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Alcohol Deaths Climb in England After Tax Decrease

There have been two thousand additional alcohol-related deaths in England during the time of 2012 to 2018. According to new research from the University of Sheffield's School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), these deaths can now be linked to the lower prices on booze and tax cuts. Why The Tax Cuts Caused More Alcohol

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The Benefits of Home Detox

Home detox is an option that many people would probably prefer to a detox center. Home detox services with medical professionals fill a vital treatment gap. After all, many people searching for a path to recovery try to get clean and sober on their own, without medical guidance. It seldom works. But many people don’t

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Buprenorphine is Under-Prescribed Due to Hurdles, Mistrust

Medication-assisted Treatment (MAT) can be a lifeline for those who are addicted to opioids and struggle with long-term cravings and short-term withdrawal symptoms. However, research by NPR shows that doctors and pharmacists mistrust the drug, resulting in few people seeking help with addiction gaining access to it. Doctors Have Little Incentive to Prescribe Buprenorphine Buprenorphine,

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Addiction Epidemic Fueled By Opioid Prescriptions

A new study proves that opiod prescriptions contributed to overdose deaths. When a family member received opioids, people in the household were more likely to overdose. The study provides more evidence that overprescribing opioid medication helped lead to the current drug epidemic that has claimed thousands of lives. The study, published by JAMA Internal Medicine,

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There is a Gene That Predicts Marijuana Addiction

Danish researchers have discovered a gene that raises the risk of marijuana addiction. The research encompassed studying thousands of people to uncover a potential genetic cause of cannabis-use disorders. The research discovered that people with cannabis-use disorders were more likely to have variants in their CHRNA2 gene, a gene which they say regulates nicotinic acetylcholine

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Is Compulsive Video Game Playing a Disorder?

Is compulsive video game playing an addiction? The World Health Organization says it is, and they’re adding it to the newest edition of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems or “ICD-11.” Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the WHO has added “Gaming disorder” to the 2022 version of the book, which is used

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Insys Found Guilty of Criminal Charges: Now What?

Last week, a federal jury found executives at a large opioid manufacturer, Insys Therapeutics guilty of bribing doctors to prescribe their fentanyl-based painkiller, Subsys, among other crimes including criminal racketeering. John Kapoor, the company’s founder, was found guilty alongside four other executives. Richard Simon, the former national director of sales; Sunrise Lee, former regional sales

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Can Vaping E-cigarettes Cause Seizures?

Can vaping e-cigarettes cause seizures? The FDA thinks it's possible. Vaping flavored nicotine is a relatively new phenomenon without case studies or long-term research into the effects. One thing we know is that nicotine is an addictive substance that can cause a lot of changes in the user, especially once they are addicted. Proponents in

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