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Prescription monitoring programs fail to produce desired results, finds study

May 10, 2018 Addiction

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Prescription monitoring programs fail to produce desired results In an effort to tackle the increase in deaths due to opioid overdoses in the United States, prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) have been implemented by all 50 states and the District of Columbia. However, a recent study has found that PDMPs not only failed to produce the desired results, but also triggered a growth in heroin-related overdose deaths. The study was published on May 8, 2018, in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. For their study, researchers reviewed 17 previous studies and the inferences were drawn after taking into account the changes in fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses in states…

Wisconsin senator speaks about late mother’s struggles with co-occurring disorders

May 4, 2018 opioid

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Wisconsin senator speaks about late mother’s struggles with co-occurring disorders Democratic senator from Wisconsin Tammy Baldwin recently revealed about her mother’s mental disorder and opioid addiction, hoping to encourage others facing similar problems to open up. “This epidemic hits close to home for me and for so many others,” said an emotional Baldwin, who is gearing up for re-election this year. Baldwin was speaking to a woman from Milwaukee who also shared her father’s struggles with drug abuse. The 56-year-old senator believes that silence only aggravates co-occurring disorders, while speaking about them encourages affected persons to seek help. The death of Baldwin’s 75-year-old mother Pamela Bin-Rella after years of grappling…

Stress Awareness Month: Dark chocolates containing cacao can reduce stress, says study

April 30, 2018 Anxiety

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Stress Awareness Month: Dark chocolates containing cacao can reduce stress Eating certain types of dark chocolates can have several health benefits, including a reduction in stress levels and inflammation, and improvement in mood, memory and immunity, according to two recent studies presented at the 2018 annual meeting of the Experimental Biology in San Diego, California on April 24, 2018. The studies stand out as they focus on the impact of cacao, and not sugar, on the mental health of an individual. According to the researchers, small and regulated doses of cacao can greatly benefit one’s cognitive, endocrine and cardiovascular health. A major source of flavonoids, cacao is also present in…

War on drugs: Google backs DEA’s Drug Take Back Day, promotes it on home page

April 26, 2018 opioid

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War on drugs: Google backs DEA’s Drug Take Back Day, promotes it on home page With a large number of lawmakers and regulators calling for more active involvement of the Silicon Valley, Google has stepped up its contribution, boosting the combat measures against opioids in the United States. From Apr. 25, the search engine giant plans to lend support to an initiative of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) – National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day – on its home page and maps. Google announced that it would promote this national-level initiative focusing on motivating people to anonymously deposit unused medicines to a collection site by promoting it underneath its search bar to augment awareness among…

Reddit helping mentally distressed people improve their written communication

April 24, 2018 depression

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Reddit helping mentally distressed people improve their written communication The effects of social media or virtual addiction on mental health are not only negative, but positive as well. A recent study by researchers at the University of Utah has shown that participation in certain online forums has the potential to enhance the written communication of people who are affected by mental health disorders, such as depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. After studying over 2 million undeleted posts on Reddit, the authors discovered that mentally distressed people with not-so-good communication skills can work on their language impairment. This is the first and unique study to assess real-world written communication difficulties…

‘Supermarket Sweep’ star Dale Winton’s tryst with depression ends with his death

April 20, 2018 depression

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‘Supermarket Sweep’ star Dale Winton’s tryst with depression ends with her death The British television fraternity has lost one of its brightest stars. The 62-year-old television and radio presenter, Dale Winton, was found dead at his north London apartment on April 18, 2018. Best known for hosting shows “Supermarket Sweep” and the “Nation Lottery: In It To Win It,” the news of Winton’s death was confirmed by his long-term agent. The police is investigating the star’s sudden death but has ruled out any suspicion. Winton had a cheerful persona and was loved for his dazzling smile and genuine warmth. But behind the cheerful façade, there was a dark side. Winton was suffering…

Maryland ERs flooded with patients of mental health and addiction problems

April 19, 2018 Mental Health

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Maryland ERs flooded with patients of mental health and addiction problems Maryland continues to suffer from lack of treatment facilities for patients of mental problems and substance abuse, resulting in longer wait times of such patients outside emergency rooms (ER), and delayed recovery. The ER staff is responsible for stabilizing such patients before handing them off to community-based treatment. What adds to the patients’ woes is lack of care in ERs along with the chaos of regular ER patients. However, when these patients do get attention for their medical needs, some of them refuse referrals for long-term behavioral health treatment while others simply leave in frustration. The issue was brought to…

3 years on, most pharmacies in New York City not ready to sell naloxone sans prescription

April 18, 2018 Drug Rehab

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3 years on, most pharmacies in New York City not ready to sell naloxone sans prescription In a bid to combat the growing opioid crisis, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray had announced in 2015 that people would be able to gain access to naloxone, the overdose-reversing drug, at chemist shops sans a prescription. However, according to a recent survey by The New York Times, out of the 720 pharmacies authorized to provide naloxone, only one-third of them were ready to sell the drug without a medical prescription. The pharmacies instructed to always keep naloxone handy are situated only at certain locations of the city. The list of such locations…

Alcohol is the most widespread date rape drug, says study

April 17, 2018 Alcohol Rehab

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Alcohol is the most widespread date rape drug, says study Substances like ketamine, ecstasy, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), and Rohypnol are considered the most common date rape drugs. Also known as “club drugs,” they usually have no smell, color, or taste, and can make a person weak and unconscious. But experts argue that alcohol, which is legally accessible, is the most common date rape drug in the U.S. “There’s no question that the use of alcohol as a date rape drug just dwarfs the use of any other substances simply because it is so accessible and it’s legal,” said David Lisak, clinical psychologist and former associate professor…

World Health Day: Living in leafy neighborhoods can curb stress and depression, says study

April 6, 2018 depression

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World Health Day: Living in leafy neighborhoods can curb stress and depression, says study Living in green neighborhoods can alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety to a great extent, according to an observation made by a group of researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Hong Kong (HKU). Their study is the first-of-its-kind to use high-resolution aerial photography in acquiring new outlook about the streets of 10 cities in England, Wales and Scotland. The research paper titled “Residential greenness and prevalence of major depressive disorders: a cross-sectional, observational, associational study of 94879 adult UK Biobank participants,”  published in April 2018, explored the positive effect of natural environment in reducing stress, boosting mental health and…
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