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Amount of opioids prescribed In U.S. has been falling since 2010

Amount of opioids prescribed In U.S. has been falling since 2010

The amount of opioids prescribed in the United States peaked in 2010 and has been declining gradually since then. Still, the amount in 2015 is three times higher than at the turn of the century, they said.

July 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Do-it-yourself detox can be ‘Freddy Krueger’ scary — and usually fails

Do-it-yourself detox can be ‘Freddy Krueger’ scary — and usually fails

There are recovery and treatment centers that can help people quit using drugs. But this help can be expensive, and waiting lists for state and city-funded programs are often extremely long. So can detoxing on your own be the solution? In most cases, the answer is no.

July 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Prescription drugs — the changing face of addiction

Prescription drugs — the changing face of addiction

From the Mayo Clinic According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, addiction to prescription opioid painkillers is real. Of the 21.5 million Americans 12 or older who had a substance use disorder in 2014, 1.9 million had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain pills. Addicts aren’t just the stereotypical shady figures […]

December 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
As more women drink, some states take action

As more women drink, some states take action

By Christine Vestal Stateline As the holidays approach, state and local governments are gearing up for a predictable surge in drunken driving and emergency room visits related to binge drinking. Little has changed when it comes to America’s alcohol problem, with one exception: substantially more women are drinking compared to a decade ago, and a […]

December 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Fighting opioid abuse in Indian country

Fighting opioid abuse in Indian country

By Christine Vestal Stateline AUBURN, Washington — When Misty Jones looks back on her drug-using years, she sees a pattern. Since she was 18, she’s been having babies, using drugs, losing custody of her babies, and trying to quit drugs so she can get them back. Now 36 and in recovery from heroin addiction for […]

December 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
States move to encourage more addiction counseling

States move to encourage more addiction counseling

By Christine Vestal Stateline BALTIMORE — To Heaven Godley, a recovering heroin addict, the methadone treatment center he visits every day feels like home. “It’s my refuge,” said the 39-year-old Baltimore native. Godley’s treatment plan at REACH Health Services, one of 20 opioid treatment centers in Baltimore that provides methadone and other addiction medications, is intensive. He […]

November 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Many doctors treating alcohol problems overlook successful drugs

Many doctors treating alcohol problems overlook successful drugs

By Emma Yasinski Kaiser Health News As millions of Americans battle alcohol abuse problems each year, public health officials suggest that two often overlooked medications might offer relief to some. More than 18 million people abuse or are dependent on alcohol, yet a key study funded by the federal government reported last year that only […]

October 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
Amid opioid epidemic, states experiment with recovery high schools

Amid opioid epidemic, states experiment with recovery high schools

By Teresa Wiltz Stateline BOSTON — This summer, Melvin Matos did something that he never thought he would do: Graduate from high school. He’d started drinking at 14, and quickly moved on to pills and pot. By the time he turned 16, Matos could see where his life was heading — some of his buddies already […]

September 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Alcohol, medicines and aging

Alcohol, medicines and aging

From the National Institutes of Health MedlinePlus You’ve probably seen warnings on medicines about mixing them with alcohol. Doing so can cause nausea and vomiting, headaches, drowsiness, fainting, or loss of coordination. You can be at risk for internal bleeding, heart problems, and difficulty breathing. Alcohol can make a medication less effective or even useless, […]

August 31, 2016 | By | Reply More