Category Archives: drug addiction

In the News: Naloxone Can Save Lives

Lately there’s been a lot of discussion and news coverage of naloxone (also known as Narcan). This is a drug that can be administered to a person who has overdosed on opiates (derived naturally from opium) or opioids (synthetic opiates). … Continue reading

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The Connection Between Gambling and Substance Abuse

In a study conducted by researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital and published in September of last year, we learn of evidence that appears to draw a link between gambling addiction and substance abuse. Gambling is commonly included on lists of … Continue reading

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Beyond the World Cup – Brazilian Street Children and Inhalants

When the World Cup is held, the world seems to hold its collective breath. Unlike sports that are primarily American – football, basketball and, to a lesser degree, baseball – soccer truly is international. If this year is anything like … Continue reading

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Fourteen Rules When Dealing with Addiction

When you’ve got a loved one who is addicted, it seems like all the rules change. The ways you have learned to care about and be patient with them just don’t work any more. The problem is that it often … Continue reading

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The Most Common Signs of Substance Abuse

Have you ever heard of a “super-frequent user” in the context of medicine and health? Doctors and others in the field use that term to refer to those patients who they see all the time in the emergency room, specifically … Continue reading

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Synthetic Drugs are Not in the News, But They are Still Causing Overdoses

The news media seems to have moved on to other topics than synthetics, perhaps because of all the furor surrounding marijuana in so many states. But at the same time that synthetics fell off the front page, that criminal industry … Continue reading

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Glow Parties Newest Addiction Trend

Glow parties are one of the latest ways for young people to get out, cut loose and enjoy a good time. They’re especially popular among teenagers, with high school students across the nation hosting and attending these types of events. … Continue reading

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The 3 Gateways to Drug Addiction

It is very rare that a person tries heroin or cocaine as the first experience with drugs. Instead, most people who do try drugs have already been using a “gateway drug” for some time leading up to that point. A … Continue reading

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3 New Synthetic Drugs to Watch Out For

If you are a parent and are concerned about keeping your kids off drugs, you will of course be telling them not to smoke pot, not to inject heroin and not to snort cocaine. You might even be on the … Continue reading

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Fear: A Major Factor in Addiction

It may not seem like it to a person who has never been addicted, but fear is a big reason that the addicted stay addicted. The continuous presence of fear is a big part of what keeps them locked in … Continue reading

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