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This mother drank while pregnant. Here’s what her daughter’s like at 43.

Kathy got pregnant when she was in 10th grade. Due to lack of awareness and education, Kathy drank heavily during her pregnancy. When her daughter, Karli, was born, the doctors said she was healthy. Kathy continued to drink during other pregnancies, and sadly, the babies passed away. At 43 years old, Karli has the developmental…

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Male and female drinking patterns becoming more alike in the US

“In the United States, and throughout the world, men drink more alcohol than women. But a recent analysis by scientists at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, indicates that longstanding differences between men and women in alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harms might be narrowing in…

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America’s Addiction to Opioids: Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse

Did you know that between 26.4 million and 36 million people worldwide abuse opioids? According to many sources, those who abuse opioids, or those who are using them for recreational purposes, are more likely to use heroin. Find the article here: http://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/legislative-activities/testimony-to-congress/2015/americas-addiction-to-opioids-heroin-prescription-drug-abuse

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Americans are Drinking Themselves to Death at Record Rates

“Alcohol is killing Americans at a rate not seen in at least 35 years, according to new federal data. Last year, more than 30,700 Americans died from alcohol-induced causes, including alcohol poisoning and cirrhosis, which is primarily caused by alcohol use.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/12/22/americans-are-drinking-themselves-to-death-at-record-rates/

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Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Brent served in the army for 6 years. After he returned home, he became dependent on alcohol to numb the pain of what he had seen and done during the war. Various aspects of his life were negatively affected by his drinking. Brent decided to get help from the VA to turn his life around….

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Gabapentin New Drug of Abuse?

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/855819?src=stfb

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Study finds 3/4 of high school heroin users started with prescription opioids

“Nonmedical use of prescription opioids (a.k.a.: pain-killers, narcotics) such as Vicodin, Percocet, and Oxycontin has become increasingly problematic in recent years with increases nation-wide in overdoses, hospital treatment admissions, and deaths. Use also appears to be contributing to heroin initiation, which has increased in recent years, as the demographics of users are shifting. Those previously…

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What Comes After Addiction Vivitrol, a drug designed to prevent heroin addicts from getting high, forces life into focus.

This is an interesting about “Gabriel’s” experience after he decided to become sober. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/12/vivitrol-heroin-blocking-drug.html#

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CVS To Sell Overdose Reversal Drug Without A Prescription In 12 More States

“Over 44,000 people die from accidental drug overdoses every year in the United States and most of those deaths are from opioids, including controlled substance pain medication and illegal drugs such as heroin,” Tom Davis, vice president of pharmacy professional practices at CVS, said in a statement. “Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to…

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Those in Their 50s Now Largest Group Battling Addiction to Narcotics: Study

“Older adults are now the largest age group seeking help in narcotic painkiller and heroin treatment programs, a study based in New York City found.” http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2015/11/25/those-in-their-50s-now-largest-group-battling-addiction-to-narcotics-study

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