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By On March 14th, 2019

U.S. saw all-time high deaths from suicide, drugs, and alcohol in 2017

Deaths from substance abuse and suicide reached an all-time high in America in 2017 according to a troubling new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DCD) and the Trust for America’s Health and Well Being Trust. Throughout the year, more than 150,000 Americans died from drug use, alcohol, or suicide –…

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By On February 26th, 2019

When parents abuse opioids, their children are likely to follow in their footsteps

Parents who abuse prescription painkillers may be tempting their children to follow in their footsteps according to recent findings published in the journal Pediatrics. According to the report, American teenagers were 30% more likely to abuse prescription opioids when one of their parents also misuse the drugs. The findings are not particularly shocking, as research on…

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By On February 14th, 2019

Teen cannabis use tied to adult depression and suicidal thoughts in new study

Using marijuana as a teen may increase a person’s chance of developing depression as an adult, according to a new large-scale study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. The study comes shortly after the introduction of legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana across the country and while cannabis remains the most popular drug for teens.…

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By On November 26th, 2018

MRI scans reveal “hot spots” of activity in the brain of those with substance abuse issues

While we all understand the broad strokes of substance abuse, many of the finer details about how addiction forms and functions have escaped even the most talented researchers. However, new research published in the journal Translational Psychiatry could help us understand the mechanisms beneath substance dependence and find new targets for treatment. As the report…

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By On January 23rd, 2018

Tom Petty’s death ruled an accidental opioid overdose

Tom Petty is one of the latest high-profile victims of America’s opioid crisis, according to the rock star’s autopsy results released over the weekend. Los Angeles County coroner spokesperson Ed Winter confirmed that Petty died of an accidental overdose of opiates at the age of 66 in October of last year. Coroners found a mixture…

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