St. Patrick’s Day drinking can lead to binge, blackout

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Every year, St. Patrick’s Day brings festive celebrations filled with shades of green, shamrocks, leprechauns, and drinking–lots of drinking. Many revelers throw one (or more) back to honor the patron saint of Ireland on March 17, a day that is now the fourth-largest drinking holiday in the US after New Year’s, Christmas, and the Fourth […]

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Opioid Overdoses Continue to Rise in 2017

Heroin and Fentanyl overdoses are on the rise in Ohio

For many people, a new year symbolizes new beginnings and habits. But for some addicts in Ohio, 2017 has meant a rise in deaths for those still struggling with opioid abuse. In February, The New York Times reported the Dayton, Ohio, coroner’s office handled 25 deaths—18 deaths were from drug overdoses. In January, the same […]

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Pet Meds Can Fuel Opioid Addiction

Drug addiction is driving some people to use pet meds for themselves, authorities say. Ketamine, tramadol, and Valium are some of the drugs they seek out from veterinarians, who prescribe the medicine to help the animals in their care. “They’ve gotten very sophisticated in how they obtain drugs and go about their activities,” said Jim Arnold, chief […]

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Rehab Myths That May or May Not Be True

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The idea of walking into a treatment center to get professional help for a drug or alcohol addiction can be numbing for some people. The desire to get better may be overwhelmed by the “what if’s” and other questions as they grapple with the unknown. And it doesn’t help that the battle going on in […]

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Consider an Out-of-State Rehab and Go to Palm Beach Institute

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For people struggling with substance abuse, enrolling in any drug treatment program is a big step, and even more daunting if it’s at an out-of-state rehab. An addict may find themselves in a place where they know no one, everything seems expensive, and their initial thought is, “I want to go back home.” Even so, […]

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Six Disturbing Facts About Carfentanil

Carfentanil, a powerful elephant tranquilizer, has recently been found in trace amounts in illegal drugs, most commonly heroin. The potent drug has been linked to a spike in drug overdose deaths in the past year. Here are some carfentanil facts that illustrate why law enforcement officials and healthcare professionals are concerned that carfentanil-laced drugs will […]

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Sex, Drugs, and Ozzy: Opiate Abuse Up Among Baby Boomers

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As the general US adult population ages, more people will find themselves battling addiction in their golden years. Who the “typical addict” is and what he or she looks like is rapidly changing, and the issue is far more complex than older people using their post-retirement free time just to get high. It is estimated […]

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Crackland Olympics: Gang Run Brazil and the Crack Plague

As the 2016 Olympics continues to proceed, pregnant women are smoking crack in Rio de Janeiro. Children are drug dealing, trafficking, and holding assault rifles in the favela—a Brazilian shantytown or slum. Gangs are running the streets and the city with police control having little to no effect on bringing order. This is a day […]

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