Addictive Drugs

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Impact on the Elderly Population

Persons over the age of 65 are at the greatest risk for adverse effects from benzodiazepine drugs like Ativan (lorazepam) or Xanax (alprazolam), Klonopin (clonazepam), Valium (diazepam), Librium (chlordiazepoxide) and Tranxene (clorazepate dipotassium). Despite heightened risks, this age group remains the second highest prescribed group of benzodiazepines, with 8.9% of the elderly population prescribed them …

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New Opioids Called Nitazenes May Be 20 Times Stronger Than Fentanyl

A potent synthetic opioid class called nitazenes has been discovered after people overdosed on them. The nitazene class of medication was created over 60 years ago as a potential pain-relief medication, according to the WHO. Medical experts say this opioid may be up to 20 times more powerful than fentanyl. Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, …

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On May 10, we are raising public awareness about the growing fentanyl public health crisis. People are dying at alarming rates due to illegally made fentanyl, a dangerous synthetic opioid. Get the facts and share them widely.

National Fentanyl Awareness Day

On May 10, we are raising public awareness about the growing fentanyl public health crisis. People are dying at alarming rates due to illegally made fentanyl, a dangerous synthetic opioid. Get the facts and share them widely. Read the full article Share Follow Us Facebook Twitter Linkedin Youtube

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What is the timeline for alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

Alcohol withdrawal refers to a condition that may occur when an individual with alcohol use disorder suddenly stops or significantly reduces their alcohol consumption. A person may notice initial symptoms after a few hours that could last for up to a week or longer. Individuals with alcohol withdrawal syndrome may experience nausea, anxiety, extreme fatigue, …

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Pandemic Brought Surge in Fatal Drug Overdoses in U.S. Teens

Drug overdose deaths among America’s teens have skyrocketed during the pandemic, and not because drug use is more common, researchers report. In 2020, overdose deaths among adolescents nearly doubled, compared with 10 years before the pandemic. They rose another 20% in the first six months of 2021, a new study finds. “Teen drug use rates …

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DEA sounds alarm: At least 7 mass incidents of fentanyl overdoses nationwide since January

U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Administrator Anne Milgram is sounding the alarm about a rise in fentanyl-related mass overdose deaths. In a memo issued to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, she states, “The DEA is seeing a nationwide spike in fentanyl-related mass-overdose events involving three or more overdoses occurring close in time at the …

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Signs and Symptoms of Addiction

Whether the substance involved is crack cocaine or alcohol or a behavior such as gambling, the common denominator of all addictions is continued use despite the development of negative consequences—whether to self, relationships, finances, school or work performance—and the inability to control use. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which shuns the …

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Drug and Alcohol Relapse Rates Spike 150% during the Holidays

The holidays are a time for people to rejoice and relax. “However, for individuals in recovery from an addiction to alcohol or drugs, it can be a trying time,” said Indra Cidambi, M.D., a pioneer in addiction treatment. Consequently, relapses are more frequent. At Center for Network Therapy (CNT) pre-holiday re-admit rates (of past patients) …

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