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What Are the Key Characteristics of Daily Marijuana Users?

Anyone who uses marijuana has a significant chance of developing a diagnosable case of marijuana addiction (known technically as cannabis use disorder). As a rule, the risks for addiction rise sharply in people who use the drug every day or almost every day. In a study scheduled for publication in October 2014 in the journal …

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When Sun and Fun Bring Sadness and Despair

Although most Americans spend three-quarters of the year looking forward to summer, for some it can spell depression. This seems antithetical since summer is time for fun in the sun, vacations, barbecues and beach parties. The problem could stem from an affective disorder, or it could result from the cumulative pressures associated with summer months.

How Many People Die From Excessive Drinking?

Excessive drinking is a public health term that describes participation in any form of short- or long-term alcohol consumption capable of producing significant harm and/or triggering fatal outcomes. Specific forms of this practice include heavy drinking and binge drinking. In a study published in June 2014 in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention journal …

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Potentially Deadly N-Bomb Mimics Effects of LSD

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has blamed at least 19 deaths since March 2012 on a synthetic drug known as N-bomb. The drug mimics the hallucinogenic and euphoria-inducing effects of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). Its most common street name comes from a series of the chemical ingredients that make it up, N-BOMe, although it is …

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Focusing on ‘The Now’ in Addiction Recovery

By Sean P. Egen If you or someone you love is involved in the recovery process, you understand that one of the biggest challenges can be picturing a life free of the abused substance(s) or behavior. Not wrapping your mind around the concept of a simpler, more fulfilling life lived unburdened by the negative effects …

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Men and Women Seeking Addiction Recovery: Different and the Same

Are men and women the same when it comes to drug addiction and recovery? Should their treatment look the same? At a 2013 conference in Britain, the topic of male and female addiction similarities and differences was addressed by Joanne Neale, a professor of public health at Oxford Brookes University. Neale interviewed and followed up …

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Will Robin Williams’ Tragic Death Save the Lives of Others?

The late Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was among the most effective public figures at de-stigmatizing mental illness and addiction by baring his own lifelong struggles with both. Williams, whose confessional brand of stand-up comedy was a form of “sharing his story” by coating anguish with humor, was found dead at his home Aug. …

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Naloxone Nasal Device New Way to Treat Heroin Overdose

The Food and Drug Administration has fast-tracked a nasal spray application of naloxone, a highly effective medicine that helps save the lives of addicts in the midst of a heroin overdose. Faced with an alarming rise in the abuse of opiates such as heroin and prescription painkillers, the FDA moved to accelerate the approval process of …

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