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Genes and Addiction

Susceptibility Does Not Mean Inevitability When scientists look for “addiction genes,” what they are really looking for are biological differences that may make someone more or less vulnerable to addiction. It may be harder for people with certain genes to quit once they start. Or they may experience more severe withdrawal symptoms if they try…
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June 21, 2017 0

Haven for Recovering Addicts Now Profits From Their Relapses

Paramedics in Delray Beach, Fla., helping a young man after reviving him from a heroin overdose in February. Last year, Palm Beach County dealt with 5,000 overdoses. Scott McIntyre for The New York Times By LIZETTE ALVAREZ DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — It was the kind of afternoon that cold-weary tourists revel in as they sip mojitos near…
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June 20, 2017 0

Back where it all began

Four short years ago, Luke Johnson was among the hundreds of students who happily graduated from Pennsbury High School. Last month, just a few weeks before members of this year’s graduating class received their diplomas, Luke overdosed on heroin. Luke was 22 when he died. Last week, members of Luke’s family were back where the…
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June 14, 2017 0

Family Who Lost 22-Year-Old To Heroin Implores School District To Do More

Erich Martin June 10, 2017  Luke Johnson is one of six recent graduates of Pennsbury High School who passed away in a two-week span due to the heroin epidemic.Seven members of Luke Johnson’s immediate and extended family came out to the Pennsbury School Board on their regular meeting Thursday to petition the district to take the…
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June 10, 2017 0

Drug Deaths in America Are Rising Faster Than Ever

Early data from 2017 suggests that drug overdose deaths will continue to rise this year. It’s the only aspect of American health, said Dr. Tom Frieden, the former director of the C.D.C., that is getting significantly worse. Over two million Americans are estimated to be dependent on opioids, and an additional 95 million used prescription…
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June 5, 2017 0

With a 10-day supply of opioids, 1 in 5 become long-term users

The longer you use opioids, the greater the risks—and the risks rise fast. Beth Mole – 3/18/2017, 11:00 AM Enlarge Getty | smartstock 345 The longer a person uses opioids, the greater the risk of forming a deadly addiction. But just how long does it take to switch from being a short-term user—say, while you’re dealing…
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March 18, 2017 0

Genetic Markers That Influence Addiction Discovered in Rat Study

Who gets hooked on drugs and who stays clean? New research, conducted in rats, identifies genetic markers that influence addiction. Why does one person who tries cocaine get addicted while another might use it and then leave it alone? Why do some people who kick a drug habit stay clean while others relapse? And why…
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April 26, 2016 0