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Rising Opioid Death Rate in Massachusetts

Rising Opioid Death Rate in Massachusetts

The death rate for opioid overdose continued to rise last year as the rate of overdose rate increased sixteen percent in 2016, with the State Police being called to investigate 877 deaths. Authorities believe the increase may have been caused by an influx of fentanyl into the state. Police believe that fentanyl use has risen […]
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Maryland’s New Plan for Opioid Recovery

Maryland’s New Plan for Opioid Recovery

As the opioid addiction epidemic continues to rage across the country, some areas are resorting to desperate measures in order to accomplish their recovery goals. However, while no geographic location in the country is immune to the scourge of opioid substance abuse, some areas are dealing with more complicated issues than others. Read on to […]
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Volunteers Cuddle Babies with NAS

Volunteers Cuddle Babies with NAS

For babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS, cuddling is of utmost importance. While every newborn baby needs the comfort of touch in order to develop properly, those infants who are suffering from NAS can benefit from extra attention. In fact, babies with NAS can benefit from being cuddled, which can help mitigate turmoil caused […]
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Costco to Pay Settlement for Improperly Filled Opioid Prescriptions

Costco to Pay Settlement for Improperly Filled Opioid Prescriptions

Allegations that Costco had improperly filled prescriptions for opioids have led to a settlement payment of $11.75 million, according to the U.S. Justice Department. The U.S. Justice Department provided a news release which included the accusations leveled against the company, which included a lack of the identification numbers required for prescriptions by the Drug Enforcement […]
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Meth and Death in the Land of Enchantment

Meth and Death in the Land of Enchantment

More lives are being destroyed in New Mexico as the recreational and illegal use of methamphetamines grows unabated. In the years between 2010 and 2014 emergency room visits related to meth use almost tripled. Methamphetamines were involved in more than twice the amount deaths in 2009 as in 2014. And to make it worse, the […]
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Ohio Legislature Aims to Overcome Opioid Overdose

Ohio Legislature Aims to Overcome Opioid Overdose

On January 4th, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a bill into law that aims to combat the devastating effects that the nation-spanning opioid addiction epidemic has had on the state. Since 2003, the rate of opioid overdose-related death has nearly quadrupled in Ohio, leaving the state desperate to ameliorate the situation.   The Situation in […]
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Benzodiazepine Addiction Levels Rising Overshadowed by Opioids

Benzodiazepine Addiction Levels Rising Overshadowed by Opioids

In the wake of an exploding and debilitating opioid addiction epidemic, benzodiazepine addiction is also on the rise, and is mostly being overlooked. The American Journal of Public Health published a study in April 2016 that found benzodiazepine, or benzo as it is colloquially referred to, overdoses were the second most common prescription deaths in […]
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Jesús Malverde the Narco-Saint

Jesús Malverde the Narco-Saint

Of the many semi-mythological figures who are associated with the drug trade, one of the most enigmatic may be Jesús Malverde. Commonly represented through small statues and busts, Malverde is also known as “the Angel of the Poor” or the “Narco-Saint.” Those who believe in Malverde claim he protects narcos from the threat of death […]
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Twelve Adages from Twelve-Step Programs

Twelve Adages from Twelve-Step Programs

When you are going through addiction recovery at a drug rehab center, you need all the help and motivation you can get. Through the revered programs of Alcohol (AA) and Narcotics (NA) Anonymous, drug addicts find refuge in support groups that teach other new techniques to recognize the emotional triggers of addiction and how to […]
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William S. Burroughs: The Importance of a Cutting Edge Junkie

William S. Burroughs: The Importance of a Cutting Edge Junkie

Beat Generation writer William S. Burroughs is known for his influence on writers like Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac as well as his long-term, intimate relationship with opiates like heroin. Chronicled in his classics Junkie and Naked Lunch, Burroughs was one of the first people to illuminate the complexity, hardship, and disease of drug addiction. […]
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