Exploring link between alcohol and pregnancy outcomes

Alcohol and pregnancy do not go hand in hand. Even the smallest amount of alcohol taken during pregnancy can have potential harmful effects on the baby. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is no safe time, as well as no known safe amount, during pregnancy for consuming alcohol. Moreover, multiple evidence-based studies have reported that alcohol consumption during pregnancy can lead to a multitude of health risks such as, premature birth, miscarriage and stillbirth. Read more

Drinking in prom parties may be dangerous for teens

Prom is, supposedly, one of the most memorable nights in a teenager’s life. It marks the culmination of school and commencement of a new and exciting college life. Most of the teens associate this event with the beginning of adulthood and start feeling grown up and mature. This urges them to experiment with alcohol or other illegal substances, despite being underage. Unfortunately, they often end up drinking excessively, or, at times, indulging in other illegal drugs to experience a “high,” or unprotected sexual behavior, or even drunk driving. Read more

Detoxification-eliminating toxins left by drugs and alcohol

According to the 2015 data released by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2014, nearly 22.5 million Americans aged 12 years or older needed treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, however, only 4.1 million people received treatment for substance use disorder during the same period. Thus, there continues to be a large treatment gap in the country, despite a significantly high rate of substance use, abuse and dependence among Americans. Read more

Alcohol Detoxification-4: Alcohol detox treatment

Detox is a must for patients battling alcohol addiction. Treatment cannot begin until a person’s body has no remaining traces of drugs or alcohol. Read more

Reduced painkiller prescription by dentists can help tackle opioid abuse

America is facing a major drug abuse problem, with its people using and abusing all kinds of addictive substances, including heroin, cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, alcohol and prescription painkillers. Many factors are responsible for the rise in dependence habit, but the inclination to use opioids in a manner and dosage different from that prescribed by the doctors is a major reason for people getting hooked on opioids and other addictive substances. Read more

Steep rise in drug use among American workforce

The rampant use of illegal drugs has reached a new high according to figures obtained from the Quest Diagnostics’ latest Drug Testing Index. The details were obtained after an examination of drug test results of an estimated 11 million people and were shared online on September 15, 2016 by the company. The results revealed at the Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA) annual conference held in Louisville, Kentucky indicated use of drugs has reached the highest level in the last 10 years. Read more