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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 ...

    ... year sobriety post-treatment. 7 Smoking Cigarettes Prevents Absorption of Suboxone This statement is simply ... , if you spend the whole day injecting heroin and suddenly decide to pop a Suboxone film under your tongue, you ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... which stated as the opioid crisis continues, so does the availability of MAT - but it's still not enough to meet the growing demand. Additional Reading: 7 Really Smart Ways to Save Money on Suboxone Image Source: iStock 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
  • 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 ...

    ... . 5 For a longer-acting benzodiazepine, withdrawal might start 2-7 days after the last dose and can continue for 2-8 weeks or ... could be life-saving. 4. Consider a Slow-Taper Detox Once the body has grown dependent on a ... 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 ...

    ... that allows practitioners to obtain a waiver for prescribing Suboxone to a lot more of their patients. According to ... approve or deny the practitioner's request within 45 days of receipt and hopes the proposed rule “will ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... will prescribe you. Both methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex) are long-acting medications that are ... number of times to find a program that works for you. 7. Don't be Afraid to Talk About It You can take ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... . Only with the correct mindset, coupled with the determination to get and stay clean, is this form of treatment effective. Additional Reading: Methadone and Suboxone - What's the Difference Anyway? Image Source: iStock 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
  • 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 ...

    ... difficult drug to discontinue. However, carefully tapering off the drug can eliminate most of the ... pressure and can even cause psychotic episodes when abused. 7. Amphetamines Amphetamines are often used by those who would ... 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 ...

    ... 114 inmates received ongoing methadone treatment until their release dates, while 109 inmates underwent the tapering-off protocol that many prisons currently follow. Upon release, the members of both groups were offered ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... impact many facets of your life and may include: 4,6,7 Ever-growing tolerance to the drug (you have to take more ... —this could be every day for a quick check in, a few hours a day, or for several days a week depending on ... 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 ...

    ... media. (Teens in particular spend up to nine hours a day using these sites.) That's more time than we devote to ... a forum, doesn't make it true. Additional Reading: 7 Things You Don't Realize About Teenage Drug Abuse…Until ... 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 ...

    ... in 2013. Benzos were responsible for the other 7,000 deaths. The Hold of Opiates Findings released ... officially responsible for an astounding 44 overdose deaths each day. Although those between ages 25 to 54 comprised ... 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 ...

    ... 4% of people ages 65-80 prescribed vs. 14.7% of people, ages 18-35), 7 so too did a disturbing trend: Alzheimer's Disease. ... drugs. Drugs and Aging, 29(8), 639-658. 7. National Institute of Mental Health. (2014). Despite ... 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 ...

    ... , depending on the quantity and frequency of use. For regular users, blood tests can come up positive for 7 days or more. Unfortunately, Julia's dream of collegiate stardom didn't come true. She was tested a week after ... continue reading
  • 7 Signs You May Be Addicted to Tramadol

    Tramadol is an opiate analgesic prescribed for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. The drug works by changing the way your brain and nervous system respond to pain. Because Tramadol is a milder form of opiate medication, people ...

    ... can lead to addiction. For this reason, it's important to take only as directed by your doctor. Here are 7 signs to look out for if you think you may be addicted to Tramadol. #1. Physical dependence. Physical dependence ... continue reading
  • What We Learned From SAMHSA's 2015 Prescription Drug Study

    The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides national and state-level data on the prevalence, patterns and consequences of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug use in the U.S. It's sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health ...

    ... drugs in the past year, representing 44.5 percent of the population. 36.4 percent used pain relievers, 14.7 percent used tranquilizers, 6.4 percent used stimulants and 6.9 percent used sedatives. Of this 119 million, 18 ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

    Shannon was feeling even more anxious than usual, so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as prescribed, but she figured an extra one wouldn't hurt. Feeling calmer, she decided to drive over to her ...

    Shannon was feeling even more anxious than usual, so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as prescribed, but she figured an extra one wouldn't hurt. Feeling calmer, she ... continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

    If you think you might be addicted to benzodiazepines, you're certainly not alone. In 2011, an estimated 61,000 Americans sought treatment for benzo addiction. And that number has been climbing at an alarming rate ever since. The Benzo Specifics ...

    ... . The acute phase lasts anywhere from seven to 90 days, while post-acute withdrawal syndrome can last up to two ... and you can be one of them. Additional Reading: 7 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know 5 Alarming ... continue reading
  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

    In recent years, opioid abuse has received a lot of attention - and for good reason. In 2014, 19,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids ; that's up 16 percent from 2013. But notice the wording; it's important: “Overdoses ...

    ... and Valium, for example, are commonly taken for long periods of time - and in increasing dosages - for treatment of chronic issues. Additional Reading: Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

    With Obama out of office, Republicans are looking to nix the limits his administration imposed on drug testing the unemployed. Instead, they want to make it easier for states to enact drug screening requirements for various forms of public ...

    ... of drug users . A great example is Arizona, who promised taxpayers in 2009 that it would save $1.7 million annually by drug testing welfare recipients. That same year, it tested 87,000 applicants and found only one ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know About Adderall Addiction

    Adderall is most commonly prescribed as part of a treatment plan for adolescents and teenagers with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But more teens-turned-young adults have discovered a new use for the “smart drug” - a term used ...

    ... monthly ADHD prescriptions for people aged 20 to 39. By 2012, that number had grown close to 16 million. [7] The number of adults who have an ADHD prescription is now rising faster than the number of children and teens ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... recent push, however, there are still plenty of myths and misconceptions surrounding this medication. Each and every day, approximately 100 people die from a drug overdose. With numbers like that, it should come as no ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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), ...

    ... -resistant prescription pads, the prescribing doctor must personally sign and date all prescriptions the day they are given and physicians cannot delegate signature authority. In addition, tramadol prescriptions can ... 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

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