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Addiction has reached crisis proportions

With more than 20 million Americans in the grip of substance abuse, the U.S. Surgeon General has called on the public and government to take substantive steps in tackling this monster in our midst. That call came in the form of a first-of-its-kind report — the Surgeon General’s “Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health” — that relies on current research to give clarity to how America can solve i...
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Number of Babies Born Addicted to Opiates Rising in Florida

Caitlyn says her addiction to prescription drugs began a decade ago after she was almost killed in a car crash. "When I was prescribed the pain medication I was not educated," said Caitlyn who asked that her last name not to be used for this story. Caitlyn has been addicted to prescription pain medications ever since. When she finally decided to get help, she discovered it was going to be...
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Dear Mr. President

Dear Future President, Addiction is not a choice. Help isn’t always an option. Support might not be there, and we need a solution. America has reached a point in time where the number of drug addictions is at its peak. What a lot of people need to understand is that getting help isn’t always an option as it requires money, insurance and waiting time. Thanks to the previous laws put in place...
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The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

Buprenorphine, the generic name for Suboxone, is a medication used to treat opiate dependence – it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It’s often an essential part of a person’s recovery plan, mainly due to its accessibility. Users can attain it through a prescription from a certified doctor, rather than having to hoof it to a medication-assisted treatment program multiple times per month, lik...
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Broward County warns of deadly synthetic drug

Broward County health officials have issued an urgent warning to residents warning of a street drug that has been connected to more than 50 deaths in the last six months. The Broward County medical examiner released lab test results showing that 53 deaths have been tied to Carfentanil, a drug commonly used to sedate 13,000 pound elephants. Carfentanil is considered 100 times deadlier tha...
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Schizophrenia risk increased with alcohol, drug abuse

There has been a wealth of research on the impact that alcohol, cannabis, and other drugs might have on the risk of developing schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders. However, it is a difficult area to study, and previous research has been controversial and often contradictory. As one example, many earlier studies could not take into account co-abuse; in other words, people who ab...
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Editorial: Drugs. Addiction. Regret. Excuses.

When we were in elementary school, a police officer or two stood in the front of our classroom and told us drugs were bad. They did this on a weekly basis as part of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or D.A.R.E. program. We wrote our D.A.R.E. essays to complete the program and proudly received our D.A.R.E. graduation certificates, confident we would never do drugs and our friends would never ...
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These states are struggling with a drug addiction-fueled crisis in foster care

The nation’s drug-addiction epidemic is driving a dramatic increase in the number of children entering foster care, forcing many states to take urgent steps to care for neglected children. Several states, such as New Hampshire and Vermont, have either changed laws to make it possible to pull children out of homes where parents are addicted, or have made room in the budget to hire more socia...
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Saving future generations from prescription drug abuse

One of America’s most devastating health care crises often begins in the most benign of locations — home medicine cabinets. Our nation is becoming increasingly aware of the growing number of hospitalizations and casualties tied to prescription drug abuse. This problem is particularly acute among young adults. In 2014, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly five individu...
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Combined effort under way to battle drug addiction

AS HALLOWEEN approaches, we prepare ourselves to see people in scary masks. But we all understand that those costumed faces aren’t real. What is real is a very scary face that’s too often masked from the public. It destroys families and sometimes results in death. We’re talking about drug addiction – a problem that affects people from all walks of life today. Mercer County has seen sever...
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