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America Consumes 80% World's Painkillers
2012-05-11 13:01:26

According to a congressional testimony by the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, 80 percent of the world's painkillers are consumed in the U.S. BBC News reports that Americans consume enough painkillers for each of its citizens to have 64 Percocets or Vicodin. The report said that prescription drug abuse leads to 14,800 deaths a year, which is more than what heroin and cocaine total combined. The number of those who are taking painkillers is a 600 percent increase...

Infants Suffering From Opiate Addiction Withdrawal On The Rise
2012-05-01 09:34:18

Opiate withdrawal among infants increased three-fold between 2000 and 2009 due to prescription painkiller abuse among mothers-to-be, according to a first-of-its-kind study in the United States. The research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, also found that the number of women testing positive for illegal or legal opiates increased fivefold in the same period. That´s more than 13,500 infants per year, or one drug-addicted baby born every hour, said lead...

2012-04-29 23:01:42

New book offers a vivid mother-daughter account of addiction and an unusual path to recovery for them both. Their healing came through ayahuasca, a psycho-active Amazonian rainforest tea. Charlottesville, VA (PRWEB) April 29, 2012 Love Unbroken: from addiction to redemption is the true story of Pamela, who spends ten years in hell struggling with drug addiction. As told by Pam and her mother Susan Thesenga, the story reveals heroin addicts barely surviving in the slums of Washington D.C....

2012-04-23 23:00:49

Former NBA Star Chris Herren´s message of hope and perserverence in a triumphant battle with the scourge of drug addiction has captured the imagination of young people across the country. Once one of the most highly touted Division 1 basketball prospects ever to emerge from the Northeast, Herren lost it all to cocaine, oxycodone, and heroin addictions, then clawed his way back from the brink of death to fashion a new life as an exemplar of courage and generosity. Now Chris Herren will...

2012-04-17 02:29:55

TORONTO, April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - People with an opioid addiction had the highest risk of death when compared with rates for alcohol and other drugs, according to a new study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). For those dependent on opioids, the risk of death was 5.71 times higher than healthy individuals in the population of the same age, gender and race. Those with methamphetamine use disorders were next highest with a 4.67-fold risk, followed by those with...

2012-04-12 06:24:40

LOS ANGELES, April 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The producers of "How Drugs Work" are bringing an exciting and gritty new season to a major cable network, telling the truth about the power of addiction. Drug addiction affects the body and the mind and has grave impact on an addict's family members and loved ones... This series dives deeper into the devastating effect that drugs have on the world of an addict and the medical and psychological aspects of addiction....

2012-03-15 21:43:00

LOS ANGELES, March 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- LA Weekly Reporter Gene Maddaus sure knows how to write a sensational story with a headline intended to grab the attention of his readers. He did just that with his recent LA Weekly story on Joshua Macciello, the unknown man who made a bid to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers. The only problem with Maddaus' ambitious investigative report is that it includes incorrect information. While interviewing anyone who would take his calls, Maddaus did a...

2012-03-12 19:54:53

Using injectable diacetylmorphine – the active ingredient in heroin – to treat chronic opioid addiction is cheaper and more effective than methadone, states an article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Methadone is the most common treatment for people who are dependent on opioids such as heroin, although research indicates that most people over time go back to using illicit drugs. The North American Opiate Medication Initiative, a randomized controlled trial,...

2012-03-12 19:48:28

Model shows those using heroin-assisted therapy live longer and cost society less Medically prescribed heroin is more cost-effective than methadone for treating long-term street heroin users, according to a new study by researchers at Providence Health Care and the University of British Columbia. The study, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), attributed most of the economic benefits to the fact that recipients of medically prescribed heroin...

2012-02-28 14:57:33

Opioid-dependent individuals who want to kick the habit typically begin the road to recovery with detoxification. But detox is ineffective as a stand-alone treatment, with relapse rates ranging from 65% to 80% just one month after discharge. New research published online today in the journal Addiction reveals that individuals with substance use disorders may be as much as ten times more likely to stay abstinent when they have access to drug-free recovery housing and day-treatment programs...