Extensive new standards for treating opiate addiction with methadone have been drafted by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador... ...

(click on this text to go to the original article)...methadone, is accepted as the closest thing to a heroin cure. About 115,000 Americans take methadone regularly. Yet by various estimates, only 5 percent to 20 percent of such users stay on it for more than 10 years. Some find they no longer want the medication. Others relapse into drug use. Many are put off by the cumbersome, often petty bureaucracy that administers methadone; misleading rumors that methadone is ruinous to health; and an insidious social stigma that by equating methadone with illicit drugs, forces users to hide the achievement of ...

Addiction: Character Defect or Chronic Disease? Recently, numerous media sources have implied that addicts ought to make better choices; addiction science cautions that is not always possible. Describing addiction as a reflection of moral character and choice takes us back to an earlier, more ignorant time. Science now shows that addiction, including alcoholism, is not a simple phenomenon. It stems from multiple causes rather than character flaws. Many of us as medical professionals use a medical model to understand addiction. Drugs, alcohol, and illicit substances activate reward systems in the brain, which cause people to feel pleasure and create memories. Each individual has a ...

E-cigarettes might be growing in popularity, especially among regular cigarette smokers. But a new study suggests that as a tool to help smokers quit, they may not be very effective.The study conducted by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco was a small one, looking at 949 smokers, including 88 smokers who.........TO READ THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE AND SEE VIDEO, CLICK ANYWHERE ON TEXT ...

These Photos Show How Heroin, Cocaine and Oxycodone Change Your Appearance Over Time TO READ THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE AND SEE MORE PICTURES, CLICK ANYWHERE ON TEXT ...

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