Alcohol-related ER visits soar, especially among women

Most Americans drink safely and in moderation. But a steady annual increase in trips made to emergency rooms as a result of drinking alcohol added up to 61 percent more visits in 2014 compared with 2006, according to a study published this month in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. Visits to hospital emergency rooms for alcohol-related […]

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Hospital honchos hone new message in wake of opioid epidemic: Expect pain

Doctors at some of the largest U.S. hospital chains admit they went overboard with opioids to make people as pain-free as possible, and now they shoulder part of the blame for the nation’s opioid crisis. In an effort to be part of the cure, they’ve begun to issue an uncomfortable warning to patients: You’re going […]

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Scientists just solved a major piece of the opioid puzzle

When it comes to tackling the opioid crisis, public health workers start with the drugs: fentanyl, morphine, heroin. But biochemists have a different focus: Not the opioids, but opioid receptors—the proteins the drugs latch onto within the body. These receptors embed themselves in the walls of cells throughout the brain and peripheral nervous system. There, they serve as […]

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Story of Recovery – Rachel Beehler

Rachel Beehler had always been a straight-A student. She came from a stable middle-class family in a safe suburban town. But she also struggled with substance abuse. Part of that stemmed from the depression Beehler started feeling in junior high. At first she self-harmed to cope. Using drugs and alcohol soon became her new outlet. […]

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