Saturday May 18, 2013
Alcohol and drug use can progress into abuse and even addiction so insidiously that sometimes people do not realize that it has become a problem for them and those around them. The following self-assessment tests can help you determine whether or not it may be time to get help.
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Friday May 17, 2013
Randy Travis Sues Over DUI Video... Tommy Chong Backs Marijuana Legalization... Dylan Patton Arrested for Selling Cocaine... Former NFL Star Chuck Muncie Dies... 4th Bench Warrant Issued for Orlando Brown... Slayer's Jeff Hanneman Died of Cirrhosis... More... Read more...
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Thursday May 16, 2013
If you know someone who is a victim of domestic abuse, you may be reluctant to get involved, or you may hesitate to reach out because you don't know what to say. Here are some tips for trying to help someone who is a victim of domestic violence. Read more...
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Wednesday May 15, 2013
Called a "serious and growing public health and safety issue" by the NIDA, synthetic cathinones, commonly known as bath salts or fake cocaine, have produced adverse reactions in users across the nation. What are bath salts and what do they do to the body? Read more...
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Tuesday May 14, 2013
Vermont has become the 17th state to pass legislation reducing or eliminating the penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. The state legislature voted make possession of less than an ounce of weed a civil penalty similar to a traffic fine.
Small quantities of hashish were also decriminalized under the bill passed Monday. Read More...
Thursday May 9, 2013
The current medications approved to treat alcoholism are aimed at a goal of achieving abstinence and preventing relapse. But for those alcoholics who cannot or will not consider total, lifetime abstinence a new medication could help them cut back on their consumption.
Nalmefene has been found effective and safe for reducing alcohol consumption in a new study. Read More...
Wednesday May 8, 2013
Like other industries trying to protect their customers, hospitals should conduct random drug and alcohol tests on all their doctors, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. Doctors should also be tested immediately following an unexpected patient death, the journal said.
The healthcare profession should take a cue from other high-risk industries, the JAMA recommendation said. Read More...
Tuesday May 7, 2013
Law enforcement and public health officials, struggling with a way to crack down on the growing problem of drugged driving, may be encouraged by a new Swedish study of breath testing which could mean the development of a roadside breathalyzer test for illicit drugs.
One problem in dealing with drugged drivers has been finding a way to prove current intoxication, as breath tests can with drunk drivers. Read More...
Thursday May 2, 2013
The prescription drug abuse epidemic in the United States has begun to affect our children as a new national survey shows a 33% increase in prescription drug use by teens since 2008. Unfortunately, the experts say, parents may be playing a role in their teens' attitude about the non-medical use of prescription medication.
Parents can take a more proactive role in preventing teen drug abuse, health officials said. Read More...
Wednesday May 1, 2013
The government's goal of reducing teen drug abuse by 15% before the year 2015 is not being achieved and a lack of coordination between agencies could be partially to blame. Teen use of some drugs has decrease, but those decreases have been offset by the increase in marijuana and prescription drug misuse.
The government agency responsible for federal program accountability says there is too much overlap in prevention efforts. Read More...