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Support groups call for more treatment options to fight heroin addiction

Support groups call for more treatment options to fight heroin addiction

11-30 | Rachael

An estimated 2 million Americans are addicted to opiates, of which 600,000 to 900,000 are addicted to heroin, said Dr. Nachiyappan Manoharan of Bristol Hospital at a gathering of medical professionals to discuss heroin epidemic and its treatment options, at the Southington Public Library in October 2016.

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Marijuana can help reduce substance abuse and alcohol addiction symptoms: Study

Marijuana can help reduce substance abuse and alcohol addiction symptoms: Study

11-29 | Rachael

The supporters of legalization of marijuana have something to cheer about. As per a recent study by the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada, marijuana can help reduce substance abuse and alcohol addiction symptoms. Lead researcher of the study Zach Walsh, an associate professor of psychology and marijuana researchers at UBC’s Okanagan campus, said that […]

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Helping a loved one battle drug abuse

Helping a loved one battle drug abuse

11-25 | Rachael

Living with someone who abuses drugs or other substances can be challenging. However, efforts to reach out to such a person and extend support, if planned well, can prove not only to be lifesaving but highly rewarding.

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Tracing changes in marijuana legalization laws in Colorado

Tracing changes in marijuana legalization laws in Colorado

11-18 | Rachael

With an increase in the number of states in the United States legalizing marijuana for recreational and medical purposes, Americans’ access to marijuana is stated to reach an all-time high. On November 8, 2016, recreational marijuana was legalized in California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada and medical marijuana was legalized in Florida, Arkansas, Montana and North […]

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New victory for cannabis aficionados in Denver

New victory for cannabis aficionados in Denver

11-17 | Rachael

Denver citizens who voted in favor of the social use of marijuana are jubilant as the “Initiative 300” or Ordinance 300, a new Colorado State measure has been passed to allow public use of marijuana in specially designated areas, of private business establishments, with certain restrictions. Efforts are now being made to effectively implement it […]

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President-elect Trump brings in uncertainty for thousands of non-violent drug offenders seeking pardon

President-elect Trump brings in uncertainty for thousands of non-violent drug offenders seeking pardon

11-14 | Rachael

To reform the criminal justice system of the United States, the outgoing Obama administration, along with the nation’s bar associations, recruited thousands of legal professionals for the Clemency Project 2014. The job of the lawyers of the project was to screen the pardon applications of non-violent drug offenders before submitting them to the Office of […]

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Risk factors for drug addiction

Risk factors for drug addiction

11-11 | Rachael

Although drug addiction can happen to anyone, irrespective of sex, age or location, there are  factors that increase the chances of becoming addicted. Following are the risk factors for drug addiction: Family history: If there is a blood relative who is addicted to drugs, the chance of becoming addicted increases due to genetic predisposition. It […]

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Preventing drug addiction

Preventing drug addiction

11-02 | Rachael

Drug addiction is a worldwide problem. Many people begin using drugs for recreational purposes, however, the slide into addiction can happen quite quickly. Once a person becomes addicted to drugs it is extremely difficult to stop using them. Vulnerability to addiction is complex and there are various contributing factors. Many genes may influence addiction in […]

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