Governor Hogan introduces tough legislations to counter Maryland’s opioid menace

January 25, 2017 in Addiction, opioids, Substance Abuse

To counter Maryland’s growing opioid addiction crisis, Governor Larry Hogan and Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford have outlined a package of anti-heroin proposals. The proposals, made on January 24, 2017, include limiting the ability of doctors to write opioid prescriptions, strict penalties for dealers who supplied deadly drugs and the creation of a new command center to coordinate authorities’ responses to the growing opioid crisis.

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 Michigan legalizes medical marijuana

January 19, 2017 in Marijuana, Substance Abuse, Treatment

New medical marijuana laws went into effect across Michigan in mid-December 2016. These laws centered around developing a new structure and set of business regulations pertaining to medical marijuana. While these laws will be effective somewhere in March 2017, the state will start accepting applications for state operating licenses from Dec. 15, 2017.

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 Early puberty linked to substance abuse

December 30, 2016 in drug abuse, Substance Abuse

Puberty is an important phase in an adolescent’s life where the body transitions into adulthood. An individual undergoes significant physical and psychological changes upon reaching puberty. However, in the last few years, it has been observed that American kids are hitting puberty at quite a young age.

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 MDMA: The drug of choice for many students in 2016

December 28, 2016 in Substance Abuse, therapy, Treatment

Drug abuse has become a major problem in the United States, leading to significant health issues, road accidents, incarceration rates, and increased the financial and work-related burden. The current drug addiction epidemic in America has been touted as the worst by some of the health care experts in the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlighted that nearly 10.2 percent of people aged 12 years and above abused any illicit drug in the past 30 days in 2014.

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 Effects of undergoing nicotine replacement therapy during pregnancy

December 26, 2016 in Addiction, Substance Abuse, Treatment

Cigarette smoking during pregnancy is one of the most preventable causes of infant and maternal mortality as well as morbidity. Smoking can seriously interfere with the pregnancy outcomes leading to placental previa, placental abruption, perinatal mortality, ectopic pregnancy, premature rupture of membranes, spontaneous abortions, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and preterm delivery. Every year, approximately 10 percent of the expectant mothers in the U.S. are estimated to indulge in smoking, exposing as many as 400,000 fetuses to nicotine and other obnoxious chemicals, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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 Understanding the relationship between cognitive dissonance and addiction

December 21, 2016 in Addiction, drug abuse, Drug Addiction, Substance Abuse

People sometimes struggle with an uncomfortable feeling, which stems from the fact that their actions are not in harmony with their beliefs. This destructive thought pattern, known as cognitive dissonance, comprising conflicting beliefs, attitudes and behaviors, can become overpowering when an individual does not have a strong reason to behave in a certain way.

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 Rising drug addiction among senior citizens in US

December 02, 2016 in Addiction, Drug Addiction, Substance Abuse

Drug addiction is commonly thought to be a problem of teens or adults. According to the Administration for Community Living, addiction is also impacting senior citizens in the United States who account for approximately 14. 5 percent of the country’s total population.

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 Holistic approach needed to fight addiction, says Surgeon General’s substance abuse report

November 23, 2016 in Addiction, drug abuse, Substance Abuse, Treatment

There has been a continuous increase in the number of substance abuse cases in the United States. Those suffering from substance abuse, however, often fail to get the required treatment due to the inability to get access to proper treatment, the shame and misunderstanding tied to these disorders and the lack of screening for substance use disorders (SUDs), says the recent report on substance abuse in America by U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy.

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 5 leading causes of drug addiction relapse in the US

November 18, 2016 in drug abuse, Drug Addiction, Substance Abuse

Relapse is the state in which an individual who had undergone the process of recovering from addiction to alcohol or drugs begins to abuse them again. Recovering from an addiction is a lifelong process and not something that can be accomplished in a few days. It demands a firm determination, dedication and commitment to ensure that the person trying to kick the habit does not go back to his/her old habits.

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 Physical therapies can help recovering addicts

November 03, 2016 in Addiction, Substance Abuse, Treatment

Recovery from addiction is a long-drawn process. While the patient can experience painful withdrawal symptoms, the prescribed therapies and medication can also add to the discomfort. The course of treatment may range from residential treatment to local support groups, behavioral therapy, psychotherapy and medication, depending on the severity of the addiction. However, studies recommend that every patient must do physical exercises to ensure proper and healthy functioning of the body and the brain.

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