Month: January 2019

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Scientists closer to finding inherited traits in addiction

January 14, 2019 A computer-generated strand of DNA on a black background.Courtesy of ©Shutterstock. Scientists have concluded that the risk of addiction is a complex combination of both genes and environmental influences. Despite advances in the science of genetics, it has been extremely difficult to identify the possible genetic contributions to addiction because it likely …

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the dangers of benzos

The Dangers of Benzos

Benzos are reaching epidemic levels in the U.S. The dangers of benzos are reaching epidemic levels in the U.S.  Chief of Addiction Medicine and researcher at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Anna Lembke has spoken of her concerns about benzodiazepine prescribing, “Doctors also tend to overestimate the benefits. Long-term use can make insomnia, mood, and anxiety worse.” These medications are supposed to be prescribed …

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opiate addiction in foster care

Opiate addiction is causing an increase in the number of children in foster care

Opiate Addiction in Foster Care? When you think of foster care, what images come to mind? For many, one of the first images is the stereotypical scene of children being wrenched from a mother’s arms and thrust into a system where they will be shuffled from home to home for the rest of their childhood. …

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Xanax has become the new club drug

Xanax has become the new club drug, becoming increasingly pervasive due to constant mentions in pop culture. Instagram celebrities, rappers, and stars mention, glorify, and even sell Xanax. It is thought of as more harmless than other drugs – a way to relax, have fun, and feel a mild high without much risk3. However, that …

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