Blue Cross Blue Shield Opioid Addiction Study Produces Shocking Findings

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Blue Cross Blue Shield Opioid Addiction Study Produces Shocking Findings Insurance agency Blue Cross Blue Shield recently analyzed records for 30 million customers, and discovered that nearly 20 percent of patients were prescribed opioid painkillers at least once in 2015. Of those 20 percent, almost half were prescribed large doses, resulting in a larger chance of opioid dependency…. Read More

Meth and Heroin: Oregon’s Greatest Drug Threats

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Meth and Heroin: Oregon’s Greatest Drug Threats With expanded production and new strategies for drug trafficking, Mexico continues to smuggle methamphetamine and heroin into the United States. For example, Oregon State Police discovered meth hidden in liquid and stored in tequila bottles—64 pounds of it—at a traffic stop outside Sutherlin. Meth is also being smuggled in powder form,… Read More

Wisconsin Attorney General Reveals Opioid Investigation

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Wisconsin Attorney General Reveals Opioid Investigation Wisconsin’s Attorney General Brad Schimel has taken the unusual step of revealing that the State Department of Justice is investigating opioid manufacturers to see what role they may have played in creating addicts. Schimel has become one of the public faces of Wisconsin Republicans’ efforts to slow opioid addiction, launching a public… Read More

Alcohol Responsible for more Hospital Admissions than Heart Attacks Last Year in Canada

Alcohol Responsible for more Hospital Admissions than Heart Attacks Last Year in Canada There were more hospital admissions in Canada last year for alcohol-related conditions than for heart attacks. At a total of 77,000 cases, that’s more than 200 people a day, on average, not counting those treated in emergency departments and released. Admissions ran the gamut from… Read More

U2 Bassist Adam Clayton Speaks at New York City Addiction Recovery Benefit Concert

U2 Bassist Adam Clayton Speaks at New York City Addiction Recovery Benefit Concert “I’m an alcoholic, addict,” said Adam Clayton at on Monday’s MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert— an organization that, having given over $4.4 million to musicians in need, largely supports those with addiction issues. Clayton spoke after receiving the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award, which honors his… Read More

Philly Native and Son of Addiction Survivor Tony Luke, Dies at 35

Philly Native and Son of Addiction Survivor Tony Luke, Dies at 35 Anthony Lucidonio, son of popular cheesesteak brand founder Tony Luke, died suddenly on Monday at 35 years old. It was because of his young son that Luke was motivated to seek help after addiction struggles and a drug overdose in 1983. He was warned by his… Read More

West Virginia Has Highest Drug-related Death Rate in the U.S.

West Virginia has the highest drug-related death rate in the country In the next 24 hours, nearly one hundred Americans will die from a drug overdose. In fact, In 2015, more people died from drug-related causes than from vehicular crashes and gun homicides combined. Today, West Virginia has the highest drug-related death rate in the country. Between 2007… Read More

Lamar Odom Still Dealing with the Stigma of Addiction

Lamar Odom Still Dealing with the Stigma of Addiction Professional athletes are constantly in the news for their fame, but their private lives – including their addictions – are unfortunately frequent fodder for the press. Recently Lamar Odom was the subject of a brutal media attack by ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, who said of Phil Jackson that “his… Read More

Alcohol Consumption Linked to Decline in Brain Health and Mental Function

Alcohol Consumption Linked to Decline in Brain Health and Mental Function Even moderate alcohol consumption can bring about a faster decline in brain health and mental function, according to a new study by the University of Oxford and University College London, both in the U.K. “Alcohol consumption is a recognized global public health issue,” according to the World… Read More

Shedding Light on Why Addiction is a Brain Disorder

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Shedding Light on Why Addiction is a Brain Disorder There is a long-standing argument about addictive behavior, and whether addiction is a brain disorder or a behavioral-related issue. According to a new study by The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), addiction is now officially described as a chronic brain disorder. Long-Standing Beliefs About Addiction Are About To… Read More