Posts in the ‘Addiction’ Category

E-cigs Grow In Popularity

We’ve come a long way since the 50s, when cigarette brands would often sponsor popular television programs. In 1971, all tobacco ads were banned from TV and radio. Now, more than four decades later, tobacco advertising is one of the most highly regulated forms of marketing around. Despite these efforts, smoking is still the leading […]

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Did Meth Industry Benefit From Breaking Bad?

Real life is real life and TV is fantasy, right? So when Breaking Bad’s main character, a struggling high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, begins producing and selling methamphetamine to provide some financial security for his family, we don’t take it seriously. Or do we? The critically-acclaimed series went off the air […]

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A Legislative Approach to Prescription Addiction

The problem of prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions. Now, one state is attempting to do something at the legislative level to curb the problem. This week, nurses, doctors and even the attorney general of Indiana urged a state legislative panel to do something to lower addiction rates and save lives. “Prescription drug abuse […]

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It’s Never too Late to Make Amends

Anyone with even a cursory understanding of 12-step programs knows that one of the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous and other such groups is the idea of “making amends.” One former drug addict, who in desperation committed a robbery to feed his habit, took that step very seriously. Last week, the anonymous man returned to the […]

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The Addiction Performance Project

While Hollywood has close ties to the issue of addiction, the art of acting itself isn’t directly connected – until now. The Addiction Performance Project employs the talents of movie and television stars in their innovative continuing medical education (CME) program for doctors and other health providers. The performances are a project of the National […]

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Pot as a Gateway Drug

As the “legalize pot” advocates argue their case, they cite some science that we should be aware of. Pot has actually been shown to be less addicting than alcohol. There’s also not a lot of proof that it actually acts as a gateway drug, leading those who partake to move onto harder, more dangerous drugs. […]

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Online Pharmacy Crackdown

It’s not just prescription addiction that consumers need to be aware of these days. Online pharmacies have been suspect for a while now, often cited in stories about painkiller abuse as an easy way to get drugs without a valid prescription or in amounts beyond what a reputable doctor would prescribe. Now Interpol and the […]

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Addicts & Age

Younger kids are developing very adult drug problems. Their stories are often similar. They began self-medicating in their early teens to compensate for issues like ADHD or out of boredom. In some cases they started by using drugs like Adderall that were prescribed for them. Drinking and/or marijuana use usually gets added to numb anger, […]

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