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Can One Gene Cause Alcoholism?

Since the advent of Alcoholics Anonymous in the early 20th century, each decade has seen a growing body of research and understanding of addiction. Sobriety, once thought to be a matter of morals or willpower, has been recognized as addressing and treating a blend of genetics, environment, biology, and more. In fact, people who have …

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The Krokodil Epidemic

Reports that a life-threatening, flesh-eating drug is growing increasingly popular are alarming addiction professionals and medical personnel worldwide. What is “krokodil” and what are the effects of abusing it? Modifying the Delivery Modern pain relief practice often relies upon the fentanyl patch, which delivers an analgesic effect over a prolonged period of time. Drug abusers …

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The Unfortunate Consequences of Prescription Drug Crackdowns

The efforts from those in the medical field and prescription drug industry have successfully resulted in dangerous narcotics and other addictive drugs becoming more difficult to obtain. Although those efforts have resulted in fewer people becoming addicted to prescription drugs, it has not lowered the overall number of people who abuse drugs and alcohol. The …

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The Trend in Doctors Abusing Prescription Drugs

Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing substance abuse problem in the United States, with more and more people dying from overdose each passing year, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. What few people realize, however, is that physicians — the guardians of prescription drugs — often become the victims of abuse themselves. …

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Celebrities Who Have Died – Dead Rockers Club [ Video Infographic ]

Music is everywhere. We grow up listening to certain musicians that we can connect with, and their music becomes a part of our lives. We idolize them and feel as if we know them personally, even though most of the time we have never met them. But for some of our favorite stars, we’ll never …

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Why Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s Cocaine Admission Undermines Anti-Drug Efforts

Finally confirming rumors that have been swirling for months, Toronto mayor Rob Ford recently acknowledged using crack cocaine during a “drunken stupor” while serving in office. Although Ford has promised not to do it again, here is why his admission hurts anti-drug efforts. A Public Spectacle Ford, who has appeared in public on multiple occasions …

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Opiate Addiction: Is It a Mental Illness?

Opiates are addictive narcotic painkillers that come in legally prescribed and illicit forms. They are also dangerous, and opiate addicts currently suffer from the highest rates of relapse and overdose, according to National Institutes of Health. In the past, addiction professionals regarded substance abuse as a weakness of character rather than a mental health disorder; …

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