US Senators introduce bill to include job training in recovery programs for drug abuse

US Senators introduce bill to include job training in recovery programs for drug abuse

People often tend to perceive individuals seeking addiction disorder treatment as incompetent to perform a task or take up a job. As a result, such individuals find it difficult to sustain their lives even after attaining sobriety. In turn, this becomes a potential trigger for a relapse. Hence, United States Senators recently introduced a bill to incorporate job training into drug abuse recovery programs as a move to remedy this concern. Read more

Santa Rosa Jail offers free Vivitrol shots to inmates to encourage sober living after release

Santa Rosa Jail offers free Vivitrol shots to inmates to encourage sober living after release

In the wake of an increasing number of people being incarcerated for opioid addiction, Santa Rosa County Jail has initiated a program to give free Vivitrol treatment to the inmates at the time of their release. Grant-funded through the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse, the program aims at helping the inmates kick their addiction and lead a sober life once they leave the prison.

The risk of overdose and drug-related death usually increases once an individual addicted to substances is released from prison. It is primarily because individuals using opioids experience a decrease in tolerance level when out of the captivity. Hence, while it is essential to offer a recovery treatment during their imprisonment, it is also important to provide them with equivalent facilities after their release so that they continue being sober. Read more

Hound Labs’ plans to launch roadside pot breathalyzer

Hound Labs’ plans to launch roadside pot breathalyzer

Drug abuse has been a matter of concern for individuals and policymakers across the United States. Over the past few years, the number of individuals falling trapped in the habit of addiction has incredibly risen. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately one in four young adults aged 18 to 25 were the current users of illicit drugs in 2016. Read more

Smoking marijuana doesn’t only get you high, it can also cause meningitis!

Smoking marijuana doesn’t only get you high, it can also cause meningitis!

Not long ago, a 48-year-old California woman who smoked up to six medical marijuana strains a day was admitted to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CSMC) in Los Angeles. She showed symptoms like dizziness, tiredness, aggressive behavior and difficulty in remembering her own name. She was diagnosed with a potentially deadly meningitis infection.

Owing to her problem, the woman’s behavior had become so erratic that she not only lost her job but also assaulted a nurse at a medical center. Unable to figure out her ailment, the staff at the CSMC emergency room referred her to the psychiatric department. “We thought it might be catatonia (abnormal movement triggered by mental issues), and it took us some time to rule out a psychiatric illness,” said Dr. Bryan Shapiro, who treated the woman. Read more

Bath salts more dangerous than perceived

Bath salts more dangerous than perceived

The abuse of illicit drugs has become a serious and multifaceted problem in the United States, with millions of people falling in the vicious cycle of addiction. Despite tough laws and regulations, there has been an incredible increase in mortality rate due to illicit drug abuse. The escalation in the mortality rate has been attributed to overdose deaths, adverse health effects, poor socioeconomic condition, etc. Read more