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Drugs and Alcohol

Much is made of the risks and devastation caused by drug addiction – and with good reason. Little else has the power to wreak such havoc in every part of a person’s life, destroying the their body, minds, and the peace of mind of everyone who loves them. The good news is that treatment can […]

New Jersey has seen its share of sorrows in recent years, and the statistics reported in 2012 reveal that a 12-percent rise in opiate addiction from 2010 and 2011 is one of them. The assistant state medical examiner, Roger Mitchell, reported 368 deaths in 2011, a significant increase from 287 deaths in 2010. Statistics that […]

Central America continues to be the major center for cocaine, heroin, and marijuana production and exportation. Massive organized crime unions (drug cartels) form alliances and create territories with specific trade routes for the exportation of illegal drugs, many of which end up in the United States. Drug cartels make millions of dollars a year and […]

Findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America state that there might be a way for scientists to create medication that is non-addictive to treat chronic pain. Researchers are continuing their quest for a lower-dose pain reliever that will provide an answer to the physical problem […]

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has worked together with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to create the Addiction Performance Project, created to educate physicians on the various types of addiction and simultaneously break down the stereotypes often associated with addiction. The Addiction Performance Project features a variety of stories concerning legitimate […]

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) received the largest civil penalty settlement in history this spring from the national pharmaceutical chain, Walgreens. Walgreens settled with the DEA for an agreed amount of $80 million dollars in response to penalties assessed for an enormous amount of record-keeping and drug-dispensing violations. The majority of these penalties arise from […]

Critics of Dr. Drew Pinsky (known to viewers as just Dr. Drew) say that rehabilitation should be a private matter and not one that is aired on radio or television. With the recent suicide of Mindy McCready, former country singer, Dr. Drew has found himself the subject of a sudden onslaught of outrage. Many say […]

Three researchers are protesting the current laws on psychoactive drugs such as marijuana and “magic” mushrooms. These three researchers – David Nutt and Leslie King from Imperial College, London, and David Nichols from the University of North Carolina – believe that the current laws are akin to scientific censorship and say that the unfortunate consequence […]

A treatment called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has proven to be a significant assistance in protecting those individuals who use needles to inject drugs, also known as intravenous drug users, or IDUs. Addicts who utilize needles are at continual risk for a myriad of diseases, including HIV. A study conducted with 2,400 drug users in Bangkok, […]

Specialists from St. John Providence Brighton Center for Recovery in Michigan say that the explosion of prescription drug addiction across the state is leading to an epidemic of heroin addiction. Authorities say that the rates of addiction and incidents of overdose are rising at alarming speed. Within Washtenaw County, Michigan, there were eight overdoses and […]