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Experts in SC Highlight Need for More Research on Gateway Drug Relationships
A recent lecture hosted by the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) brought medical experts together to discuss the opiate epidemic currently taking place across the United States. Among other topics, one discussion that received a lot of attention was the question of whether or not marijuana use can be considered a potential gateway to ...
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What Does Opioid Addiction Actually Do to the Brain?
There is currently an epidemic of opioid addiction in the United States. The mechanism by which opioid drugs affect the brain makes it very easy for individuals to become dependent on them. The self-medication of mental health disorders is one significant way that people become dependent on opioids. How Addiction Starts Opioid use fosters dependence ...
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How Dentist Could Help Curb Opioid Addiction
For some people, their very first exposure to highly addictive opioids comes after a visit to the dentist. Many people who have their wisdom teeth removed are given a prescription for an opioid to help manage the pain and discomfort following the minor oral surgery. The majority of patients who have their wisdom teeth removed ...
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Freedom Cookout
The Drug Court Alumni & Peer Advisory Board hosted a Freedom Cookout on June 27th. The event was held at Westside Baptist Church in Spartanburg and celebrated recovery and freedom. Take a look at just a few of the pictures from our event....
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Recovery Coaches Added to Spartanburg ER
Spartanburg Medical Center’s ER adds recovery coaches to help those struggling with addiction. Three full-time and one part-time peer recovery coaches staff the ER station at Spartanburg Medical Center in shifts from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week. The program started about two weeks ago, making it the third such service in ...
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Signs That Your Loved One May Be Dealing with Alcoholism
You may think that spotting that your loved one has a problem with alcohol is easy, but it is not. People struggling with alcohol dependency can be very good at concealing that they have a problem, and may not even be willing to admit that they have a problem themselves, much less to the people ...
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Spartanburg County Fentanyl Deaths on the Rise
Fentanyl-related deaths reported in Spartanburg County have more than doubled in two years. Sue O’Brien, executive director of Spartanburg’s Forrester Center for Behavioral Health, said the increased rate of Fentanyl-related deaths is disheartening, but not surprising. The strength of the drug makes it particularly deadly, with users often overestimating how much they can take. She ...
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Fentanyl is taking more and more lives in Spartanburg County. The Forrester Center for Behavioral Health is one arm of the local effort to combat the overall opioid problem. “If you are buying opiates, pills, or other drugs off the street, you don’t know. You don’t know what might be laced in that,” said Susan ...
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Helping a Loved One Deal with Alcohol Problems
Each year in the United States, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) sponsors April as Alcohol Awareness Month. This sponsorship is designed to raise public awareness about alcoholism and to generate empathy – especially among family and friends – for those suffering from a reliance upon alcohol. The problem with alcohol in ...
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What South Carolina is Doing with Increased Funding to Fight Opioid Crisis?
South Carolina has recently received one of the largest surges in funding to fight the opioid crisis in the state with over $20 million in funds from the US Department of Health and Human Services. This will go toward prevention, treatment as well as recovery of what is known as opioid use disorder. In the ...
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