Author Archives: Wade Coggeshall

Six ways to convince your loved one they need help

Many people who struggle with alcohol or drugs have a difficult time getting better. There can be a multitude of reasons why, however no matter what the case may be, their loved ones may feel frustrated, confused and at a utter loss of what type of action to take to get them help. It may also become a barrier to help loved one’s see that they are...

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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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Inspired by her own pain, a researcher explores alternatives to opioid treatments

The explosion of deaths related to opioid misuse has underscored a pressing need for better ways of treating pain, especially chronic pain. Duquesne University pharmacology associate professor Jelena Janjic thinks she’s on to one. It involves using a patient’s own immune system to deliver non-opioid pain medication to places in the body...

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