Global Health Progress Applauds HIV-Prevention Medicine Trial, Encourages Access to Medicines in Developing Countries

The New England Journal of Medicine recently released the results of a ground-breaking trial of an HIV-prevention method called oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Data from the trial revealed an almost 44 percent reduction of new HIV infections among participants who took the antiretroviral tablet daily to prevent HIV, compared to those who took the placebo pill.

Participants in the study included 2,499 HIV-negative gay men, transgender women, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) from Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, South Africa, Thailand and the United States; these were randomly chosen to receive the antiretroviral (ARV) drug TDF/FTC (brand name Truvada) or a placebo pill. Regular HIV tests were administrated throughout the study. At the end of the trial, 36 participants who took Truvada had become infected, compared to 64 of the participants who took the placebo pill.

Similar trials are currently being conducted among heterosexuals in Africa and injection drug users in Thailand. Additionally, a trial of a similar ARV in gel form is currently being tested in three US cities, Pittsburgh, Boston and Birmingham, Alabama.

Global Health Progress is encouraged by the outcome of this trial, as it could lead to the prevention of HIV in developing countries and around the world. However, additional funding is needed not only to continue developing drugs like this, but to increase access to medicines around the world. As the world of medicine continues to advance, it is the responsibility of the entire international community to facilitate access to medicines. Success depends on all sectors working in partnership; not only to make medicines more accessible, but also to ensure continued innovation into new medicines for the treatment and prevention of all diseases.

Research-based biopharmaceutical companies help the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic by providing millions of doses of anti-retroviral drugs at discounted prices and, in some cases, for free to patients in developing countries. These donation programs for Least Developed Countries and sub-Saharan Africa, together with programs for lower and middle income countries, apply to more than 87 percent of all people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide.

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International Clients Can Now Use A New Online Drugstore By RX Corp

RX Corp is happy to invite new clients to an online pharmacy that has been launched recently and is ready to offer extremely beneficial prices on the most sought-for medicines like generic cialis.

From now on all customers wishing to pay reasonable price for top quality medications and secure an order within a short time frame can turn to for good service. With emergence of this website new and regular customers will get more assortment, quicker service and full security guarantees. The most up-to-date technologies protect every customer from dishonesty and information pilfering. There are several methods of shipping and payment available that the client can choose from. All these things make this online pharmacy a real helping hand for everybody.

For an international visitor launching of appears to be a nice alternative. Looking for a reliable, certified and reasonable pharmacy with quick and low-cost shipping terms such a customer can finally sigh with relief. Though came into operation not long ago, new clients have already estimated it at its true worth for provision of high quality products and services. All the customers proved to be satisfied with regard to all other aspects of its operation. The wide range of medications that are always in stock will surprise even the most exacting customer and includes generic Viagra and Generic Cialis.

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Overweight Struggle With Weight Loss Because Of Heightened Sense Of Smell

New research has found that some overweight people have a greater sense of smell for food which may cause them to struggle with diets and weight loss.

Carried out by the University of Portsmouth , the study found that those who were overweight, or had a high BMI, had a far heightened sense of smell for food compared with slim people.

Volunteers took part in the study where they were asked to join in with a series of mini experiments that tested their smelling ability.

The results revealed that most people are better at detecting food odours just after they had eaten rather than when they were hungry with experts citing this as one of the reasons many people continue eating long after they are full up.

Scientists believe this new research could help explain why some people struggle to stay slim or stick to a strict diet.

Lead researcher Dr Stafford, said: “It could be speculated that for those with a propensity to gain weight, their higher sense of smell for food related odours might actually play a more active role in food intake.

“Hopefully this research will stimulate more work in this area with the potential to help those who struggle with their weight and those who treat people with weight problems.”

Those who are worried about being overweight should book a consultation with an expert bariatric surgeon at The Hospital Group.

The Hospital Group is the UK ‘s biggest provider of weight loss surgery, including gastric bands, gastric bypasses and gastric balloons.

David Ross, Chief Executive of The Hospital Group said: “Many overweight people struggle with their food intake and often find themselves in a vicious cycle of over eating.

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Connecticut Drug Rehab Announces Changes Within Its Facility

The driving force behind change with any drug rehab should be the focus and goal of assisting more individuals get and remain sober.

Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center has maintained that focus and goal for the past twelve years, attempting to continually incorporate innovative treatment methods into its program to achieve even higher success rates. It has done so once again with the addition of two new key components: a new Clinical Director and a new treatment modality, acupuncture.

“Mountainside’s success is attributed to the forethought of its founders,” begins a spokesperson for Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center . “Our goal has always been to combine innovative, cutting-edge treatment modalities with evidence-based treatment modalities, creating a program that insures the most optimum recovery outcomes for our clients. In order to accomplish this, it is important that everyone on the Mountainside team share the same vision. Recently, we brought a new individual onto our team who does share the same vision – Fred Keane, a Licensed Master Social Worker, whose outstanding leadership and clinical practice experience will benefit Mountainside tremendously as he serves in the position of Clinical Director. Fred has also been instrumental in helping us implement our new acupuncture program that we have recently begun. Both of these newest changes will help us further our goal of assisting individuals in maintaining lifelong sobriety.”

Long an advocate of pioneering new treatment options, Mountainside’s focus continues to be assisting as many individuals as possible in maintaining lifelong sobriety through its unique, individualized approach to drug rehab.

Comprised of licensed and certified counselors and social workers as well as a Nurse Practitioner and a Registered Nurse, the team at Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center prides itself on being able to offer its clients a complete range of services, each of which address the unique needs of the individual. For clients who may have psychiatric issues and/or a dual diagnosis, Mountainside provides the services of a Psychiatrist who has specialization in addictions. As a result of their unique, innovative approaches to addiction treatment over the past 12 years, Mountainside has become the model for the addiction treatment field.

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South Florida Dentist Warns about Holiday Foods

When most people think of foods that can harm your teeth, they think of candy. “However, there are a lot of other foods to avoid,” says Dr. Charles Nottingham, a cosmetic dentist at Smile South Florida. “Unfortunately, many of them are popular during the holidays.”

Sugar: Sugar, of course, is the #1 culprit in causing cavities. The worst offenders are sticky foods like lollipops, hard candies, and gum drops. They give you a double whammy. Not only are they high in sugar, but they also stick to your teeth for a long time after you eat. Surprisingly chocolate is less like to be a culprit because it binds with fat molecules and doesn’t stick to teeth as well as other candies. If you do eat a lot of sugary foods, try to do so at mealtimes when increased saliva can wash sugar off teeth.

Starches: “Bread and potatoes are very popular parts of traditional holiday meals,” points out Dr. Nottingham. “But, the refined flour in white bread and the starch in potatoes are essentially sugars and so will affect your teeth the same way refined sugar does. So cut back on those rolls, mashed potatoes, holiday cookies, and potato chips.”

Alcohol: An occasional drink at a holiday party is okay. But excess alcohol wears away tooth enamel, discoloring teeth and making them vulnerable to cavities.

The good news is there are a lot of foods that are healthy for your teeth as well. “In general most fruits and vegetables help strengthen your teeth – as do a lot of foods containing protein,” says Dr. Nottingham.

Fruits and Vegetables: Any fruit or veggie with a lot of fiber will help out. Onions, celery, kiwis, parsley, and apples are all singled out by experts as being particularly good for your teeth. So look for holiday recipes that include these foods.

Dairy Products: In general cheese, yogurt, milk, and other dairy products (without added sugar), are good choices for the teeth. They help generate saliva which washes sugars off the teeth and they contain calcium, which strengthens them.

About Smile South Florida Cosmetic Dentistry
The cosmetic dentists at Smile South Florida Cosmetic Dentistry have offices in Broward County and West Palm Beach and provide Boca Raton Dentistry, Fort Lauderdale Dentistry and Miami Dentistry.

About Nottingham Consulting Group
Nottingham Consulting Group (NCG) is a business consulting firm specializing in business management, business coaching and marketing strategies.

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Narconon Calls For Anti-Drug Messages To Counter On-Air Marijuana Smoking

Last week, Zach Galifianakis, star of the new movie “Due Date,” startled his interviewer and fellow guests on Real Time with Bill Maher by pulling out what he said was a joint and lighting up. In a later interview, Bill Maher denied that Zach had been smoking real marijuana. It hardly matters. The communication behind the action is crystal clear. It says “Marijuana smoking is acceptable.” It tells young people “Go ahead and smoke it.” This was all part of the brouhaha surround the debate over California’s referendum to legalize marijuana, which is neither here nor there. This article is not about legalization.

Narconon Calls For Anti-Drug Messages To Counter On-Air Marijuana Smoking

The fact is that as irresponsible as the act itself would be to let that communication hang in the air, unanswered. For that reason, Narconon International senior drug educator Bobby Wiggins calls for parents to respond to this TV gimmick by actually talking to their children about drug abuse and the real-life problems it can create. Narconon is an international organization dedicated to preventing drug and alcohol abuse and to helping those who have become addicted recover fully.

“It’s not enough for parents just to tell their children they should abstain from drugs,” said Wiggins. “They’ve got to be real with them. The truth is that marijuana use itself creates its own damage and is itself addictive. The dealer trying to sell a teenager an ounce of marijuana is sure not going to be the one to tell the kid, so it’s got to be the parents.”

The National Center on Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) provides annual reports on the state of substance abuse among America’s young people. These reports completely support the idea that the best route to success is drug-free and alcohol-free. Their reports state that about half of students who drop out of school either themselves have been involved with alcohol and/or other drug use or they have parents who are substance abusers. CASA’s research also indicates that young people who abuse drugs or alcohol have lower grades and higher rates of suspension or expulsion. They are less likely to graduate from high school or college.

But don’t expect the noisy advocates of marijuana legalization or decriminalization to admit any of this. For the record, Narconon does not take a political stand on this issue…because it’s a red herring. What is important is demand reduction – effective drug rehabilitation and effective drug education.

“For decades, Narconon has taught volunteers in the U.S.and dozens of other countries how to educate children to think more responsibly about drug use,” stated Wiggins. “We emphasize giving students real information they can use to make drug-free decisions on their own. Our method of drug education has been studied and demonstrated to reduce drug use by those students who receive the curriculum. The only safe amount of illicit drug use is none at all, period.”

Visit for more information on the Narconon program.

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Narconon Egypt Announces Graduate from Nigeria

Mabruka came into the Narconon drug rehabilitation program in Cairo Egypt as what he describes “a mess of a human being.” He had struggled with addiction for many years lying to himself while thinking deep down he would never be able to get out of the trap caused by drug abuse.

“I was deader than alive and numb” he says in a recent interview.

One day Mabruka was able to enroll in Narconon Egypt where he was able to complete each of the eight steps of the residential treatment provided through Narconon.

“The Narconon program has taught me how to live again and Narconon has restored my faith in myself and given me peace stability that can only be dreamt of” he explains. “The books are amazing as well and the sauna. It was the best thing for me. I have my health back and my body is alive again being in control of my life.”

The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program has been saving lives worldwide from the destruction of drug and alcohol addiction since the 1960s. The program was started by a man named William Benitez a habitual criminal and heroin addict who was searching for a solution to his own addiction from behind the walls of the Arizona State Penitentiary in 1964. Benitez came upon a book American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard that helped him permanently recover from addiction and he then used what he learned to help others struggling with substance abuse. Today Narconon operates more than 150 drug treatment centers in 40 different countries. One of the newest locations is Narconon Egypt.

Narconon Egypt’s center is located in Mokattam City – a quiet suburb in Cairo situated away from pollution and noise and an ideal environment for anyone addicted to start the rehabilitation process. Their mission is to eradicate the problem of drug and alcohol abuse in their region through effective rehabilitation and education. The center promises many more graduates such as Mabruka.

“[Since completing Narconon] no longer do the chemicals of evil men call my name or haunt my dreams. No longer do I fear or hate or have to hide” says Mabruka. “Words are not enough. I will forever spread the word of Narconon Egypt and the people who absolutely perform miracles every day. The Narconon program is truly a miracle but this miracle can be explained.” To learn more about Narconon please visit

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Narconon International Urges Rehabilitation Centers To Get The Word Out To The Public

It is officially acknowledged by health authorities in the US that overdoses on prescription drugs have passed up the traditional killers, heroin and cocaine. One of the drugs most responsible for this is an opiate derivative called, fentanyl. It is manufactured under many names, including Actiq, Duragesic, Durogesic, Fentora, Instanyl, and Sublimaze.

Narconon International Urges Rehabilitation Centers To Get The Word Out To The Public

The synthetic opiate is prescribed for patients who are in constant pain, or who are suffering break-through pain (sudden flare ups of pain that occur despite pain medications already administered), for chronic conditions or the effects of chemotherapy. It comes in many forms: patches worn on the skin, lozenges or“lollipops” and injectable forms.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Heath, which monitors health worker-related drug abuse, warns that “Fentanyl depresses central nervous system and respiratory function. Exposure to fentanyl may be fatal. Fentanyl is estimated to be 100 times as potent as morphine and many of times more potent than heroin. It is a drug of abuse.”

One of the reasons the drug is extremely dangerous is because it has a short-term effect on the body, tolerance builds up rapidly causing the addicted person to up the dosage to dangerous levels after a short time using the drug. Once removed from the safeguards of a highly controlled medical environment, the abuser can easily overdose, and bring on respiratory failure and death.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other sources, supply of the drug on the streets is virtually unlimited, as evidenced by a recent arrest of a 19-year-old medical attendant and her boyfriend caught removing the gel from the patches administered to patients in a nursing home. The drug is also stolen from pharmacies, a problem for law enforcement that has been escalating throughout the US. Even used patches are collected for the remaining drug that is still on them.

Once procured by users, it is often “cooked” in foil and inhaled or injected. Patches are also sometimes frozen, cut into pieces and eaten or placed under the tongue or in the cheek for absorption. Websites frequented by young people give tips and information about procuring the drug and ways to get the most out of the drug in whatever form it is in. Discussions about the drug further popularize it, including information on how to make it. “In short, this drug is easily procured and it is deadly,” says Bobby Wiggins, Director of Drug Education at Narconon International.

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Florida Gynecologist Rebuts Misconceptions About Cosmetic Procedures

Cosmetic gynecology is a burgeoning field with a growing number of practitioners and patients all over the U.S. However, some doctors expressed concern about the field in a recent issue of OB.Gyn News. Many worried that such procedures aren’t medically indicated, while others were concerned about negatively affecting a woman’s self-image by suggesting that her private parts might be unattractive.

However, Dr. Mark Scheinberg, a South Florida cosmetic gynecologist from the Center for Cosmetic Laser Gynecology, knows these criticisms are unfounded. “I have seen hundreds of patients in my practice, “says Dr. Scheinberg. “Many of them have functional concerns, such as pain, difficulty with urine retention, or diminished sexual satisfaction. Aging, childbirth, and other causes can result in some distressing changes in the vulva area. After surgery, they are very happy to have these functions return to normal.”

Other critics have voiced concern that gynecologists’ straying into purely cosmetic treatments is a inappropriate. However, as Dr. Scheinberg points out, “These procedures are no different than breast enhancement or tummy tucks which are performed for cosmetic reasons. Enhancing your appearance is a valid choice for women. It can improve their self-image and quality of life.”

Ultimately, Dr. Scheinberg notes, it’s an issue of giving women choices. “I believe that women should have cosmetic gynecology options,” he says. “It’s not up to me to tell a woman whether she should or shouldn’t be happy with the appearance of the vulvar area. It’s the patient’s choice.”

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Affordable Drug Rehab Options For Those With No Insurance

There seems to be no end in sight for the slump in the US economy nor does any health care solution seem plausible in the immediate future.

So often, the health plans of individuals are such that Insurance policies will not cover comprehensive drug rehab for those affected by substance abuse and, unfortunately, those who need the care the most are unable to obtain it.

Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center foresaw this challenge back in the mid 1990’s and, in response to what they recognized as a growing need, established an affordable drug rehab care model. To date, their program has helped thousands to get on to the road to recovery and a life of sobriety.

“The founders of Mountainside anticipated many challenges within the health care field many years ago,” begins a spokesperson for Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center . “When developing our program, we knew that affordability had to be one of the basic tenets of the individualized drug rehab program. So, while establishing a new standard of care through the use of various treatment modalities, Mountainside developed a program that wins widespread acclaim from treatment professionals and is affordable and within reach of the majority of individual’s budgets. Our program of individualized and affordable treatment has since become the standard of care for dug rehabs worldwide.”

It’s estimated that over 40 million individuals within the United States abuse alcohol and use illegal drugs annually, and less than 10% are able to receive the life-changing addiction treatment they need.

Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center has long been an advocate of alcohol and drug rehab that is individualized, affordable and under the direction of treatment professionals. The compassionate, caring treatment team at Mountainside is comprised of licensed and certified counselors and social workers as well as a Nurse Practitioner and a Registered Nurse, both of whom have specialization and extensive experience in drug addiction and alcohol treatment. For clients who may have psychiatric issues and/or a dual diagnosis, Mountainside provides the services of a Psychiatrist who also has specialization in addictions. As a result of their unique, innovative approaches to addiction treatment over the past 12 years, Mountainside has become the model for the addiction treatment field.

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Flower Mound Clinic Providing Advanced Approach to Health Care

Dr. Colin Burnley, a Lewisville, Texas resident of approximately 25 years, has opened a new clinic in Flower Mound, The Burnley Clinic, that bridges the gap between what patients have come to expect with traditional health care and what is needed to ultimately regain optimal health and performance.

“It is no surprise that health care costs continue to rise to astronomical levels while our health declines. In 2009, 60% of bankruptcies were prompted by medical bills. Now, more than ever, we need to stop masking the symptoms and find and treat the source of our health problems, eliminating them for good,” says Dr. Burnley.“Many of us are stuck in a cycle of trying to maintain status quo and just getting by. The Burnley Clinic is dedicated to helping patients get long-awaited answers and much-needed relief, while stopping new problems before they start.”

Dr. Burnley provides leading applied kinesiology and chiropractic services, encompassing adjustments with functional neurology, acupuncture meridians, muscle balancing, and nutrition to help patients overcome acute or chronic dysfunction and attain exemplary health. His background in biomechanics includes a focus on kinetic chain dysfunction, motor coordination, core strength and stabilization, injury rehabilitation, and nutrition to achieve functional improvement and total body wellness.

Dr. Burnley attended Parker College of Chiropractic, where he obtained his Doctor of Chiropractic and a B.S. in Health and Wellness. He also received a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of North Texas and has completed 240 hours of advanced training from the International College of Applied Kinesiology. His licenses and certifications include Corrective Exercise Specialist, Performance Enhancement Specialist, and Certified Personal Trainer from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and Biomechanics of Resistance Training Certification from The Cooper Institute.

The Burnley Clinic is located at 3000 Corporate Court, Suite 200, Flower Mound, Texas 75028, next to Blue Star Imaging.

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Psych Your Diet: A Daily Dose – The Handy Advice Manuals For Women To Use Every Day

Introducing a three-volume set of books about how to use psychology for weight-loss success. Together, the three volumes give women the help they need with the whole process of losing weight: how to START, how to STICK TO IT, how to KEEP IT OFF.

Dr. Kenneth Schwarz is a psychologist practicing in Connecticut, where he is on the allied health staff at Sharon Hospital. Julie North Schwarz is a writer in the field of women’s weight issues.

Also by the authors: Breaking Up With Food: Maria’s Last Diet, and Diet Tuffy: The Online System for Diet Mastery. They publish the Daily Blog at

Product Details
Titles: Psych Your Diet: A Daily Dose
Volume 1. Psych Yourself to START
Volume 2. Psych Yourself to STICK TO IT
Volume 3. Psych Yourself to KEEP IT OFF
Release date: December 30, 2010
In paperback and multi-format e-book
Publisher: Symmetry Press LLC
Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Apple, other online retailers, and at nearby bookstores.

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Drug Facts Week Highlights Importance Of Community Based Drug Addiction Education

This week, the National Institute on Drug Abuse is sponsoring a “Drug Facts Week”. Targeted at teens and young adults, this week centers around debunking myths regarding drug abuse.

“When approaching such a sensitive subject as drug abuse and drug addiction prevention, we have to make sure that we open the lines of communication in a safe way,” begins a spokesperson for Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center . “The best way to do this is in the broad sense, at the national level. This type of approach lets teens and young adults know, ‘If you have a question, we’re here and this is the place to get it answered’. One of the most important parts about a national event such as this is that it gets communities involved in affecting change. It helps everyone see just how widespread substance abuse is and fosters the formation of relationships within the community which can offer support for teens and young adults who may not have a mentor to whom they can look for guidance. Community based education also provides a sense of belonging and a sense of likeness to a group of people. And, research has shown that the incidence of substance abuse is less among those who feel they ‘fit’ and belong somewhere.”

Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center has long been an advocate of alcohol and drug abuse prevention through education, starting at the family and community level. Since its inception, Mountainside has been committed to creating ways that will help individuals to get and to remain sober.

The compassionate, caring treatment team at Mountainside is comprised of licensed and certified counselors and social workers as well as a Nurse Practitioner and a Registered Nurse, both of whom have specialization and extensive experience in drug addiction and alcohol treatment. For clients who may have psychiatric issues and/or a dual diagnosis, Mountainside provides the services of a Psychiatrist who also has specialization in addictions. As a result of their unique, innovative approaches to addiction treatment over the past 12 years, Mountainside has become the model for the addiction treatment field.

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Molplex Launches Novel ‘Drug Discovery On Demand’ Service

An innovative new online “drug discovery on demand” platform has been launched by Molplex, a company specializing in products and services for the life sciences. Designed to help drug discovery groups working anywhere in the world, it aims to eliminate the high start-up costs and minimize the financial risks traditionally associated with inventing new medicines.

Molplex CEO David Leahy said: “As the pharmaceutical industry changes, a new ecosystem of small, flexible teams operating as “Micro Pharmas” is emerging. Molplex will provide the services they need to succeed at inventing better medicines at lower cost”.

The first version of the new Molplex system launched today offers free access to sophisticated drug design systems, high quality assay-ready stock chemicals and high content biological screening at

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The Different Ways Narconon and Other Rehabilitation Centers Save Lives

When people go to a Narconon rehab center or any other rehabilitation center, it usually means they have hit a point in their lives where things can’t get much worse. Unfortunately, there are many who still avoid getting help even when their world has turned upside down. If only they would realize that going to a rehab center can save their lives, in more ways than one.

There were 11,773 drunken driving deaths in 2008. In Canada 33.8% of motor vehicle deaths were associated with alcohol use. All of these could have been prevented if a rehabilitation center would have been utilized. Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of death around the world.

Deaths caused by cirrhosis of the liver and other ailments due to alcoholism increase every year. Pancreatitis is also a contributing factor in many alcohol related deaths. Repression of the respiratory system is a major cause of death for drug addicts, especially those who use drugs such as Oxycontin and Oxycodone. These deaths also can be prevented by seeking help from a rehabilitation center.

In the United States alone, prescription drugs cause most of the more than 26,000 fatal overdoses each year. Add that to the number of illicit drug users overdose statistics and you up to nearly 60,000 a year. Those are 60,000 people that could have lived had they gone to a drug rehabilitation center.

Pregnancies of drug and alcohol users many times end in spontaneous abortions or serious, life threatening illnesses to the fetus or newly born child. Innocent lives have been taken as a result of drugs and alcohol.

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Alcohol Rated As Most Deadly Drug, Legal Or Illegal

A recent study out of Great Britain suggests that alcohol is more deadly than crack cocaine and even heroin.

Scientists in Great Britain devised a system for evaluating the dangers of both legal and illegal drugs. The drugs were rated using a technique called Multicriteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) which assess damage according to nine factors with regard to harm to the user and seven factors that indicate harm to others. Factors which were considered for harm to the user were such things as drug-specific or drug related death, damage to personal health, drug dependence and loss of relationships. Criteria considered with regard to harm to others included crime, environmental damage, conflict within families, international damage, economic costs and damage relating to division within communities.

“I think that society, as a whole, doesn’t realize exactly how detrimental alcohol is,” begins a spokesperson for Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center . “The attitude within the United States seems to be: ‘if you’re 21, the law says that you are old enough to drink, therefore there can’t be any real harm in drinking in moderation’. But, as this study shows, there are more factors to consider than just those related to personal health. Certainly, health is a major consideration, but personal, family and work relationships rank a close second. Educating young adults on the various ways that alcohol impacts on their lives and the lives of others can go a long way in decreasing alcohol abuse.”

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