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Treatment and the Workplace: How to Communicate About Addiction on the Job

By Carly Benson From the outside looking in, we may not consider the substance abuse epidemic in our country to be an employer’s issue. However, after taking a much closer look, it actually affects employers significantly. One of the most common issues someone battling an addiction faces is how the treatment process will impact...

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The Tennessee Drug Epidemic: What’s Happening Now and What to Expect Later

Tennessee – as well as the rest of the United States – is in the midst of an unprecedented drug overdose epidemic. Today, more Americans die from drug overdoses than car crashes or gun fatalities. In 2014 alone, drug overdoses killed 47,000 people in the US, averaging out to 130 deaths per day. The...

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How New Budget Restrictions Will Affect Addiction Treatment, Research and Prevention

The opioid epidemic — responsible for more than two-thirds of all drug overdose deaths1 — has evoked major shifts in perspective and outlook when it comes to addiction. Politics aside, the Affordable Care Act made health coverage more attainable and reclassified substance abuse treatment as an essential health benefit. In short, the legislation unofficially...

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What Other Countries Are Doing to Prevent Overdose

By Martha McLaughlin Although the drugs of choice and rates of use may differ around the world, substance abuse is a global problem that all countries must confront. Societies have multiple goals when addressing the issue, such as maintaining a healthy workforce and reducing crime. In many places, the problem currently demanding the most...

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Could Your Teen End Up Addicted to Opioids From Having Their Wisdom Teeth Out?

While the conversation surrounding teen opioid addiction is primarily focused on post-athletic injury prescriptions, there’s another key scenario that’s often overlooked: wisdom teeth removal. Wisdom teeth surgery typically occurs during the teenage years and is frequently coupled with a prescription for pain medication. In fact, 80 percent of young adults take an opioid for...

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Why Do Doctors Keep Prescribing Opioids to Known Addicts?

For those in the trenches of the substance abuse treatment industry, new research out of Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health really stings. The massive study analyzed the pharmacy claims of 50 million patients, with all kinds of payers, who filled “two or more prescriptions for any opioid during any calendar year...

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Are Electronic Prescriptions for Opioids a Good or Bad Idea?

Although we have seen some decline in painkiller addiction, the abuse of prescription pain medication remains a major problem. Part of the reason that painkillers are still a major contributor to the opioid epidemic is due to the sheer volume of painkillers making their way to civilians’ hands. According to recent estimates, the United...

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Recovery in the Digital Age: Technology’s New Role in Addiction Recovery

Technology is a vital resource that has improved our lives in countless ways. For instance, it’s because of technology that information on nearly any subject is never more than a few swipes or keystrokes away. Additionally, technology has enabled complex medical procedures that save lives every day. And let’s not forget how much easier...

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Vietnam Vet Pens Book to Rewire the Post-Traumatic Stress Mentality

There is probably just one thing that sets Vietnam veteran Terrence Heintz apart from the youngest of our service men and women – his age. Like many members of our military returning from Afghanistan, Iraq and no doubt the war zones of the future, Heintz came back with post-traumatic stress, or PTS. And he...

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What Is Harm Reduction and Why Is It So Controversial?

In 2013, there were 8,260 deaths from heroin overdose in America.1 Since then, heroin overdose death rates have continued to climb. It’s also estimated that nearly a million Americans over the age of 12 have used heroin in the last year with 586,000 of those individuals having a heroin problem. Opioids — a class...

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Exclusive Interview: NFL Hall of Famer Charles Haley Discusses Life with Bipolar Disorder

For nearly two decades, NFL Hall of Famer Charles Haley made headlines not only for his professional football abilities, but also for being a bad boy. A beast, in fact. But in his new book, Fear No Evil: Tackling Quarterbacks and Demons on My Way to the Hall of Fame, he squashes rumors and...

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‘How Is the World Feeling’ Project Gives Real-Time Look at the Globe’s Mood

Mental health researchers are harnessing the power of crowdsourcing — and the smartphone — to learn more about mental illness and hopefully help people in the process. In an ambitious, first-of-its-kind project, an Australian non-profit launched an app called “How Is the World Feeling?” Their goal was to encourage people around the globe to...

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How the Internet Is Spreading Hope of Addiction Recovery

The rise of the internet, particularly through avenues such as social media, has helped spread the message of hope and of recovery from addiction. As the world wide web has widened, a network of people in all stages of recovery willing to be open about their experiences online has also burgeoned, extending hope, support...

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Exclusive Interview: Miss USA Using Platform to Speak About Military Suicide, PTSD

Active duty soldiers at risk for suicide and veterans coming home from war with PTSD have a new ally: Miss USA Deshauna Barber. And if she happens to wins Miss Universe, she’ll be advocating for them on a global stage. Barber serves as a commander in the Army Reserves, making her the first soldier...

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Is Your Insurance Company Monitoring You for Drug Abuse?

Your insurance company may be looking over your shoulder to see if you’re abusing prescription drugs. That’s because your insurance company often knows even more than your doctor does when it comes to your prescription drug habits. While the idea behind prescription drug monitoring programs is to alert your doctor if you have been...

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