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Opiod Epidemic News: Breathe Test Debuts & Sesame Street Confronts Addiction

Medical News Today reports that a pilot study appearing in Journal of Breath Research has revealed there’s a promising breath test on the horizon that could offer close to real time opioid detection almost anywhere: a person’s home, a drug treatment facility, the roadside, “emergency response situations, and other areas...

Can Psychedelics Like Mushrooms Be Used To Treat Mental Health, Addiction Disorders?

So-called "Magic Mushrooms" are now legal in a couple major cities and this development has many in the mental health and addiction recovery fields wondering about what this means. Is the decriminalization of a previously "scheduled" drug a sign of impending harm on those who partake, or do these substances...

ERs Are Stepping Up to Help With Addiction

Addiction Treatment Centers Leave it to California to take the lead when it comes to a group of hospitals trying a new way of helping those addicted to opioids—having ERs administer buprenorphine (aka Suboxone) when someone enters in the throes of withdrawal. (Lest anyone forget, buprenorphine is weaker than other opioids....

Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace, and Companies That Hire People in Recovery

Alcohol Addiction You may have seen news segments about companies that allow—even encourage— employees to drink at work. According to a 2012 article on ABCnews.go.com, ad agencies do, or at least they did at that time. One firm’s employee said that it “incentivizes and enthuses” employees, and another said it...

Marijuana and Opioids—What’s the Link?

The Marijuana and Opioids RelationshipWhat’s the relationship between pot and opioids? According to a May article in the Poughkeepsie Journal in New York, part of the USA Today Network, smoking marijuana has the ability to decrease the use of opioids. Specifically, some states that allow the use of medical marijuana...

Autism, Asperger’s and Addiction in the High-Tech Industry

A February post postulated that substance abuse may be more prevalent in the high-tech industry in Silicon Valley than is generally known. Anecdotal evidence from Silicon Valley addiction experts who treat a number of clients from the industry suggested that this is true. Why? The stress involved in working in...