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Medicare Starts Identifying Doctors Who May Prescribe Too Many Painkillers

Medicare Starts Identifying Doctors Who May Prescribe Too Many Painkillers

This year Medicare has started examining prescribing data to identify physicians who write large numbers of prescriptions for narcotic painkillers and stimulants. Next year Medicare will be able to kick doctors out of the program if they are found to be prescribing in abusive ways, USA Today reports.

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Meth Users Three Times More Likely to Get Parkinson’s

Meth Users Three Times More Likely to Get Parkinson’s

A new study finds people who use methamphetamine are three times more likely than those who do not use illicit drugs to develop Parkinson's disease.

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Blackouts Common Among Teens Who Drink

Blackouts Common Among Teens Who Drink

Among teens who drink, 90 percent have blacked out after drinking at least once by the time they reached age 19, according to a new study of British adolescents.

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Co-occurring Behavioral Disorders Common in College Students in Recovery

Co-occurring Behavioral Disorders Common in College Students in Recovery

Many college students participating in Collegiate Recovery Programs (CRPs) for drug and alcohol addictions also report being in recovery from or currently engaging in multiple behavioral addictions, a new survey finds. These addictions include eating disorders, and sex and love addiction.

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Teen Prescription Opioid Abuse, Cigarette, and Alcohol Use Trends Down

Teen Prescription Opioid Abuse, Cigarette, and Alcohol Use Trends Down

However, NIH's 2014 Monitoring the Future survey shows high rates of e-cigarette use and fewer concerns about marijuana's risks

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Hope & Caution – for Happy Holidays

Hope & Caution – for Happy Holidays

With November comes the holiday season. In that spirit, we are reprinting the Addiction Medicine Update, Hope & Caution – for Happy Holidays, originally published in November 2012.  As we approach the holiday season—the time of year from Thanksgiving through New...

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SPOTLIGHT: NCADDMS Event Celebrates the Fight Against Substance Abuse and Honors Recovery

SPOTLIGHT: NCADDMS Event Celebrates the Fight Against Substance Abuse and Honors…

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) of the Central MS Area held its 65th Annual Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 13th at The South Warehouse in Jackson, MS.

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Combining Social/Governmental and Medical Models:  the Case of Disulfiram

Combining Social/Governmental and Medical Models: the Case of Disulfiram

Developed in the late 1940's(1, 2), disulfiram (Antabuse®) is the oldest of the three agents currently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of alcoholism. In the presence of ethyl alcohol (ethanol), it occasions an immediate and profoundly uncomfortable physical sickness known as the disulfiram-alcohol reaction(D-AR). This includes facial flushing,...

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Fashion, Media and Business Icons Join Forces to Support the Oldest and Largest Alcoholism and Addiction Advocacy Organization in America

Fashion, Media and Business Icons Join Forces to Support the Oldest and Largest …

Hamilton South Photo Credit Neil Rasmus-BFAThe National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) held its Inaugural Gala recently. Event co-chairs Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg, Barry Sternlicht, James Abernathy, and Aby and Samantha Rosen joined attendees to honor New York City marketing and communications executive Hamilton South for his passionate commitment to recovery and steadfast...

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