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What’s the best way to quit smoking?

Smoking is far and away the biggest health crisis in America Smoking is the number one preventable cause of death, leading to an estimated 480,000 deaths every year, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC). That’s about four times higher than the next leading preventable cause of death, which high blood pressure and other …

Over-the-counter danger: Taking drugs like Nyquil for sleep

What are the dangers of using over-the-counter medications to help you sleep? Getting too little sleep can lead to a lot of issues. And even though it’s a problem that affects so many people, it’s also one of the most commonly overlooked health issues in the United States. An estimated 50 to 70 million Americans …

Addiction and Children – The Numbers

By Elizabeth Weidmer-Mikhail, MD, Psychiatrist, Enterhealth Ranch Medical Director With approximately 18 million individuals in the U.S. addicted to alcohol, The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence estimates there are about 26.8 million children exposed to alcoholism in their family every year. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) further estimates that …

Legal Status of Marijuana in the United States

by Harold C. Urschel III, MD, MMA, Enterhealth Chief Medical Strategist Under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, the use and/or possession of marijuana for any purpose is a federal crime. Under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), marijuana is classified as a Schedule I substance, meaning that it is determined to have a high potential …