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Medication

Reasons for Overprescribing Opioids: What a Doctor Wants You to Know

New measures have been developed to limit unnecessary opioid prescriptions but will how successful will they be?

By Eli Hendel, M.D.
Opioids in doctor office.
Medication

From a Doctor's Perspective: The Opioid Crisis in the Office Setting

The opioid crisis has changed the way we think about pain. Addictions typically associated with street drugs now often start in the doctor’s office.

By Eli Hendel, M.D.
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Medicaid

Hospitalizations in Homeless Americans Are Rising

In the U.S., an estimated 553,000 people per night are homeless. Among this population, hospitalizations are on the rise, according to a December 2018 study in Medical Care.

By Lara DeSanto
Downtrodden man sitting in a tunnel.
Medication

Opioids: Physical Dependence vs. Addiction

The terms "addiction" and "physical dependence" are not interchangeable, even though they're often used that way. Learn the difference.

By Stephanie Stephens
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Diagnosis

Gaming Addiction: Understanding This Modern Diagnosis

Gaming addiction is real and troubling. So why isn’t it included in the DSM-V? Learn more about the disorder: its history, symptoms, and treatment options.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.
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New Generic Drug Could Improve Treatment for Opioid Dependence

The approved the first generic versions of Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) sublingual film for the treatment of opioid dependence to improve access to these medications for people who need them.

By Diane Domina
Naloxone

One Brand of Opioid Overdose Antidote Naloxone Is Recalled

Hospira is recalling two lots of naloxone – an antidote for opioid overdose – because of the possible presence of particulate matter on the syringe plunger.

By Bethany Hoffman
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Treatment

How to Treat Insomnia When You Live with an Alcohol Use Disorder

Half of all patients report disturbed sleep during alcohol withdrawal. Here are some treatment options that may help.

By Martin Reed
Man lying on couch with remote in hand binge watching television.
Lifestyle

Tips for Beating the TV Binge and Getting Quality Sleep

Binge-watching seems fun at first, but it often exacts a price on your mood, health, and wellbeing

By Alice Williams
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Risk Factors

Think Twice Before You Drink

You may have heard that moderate alcohol consumption can improve heart health. But there’s a fine line between healthy and hazardous drinking. Here’s what you need to know before you raise a glass.

By Pete Kelly

Meet the Experts

Martin Reed
Patient Advocate

Martin is the owner of Insomnia Coach and is passionate about sleep. He has been writing for HealthCentral since 2014.

Eileen Bailey
Health Writer

Eileen Bailey is an award-winner author of six books on health and parenting. She specializes in ADHD, Anxiety, Sexual Health, Skin Care, Psoriasis and Skin Cancer.

Patrick Chatfield
Editor

Patrick Chatfield is a digital editor at HealthCentral.com. He’s the assigning editor for Heart Health, Diabetes, Obesity, Respiratory Health, and Infectious Diseases.