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  • What is a dual diagnosis?

    Dual diagnosis, otherwise known as co-occurring disorders or concomitant disorders, occurs when there are two afflictions at once. For example, if a person has an alcohol use disorder and is also suffering from depression, they are said to have a dual diagnosis. A physician’s job is to figure out if substance use disorder is causing… Read More

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    An overview of synthetic cannabinoids

    Synthetic cannabinoids were first created as legal substrates to be used only in scientific research, not for human consumption. As such, this brings about problems of integrity of the drug, especially when sold and consumed in the streets. Synthetic cannabinoids actually do not bear similarity to THC (the psychoactive chemical present in marijuana), however, the… Read More

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    The effects of opioids

    Opioids, despite the fact that they are originally based on the natural poppy plant containing opium, do have dangerous side effects. For one, despite the fact that they’re frequently prescribed by doctors for pain relief, they have a pretty high potential for chemical addiction. For heroin, one study says that 23% of people who have… Read More

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