Marijuana: 62% More Pregnant Women Now Smoke Pot

A new study from Columbia University says 62% more pregnant women are smoking pot than did so a decade ago - particularly younger pregnant women 18 to 25. Using marijuana as a remedy for nausea may be the driving force behind the big jump in pot smoking among pregnant women. Along with that is the fact that medical marijuana now is legal in 29 states, making it easier than ever to obtain. The problem isn't more people smoking weed. The problem is that it's more pregnant women than ever smoking it. Because when mom smokes, so does her baby. All the evidence isn't in yet, [...]

February 7th, 2017|Categories: Marijuana, News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Docs Not Solely Responsible for Patients’ Opioid Abuse, But Prescription Pads Do Play a Role, Says Researcher

Are America's physicians responsible for the soaring rate of opioid abuse and overdose deaths across the country? "Not exclusively," says Dr. F. Perry Wilson. "But we can't deny that somewhere in the chain of events that leads to opioid abuse lies a prescription pad." Wilson, a MedPage Today clinical reviewer, recently examined data that helps shed at least some light on the question. Wilson's interest was piqued after a study appeared in the journal Pain that found "growing evidence that opioid prescribing in the United States follows a pattern in which patients who are at the highest risk of adverse outcomes from opioids are more [...]

Daniel Radcliffe: Harry Potter Had a Drinking Problem

(Novus writes inspirational stories of people in the news who have overcome addiction. This is not to infer that these people are connected to Novus Medical Detox Center but simply to provide hope and encouragement to those fighting addiction.) Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling, from 1997 through 2007. The wildly popular novels follow the life of young wizard Harry Potter and his best friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. All three are students at "Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry," a fictional school located in a magically-invisible land somewhere in England. The main story [...]

January 24th, 2017|Categories: Alcohol, Inspiration|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Rural neonatal abstinence syndrome jumps 600%

Neonatal abstinence syndrome among infants in rural areas increased 600 percent from 2004 to 2013 – more than double the increase in urban areas – according to a study by the University of Michigan. Neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS, is the medical term for newborns suffering withdrawal symptoms because their mothers used addictive opiates or opioids during pregnancy. Infants with NAS experience dangerous, even life-threatening withdrawal for days, or even weeks. They require specialized medical care to survive, and to minimize the same agonizingly intense withdrawal symptoms that adult addicts suffer when coming off opioids. According to a report in MedPage Today, the Michigan researchers [...]

January 17th, 2017|Categories: Addiction, Get Help, News, Opiates|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Survey finds teen drug use declining – except for pot

A nationwide survey has found that – except for pot/marijuana – the use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco among American high school students has reached the lowest levels in decades. The annual survey by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), asked 8th, 10th, and 12th graders about their drug and alcohol use over the past month and past year. This year’s results among all three grade levels were “encouraging,” the survey says. Apart from the surge in marijuana use, there were drops in the use of other illicit drugs, drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco. But marijuana is another [...]

January 10th, 2017|Categories: Alcohol, Marijuana, News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

App Connects Naloxone Carriers with Overdose Victims

Since 1996, when community-based organizations first began to distribute naloxone, the life-saving drug is estimated to have reversed over 26,000 overdoses. When we add on the lives saved by EMT, ER and police responders using naloxone, the number of lives saved becomes astronomical, but relatively unknowable. Countless thousands of such cases have gone unreported. But in roughly the same 20-year time period, the rates of overdose deaths involving prescription painkillers and street drugs like heroin have nearly quadrupled, and there's no letup in sight. Last year more than 33,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses - that's 91 people, every day of the week, all year [...]

January 5th, 2017|Categories: Drug Overdose, Legal, News, Opiates|Tags: |0 Comments

Many common drugs increase seniors’ chances of falling

If you have elderly family members or friends on any medications, it would be a good idea to check what those medications are and what dosages they are. A new study shows that at the usual dosage recommended for younger people, a long list of common medications places seniors at a higher risk of falling and hurting themselves than elderly people not taking those drugs. Part of the problem is that many doctors are prescribing the drugs at dosages recommended only for younger patients, not the reduced dosages recommended for the elderly. Also, the risk of falling also increases just by taking more of those [...]

Sir Elton John’s Journey From Addiction to Sobriety

(Novus writes inspirational stories of people in the news who have overcome addiction. This is not to infer that these people are connected to Novus Medical Detox Center but simply to provide hope and encouragement to those fighting addiction.) Sir Elton John, CBE, is among the most celebrated and recognizable popular music stars in the world. In his five-decade career the English singer-songwriter, musician and composer "has sold more than 500 million records, had more than fifty Top 40 hits including seven consecutive No. 1 US albums, 58 Billboard Top 40 singles, 27 Top 10, four No. 2 and nine No. 1. For 31 consecutive [...]

November 29th, 2016|Categories: Inspiration, News|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Sir Elton John’s Journey From Addiction to Sobriety

New Statistics: Prescription Drug Addiction Rising Among Seniors

Americans 65 years of age and older make up less than 15 percent of the population, but they consume more than 30 percent of all prescribed medications. This puts seniors at even greater risk of prescription drug abuse and addiction than their children and grand-children. And according to all indications, it's going to get worse. Today there are over 43 million adults aged 65 and older, and by 2040 it will almost double to 80 million. Those future seniors will be aging "baby boomers" - the generation of Americans born between 1946 and 1964. And as we all know, many will be bringing with them [...]

November 15th, 2016|Categories: Addiction, Benzodiazepine, Legal, News, Opiates|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New Statistics: Prescription Drug Addiction Rising Among Seniors

Illinois Attorney General Sues Drugmaker For “Deceptive Marketing” of Fentanyl-Based Painkiller

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has sued drugmaker Insys Therapeutics Inc., charging the company with "deceptively marketing and selling" its fentanyl-based medication, Subsys, to doctors for off-label uses. Insys is under investigation for numerous infractions involving Subsys, the state announced. Drug companies are not allowed to market their drugs for "off-label" uses - meaning any purpose other than what was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Although doctors can decide to use drugs off-label, drug companies can't recommend any uses beyond the FDA approved use, and that means to anyone - doctors, patients or the public. The fentanyl painkiller Subsys, which reached the [...]

October 25th, 2016|Categories: Fentanyl, Legal, News|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Illinois Attorney General Sues Drugmaker For “Deceptive Marketing” of Fentanyl-Based Painkiller