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Benzo Detox during COVID-19 Crisis

We already know that active addiction is isolating, let alone struggling with addiction in a national emergency on-lock down.  If you’re in this type of situation, like most of the country, you might be struggling even more than usual with feelings of depression, anxiety, restlessness, and increased cravings or withdrawal symptoms.  If you’re currently experiencing withdrawal from benzodiazepines or worried that you will be experiencing withdrawal symptoms, it’s important that

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Is it Safe to go to Treatment during the COVID-19 Crisis?

Right now is an unprecedented and trying time for many. With social-distancing being the number one recommended precaution against the Corona virus, it can be difficult to justify entering a treatment facility even when you know you are in need of help. It can be hard to know what to do. When the country is in a health crisis, and you find yourself in crisis as well, how do you decide on the best course of action?  There are a

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Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Hits a Financial Roadblock

It is now looking less and less likely that Pennsylvania is going to be able to fund its prescription drug monitoring program. State Sen. Pat Vance said last week that apparently there is no money set aside in the state budget to finance the program. This means there is a $1 million black hole which could threaten it altogether. In October, Gov. Corbett signed into law the final element of

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Molly: What We Can Learn from the Wesleyan 12

Earlier this week, 10 students at Wesleyan University and two guests were hospitalized in suspected drug overdoses. According to the New York Times it began with three students were taken to hospital, leading to a general warning from the University. As students woke up, read the email, more came asking for them to check on their fellow students to make sure they were ok. By the end, ambulances had taken

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Economic Effects of Alcohol and Drugs

Research reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that alcohol abuse costs the US around $223.5 billion annually, with close to 75% of the expenses related to binge drinking(1). Reduced productivity in the workplace accounts for the greatest cost, taking up more than 70% of the total cost of alcohol abuse, while paying for the health and law enforcement expenses related to problem drinking each accounts for

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Senate Bill 1180 – What You Need to Know

New Bill Will Bring Expanded Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to Pennsylvania With more than 4000 annual treatment admissions for prescription opiate addiction alone and many more Pennsylvanian residents in the grip of prescription drug abuse who never receive help, the issue of how easy it is to develop a dependency on regularly prescribed medications is one that needs to be urgently tackled(1). We are now a step closer to this

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You Can Help Prevent Death From Opiate Overdose in Pennsylvania – Support House Bill 2090

The Pennsylvania legislature is getting ready to vote on a bill that could potentially save the lives of thousands of opiate addicts statewide. This life saving legislation (House Bill 2090) is to combat the alarming increase in heroin and opioid overdoses in the Commonwealth. We hope you will join us in this critically important endeavor and support House Bill 2090. The intent of the legislation is two-fold: To establish a drug overdose Good

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Are Oreos Really as Addicting as Cocaine?

Are Oreos Really as Addicting as Cocaine?

A new study has found that Oreo cookies are addicting, possibly even as addicting as cocaine. Researchers from Connecticut College looked at rats’ behavior when presented with Oreo cookies, and found that the rats behaved the same for Oreos as they did for cocaine. Comparing Oreos to Cocaine Researchers gave rats the choice between rice cakes or Oreos, and the rats chose Oreos every time. In a similar study, the

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Prescription Drug Overdoses on the Rise in Bensalem

Prescription Drug Overdoses on the Rise in Bensalem

Prescription opioid pain killers, such as oxycodone and Vicodin, affect the brain in the same way as the opioid heroin does. They are highly addictive and should be closely monitored by a trained medical or psychological professional. This is not always the case as more and more people are rapidly becoming addicted to them and seek ways in which to obtain them once their prescriptions run out. Pain killer addicts

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Extremely Dangerous Drug Krokodil in America

Extremely Dangerous Drug Krokodil in America

It’s unfortunate that most people begin down the rabbit hole of addiction with little to no prior research about the drugs they take. This is especially true of teens. If it’s hot, everyone is doing it, or rock stars are promoting it – they are ‘trying’ it. Adults are not much better. Their coveted escape is the only focus and the thought of researching an easily obtained drug will only

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