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Fentanyl – A New Player in the Opioid Epidemic

Fentanyl, a new player on the streets hailing largely from Mexico and China, has killed hundreds of illicit opiate users since its use skyrocketed in 2013, according to NBCNews.com. Fentanyl Hits The Streets The Drug Enforcement Administration says it also poses a “grave threat” to first responders, law enforcement officers, including canine officers, Emergency Medical

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Energy Drinks and Alcohol

Energy Drinks and Alcohol It’s a dangerous trend that’s not going anywhere fast. In December of 2008 MillerCoors LLC agreed to remove stimulants such as caffeine from it’s popular drink known as Sparks. The courts agreed that combining energy drinks with alcohol encourages binge drinking and that Sparks packaging and marketing appeals to under aged

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Holidays for Recovering Alcoholics

While the holidays are meant to be the happiest time of the year for most people, they can often be the most difficult for those recovering from addiction. Every Thanksgiving meal and Christmas party is flowing over with holiday themed alcoholic beverages and people encouraging outrageous behavior. It can be difficult to re-learn how to

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Prescription Drug Addiction

“Right now we have more people that are dying from prescription opioids than cocaine and heroin combined,” said Robert Hill, a DEA special agent with years of experience on the front lines of the war. CNN reported on Adam’s story on Wednesday. Tragically, Adam passed away due to a prescription drug overdose. But Adam wasn’t

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Opioid Treatment Affected by New Bill

Opioid Treatment and How It Is Becoming More Available Since a New Bill Passed Congress The opioids bill, also known as the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA), was passed in Congress to give those who are addicted to drugs better access to treatment and rehabilitation rather than incarceration. Opioids or heroins are conceivably addictive

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Relationships and Addiction

Relationships and Addiction Being addicted to drugs and/or alcohol and being in a loving relationship are like putting a match to dynamite. The combination can be explosive and deadly to a relationship. The destruction doesn’t stop there†either but goes on affect children, parents, siblings and beyond. When recreational drug turns into addiction, the drug user

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Signs of Alcoholism

Knowing when, or if you’ve crossed over the line from moderate or social drinking to problem drinking can be a challenge. However, if you are drinking to cope with the difficulties in your life or maybe just to avoid feeling bad, you’re moving into potentially dangerous territory and could be at the tipping point. Alcoholism

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Sobriety During Halloween

Staying sober during Halloween while still enjoying the holiday can be just as difficult if not more than the coming holidays – Thanksgiving and Christmas. Halloween is full of hyperactive participants, costumes, and late night parties saturated with alcohol. Because adult Halloween fun is so deeply entwined with drinking as part of participation, it’s hard

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Substance Abuse and Effects On The Brain

Understanding Substance Abuse And Effects On The Brain The recreational use of any type of substance, legal or illegal, is done for one purpose, to cause an altered state. People seek different highs for different reasons. What most people do not realize is that regardless of what type of substance they are abusing, they all

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Teens and Drug Abuse

Whether we like it or not, alcohol and drugs are a realistic part of our American culture. Teenage culture is no exception. Knowing how to see the signs of drug and alcohol use, abuse and addiction is important for every parent and caregiver to know. Children are highly susceptible to peer pressure and their own

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