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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...

2012-04-23 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...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'