Tag Archives: addiction

Kratom-Emerging Drug of Abuse

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) currently includes kratom on its "Drugs of Concern" list and the National Institute  Drug Abuse (NIDA) has identified kratom as an emerging drug of abuse. Kratom is a tree, native to tropical regions in Southeast Asia. It is known for its stimulant effects and as an opioid substitute. Its street names include Herbal Speedball, Ketum, Biak-biak, Kahuam, Ithang and Thom.

Kratom can be sold as a green powder, an extract or a gum. It is processed in a similar fashion to cannabis, whereby the leaves are dried and then made into a powder or oily resin. The leaves can be chewed, used as a tea, smoked or consumed in food.

Kratom has been used as an herbal alternative to treat or reduce withdrawal...

Running for Your Life

To be clear, there is no one cure for a disease. Not diabetes, not cancer and certainly not addiction. But, as with any disease that can have life altering consequences, multiple points of treatment are critical. In the April, 2017 edition of Runner's World magazine, author Caleb Daniloff recounts his early struggles with alcohol and drug addiction, the moment he decided to quit and finding running...

Teens + Elite High School = Possible Increased Risk of Addiction

They apparently have it all: upper middle class parents, comfortable homes in the suburbs, attending elite high schools and being groomed for the nation's best colleges. They are popular, perform well in school and participate in a number of extracurricular activities. And, according to new research from Arizona State University, they may be a high risk for problematic substance abuse across early adulthood. Suniya Luthar, a Foundation Professor...

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

An estimated 119,000 children are born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) each year. FAS encompasses a wide array of growth, mental and physical abnormalities that can occur in babies whose mothers drink alcohol during pregnancy and is often characterized by mental, behavioral and learning problems, as well as physical disabilities. This comes from a study funded by the Canadian-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). The results provide the first-ever...

State of NYS: Actions to Combat the Heroin/Opioid Epidemic

On January 10, 2017, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an aggressive six-pronged proposal to combat the heroin and opioid crisis in New York State. Increased access to treatment, expansion of community prevention strategies and the limitation of over-prescribed opioids are part of his proposal. To read his six-point plan, see a video of his State of the State address given on Long Island and other photos, click here....

Opioid Epidemic-300,000 lives lost since 2000…and still counting

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, deaths due to synthetic opioids, heroin, oxycodone are on the rise and the numbers are frightening. Some of the 2015 data shows:
  • More than 52,000 people died from a drug overdose- over 63% involved an opioid.
  • Death rates involving synthetic increased 72.2% from 2014-2015.
  • Heroin death rates increased 20.6% from...