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  • Stressful Jobs that Could Lead to Addiction

    So many factors contribute to addiction. Disappointment, depression or stress can adversely impact circuits in your brain and trigger cravings. That’s why substance abuse is diagnosed as a brain disease. It can’t be overcome by determination, will power or even a genuine desire to clean up your act. The only surefire weapon against addiction is […]

  • Why Some People Have Higher Risk of Being A Drug Addict

    Addiction is a complex disease, touching people of all age groups, intellectual capacities, and backgrounds. It’s difficult to tell what makes some people more prone to addiction than others. There are typically many factors that come into play. Family life, stress levels, personality, and genetics are often the main culprits.   Major Risk Factors For […]

  • Cocaine Smuggling Ring Bust Leads to TSA Employee Arrests

    In early February 2017, a dozen employees of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) were fired for their apparent involvement in a Puerto Rico cocaine smuggling ring, according to the United States Attorney’s Office. The statement released by the Attorney’s Office alleges that the employees were responsible for assisting the smuggling of over twenty tons of […]

  • How Do Drugs Affect the Limbic System?

    The limbic system consists of the structures in the brain responsible for creating feelings and motivation. It can also be referred to as the brain’s gratification network, and is said to pre-date the rational brain network’s evolution. In other words, the limbic system controls our primitive instincts, including our “fight or flight” response. By contrast, […]

  • Former Colombian Leader Warns Duterte of Drug War Dangers

    Former Colombian president Cesar Gaviria raised questions regarding the war on drugs policy of current Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte, penning an opinion piece that was published in the New York Times in early February, 2017. As Colombia’s president during the time of Pablo Escobar, one of the most infamous drug kingpins in all of history, […]

  • Trump Administration Takes Redundant Step on Opioid Crisis

    Reports indicate that Donald Trump is planning on signing an executive order meant to combat the continuing opioid epidemic faced by the United States. The executive order will create a commission which will be charged with the task of compiling and publishing a report about the next steps to take in the American opioid crisis. […]

  • Former Colombian Leader Warns Duterte of Drug War Dangers

    Former Colombian president Cesar Gaviria raised questions regarding the war on drugs policy of current Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte, penning an opinion piece that was published in the New York Times in early February, 2017. As Colombia’s president during the time of Pablo Escobar, one of the most infamous drug kingpins in all of history, […]

  • Obama’s Drug Czar Speculates on the Future of Recovery

    In February 2015, Michael Botticelli became the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The background he brought to the office gave him a unique vantage point: Botticelli himself is in long-term recovery, the first person in addiction recovery to serve in the position. Botticelli was rightfully proud of all that he […]

  • 8000 Opioid Antidote Kits Distributed in West Virginia

    The opioid epidemic is causing devastation from sea to shining sea. Some states are being hit especially hard by the substance abuse situation, including West Virginia. In an effort to stave the number of fatalities caused by opioid overdose, the state is distributing over eight thousand opioid overdose prevention kits. The kits contain the life-saving […]

  • New Treatment Uses Ketamine to Curb Alcoholism

    It may seem counter-intuitive, but some are calling for ketamine to be administered to those struggling with alcoholism.   The scientists who support the treatment argue that ketamine can be used to “erase” memories related to drinking, allowing clients to overcome their alcohol addiction. Tests are underway at University College London, where psychologists are attempting […]