Weed Campaign Toward Expecting Mothers

Expectant mother holding a cap full of weed in her hands

A public health campaign in the state of Washington encourages women who are pregnant to be cautious regarding the potential use of marijuana. The substance is legal in the state for people over the age of 21, introducing a slate of new health concerns. Many state experts believe that insufficient research has been conducted to measure how marijuana may affect … Read More

Could Behavioral Therapy Treat Internet Addiction?

Young boy struggling with internet addiction sitting in front of a computer

The internet is an increasingly integral part of our lives in the digital age, particularly with our growing connection to our ubiquitous smartphones and mobile devices. 2017 data from the Center for the Digital Future at University of Southern California Annenberg found that since 2000, the amount of time the average American spends online has gone up from 9.4 hours … Read More

CBD Oil Might Help Heroin Addiction Cravings

CBD oil next to a marijuana plant, grown to help reduce cravings in heroin addicts

CBD is a trendy cannabis product that shows up in everything from beauty products to gummy bears. CBD oil is said to treat a range of ailments including anxiety, epilepsy, inflammation and pain, among others. A new study shows that CBD oil may help with heroin cravings. The study showed that “CBD administration significantly reduced both cravings and anxiety,” especially … Read More

Women Empowerment Organizations Call for Treatments for Women

Female empowerment organization meet up to discuss treatment for women

In recent years, there have been worldwide efforts to address the lack of addiction harm reduction and treatment programs for women. There are certain aspects of addiction and recovery that are unique to women, but is there really a need for gender-specific programs? Since studies show women have an increased risk of certain mental health disorders, it is evident that … Read More

Winter Park Fire Fighter Dies From Secret Drug Use

The fire fighter uniform of a fireman in Orlando who died from an opiate overdose

The loss of firefighter A.J. Issacs in June of 2019 showcases the relentless and often secretive nature of addiction. Issacs, 47, was a father, husband and a well-respected, 25-year firefighter in Winter Park, Florida. None of Issacs’ colleagues knew of his struggle with addiction. As the supervisor in charge of drug inventory, Issacs had access to substances and was able … Read More

Needle Exchange Programs Authorized in Florida

A needle used for heroin addicts at a needle exchange in Florida after new law

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed legislation allowing residents to access syringe exchange programs. The legislation approved by the Republican legislature, called The Infectious Disease Elimination Programs bill, had bipartisan support. Now, Florida counties can authorize local needle exchange programs, many of which are based on Miami’s Infectious Disease Elimination Act (IDEA) exchange. The Miami program, approved in 2016, is … Read More

Link Between Nerve Pain Drugs & Suicide

Woman with suicidal tendencies taking a nerve pain drug, which may be linked

Nerve pain medications were recently linked to an increased risk of self-harm. Self-harm can be either intentional or unintentional. The study looked at suicidal thoughts and behavior, unintentional overdoses, head and body injuries and traffic accidents. Stabbing, tingling, burning or prickling are a few sensations felt by people living with nerve pain. Neuropathy — another term for nerve pain — … Read More

Drug Companies To Pay for Addiction Treatment

A valley full of yellow flowers during sunset in minnesota

In response to the opioid crisis taking place in his state, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has put forward an Opioid Action Plan that would provide about $20 million annually to help communities in Minnesota fund opioid prevention, treatment and recovery strategies. Known as the “Penny-a-Pill” plan, this initiative enacts a one-cent fee for each unit of dispensed opioids by pharmacies. … Read More

New York Tries To Tax Prescription Opioids Again

Prescription opiod pills spilling out of a bottle onto $20 bills

The state of New York passed a bill on April 1 creating a tax on opioid medications. This bill was the second bill that taxed opioids. The first bill was declared unconstitutional because it affected other states. According to New York governor Andrew Cuomo, this tax is intended to help reduce the severity of the opioid epidemic in the state … Read More

Could Maine Be First State to House Supervised Injection Sites?

A person holding an empty syringe that could be used at a safe injection site

Officials in Maine held a public hearing on April 1st of this year for a bill proposing the creation of two supervised injection sites. The bill launched speculation into whether Maine will be the first state to house supervised injection sites. Supervised injection sites are places where recreational and illegal drugs can be used under supervision. These sites would have … Read More