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‘Connect 2 Disconnect’ initiative targeting parents of teens to fight heroin and opioid abuse

In March 2017, David M. Hoovler, the district attorney (DA) of Orange County, New York, announced the launch of a new campaign called “Connect 2 Disconnect” which focusses on increasing awareness among teenagers’ parents regarding the dangers of using opioids. The objective of the campaign is to equip parents...

Mixing drugs can be dangerous to health

When the effects of drug addiction start showing up, the sufferer no longer cares for the type of drug that he or she is taking or what impact they might have in the long run. Such people do not even shy away from using deadly combinations of drugs to...

West Virginia Governor signs bill making opioid addiction education compulsory in schools

West Virginia Governor James Conley Justice Jr., signed a House bill recently that mandates schools in the state to incorporate opioid abuse education in the school curriculum. The new law would make it obligatory for local school boards to implement and conduct opioid awareness programs in schools, making it...

Sports and marijuana: Xavier’s Bluiett arrested for possession of pot

The recent arrest of Xavier Musketeers team memberTrevon Bluiett for the possession of marijuana is not the first incident of a sportsperson being booked for the possession of drugs. Many famous sportsmen in the past have got the boot for illegal possession of substances. Performance enhancing drugs have a...

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: Tips for safe disposal of prescription drugs

Various organizations, including some federal agencies, are taking a plethora of initiatives to quell the opioid epidemic rattling the United States. And the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, being observed on Apr. 29, 2017, is one such move by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to combat the problem.

Excess drinking by teenagers may impair cortical activity in brain

The effects of prolonged alcohol use are hazardous. Prior studies have identified the potential impact of incessant drinking including cirrhosis of the liver and increased risk of various kinds of cancer. A group of researchers aimed to study how prolonged use of alcohol can affect cognitive abilities and neurophysiological...

Senator Schumer calls for stringent border checks to curb drug inflow

Looking at the worsening opioid crisis in the United States, Senator Chuck Schumer from New York is advocating stringent border checks to combat cross-border smuggling of drugs. He is also insisting on hiring more border agents to strengthen the forces, and increasing the number of screening devices to detect...

Doctors in Massachusetts want safe place for people using illegal drugs

Many countries in the world have safe supervised injection sites to tackle the problems associated with drug abuse. However, the United States is severely lagging behind in this regard. The nation has hardly such facilities for drug users where they can inject drugs intravenously under the supervision of an...

Alcohol Awareness Month: Ways to support a partner during recovery from alcohol addiction

“Alcoholism and marriage are almost always a toxic mixture. Why? Because with time alcoholism gets worse, never better.”- Anonymous Living with a better half who has a drinking problem is not only traumatic but also tragic. It is quite painful to see a partner succumbing to the toxins of...

Causal factors for developing alcohol addiction

Constant drinking habits or the tendency to consume alcohol in excess may increase the risks of developing alcohol use disorders (AUDs). Addiction to any kind of substance including alcohol can pave way to negative consequences such as abusive behavior, loss of job, injuries, mental health disorders like depression and...

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