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Deadliest Drug in America

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that fentanyl is responsible for 29% of all fatal overdoses. This makes it the leading cause of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. or, in short, one of the deadliest drugs in America.  Throughout every era, drug use in America has fueled epidemics and with it, overdose […]

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What is Antabuse?

Considering that millions of Americans are afflicted with alcohol use disorder (AUD)–15 million in the U.S. alone–addiction specialists have zeroed in on medication assisted treatment options to help with initial recovery. As new medications become available, the question posed is, which are the most effective. One of the first medications introduced by the FDA in […]

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How to Prevent Opioid Abuse

Despite educational materials highlighting the dangers of prescription narcotics, millions of Americans discover first-hand the perils of opioid abuse. Researchers and drug addiction experts continue to focus on soaring overdose rates attributed to the nationwide opioid epidemic. While drug treatment remains a central pillar in fighting addiction, preventive actions have always proven to be more […]

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List of Diseases Caused by Alcohol

It’s often easy to forget that alcohol is toxic whether or not consumed regularly. Although alcohol is one of the most addictive substances available, it’s hardly considered as dangerous as drugs like heroin or fentanyl. But it is. Every year in the U.S., around 480,000 people die from tobacco-related causes, and 88,000 die from alcohol-related […]

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Types of Peer Pressure

A classic parental or teacher reply when you wanted to do something they deemed foolish: “If everyone jumped off a bridge, would you?” This well-known rhetorical question is meant to test the power of social influence or peer pressure. While most eventually learn that reflexively following others’ actions and behaviors can be damaging in the […]

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Physical Signs of Alcoholism

Most of us think that alcohol problems are reserved for those who get up in the morning and start drinking. However, it’s usually not the case. Alcohol dependency, or alcoholism, is a slippery slope but often doesn’t occur overnight. For most, it happens gradually. With time, the physical signs of alcoholism become more apparent. The […]

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Quitting Alcohol Cured My Anxiety

It’s not unusual for people to use alcohol to alleviate anxiety. However, the relationship between anxiety and alcohol use disorder can become a dangerous, self-perpetuating cycle. Scientific research reveals how habitual drinking amplifies symptoms of anxiety or vice versa. Outside of the medical community, the internet is flooded with information and forums discussing how quitting […]