Category Archives: addiction

What you can do about the public health crises of gun violence and drug addiction

The number of Americans dying from gun violence or drug overdoses now surpasses the number of motor vehicle fatalities in the United States. The public health crises of gun violence and drug addiction are also felt in Central New York. … Continue reading

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You know smoking causes lung cancer; do you know what other diseases tobacco causes?

  If you or someone you love smokes, lung cancer us not your only health concern. Regular tobacco and electronic cigarette smokers increase their risk of heart and vascular diseases, including stroke, and lung diseases including emphysema — plus a … Continue reading

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E-cigarette dangers go beyond cancer

  The use of electronic cigarettes is higher among high school students than adults, a trend that alarms U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD. E-cigarettes contain a concentrated and more potent dose of nicotine than tobacco cigarettes, which is particularly … Continue reading

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Lung cancer vigil celebrates survivors, memorializes the departed

Caregivers and patients gathered at the Upstate Cancer Center Thursday, on the evening of the Great American Smokeout, for a candlelight vigil calling attention to lung cancer. “Even though everybody’s heard of it, a lot of people don’t realize that … Continue reading

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To avoid withdrawal, she nearly died: Former addict warns of the dangers of antidiarrheal drug

BY JIM HOWE Katharine “Kate” Rayland never intended to become addicted to – and nearly die from – an over-the-counter drug designed to prevent diarrhea. She developed a potentially fatal heart problem and landed in the intensive care unit at … Continue reading

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6 answers about heroin

Who uses heroin? Experts from the Upstate New York Poison Center say that some users turn to heroin because it is cheaper than prescription pain medicine. They may inject it, inhale it by snorting or sniffing, or smoke it. About … Continue reading

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13 things I learned from the fall issue of Upstate Health

The pages of the fall 2016 Upstate Health magazine are loaded with important information and a few surprises. If you’re not on our mailing list, you should be. Send an email with your name and mailing address to magazine@upstate.edu with “Upstate … Continue reading

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Helping newborns by helping moms off drugs

BY AMBER SMITH One quarter of the babies born in Onondaga County have been exposed to an opioid drug of some sort in the womb, making for one of the highest rates of newborn drug exposure in New York state. … Continue reading

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What is so enticing about heroin?

  Opioid analgesics such as heroin relieve pain by altering your perception of pain signals from your body. They are “enticing” because they are also able to stimulate an area in your brain associated with reward, which leads the user … Continue reading

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