Could a diet high in refined sugars make children and adults more susceptible to opioid addiction and overdose? New research, from our laboratory of behavioural neuroscience at the University of Guelph, suggests it could.
Approximately 20,000 people died of fentanyl-related overdoses in the United States last year and in Canada, there were at least 2,816 opioid-related deaths. During 2017 so far, over 1,000 people have died of illicit drug overdoses in British Columbia. High schools are stocking up on the overdose-reversing drug naloxone and universities are training staff to administer the drug.
Nobody is talking about sugar.
Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/health/sugar-in-the-diet-may-increase-risks-of-opioid-addiction-9317746
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The National Institutes of Health is releasing a new online tool that aims to help those who want to find good care: directories of alcohol treatment providers accompanied by key questions patients should ask in order to get high-quality care.
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Sept. 26, 2017 | A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) research scientist has been awarded a $409,750 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to lead a study investigating ways the brain develops resilience to mental illnesses like addiction.
Andrew James, Ph.D., an associate professor in the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, is the principal investigator in the two-year study, which will use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine patterns of brain organization in adult subjects who experienced childhood trauma.
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Given the rise in overdoses and the opioid epidemic, CVS is stepping to the plate and creating new measures to reduce the amount of opioids they put in the hands of the general public. Read the entire article here and let us know, do you think this will have a positive impact?
From Courthouse News:
WASHINGTON (CN) — Deaths from opioid overdoses tripled in the 15 years from 2000 to 2015, according to a study published Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control.
Opioids are natural painkillers, such as morphine and heroin, and prescription drugs such as Oxycontin, oxycodone, hydrocodone and Fentanyl, which function as synthetic opiates.
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The new implications and combinations of symptoms that are implicit of depression has some mental health professionals referring to it as a disease, and they believe that categorizing it as one could help in getting those that suffer from it the right help. Read the entire article here from US News and World Report and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Could gene therapy be a viable approach at treating alcoholism? A study suggests that it could be, and they have the data to back it up. Learn more here.
Pear Therapeutics has developed an app call Reset, designed to be used along with outpatient therapy in treating substance abuse disorders. Read Article Here.
Paid sick leave is starting to gain momentum as a social justice issue with important implications for health and wellness. At the moment, only seven states in the United States have mandatory paid sick leave laws, and 15 states have passed preemptive legislation prohibiting localities from passing sick leave.
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