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Blue Lights Used as a Way to Combat Drug Use

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There have been a variety of “solutions” to the current drug epidemic put into place in recent months. Some, like the drug Narcan, have worked well in helping people avoid overdose. Others are newer, and their effectiveness remains to be seen. One of the newest ways that people are looking to combat drug use is […]

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Colorado Notes Spike in Infants Born with Opioid Addiction

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The nation is experiencing an opioid epidemic of previously unknown heights. Unfortunately, some of the youngest people are being affected: Infants. In the state of Colorado, there has been a reported rise in the number of newborns who enter the world addicted to opioids. According to The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the […]

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Opioid Treatment Option Lacking Willing Doctors

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Health officials have recently said that they have a treatment available for opioid addiction, but the problem is that doctors willing to use it are difficult to find. According to a health commissioner in New York, abstinence-only treatments don’t work. Drugs that reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms do. Doctors, however, are hesitating to use medications […]

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Talking About Addiction Takes the Right Words

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There are many negative terms surrounding opioid and other addictions. Experts believe that the first step in reducing the stigma associated with the struggle is changing vocabulary. In The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a person dealing with addiction is identified as having an “opioid use disorder.” On the street and in society […]

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More Americans Drinking Themselves to Death

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According to a report published in the Washington Post, more Americans are drinking themselves to death than ever before. The study found that more than 30,000 people died from alcohol-related causes in 2014. It was an increase of 37 percent over 2002. In 2014, the year studied, more people died from alcohol-related causes than heroin […]

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