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Month: August 2017

What’s Really in Cocaine? Dangerous Cutting Agents Used to Extend Profit

Did you know that cocaine is sometimes used for legitimate medical purposes, primarily as a topical anesthetic? Most people don’t know this, because cocaine is mostly used as a recreational drug. When sold to people for recreational purposes, cocaine can be very dangerous. The dangers of using cocaine can include impaired judgement, engaging in risky …

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Firefighters & Addiction: When the Heroes Need Help

Many firefighters struggle with alcoholism or drug addiction. A 2012 study found that 56% of firefighters reported binge drinking in the past month. Other research shows that 29% of firefighters showed possible or probable signs of problematic alcohol use. There is a good explanation for why so many firefighters drink excessively or become addicted to …

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SAMHSA Voice Awards 2017 Recognizes Behavioral Health Champions, Advocates

Senator Elizabeth Dole and the late actress Carrie Fisher were among those honored at the 2017 Voice Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 16, 2017, for raising awareness of behavioral health issues and encouraging people to speak out and seek help. This year’s Voice Awards, an event sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health …

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How Is Suboxone Different From Methadone?

Suboxone, which combines the medications buprenorphine and naloxone, is a drug used in medication assisted treatment (MAT) for drug addiction to opiates (like heroin) or opioids (like prescription painkillers). Like suboxone, methadone helps diminish withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings and is used in MAT programs to treat opioid and opiate addiction. Suboxone is somewhat different …

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