Monthly Archives: October 2018

Fairbanks offers helpline for parents of adolescents facing drug and alcohol issues

Fairbanks has debuted a new adolescent helpline for parents of adolescents who are struggling with substance use issues. The helpline is focused on adolescents and males ages 19-24 who are struggling with Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Anyone may call the helpline at 317-691-7119 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday to talk with trained counse...

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Do you really need that opioid prescription?

The dramatic rise in the use of opioid painkillers over the past two decades has been fueled, in part, by doctors prescribing the drugs for pain when more conservative approaches should have been tried first. Now new research shows that doctors sometimes prescribe these powerful, potentially addictive drugs—including OxyContin, Percocet, and Vic...

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Solving America’s painkiller paradox

This year, researchers uncovered a simple method for getting doctors to reduce profligate prescriptions of drugs like OxyContin and Percocet that have contributed to America’s opioid epidemic: informing doctors that one of their patients had died. In their study, which was published in Science in August, researchers sent a letter, through the...

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Making successful amends after addiction: Keys to repairing relationships

When bridges get broken, the damage is hard to repair. Dealing with a loved one’s addiction and watching them destroy their own lives with chemical dependency is extremely traumatic, as you can personally attest if you’ve experienced this in your own life. You probably have friends whose parents never recovered from drug and alcohol ...

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K2/Spice: What to know about these dangerous drugs

A surge in dangerous side effects and overdoses has put the spotlight on cannabinoid drugs that go by names like K2, Spice, Mr. Happy, Scooby Snax, and Kronic. Between March and June of this year, these drugs were linked to more than 160 cases of severe bleeding and four deaths in central Illinois. In August, more than 100 people overdosed in a N...

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