Orlando’s Restaurant Industry Ranks Highly for Substance Use Disorder

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People who work in certain high-stress industries are at greater risk of developing a substance use disorder. The risk is even higher in industries that tend to employ younger workers. That being the case, it is no wonder that the accommodation and food service industries historically have the highest rates of illicit drug use. Orlando, the theme park capital of … Read More

Overdose Rates in Florida: A Historical Look

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Opioid addiction is a continuing health crisis that is claiming lives daily in the U.S. In 2016 alone, over 46 people died each day due to prescription opioid overdoses. The Kaiser Family Foundation compiles and releases statistics on opioid overdose deaths. One of the U.S. states particularly hard hit by this crisis is Florida. The U.S. Opioid Epidemic The Centers … Read More

4 Ways to Safely Dispose of Unused Meds in Florida

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Opioids and other prescription drugs are commonly misused because they are addictive. A significant number of people, particularly teens and adolescents, who begin using these substances first get their hands on them by raiding a friend or family member’s medicine chest. Even tossing unused meds in the trash may not be enough. If they wind up in the wrong hands, … Read More

Pew Study Reveals Nationwide Concern over Substance Misuse

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Drug addiction takes its toll on Americans. While not everyone that uses drugs becomes addicted, the continued misuse of drugs and alcohol can lead to severe consequences, including overdose and death. A recent Pew Research study reveals that Americans are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact of substance misuse in their communities. Drug Addiction Numbers in the U.S. The statistics … Read More

K2/Spice Making Huge Impact on Florida Prison Population

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This nation’s drug epidemic is not limited to opioids. There have been soaring numbers of overdoses and drug-related deaths linked to synthetic cannabinoid drugs called K2 and Spice. This “fake weed” is much more dangerous than it sounds, and it is even having an extreme impact on Florida’s prison population. What is K2/Spice? K2/Spice is supposed to be a synthetic … Read More

Marijuana Use May Increase Chances of Prostate or Testicular Cancer, Studies Reveal

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Even though marijuana remains illegal under Federal law in the U.S., nearly two-thirds of U.S. states now have some form of legalized marijuana. While these laws are likely to make cannabis use more accessible, there are still health and safety concerns related to heavy and long-term use. One study reveals that marijuana use among men could increase the chance of … Read More

Central Florida Sees Spike in Organ Donations Amid Opioid Epidemic

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This nation remains in the grip of an opioid epidemic, and it is difficult to consider that there might be an upside to the pain and suffering of so many losses. The surge in opioid overdose deaths has resulted in an increase in the number of organ donations. This is the case in many parts of the nation and particularly … Read More

Study Shows Vaping Teens Are More Likely to Use Marijuana Later

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Parents are becoming equal parts exasperated and concerned by the new trend of teen vaping. While some view it as somewhat less harmful than cigarette smoking, it is still new enough that the long-term health risks remain unclear. A new study, however, reveals that vaping among teens could be a gateway to later marijuana use. The Prevalence of Vaping Among … Read More

FDA Issues Strong Warning about Poisoned K2 and Spice

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As if drug misuse was not dangerous enough, there are some drugs sold at your local convenience store that now pose a public health risk. Synthetic marijuana, also known by the names Spice and K2, are copycat forms of cannabis that attempt to skirt federal regulations. A new FDA statement warns that some of these products could be laced with … Read More

A Look at the Brain of Florida Binge Drinkers

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Not everyone who has a substance use disorder drinks daily or around the clock. Binge drinking is also classified as problem drinking. It is not only prolific but also dangerous.  SAMHSA reports that as many as 65.3 million Americans admit to past month binge drinking. There are about 4.5 million underage binge drinkers in the U.S., and roughly 2 in … Read More