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Dangers of rising benzo prescriptions raise alarms of next drug crisis

Doctors are prescribing benzodiazepines, like Xanax and Ativan, at skyrocketing rates. But most don’t know about their debilitating, even deadly. When Christy Huff developed a painful eye problem that led to insomnia, her doctor had a common solution— Xanax. She took the medication as directed. One pill at night offered her some relief, but soon …

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The Overdose Epidemic and the “Astounding” Life Expectancy Drop

For the second year in a row, life expectancy in the United States has dropped.1 In 2020, the US experienced the largest drop life expectancy since World War II: 1.8 years.2 Now, life expectancy is yet another year lower, and declines in all individual 50 states. Declines differed significantly amongst race/ethnic groups. Although COVID-19 obviously …

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Mood Shifts Have Opposite Impact on Alcohol Cravings in Men and Women

A new study finds that mood shifts and exposure to alcohol-related cues contribute to alcohol cravings in opposite ways for men and women. Investigators at the University of Central Florida explored how attention to alcohol-related cues and the influence of mood and biological sex affects current cravings, by gathering data from 69 college student drinkers …

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Border Patrol agents seize $4.3M of fentanyl in Arizona

Border Patrol agents seize $4.3M of fentanyl in Arizona

Border Patrol agents seized more than $4 million in fentanyl along the Arizona border. Agents arrested two U.S. citizens and seized 340 packages of fentanyl pills near Gila Bend on Wednesday. The narcotics, generally considered lethal at just 2 milligrams, were discovered while conducting a vehicle stop along Interstate 8. During the stop, agents observed …

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What Happens When You Combine Alprazolam (Xanax) and Alcohol

Xanax is a brand name for alprazolam, a drug used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Xanax is part of a class of anti-anxiety drugs called benzodiazepines. Like alcohol, Xanax is a depressant. That means it slows down nervous system activity. Serious side effects of Xanax include: memory problems seizures loss of coordination Serious side …

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Which Substance Abuse Issues May Require Medically Assisted Detox?

Detoxing from certain substances under the supervision of medical professionals can help you navigate withdrawal safely. Withdrawal symptoms from substance abuse can be uncomfortable and even life-threatening in some cases. Medically-assisted detox seeks to soothe the physical symptoms of stopping the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol. Since it addresses the very real physical …

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Florida leaders announce “massive” effort to address opioid epidemic

TALLAHASSEE – As Florida grapples with nearly 2,000 overdose deaths so far this year, state leaders on Wednesday announced a “massive” effort to address opioid addiction in counties that need it most. The initiative, which includes Florida’s first statewide director of opioid recovery, is based on a pilot treatment program in Palm Beach County that …

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