HIV & Substance Use Disorder: Treatment Can Help

Man understanding how his genetics can affect alcoholism There is a correlation between substance use disorders and HIV [1]. Research shows that this correlation may be due to increased risk-taking behavior while intoxicated or the transmission of bodily fluids through intravenous drugs [1]. Given the potential for serious medical complications, it is important to decrease the transmission rate of HIV. Treating substance use [...]
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Kratom: 2020 Review of the Hope and Hype

Southeast Asia Landscape Coffee Plants Mitragyna speciose or Kratom is a plant in the coffee family (Rubiaceae) native to Southeast Asia and Thailand [1]. Their leaves have caused opioid-like and stimulant responses upon ingestion. Kratom is also known as Biak, Ketum, Kakuam, or Ithang or Thom. The principle pharmacologically active compounds present in Kratom are the indole alkaloids, mitragynine, and [...]
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First Responders & Substance Use Disorder

First responder at the scene of an incident Medical professionals (firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical technicians) are 10% more likely to have mental health and substance abuse issues compared to the general population [1]. First responders are exposed to highly stressful situations, including witnessing violence, death, injuries, natural disasters, and pain. These exposures are often in addition to threats to their personal [...]
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Professionals with Addiction

Aging Man with Oxycontin addiction The stigma attached to addiction is extensive and shameful for those who struggle with substance use particularly for professionals with addiction. Society has a way of seeing people as labels. When someone is faced with addiction, there is the fear of being labeled as an “addict” or “junkie,” rather than a person who is struggling [...]
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