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Characteristics of High-Functioning Alcoholics

High-functioning alcoholics (HFAs) are individuals who manage to maintain a seemingly normal life while struggling with alcohol addiction. Despite their ability to keep up with daily responsibilities, their drinking habits can still have serious consequences. Here are some key characteristics often seen in HFAs: 1. **Successful Careers and Responsibilities** – HFAs typically have successful careers

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Fatalities Linked to Counterfeit Xanax Surging

Three twenty-somethings in Chicago took a street drug they thought was a harmless form of Xanax. All three were found collapsed and unresponsive eight hours later by one of their mothers, who had them rushed to the hospital. After multiple seizures, fever and heart damage, all three are thought to have recovered, but not before

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Almost All Counterfeit Oxycontin Pills Contain Fentanyl

TUESDAY, May 7, 2024 (HealthDay News) — Lab tests of counterfeit oxycodone (Oxycontin) pills seized by police in Rhode Island in 2022 found 99.3% also contained dangerous fentanyl.  It was typically mixed with another potentially deadly drug, xylazine. Both drugs make overdose more likely and more fatal, experts note.  As too many American families have

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What happens when you stop taking benzodiazepines?

Benzodiazepine, or benzo, withdrawal happens when a person suddenly stops taking benzodiazepine drugs, which doctors do not recommend. The withdrawal symptoms, which vary in severity, typically begin within 24 hours and may last from a few days to a few months. Benzodiazepines are a group of drugs called nervous system depressants. People may take them

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Alcohol consumption surged during the pandemic and deaths followed

U.S. consumption of alcohol, which had already been increasing for years, accelerated during the pandemic as Americans grappled with stress and isolation. Rhode Island stand-up comedians Kirsten Logan and Frank Gazerro already drank plenty. The husband and wife were literally paid in drinks at nightclubs. Then came the pandemic. Logan, 35, drank over the stress

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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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