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Did a Corrupt Pharmaceutical Industry Create the Opioid Crisis…?

Opioid Deaths Declined in 2018. Is the Battle Over?

According to the Trust for America’s Health and the Well Being Trust, data from 2018, the most recent dataset available, shows that opioid overdose deaths declined.  The same data shows that deaths involving alcohol, synthetic opioids, suicide, and other drugs rose. According to the researchers, over 150,000 Americans died from

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Could There Be a Link Between Antibiotic Use and Addiction?

Could There Be a Link Between Antibiotic Use and Addiction?

It is a well-known fact that antibiotic overuse is leading to a sharp rise in the number of antibiotic resistance organisms – often referred to as super-bugs. Researchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine recently investigated another possible problem associated with antibiotic use. In particular, they wanted to

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Alcohol’s Frightful Impacts

Alcohol’s Frightful Impacts

The opioid crisis in America is real.  Of that, there is no doubt.  Also real is the much larger problem of alcohol abuse disorder – often referred to as alcoholism. Health experts at the CDC and elsewhere estimate that over 15 million people in America are addicted to alcohol. Equally

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The Opioid Addiction Crisis…How We Got There

The Opioid Addiction Crisis…How We Got There

According to the Washington Post, “newly disclosed federal drug data shows that more than 100 billion doses of oxycodone and hydrocodone were shipped nationwide from 2006 through 2014 — 24 billion more doses of the highly addictive pain pills than previously known to the public. Nope – not a typo. 

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Death Rate from Alcohol Abuse Skyrockets for Women

Death Rate from Alcohol Abuse Skyrockets for Women

The problem of alcohol abuse has been with humankind since its narcotic effects were first discovered over 9,000 years ago. And for much of history, it was a problem that afflicted men far more than women. And while that is still true, things in America are changing. New data from

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Money Spent on Beer Ads Linked to Underage Drinking

Money Spent on Beer Ads Linked to Underage Drinking

New research from Iowa State University should come as no surprise.  Beer company advertising influences adolescent attitudes and behavior. The Iowa State study was led by Professor Douglas Gentile and colleagues. The researchers found that beer companies “use cognitive and affective strategies — humor, animation, funny voices, special effects” —

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Fentanyl’s Deadly Rise and Deadly Toll

Fentanyl’s Deadly Rise and Deadly Toll

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid pain medication that is the most widely used synthetic opioid in medicine.  It’s 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. It was initially developed for surgical cases and for end of life care. As a street drug, it’s now killing more Americans annually than

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