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Benzodiazepine Abuse

Benzodiazepines, sometimes called benzos, are a type of medication known as tranquilizers. Familiar names include Valium and Xanax. These drugs slow down your central nervous system, cause sedation and muscle relaxation, and lower anxiety levels. Often used to treat anxiety or insomnia, they’re some of the most commonly prescribed medications in the U.S. But they […]

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Benzo Withdrawal: What Are the Symptoms and How Long Do They Last?

Benzodiazepines (commonly known as “benzos”) can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions. This includes anxiety and panic disorders, alcohol use disorder, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). But in many cases, experts recommend limiting benzo use to just a few weeks. This is partly because long-term benzo use has been associated with negative effects,

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Kratom’s path across the US is marked by deception and secrets

The kratom trail spanned thousands of miles before it ended inside Jeremy Franka’s Broward County home. Two bags of the substance were near the 35-year-old’s lifeless body in a backpack in his bedroom. One held 120 capsules of O.P.M.S. Silver, a popular kratom product that has been linked to multiple overdose deaths in Florida. The

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As dangerous kratom products go unregulated, lobbyists write the laws

Upstart companies around the country sell crushed kratom leaf, providing no clear dosing instructions or warnings about potential dangers. They don’t have to. As medical examiners log an increasing number of overdoses involving kratom across Florida and elsewhere, the industry has largely operated without government constraints or safety measures that could help protect consumers. Florida

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The number of overdose deaths among pregnant and postpartum women has seen a significant rise.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) revealed a substantial surge in drug overdose deaths among pregnant and recently postpartum women aged 10 to 44 from 2018 to 2021. Notably, fatalities in the 35 to 44 age group more than tripled during this period, as indicated by data released on Wednesday and published in JAMA

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OUD Treatment Retention Improved by Telehealth-Based Initiation

According to a study released on Wednesday by the National Institute on Addictive Disorders (NIDA), patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) who begin buprenorphine treatment by telehealth are more likely to remain engaged with treatment longer than patients who begin treatment in a non-telehealth environment. In JAMA Network Open, researchers analyzed Medicaid data from 2019

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Medications prescribed for OUD with concomitant polysubstance use may jeopardize recovery

Medications have been proven to be effective for treating opioid use disorders; however, practitioners should be aware of concurrent use of non-prescribed, illicit substances that could adversely affect treatment. At the recent Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders, Kelly Olson, PhD, director of clinical affairs for Millennium Health, shared key considerations for monitoring patients’ medications

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Ben Affleck Says He Has Been Taking Antidepressants Since Age 26

Ben Affleck is opening up further about his mental health. In the second part of an interview with Diane Sawyer for Good Morning America, which aired Friday, the 47-year-old actor and filmmaker reveals he has been taking antidepressants for more than 20 years. “I get depressed. I take antidepressants. They’re very helpful for me,” Affleck

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What is Anxiety?

The American Psychological Association (APA) defines anxiety as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.” Knowing the difference between normal feelings of anxiety and an anxiety disorder requiring medical attention can help a person identify and treat the condition. In this article, we look at the

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Ohio county considering adding 2nd morgue to handle rising number of fentanyl overdoses

Ohio county considering adding 2nd morgue to handle rising number of fentanyl overdoses

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ohio — If overdose deaths don’t slow down in Franklin County, Ohio, a temporary morgue may be needed to store the bodies. The county has seen 23 overdose deaths from January 31 to February 7, Dr. Anahi Ortiz, the county’s coroner, said in a statement on her Facebook page. The next day, the county

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Jessica Simpson, on ‘Today’ Show, details past addiction issues: I ‘didn’t recognize myself’

Jessica Simpson sat down with “Today” show host Hoda Kotb and spoke honestly about the struggles she faced with alcoholism, which she details in her upcoming memoir, “Open Book.” “I had started a spiral and I couldn’t catch up with myself,” the former reality TV star said during the sit-down, airing in full on Wednesday.

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