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Suicide Spike Among Police, Farmers, Military and Teens

The second week in September is National Suicide Awareness Week, an annual awareness event sponsored by Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the federal Department of Health and Human Services. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and, sadly, the situation is growing more desperate. According to the […]




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GHB Addiction: Once an Anesthetic, Now a Club Drug of Abuse

First developed in the 1960s, GHB – gamma-hydroxybutyrate – has gone through quite an evolution. This central nervous system depressant originally held promise as a fast-acting anesthetic, but physicians quickly abandoned the drug because it has no painkilling properties and a tendency to cause seizures. In the 1980s, GHB reemerged as an over-the-counter fitness supplement […]




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What’s the Most Addictive Drug vs. the Most Dangerous Drug?

Amid the ongoing crisis of addiction in the United States, a popular topic of discussion is “what’s the most addictive drug” and “what’s the most dangerous drug?” Of course, the short answer is the most addictive drug is whatever hooks you and the most dangerous drug is, well, whichever one kills you. This may sound […]




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Unhappiness Solutions for the Happiest Countries in the World Happiness Report

Nordic countries, such as Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Sweden and others, routinely rank at the top of the list in the United Nation’s (UN) World Happiness Report, and 2019 was no exception. The six variables used for scoring by the UN in the World Happiness Report that support overall well-being are: Healthy life expectancy Social […]




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7 Myths About Mental Health Debunked

Public awareness surrounding issues of mental health has come a long way in the last 50 years. Organizations like the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) have helped fund research that’s generated knowledge about the biology of mental disorders, which in turn, has lead to advances in diagnoses and treatments. The very nature of mental […]




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Panic Attack vs. Anxiety Attack vs. Heart Attack

Though panic attacks, anxiety attacks and heart attacks are three very different things, it’s not always easy to discern the sometimes subtle differences in symptoms while in the midst of any one of these events. Seek immediate medical attention when experiencing sudden chest pain that spreads to other parts of the body, such as the […]




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Dry Drunk Syndrome : Sobriety Without the Relief of Recovery

Bodily injuries often require physical therapy during and after the healing process. The benefits of rehab are that a person experiences less pain, gets back some or all of their mobility and avoids further complications down the road. Forgoing physical therapy increases the risk of further injury. The same can be said about recovering from […]




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Opioids and the Brain: NIDA Researchers Use Brain Imaging to Study Addiction Treatment

Opioid addiction hijacks the brain’s normal chemical balance, making it nearly impossible for a person to feel pleasure, or even be functional, without the drug. Addiction essentially changes the structure and function of the brain. Now, researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) are using brain imaging to see if different medications – […]




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Sober Curious? A Hangover-free Lifestyle That’s Quickly Gaining Ground With All Ages

America’s booze-consuming culture is almost impossible to avoid. There are after-work drinks, drinks at professional networking events, drinks at office parties, drinks at regular parties, drinks with friends, drinks with family, drinks on a date, drinks before dinner, after-dinner drinks, drinks __________ (fill in the blank). There is now, however, a growing movement of “Sober […]




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Drug Deactivation Bags Dispose of Opioids & Prescription Medications

The epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose, largely a result of prescription painkillers, is still one of the country’s most pressing issues, though it might not always be in the headlines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that of the more than 70,000 drug overdose deaths in 2017 alone, 68 percent involved […]




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