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Can alcohol serve as a gateway drug?
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People abusing alcohol never see addiction coming. The malaise creeps up on them after a few bouts of indulgence. While leisure drinking can make some people hooked on alcohol, others may get caught unawares in the seductive glitz of trendy alcoholic beverages. Depending on one’s personal tolerance levels, it could take some days to a […]

Amazonian psychedelic drug can treat depression and alcoholism, finds study
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Ayahuasca, a powerful plant-based psychedelic potion brewed by indigenous South American tribes in the Amazonian region, could be the key to treating alcoholism and depression, suggests a recent study conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Exeter and the University College London (UCL). The study findings were published online in the journal […]

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The Trump administration has finalized a new regulation, mandating opioid testing for certain transportation workers, including air traffic controllers, pilots, railroad engineers and truck drivers. According to a release issued by the Department of Transportation (DOT) on Nov. 13, 2017, the department has expanded its current drug testing panel to include certain semi-synthetic opioids like […]

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The passage of GOP tax bill in the Senate appeared in trouble on Nov. 15, 2017, after a few moderate Republican senators opposed the legislation, which critics said could damage the health care system in the United States. According to a Congressional Budget Office estimate, the bill is designed to effectively repeal the Obamacare individual […]

DEA targets traffickers of illegal fentanyl analogues
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The United States Department of Justice on Nov. 9, 2017, said that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) would toughen its stance on illicit fentanyl analogues by classifying illegal versions of the synthetic opioid along with heroin. The move will make it easier for the criminal prosecution of traffickers accused of possessing, distributing or producing illicit […]

New York Governor signs bill allowing medical cannabis for PTSD treatment
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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can now be legally treated with medical cannabis, according to an important bill signed into law by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Nov. 11, 2017. The PTSD bill was the part of a legislative package to mark the Veterans Day observed every year on November 11. “Our veterans risked their […]

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With soaring rates of addiction resulting from the prevailing opioid crisis, studies suggest that mental health problems and substance abuse are increasingly colliding with each other at complex junctures. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), more than 650,000 opioid prescriptions are written on an average day in the country. The […]

Malfunctioning immune system may cause schizophrenia, says study
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Individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia could actually be struggling with a malfunctioning immune system and immunotherapy might be the solution to alleviate their condition, says a medical investigation led by Professor Belinda Lennox, a clinical psychiatrist at the Oxford University. Upon conducting trials, the study team discovered that one in 11 schizophrenia patients sectioned for psychosis […]

Overcoming anxiety with simple and proven techniques
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“When I was about seven, I was convinced the house was burning down. I could sense it. Not a hallucination, just a tightening in my chest, feeling I couldn’t breathe, like the world was going to end. There were some flare-ups like that, but my anxiety was constant.” Shortly before winning the best actress Oscar […]

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Insisting on stringent measures to curb the influx of Mexican heroin, including its synthetic analogs like fentanyl, into American territory, United States Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan has said that the nation is “critical of a dip in opium poppy eradication.” Sullivan said this the day the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released the […]