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Mass. General Becomes First ER in State to Offer MAT
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Mass. General Becomes First ER in State to Offer MAT

Massachusetts General Hospital is the first emergency department to offer buprenorphine to patients with opioid use disorder who want to start treatment immediately.   Doctors who want to prescribe buprenorphine, likely as a key part of a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) plan for opioid use disorder, can now opt to complete an eight-hour course—which includes listening to people who are on MAT and how it has improved their lives—and sign a physician waiver from the federal government. While this ensures that physicians know what it is they’re prescribing before they do so, some view this extra training as a hurdle by physicians that prevents them from offering this treatment.   That is something Dr. Ali Raja, executive vice chairman of the Department of Emergency at Mass. Gener...
Infographic: The No. 1 Date Rape Drug is 100% Legal
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Infographic: The No. 1 Date Rape Drug is 100% Legal

The No. 1 Date Rape Drug is 100% Legal Blog Infographic: The No. 1 Date Rape Drug is 100% Legal In the wake of sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the conversation has abruptly moved away from the misconduct allegations and towards the question of whether Kavanaugh drank too much (or even lied about it before the Senate Judiciary Committee). Earlier this summer, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford wrote a confidential letter to a senior Democratic lawmaker alleging that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than three deca...
Infographic: How Drinking Impacts Reporting Sexual Assault
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Infographic: How Drinking Impacts Reporting Sexual Assault

Infographic: How Drinking Impacts Reporting Sexual Assault Blog Infographic: How Drinking Impacts Reporting Sexual Assault The Senate officially confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court Justice on Saturday, Oct. 6. Several protestors in the public viewing gallery interrupted the vote, arguing someone accused of sexual assault should not hold such a position. Alcohol’s Impact on Reporting Sexual Assault Following Kavanaugh’s hearing, many women have come forward sharing their reasons for not reporting sexual assault by using the hashtag #Wh...
Florida Sues Pharmacies Over Opioid Sales
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Florida Sues Pharmacies Over Opioid Sales

The state of Florida is suing two of the nation’s largest drugstores, Walgreens and CVS, for allegedly contributing to the opioid crisis, reports the Associated Press. The lawsuit argues that these pharmacies have contributed to the opioid crisis in the U.S. by way of inflating the supply and demand for opioids in the state. This is the latest action the state has taken in the fight against moneyed pharmaceutical interests, and this case will be added to an existing lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the maker of the highly addictive opioid painkiller, OxyContin, and other pharmaceutical companies who have been accused of contributing to the ongoing opioid crisis in the country. What do Pharmacies have to do with the Opioid Crisis? Attorney General Pam Bondi said that CVS and Walgreen...
Most Popular Drug in U.S. by Decade
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Most Popular Drug in U.S. by Decade

Drugs are a popular topic in today’s media. From the war on drugs, the widespread legalization of marijuana, or the opioid crisis, it’s hard to miss a conversation that revolves around drugs.  This isn’t news, though. Drugs have been around for a long time. In fact, drug use has been ingrained in societies for thousands of years. Here at Rehabs.com, it’s important for us to look at historic trends to see how drug use has affected people since drug use began. But, since that kind of historical data doesn’t exist, we decided to scale down our research and look at a smaller timeline – the past few decades. We went through the National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 1979 through 2017* from SAMHSA and compiled the data to figure out what the most popular drug is by decade. Take a l...
Breaking Down Drug & Alcohol Mentions in TV Shows
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Breaking Down Drug & Alcohol Mentions in TV Shows

It’s no secret that drug and alcohol-related content is some of the most engaging out there. People can’t get enough of content like AMC’s Breaking Bad, Showtime’s Weeds, and USA’s Queen of the South; so much so that they consistently tune in to their favorites, even if the underlying message is questionable. That’s why it’s no surprise that drugs and alcohol have made their way into – and even become central themes – of some of the most popular shows of all time. It’s as simple as this: supply and demand.  Honestly, we get it. Drug and alcohol-related tv shows are interesting and engaging if not always entirely accurate. But when our favorite shows fail to highlight the realistic repercussions of drug and alcohol use, that’s when they fall into dangerous territory.  While we all ...
The Correlation Between High School Dropout Rates and Drug Use
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The Correlation Between High School Dropout Rates and Drug Use

High school can be difficult for a number of reasons. It can be academically challenging, highly stressful as college preparation ramps up, and often includes a lot of social pressure to act or do as the “in crowd” does. All in all, there is a lot on high school students’ shoulders during this period. Unfortunately, this can lead to dropouts. Students will leave high school without finishing for a number of reasons, and many of these overlap with the reasons teens experiment with drugs. Feeling like they don’t belong, feeling immense stress, feeling depressed — each of these can push a student over the edge. With this in mind, we decided to look further into how high school dropout rates correlate with drug use across the U.S. Read on to learn more about our study — we start with ...
You Have Access To An Infinity Of Choices
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You Have Access To An Infinity Of Choices

“You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices.” – Deepak Chopra , Indian-American physician, a holistic health/New Age guru, and alternative medicine practitioner (born 1947)What many of us seem to overlook is just how many choices we have available to us – not just today, but every day. While it may sometimes seem as though there are too many choices for us to select from, and that tends to send us scurrying away from making any decision, the truth is that each and every day affords every person alive choices that are many, varied and filled with promise.Choices can also be scary, take us down the wrong path, be filled with conflict or danger or uncertainty. No wo...
When Addiction and Celebrity Collide
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When Addiction and Celebrity Collide

It’s never easy to face up to a drug or alcohol problem, but for celebrities, top executives and others who have made their mark on the world, it can seem next to impossible.How do you admit you are out of control, after all, if you’ve always called the shots?How can you risk a possible knock to your public persona or reputation by letting your struggles be known?How can you take time for healing, perhaps canceling performances or temporarily stepping away from the helm of a company, when so many depend on you?Put it together and it can become fuel for denial, causing problems to be ignored, explained away or minimized rather than addressed. As a result, the addiction can become even more entrenched and tougher to overcome. In some cases, the outcome is tragedy.The Downside of the Spotligh...
The Perfect Storm of Sex and Drugs: Addiction Expert Hosts Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’
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The Perfect Storm of Sex and Drugs: Addiction Expert Hosts Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’

Sex and drugs have never been talked about more openly than in our modern culture, but what do you really know about the rewards they offer — and the risks, especially when the two intersect?Now is your chance to find out, in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) forum featuring David Sack, MD, chief medical officer of Elements Behavioral Health and a nationally recognized authority on addiction and intimacy issues.Set for Monday, July 18, 2016, at 11 am PST, the AMA is your chance to fill knowledge gaps you never knew you had.Did you know, for example:Sex and porn can be an addiction, and people with certain personality traits and life experiences are at greater risk than others.Your age matters when it comes to drug use.Cheating has a new definition in today’s era of high-tech online sex.Cert...