Tag Archives: Substance Abuse

Recovering from Homelessness After Drug Addiction

Homeless woman According to SAMHSA, substance abuse is more common among the homeless than the population in general [2]. Substance abuse can be a major contributor to homelessness due to difficulty or losing employment, struggling with paying bills, or having conflict with family. According to a study from Bellevue Hospital in New York, which looked at 20 [...]
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Biological Factors that Influence Addiction

Man in a field There are various factors that contribute to addiction. Some are genetic, others environmental, or learned, and some biological. For this article, we will be focusing on the biological factors that influence addiction. Addiction is a serious disease that can impair, delay, or stunt brain development. Imaging studies of the brain in drug-addicted participants, have shown [...]
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Health Care Costs Related to Drug Abuse

Man in the woods In 2005, 19.7 million Americans age 12 and over, reported they had abused drugs in the past month [4, 5]. Many who abuse drugs, typically choose prescription pain medications, and are opiate based (think OxyContin and Vicodin). This tends to be most easily obtained by both youth and adults. When looking at the total cost [...]
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Connections Between Drug Abuse and Aging

Woman on the beach Substance abuse among the elderly, is one of the fastest growing health problems in American [1]. Individuals aged 50-59, who reported abusing illicit or prescription drugs in the past year doubled from 2.7% in 2002 to 6.2% in 2009 [2]. Often transitions to new housing, death of a spouse, aging health concerns, and changes in [...]
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