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Legalization of Marijuana in Four More US States

There’s been hundreds of cannabis-related bills introduced since state legislature started to reconvene in January, 2018. Because of all the new legislature, 2018 is set to become one of the biggest years ever for marijuana policies in various state capitols. New Legislature: Before 2018, no state had ever legalized cannabis through the legislative process. However, this has changed when the Vermont House of Representatives approved a bill to legalize adult possession and cultivation, just hours after United States Attorney Jeff Sessions announces he was rescinding the Cole memo. The senate followed, Republican Governor Phil Scott signed the bill into law and on July 1,2018, it became effected. Connecticut: In Connecticut, four committees have held hearings on cannabis regulation bills, in...

Intranasal Ketamine Shows Promise in Treating Depression and Suicidal Thoughts

A ketamine nasal spray has shown promise in rapidly treating the symptoms of major depression and suicidal thoughts. The recent study published online in The American Journal of Psychiatry a double-blind trial compared the standard treatment in addition to a placebo for rapid depression treatment and suicidal thoughts. Read on to find out further information about the study and the findings researchers uncovered. The Study The study involved 68 participants, and each were randomly assigned to two groups, one group received ketamine or a placebo twice a week for one month. All of the participants continued to receive treatment with antidepressants throughout the trial. The researchers looked at the effects at four hours after first treatment and again at 24 hours and 25 days later. The Resu...

Suboxone Clinics Maryland – New Approach To Opiate Addiction

We are Proud to Open Our New Suboxone Clinic Finding a suboxone clinic in the Baltimore area can be difficult because some aren’t accepting new patients and others only take private health insurance. Our program welcomes new patients and people with any kind on insurance, even state Medicaid. We pride ourselves on offering effective treatment overseen by a licensed doctor and we will never fail to help those who come to us in need. How we use suboxone effectively: Once you’ve made the choice to find a healthcare provider for suboxone treatment, you should know not all providers can prescribe it. Only about 35,064 doctors are currently trained and certified to prescribe suboxone out of 800,000 physicians in the United States. Our program only uses physicians who have gone through the proper...

Ketamine gaining popularity for depression therapy and addiction recovery

Medical professionals call it ‘off-label’ prescription when using Ketamine to gain ground on addiction and depression. It may seem counter-intuitive to use an often-abused drug, ketamine, to conquer a mood disorder – or especially treat addiction to other drugs. First, there has to be an understanding of the properties of ketamine to reduce the stigma of the drug and grasp the prescribing environment. Off-label uses of drugs are uses that are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Ketamine is, by label, an anesthetic developed in the 1960’s. It’s a Schedule III drug approved for hospital use in liquid or powder form. It was created for use in the Vietnam War to operate on or treat injuries on the front line. It acts fast to dull pain. Shedding the s...

Look What Dragged the Cat In: the rise of an opioid crisis

Excerpted from the 2018 book, Look What Dragged the Cat In, available October 2018 The decade of the 2010’s shelled hospitals and first responders with an explosion of opioid-related illness, injury, and death. Preventable drug overdoses tallied 54,793 lives lost in 2016 – an increase of 391 percent since 1999. Accidental drug overdose deaths increased 327 percent over the same period. The majority of OD deaths (38,000) involve opioids, The drug category most frequently involved in opioid overdoses and growing at the fastest pace includes fentanyl, fentanyl analogs, and tramadol. The fentanyl category of opioids accounted for nearly half of opioid-related deaths. The dirty cat in the litter, heroin, accounted for the second highest number of deaths, claiming 14,606 lives. America str...

Is NAD Therapy The Missing Link in Addiction Treatment?

Drug and alcohol addiction create chemical changes in the human brain, producing fluctuations in brain synapses and interference in connections. When someone stops using drugs and alcohol, it starts the body going through detoxification or withdrawal. During cessation of drugs or alcohol, the human brain will start trying to heal itself and rid the body of the harmful chemicals of substance abuse. Could NAD therapy be helpful for treating addiction issues? Is NAD Therapy Useful for Withdrawal Symptoms? Withdrawal symptoms will happen during the cessation of addictive substances and it can become very uncomfortable for the user. Withdrawal produces different effects depending on the substance a person has used, their overall health and the length of addiction. Providing NAD therapy for some...

NAD Therapy – What’s All The Fuss About?

  In the United States, substance abuse and addiction have reach epidemic proportions. Heroin, prescription painkillers, meth and alcohol abuse not only take a heavy toll on the person struggling with the addiction, but also on those who love them. Many people haven’t heard of IV NAD therapy, and while the treatment is relatively new, it’s been instrumental in helping spur many addicts onto the path of recovery. So What’s NAD All About? NAD is a naturally occurring coenzyme of vitamin B3 and it is called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide. This coenzyme is responsible for repairing, remodeling and structuring all the cells in the human body. It must be plentiful in the bloodstream in order for a person to have optimal health. There have been studies that show a strong link betwee...

FDA to broaden access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction

CNN Original Article By Nadia Kounang,  Patients are warned not to break, chew, crush or dissolve extended-release tablets because the rush of oxycodone into the system could cause serious health problems, including overdose and death. (CNN) The Food and Drug Administration expects to roll out guidance on expanded access to opioid addiction therapy known as medication-assisted treatment, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced Saturday at a meeting of the National Governor’s Association. As a practice, such treatment utilizes behavioral therapy as well as medications like buphrenorphine and methadone that can reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms from opioid use. Many addiction specialists consider it the gold standard of addiction treatment. “Medication-assis...

What’s Next for Treatment-Resistant Chronic Pain

Understanding & Overcoming Neuropathic Pain   Chronic pain ranks as a significant public health problem, putting an emotional and financial burden on millions of people. One of the biggest challenges for medical practitioners as a whole is when pain is neuropathic in origin. In neuropathic pain, the nerve fibers themselves become damaged, dysfunctional, or injured. Neuropathic pain proves resistant to many forms of treatment, leaving people frustrated, limited in daily life, and not knowing where to turn. Much of the alterations in neuropathic pain occur at the spinal cord. Ongoing pain over stimulates NMDA receptors in the spine, causing them to overreact to future sensory input. Mild pain is felt as more severe pain, and it causes very real physiological reactions. Even normal s...

Dealing with Migraines and Other Forms of Chronic Pain

To say dealing with migraines and other types of chronic pain is challenging is an understatement. The challenges of chronic pain and migraines could be magnified by how you handle stressful situations. Stress is one of the leading causes of migraines and chronic pain causes more stress, which is a vicious cycle that can go on and on. What Are the Symptoms of a Migraine? A migraine headache can result in throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually it’s localized to one side of the head. It’s often accompanied by nausea, extreme sensitivity to light, smells and sound and sometimes vomiting. An attack from a migraine can last for several hours or even days and it can be so painful, it’s disabling. A migraine can bring warning signs with it and it’s known as an “aura,” which happens before...

Although the war is over, you’re still battling PTSD

Surviving PTSD: You Can Win the Battle Post-traumatic stress disorder is something that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, dangerous or life-threatening event, such as combat, a natural disaster, car accident, domestic violence, threats made against one’s life or sexual assault. It’s very normal to have upsetting memories of something traumatic or to lose sleep after having something upsetting happen, but PTSD is much more than bad memories and anxiety. What Determines Who Will Suffer from PTSD? Post-traumatic stress disorder can happen to anybody, and it’s not a sign of weakness or a character flaw. Several different things can increase the chances someone will develop PTSD, many of which a person cannot control. Personal issues, like previous exposure to trauma, age...

Just Sad or Suffering with Clinical Depression?

Are You Clinically Depressed or Just Moody? Depression can range from serious to mild, temporary episodes of sadness and severe, unrelenting depression. Clinical depression is the most severe type of depression and it is also known as major depression or major depressive disorder. Clinical depression is not the same thing as being depressed over the death of a loved one, or a medical issue or thyroid disorder, it’s much deeper and more profound than most realize. How is Clinical Depression Diagnosed? To properly diagnose clinical depression, many physicians will refer to the symptom criteria for major depressive disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is published by the American Psychiatric Association. The signs and symptoms of clinical depression can...

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