Psychiatric Admits Up For Kids

The past decade saw an increase in mental health-related hospitalizations for most age groups, particularly children, according to a national study. However, the trend reversed among seniors, reported Joseph C. Blader, PhD, of Stony Brook University School of Medicine...

Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction

Many people do not understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. It can be wrongfully assumed that drug abusers lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop using drugs simply by choosing to change their behavior. In reality, drug...

Time It Takes Teenagers To Get

Between 31% and 50% of youth ages 12 to 17 report that they can get alcohol, cigarettes, prescription drugs to get high, or marijuana within a day or less, according to data from the 2012 National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse. Alcohol and cigarettes...

Use and Abuse of Methadone as a Painkiller

Prescription painkiller overdoses* were responsible for more than 15,500 deaths in 2009. While all prescription painkillers have contributed to an increase in overdose deaths over the last decade, methadone has played a central role in the epidemic. More than 30% of...
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