Surviving drug addiction with one last chance

Surviving drug addiction with one last chance

Heroin, ecstasy, methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, crack, alcohol, painkillers — Tim Baginski has done them all. But like so many others, his drug use started with a legal prescription. He was given Percocet as a little kid after a dog attack left him with 496 staples in his head. What You Need To Know As a … Read more

Healing Those Hurt by Addiction

Healing Those Hurt by Addiction Jeff Humphrey, Media Manager, No Phone Number Available Friday, September 30, 2022 at 2:38 pm When police and sheriff’s deputies arrest someone for eligible offenses, they can be taken to jail or diverted to Spokane’s new Regional Stabilization Center. “Usually, when they want to go to treatment, we are able … Read more

Hospitals have specialists on call for lots of diseases — but not addiction. Why not?

David Cave, a recovery coach who is part of an addiction specialty team at Salem Hospital, north of Boston, stands outside the emergency department. Jesse Costa/WBUR Marie lives in the coastal town of Swampscott, in Massachusetts. Last December, she began having more and more trouble breathing. One morning, three days after Christmas, she woke up … Read more

Hospitals have specialists on call for lots of diseases — but not addiction. Why not?

Marie lives in the coastal town of Swampscott, in Massachusetts. Last December, she began having more and more trouble breathing. One morning, three days after Christmas, she woke up gasping for air. A voice in her head said, “You’re going to die.” Marie dialed 911. “I was so scared,” Marie said later. Describing that day, … Read more

To stop fatal overdoses, hospitals turn to addiction treatment teams : Shots

David Cave, a recovery coach who is part of an addiction specialty team at Salem Hospital, north of Boston, stands outside the emergency department. Jesse Costa/WBUR hide caption toggle caption Jesse Costa/WBUR David Cave, a recovery coach who is part of an addiction specialty team at Salem Hospital, north of Boston, stands outside the emergency … Read more

Increased risk for all-cause dementia in people who abstain from alcohol

Alcohol abstinence increases the risk for dementia in later life, according to a recent study published in the journal Addiction. Furthermore, neuroimaging records suggest that even low alcohol consumption levels could harm brain health, as it does the dose-response relationship between alcohol use and systemic diseases, such as metabolic diseases and certain cancers. Study: The … Read more

Viral infections including COVID are among the important causes of dementia – one more reason to consider vaccination

With more of us living into old age than at any other time, dementia is increasing steadily worldwide, with major individual, family, societal and economic consequences. Treatment remains largely ineffective and aspects of the underlying pathophysiology are still unclear. But there is good evidence that neurodegenerative diseases – and their manifestations as dementia – are … Read more

Study that investigated whether three smoking cessation drugs could reduce alcohol intake yields unexpected finding | VUMC Reporter

by Tom Willemon A clinical trial to test whether three proven smoking cessation treatments could also reduce alcohol intake found no differences between the medications, but the rates of behavior change for alcohol consumption and smoking were high in all treatment groups. Results suggest these medications could play an important role to reduce alcohol use … Read more

Animal tranquilizer xylazine is overtaking Philly’s opioid supply

Philadelphia was once known for having the “purest heroin in the nation,” city health officials say, but now the city’s opioid supply has been overtaken by an animal tranquilizer linked to thousands of drug overdoses across the nation. Why it matters: Xylazine, known on the streets as “tranq,” can be lethal, when mixed with heroin … Read more

Lack of naloxone led to increased overdose deaths in rural Pa., study finds

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Pennsylvania has one of the highest rates of opioid overdose in the nation, and, according to Penn State researchers, one’s chances of surviving that overdose can depend on where the person lives. Using data from the Pennsylvania Overdose Information Network from the years 2018-20 and American Community Survey data from 2015-19, … Read more