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Sleep quality and emotions affect opioid addiction recovery
Getting enough quality sleep may be as important to one’s health as a good diet and exercise, but for people fighting addition to painkillers, it can also lower their cravings, according to a Penn State study. more
Mysterious Marijuana-Related Illness Popping Up In Emergency Rooms
mysterious marijuana-related illness is popping up with increasing frequency in hospital emergency rooms, particularly in states where cannabis is now legal. The symptoms are severe abdominal pain and violent vomiting — and most doctors are initially stumped when they encounter patients with the problem. more
Boyle County Kentucky needle exchange program to begin Jan. 13
Boyle County's needle exchange program is set to officially start in two weeks. The Advocate-Messenger reports that the exchange will be open in the basement of the Boyle County Health Department in Danville on Friday afternoons, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., beginning on Jan. 13. more
In Southern Indiana, heroin fight gets personal
Growing up, Evan Blessett was as an avid soccer player and honor roll student. He loved skateboarding and played the drums later in his teen years. more
Heroin addict goes from homeless to college
Tara Moseley was in her early 20s, homeless and addicted to opioids for nearly a year when she walked into The Healing Place in Louisville. more
Tennessee Recovery Court Provides Drug Addicts An Alternative To Jail
When Donald Trump won the presidential election, he made a pledge to every citizen: that he would be president for all Americans. In the weeks before Trump's inauguration, we're going to hear about some of the communities that make up this nation, from the people who know them best, in our series Finding America. more
OxyContin's global drive: 'We're only just getting started'
OxyContin is a dying business in America. With the nation in the grip of an opioid epidemic that has claimed more than 200,000 lives, the U.S. medical establishment is turning away from painkillers. Top health officials are discouraging primary-care doctors from prescribing them for chronic pain, saying there is no proof that they work long-term and substantial evidence that they put patients at risk. more
Drug abusers still crave the stimulus AFTER death: Researchers discover mutated protein in deceased addicts persists for more than a week
A protein in the reward center of the brain is altered in those suffering from a chemical dependency – it is split off and shortened. Following numerous autopsies, Austrian researchers found the modified protein in deceased heroin addicts - suggesting cravings for the stimulus continued after their death. more
Clark County Indiana sets needle-exchange launch day
After over a year of waiting for a needle exchange, the Clark County Health Department will open its syringe exchange at the end of January. more
Rubio cites Post coverage, asks feds to review grand jury report.
Rubio formally asked the comptroller general to assess the Palm Beach County grand jury’s recommendations in its review of federal and state oversight of sober homes. Local prosecutors hoped that state regulators would consider a Palm Beach County grand jury’s recommendations on fixing the crime-plagued sober home industry. more