There’s a new report out by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) which shows that people aged 12 to 49 who had used prescription pain relievers nonmedically were 19 times more likely to have initiated heroin use recently (within the past 12 months of being interviewed) than others in that age group (0.39 percent versus 0.02 percent). The report also shows that four out of five recent heroin initiates (79.5 percent) had previously used prescription pain relievers nonmedically. Please see the entire news release here.
Please see this important article on binge drinking and the likehood of insomnia.
For HIV-infected homeless individuals, basic needs, such as food, clothing, and shelter, often supersede considerations regarding routine HIV medical care. Food, shelter, and safety needs must be met before individuals can consider other issues that affect their lives. CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE
About 18 women die every day of a prescription painkiller overdose in the U.S. Read more of this important story here.
A growing epidemic, especially among women. Please read this story by the CDC.
I was asked once how substance abuse might connect to HIV. I found this video that explains how there is a a high risk of getting HIV for any user of a substance to get high.