RICO’s Safe Passage Program helps patients fight opioid addiction, stay out of jail

February 09, 2018 in opioids

To deal with the growing fatality caused by opioid overdose, Rock Island County (RICO), Illinois has adopted a new way involving various police departments. The sheriff’s office, along with various police departments, is planning to work in collaboration with local treatment centers and help individuals struggling with addiction in RICO. The Safe Passage Program, as it’s called, will help thousands of addicts trudge safely through their recovery with the help of volunteers.

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 Former rugby player John Tobin confesses role in Australia’s biggest drug haul

February 05, 2018 in drug abuse

Former rugby player John Tobin has pleaded guilty for being a part of one of the biggest illegal drug busts in the Australian history that happened during Christmas last year. The 58-year-old first-grade player was charged for his involvement in the alleged syndicate responsible for trafficking cocaine from Chile to Australia using a vessel temporarily moored at Sydney Fish Markets’ public wharf.

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 Arrest of comedian Artie Lange highlights the magnitude of drug addiction

January 19, 2018 in drug abuse

The life of renowned American comedian and actor Artie Lange has been a rough ride filled with numerous episodes of addiction and relapse. In 2017 alone, he was arrested twice for possessing drugs and once for missing a court date in December. He has witnessed numerous relapses and two suicide attempts due to his constant battle with drug addiction. He has attributed his problems at work to drug addiction.

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 Drug traffickers using innovative ways to evade border security

January 10, 2018 in Addiction, Blog, Drug Addiction, Substance Abuse

Even though the United States spend billions of dollars to stop illegal drugs coming in from the Mexican border, traffickers have been exploiting the weak spots in the customs and immigration system. Drug cartels are now using innovative methods to carry on their business after the federal government started using drones, sensors, cameras and other technologies to curb the illegal activity on the border.

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 Famed cyclist Chris Froome fails drug test; claims to have stayed in limits

January 04, 2018 in Addiction

In recent times, a number of celebrities like Brad Pitt and Lady Gaga have grabbed limelight not for their talent but for their addiction to substances like drugs and alcohol. In fact, substance abuse is quite prevalent across all domains of life, ranging from cinema to sports. While the common masses are yet to accept the harsh truths shared by these celebrities, another esteemed name was added to this long list recently.

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 Manufacturing of more potent drugs on rise

December 22, 2017 in Addiction

According to a study led by Mahmoud A. ElSohly, a professor of pharmaceutics at the University of Mississippi, marijuana is stronger now than it was 20 years ago. The researchers tested around 38,681 samples of illegal marijuana seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the United States over a 20-year period.

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 How US became world’s biggest consumer of opioid painkillers

November 08, 2017 in opioids, Substance Abuse

The United States, with a population of over 326 million, is home to more than 4.3 percent of the world population. And just like its gross domestic product (GDP) which is the highest in the world, the nation is also the top consumer of opioids. As per an estimate, the U.S. accounts for approximately 25 percent of the drug-related deaths worldwide, including overdose deaths driven mostly by opioids.

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 Staying sober during Thanksgiving

October 24, 2017 in Addiction

With Thanksgiving around the corner, people across the United States are looking forward to get-togethers, sumptuous meals and much more. This is the occasion when we look forward to spending quality time with families and friends, and unwind. However, for someone in sobriety, this could be a trying time looking at the way people indulge in drinking and recreational drugs to relax and enjoy.

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 long-term effects of cocaine on key organs

October 17, 2017 in Addiction

Despite some legal medicinal use as a pain reliever and vasoconstrictor, cocaine – a highly addictive central nervous system (CNS) psychostimulant – remains a Schedule II controlled substance due to a high potential for abuse and subsequent addiction.

For most people, cocaine is a popular recreational drug widely abused for its euphoric effects. Moreover, it has been portrayed as a party drug consumed by the rich and the famous. In reality, the adverse impacts of cocaine extend to all sections of the society, especially after the comparatively cheaper crack cocaine entered the market. One can understand the growing menace of cocaine by the fact that ‘crack’ cocaine is enlisted among the most addictive substances in the world.

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 Taking on the parenting role during recovery from addiction

October 05, 2017 in Addiction, Substance Abuse, therapy, Treatment

Life in recovery from an addiction is full of challenges of various intensities. One such challenge is to maintain and rebuild relationships, including that with children. Parenting during early recovery needs a lot of balancing act as the person might have to devote a lot of time in aftercare. In addition, a parent might grapple with guilt feelings and face the wrath and indifference from children.

During recovery from drug addiction, a person can navigate through parenting by restoring children’s trust and nurturing a strong bond with them. Listed below are some important strategies that can help a parent during recovery:

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