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New Study Shows, More Babies Born Drug Dependent - One Every Hour
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  Since 2009, over 13 thousand babies were born with drug withdrawal symptoms and this number continues to grow each year, putting it at a rate of one baby per hour.  "We were surprised by the magnitude of the increase," says researcher Stephen Patrick, MD, MPH, a Robert Wood Johnson clinical scholar at the University of Michigan.   So, what is drug dependence? And are babies growing more addicted to drugs? Drug dependence occurs when a person develops a physical dependence on a drug, disabling them from leading a normal and healthy lifestyle. This dependence leads to withdrawal symptoms if...

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How Cocaine Really Affects Your Body
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img source: businessinsider   The truth is, cocaine can start affecting your brain in a matter of seconds. Once there, it interferes with the brain's normal process of absorbing and recycling certain hormones, including those involved in pleasure, desire, and most importantly, memory. Upon regular to heavy use, cocaine possesses negative effects, from simple nose bleeds to permanent lung damage and death. View the animated picture below for a complete breakdown.      

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How an Obituary Can Help Save Others from Addiction
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img source: public domain   Being addicted to drugs is becoming more of a reality, especially for those who have endured a loss of a loved one. This happened in the town of Burlington, VT.  Sean Tyler Stem passed from his addiction to heroin at the young age of 26. Although this occurrence seems all too common, his family wanted to make a more lasting mark.  The Stem family used this experience to combat drug abuse and reach for donations to kick start a campaign supporting drug abuse victims. The family’s efforts didn’t stop there, engraving a sentimental, yet hopeful,...

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Cleveland Brown's Josh Gordon Suspended for a Third Time
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img source: Bleacher Report   Josh Gordon is not new to the NFL suspension game. Earlier this week, Gordon was reported testing positive for his substance of abuse test.   Josh Gordon is a wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns. In a statement released by the general manger, “As we have conveyed, we are disappointed to once again be at this point with Josh.” Their sentiments are substantiated.   This marks Gordon’s third suspension to date. Three consecutive years in a row. His first suspension fronted his 2013 season (missing two games) and Gordon was still able to lead the NFL...

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Increasing Dopamine Will Make You Happier. Here's How
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img source: public domain   It should not be a secret that altering your dopamine levels can directly affect your mood, behavior, and energy. However, did you know that dopamine levels can also be altered by your perception? A simple change on your outlook, can have profound effects on your day-to-day happiness. Here are some ways you can increase dopamine levels, without needing pills:   First, and foremost, don’t get addicted. Upon inspection of addictive behavior, studies show an underlying cause of low dopamine levels. The “addiction” whether it be food, drugs, etc… presents a quick-hit to correct your dopamine...

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