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A 50-year-old technology that uses bursts of electricity to treat pain might finally catch on as doctors hunt for alternatives to opioids

With millions of people still using opioids in the US to for pain relief, doctors and patients are looking for alternative pain treatments. Neuromodulation, an implanted device which applies controlled amounts of electricity into the nervous system to treat pain, offers an effective and scientifically-sound alternative to opioid use. The […]
A 50-year-old technology that uses bursts of electricity to treat pain might finally catch on as doctors hunt for alternatives to opioids
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Drugs and syringes have become such a problem in US Starbucks bathrooms that the company is installing needle-disposal boxes in certain locations

Starbucks is installing needle-disposal boxes in some bathrooms, as well as exploring other solutions to workers’ concerns regarding improperly discarded syringes and the related health risks. More than 3,700 people signed a petition on Coworker.org, calling for Starbucks to place needle-disposal boxes in high-risk bathrooms. Starbucks workers reported finding blood […]
Drugs and syringes have become such a problem in US Starbucks bathrooms that the company is installing needle-disposal boxes in certain locations
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6 signs someone may have an opioid addiction, and how to help

In 2017, an estimated 2.1 million Americans battled an addiction to opioids, the class of drugs that includes prescription painkillers, heroin, and fentanyl. And opioid addiction – or opioid use disorder, as it’s known to doctors – is a disease that can kill. Opioid-related deaths have surged in recent years, […]
6 signs someone may have an opioid addiction, and how to help
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Most rehabs don’t offer a science-backed treatment for drug addiction. A new initiative aims to change that.

To treat addiction to opioid painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin, scientists say we should be using something called medication-assisted treatment, which involves giving patients access to medications that appear to curb overdose deaths. Few rehabs or treatment centres offer the medications, however. Instead, many centres follow the guidance of 12-step […]
Most rehabs don’t offer a science-backed treatment for drug addiction. A new initiative aims to change that.
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Trump doubles down on executing drug dealers

President Donald Trump in a speech on Saturday called for executing drug dealers, praising other countries that adopt the practice. Trump said he recently spoke with leaders in China and Singapore, who told him they’d eliminated their drug problems by giving dealers the death penalty. It’s not the first time […]
Trump doubles down on executing drug dealers