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Highlights 2017: Tracing Trump administration’s key 2017 health care policy announcements

The year 2017 was a tumultuous year with regard to health care reforms in the United States. In July 2017, the seven-year Republican endeavor to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) failed in the Senate due to lack of a suitable replacement. Many termed this effort a “skinny repeal.” After numerous failed attempts, in September […]

Researchers explore drug therapy to overcome meth addiction
12-28-17 Category: Substance Abuse

Methamphetamine or meth, a Schedule II drug, is associated with a high degree of physiological and psychological dependence. Considering its highly addictive properties, researchers across the globe are striving hard to find ways to overcome its addiction. One such study looked into the impact of medications like Prozac in progressively decreasing the reward effects of […]

Early intervention helps prevent potential consequences of mental illnesses, says report

All of us know how routine medical checkups and general awareness about diseases can help in early diagnosis of a physical illness, increasing one’s chances of recovery. Similar to any physical illness, early detection of mental disorders can also help an individual seek timely treatment that can help prevent the potential results of mental illnesses […]

Couple arrested for using drone to sell fentanyl and meth
12-27-17 Category: Addiction, Substance Abuse

Drug dealers are turning to new and ingenious means for selling their contraband – catapults, narcotic-submarines and banana containers. Lately, drones have emerged as an excellent means of selling drugs to customers. They are handy and can be remotely controlled to deliver drugs to the destination. A Riverside couple, Benjamin Paul Baldassarre (39) and his […]

Highway patrol officer killed on Christmas Eve by youth driving under influence of alcohol and weed
12-27-17 Category: Alcohol, Alcohol Abuse, Marijuana

In yet another incident of driving under the influence (DUI), a young California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer was killed by a 22-year-old man who was allegedly driving under the influence of weed and alcohol on Christmas eve. Andrew Camilleri Sr. (33) was sitting inside his patrol vehicle parked near an on-ramp to Interstate 880 in […]

Christmas isn’t all about drinking
12-22-17 Category: Alcohol, Alcohol Abuse, Alcohol Addiction

After several months of treatment at a local rehab and painstaking efforts to break free from alcoholism, 23-year-old Greg (name changed) thought he had finally won the battle. But he had not imagined that his recent breakup with his high school sweetheart would make it tough to handle the surge of negative emotions, especially at […]

It is never easy to deal with a serious mental disorder or an addiction. Imagine the plight of a person struggling with both, most likely unaware of at least one of these problems. It is, therefore, always challenging to treat patients suffering from dual diagnosis – the condition which involves concurrent symptoms of a mental […]

Prescription drug abuse among seniors is invisible epidemic in US
12-18-17 Category: Depression, Drug Abuse, Substance Abuse

Developing an addiction to a prescription medication with the passage of time is not something unheard of. But, the effects of such an addiction on Americans over the age of 65 can outweigh the impact of any drug dependence widespread among younger adults. Experts say that the likelihood of an elderly succumbing to the adverse […]

Abuse of sedatives and tranquilizers a precursor to future drug use, finds study
12-18-17 Category: Addiction, Addiction Treatment, Alcohol

Misusing sedatives or tranquilizers could lead to the future abuse of more dangerous substances, suggested a recent study by researchers from the University of Michigan School of Nursing’s Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking and Health. The researchers analyzed national data of more than 35,000 American adults during their first one-year period, referred […]

DEA busts San Fernando Valley-based heroin ring making $250,000 each week
12-15-17 Category: Addiction, Substance Abuse

After a series of raids across several counties in California, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Dec. 13, 2017, busted a multi-million dollar heroin ring that operated out of the San Fernando Valley, earning nearly $250,000 a week. According to authorities, the ring was highly sophisticated and functioned like a pizza delivery business, distributing packages […]

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