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Home Safety Week: Danger in your medicine cabinet

Home Safety Week:  Danger in your medicine cabinet Bonney Bowman, WLNS 11/16/17 Did you know – one of the most dangerous rooms in your home could be your bathroom?  It’s all because of what you might have stored in your cabinets.There are pills in a rainbow of colors...

Opioid Deaths in Michigan More than Doubled in 5 Years

The number of opioid deaths in Michigan rose from 622 in 2011 to 1,689 in 2016, according to statistics released today by Chief Medical Office Eden WELLS to the House Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee. In quantifying what she described as easily...

How Science is Unlocking the Secrets of Addiction

Addiction hijacks the brain’s neural pathways. Scientists are challenging the view that it’s a moral failing and researching treatments that could offer an exit from the cycle of desire, bingeing, and withdrawal that traps tens of millions of people. Janna Raine...

How Addiction Hijacks the Brain

Understanding Addiction How Addiction Hijacks the Brain Addiction involves craving for something intensely, loss of control over its use, and continuing involvement with it despite adverse consequences. Addiction changes the brain, first by subverting the way it...

9 Facts About Addiction People Usually Get Wrong

There’s a lot of stigma and misunderstanding with substance use disorders, treatment and recovery. But you should never let social judgment stand in the way of getting your child the help he or she needs and deserves. Here are nine facts to know so you can be better...

Addiction now defined as brain disorder, not behavior isuue

Addiction is a chronic brain disorder and not simply a behavior problem involving alcohol, drugs, gambling or sex, experts contend in a new definition of addiction, one that is not solely related to problematic substance abuse. The American Society of Addiction...

Five myths about heroin

America’s epidemic of heroin and prescription-pain-reliever addiction has become a major issue in the 2016 elections. It’s worse than ever: Deaths from overdoses of opioids (the drug category that includes heroin and prescription analgesics such as Vicodin) reached an...

With a 10-day supply of opioids, 1 in 5 become long-term users

The longer a person uses opioids, the greater the risk of forming a deadly addiction. But just how long does it take to switch from being a short-term user—say, while you’re dealing with pain after a surgery—to a long-term, potentially problematic user? A few weeks? A...