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Adderall Graduates From Study Drug to Workplace Drug

Adderall Graduates From Study Drug to Workplace Drug

Posted on January 11th, 2016

Adderall is now finding its way into the hands of non-ADHD-suffering workers, who are using the ADHD drug as a “productivity-enhancer” to help them get ahead in their careers. The drug was previously known to be abused as a “study drug” by college students, but it only takes so long for those students to graduate and bring their habits to the workplace, and the attention the “study drug” phenomenon attracted undoubtedly tipped off many adult employees to its potential “benefits.” The use of quotation marks for “benefits” is no accident, though, because whether it actually improves mental performance is far from clear, and the risks Adderall abuse brings markedly outweigh any potential boosts to productivity.

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Stressed, Depressed Veterinarians Fall Prey to Addiction

Stressed, Depressed Veterinarians Fall Prey to Addiction

Posted on November 30th, 2015

Second of two parts – Read part one here.

For Cathy Johnson-Delaney, the drug of choice was sevoflurane. Twice in June 2013, employees at her Kirkland, Washington, animal clinic witnessed Johnson-Delaney, a veterinarian of more than 30 years, inhaling the sweet-smelling anesthetic through a mask in the operating room.

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Screening Tool Identifies Youths Likely to Develop Accident-Related PTSD

Screening Tool Identifies Youths Likely to Develop Accident-Related PTSD

Posted on November 17th, 2015

Recent research from a group of Australian scientists indicates that doctors can use screening procedures to identify teenagers and younger children at risk for developing PTSD in the aftermath of a serious, injury-producing accident.

Exposure to an injury-producing major accident is one of the known potential factors in the onset of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, doctors don’t have a reliable way of determining which adolescents and younger children exposed to traumatic, accidental injury have the highest chances of meeting the criteria for a PTSD diagnosis. In a study published in February 2015 in the Journal of Traumatic Stress, researchers from five Australian institutions assessed the effectiveness of screening procedures developed for the identification of at-risk populations of teenagers and younger children.

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When Doctors Are Addicted to Drugs

When Doctors Are Addicted to Drugs

Posted on November 13th, 2015

The idea of doctors as drug addicts is troubling. To think that your doctor could be high or suffering symptoms of withdrawal while treating you is terrifying. The unsettling truth is that doctors abuse drugs and become addicts at greater rates than the general population. There are many reasons for this, including stress and access to drugs, but there are also serious consequences. Thankfully there are physician health programs for addiction that can get doctors sober and back on track.

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Why Do People Become Addicted to Exercise?

Why Do People Become Addicted to Exercise?

Posted on November 6th, 2015

Exercise is enjoyable for many people and part of a healthy lifestyle, and most of us don’t get enough of it. In a society facing chronic obesity, the over-exercisers don’t get much attention; we are more likely to congratulate them for their discipline and dedication than to raise our concerns.

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Strategies to Stop Smoking Across Globe

Strategies to Stop Smoking Across Globe

Posted on October 30th, 2015

Since the U.S. surgeon general released a report on the health consequences of smoking in 1964, rates of tobacco use have gone down from about 42% to 19%, a decrease in smokers that has saved about 8 million lives. The decrease is not enough, though, as smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death, and while smoking has significantly decreased in the U.S., it is still a major worldwide health issue. What can be done to stamp out smoking for good?

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What Makes Rehab Successful?

What Makes Rehab Successful?

Posted on October 16th, 2015

Drug rehab success rates statistics are hard to find because success is difficult to measure. When someone relapses after treatment, it doesn’t necessarily mean the treatment wasn’t successful. There are many other factors involved. Although it is challenging to measure treatment success, we can say what elements of a treatment program make it more successful than others.

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Motivational Interviewing in the ER Highly Effective in Reducing Teen Drinking

Motivational Interviewing in the ER Highly Effective in Reducing Teen Drinking

Posted on October 10th, 2015

A brief alcohol intervention called motivational interviewing can help teenagers and young adults receiving emergency room treatment for alcohol use or unrelated issues, a team of German researchers report in a new study.

Teenagers and underage young adults are exposed to a wide range of serious, severe or potentially fatal risks when they consume alcohol. In a study review published in March 2015 in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism, researchers from two German institutions assessed the usefulness of an alcohol intervention technique called motivational interviewing in helping teens and young adults who end up in emergency rooms for alcohol-related problems or problems not directly related to alcohol use.

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Meth Damages Brains of Teens Far More Than Adults

Meth Damages Brains of Teens Far More Than Adults

Posted on October 9th, 2015

Chronic teenage consumers of methamphetamine experience substantially more damage to their higher-level mental functions than their adult counterparts, according to new findings from a team of American and South Korean researchers.

Methamphetamine is known for its ability to produce a relatively rapid and severe form of substance addiction. Among the drug’s many harmful effects is damage to the brain areas responsible for carrying out a group of higher-level mental skills known collectively as executive function. In a study published in February 2015 in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, researchers from three South Korean universities and one American university used brain scans to compare the executive function-related brain changes found in teenagers who regularly consume methamphetamine to the changes found in adults who regularly consume the drug.

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