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To check addiction, experts urge clinicians to screen teens for vaping

The use of e-cigarettes is growing rapidly among teens, reinforcing the fact that vaping puts youths at a greater risk of nicotine addiction and of a potential damage to the mental and physical health. According to the 2015 National Youth Tobacco Survey (YTS) by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 5.3 percent […]

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Naltrexone can be good alternative treatment for opioid addiction, says study

Heroin and opioid addiction is a complex disorder that takes a toll on millions of Americans. The feel-good factor and the “high” associated with substance use make people overlook their negative consequences. However, when addicts decide to get clean, they should opt for treatment programs that can help them cope with cravings, avoid the substance, […]

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Religious beliefs influence drug-taking behavior of people: Study

A closer look at the lives of drug offenders often forces one to ponder why some people put their lives at risk by abusing drugs in spite of knowing the harmful effects. As religion often plays an important role in the behavior and lifestyle of people, spirituality too has been found to play a significant […]

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Teens with positive social interactions less likely to become addicts: Study

Teens and adolescents love to try alcohol and illicit drugs in spite of understanding their harmful effects on the body and the brain and, in the process, they become addicted to these substances. Studies have attributed substance addiction in teens to numerous reasons. The amount of alcohol consumed by teenagers and young adults is often […]

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs bats for alternative treatments for opioid abuse

America’s addiction to opioids stems from the problem of persistent pain that affects approximately 100 million Americans a year. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the U.S. spends an estimated $500 billion each year for treatment of pain. With the number of painkiller prescriptions rising over the years, the number of opioid overdose […]

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Importance of aftercare plans in addiction treatment sustenance

The life after rehab can be perilous with the transition from a completely controlled setting to the big wide world being mind-numbing. During the process of recovery in a rehab, they live in a protected and supportive environment free from any temptations to go back to the substance of abuse.

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Authorities need to step up measures to prevent addiction in prisons: Study

In the course of war against drug abuse, throwing addicts behind bars is not the end of the problem. There is definitely more to it than meets the eye. Even prisons are veritable dens of rampant drug misuse. Making prisons free from drugs and other illicit substances has been a perennial struggle of the authorities.

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Bath salts difficult to detect in biological samples: Study

Designer drugs, including synthetic cathinones, which continue to make headlines in the United States, refer to stimulants, hallucinogens or depressants that are produced in illegal laboratories. Sold as “legal” products such as bath salts, plant food or herbal products, these recreational drugs produce feelings of euphoria and alertness similar to the effects of amphetamines and […]

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Teen pregnancy and substance abuse: a ‘winnable’ battle

Teen substance misuse is a major problem in the United States resulting in the rise of pregnancies in teenage girls. Underage drinking and substance use plays a pertinent role in engaging in unprotected and unintended sexual activity, often resulting in untimely pregnancies.

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Do anti-drug PSAs really work?

Public service announcements (PSAs) have told the general audience how to dodge child predators and what to do in case of a fire, but the PSAs that were the most memorable were the ones about drug use. These PSAs tried to reach out through television to the millions of viewers who watched it between their […]

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