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Cocaine-Related Overdose Deaths Have a Dangerous National Spike

Cocaine is making a comeback and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fatal overdose deaths linked to the drug have surged. Derived from the coca plant, use of the addictive stimulant had seen a steady decrease in the past decade. The crisis of opioid addiction though, is fueling an increase in […]


Why are Seniors and the Elderly at Risk for Medication Problems?

Aging is not for the faint of heart, as the saying goes, and many elderly Americans find that growing old gracefully means sticking to a schedule of prescription medications.     The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that adults 65 and older make up 13 percent of the population, but adds that this demographic […]


Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome is Marijuana Induced Sickness

Laws permitting some type of marijuana use have been on the books since 1996, when California first legalized the sale and consumption of medicinal pot. Today more than 25 states allow for medicinal marijuana and among those, eight have legalized recreational marijuana. Generally speaking, advocates have argued marijuana use came with little to no negative […]


49 Dead as a Result of Drinking Bath Lotion in Russian State of Emergency

While the Russian government continues to dominate headlines in the United States, a quiet tragedy occurred late in 2016 to a community in the Siberian city of Irkutsk. Novo-Lenino, a neighborhood of Russia’s sixth largest city, is coming to grips with the deaths of 49 people that drank Hawthorn Lotion, a bathing liquid made with […]


Monitoring the Future Survey: Declining Rates of Teen Drug Abuse

The 2016 numbers are in and research shows yet another year of declining drug and alcohol abuse among eighth, 10th and 12th grade students. The caveat is marijuana use in these demographics, which spiked in 2015, has remained relatively stable. “Clearly our public health prevention efforts, as well as policy changes to reduce availability, are […]


Got Gout? Might be Time to Ditch the Booze

Known as “the disease of kings” or “the rich man’s disease,” Gout earned these monikers centuries ago. The painful condition generally afflicted monarchs and the wealthy classes of people that could afford diets rich in fatty meats, seafood, fine wines, distilled spirits and ales. As society evolved, these types of dietary indulgences got less expensive […]


The 21st Century Cures Act is a Bipartisan Miracle

Amidst news of the Trump administration transitioning into the White House and constant pundit chatter about a deeply divided country, President Obama signed The 21st Century Cures Act on December 13, 2016. The bipartisan effort is perhaps one of the most comprehensive pieces of legislation aimed at finding solutions for addiction and mental health disorders. […]