Fentanyl, How Bad Is It?

How Bad Is Fentanyl? Fentanyl is an extremely dangerous synthetic opioid. Unlike some other opioids that occur naturally, it is man-made for the purpose of helping aid people suffering from extreme pain. It can be administered for recovery after surgery, during cancer treatments or for recovery after a painful injury. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) […]

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The Impact of the Proposed Republican Reforms to the Affordable Care Act

The Impact of the Proposed Republican Reforms to the Affordable Care Act Americans have gotten their first glimpse of proposed Republican reforms to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the news is not good for those who suffer from addiction and other vulnerable populations. The changes could make it impossible for many who currently have […]

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State Autonomy or Federal Negligence? Medicaid Cuts in the Fight Against Opioid Addiction

State Autonomy or Federal Negligence? Medicaid Cuts in the Fight Against Opioid Addiction State and federal governments pay deeply for addiction. One study conducted by researchers at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control estimates that the opioid addiction crisis has cost the United States more than $78 billion. The cost is staggering. As […]

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Opioid Addiction is Predictable and Potentially Avoidable if Physicians Change Screening Habits

Opioid Addiction is Predictable and Potentially Avoidable if Physicians Change Screening Habits Most people only use prescription opioids for a short period of time. According to a new study published in PAIN, The Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain, less than two percent of people prescribed opioid-based pain killers are still […]

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Punch Drunk: Six Factors That Influence Your Buzz

Punch Drunk: Six Factors That Influence Your Buzz Why is it that some people take one drink and get drunk, but others drink a lot more and don’t even seem buzzed? Many factors, including your age and how frequently you drink, can make a big difference in how alcohol uniquely affects you. And it’s important […]

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The Dangers of Opioid-Replacement Therapies: Continuing a Half-Baked Life

The Dangers of Opioid-Replacement Therapies: Continuing a Half-Baked Life Life on opioids is a cruel existence in which drug seeking, withdrawal sickness, and the constant specter of overdose are ever present. It is estimated that in the US, 2.1 million people are addicted to opioid painkillers and just under a half-million more are addicted to […]

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The Need for Service and Volunteerism

The Need for Service and Volunteerism Helping others inspires each of us to be more empathetic and think about people others than ourselves. Recently a teen in Hawaii worked with local politicians to create an edible garden, so that those who are hungry can pull food right from a public place and be satisfied with […]

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Does Addiction Recovery Require a Change in Consciousness?

Does Addiction Recovery Require a Change in Consciousness? The last ten days, I’ve been at conferences hosted by Yale University and the University of Helsinki. With my colleagues in the field of consciousness studies, we’ve been discussing change – in particular, how much change one can expect from addicts. Is addiction recovery a change of […]

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Prescription Painkiller Crisis

Prescription Painkiller Crisis According to researchers at Brandeis University, the University of North Florida and Johns Hopkins University, policymakers should focus on preventing new cases of opioid addiction caused by both medical and non-medical use and expand access to opioid addiction treatment. In a comprehensive investigation, the scientists show that since 2002, new cases of […]

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