Pain Medication Addiction Reaching Epidemic Level

In a recent newspaper article, a Nebraska State Patrol investigator called the abuse of prescription drugs an “epidemic” in the state.  Aly Hassan, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry in the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine,...

What is OxyContin?

It was yet another pharmacy robbery in the small town of Sanford, Maine, where a woman claiming to have a gun said she would shoot if she didn’t get the prescription painkiller OxyContin.   It was also a picture of how Maine is now on the front lines of a...

Child Abuse and Brain Changes

When children have been exposed to family violence, their brains become increasingly “tuned” for processing possible sources of threat, a new study reports. The findings, reported in the Dec. 6 issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, reveal the...
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