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America’s Emerging Drug Issue - Benzodiazepines

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By Gina-Marie Miraglia. Wellspring Preventionist America is well aware of the opioid epidemic we are currently in, but we now have another class of drugs of concern. Prescription sedatives known as benzodiazepines are being misused and abused at escalating rates. Benzodiazepines include drugs such as Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, and Valium and are used for sedation and relaxation. Within the past decade, overdose rates have dramatically increased as society becomes more dependent on these drugs. Benzodiazepines are prescribed to those with insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, and seizures. Research shows that these drugs are being prescribed at an escalating rate increasing 67% from 1997 to 2013 while overdoses have increased seven time more from 1999 to 2015; according to Stanford Medicine. Benzodiazepines are comparable to opioids since the benefits are overestimated while the consequences of addiction and over consumption are overlooked. Benzodiazepines are meant to be used for short periods of time and...
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Wellspring Curriculum Helps in Fight against Substance Use

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Substance-abuse awareness and prevention efforts have been standard in schools for decades, from the anti-drug movies of the 1970s to the familiar DARE officers in the classrooms well into the 2000s. Today, as a result of the opioid epidemic, the State Department of Education has put together a collection of resources available to schools. Titled “Curriculum Resources for Educating Children about the Dangers of Substance Abuse”, the report is available on the NJ Department of Education website. The collection of age-appropriate curriculum and lesson plans includes a curriculum developed by Wellspring Center for Prevention, called Footprints for Life . Footprints for Life helps young children build a strong foundation of life skills rooted in key social competencies. The social competencies that Footprints addresses are planning and decision-making practice, interpersonal skills, cultural competence, peer pressure, and peaceful conflict resolution - assets identified as promoting positive attitudes and behaviors. Footprints is an evidence...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 29, 2017

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Fighting Alcoholism With Medications Drugs combined with support can help alcoholics kick alcohol addiction. Learn More   Opioid overdoses shorten US life expectancy by 2½ months Opioid drugs -- including both legally prescribed painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, as well as illegal drugs such as heroin or illicit fentanyl -- are not only killing Americans, they are shortening their overall life spans. Opioids take about 2½ months off our lives, according to a new analysis published in the medical journal JAMA. Learn More Pills prescribed for alcoholism might not work, study finds Review of five drugs – including one linked to deaths – says there is no body of reliable evidence behind any of them Learn More   How to Win a War on Drugs Portugal treats addiction as a disease, not a crime. Learn More   A Supplement That May Block The Toxic Effects of Alcohol Of every 100...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 22, 2017

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Seven Days of Heroin. This is what an epidemic looks like It’s a little after sunrise on the first day of another week, and Cincinnati is waking up again with a heroin problem. Learn More   After decades of letting students with addictions fend for themselves, colleges are starting to help Late last year, Manny Delaveris fell into a rut. He couldn’t shake his pessimism or stop worrying. His brain felt dark, all the time. It wasn’t that different from how he felt back when he was still using painkillers and heroin: empty. Learn More Alternatives to Drugs for Treating Pain Many years ago I was plagued with debilitating headaches associated with a number of seemingly unrelated activities that included cooking for company and sewing drapes for the house. Learn More   A Helpful Tool to Combat the Opioid Crisis The opioid crisis is so complex and so large — drug-related...
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