Researchers conduct study to test effectiveness of psilocybin in treating cocaine addiction
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In a bid to fill the gap in treatment for cocaine addiction, researchers at the University of Alabama, Birmingham are conducting trials to test the effectiveness of psilocybin in treating people hooked on the drug. Psilocybin is the active compound present in psychedelic mushrooms. Earlier, the compound was found to be effective in treating alcoholism […]

Ohio teen helping fight opioid crisis with blankets
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Meet Sidney, a 16-year-old teen from Ohio, who is helping fight the opioid crisis with her blanket initiative for babies suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) due to drug exposure in the womb. When other kids her age were busy with homework, grades and dates, Sidney was devising ways to alleviate the pain and discomfort […]

Florida doctor accused of distributing $10 million worth pain pill prescriptions
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An 18-month-long investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) led to the arrest of an 84-year-old Broward County doctor in Florida recently for illegally distributing an estimated $10 million worth of pain pill prescriptions. Dr. Williem Ouw, who was arrested on June 15 and held in a Fort Lauderdale jail, was released in a week […]

Prescription drugs and their alternative abusive uses
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Although they are designed to help people with clinical ailments, approximately 52 million people misuse prescription medications each year. The misuse and abuse of these drugs are rooted in their easy access, as 54.2 percent of Americans obtain prescription medications through a friend of relative for free. Painkillers are snorted or injected, tranquilizers are mixed […]

World Mental Health Day: Exploring perceived links between mental illness and violence
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Oct. 10, 2015 was World Mental Health Day with the theme of “Dignity in Mental Health,” a topic that promotes human rights policy and law, training of health professionals and informed consent to treatment while working to eliminate stigmatization of mental health issues. A common belief that contributes to the continuation of stigma surrounding mental […]

Domestic violence treatment programs: Domestic violence intervention programs
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Women who are victims of domestic violence may choose to leave their homes in search of a safe place to stay. Women’s shelters originated in the 1970s as a response to the need for temporary shelter for abused women. Advocates solicited community support and then lobbied for legislation from lawmakers. Eventually legislation was passed at […]

Domestic violence treatment programs: Treatment for adult domestic violence victims
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Domestic violence is violent or aggressive behavior within the home involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner. The abuse can be physical or emotional and includes physical injury, threats, sexual abuse and denying finances. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) intimate partner violence affects millions of Americans and occurs among heterosexual […]

Domestic violence treatment programs: Treatment for children exposed to domestic violence
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Children who are silent and frightened witnesses to domestic violence see and hear things that can leave an emotional scar. Some children live in circumstances in which domestic violence can be a daily occurrence and they may know a normal, peaceful family life. Pediatricians and other health professionals, teachers and caregivers should be on the […]

Recognizing sociopathic tendencies
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While the terms “psycho” and “psychopathic” have become commonly used derogatory statements, psychopathic behavior is highly severe. While many use psychopathic and sociopathic interchangeably and the conditions include similarities, such as a lack of empathy and a disregard for the law and social standards, the two are fundamentally different as well. Scott A. Bonn, Ph.D., […]

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