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When Going to Jail Means Giving Up The Meds That Saved Your Life

Before Geoffrey Pesce got on methadone, his addiction to heroin and oxycodone nearly destroyed him: He lost his home, his job, custody of his son—and his driver’s license. So even after he began to rebuild his life, Pesce relied on his parents…
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Are Alcoholics Really at Fault for Their Crimes?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics   In April, I covered delirium and noted that there are many underlying etiologies that can cause it. One such etiology is Wernicke encephalopathy. What is encephalopathy? Encephalopathy is…
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Colorado Jail Helps Inmates Who Have Suffered Traumatic Brain Injuries - U.S. News

From 2007 to 2008, Kevin Leeper was a soldier in the U.S. Army, stationed in Iraq. Now, at age 31, he wears a different uniform: a tan jumpsuit and a barcode around his wrist. Leeper has been serving time at Colorado's Boulder County…
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Training Opportunity: Current Drug Trends Symposium - August 29-30

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that every day, more than 115 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, Heroin, and synthetic opioids such as Fentanyl—is…
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NAMI and Partners Release New Report on Inadequate Health Plans - National Alliance of Mental Illness

People with mental illness shouldn’t have to worry about sky-high insurance premiums or being denied health care coverage because of a pre-existing mental health condition. Fortunately, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) currently requires health…
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Some Veterans Worry a PTSD Diagnosis Will Force Them to Choose: Treatment or Their Guns - The Huffington Post

Despite assurance from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, some veterans worry that diagnosis and treatment of PTSD will result in the government seizing their firearms. Read more.
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The Silence: The Legacy of Childhood Trauma - The New Yorker

In this piece, Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Díaz reveals his struggles with childhood trauma and sexual violence. Read more.
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Fetal Alcohol Disorder May Be Far More Common Than Previously Thought - Cleveland Clinic

A new study has found that the prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) may be higher than previously thought. Abstract Importance Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are costly, life-long disabilities. Older data suggested…
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NIH Releases First Dataset from Unprecedented Study of Adolescent Brain Development - National Institute of Mental Health

The National Institutes of Health today released to the scientific community an unparalleled dataset from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study. To date, more than 7,500 youth and their families have been recruited for the…
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Alcoholism in Parents Triggers Violence in Teen Relationships: Study - The International Business Times

A new study has found that teenagers are at greater risk for dating violence if they have a father with alcohol use disorder. The study also found that mothers whose partners abused alcohol tended to be more depressed and,  therefore, less…