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Report shows sharp decline in number of opioid prescriptions filled in US

The overall number of opioid prescriptions filled by mail and retail-order pharmacies has seen an average decline of 8.9 percent across the U.S., according to reports related by a health data firm. The new report by the IQVIA’s Institute for Human Data Science showed the biggest drop of 12 percent in total doses of prescription […]

Weed Day: It’s all going to be smoke and weed at California’s 4/20 celebrations
04-20-18 Category: Marijuana

It’s once again time for the pot enthusiasts to have fun and frolic. It is the occasion when Americans will partake in celebrations marking the Weed Day on April 20. And for California, it will be a celebration unlike anything witnessed before – the day will commemorate the first ‘4/20’ – the unofficial Marijuana’s high […]

Patti Murin of Broadway’s ‘Frozen’ speaks about her struggles with anxiety
04-20-18 Category: Anxiety

“So last night I called out of the show because I had a massive anxiety attack in the afternoon,” read the Instagram post of Patti Murin that she wrote on April 18, 2018, alongside her photograph in the character of Princess Anna. American actress, singer and dancer Murin currently plays Princess Anna in the Broadway […]

Alcohol Awareness Month: Alcohol consumption can shorten life
04-19-18 Category: Alcohol

Now, even one alcoholic drink a day cannot be considered safe and healthy, as it can result in shorter life expectancies, says a recent study by the University of Cambridge. The study also urged countries to reconsider their drinking recommendations to not more than 100 grams of alcohol each week, and said that the current […]

Opioid crisis: Jeff Sessions introduces NPRM to cap drug production
04-18-18 Category: Opioid

Better information means better decisions, believes Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who just announced the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes to empower the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to limit the annual opioid production in the United States. This will be enabled by using the information available from the Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders […]

Long-term use of antidepressants makes it difficult to quit
04-17-18 Category: Depression

“It has put my life on hold,” said 19-year-old Dorothy (name changed) of San Francisco as she hunched over a study table, preparing herself to draw a drop of medicine from a vial with a little dropper. She has been adhering to this daily ritual of extracting miniscule doses of the antidepressant she was hooked […]

California legislators pass 10 opioid-related bills to curb crisis
04-13-18 Category: Opioid

In an effort to address the opioid crisis in California, a panel of state legislators have passed 10 opioid-related bills that would facilitate, among others, sharing of prescription records with other states in the country. Some 50 percent of the bills passed on April 10, 2018, would intensify monitoring activities, making it easier to track […]

California bill aims to fix prices for health care services
04-12-18 Category: Behavioral Health

With an eye on curbing the rising health care costs, California legislators recently introduced a bill that would fix the rates for doctor visits, hospitalization, and a host of other medical services in the state. The legislation, proposed on April 9, 2018, has attracted criticism from different stakeholders in the health care sector, and has […]

Fijian rugby legend Waisale Serevi struggled with dual diagnosis, reveals new book
04-11-18 Category: Dual Diagnosis

Renowned for his prowess on the field, Waisale Serevi – Fijian rugby legend and former coach – once suffered from poor mental health and substance use disorder, according to a new book titled “Waisale Serevi, The King of Sevens.” According to Nic Darveniza, the author of the book, life wasn’t a bed of roses for […]

Comedian Ruby Wax concerned over stigma linked to antidepressants
04-10-18 Category: Depression

American comedian and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax has expressed deep concern over the existing stigma associated with antidepressants, insisting that it is fine to give young people battling psychiatric problems the appropriate medications to cope with their condition. Wax, who herself has been grappling with clinical depression for years, admitted that she wouldn’t hesitate […]