Image by Hasty Words from Pixabay Suicide is on the rise. In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated there were 90 suicides a day. By 2017, the National Institute of Mental Health had raised that to 128 per day. Overall, suicide [...]
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(Pixabay) Many holidays pose a greater risk of drunk driving-related deaths than other days, and Labor Day is among the worst. It never seems to reach the top spot, but it is consistently in the top five. Now, another Labor Day is upon [...]
(Pixabay) Despite the health benefits frequently ascribed to moderate consumption of red wine, drinking has at best mixed benefits. For one thing, the keyword there is moderate, and not everybody agrees on what moderate consumption is. According to a World Health Organization report, [...]
There’s a new obstacle to ending the opioid addiction epidemic. Many pharmacies won’t carry the most effective medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for people with an opioid use disorder (OUD). The drug is buprenorphine, better-known by the Suboxone brand name, a formulation that includes naloxone to make [...]
Proteins, including fish, should be eaten in abundance when recovering from substance use disorder. Sugars should be avoided because it can be addictive itself and alcohol contains a lot of sugar.(Pixabay) Virginia Woolf wrote, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if [...]
Alcoholics Anonymous sobriety chip. (Wikimedia commons) Alcoholics Anonymous is probably the best known anti-addiction program in the world. Some version of its 12 Steps are incorporated in almost every rehab center, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its detractors. Some even call [...]
Prescription opioids are addictive. Many teens start by abusing pills found in the home. Addiction to and abuse of drugs has many causes but apparently, proximity is one of them. Addiction starts in the home. I don't mean just that we first use [...]
Photo by Social Butterfly from Pixabay. Exposure to the sun can increase the risk of skin cancer. Alcohol consumption also can increase the risk of cancer. What happens when you combine the two? A greater risk of skin cancer than doing one or [...]
Selling e-cigarettes will become illegal in San Francisco in 2020. (From Pixabay) Liberal San Francisco has voted to ban the sale of e-cigarettes next year until and unless the US Food and Drug Administration considers them safe. If you are surprised that they [...]
Some addiction is triggered by pain control medications. One of the problems with curbing the opioid epidemic is the problem of pain. Opioids are addictive, and some people take them for illicit reasons of pleasure rather than medically necessary reasons, but opioids can [...]