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Cigarette Taxation Shrinks Alcohol Consumption among Vulnerable Populations
A new study to be published in the January 2014 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research states that cigarette taxation is one of the most useful policies to cut down smoking. Through...more



Molecular Process Discovery Could Provide Treatment for Cocaine Dependents
Michigan State University (MSU) scientists recently discovered a molecular pathway in the brain prompted by cocaine dependency that could supply a target for treatments to prevent or repeal addiction...more

A Different Response to Tackling Homelessness and Alcohol Use
Shelter House, which opened a MAP (the Kwae Kii Win Centre) in Thunder Bay, Ontario in 2012, has approached a different style in helping the chronic homeless and people with alcohol...more

Cell and Animal Studies Could Enable Development of Effective Drugs for Addiction
The Scripps Research Institute's team of scientists has explored a combination of cell and animal studies that enable the development of effective drugs for addiction with fewer side effects. The...more

Regular Cocaine and Cannabis Use May Increase Impulsive Behavior
In a study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, regular cannabis and cocaine drug use may trigger addictive behaviors. Under cannabis usage, subjects were slower, but made more...more

Study Finds Pre-College Talk Between Parents and Teens Diminish Drinking Habits
In a handbook developed by Robert Turrisi, professor of biobehavioral health at Penn State, pre-college chats between parents and teens can prevent or lessen heavy drinking habits. Turrisi claims...more

Football Tournament Tackles Homelessness and Addiction Recovery
The 'Homelessness to Recovery' football tournament is intended to help people recovering from addiction and homelessness. The tournament brought teams from across the North East area and even a...more

Economic Status Affects Substance Abuse Among Youth
In a study led by a team of researchers at Duke Medicine, kids who live in economically disadvantaged homes are more prone to smoke cigarettes and binge on other illegal substances than their...more

New Study Exposes Alcohol Consumption is a Continuing Public Health Disaster
A new study finds that between 2007 and 2009, alcohol was a 'necessary' cause of death and, which resulted in liver disease, the main culprit of these deaths. The study also finds that the risk...more

Southern University Gets $900,000 Grant to Fight HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse
Southern University has been funded a three-year, $900,000 federal grant for the prevention of HIV/AIDS and substance abuse. The goal of the funding is to provide integrated substance abuse and...more






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Why This Book Needs to be Read By Every Social Entrepreneur


Why This Book Needs to be Read By Every Social Entrepreneur

Pedagogy of the Oppressed, a 1970s book by author Paulo Freire, envisions a world not as a given reality, but as “a problem to be worked on and solved.” That mentality is often applied to the greatest social entrepreneurs.




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