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Over-the-counter painkillers are as good as prescription opioids, claims study

A combination of two non-addictive over-the-counter (OTC) drugs is equally effective as a trio of opioid medications for treating patients complaining of acute pain in an emergency department (ED), reveals a recent study. According to the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in November, 2017, ED patients with severe pain..

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Alcohol and nicotine may increase risk of cocaine addiction, finds study

Alcohol and nicotine consumption during adolescence may lead to cocaine use and addiction, suggests a recent study by researchers from the Columbia University. According to the study published in the journal Science Advances in November 2017, alcohol and nicotine may act as the gateway drugs, which in combination with environmental factors, can increase one’s vulnerability..

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Massachusetts House passes gun measure, rejects additional $30 million to combat opioid crisis

The Massachusetts House recently passed a bill related to banning devices that convert semi-automatic weapons into fully mechanized guns. On Oct. 11, 2017, the 160-member House voted in favor of the legislation by a 151-3 margin, banning bump stock devices. However, it rejected a request for an extra $30 million to fight opioid addiction crisis,..

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