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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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The Way We Talk About Drug ‘Abuse’ Is Harmful — And It Needs To Change

Substance use disorder is a medical circumstance ― a brain disease that can be targeted and treated. But when we use words like “junkie” and “crackhead,” we frame the issue in moral terms, suggesting that people with substance use disorders simply lack the willpower to get better. And that’s not helpful for anyone. That’s the contention of Michael Botticelli, the director of the White House ...
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Obama and Macklemore to talk about drug abuse

President Barack Obama will share his experience with substance use in an opioid crisis documentary with Macklemore that will premiere worldwide at the White House this afternoon and on MTV next week, the New York-based cable company announced Tuesday. The president and the Grammy Award-winning artist will both be featured in the premiere of “Prescription For Change: Ending America’s Opioid Crisi...
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The 4 Traits That Put Kids at Risk for Addiction

Drug education is the only part of the middle school curriculum I remember — perhaps because it backfired so spectacularly. Before reaching today’s legal drinking age, I was shooting cocaine and heroin. I’ve since recovered from my addiction, and researchers now are trying to develop innovative prevention programs to help children at risk take a different road than I did. Developing a public...
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Former NBA Star To Talk About Drug Addiction In Mahwah Monday

MAHWAH, N.J. — Chris Herren, a former NBA player whose dream of playing professional basketball was mired by drug and alcohol abuse, will talk about his rise, fall, and path to sobriety Monday. Herren will be at the Bradley Center at Ramapo College Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. The Mahwah Municipal Alliance is sponsoring the free event. Substance abuse eventually cost Herren his professional caree...
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5 Fears That Keep You From Getting Alcohol and Drug Treatment

It can take a long time and a lot of heartache to get to the point in your addiction where you decide that you need alcohol and drug treatment. It’s true what they say – wanting to get better is sometimes the first step toward long-term recovery, but the fear that keeps you from seeking treatment can be debilitating. What is keeping you from seeking alcohol and drug treatment? Fear of Dope Sickn...
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