Tag Archives: abuse

Substance abuse among veterans increasing as mental health issues go untreated, study finds

More U.S. military veterans are struggling with substance abuse and half of returning service members who need mental health treatment don’t seek out care, according to newly released data. According to information from the Centers for Disease Control’s 2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System compiled by American Addiction Centers, the rate of binge drinking among veterans… Read More »

Massachusetts Maternal Mortality Rates Rising: Opioid Abuse and Psychiatric Illness Play a Role

Pregnancy-associated mortality, defined as the death of a woman during pregnancy or within one year of the termination of pregnancy, is increasing in Massachusetts.  In 2012, there were 30.4 deaths/100,000 live births. In 2014, the rate increased by 33%, to 40.4 deaths per 100,000 live births. Because pregnancy-associated mortality rates have historically been relatively low… Read More »

Cold medicine abuse can be deadly

Cold medicine overdose effects MADRAS, Ore. – (Update: Adding comments from doctor) Four young people in Jefferson County were taken to the hospital after overdosing on cold medicine. But what exactly happens when a person overdoses on those over-the-counter medications? The dangerous drug inside the cold medicine is called dextromethorphan, or DXM. It’s found in over-the-counter meds like… Read More »