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Drinking and smoking: Life’s double-edged swords

Drinking and smoking: Life’s double-edged swords

April 7th, 2017

People often picture themselves holding a glass of whiskey in one hand and dangling a cigarette in the other. They find the combination of both whiskey and cigarette quite enticing and fascinating. In fact, this tempting pair is generally welcomed in clubs and bars with open arms. According to a research by the National Institute […]

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Teen use of illegal drugs and alcohol at lowest levels in 2016

Teen use of illegal drugs and alcohol at lowest levels in 2016

April 5th, 2017

The 2016 annual survey results of Monitoring the Future (MTF) show a continuous decline in the long-term use of several illegal substances, including marijuana by U.S. teenagers, as well as a decline in the consumption of alcohol, tobacco and non-medical use of some prescription medications. The MTF survey, funded by the National Institute on Drug […]

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Identifying risk classes for cannabis and conduct disorder

Identifying risk classes for cannabis and conduct disorder

March 31st, 2017

Cannabis use has always been a matter of debate in the United States. In the 1960s, it became a symbol of revolution and during the 1970s, its prevalence increased among the soldiers of the U.S.–Vietnam War. As per the August 2016 report by GALLUP, an analytics company, 13 percent or almost one in eight adults […]

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Teenagers suffering from PTSD likely to seek drug abuse treatment

Teenagers suffering from PTSD likely to seek drug abuse treatment

March 24th, 2017

The problem of substance use in the United States is huge, affecting American teenagers in a big way. While many reasons can be cited for the onset and continuity of drug taking habits by adolescents, a group of researchers tried to examine the effects of the reciprocal relationship between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), crime and […]

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Health care reforms, mental health and substance abuse treatment: Uncertain times ahead

Health care reforms, mental health and substance abuse treatment: Uncertain times ahead

March 20th, 2017

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare included a broad set of provisions to treat alcohol and drug addiction, more than other previous legislations. Treatment for mental health and substance abuse disorders were included as one of the 10 essential health benefits, and all health insurance and Medicaid sold via Health Insurance Exchanges from 2014 […]

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Addicted to a lethal euphoric rush - 4: Celebrities who were caught red-handed with meth

Addicted to a lethal euphoric rush – 4: Celebrities who were caught red-handed with meth

March 15th, 2017

Methamphetamine, commonly known as meth, crystal, ice, chalk, etc., has been used as a secret formula to enhance alertness and trigger various psychoactive effects, such as euphoria, among the users. Historically, the drug was used extensively on the battlefields of World War II. It is also used widely by the naval soldiers on the mission, […]

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Does entering rehab mean losing a job?

Does entering rehab mean losing a job?

February 27th, 2017

For people in employment who are contemplating rehab treatment, this is perhaps the most important question. And this may well be the primary reason for putting off treatment – the stigma attached to addiction makes people believe that they will lose their jobs. It is natural for an individual to be in a dilemma about […]

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That cigarette is nothing less than toxic!

That cigarette is nothing less than toxic!

February 8th, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that smoking cigarettes are the foremost cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. It causes 480,000 deaths every year, or one out of every five deaths, with over 41,000 deaths due to exposure to secondhand smoke. Data shows that in 2015, 15 out […]

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Addicted to a lethal euphoric rush - 3: Understanding multiple stages of crystal meth abuse

Addicted to a lethal euphoric rush – 3: Understanding multiple stages of crystal meth abuse

February 6th, 2017

The saying, “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing,” very aptly describes the repercussions of insufficient knowledge that can spread incorrect information causing misinterpretation of facts and reality. Sometimes, even zero knowledge is considered better than little knowledge. Ironically, misinterpretation and misinformation often stem from several misconceptions that can easily mislead people. In fact, regarding […]

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Addicted to a lethal euphoric rush – 2: Truth about crystal meth

Addicted to a lethal euphoric rush – 2: Truth about crystal meth

January 23rd, 2017

Crystal meth is a highly addictive substance that has the characteristics of turning a normal human being into a terrible-looking zombie within a short span of time. Meth decreases the brain’s capacity to indulge with the real world. Users become aggressive as the drug increases annoyance and decreases the brain’s function, enabling a person to […]

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