In an endeavor to decrease the number of emergency room visits, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) has launched a sobriety emergency response program SOBER to transport inebriated people to a skid row sober center in downtown area. The one-year pilot program has been in operation since November 2017 and has so far transported 100..

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Patients referred to opioid treatment programs by courts receive substandard treatment, finds research

Only a fraction of patients, mandated by courts for opioid addiction treatment, receive the most recommended medications, revealed a recent study, published in the online journal Health Affairs in December 2017. It said less than one in 20 patients with opioid addiction, who were admitted to court-mandated rehab programs in the United States, got buprenorphine..

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With increasing prevalence of drug and alcohol misuse among people in their 50s and older, experts are asking for desperate measures to control the problem. In an article, “Substance misuse in older people,” published in The BMJ on Aug. 22, 2017, the researchers raised concerns over alcohol abuse and growing dependence on drugs, such as..

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Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug in the United States. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), about 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes every year, making the substance the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the country. Alcohol use, particularly high-risk drinking, is associated with alcohol use disorder (AUD)…

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Ohioans are crossing the border and traveling to Michigan to buy medical marijuana. A few Detroit-based dispensaries are selling cannabis to people, who have valid recommendations to use medical marijuana, much ahead of the drug becoming available in their state. However, the recommendations are not going to save someone who gets caught in Ohio for..

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The number of U.S. workers testing positive for using illicit drugs has reached a 12-year high, at 4.2 percent, since 2004, according to a recent report. The results, as released by Quest Diagnostic Inc., one of the leading workplace testing labs across the globe, were based on an analysis of more than 10 million samples..

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