Month: April 2019

War on opioids: First-ever criminal charges against pharma distribution company

April 26, 2019

War on opioids: First-ever criminal charges against pharma distribution company

Addiction Substance Abuse

Taking the war against the opioid epidemic a step higher, the federal government, on April 23, 2019, indicted the Rochester Drug Cooperative (RDC) on charges for scheming to supply opioids and defraud the federal government. Despite being the sixth largest drug distributor in the U.S., the company did not declare the thousands of questionable orders…

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A check of $33,000 sent to a man with addiction by his insurer.  The final payment - his life

April 25, 2019

A check of $33,000 sent to a man with addiction by his insurer. The final payment – his life

Addiction Substance Abuse

What can be the most heart wrenching thing for a parent? To learn about their child’s death. That is what Jennifer Alba had to go through on the unfortunate day of Sept 2, 2017. Her beautiful blue-eyed first born, Joseph Hockett II was found dead at midmorning in a motel room. The cause: cocaine and…

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US sees steep decline in first time opioid prescriptions between 2012 and 2017

April 23, 2019

US sees steep decline in first time opioid prescriptions between 2012 and 2017

Addiction Substance Abuse

The rate of first-time opioid prescriptions has reduced by around 54 percent between 2012 and 2017 revealed a study conducted on more than 86 million U.S. citizens with private insurance coverage. During this period, the amount of opioids usually recommended for the initial prescription, that is for three days, saw a 57 percent decline. Further,…

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New Mexico plans to decriminalize marijuana starting July 2019

April 09, 2019

New Mexico plans to decriminalize marijuana starting July 2019

Addiction Substance Abuse

New Mexico is all set to decriminalize marijuana starting July 1, 2019. With the implementation of this law, New Mexico will become the 24th state to decriminalize cannabis. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the state’s Governor recently signed a legislation that reduced criminal penalties for possessing marijuana. Going forward, possessing marijuana will be considered as a civil…

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Social anxiety disorder linked to alcoholism, finds study

April 04, 2019

Social anxiety disorder linked to alcoholism, finds study

Anxiety Mental Health

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) may have a direct association with alcoholism compared to other anxiety disorders, found a recent research published in the journal Depression and Anxiety in March 2019. The researchers interviewed 2,801 adult Norwegian twins and assessed social anxiety disorders, alcoholism, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, and other specific phobias in them….

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