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Adolescents and Life Lost to Opioids

Adolescents and Life Lost to Opioids

Researchers at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine have just published a study calculating the years of life lost in years by young people who have died from a drug overdose. The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, looked at 3,296 teens ages 10-19 and 21,689 people…

Fentanyl Death of Seventh Grader Leads to Calls for Change

Fentanyl Death of Seventh Grader Leads to Calls for Change

In early January 2022, a 13-year-old seventh-grader in Hartford, Connecticut, died from a fentanyl overdose. Some 40 bags of fentanyl were later found at the school. His death is being blamed in part on the fact that school officials in Hartford are poorly trained to identify the signs of an…

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict the Next Dangerous Street Drug?

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict the Next Dangerous Street Drug?

Addiction specialists, medical providers, and law enforcement are constantly on the lookout for the next new and dangerous designer drug. They maintain this vigilance, hoping that catching it soon after its release onto the streets will save lives. Researchers at the University of Alberta are trying to go a step…

Intoxicated Driving… Underestimating How Drunk We Are

Intoxicated Driving… Underestimating How Drunk We Are

Drunk driving accounts for close to 30% of all fatal car accidents in the U.S. Researchers at Cambridge University in the U.K. recently sought to understand why so many people drive when intoxicated. Could it be that humans are generally unable to determine their level of intoxication after drinking? The…

Disturbing New Data on COVID and Alcohol Consumption

Disturbing New Data on COVID and Alcohol Consumption

It's well documented that alcohol consumption in the U.S. jumped by more than 20% in 2020, driven in large part by the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers at Mass General have just published research in the journal Hepatology[i] that looks at the long-term health consequences of that single-year increase. Their findings are…

Childhood Trauma and Opioid Abuse

Childhood Trauma and Opioid Abuse

Research has pointed to the connection between opioid abuse and childhood trauma for some time. One study, published in 2009 in the Journal of Addictive Diseases found that among those seeking treatment for opioid abuse (a consecutive sample of 113 participants) “20.4% reported having experienced sexual abuse, 39.8% reported having…

Alcohol's Impact on the Human Fetuses Examined

Alcohol's Impact on the Human Fetuses Examined

For years, medical professionals have been aware of the negative impacts of alcohol consumption during pregnancy on childhood development. Now researchers from the Medical University of Vienna have released data from an MRI study of the brains of fetuses whose mothers admitted to consuming alcohol while pregnant. The study is…

Stunning and Tragic

Stunning and Tragic

One hundred thousand three hundred six (100,306) people in the United States died of drug overdoses between April 2020 and April 2021. 100,306 That's 275 people every single day. The rate of overdose deaths in America is now four times higher than any other country per 100,000 people. Four times…

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