One In Five Colorado Teenage Deaths Caused By Suicide

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For a long time, there has been a stigma surrounding mental health issues in the United States. Teens are no exception, as they often can feel embarrassed or ashamed to discuss conditions like depression and, in many cases, attempt to self-treat with substances like alcohol or drugs. In recent years, mental health has become part of a national discussion and … Read More

Cannabis Dispensaries Reduce Opioid Deaths

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Many states across the nation legalizing medical and recreational cannabis has raised many questions. What impact will legal marijuana have on local communities? Will legal marijuana cause more traffic accidents? Will legal marijuana lead to more drug use? Researchers studying the impact of legal marijuana recently found a remarkable trend: There was a 24.8% decrease in opioid-related deaths in states … Read More

Manufacturing of Mobile Opioid Clinics in Colorado

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According to a recent press release, Medical Coaches is going to produce six mobile health units to help provide treatment to those struggling with opioid addiction. Medical Coaches is a company that manufactures mobile medical clinics. These new units will specialize in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in Colorado. The mobile medical units are being created as part of the State’s Opioid … Read More

Colorado Struggling with Marijuana Field Sobriety Testing

A bottle of CBD oil and a pouch of marijuana used in a field sobriety test

Recreational marijuana use became legal in Colorado in 2014. Since then, there have been different struggles related to the legislation. One of the biggest issues police officers face is how to handle people suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana. Marijuana use is growing across the state, and several other states are moving to legalize marijuana use at varying … Read More

Pet Surgery Medicine Shortage Due to Opioid Crisis

Small dog with a cone around his neck after receiving surgery

We remain embroiled in the opioid epidemic. Drug overdose deaths, and in particular those relating to the use of opioids, continue to rise in the United States. Overdose-related deaths are up among men and women, and the opioid epidemic affects people of all races and ages. Two out of three drug overdose deaths in the United States involve an opioid, … Read More

CBD May Be Linked to Liver Damage

A jar of CBD oil and a marijuana plant, which may cause liver damage

Cannabidiol, known as CBD oil, is often regarded as a cure-all health product. CBD oil, which comes from cannabis, is used by people who believe it can do everything from helping with chronic pain to dealing with symptoms of epilepsy. Selling CBD oil has become big business, but as a relatively new trend in the natural and alternative health world, … Read More

Drug Users Armed with Naloxone Double as Medics on the Streets of San Francisco

A bottle of Naloxene being carried by addicts to help with overdoses

San Francisco is a hub of technology and innovation, but it’s also a city hard hit by the opioid epidemic. In certain parts of San Francisco, like Hyde Street, heroin needles litter the sidewalks and in broad daylight it’s common to see drugs being sold. It’s a stark contrast to the multi-million dollar condos and the high standard of living … Read More

What Is Wet Brain?

A man with Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome aka wet brain drinks alcohol due to an addiction

Many people wonder, “What is ‘wet brain’?” Wet brain is a slang term for Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (WKS). It’s important to note that WKS is two conditions, and both are a type of brain damage that happens because chronic alcoholism causes a person to absorb less vitamin B1 (thiamine). People who drink a lot of alcohol over a long period stop … Read More

FDA To Stop Sales of Kratom for Addiction

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned the public against the use of kratom, citing potential dangers. Recently, the FDA issued warnings to two major distributors of kratom for mislabeling the substance and misrepresenting the kratom as having health benefits. This new development indicates that the FDA may be taking a stronger stand against kratom use and comes at a … Read More

Legal Marijuana Becomes a Concern In Teens

A teenager hold a jar of potent marijuana that is harming her health

Colorado and Washington were the first two states in the country to legalize the use of recreational marijuana for people aged 21 years and older. Despite the legal purchase age restriction, both states are starting to see increasing problems relating to youths and teens using marijuana. Increasingly Potent Marijuana There are reports from doctors, educators and parents pointing to the … Read More