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Underage Drinking: What You Should Know

Underage drinking is a serious public health problem in the United States. Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among America’s young people and poses enormous health and safety risks. During summer break with BBQs, parties and more free time, it’s an important time to talk with your teens about alcohol. At what age…
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July 31, 2016 0

Studies Suggest Parents Can Play Important Role in Preventing Teen Drinking

  Two new studies suggest parents can play an important role in preventing teens from drinking, NPR reports. One study in the journal Prevention Science finds parents who set effective and strict alcohol-related rules, while maintaining a warm and supportive family environment, reduce the risk of binge drinking in their teens. In the second study…
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July 17, 2016 0

Senate Passes Bill Aimed at Combating Opioid Addiction; Obama Will Sign It

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a bill aimed at combating opioid addiction. The White House said President Obama will sign the legislation, Reuters reports. The measure, called the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), passed 92-2. The U.S. House previously approved the bill. CARA aims to help communities develop treatment and overdose programs,…
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July 17, 2016 0

Nearly 10 Million Americans Say They Misused Opioid Medications in 2012-2013

Almost 10 million Americans say they misused opioid medications in 2012-2013, according to a new study from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Nonmedical use of prescription opioids more than doubled over a 10-year period, the study found. The researchers found in 2012-2013, 4.1 percent of the adult population misused prescription opioids,…
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June 26, 2016 0

Heroin’s Back

If you’ve seen the news lately, you may have noticed that heroin is back in a big way. Communities across the country – regardless of geographic location or economic status – are experiencing an alarming uptick in deaths related to heroin overdose. So why is this happening? Why are so many teens becoming addicted to heroin in…
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June 26, 2016 0

Fatal Drug Overdoses Play a Role in Rise in Accidental Deaths

The rate of accidental deaths in the United States is rising, fueled in part by the opioid painkiller and heroin epidemic, according to a new report by the National Safety Council. The report found poisonings, largely from drug overdoses and prescription opioids, are the leading cause of preventable death among adults ages 25 to 64.…
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June 14, 2016 0

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Linked to 30% Drop in Opioid Prescribing

States that use prescription drug monitoring programs have seen a 30 percent decrease in the rate of prescriptions written for opioid painkillers, a new study finds. “This reduction was seen immediately following the launch of the program and was maintained in the second and third years afterward,” the researchers wrote in the journalHealth Affairs. NBC…
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June 9, 2016 0

Overdose Antidote Naloxone Becoming Easier to Buy in Most States

The overdose antidote naloxone is becoming easier to buy around the country, theAssociated Press reports. Most states have passed laws allowing people to buy naloxone without a prescription. Drugstores and other retailers are also making it more easily available. Until recently, naloxone, sold as Narcan, was available mostly through clinics, hospitals or paramedics and other…
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June 9, 2016 0

Many Hip and Knee Replacement Patients Take Opioid Painkillers Months After Surgery

Many patients who have undergone knee or hip replacement surgery are still taking prescription opioid painkillers up to six months after the operation, a new study finds. Some patients continue to use potentially addictive pain medications even though their hip or knee pain has improved, the findings suggest. The study also suggests persistent opioid use…
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June 2, 2016 0

In Fight Against Opioid Addiction, Congress Focuses on Treatment, Not Restricting Access

Congress is focusing on expanding treatment for opioid addiction instead of restricting access to painkillers in its efforts to address the opioid epidemic, The New York Times reports. Legislators seem to be willing to allow opioid prescriptions to remain widely accessible, the article notes. The U.S. House, after overwhelmingly approving 18 bills last week aimed…
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May 22, 2016 0