Monthly Archive: October 2015

Oct 26

Marijuana Use and Disorders Have Doubled Since 2001

As attitudes and laws in the U.S. have become more tolerant of marijuana, the proportion of adults using and abusing the substance at least doubled between 2001 and 2013, according to a new study. Although marijuana dependence and abuse was found to be on the rise, that is largely due to the overall increase in …

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Oct 22

Dietary supplement use sends thousands to the ER each year

Bad reactions to dietary supplements are sending tens of thousands of Americans to the ER every year, a new study shows. More than 23,000 visits to emergency rooms occur annually due to complications from taking dietary supplements such as herbal or complementary nutritional products, vitamins, and minerals, according to scientists from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

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Oct 13

Take as Prescribed: Drug Addiction in the US

The US consumes 80 percent of the world’s supply of painkillers, and overdoses from prescription opioid drugs kill at least 16,000 Americans every year - more than cocaine and heroin combined. Once thought to be a problem of the young, opioid addiction is becoming more common among elderly Americans. “I was taking exactly what the doctor prescribed, …

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