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Virus That Infected Our Ancestors May Play a Role in Addiction

Researchers studied whether the retrovirus played a part in promoting addiction in some individuals. A virus that infected a human-related species more than 250,000 years may be the key as to why some individuals are more likely to develop dependencies towards drugs or alcohol. A recent study found that traces of an ancient retrovirus – a virus […]

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Doctor Stands By Writing More Than 300k Opioid Prescriptions

“I was never charged or ever investigated because I didn’t commit any crimes. I prescribed narcotics to people in pain.” When Dr. Katherine Hoover was working at a pain clinic in West Virginia between 2002 and 2010, she wrote more than 335,130 prescriptions for painkillers, which breaks down to 130 prescriptions each day, seven days […]

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court To Decide If Prenatal Drug Use Is Child Abuse

A lengthy legal battle has been waged by the state against a mother whose newborn was hospitalized for 19 days to treat drug withdrawal. The highest court in the Keystone State this week heard arguments on the divisive matter of whether prenatal drug use counts as child abuse.  Attorneys for child protective services framed it […]

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Prince’s Half-Sister Talks About His Death, Fentanyl

Sharon Nelson says the music icon was just trying to control his pain when he took the fatal dose of fentanyl. First came prescription drugs and heroin. Now, the synthetic opioid, fentanyl, is ripping through the country, killing scores of people who take heroin, cocaine or prescription pills that have been laced with fentanyl. That’s […]

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Gisele Bundchen Details Panic Attacks, Suicidal Ideation In New Memoir

“I always considered myself a positive person, so I was really beating myself up…I felt like I wasn’t allowed to feel bad.” In an upcoming memoir, Gisele Bündchen reveals that her life as a supermodel was far from perfect, despite how it appeared on the outside. Behind the scenes, the Brazil native, who retired from […]

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Martin Sheen On Sobriety, Supporting Charlie Sheen

“I think all of us are striving to lead honest lives. That’s a requirement of every human being.” Actor Martin Sheen addressed the many challenges experienced by his son, Charlie Sheen, at a charity event in Los Angeles on September 24. The 78-year-old actor, who currently appears in the Netflix series Grace and Frankie, folded his son’s […]

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Morning Roundup: Sept. 28, 2018

Instagram’s algorithms make drug problem worse, IU students in recovery create sober community, new rules would give drug-using cops a second chance. Instagram Has a Drug Problem. Its Algorithms Make It Worse. [Washington Post] Genetics May Determine Severe Alcohol Withdrawal [Medical News Today] Sober Living Insurance Fraud Crackdown in Orange County [NBC Los Angeles] In […]

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The Eternal Holiday of the Alcoholic

When you drink constantly, you become numb, slipping down into a sub-life, a waking coma. You become a chaotic ghost that exists almost at one step removed from everything else. The following is an excerpt from Jolly Lad – The Expanded North American Edition, published this month by MIT Press and available here. After I […]

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Big Pharma Tries To Slip Benefit Into Senate Opioid Package

“Big Pharma is trying to hijack the bill and turn it into a giant pharmaceutical company bailout,” said Senator Tina Smith (D-Minnesota). Pharmaceutical companies are attempting to inject $4 billion in savings for themselves into opioid legislation being considered in Congress.  A package of bills meant to address the opioid epidemic have passed both the […]

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Overdose Deaths Increase in New Jersey Even As Prescriptions Decline

State attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal says that despite the fatal OD increase “there are reasons for hope.” Opioid overdose deaths in New Jersey increased by 24% last year, even as the number of prescriptions written for opioids fell for the first time in recent years.  According to a press release from the state attorney […]