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Young People Are Very Aware of the Health Risks of Addictive Substances

Young People Are Very Aware of the Health Risks of Addictive Substances

Prevention campaigns that are brought to young people are generally based on the idea of providing information about addictive substances, including alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana. However, a new large scale study from the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Zurich found that young people who indulged with addictive substances are very aware of the health risks associated with these substances (News Staff). This study consisted of surveying 12,000 young men – average … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Research, Substance Abuse

Crystal Meth Can Cause a Life-Threatening Form of Meningitis

Crystal meth brings a plethora of health problems to its regular users, including decreasing the ability of the immune system to fight off infections. Recent studies have suggested that when users inject crystal meth, the drug accumulates in certain parts of the body; namely the lungs. In a study that examined the relationship between injecting crystal meth and susceptibility to infection, researchers found that users are more likely to become seriously ill from a fungal infection that can cause life-threatening meningitis. Conducted by Long Island University-Post and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, this study used mice to view how immune systems fought off the fungus Cryptococcus neoformans in animals that had been injected with crystal meth versus a control group (Associated Press). Researchers proceeded to inject one group of mice with … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Research, Substance Abuse

“That 70’s Show” Star, Lisa Robin Kelly Dies at 43 in California Rehab

  Lisa Robin Kelly, who starred in the hit comedy series “That 70’s Show,” passed away on August 14, 2013, while staying in a California drug and alcohol rehab facility after battling with alcoholism for several years. She was determined to turn her life around in rehab after being arrested several times in the last few years for DUIs and other charges, but at only 43 years old, the actress reportedly died from a cardiac arrest in her sleep at the rehab facility, although the certainty of her cause of death has not been officially released to the public. In a report by The Daily Beast, Lisa Robin Kelly’s agent, Craig Wyckoff, said that he “…spoke to her on Monday, and she was hopeful and confident, looking forward to putting this part … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Celebrity News, Latest News, Substance Abuse

A Pain Medication as Potent as Morphine without the Risk of Dependence?

A Pain Medication as Potent as Morphine without the Risk of Dependence?

  The need for prescription opiate medication (pain medication), such as morphine, may arise for just about anyone.  For most, it serves it purpose post-surgery or post-injury, but for some it is the start to addiction and dependence, and for others, specifically addicts in recovery, it can be the cause of a terrible period of relapse.  Some addicts in recovery, so afraid of the potential danger in opiate therapy, harrowingly opt to treat severe pain post-surgery … Read entire article »

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Boston Mayoral Candidate Proposes Recovery Services Office to Treat Addiction

  There are many problems politicians hope to fix when running for office; candidates in all levels of politics hope to make changes that will help solve societal woes. These “fixes” can range from mental health to public transportation and everywhere in between; but we don’t often see candidates harp on the growing problem of substance addiction in our country. That is, except for Martin Walsh, a mayoral candidate in Boston, who is seeking to make it easier for alcoholics and addicts to receive the help they need; he proposes forming an Office of Recovery Services devoted to helping those in need to navigate the system and get treatment (Ryan). For Walsh, this is not only a political move but a very personal quest. Walsh is a recovering alcoholic with 18 years … Read entire article »

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Impulsivity a Key Factor in Addiction, Research Shows

Impulsivity a Key Factor in Addiction, Research Shows

  Do you ever find yourself saying it seemed like a good idea at the time? We have all experienced moments where we act on an impulse – a sudden, unpremeditated urge or desire – without thinking logically about the consequences.  Thus, it comes as no surprise then, that impulsivity is often closely associated with the disease of addiction; from its early onset to relapse prevention, and recent neurological research has provided further evidence. In order to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Research, Substance Abuse

Poverty, Cigarettes, and Substance Abuse

Poverty, Cigarettes, and Substance Abuse

  There are several conceptions regarding poverty, childhood, and parenting that have been regarded as true for many years. One is that children who grow up in poverty are more likely to deal with substance abuse, poverty and poor parental interactions. However, in a new study conducted by Duke University, researchers found that some of these ideas are actually misconceptions. They found that, while children who grew up in poverty are more likely to smoke cigarettes and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Research, Substance Abuse

Am I A Drug Addict?

Am I A Drug Addict?

Many people are aware of what addiction is. They may have experienced how the disease physically and psychologically affects the addict and those around them. However, for many people, there comes a point where they’re wondering: “Am I an addict?” Perhaps someone told them that they have a problem, maybe they notice their life spiraling out of control, or maybe they’re just not sure what constitutes addiction. While there are certain patterns that can typically indicate … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Recovery, Substance Abuse

Poor Survival Rate of Patients with Severe Alcoholic Hepatitis Related to Alcohol Relapse

Poor Survival Rate of Patients with Severe Alcoholic Hepatitis Related to Alcohol Relapse

Alcoholic drinking can have serious consequences for physical health, and these health consequences often manifest in liver disease. One of the diseases seen in alcoholic drinkers is alcoholic hepatitis. A new study from Brighton and Sussex University Hospital and Brighton and Sussex Medical School found that the poor survival rate of patients with severe alcoholic hepatitis is directly related to the high rates of alcohol relapse (Associated Press). This study reviewed records of patients admitted to … Read entire article »

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Street Children Have Staggering Rates of Drug Abuse

Around the world, there are some 150 million children who are considered “street children” – children who work in the streets as their only way to get money, children who only return to a home at night, and children who live, work, and sleep in the streets (UNESCO.org). A new collaborative review of studies done on street children and drug abuse found that the rates of these children who abuse drugs, particularly inhalants, are astronomical; especially in low-to-middle income countries. These statistics are potentially devastating to these societies; as it hinders not only individual potential for productivity, but their societies. Unfortunately, this issue is largely ignored in many of the countries where it occurs. Researchers from Moi University in Kenya, Indiana University and Regenstrief Institute in the US, and University of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Substance Abuse

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