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Why Pet Therapy Can Improve the Road to Recovery

It’s difficult to measure the value of a good dog. Beyond mere anecdotal evidence, research suggests that dogs (and other pets) can help people come back from traumatic experiences, lessen symptoms of anxiety and depression and, yes, even be powerful allies in recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol. Hundreds of years of evolution and […]




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Driving Under the Influence – New and Improved Roadside Tests

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Traffic fatalities as a result of drug and alcohol use have unfortunately increased according to the presidential proclamation. “Last year, preventable alcohol-related driving fatalities accounted for nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities,” says the president’s report. With the holiday season upon us, and festive gatherings filling out everyone’s […]




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Alcohol Poisoning Versus a Hangover – Is There a Difference?

Most adults that imbibe socially, people who have the occasional drink with family and friends, or sometimes throw a few back with coworkers at the office party, are familiar with the morning-after hangover. Individuals struggling with alcohol dependence or alcoholism know the condition all too well. Alcohol poisoning, however, is a much more serious issue […]




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MDMA for Treating PTSD – FDA Approves Phase 3 Trials

To be clear, methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, known on the street as MDMA, molly, “E” or ecstasy, is an illicit and extremely dangerous “club” drug. Misuse can cause brain damage and even death. Because of its euphoric sensory effects, MDMA is popular on the music festival circuit, though rarely does a year go by without news of another […]




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Black Box Warning and Prescription Drugs

For many people, the phrase “black box” conjures images of emergency officials searching for a downed airplane’s flight recorder in hopes of discovering just what exactly caused the accident. There is, however, another type of black box. The Federal Food and Drug Administration, the agency responsible for approving medications for the public at large, also […]




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The Public Health Crisis of Addiction: Surgeon General’s Historic Step Forward

For the past 65 years, the American court and prison system is where the majority of people struggling with substance abuse and addiction end up. Of the nation’s 2.3 million prison inmates, more than half – 65 percent or 1.5 million – meet the medical criteria for substance use disorder and addiction, reports the National […]




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