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Mass. General Becomes First ER in State to Offer MAT
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Mass. General Becomes First ER in State to Offer MAT

Massachusetts General Hospital is the first emergency department to offer buprenorphine to patients with opioid use disorder who want to start treatment immediately.   Doctors who want to prescribe buprenorphine, likely as a key part of a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) plan for opioid use disorder, can now opt to complete an eight-hour course—which includes listening to people who are on MAT and how it has improved their lives—and sign a physician waiver from the federal government. While this ensures that physicians know what it is they’re prescribing before they do so, some view this extra training as a hurdle by physicians that prevents them from offering this treatment.   That is something Dr. Ali Raja, executive vice chairman of the Department of Emergency at Mass. Gener...
Infographic: The No. 1 Date Rape Drug is 100% Legal
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Infographic: The No. 1 Date Rape Drug is 100% Legal

The No. 1 Date Rape Drug is 100% Legal Blog Infographic: The No. 1 Date Rape Drug is 100% Legal In the wake of sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the conversation has abruptly moved away from the misconduct allegations and towards the question of whether Kavanaugh drank too much (or even lied about it before the Senate Judiciary Committee). Earlier this summer, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford wrote a confidential letter to a senior Democratic lawmaker alleging that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than three deca...
Taking on Addiction: Are Cities Helping or Hurting the Homeless Population?
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Taking on Addiction: Are Cities Helping or Hurting the Homeless Population?

Recently, I traveled to Portland for a conference; an Oregon city I hadn’t visited in several years. As I walked the streets during breaks in my work schedule, I was surprised at the number of homeless people camped out on every corner. Tents adorned the sidewalks, campers panhandled pedestrians who walked by, and garbage was everywhere. I even spotted a couple of used needles sitting atop a public trashcan. The Increasing Homeless Population As it turns out, Portland’s homeless population has been on a steady increase the past several years, rising 10% from 2015 to 2017. In fact, it’s become so prevalent that the city was forced to declare a homeless emergency several years ago, an issue that has not only impacted those on the streets, but local Portlanders as well. In a recent K...
Infographic: How Drinking Impacts Reporting Sexual Assault
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Infographic: How Drinking Impacts Reporting Sexual Assault

Infographic: How Drinking Impacts Reporting Sexual Assault Blog Infographic: How Drinking Impacts Reporting Sexual Assault The Senate officially confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court Justice on Saturday, Oct. 6. Several protestors in the public viewing gallery interrupted the vote, arguing someone accused of sexual assault should not hold such a position. Alcohol’s Impact on Reporting Sexual Assault Following Kavanaugh’s hearing, many women have come forward sharing their reasons for not reporting sexual assault by using the hashtag #Wh...
5 Reasons to Watch the New PBS Series Addiction
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5 Reasons to Watch the New PBS Series Addiction

5 Reasons You Should Watch the New PBS Series “Addiction” Blog 5 Reasons to Watch the New PBS Series Addiction It will shock you. It will educate you. It will give you hope. On October 17th, the new PBS series Addiction premiers – and it could very well change your life. Not only will you hear first-hand stories from people struggling with addiction, you’ll also learn about cutting-edge work of dedicated doctors and scientists who are determined to prove addiction is not a moral failing, but a chronic, treatable medical condition. 5 Reasons to Watch ...
Florida Sues Pharmacies Over Opioid Sales
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Florida Sues Pharmacies Over Opioid Sales

The state of Florida is suing two of the nation’s largest drugstores, Walgreens and CVS, for allegedly contributing to the opioid crisis, reports the Associated Press. The lawsuit argues that these pharmacies have contributed to the opioid crisis in the U.S. by way of inflating the supply and demand for opioids in the state. This is the latest action the state has taken in the fight against moneyed pharmaceutical interests, and this case will be added to an existing lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the maker of the highly addictive opioid painkiller, OxyContin, and other pharmaceutical companies who have been accused of contributing to the ongoing opioid crisis in the country. What do Pharmacies have to do with the Opioid Crisis? Attorney General Pam Bondi said that CVS and Walgreen...
Most Popular Drug in U.S. by Decade
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Most Popular Drug in U.S. by Decade

Drugs are a popular topic in today’s media. From the war on drugs, the widespread legalization of marijuana, or the opioid crisis, it’s hard to miss a conversation that revolves around drugs.  This isn’t news, though. Drugs have been around for a long time. In fact, drug use has been ingrained in societies for thousands of years. Here at Rehabs.com, it’s important for us to look at historic trends to see how drug use has affected people since drug use began. But, since that kind of historical data doesn’t exist, we decided to scale down our research and look at a smaller timeline – the past few decades. We went through the National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 1979 through 2017* from SAMHSA and compiled the data to figure out what the most popular drug is by decade. Take a l...
Breaking Down Drug & Alcohol Mentions in TV Shows
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Breaking Down Drug & Alcohol Mentions in TV Shows

It’s no secret that drug and alcohol-related content is some of the most engaging out there. People can’t get enough of content like AMC’s Breaking Bad, Showtime’s Weeds, and USA’s Queen of the South; so much so that they consistently tune in to their favorites, even if the underlying message is questionable. That’s why it’s no surprise that drugs and alcohol have made their way into – and even become central themes – of some of the most popular shows of all time. It’s as simple as this: supply and demand.  Honestly, we get it. Drug and alcohol-related tv shows are interesting and engaging if not always entirely accurate. But when our favorite shows fail to highlight the realistic repercussions of drug and alcohol use, that’s when they fall into dangerous territory.  While we all ...
The Correlation Between High School Dropout Rates and Drug Use
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The Correlation Between High School Dropout Rates and Drug Use

High school can be difficult for a number of reasons. It can be academically challenging, highly stressful as college preparation ramps up, and often includes a lot of social pressure to act or do as the “in crowd” does. All in all, there is a lot on high school students’ shoulders during this period. Unfortunately, this can lead to dropouts. Students will leave high school without finishing for a number of reasons, and many of these overlap with the reasons teens experiment with drugs. Feeling like they don’t belong, feeling immense stress, feeling depressed — each of these can push a student over the edge. With this in mind, we decided to look further into how high school dropout rates correlate with drug use across the U.S. Read on to learn more about our study — we start with ...
Boozy Beach Vacation
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Boozy Beach Vacation

Boozy Beach Vacation Survey. - Rehabs.com Addiction can cost up to $200 per day. What would you do with that money if treatment was affordable? Find out if your insurance covers treatment now! About the AAC Helpline American Addiction Centers (AAC) is the leading provider for addiction treatment nationwide, specializing in evidence-based treatment and mental healthcare. With 9 locations across the U.S., AAC has a facility near ...