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Opioid Epidemic 2019

The opioid epidemic of 2019 experienced also saw a significant number of overdoses. Overdose rates have increased dramatically over the past several years, with about 130 people dying each day from an opioid overdose. Since opioids can cause physical addictions, meaning that you can deal with troubling and painful withdrawal symptoms if you abruptly stop …

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Dangers of Designer Drugs

Designer drugs are lab-created substances that are meant to emulate the effects of other drugs, like opiates, stimulants, and hallucinogens. Among the many dangers of designer drugs are that manufacturers create these synthetic substances in a manner that makes them legal or difficult to regulate. Substances like Spice and K2, popularly abused designer drugs, are …

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How to Help Your Teen Avoid Drugs

The Mayo Clinic staff posted the following article on teen drug abuse: Many teens experiment with drugs, putting their health and safety at risk—but teen drug abuse isn’t inevitable. You can help prevent teen drug abuse by talking to your teen about the consequences of using drugs and the importance of making healthy choices. Know …

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Words Used to Describe Substance-Abuse Patients Can Alter Attitudes, Create Stigma

A new study finds that changing the words used to describe someone struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction may significantly alter the attitudes of health care professionals, even those who specialize in addiction treatment. Science Daily reports that Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers have found that health professionals’ answers to survey questions about a hypothetical …

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Brain Function can Recover after a Year of Abstinence from Methamphetamine

A new study shows that it takes at least one year for brain functions to improve in methamphetamine users. It supports the idea that brain function can recover after a year of abstinence from methamphetamine. These findings should help recovering abusers and their families understand that it can take an extended period of time for …

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What is the Difference Between Opiate and Opioid Drugs?

Opiates and opioids — we’ve used and heard these terms used interchangeably, but are they the same? If not, what is the difference between opiate and opioid drugs? With all the many news reports about the opioid crisis, you may have wondered which drugs or medicines these were. It’s important to have an understanding of …

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Benzo Withdrawal Timeline

Even if you take benzodiazepines exactly as prescribed, you can still develop a physical dependence. When you develop a physical addiction to benzodiazepines, the benzo withdrawal timeline can become much more difficult, and a longer process. Benzodiazepines are prescription medications that are commonly utilized to treat anxiety-related symptoms. While benzodiazepines are highly effective in treating …

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