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MAR
03

What to Do with Excess Prescription Medications in Your Home

What to Do with Excess Prescription Medications in Your Home
Surplus prescription medications can pose a significant risk to both adults and children. As stated by the National Safety Council, “the largest sourc...
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MAR
03

Could Naltrexone Be Used to Treat Pregnant Women with Opioid Addiction?

Could Naltrexone Be Used to Treat Pregnant Women with Opioid Addiction?
Of the three medications currently approved to treat opioid addiction, the long-acting antagonist naltrexone, which blocks opioids from attaching to t...
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FEB
28

As More U.S. States Legalize Marijuana, Mexico’s Drug Cartels Turn to Heroin

As More U.S. States Legalize Marijuana, Mexico’s Drug Cartels Turn to Heroin
Mexican drug cartels are turning to heroin as more U.S. states legalize marijuana, according to USA Today.Small farmers who used to plant marijuana to...
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FEB
28

Legislative Hearings on Opioid Crisis to Focus on Law Enforcement, Public Health

Legislative Hearings on Opioid Crisis to Focus on Law Enforcement, Public Health
House Republicans will hold a series of hearings on addressing the opioid crisis, with a focus on law enforcement, public health and insurance coverag...
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FEB
27

It’s Not the Rehab—It’s the Relationships!

It’s Not the Rehab—It’s the Relationships!
Individuals in active addiction sometimes say, “I don’t need another rehab, I could teach those groups.” Outpatient counselors sometimes say, “So-and-...
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FEB
27

Can Vivitrol Help People Leaving Jail Stay Off Opioids?

Can Vivitrol Help People Leaving Jail Stay Off Opioids?
Many people who are arrested and brought to jail on Rikers Island in New York City use opioids, and are forced to detox while in jail.Researchers at N...
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FEB
25

Many Teens Say Peers’ Vaping Led Them to Try E-Cigarettes

Many Teens Say Peers’ Vaping Led Them to Try E-Cigarettes
Almost 40 percent of teens who use e-cigarettes say seeing their peers use the devices led them to try vaping themselves, a new government report find...
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FEB
25

FDA Announces Voluntary Destruction and Recall of Kratom Products

FDA Announces Voluntary Destruction and Recall of Kratom Products
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week announced it is overseeing the voluntary destruction and recall of kratom products.Earlier this month...
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FEB
24

What Causes Spouses to Resemble One Another In Their Risk for Alcohol Use Disorder?

What Causes Spouses to Resemble One Another In Their Risk for Alcohol Use Disorder?
A population-based registry study, found that the increase in risk for a first onset of alcohol use disorder in a married individual after the onset o...
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FEB
24

Are Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Common In the United States?

Are Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Common In the United States?
A recent cross-sectional study of over 13,000 first-grade children in four regions of the United States was designed to estimate the prevalence of fet...
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FEB
24

Separating Side Effects Could Hold Key for Safer Opioids

Separating Side Effects Could Hold Key for Safer Opioids
NIH-funded scientists may have revealed brain functions in pre-clinical research that widen the safety margin for opioid pain relief without overdose ...
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FEB
22

Connect People With Support Services to Fight Opioid Epidemic: Surgeon General

Connect People With Support Services to Fight Opioid Epidemic: Surgeon General
Connecting people with support services such as food and housing is a key step in curbing the opioid epidemic, Surgeon General Jerome Adams said recen...
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FEB
21

OxyContin Maker Announces It Will No Longer Market Drug to Doctors

OxyContin Maker Announces It Will No Longer Market Drug to Doctors
Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, said it will no longer market the drug to doctors.The announcement comes in response to lawsuits that blame the...
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FEB
13

“Deaths of Despair” Caused by Opioids, Alcohol and Suicides: Report

“Deaths of Despair” Caused by Opioids, Alcohol and Suicides: Report
The incresing rate of deaths due to opioids, alcohol and suicides are part of a public health crisis described as “deaths of despair” in a new report ...
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FEB
13

State and Local Law Enforcement Officials Protest Cut to Drug Prevention Program

State and Local Law Enforcement Officials Protest Cut to Drug Prevention Program
State and local law enforcement officials came to Capitol Hill last week to protest a Trump Administration proposal to move oversight of a drug preven...
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FEB
11

FDA Calls Kratom an Opioid

FDA Calls Kratom an Opioid
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that the supplement known as “kratom” is an opioid and has been linked with 44 deaths, The Washingto...
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FEB
11

Naloxone Administration May Lead to Complications

Naloxone Administration May Lead to Complications
There seem to be a growing number of cases of high amounts of fluid in the lungs – known as noncardiogenic pulmonary edema – following administration ...
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FEB
08

New Treatment Guidance Issued For Pregnant Mothers with Opioid Use Disorder

New Treatment Guidance Issued For Pregnant Mothers with Opioid Use Disorder
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released new Clinical Guidance for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women with O...
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FEB
08

Getting the Right Help for Opioid Dependence or Withdrawal

Getting the Right Help for Opioid Dependence or Withdrawal
Do you know someone seeking treatment for opioid dependence or withdrawal?If so, it’s important to know this: products that promise miracle cures or f...
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FEB
07

Antipsychotic Drugs May Finally Be Poised For a Long-Overdue Makeover

Antipsychotic Drugs May Finally Be Poised For a Long-Overdue Makeover
Antipsychotic drugs – which transformed mental health care following their chance discovery in the mid-20th Century – may finally be poised for a long...
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