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Opioid prescriptions impact neonatal abstinence syndrome

Neonatal abstinence syndrome is a serious disorder that can impact a pregnant mother and her developing baby. Neonatal abstinence syndrome is a series of complications that can occur in a newborn who was exposed to opiate drugs while in the womb. Symptoms can develop as the baby begins withdrawing...

Compulsive shopping: a behavioral addiction

Compulsive shopping is excessive spending behavior that leads to distress or impairment. People with a behavioral addiction to shopping are characteristically preoccupied with pre-purchase tension or anxiety and cannot experience a sense of relief until they are able to experience the spend and purchase reward. Studies show that 5.8...

The dangers of club drugs MDMA, GHB, Rohypnol and ketamine

Club drugs have become increasingly dangerous and popular since the early 1990s. High school and college students alike have easy access to club drugs such as MDMA, GHB, Rohypnol and ketamine. Many people are finding pill form drugs such as these online, at clubs, parties, raves, on the street...

Alcohol’s effect on thyroid functions and its connection to other conditions

Alcohol suppresses the thyroid functions by blunting thyrotropin-releasing hormone response. This causes a decrease of peripheral thyroid hormones during chronic alcohol consumption, as well as during withdrawal of alcohol. Studies show that the hypothalamo-pituitary axis is linked with the development and continuation of dependence of all chemical substances. (Koob,...

The repercussions of living with alcoholic parents

Alcoholism is a progressive disease that affects the entire family. Children learn much of their behavior from their parents, who have an incredible amount of power in leading their impressionable children by the example. Not every case is the same, alcoholic parents can be defined in varying magnitudes; many...

Ibudilast: curing meth addiction with a single pill

The medication ibudilast (MN-166) is currently going through a human testing trial to see if it could be used to curb cravings for methamphetamine. The medication has yet to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration though it has been a second testing phase of ibudilast and, if...

Identifying cocaine addiction

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 13 percent of all admissions to drug abuse treatment programs were attributed to cocaine abuse in 2007. The majority of users that seek out treatment for cocaine addiction also smoke crack cocaine.

Recognizing and treating teen substance abuse

A recent headline in the Chicago Tribune stated, “Park Ridge teen charged with drunk driving after crashing into squad car: police”. The squad car, a 2013 Ford Explorer, was struck near the rear of the vehicle, causing it to spin around and according to the police the alleged teen...

Treatment for drug addiction in and out of prison

Drug use is a national epidemic in the United States that leads to other addictions, violence, job loss and very often can also lead to incarceration, institutionalization and death. Approximately 60 percent of individuals arrested for different types of crimes test positive for illegal drugs at the time of...

The National Drug Early Warning System to report trends in synthetic drug use

Warnings regarding national health risks, such as those caused by synthetic drugs and potential outbreaks due to injected drug use and unsafe sex, have been provided via statistical health reports from the Community Epidemiology Work Group (CEWG) since 1976. These services have been a valuable resource to addiction experts...

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