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Staying Sober During Thanksgiving

Posted November 21, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Every year, families throughout The United States gather together for one meal – but its not just any meal, it’s Thanksgiving Dinner! Whether your aunt and uncle drove in for just a few hours, or you are traveling up to your parents house for the entire week, people from all over make the effort to… [Read More…]

Johnny Depp’s Questionable Behavior Raises Eyebrows

Posted November 21, 2014 at 5:20 pm

For over three decades, Johnny Depp has transcended the silver screen and reached the hearts of millions of people throughout the world. He is, without a doubt, one of the most beloved actors to ever grace Hollywood – and his repertoire of films continue to draw in new fans on a regular basis. As much… [Read More…]

What’s Really Causing Teens to Abuse Drugs and Alcohol?

Posted November 21, 2014 at 5:19 pm

It doesn’t come as a surprise to hear that teenagers, despite the education that has been put forward through the media and in schools, are still experimenting with both drugs and alcohol. This experimentation is often chalked up to be because of peer pressure or problems at school and/or at home. However, a new study… [Read More…]

How Hip-Hop is Influencing Mental Illness

Posted November 14, 2014 at 6:29 pm

The genre of hip-hop, including everything from beats and lyrics to fashion and language, has undoubtedly aroused controversy since its birth over 40 years ago. Many times, hip-hop is entangled in public scorn and negative stigma, however mental health professionals out of Cambridge University are rapping to a different beat. In an article published in… [Read More…]

An All-Too-Common Path for Today’s Veterans

Posted November 14, 2014 at 6:28 pm

With Veterans Day occurring earlier in the week, people from all over the country were encouraged to remember the brave men and women of The United States of America and honor them for their service. This holiday often holds a special place in the hearts of many – especially those who have seen loved ones… [Read More…]

WHO Backs Naloxone to Save 20,000 Lives

Posted November 7, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Those who are following the growing prescription drug and heroin epidemics are familiar with the life-saving injectable drug known as naloxone. For a few years now (specifically more recently), first responders such as firefighters, paramedics and police officers have been equipped with injectable naloxone to utilize in the field. Naloxone works by reversing the effects… [Read More…]

Drug Abuse Skyrocketing Amongst Older Individuals

Posted October 10, 2014 at 1:25 pm

For many older individuals, their primary focus is often consumed by topics such as retirement, financials, grandchildren, and so on. However, for millions of people within this age range, all of those topics are put on the backburner, as they are preoccupied with substance abuse instead. It is estimated that 2.8 million middle-aged and older… [Read More…]

Specific Teens More Likely to Abuse Drugs and Alcohol

Posted October 10, 2014 at 1:24 pm

One of the primary concerns that many parents have is that their children will develop a drug and/or alcohol abuse problem – and rightfully so. The pre-teen and teenage years are known to be a time of self-exploration and experimentation, and also a time where issues such as peer pressure and self-esteem are daily struggles…. [Read More…]

Failures in Suicide Prevention

Posted October 3, 2014 at 4:57 pm

The death of Robin Williams sparked shock, upset, and emotional turmoil in people throughout the world. How could someone who was so full of life take that very life? Since then, the topic of suicide and its prevention has made headlines left and right. Questions of what symptoms are associated with suicide, who can struggle… [Read More…]

New Developments on Schizophrenia – and its Connection to Addictive Behavior

Posted September 26, 2014 at 9:48 pm

“Genes don’t operate themselves,” said Dr. C. Robert Cloninger. “They function in concert much like an orchestra, and to understand how they’re working, you have to know just who the members of the orchestra are and how they interact,” he said. Cloninger is a senior author on a recent study conducted by Washington University in… [Read More…]

Expanding Legalized Marijuana

Posted September 19, 2014 at 5:35 pm

It has been a busy year for the marijuana industry, especially in places like Colorado, who kicked off the New Year by legalizing marijuana. Since then, Washington State has followed in their footsteps, and even more states are looking to do the same. Now, Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia are allowing voters to… [Read More…]

Johns Hopkins Finds Success in Use of “Magic Mushrooms”

Posted September 19, 2014 at 5:34 pm

While rates of smoking cigarettes have dramatically decreased over the years, there are still millions of people who have been left addicted to nicotine. Many of these individuals have tried nearly everything to put an end to their habit, including going to measures such as chewing gum, taking prescription medications, receiving hypnotherapy and so on…. [Read More…]

How Significant Was the Marijuana in Michael Brown’s System Prior to His Death?

Posted August 29, 2014 at 7:25 pm

It was determined that Michael Brown, the African-American teenager shot dead by a Caucasian police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, had marijuana in his system at the time of his death back on August 9th. His death has sparked outrage amongst citizens all over the country and especially in Ferguson – so much so that riots… [Read More…]

Mental Illness in Children Increasing – Will Drug Abuse Increase, Too?

Posted August 22, 2014 at 5:04 pm

According to a recent study published in the online issue of Pediatrics, the rates of childhood mental health disabilities have dramatically increased over the past 10 According to a recent study published in the online issue of Pediatricsyears. Between 2001 and 2011, researchers asked parents to complete surveys that specified if their child had a… [Read More…]

Dangers of Depression

Posted August 15, 2014 at 3:52 pm

In light of the untimely and unfortunate passing of Robin Williams, many people have been reading up on depression – and the many causes, symptoms, and dangers behind it. For starters, it is important to know that there are many different types of depression. The most common types include: Chronic Depression Atypical Depression Bipolar (Manic)… [Read More…]

An Amendment to the Controlled Substances Act?

Posted August 1, 2014 at 3:14 pm

First passed in 1970 by President Nixon, the Controlled Substances Act changed the way the country handled drugs. From that moment on, the federal government took control of manufacturing, importing, possession and distribution of widely abused substances like cocaine, heroin, prescription drugs – and you guessed it – marijuana. A substance that was once glorified… [Read More…]

Stigma of drug abuse

Posted July 25, 2014 at 6:02 pm

One of the main issues circling drug abuse in The United States is stigma – stigma that drug abuse is a choice, stigma that people can just “quit” using, and stigma that those who abuse drugs are poor, uneducated, ignorant and unsuccessful. These are not new issues by any means, and as we continue to… [Read More…]

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