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Pregnancy, Cocaine, and Baby’s Brain

Pregnancy, Cocaine, and Baby’s Brain

For years, we have known that pregnancy, cocaine abuse, and infant brain development are a harmful combination. And medical research has proven that the harmful effects of cocaine abuse by pregnant mothers can be long-term. However, until now, scientists were unsure exactly what those effects were. Researchers from the University of North Carolina found that babies of…

Do People Graduate from Addiction?

Do People Graduate from Addiction?

Why do you “graduate” from an addiction recovery program? Is this the proper term for dealing with lifelong addictions? When you enter a 12-step program, your first step is admitting your addiction to drugs or alcohol. Once you’ve acknowledged it, you have made the realization that you will always be an alcoholic or drug addict,…

Children of Opiate Abusers

Children of Opiate Abusers

Researchers at the University of Vermont are conducting a longitudinal study to investigate the effects of parental opioid use on children, the VT Digger noted. The study is needed  to help the state find solutions for a growing problem in primary schools with children of addicted parents, and lawmakers want to know, what is the most…

Studies shed light on development, current demographics of heroin use

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Drug addiction has attracted several negative stigmas in recent years, none more damaging than the image of the down-and-out urban dweller who has nowhere else to turn but to substance abuse. Needless to say, this stereotype is not true, and several recent studies have explored the true demographics of drug abuse in the U.S. According to two studies…

Newly approved painkiller Zohydro draws criticism, regulation from states

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The common image of substance abuse in the U.S. is of some disaffected youth turning to drugs and alcohol out of rebellion or lack of awareness of the true effects of his or her actions. While this image has faded away as more scientific evidence on addiction comes to light, some people still believe that…

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