ABC News / By Dr. Aditi Vyas Researchers at the University of Michigan found young people between the ages of 13 and 30 are nearly three times more likely to continue filling opioid prescriptions after wisdom teeth surgery. The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at 71,000 insured people from…

Salem News // By Cathy Thomas Brownfield You may believe that using marijuana is harmless. You may want to use medical marijuana to control your pain and be willing to jump through the hoops required by law to get it. That is your choice. Employers in Ohio must make the decision whether or not to…

Faces & Voices of Recovery // By William White Stigma has many targets. It reaches beyond people addicted to various drugs to affect family members and those providing addiction treatment and recovery support services. Such secondary stigma, for example, is the source of the peculiar pecking order within the addictions field through which status (or…

WKSU 89.7 // By Tim Rudell Health-care providers increasingly try to measure the benefits and risks of opioids and alternatives. PRACTICE ANALYSIS OF CHIROPRACTIC 2015, NBCE / AMERICAN CHIROPRACTIC ASSOCIATION The number of prescriptions doctors are writing for opioid pain killers is down and not just because they’re pulling back in the face of the addiction crisis.  Alternative approaches to pain treatment are finding…

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids // By Dr. John Dyben, DHSC, MCAP, CMHP Jennifer was 30 when she found herself in residential treatment for alcohol and drug addiction that had devastated her life for nearly five years. Though she struggled at first, she began to experience freedom in sobriety and became increasingly excited about the proposition…

Your Teen for Parents // By Jaimie Seaton Think twice about filling that painkiller prescription. If your teenager has had wisdom teeth removed, it’s possible the dentist sent them home with a prescription for an opioid such as Percocet (oxycodone) or Vicodin (hydrocodone). Prescription opioids were developed to treat severe pain, but in the past…

Addiction NOW // By Sean Woodard An addiction recovery house is offering horticultural therapy for patients recovering from substance use disorders in Athens, Ohio. The nonprofit, Serenity Grove Women’s Recovery House, opened last fall and serves as a transitional living house for women who have already undergone addiction treatment and are in need of supplemental…

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Drinking too much can harm your health. Excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) each year in the United States from 2006 – 2010, shortening the lives of those who died by an average of 30 years.1,2 Further,…

SMART Recovery // Green-In-MI, SMART Recovery Online Member SMARTies who participate in SMART Recovery Online (SROL) will sooner or later hear me sing the praises of exercise as an integral part of recovery. For me, exercise is a valuable Vitally Absorbing Creative Interest (VACI) as well as something that provides a host of side benefits.…

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids You may have heard that your son or daughter needs to “hit rock bottom” or “has to want help,” in order to get better. And therefore any attempts to otherwise convince him or her to enter treatment is wasted breath. The fact of the matter is our loved ones are often interested…

The Courier // By Sara Arthurs HANCOCK LEADERSHIP’S 2018 class project, a “Hidden in Plain Sight” trailer, contains a mock youth bedroom. Items in the bedroom seem innocuous, but can serve as hiding places for cigarettes, alcohol or other drugs. (Photo by Brian Szabelski / The Courier) A new resource — demonstrating that drugs are…

The Hotel School, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business // Sandi Mulconry Listening to hotel executive Gary Mendell ’79 talk about his son Brian, and Brian’s decade-long struggle with addiction, you might get misty-eyed yourself. Brian, who stayed up all night with a suicidal woman to give her hope. Who, encountering another woman alone and…

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids  Figuring out if your child is using drugs or alcohol can be challenging. Many of the signs and symptoms are, at times, typical teen or young adult behavior. Many are also symptoms of mental health issues, including depression or anxiety disorders. Explore our parent Drug Guide for even more substance-specific warning…

the fix // By Boozemusings Co. If you’ve ever given up drinking you will have read a myriad of articles proclaiming how fabulous life is without booze: words of hope, words of praise, page upon page of unimaginable achievement. Since I stopped drinking 4.5 years ago I’ve become increasingly aware that these articles are pretty…

Harm Reduction Coalition  Overdose Response For a person whose breathing is severely impaired, rescue breathing or chest compressions is one of the most important steps in preventing an overdose death. When someone has extremely shallow and intermittent breathing (around one breath every 5-10 seconds) or has stopped breathing and is unresponsive, rescue breathing should be…

Take Charge Ohio // Dr. Mark Hurst Mental health and addiction disorders are more common than diabetes or heart disease, and they are just as treatable. Appropriate awareness, treatment and community supports can benefit families and communities.” Doctor Mark Hurst Medical Director of Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Individual paths to recovery…