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COVID-19 Crisis May Help Trigger Addiction Relapse

The social distancing and isolation of the coronavirus pandemic may put people struggling with addiction at risk for relapse, an expert says. Feeling stressed, isolated and scared may drive them back to substance abuse, said Dr. Lawrence Brown Jr., CEO of the nonprofit START Treatment & Recovery Centers, New York’s largest independent drug treatment agency. …

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Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck Says He Has Been Taking Antidepressants Since Age 26

Ben Affleck is opening up further about his mental health. In the second part of an interview with Diane Sawyer for Good Morning America, which aired Friday, the 47-year-old actor and filmmaker reveals he has been taking antidepressants for more than 20 years. “I get depressed. I take antidepressants. They’re very helpful for me,” Affleck …

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Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines: The ‘Other’ American Drug Crisis

Experts call it ”our other prescription drug problem.”  Like opioids, it can kill and lead to addiction. “It” is benzodiazepine drugs, prescribed to help anxiety and insomnia. While the opioid epidemic has received much attention, the benzodiazepine problem has not, says Anna Lembke, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and chief of addiction medicine at the …

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Autopsy report says football player died of opioid overdose

Autopsy report says football player died of opioid overdose

Medical examiners say a Northern Arizona University offensive lineman died of an opioid overdose. Authorities found Malik Noshi unresponsive in his Flagstaff home on July 7. An autopsy report released Tuesday listed the cause of death as acute fentanyl intoxication and the manner as accidental. It also said Noshi had recently used cocaine and had …

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Benzodiazepine Addiction: Symptoms and Signs

Benzodiazepines belong to the prescription sedative class of drugs. Although benzodiazepines have a calming effect, they are highly addictive, and a person who abuses them faces a host of symptoms. Some of the physical, psychological, and behavioral symptoms of benzodiazepine abuse include: Weakness Blurred vision Drowsiness Poor judgment or thinking Doctor shopping Asking friends, family, …

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Signs of Xanax Addiction

Xanax (alprazolam) is a type of benzodiazepine, or central nervous system (CNS) depressant, prescribed to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Xanax comes with a high potential for addiction, even when taken as prescribed, because tolerance to benzodiazepines occurs quickly. Due to the increased risk for addiction, it is important to know possible signs of Xanax …

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