drug abuse

Preventing and Treating Drug Use with Smartphones

By University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester, MA — Clinical researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) are combining an innovative constellation of technologies such as artificial intelligence, smartphone programming, biosensors and wireless connectivity to develop a device designed to detect physiological stressors associated with drug cravings and…

More heroin for heroin addicts – is the Department of Health quite off its head?

By Kathy Gyngell Free heroin dispensing on the NHS is getting closer. For seven years now the Department of Health has pumped our money into its ‘injectable opiate treatment trials’ to prove that it ‘works’. Now, according to announcement this week, it plans to pour good money after bad, efficacious…

Key Democrats backing Christie’s ‘second-chance’ laws

By Bob Jordan TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie, in his State of the State address last week, called for “second-chance” laws, giving substance abusers an opportunity for treatment ahead of jail time. The Republican governor received support from key Democratic lawmakers Monday. Sens. Raymond J. Lesniak, D-Union, and Sandra Bolden…

Is just not drinking or drugging enough? | MENTAL HEALTH

By Vikki Adams When substance abuse touches many families, the family just “wants it to stop,” but is that really enough? Depending on how much and how often an individual has been using drugs and alcohol (including the perceived legal ones such as over-the-counter or prescription drugs, Herbal Incense, K-2…

Patient safety is key when it comes to opioid abuse

By Richmond County Medical Society The management of any patient’s pain is highly individualistic. This is due, in part, to the difficulty involved in defining someone’s pain and the actual goals of therapy. The management of chronic pain occurs within the broader context of health care, including psychosocial function and…