Nicotine Withdrawal Induced Anxiety

Quitting smoking is quite challenging; successful abstention often takes years to achieve. Nicotine is highly addictive and socially acceptable, which makes quitting smoking and staying away from the nicotine that much harder. Developing new ways to treat the side effects of nicotine withdrawal could dramatically reduce nicotine relapse rates. New research has pinpointed the circuitry [...]

By | 2018-04-03T13:32:09+00:00 April 22nd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Better Understanding of Pain and Addiction

Prescription opioids are highly effective when it comes to managing pain, which makes the fact that these types of drugs are so addictive troubling. The most common drugs for treating pain are Vicodin (hydrocodone) and Oxycontin (oxycodone), two drugs which have a major role in the prescription drug abuse epidemic in America. While efforts to [...]

By | 2018-04-03T13:32:09+00:00 April 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New Rules for Medicaid Mental Health Parity

The Mental Health Parity Act was a law passed in 2008 which required insurance companies to provide the same level of coverage for behavioral health problems and substance abuse treatment as it would for a surgical procedure. On Monday, the Obama administration announced that Medicaid recipients, covered by managed care organizations or alternative benefit plans, [...]

By | 2018-04-03T13:32:09+00:00 April 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

One In Four Misuse Prescription Opioids

It is quite apparent that prescription drug abuse in America is out of control. A combination of over prescribing practices and a lack of oversight, has led to a prescription opioid epidemic and a subsequent scourge of heroin use. A review of 38 published studies, has found that almost one-fourth of opioids prescribed for chronic [...]

By | 2018-04-03T13:32:10+00:00 April 3rd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Teens Who Drink More Likely to Use E-Cigarettes

The growing popularity of e-cigarettes has created the need for more research on the products. In the last several years, with little regulation holding back the industry, the demand for the vapor devices has surged. Many are calling for restrictions to keep the products out of the hands of minors, as well as more research [...]

By | 2018-04-03T13:32:10+00:00 April 1st, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Increased Funding for Naloxone

The death rates from accidental overdoses from prescription opioid and heroin use in unprecedented, the need for increased access to the overdose-reversal medicine, naloxone, is great. Naloxone, if administered in a timely fashion, has the power to save countless lives. The Health and Human Services (HHS) department said that would increase federal funding for programs [...]

By | 2018-04-03T13:32:10+00:00 March 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Different Story About Addiction

From the first shots fired in the conflict on drugs in the early 20th Century, to the declaration of “war on drugs” by President Nixon in 1971, to the prescription drug epidemic crippling America today - a picture of addiction has been created in the minds of American’s that may require a jackhammer to reshape. [...]

By | 2018-04-03T13:32:10+00:00 March 25th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

DEA Issues Alert on Fentanyl

Across the United States there has been a rise in overdose deaths caused by heroin laced with fentanyl, a powerful opioid analgesic. In response, The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued an alert to all U.S. law enforcement through the multi-agency El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC). It may seem strange to lace a powerful drug [...]

By | 2018-04-03T13:32:10+00:00 March 20th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments