Alcohol Causes Most Overall Harm Over Any Drug

An Australian study funded by St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne, examined 22 drugs and measured the risk to an individual and the damage to society as a whole. Alcohol was, by far, the most damaging drugs to Australians, scoring 77 out of 100, followed by crystal meth, heroin and fentanyls. You can read the entire article by clicking here. The scariest thing about alcohol is not only how damaging it can be, it is that it is a staple of our culture and society, and most of the ...

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One in 10 Older Adults Binge Drink, Putting their Health At Risk.

According to NBC news, a study published Wednesday on the Journal of the American Geriatric Society studied the data on 10,927 people over age 65 who participated in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health between 2015 and 2017. The results concluded that about 1 in 10 adults in the age range binge drink on a regular basis. With over 80% percent of adults over 65 having chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes, the risk of increased health problems skyrockets when they are ...

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Canadians Are Getting Hooked on Opioids, and This is Why

It looks like The US is not the only country that is dealing with a severe opioid epidemic, and the Canadian pharmaceutical industry is also playing a big role in swaying the opinions of doctors, funding medical schools and affecting the type of drugs that are generally prescribed. Global News in Canada is doing a 4-part series documenting what is going on with the addiction problem in their neck of the woods, portraying real life stories of people that were, sometimes, unnecessarily ...

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Is Talking About Mental Illness Online a Good Idea?

The stigma around mental illness had always meant that for most people, it was a topic of no discussion. No one discussed the implications, the pain, the side effects or even the treatments they sometimes needed to undergo. However, with the rise of social media, the way people communicate has drastically changed, and there are many now that not only talk about their mental illnesses online, but also seek help through the Internet. Yet this prompts the question: is it a good idea to do ...

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According to Data, Opioid Shipments Increased by Over 50% As Addiction Crisis Grew

New Federal data shows that drugmakers increased the shipment of painkillers during the acceleration of the opoioid crisis across to the United States. According to Time, the data showed that companies distributed 8.4 billion hydrocodone and oxycodone pills to pharmacies in 2006, a number which increased to 12.6 billion in 2012, an increase of over 50% It was during that time that over 100,000 deaths were attributed to the opioid epidemic, and things have yet to show signs of improvement, ...

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Study Shows Link Between Depression and Increased Social Media Use In Teens

A study conducted by researches at Montreal's Saint-Justine Hospital in Canada has found a correlation between depression and the time teenagers spend using social media. "Our research reveals that increased time spent using some forms of digital media in a given year predicts depressive symptoms within that same year," Patricia Conrod, the research team's lead said, in a press release on Monday. The research team kept track of 4000 teenagers between the ages of 12 and 16,  monitoring ...

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Suboxone maker Reckitt Benckiser to pay $1.4 billion in largest opioid settlement in US history

Suboxone maker Reckitt Benckiser Group (RB Group) will pay the U.S. government a record $1.4 billion to end criminal and civil probes into the marketing of its addiction treatment medication, making it the largest settlement related to the opioid crisis in U.S. history, authorities said on Thursday. The settlement will cover multiple investigations into the company's subsidiary, Indivior (formerly known as Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals Inc.), and its alleged illegal marketing of its ...

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Teens Are More Anxious, Depressed and Suicidal Today. Why?

It's a fact.  Teenagers today are more anxious and depressed than ever, and suicides are skyrocketing. According to Vox, in 2017, 6,241 suicide deaths ocurred in ages 15-24. Overall, around 16 percent of adolescents, the CDC reports, consider suicide in a given year. “That’s an epidemic,” says Mitch Prinstein, the director of clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. And the craziest thing is that the experts do not really understand what has been causing ...

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Simon Pegg Discusses His Alcohol Addiction and Depression

Simon Pegg, the actor known for movies like the Mission Impossible Franchise and Shaun of the dead, has recently talked about his struggles with depression and addiction. "What I have come to realize from back then is that depression is always there," Pegg said in an interview with G2 Hype. "No matter what I did. I don’t think you ever really lose your demons. You just try to find a way to keep them in their place,” he said. After hitting rock bottom, Pegg finally ended up seeking treatment ...

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Gaming Addiction is Real and It Has Ruined Teenagers Lives

With the rise of the popularity of video games like Fortnite, the problem of video game addiction has become more prevalent in today's society. Now, as a gamer, I hate the fact that many people blame the games themselves for the addiction problem in children, when they themselves are addicted to social media, or alcohol and drugs. Yes, video games are designed for you to want to continue playing them, but at the end of the day, just like everything else, it is up to our society to educate on ...

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