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  • How to Get Off Suboxone: 3 Steps to Take When Quitting

    Approved by the FDA in 2002, buprenorphine - brand name Suboxone and Zubsolv - is now the “go-to” drug for medication-assisted treatment with opiate addiction. Unlike methadone treatment, it can be prescribed by physicians in the comfort of ...

    ... day. But what happens when you want to quit taking Suboxone? Booting the Buprenorphine If you've been using Suboxone ... discomfort. Participate in therapy: As you taper off Suboxone, it's important to continue seeing your ... continue reading
  • The Other Side of Suboxone

    It's become a commonly prescribed medical treatment for opioid addiction . In some cases, doctors prescribe Suboxone with the intention of stabilize those struggling with continued, compulsive abuse of illicit or prescription opioids to then, one ...

    ... In some cases, doctors prescribe Suboxone with the intention of stabilize those struggling with continued, compulsive abuse of illicit or prescription opioids to then, one day, slowly taper off the treatment drug itself ... continue reading
  • Methadone and Suboxone: What’s the Difference Anyway?

    An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. are addicted to prescription opioid drugs. Although there is no magical drug to treat opiate addiction, as part of a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) approach, there are a handful of treatment ...

    ... years. Once you are ready to stop using methadone you will slowly taper off the drug, and this will usually be done under medical supervision. If you're prescribed Suboxone, the amount of time you'll need to take it will ... continue reading
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  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

    When it comes to this nation's chemical dependence, few drugs have achieved the notoriety and reputation of opioid drugs. In fact, things have spiraled so far out of control that opiate addiction is now considered an epidemic. Despite leaving a ...

    ... must be high enough to sufficiently reduce pain. However, if you spend the whole day injecting heroin and suddenly decide to pop a Suboxone film under your tongue, you can expect serious problems - namely in the form of ... continue reading
  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

    In 2014, almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription pain medication. During that same time, as many as one in four people who received opioids for treatment of long-term pain in primary care settings struggled with an opioid ...

    ... is a partial opioid agonist. Which means each time Suboxone is taken, it gets “stuck” in the brain's opiate receptors for an entire day, stopping any chance of getting high from its' use. Buprenorphine also blocks ... continue reading
  • 7 Really Smart Ways to Save Money on Suboxone

    A couple of weeks ago, I saw a Facebook post from an acquaintance of mine lamenting about the exorbitant price of Suboxone. I'd known her to have a problem with opiates in the past, but it seemed like she was doing all the right things to get her ...

    ... from an acquaintance of mine lamenting about the exorbitant price of Suboxone. I'd known her to have a problem with opiates ... price for each dose can range from $4-19 per day, with the lower end being for those who have an ... continue reading
  • Recovery Roundtable: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone?

    Suboxone is a medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction . It's widely used as a replacement for methadone and can be prescribed in the comfort of a doctor's office, whereas methadone can only be ...

    ... approve or deny the practitioner's request within 45 days of receipt and hopes the proposed rule “will stimulate ... drug use . Additional Reading: Warning: 3 Dangerous Suboxone Interactions to Avoid Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Good News: Dr. Reddy's Will Produce a Cheaper Generic Form of Suboxone

    Suboxone - a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - is sadly inaccessible to a lot of people due to one simple factor: cost. But that's about to change. Last month, a supplier of generic drugs - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories - was allowed by a ...

    ... decrease by 70-80 percent in just a few weeks. There's also a financial impact on the revenue of Suboxone once the generic becomes available as there's the potential to lose its' monopolization of the market. Big Pharma ... continue reading
  • The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

    Buprenorphine, the generic name for Suboxone, is a medication used to treat opiate dependence - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an essential part of a person's recovery plan, mainly due to its accessibility. Users can attain it ...

    ... substances. As a result, both pharmacy giants established stricter dispensing rules, which led to thousands of complaints by Suboxone users . And now we can add Wal-Mart to the list, with a North Wilkesboro, NC, store ... continue reading
  • 6 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know

    What are Benzos? Benzodiazepines (benzos) are an anxiolytic class of drugs that belong to a larger group of substances that can be categorized as central nervous system (CNS) depressants. 1 Benzodiazepines work by increasing inhibitory ...

    ... For most people, benzo withdrawal isn't a matter of days but months or even years. Withdrawal for relatively short-acting ... could be life-saving. 4. Consider a Slow-Taper Detox Once the body has grown dependent on a ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

    For centuries, people have debated one age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? While both sides of this argument have their valid points, the question itself has evolved, making its way into other areas of society, including the ...

    ... about medication-assisted detox. After drugs like Suboxone and Subutex hit the market and exploded in ... replaces another and the patient's dosage is gradually tapered down. Over a designated period of time, the ... continue reading
  • Is There Ever a Good Time to Use Benzos?

    Carol had a severe panic disorder. It started when she was assaulted at age 34. She'd tried many medications, but only Xanax helped. She worked closely with her doctor and never abused them, but over time she felt the negative cognitive effects of ...

    ... ways to manage her panic. Finding New Ways to Deal With Anxiety The most important factors in Carol's taper process included working with her doctor, being completely honest with him, and engaging in therapy to learn non ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been taking pain killers for an extended time, particularly after the pain that originally prompted their use has subsided, you might well wonder whether you're addicted to pain killers. Though many people take pain killers following a ...

    ... provider about the best way to stop. Some drugs will need to be tapered, or you may need to take a secondary drug to phase out your ... allow you to see a medical provider every day and also to continue school, work, and ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But ... such as methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone) to relieve withdrawal cravings for opioids ... continue reading
  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

    It's against state and federal law to use telehealth (remote medical services) to obtain buprenorphine for the first time; a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - often known by its brand names, Suboxone or Subutex. This law is known as the ...

    ... opioid use disorder - often known by its brand names, Suboxone or Subutex. This law is known as the Ryan Haight ... patients with buprenorphine; which can mean up to two days travel, and cost inefficiencies, to treat a new ... continue reading
  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

    She's been going to the same clinic for five years. Every day, she takes a bus, walks the last two blocks from the bus stop and gets in line for her dose of methadone. Five years ago, Kathy decided she needed help to break her Vicodin addiction. ...

    ... - heroin and OxyContin for example. Patients need just one dose a day in order to avoid withdrawal. But some methadone clinics don't have a solid taper-down protocol, which means your treatment could go on forever. One ... continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

    Opioids are used by millions of Americans. It seems that every day a news article is being shared on television or the Internet about opioid misuse, addiction, and unfortunately, overdose. With new information emerging each year from research and ...

    ... in Afghanistan—the world's main growing country. 3. Quitting Could Save Your Life If you think ... doctor will prescribe you. Both methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex) are long-acting medications that are taken ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About the Probuphine Implant

    Probuphine is the very first breakthrough buprenorphine implant. What is buprenorphine, you ask? It's a common prescription for opioid addiction treatment and it prevents withdrawal symptoms. The Probuphine implant looks like four matchstick-size ...

    ... don't have to worry about taking a pill or an injection every day. There's no risk of forgetting to take your medication. You also ... . Additional Reading: The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, revealed medical marijuana users take fewer other medicines - such as opiates. Researchers monitored the use of prescription medication by participants enrolled in ...

    ... their investigation to determine an ideal individualized dose that could be used to help someone taper off prescription painkillers, like OxyContin . Could Marijuana Really Stop the Opioid Epidemic? Previous research ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet , has reached epidemic levels in the United States. But a recently published study highlights a strange trend: Non-medical use of opiates has decreased, ...

    ... the number of people who reported using opioids for more than 200 days. The slight decrease in nonmedical opioid use is a “hopeful” sign ... like the opioid substitutes Methadone or Suboxone. Due to problems related to stigma ... continue reading
  • Vivitrol's New and Controversial Role in Prisons

    When I was in prison, the majority of inmates struggled with substance abuse. And because the prison system did very little (if anything at all) to rehabilitate us, it wasn't unusual for those who were released to almost immediately overdose or ...

    ... have agreed to provide the first injection between two and seven days before an inmate's release. He or she is then ... ,000, whereas methadone is roughly $350 per month and Suboxone is around $400. There's also the issue of ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

    Methadone maintenance has been around for years as an effective treatment for opioid dependency . Yet, its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging anyone from using it as a ...

    ... inability to control how much is taken. Myth #3 - Methadone is Worse for You Than Heroin Methadone is ... form of treatment effective. Additional Reading: Methadone and Suboxone - What's the Difference Anyway? Image Source ... continue reading
  • Let’s Play: How Much Do You Really Know About Drug Schedules?

    Have you ever heard someone mention a Schedule I or Schedule II Controlled Substance? Most of us have seen these labels, but what exactly do they mean? Let's break down this drug scheduling system to get a better understanding of controlled ...

    ... treatment in the U.S. Schedule III drugs include: Tylenol with Codeine (painkiller) Suboxone/Buprenorphine (used for treating opiate addiction) Anabolic steroids (variations of testosterone, used for treating hormonal ... continue reading
  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

    Holly started using heroin when she was 18 - at 26, she was at the end of the line. Her whole life revolved around getting high. In the past, she had tried 12-step programs, counseling, in-patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed ...

    ... addiction. Holly discovered Ibogaine has been effective in treating other addictions too, including alcohol, Suboxone, Methadone, prescription painkillers , and stimulants. She learned that it works by interrupting the ... continue reading
  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

    Katrina was arrested in 2006 in South Florida for selling a small amount of heroin . Recently kicked out of a rehab for fraternizing with men, she was living between the couches of different “friends,” most of whom were on drugs or associated ...

    ... the final decision in who gets into treatment.” What do you think about these programs? Sound off in the comments section below. Additional Reading: Should We Offer Suboxone in Jails and Prisons? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, and 65 percent of this population meets the medical criteria for ...

    ... Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, ... dates, while 109 inmates underwent the tapering-off protocol that many prisons currently follow. Upon ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

    After falling off a ladder, Suzanne was rushed to the hospital and examined from stem to stern. Her pelvic bone was fractured and she'd sprained her wrist, but the pain in her left shoulder was unbearable. Suzanne dislocated her shoulder and ...

    ... . Once she started taking a few extra pills each day, things quickly spiraled out of control and an opiate ... streets Suzanne spent a year in the program, slowly tapering her dosage down under the guidance of her counselor ... continue reading
  • A Living Nightmare: 5 Things Doctors Don’t Tell You About Benzos

    Written by Dean Dauphinais It's no secret that prescription drugs can work miracles when obtained legally and taken as directed. But do you know that some prescription meds can also make your life a living hell. Such is the case with ...

    ... that short-term use is generally safe. Used for a few days, a week, or maybe a few months, benzos can be ... me. With the help of another doctor, I'm still tapering myself off of Klonopin and can't wait to get it out ... continue reading
  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

    We are an anxious nation. A whopping 40 million American adults are affected by anxiety disorders; that's 18 percent of the adult population! With such astronomical numbers, it shouldn't be surprising to learn anxiety disorders are the most commonly ...

    ... time, as the brain has been “kindled.” Because of this effect, it is crucial to keep reducing dosage even if tapering is a struggle, rather than re-up, as well as remain free of the drug once you are off benzos. Avoid ... continue reading
  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

    Prescription drugs are commonly given to people suffering from with injuries or illnesses. They're legal when you've been prescribed the medication by a legitimate medical provider. However, these drugs still can be addictive when taken as ...

    ... abusing the drug in these ways has caused many deaths 3. Demerol Demerol is an opioid some patients struggle to discontinue ... difficult drug to discontinue. However, carefully tapering off the drug can eliminate most of ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

    Sometimes it's better to substitute one drug for another. This is called harm reduction and it can make a serious difference in your health and well-being. Methadone is a drug that is frequently used in replacement therapy for heroin or other ...

    ... methadone maintenance treatment, you will typically visit a specialized clinic once a day to receive a liquid dose, which lasts about 24-36 hours. 3 You should start to feel the effects of the methadone about 30 minutes ... continue reading
  • Xanax Overdose, Risks and How Much it Costs

    What is Xanax? Xanax (generic name alprazolam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine drug and central nervous system depressant—a grouping that includes several other sedative, hypnotic, and anxiolytic drugs. 1,2 When taken as prescribed, Xanax can be ...

    ... has a relatively low potential for abuse and dependence. 3 However, the statistics on Xanax abuse and addiction tell a ... could be every day for a quick check in, a few hours a day, or for several days a week depending on ... continue reading
  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

    Naloxone History Lesson Naloxone is not a new medication. In fact, emergency responders have used the medication since the 1960s. Today, worried parents keep naloxone on hand, law enforcement officers carry the medication in case of life-threatening ...

    ... and misconceptions surrounding this medication. Each and every day, approximately 100 people die from a drug overdose. ... as a catalyst to get clean and sober. Myth #3: Naloxone is Only Given by Syringe Truth: Some people ... continue reading
  • Don’t Be Fooled: Tramadol Abuse Poses Very Real Dangers

    Ultram. Conzip. Rybix ODT. These name brands of tramadol have recently flooded the marketplace with their painkilling properties. Since its approval in 1995, tramadol has become a household name. In 2013 alone, over 43 million tramadol prescriptions ...

    ... . Over time, tramadol abuse causes the user to believe he or she needs the drug to cope with day to day life. This psychological dependence results in anxiety if the drug cannot be obtained. General side effects of ... continue reading
  • Workplace Adderall Abuse: 9 Signs It’s Time to Get Help

    Colleges and universities across the country are struggling to tackle the huge rise in students using ADHD drugs like Adderall as study aid , but the problem doesn't magically disappear after graduation. Businesses across the country are finding ...

    ... is that it suppresses appetite . If you regularly realize you haven't eaten anything at the end of the work day or start to lose a significant amount of weight, this is a definite warning sign. Changes in Personality : ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription ...

    ... they are doing what they can to make their pills safe. Meanwhile, millions of Americans live out every day in stress - thanks to opioid addiction . You decide: Company business…or big conspiracy? Additional Reading: Can ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Truth: Exactly How Long Do Drugs Stay in Your System?

    If you throw back a beer on Friday night, it's out of your system by Monday morning. But, what about other drugs? Most drugs linger a bit longer than alcohol. In fact, some of them stick around for a long time. This slower processing can surprise ...

    ... . Will their Friday night use be detected? Meth stays in your blood for 1 to 3 days after use and can be detected in your urine for up to 5 days post-use. It's likely Joe and his friends just played their last game. Coke ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

    Shelly's knee surgery went great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular ...

    ... her a boost of energy and mentally made her feel like a champ, so why let them go to waste? A short 30 days later, Shelly's oxycodone ran out. She didn't need them any more for the pain, so that wasn't a problem. The ... continue reading
  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

    For years, tramadol was thought of as a safe alternative to opiates . It was viewed as less habit-forming and easier to tolerate than its “stronger” counterparts like oxycodone. Doctors handed out free samples of Ultram (tramadol's brand name), ...

    ... saw over 20,000 ER visits that were linked to tramadol. In 2012, 3.2 million people were using tramadol for non-medical purposes. And by 2014, ... sign and date all prescriptions the day they are given and physicians cannot ... continue reading
  • Study: Drug Forums Aren’t Very Helpful if You Want to Get Clean

    Libraries. Encyclopedias. Professors. Doctors. Pre-Internet, these were our top sources of information. If we wanted answers, this is where we looked. Fast-forward to modern times. With access to pretty much everything now at our fingertips, we've ...

    ... now spend more than five years of their life on social media. (Teens in particular spend up to nine hours a day using these sites.) That's more time than we devote to eating and drinking, more time than we spend grooming ... continue reading
  • 4 Physical Signs You're Addicted to Ritalin

    Ritalin is a stimulant drug used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. It's classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule II narcotic — meaning it's in the ...

    ... he took Ritalin - often several pills each day. But he ran out of pills two days ago. He hoped to get more from ... even leading to stroke or sudden death. Sign #3 Nutrition Deficiency Sarah's sister was worried about her; ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

    An opioid epidemic has swept the nation. Every day in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Over the course of a year, that number grows to 18,250—which is enough to fill every seat at Madison Square ...

    An opioid epidemic has swept the nation. Every day in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription ... heroin abuse. According to a recent survey , 3 out of 4 heroin addicts reported that they ... continue reading
  • Chronic Disease Treatment Success Rates

    Testicular Cancer Testicular cancer was perhaps one of the most feared cancers of the 70s and 80s. However, advances in treatment meant that the prognosis of this disease changed from a 5 percent five-year survival rate to an 85 percent five-year ...

    ... or illicit substances, get help today - call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to get help finding the best treatment programs for you. The call is toll-free and we're waiting to speak to you anytime, day or night. continue reading
  • 25 Harmful Effects of Morphine

    Morphine is an effective pain reliever. It's administered frequently by healthcare professionals. It's prescribed to manage moderate to severe pain after an accident, post-surgery, or for a chronic condition. It's accepted for common use throughout ...

    ... The Risk? Do these harmful results outweigh the benefits? The hundreds of doctors who approve its use each day would say yes. Certain circumstances, it seems, warrant the use of this potentially dangerous drug. Due to ... continue reading
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

    You've just taken an opioid painkiller . The medication travels to your brain, making the pain sensations stop. The same opiates also make you feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is ...

    ... stops your breathing. Big difference. In the U.S., a whopping 44 people die each and every day as a result of respiratory arrest brought on by prescription opioid overdose. The opioids depress your breathing, bring ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

    It's well-documented that heroin and prescription painkiller abuse are two of the biggest drug problems in the U.S., but a new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration highlights just how serious the problem is. Shocking Death Rate Chuck ...

    ... lessen the effects of chronic pain, are now officially responsible for an astounding 44 overdose deaths each day. Although those between ages 25 to 54 comprised the majority of the deaths between 1999 and 2013, there ... continue reading
  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

    With the opioid epidemic claiming nearly 78 lives each and every day, President-elect Trump has his work cut out for him in the drug arena. One of his stated policies involves increasing access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose from ...

    With the opioid epidemic claiming nearly 78 lives each and every day, President-elect Trump has his work cut out for him in the drug arena. One of his stated policies involves increasing access to naloxone, a medication ... continue reading
  • Are We Creating a Generation of Addicts With ADHD Medication?

    Jack During his freshman year, Jack's grades started slipping. He found it hard to keep up. He knew several classmates who used uppers for extra boosts when they needed them. In hopes of finding an endless supply of energy (and improving his ...

    ... quiet and compliant. He doesn't eat much on the days he takes his medication, and he has a lot less ... not. But when children grow up taking narcotics every day, they easily become desensitized to the dangers of drug ... continue reading
  • Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down

    “It's the worst mistake I've ever made. I wish I had never gotten that prescription filled.” That's the regret Kelly says sums up her experience with Xanax . At the age of 20, Kelly says she didn't realize what she was getting into when her ...

    ... solution that came in pill form. She visited her physician with concerns about the anxiety she was experiencing each day before work. It wasn't debilitating, but it wasn't pleasant either. Kelly was hoping for help with ... continue reading
  • What is Ativan? Is Ativan Addictive? Dangers of Ativan Abuse

    Ativan is one of the top 10 psychiatric drugs used in America. Many have taken it; many have abused it. What do you know about it? If you're like most people, your knowledge of Ativan is limited. Even those who use it are often unaware of its ...

    ... life. Where does it rank? A top sign of addiction is that the substance has become central to your day. If getting and using the drug takes top priority, you likely have a problem. Indicators of Ativan addiction include ... continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    $6.5 million is up for grabs. The state of Ohio recently launched its Opioid Technology Challenge, calling on healthcare providers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. The goal is to generate ideas that can be developed into solutions to curb the ...

    ... and overdose statistics we're currently experiencing across the nation. An estimated 91 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose. Over 2 million Americans are currently struggling with an opioid use disorder ... continue reading
  • Is Your Friend High? Here’s How to Tell…

    Your friend seems a little “off.” Is he simply having a bad day? Did he not sleep well? Is he sick? Or is he high? To the untrained observer, it can be hard to tell. But it's important to discern. Depending on the circumstances, it could affect ...

    Your friend seems a little “off.” Is he simply having a bad day? Did he not sleep well? Is he sick? Or is he high? To the untrained observer, it can be hard to tell. But it's important to discern. Depending on the ... continue reading
  • Switching Depression Medications and Doing it Safely

    Hillary felt sleepy all the time. She was also experiencing daily headaches. She noticed these symptoms began when she started taking a prescribed antidepressant . Hillary decided it wasn't worth the side effects. She was tired of feeling tired and ...

    ... wasn't worth the side effects. She was tired of feeling tired and achy, so she stopped taking the pills. A day later, Hillary felt anxious and dizzy. She also still felt tired. She didn't know what to think. She wondered ... continue reading
  • Portrait of the American Overdose: Do You Fit the Profile?

    Overdoses from illicit drugs and prescriptions painkillers claim a total of 45,000 lives in the US each year. Who are the people typically among these tragedies? You might be surprised. Statistics show that the profile many Americans envision when ...

    ... prescriptions handed out by doctors has quadrupled. The Surgeon General reports that 78 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. These painkillers, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, accounted for nearly a fourth ... continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

    “Yeah, I was feeling uptight before he was about to pick me up for our date, so I popped a Xanax,” said my friend. I cringed. It seemed like everyone I knew was using benzos to calm down, chill out, get through a first date, or ace a ...

    ... just give them out like candy on Halloween. I should know - I was on a cycle of alcohol at night, Xanax all day for about a year. I'm lucky to be alive right now. The appeal is natural, especially to those of us who are ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

    A judge in New York recently ordered a woman who's addicted to drugs not to get pregnant. While no one would argue that someone with an extreme drug problem should get pregnant, there are complex issues involved in ordering someone not to conceive ...

    ... to stop the cycle of babies being born addicted, poverty, crime, and more drug use. What Do You Think? Every day, about 92 people die from an overdose. And in rural areas of the nation, babies are being born addicted in ... continue reading
  • Doctor Shopping…at the Local Vet's Office?

    The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic ; each day, 91 people die of an opioid-related overdose . It has gotten so bad that some people are willing to do whatever it takes to get high - even taking medication that's prescribed to ...

    ... they show up to vet offices demanding more medication, even though the initial prescription was received just days before. A Swift Response From Officials Although this form of doctor shopping is new, veterinarians and ... continue reading
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

    We all know that getting enough sleep is important to your mood and overall health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. According to a recent Penn State study , squeezing in enough shut-eye can actually lower drug cravings ...

    ... Research Center at Penn State. “A preset alarm notified patients to complete a survey four times each day, with the morning survey assessing sleep quality,” Cleveland explained. “The real-time data was then streamed to ... continue reading
  • Druggie: The New Makeup Shade Making Ugly Waves

    Approximately 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, with drug overdose deaths continuing to rise. In fact, since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled. As most of us know, drug addiction destroys lives ...

    Approximately 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, with drug overdose deaths continuing to rise. In fact, since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled. As most of us know, ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance Clinics: Everything You Need to Know

    If you're addicted to opiates, a methadone clinic can provide ongoing medication maintenance to help you quit them. Committing to a methadone maintenance program for at least 1 year will likely change your life for the better and help you commit to ...

    ... of services. What does Methadone Maintenance Treatment Look Like? You'll probably receive your first treatment on the day of your initial assessment, as long as you're eligible. Your initial dosage will not exceed 40 mg ... continue reading
  • Intoxicated Pilots Gamble with the Lives of Holiday Travelers

    Now that the holiday season is upon us, the roadways and skies are crowded with travelers. This massive surge of activity serves as a catalyst for travel-related accidents. And while the public is well aware of drug- and alcohol-related driving ...

    ... of pilots using illegal substances was small, but still significant because it increased from 2.3 percent early in the study to 3.8 percent in the later years. The NTSB attributes the increase to greater marijuana use ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

    According to statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of substance-related emergency room admissions involve a combination of both drugs and alcohol. Poly-Drug Abuse Although ...

    According to statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of substance-related emergency room admissions involve a combination of both drugs and ... continue reading
  • 5 Alarming Facts About Benzo Addiction

    People tend to use benzodiazepines because they work, plain and simple. A group of prescription sedatives, benzodiazepines are classified as Schedule IV in the Controlled Substances Act and are most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, namely under ...

    ... 44% of users eventually become dependent on benzos. 3 Researchers found that the addictive power of benzos was ... withdrawal has led to seizures and psychosis. 3. Using Often Creates Cognitive Impairment As increasing ... continue reading
  • Watch the Fahrenheit With Your Fentanyl

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    ... body and it's worn for a period of up to three days; the medication is absorbed by the skin at a slow, steady ... serious side effects. Additional Reading: The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

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    ... literally being used to kill people . Nevada's New 3-Drug Cocktail Convicted of murder, Scott Dozier is scheduled ... cocktail for two.” Additional Reading: The F-Word - 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember Image Source: iStock continue reading
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    ... the drug is needed to achieve the initial effect. 2,3 Tolerance fuels addiction as you continue to up your dosage ... in order to avoid these withdrawal symptoms. 2,3 Prescription opiates affect the brain in the same way ... continue reading
  • Opiate Alternatives: Doctor’s Got a Brand New Bag

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    ... overdose. An estimated 2.1 million people are addicted to prescription painkillers . Approximately 25.3 million Americans struggle with chronic pain . The 104 percent increase in painkiller prescriptions between 2000 ... continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

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    ... withdrawal symptoms manifest somewhere between two and four days after the last use. In addition, ... more. The acute phase lasts anywhere from seven to 90 days, while post-acute withdrawal syndrome can last up to two years ... continue reading
  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

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    ... research also showed that girls were more likely than boys to abuse prescription painkillers. “Over 1.3 million adolescents abused prescription opioids within the last year,” said Shannon Monnat, assistant professor of ... continue reading
  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

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    ... , my motivation increased and my brain processed information like I was a superhero. In fact, my 15-hour study days seemed to fly by, and I found I couldn't wait to crack open my Property textbook the next morning ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

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    ... lips and give two quick breaths into their mouth. Then give one long breath every five seconds. Step #3 Administer Naloxone Naloxone (Narcan) is a life-saving drug that reverses the depressing effects of opiates on the ... continue reading
  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

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    ... incoherent and taking labored breaths. If the signs are ignored, the user can go into shock, and even fall into a comatose state. Additional Reading: 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

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    ... A large 2002 study found that women who take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAID's) for at least 22 days per month were 86 percent more likely to have hypertension. Men, on the other hand, did not show any ... continue reading
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    ... $45 million in sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the incredibly powerful drug accounted for a whopping 30 percent of the entire painkiller market. Rise ... continue reading
  • CDC Issues Urgent Call for More Needle Exchange Programs

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    ... approved requests from 15 states and counties asking for federal HIV funds to be used for syringe programs. It's a start… Additional Reading: IV Drug Abuse - 3 Potentially Deadly Spots to Shoot Up Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Let's Talk About the Elephant Tranquilizer in the Room

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    ... if it was ingested. If available, administer naloxone. Continue with additional doses of naloxone every 2-3 minutes until breathing returns to normal or help arrives. Additional Reading: New Programs Aimed at Appalachian ... continue reading
  • Fake Xanax is Here…And It’s Deadly

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    We're feeling the anxiety these days and an increasing number of people are turning to drugs like Xanax - a mild sedative used to treat anxiety - as a way to better function in their daily lives. But with more users, the ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

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    ... given a dose of either meth, Adderall or a placebo on separate days under double-blind conditions. This process was repeated over several days, with each participant given multiple doses of each drug. Surprisingly, meth ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

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    ... are serious psychological problems that can include: Depression: Researchers found taking opioids for 90 days or more significantly increases your chances of developing major depression. One study reported anyone taking ... continue reading
  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

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    ... name implies - it is dark brown or black in color. And tends to be sticky like tar or hard like coal. #3 Heroin is More Popular Than Ever Before Over the past decade, heroin use has grown by leaps and bounds. It's now ... continue reading
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    ... on the brakes in an instant. Fractions of a second can literally make a lifetime of difference. Reason #3 Benzodiazepines Cause Vertigo A dizzy driver is an accident waiting to happen. If you've ever experienced vertigo ... continue reading
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    Fentanyl. This potent opiate has added a whole new level of danger to the opioid crisis, causing a staggering number of overdoses and deaths. Part of its overall threat is the lack of public knowledge and awareness. So, how much do you know about ...

    ... struggled to revive those who have overdosed. Often, they must use multiple doses of Narcan and, even then, not everyone makes it. Additional Reading: The F-Word - 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • The AMA to Drug Companies: It’s Time You Stop Lying to Consumers

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    ... to support legislative and regulatory efforts that will make access to this life-saving drug more affordable. #3 - Give public notice before increasing the price of drugs The AMA is asking pharmaceutical companies to ... continue reading
  • Three Lethal Drug Combinations That Can Kill You

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    ... drugs like Xanax, Valium, or Klonopin can dangerously synergize some of the effects of alcohol. 3 As both alcohol and benzodiazepines are associated with anterograde amnestic effects, the combined cognitive effects can ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

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    ... . If crowded places like baseball games scare you, then try to go to slightly crowded places and build up. Tip #3: Bring a buddy. That's what I did when I went to hospitals and doctors' offices. Bring a friend and ... continue reading
  • Don't Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance - It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

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    ... remain optimistic. But in the meantime, one thing's for sure: Keep your distance from this deadly drug. It has a license to kill. Additional Reading: The F-Word - 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Pop Quiz: Let’s Test Your Benzo Knowledge

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    ... . Long-acting benzos, such as Valium, can cause withdrawal symptoms for up to 90 days. The second phase - Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) - can last up to two years. Symptoms usually include a slight increase in ... continue reading
  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

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    ... into effect by President Obama before the end of his term. The bill, with a total sticker price of $6.3 billion, includes $1 billion in funding to fight the opioid epidemic. Over the next two years, the funds will be ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know About Adderall Addiction

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    ... extreme discomfort and brings on a handful of potentially dangerous effects—even hallucinations have been reported. 3 Most people need professional help to beat an Adderall addiction. When looking for an appropriate ... continue reading
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