Youth and fentanyl: What every family needs to know

A surge of illicit fentanyl in the Pacific Northwest is supercharging an opioid epidemic with counterfeit pills that are 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin, cheap and readily available — often to young people who make the potentially deadly mistake of viewing them as no more dangerous than cigarettes. Jennifer Epstein Oregon Health … Read more

Something Every Family Needs to Know: Youth and Fentanyl

These images of actual legitimate and counterfeit pills are examples and do not represent the many variations of counterfeit pills. (Courtesy of the DEA) MEDIA ALERT WHAT: With illicit fentanyl surging into the state, resulting in the widely reported deaths of teenagers, Oregon Health & Science University will convene a roundtable discussion of experts addressing … Read more

Parts of the brain form a circuit that may fuel smoking addiction

Some smokers lose their cravings after experiencing damage to specific areas of the brain, suggesting these areas form a network that somehow fuels the habit Health 13 June 2022 By Clare Wilson Human brain scans Shutterstock A brain circuit involved in addiction has been identified after researchers analysed smokers who immediately lost their nicotine cravings … Read more

No pilot tests positive for drugs, cabin crew alcohol shows revival in 2022

In just the first four months of this year, 41 pilots and cabin crew showed traces of alcohol, of which nine were pilots. In all of 2021, some 59 tested positive, 19 wer pilots TopicsDGCA | Pilots | alcohol Sai Manish | New Delhi Last Updated at June 3, 2022 16:53 IST Even as the … Read more

Dependence on Xanax, similar sedatives lead OHSU physicians to coin new diagnosis

OHSU physicians find long-term use of a class of sedatives known as benzodiazepines come with serious clinical risks. (Getty Images) Millions of Americans suffering from anxiety and insomnia are prescribed a class of sedatives known as benzodiazepines. Known under the popular trade names Xanax, Valium and Ativan, these medications have been widely prescribed beginning in … Read more

What is the root cause of addiction?

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS)– Addiction is a disease, and there are organizations in the Mountain State with goals to help addicted individuals. Lifeline Addiction Specialists in Beckley is one center using medication as a means to end their patients’ addiction. Leighann Harvey, Program Director said there’s not just one cause or root of addiction. “It can … Read more

Mom speaks out on the dangers of Fentanyl after son’s overdose death

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn (WTVF) — More than half of drug overdoses in Nashville are linked back to fentanyl. It’s not just a Metro problem. It’s all across the state and one mother knows this unfortunately too well. Tonya Garton buried her son a year ago after a fentanyl overdose. She says her mission now is … Read more

Challenges with Sleep Disorders | Epilepsy Foundation

Many other sleep disorders exist, including “parasomnias” consisting of abnormal sleep phenomenon either occurring during sleep or wakefulness. These disorders do not always significantly disrupt sleep, but can be confusing in that some can have the appearance of a seizure. Parasomnias are described here. Arousal Disorders These typically occur in non-REM sleep, especially in the … Read more

Colorado’s fentanyl bill will force more people into treatment. Treatment providers may not be ready

Over the course of a single day, as many as 600 people may filter through this office, including perhaps a half-dozen new patients. “It’s just nonstop,” said Diana Warrilow, lead behavioral technician for the clinic. “I wear my running shoes — it’s constantly ‘Go, go, go.’” It may soon get even busier. A proposed new … Read more