describe the slower response time, dulled cognitive abilities, and limited memory that afflicts many who smoke marijuana, especially those who do so chronically. It implies stupidity and a certain doltishness of personality. But the behaviors behind the stereotype [...]