According to a study conducted by the Sunday Gazette Mail and West Virginia Public Broadcasting, There is a much higher liklihood that West Virginians will die from drug overdoses than in any other state.
Overdose is the leading cause of death in Virginia for adults under the age of 45. Higher than than car wrecks, heart attacks, or even cancer. That information has got police stepping up patrols to get the drugs out of the hands of drug dealers, and put those people behind bars.… Read the rest
Writing in the journal Diabetic Medicine (26:328-33) , diabetes specialists from St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney say GPs should accept that many if not most of their young diabetic patients will try recreational drugs and clinicians should have ‘a high index of suspicion’ for drug use as a possible cause of poor diabetes control or acute complications.
They say recent studies have shown that more than half of young people with diabetes who present with problems to hospitals have used drugs, the most common being cannabis and ecstasy.… Read the rest
Music has long been used as a coping mechanism. Some of the best songs and compositions come out of pain or love lost. But now music is being used in a new way. Music therapy is becoming a new way to help addicts overcome their addiction in an addiction treatment center.
It may sound like something new and experimental, but in fact, the effects that music have on the body is quite scientific.… Read the rest
Oxycontin is a prescription drug that is used for extreme pain. This is pain that is very serious; Oxycontin is normally seen as a last resort pain medication. It is used in patients who have cancer to curb pain and is usually used by prescription only and a doctor will closely monitor the patient. However, without a prescription Oxycontin is highly addictive and its use usually cannot be stopped without the help of addiction treatment.… Read the rest
When does casual drinking or drinking on the weekends become alcoholism? Alcoholism is a disease and can be very difficult to come to terms with. Something that starts out as some binge drinking in college can easily turn into alcoholism and affect your life negatively. Most people that do drink have abused alcohol. Whether you are using alcohol to binge drink or drinking to feel better about your life.… Read the rest
College is seen as a rite of passage. It’s the time where a young adult can break free from the restraints of their parents and figure out what kind of person they are on their own. And sometimes that person is the one that wants to drink heavily and do beer bongs. This is when school life can suffer and lead to dropping out. … Read the rest
If there is someone in your life who has an addiction, it can be a difficult decision to decide where they should get help. An addiction treatment center can be a costly drain on an addict’s family. According to the National Substance Abuse Treatment Services Survey, drug rehabilitation can cost around $7,000 a month.
And since addicts who stay in treatment longer have better success in staying sober, rehab can easily cost upwards of $10,000 to even $40,000, depending on the type of program and where it is located.… Read the rest
Scientists have identified a protein that appears not only to be central to the process that causes Parkinson’s disease but could also play a role in muting the high from methamphetamine and other addictive drugs or to treat depression.
In a paper published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Columbia University have shown that oct3, a protein that shepherds molecules into and out of cells, plays a critical role, bringing toxic chemicals to the doorstep of the brain cells that die in patients with Parkinson’s disease.… Read the rest
Marijuana is a big debate. Some people say it is totally harmless and less harmful then alcohol, which is legal. Others say that marijuana is a gateway drug that leads someone to do harder street drugs such as cocaine and heroin. Many say legalized marijuana would lead to more people in addiction treatment and resources stretched even further.
There has been a recent debate in the state of California, because the state is basically broke, that if marijuana was legalized it would help alleviate the state’s budget woes.… Read the rest
Drug rehabs can be as varied as the flavors of ice cream as Baskin Robbins. Drug rehab changes with the type of substance a person is addicted to, or what their medical insurance can afford. There are inpatient, outpatient and residential types of rehab. Some offer only detox, and others specialize in dual diagnosis treatment. This post will attempt to clarify the different types of facilities a person can go to get help.… Read the rest