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Specific Concerns for Elderly at Risk for Substance Abuse

Posted on April 17th, 2014

Specific Concerns for Elderly at Risk for Substance Abuse An alcoholic beverage at the age of 70 affects the body much differently than it does at 20. As metabolism slows the body holds alcohol longer and becomes more sensitive to it. Add this to the fact that older Americans take more prescription drugs to help ease the physical and mental ailments that start cascading as the body ages and they may not realize the dangers they’re facing.

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Children Imitate Parental Drug and Alcohol Behaviors

Posted on April 15th, 2014

children-imitate-parental-behaviorsAs every parent knows, children tend to pick up more of what they observe than what they are told, and parents don’t get to choose which habits children will imitate. A new study reveals that parents who abuse substances are more likely to have children who do the same.
The study from Sam Houston State University is not groundbreaking in the sense that no one has known the power of parent modeling before, but it is among the first to show at what point substance use behaviors begin to be copied and how parent behavior impacts the substance use decisions in offspring.

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The Latest on Youth Drug Issues

Posted on April 14th, 2014

youth-drug-issuesDrug use among young people is nothing new, and it’s been on the rise. Many young people don’t understand the facts and potential risks that come with abusing drugs.

Opioid Abuse an Epidemic

Opioids like oxycodone, hydrocodone and heroin are powerful drugs with serious risks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared abuse of these drugs to be an epidemic. Young people may think they know the dangers, but the truth is that prescribed drugs can be every bit as destructive as heroin when they are misused.

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Alcohol-Altered Genes Blamed for Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome

Posted on April 14th, 2014

wernicke-korsakoff-syndromeWernicke-Korsakoff syndrome is the collective name for two distinct conditions—Wernicke’s encephalopathy and Korsakoff syndrome—that seriously damage the brain and trigger a range of short- and long-term health complications. People affected by ongoing alcoholism are known to have an unusual susceptibility to Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome. In a study published in March 2014 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, researchers from the University of North Carolina sought to uncover the reason for this susceptibility. They concluded that the vulnerability stems from overlapping brain changes caused by alcoholism and a vitamin B1 (thiamine) deficiency.

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