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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 […]

Basketball player Jalen Moore admits battling anxiety
04-06-18 Category: Anxiety

When opportunities knock on one’s door, a sudden misfortune can play a big role in preventing an individual from making the best use of the moment. Such is the story of former Utah State and Sky View High star Jalen Moore who dreamt of scaling newer heights in his professional basketball career. Signing the two-way […]

NIH announces new program to fight opioid addiction, doubles budget to $1.1 billion
04-05-18 Category: Addiction

To conduct extensive research aimed at treatments for pain management and opioid addiction, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has allocated a budget of $1.1 billion for the current fiscal year, Director Dr. Frank Collins announced in Atlanta on April 4, 2018. The major announcement came during the ongoing four-day National Rx Drug Abuse & […]

Studies cite benefits of marijuana in reducing opioid use and misuse
04-05-18 Category: Drug Abuse, Marijuana, Opioid

As the opioid epidemic continues to ravage the United States claiming thousands of innocent lives year after year, the fight against prescription drug abuse is gaining a new momentum. Various measures have been taken to combat the crisis that claims 115 lives each day – issuing opioid prescription guidelines for pain management, and urging physicians […]

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