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Dual diagnosis is a broad category in which a person suffers from both a substance abuse problem and mental health issues such as depression or anxiety. Often termed as co-morbidity, co-occurring illnesses or comorbid disorders, dual diagnosis may affect an individual physically, psychologically and socially. An individual with a mental disorder may go for drugs […]

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“I was very shy – with strangers – I couldn’t talk to people. And I found if I had a drink, it would loosen me up. The barriers went down and I became very social. That’s what got me started.” These words from iconic American entertainer Richard “Dick” Wayne Van Dyke would shock many people, […]

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has established a working definition of recovery from mental health and substance use disorders (MH/SUD) as a “process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential.” Recovery can be facilitated by making sure that […]

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“There are people who make a choice to use drugs; then there are those, who choose not to use drugs, but still end up being affected by the drug,” said Chief Deputy Prosecutor, Delaware County, Eric Hoffman, referring to the 26-year-old Diasha Clark. This young mother from Yorktown, Virginia, is facing charges after her 16-month-old […]

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Although most Americans battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain prefer to use cannabis-based medications to deal with their conditions, experts say that there is not much evidence that marijuana would provide them the required relief. They feel that the lack of high-quality scientific research to support the therapeutic claims of marijuana is a […]

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“When I started opening up with my family, I realized that my father never got the help he needed,” said Dan Blackman who grew up in a small town in northwestern Pennsylvania, where people battling mental disorders or substance use disorders (SUDs) had little or no recourse to professional support and treatment options. Everybody from […]

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The Justice Department (JD) headed by the Attorney General Jeff Sessions has stopped the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from acting on more than two dozen applications for marijuana cultivation for research purposes. However, acting DEA Administrator, Chuck Rosenberg, confirmed that he stands by his assertions to support marijuana-related research. It has been a year since […]

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Colombia, once infamously branded as the cocaine capital of the world, has been working for years to rectify the damage caused to its reputation at the global level. In 2000, “Plan Colombia,” a massive military and diplomatic initiative, funded by the U.S., did seem to introduce drastic changes across the drug-ravaged nation. The aim was […]

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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is maintaining strict vigilance on the multiple ports of entry along the southwestern border for signs of a new synthetic drug that’s being pushed into the United States by Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs). The deadly drug – fake oxycodone laced with fentanyl — has already claimed dozens of victims […]

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A recent study conducted by a team of researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine suggests that taking prescription opioids with benzodiazepines (BZDs), commonly used to cope with sleep-related disorders and anxiety, heightens the odds of an opioid overdose. The study, published in the British Medical Journal on March 14, 2017, included more than […]

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