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Should Emergency Rooms Cut Back on Opioid Use?


As the U.S. struggles with an opioid epidemic, with almost 500,000 individuals dying from opioid overdoses since 2000, one study may shed light on how “overprescribed” such medications might be. Despite the fact that opioid analgesics remain a first-line treatment for …

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Study: Understanding Addiction in the Adolescent Mind


University of Pittsburgh researchers develop brain sensor tech to understand why young people are more vulnerable than adults to highly addictive substances Several studies have provided strong evidence that adolescents—people in their teens to early twenties—have a higher vulnerability than …

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Social Media Is Harming The Minds Of Our Youth, Right? Maybe Not.


Natalie Jacewicz It was 1:30 a.m., and Anna was trying to keep her mind off her ex-boyfriend, with whom she had ended a painful relationship hours earlier. It was too late to call the therapist she was seeing to cope …

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Rx Take Back Day a Success!


On Oct 28th, in partnership with Walgreens Nyack, the Rockland County Sheriff’s Department and the Orangetown Police Department, OCADA took part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This Fall’s Rx Take Back Day was the 14th in seven years. …

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Study: Marijuana Users May Be More Likely to Misuse Rx Opioids


New research suggests that marijuana users may be more likely than nonusers to misuse prescription opioids and develop prescription opioid use disorder. The study was conducted by researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National …

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