Overdose treatment: What happens and what you can do to save a life

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Recent figures from the Centers for Disease Control revealed that a record number of Americans died from a suspected drug overdose in 2020, highlighting the need for effective and accessible overdose treatment. But what does overdose treatment mean, in the conventional sense? Certainly, it’s a different type of “treatment” altogether from standard drug and alcohol…

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Alcohol use in higher education: Dissecting the college drinking culture

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When it comes to alcohol consumption at institutions of higher learning, it’s important to understand that college drinking isn’t just a fad: It’s a culture that’s been enabled and propped up for decades, to the point that it’s expected and encouraged … and as a result, it can cause serious problems. That’s not to say…

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Drug and alcohol use among college students: A look at the data

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Drug and alcohol use among college students is a topic that’s often treated, in many circles, with kid gloves. Consider, for instance, the vast repository of Hollywood films made about the party culture in higher education, from “Horse Feathers” to “Animal House” to “Revenge of the Nerds” to “Van Wilder.” Popular culture often depicts college…

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Scaring them straight: The history of anti-drug campaigns in America

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It may seem like a bizarre claim, but bear with us: Anti-drug campaigns are as American as apple pie, baseball and Budweiser. Much of that has to do with our Puritanical roots, and the role faith played in shaping every aspect of early American society, but consider what sociologist Carl Reinarman wrote in his 1994…

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Drug use on college campuses: What are the substances of concern?

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Like the college drinking culture, drug use on college campuses exists in that gray area between outright disapproval and tacit acknowledgement of it as a rite of passage. Since incoming freshmen first left home to attend school away from the watchful eyes of parents and guardians, college dormitories, Greek residences and off-campus apartments have developed…

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College students and weed: Is marijuana a party favor or a problem?

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Kegs are canceled, blazing up is in: Marijuana is more popular than ever at institutions of higher learning, with college students and weed becoming a much-scrutinized public health concern. To be fair, the college drinking culture hasn’t necessarily been replaced as much as it’s made room for cannabis. As the data website Statista reports [1],…

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How to detox from alcohol? Preferably under medical supervision

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You’re acknowledged that your drinking problem has gotten out of control, to the point that you’re suffering from acute withdrawal symptoms whenever you go for prolonged periods without it. Now you’re wondering how to detox from alcohol. Before we go any further, and this is important: detoxing from alcohol on your own is risky. We’ll…

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Time for treatment: What does alcohol rehab consist of?

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You’ve tried any number of ways to get a handle on your drinking problem, none of them effective, and now you’re considering another approach: treatment. But, you’re now wondering, what does alcohol rehab consist of? It’s a legitimate question, considering the often mercurial nature of drug and alcohol treatment. After all, it’s a process most…

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