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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 ...

    ... discontinue the abuse of opioids without experiencing a painful detox. So what is the big problem? Do we ... 4 A Quest for Sobriety…and the Truth One of the best ways to ensure your safety—and the safety of your loved ones ... 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 ...

    ... close to you has developed a Xanax addiction, your best option may be to seek out professional treatment, ... such as 12-step programs (e.g., Narcotics Anonymous, Pills Anonymous). Meetings are free and hosted all over the U ... 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 ...

    ... or mentally prepared you may be - do not try to detox by going “cold turkey” at home. The results could be ... Getting Past the Withdrawal Phase It's also a good idea to be prepared for an extended withdrawal process. ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... that more than half of these users are getting their pills for free from family and friends, it's a ... any moment, treatment at an inpatient rehab center with a detox unit is the only solution to help them kick their drug ... 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 ...

    ... opioid painkillers or an addict can no longer afford to buy pills off the streets, they often transition to heroin. On ... to Mark Publicker, who oversees a 24-bed detox ward at Mercy Hospital Recovery Center in Portland. ... continue reading
  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

    Tom fell off a ladder and hurt his back. His doctor gave him a prescription for Percocet , a powerful opioid painkiller. He only took a couple and now he's got ten pills left over in a bottle sitting in his medicine cabinet. If this scenario (or a ...

    ... pain from a recent accident. He doesn't want (or can't afford) to see a doctor. You think, “I have those pills just sitting there. I'll give him two or three to help him get through the pain.” Or maybe your spouse gets a ... 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 ...

    ... extends beyond the workplace and you're suddenly popping pills in order to attend social events. Saying Everyone Else ... and confident in your recovery; find a detox facility where licensed medical professionals can help ... 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 ...

    ... the benefits didn't outweigh the costs. When her prescription ran out, she was happy to stop taking it, but the pills weren't done with her. Kelly says she she almost instantly began craving the drug once she didn't have ... continue reading
  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

    One in 20 Americans are popping pills that have been prescribed for someone else. And the CDC reports that most misused prescription opioids are obtained from family members - many of them stolen from medicine cabinets. We Need Solutions This abuse ...

    ... bottle is opened, the timer resets. Safer Lock: This pill bottle includes a four-digit combination lock in the cap. ... do you think? Are tamper-proof bottles really a good deterrent? Should we put more time, money, and ... 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 ...

    ... up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is opiate drugs also slow your ... people seek solace in sleeping pills. The problem is that taking sleeping pills on top of opioid medications ... continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

    In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid OxyContin for treating chronic pain. The drug netted a quick $45 million in sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the ...

    ... to combat its widespread abuse. The “new” OxyContin was harder to snort and inject, as “cooking” up the crushed pill mixture simply turned it into a gooey mess. While the drug's reformulation may have succeeded in some ... continue reading
  • Counting Dangerous Sheep: Why You Should Stop Popping Sleeping Pills

    Here's a question for you: How much sleep do you get every night? As adults, the Centers for Disease Control tells us we require seven to eight hours of sleep per night to maintain good health. Of course, we don't always get these hours. All kinds ...

    ... require seven to eight hours of sleep per night to maintain good health. Of course, we don't always get these ... aids in 2015. So, what's the big deal? Well, sleeping pills pose a ton of health risks and put you at risk ... continue reading
  • Counterfeit Prescription Drug Operations Thrive in the US

    Prescription drugs continue to remain big business in the United States. Last year alone, the total retail sales for prescription drugs filled at American pharmacies topped $259 billion. But as legal sales continue to rise, it's perhaps not too ...

    ... should only get them from your doctor and fill the prescription at a certified pharmacy. Shopping online or buying pills from someone off the street may seem like a fast and easy way to get your hands on the medications ... 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 ...

    ... was the first time I had ever heard him say that. So he called in a new prescription, I took some pills, and my withdrawal symptoms stopped. But I was right back where I started. 3. Long-term use can be harmful. Years ... 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 ...

    ... she claims . “There are millions who are living a better life who are on the medications long-term.” Of course ... they are doing what they can to make their pills safe. Meanwhile, millions of Americans live out every day ... 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 ...

    ... withdrawal symptoms . Paying it Forward and the Greater Good Today, Suzanne is a happy, healthy 7 th ... Absolutely. But the vast majority of them are professional, well-run and supportive.” “A methadone program may not be ... continue reading
  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

    “Smack” - “Junk” - “H” Heroin is a drug that goes by many names. But no matter what you call it, it's still the same potent, potentially deadly drug. While its name really isn't that important, knowing some basic facts about heroin can ...

    ... . In fact, a 2014 survey revealed that 94 percent of people in rehab turned to heroin because prescription pills were “far more expensive and harder to obtain.” #5 Side Effects of Using Heroin Heroin drastically impacts ... continue reading
  • Opiate Alternatives: Doctor’s Got a Brand New Bag

    We have seen a staggering increase in both opiate painkiller and heroin abuse over the last decade. As people become dependent on opiates - physically and psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling ...

    ... heroin as a “more affordable” alternative once buying pills on the street becomes too costly. For those ... Working together, the two of you can decide on the best method of pain control and treatment. Additional Reading: Am ... continue reading
  • Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier

    The abuse of ADHD medication is commonly associated with black-market Ritalin or Adderall on campus to aid last-minute cramming sessions. However, a recent study indicates the abuse of ADHD drugs begins much earlier than college. The Dark Side of ...

    ... most misused stimulant drug among males. Prescription diet pills were the most abused stimulant drugs among females. ... ADHD, the risk of abusing a potentially “feel-good” drug has to be addressed proactively. “Ultimately, ... continue reading
  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

    Although drugs like heroin and cocaine tend to grab flashier and more dramatic headlines in the media, arguably the biggest substance issue among young adults and college students is prescription medication. In fact, prescription stimulants are ...

    ... Many young people who abuse stimulants initially do so with good intentions. They've likely heard the stories…you know, ... that they promise not to share or misuse their pills. Even further, George Mason and William and Mary ... 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 ...

    ... s only one thing to do; I just have to get more pills.” The Facts About Withdrawal If you take opiates (like oxycodone , tramadol ... for more than four weeks, there's a good possibility you'll develop some degree of physical ... 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 ...

    ... Darren figured he could stop using the pills once he got to a better place financially and things slowed down at ... like he would go crazy if he didn't get a good night's sleep soon. Nick should have listened to his friends ... continue reading
  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

    According to recent statistics gathered during a detailed research investigation - a project aptly dubbed The National Heroin Threat Assessment - the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA) reports that the availability and abuse of heroin is ...

    ... and stricter prescription drug policies, heroin, in many cases, is now cheaper and easier to obtain than opiate pain pills ever were. In 2013, a report by SAMHSA showed that roughly four out of five new heroin users are ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

    When the book Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus hit book shelves back in 1992, it was a huge hit. By highlighting the differences in men and women, the book's theory is still solidly ingrained in our culture. Though gender equality has come a ...

    ... they do not perform equally among men and women. The pills themselves dissolve much slower in a woman's stomach because they ... potential dosage or side effect concerns. It's always best to err on the side of caution when it ... continue reading
  • Fake Xanax is Here…And It’s Deadly

    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 likelihood of abuse also ...

    ... sedative used to treat anxiety - as a way to better function in their daily lives. But with more users, the ... size, shape and color. Some of these fake pills are so good, in fact, even forensic scientists can't tell ... continue reading
  • Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

    Imagine you're getting your wisdom teeth removed and at the end of the procedure, your dentist hands you a prescription for a pain reliever - maybe Vicodin or Percocet . For many people, this wouldn't pose a problem. For thousands of others, ...

    ... narcotic painkiller in situations where only a handful of pills are required, according to Dr. Brian Bateman , ... need to consider treatment options that utilize best practices to prevent opioid abuse. Additional Reading ... 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 ...

    ... . The line ranged from a $950 prescription bottle purse and a $175 pill-decorated umbrella, to a $650 short black dress covered in colorful pills. Additional Reading: Yay or Nay - Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy ... 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 ...

    ... -collar workers in areas of Appalachia. In the 2000s, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cracked down on “pill mills” that had sprung up in the area, making it harder for people to obtain their regular painkiller ... continue reading
  • Xanax Passes Marijuana as Second-Leading Cause of DUI

    When it comes to driving under the influence of substances that aren't alcohol, marijuana is the biggest concern for many Americans. Colorado has spent millions of dollars on a series of “ Drive High, Get a DUI ” commercials, while Washington ...

    ... is that benzodiazepines are actually alcohol in pill form.” Measuring Benzo Intoxication But while ... of withdrawal symptoms. Although the early stages of detox and recovery can be difficult, having a qualified medical ... continue reading
  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

    A drug overdose occurs when the body has been overloaded with either prescription medication or an illicit substance. Under normal circumstances, our body's metabolism would be able to detoxify the substance in order to avoid its potentially harmful ...

    ... when one of three common drugs are consumed. Opioids Opiates, such as heroin, and prescription pain pills like Vicodin, are psychoactive drugs that directly affect the region of the brain that regulates breathing. Along ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Tamper-Resistant Painkillers Aren’t Helping

    Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic. Nearly 5 million Americans, or 1.9 percent of the population, use pain relievers - or opioids - for non-medical purposes, according to a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ...

    ... . But do these really work in deterring those from prescription drug abuse? The Truth About Tamper-Resistant Pills A recent commentary in Canadian Medical Association Journal doesn't seem to think so, arguing that tamper ... continue reading
  • Ambien: Sweet Dreams or Total Nightmare?

    Kate bolted out of bed at the sound of her doorbell. It was 3am; she couldn't imagine who would be at the door. She rushed to the foyer to find her best friend, Nicole, standing on her porch, dressed in her PJs. In a crazed, trance-like state, ...

    ... at the door. She rushed to the foyer to find her best friend, Nicole, standing on her porch, dressed in her PJs. ... and there she wouldn't be taking any more of those pills. The Ambien Hangover Nicole's story is not the only ... continue reading
  • Three Lethal Drug Combinations That Can Kill You

    We all know that certain drugs can cause dangerous interactions when taken together, but some people either don't take the threat seriously or they're simply uninformed when it comes to specific chemicals and substances. Most Dangerous Drug ...

    ... combined cognitive effects can make it easier to forget how many drinks you've had or how many pills you've taken. Consuming these two substances in excess increases the risk of severe respiratory depression and death ... 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 ...

    ... be life-saving. 4. Consider a Slow-Taper Detox Once the body has grown dependent on a consistent ... You can! Although benzo withdrawal can be uncomfortable at best and painful at worst, many others have successfully done ... 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 ...

    ... slow to a lethal rate. Mixing heroin with pain pills can have similar effects. Are You at Risk? Do ... should be concerned about a potentially deadly overdose. The good news is, overdoses are 100 percent preventable. Consider ... 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 ...

    ... tired of feeling tired and achy, so she stopped taking the pills. A day later, Hillary felt anxious and dizzy. She ... By working closely with them, you can achieve better results. The process involves several factors, such ... continue reading
  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

    When you think about the drug trade in America's big cities, it seems like it might be easier for teenagers to abuse drugs like prescription painkillers. With the massive amount of drugs flowing in and out of large cities, there's certainly no ...

    ... Thousands of drug dealers set up shop, doling out pills on street corners, in abandoned houses and everywhere ... addicted to painkillers because their kids are functioning well in everyday life,” said Monnat. “Opioid abuse ... continue reading
  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

    I had just started studying for the Bar Exam when I realized the extent of legal information I'd have to retain wasn't humanly possible. Terrified of failing, I sought outside help in the form of a small white pill: Adderall . Within minutes of ...

    ... outside help in the form of a small white pill: Adderall . Within minutes of popping the “smart ... . Now, years into my career, I often wonder, would I be better at my job if I had the daily cognitive boost I had back ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

    We're an anxious nation. According to data from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States. (The fact that we have an association devoted to anxiety says something about us, ...

    ... intensity and takes over. An Alternative Solution Many psychologists say we would be better off learning to manage our anxiety “pill-free.” They recommend feeling our feelings, rather than relying on a crutch. The more ... 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 ...

    ... effects, release of inhibitions, and feelings of peace and well-being? If your answer to this question is “YES” ... drug in a way other than prescribed (crushing pills, snorting, injecting, mixing with other medications, etc ... continue reading
  • Big Pharma: Are They Advertising Addiction?

    Pharmacological companies do not have a good rap. They've been known to bury bad news, which has had an effect on people's health, and therefore their lives. Whether it's not testing drugs properly, as with the case of thalidomide (caused defects in ...

    ... doctors are conscientious people who want people to get better, so a product that causes adverse effects is often ... hotline number Alcohol addiction hotline number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free ... continue reading
  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

    After suffering an embarrassing panic attack at the mall, Kara visited a psychiatrist. He prescribed medication to help Kara with her symptoms - within a couple of months, this “solution” turned into an addiction. Now Kara has anxiety issues as ...

    ... , natural nutrition, your brain and body will function well and you can avoid unnatural prescription pills . Try including the following in your diet: Tryptophan: This is a feel-good protein. It helps your body feel calm ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Abusing ADHD Meds Won’t Get You on the Dean’s List

    Lindsay felt overwhelmed. With three finals and a term-paper deadline looming in her near future, she didn't know how she would survive, much less get good grades. She decided she needed a boost. She asked around until she found someone willing to ...

    ... didn't know how she would survive, much less get good grades. She decided she needed a boost. She asked ... until she found someone willing to spot her a few Adderall pills, a mediation meant to treat ADHD . With this “help ... 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 ...

    ... time, her doctor felt that was the best option - certainly better than reaching for a drink. Carol eventually ... assault consumed her mind, she would reach for a pill. Immediately afterward, she would reach for her phone to ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

    Concerns over the risks of combining benzodiazepine and opioid prescriptions has 41 state health officials petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place a new black box warning on both drugs' labels to warn patients and doctors of the ...

    ... is troublesome, as most patients rely on their own ability to follow the label instructions found on pill bottles. Taking all this information into consideration, having an unambiguous black box warning sign should be ... continue reading
  • Trading Dependencies: There’s Nothing “Mild” About a Kratom Addiction

    Mitragyna Speciosa, also known as Kratom, is a large tree in the Rubiaceae family native to Southeast Asia. It is said that Kratom affects the human brain similarly to an opiate , although there is no conclusive clinical data proving how the ...

    ... . What's the drawback? Kratom is physically addictive, too. The same properties that make it a potential detox aid also make it a potential addiction. In small doses, Kratom causes stimulant effects - increased alertness ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

    Although opioids are effective pain relievers, they can do a number on your health and overall body systems. One of the most negatively affected body systems is your gastric system. What's more, long-term use or addiction to opiates can paralyze ...

    ... and Slippery Elm are recommended, but there's no need to become an herb expert. Just grab some detox tea from a health food store. Probiotics: You'll need to do a little research beforehand, since most probiotics ... 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 ...

    ... opioid withdrawal . What Are the Pros of Probuphine? With an implant, you 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 can't lose it ... continue reading
  • Watch the Fahrenheit With Your Fentanyl

    Fentanyl is an opiate (narcotic) pain reliever typically prescribed to people for severe, ongoing pain or after surgery. This medication is 50 times stronger than heroin and, needless to say, it can be very addictive. Fentanyl can be delivered in ...

    ... can be very addictive. Fentanyl can be delivered in many different ways - including IV, intranasal, lozenge, pill and transdermal patch forms. Currently, the most frequently prescribed form of fentanyl (in the US) is the ... continue reading
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Ritalin Recovery

    His paper was due tomorrow and Darren had barely started (if you count typing his name and the title of the paper as “started”). What Darren had really started to do was panic. He knew he'd have to stay up all night to finish, but he was already ...

    ... classmate said a week or so before. “I popped one pill, and I stayed awake for hours. I was so focused, ... and recovery . With greater knowledge, he had a better understanding of his roommate's Ritalin use and the risks ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... the safest way to beat an Ativan addiction since no pharmacological treatments are currently available. This detox process and the rehab treatment to follow typically require supervision at a treatment center. The length ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs Reward

    According to the latest Census in 2015, the United States has a total population of 321 million people. In the same year, 57 million prescriptions for gabapentin were written. Gabapentin, or its brand name Neurontin, is an anti-seizure medication ...

    ... medication which also helps decrease convulsions and nerve pain. It's frequently given to patients in detox facilities and drug treatment programs for different reasons. When prescribed to patients who abuse alcohol or ... continue reading
  • Pop Quiz: Let’s Test Your Benzo Knowledge

    In 2013, 13.5 million adults filled a benzodiazepine prescription in the US. These drugs are used to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia and seizures. They are also highly addictive and frequently abused. How much do you know about this class of ...

    ... the medication. Driving under the influence of benzos can result in DUI charges . How long does it take to detox from benzos? Click Here for the Answer Benzo withdrawal has two phases . The first acute phase lasts seven ... 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 ...

    ... the way the brain and the nervous system respond to pain in the body. It is used during detox because it reduces or eliminates the unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal. Some methadone tablets can be swallowed and others ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... development, buprenorphine was only approved as a pill or film placed under the tongue or the ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

    I can hear the sirens blasting through my neighborhood, and it reminds me of when they were taking me away to the hospital after I passed out drunk on a city street. I put my head under the covers and pull my cat closer. The sound of sirens is one ...

    ... out that, if I had the urge to take a Xanax before hanging out with someone, that probably wasn't the best person for me to spend time with. Triggers also tell us about behaviors that might have been useful in the past ... 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 ...

    ... someone who has gone through the process themselves. The best way to learn about quitting is to reach out ... can walk you through the process. It is always a good idea to equip yourself with as much information as possible. ... 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 ...

    ... 1 year will likely change your life for the better and help you commit to staying clean. You may ... in mind, while their goal is to help you find the best solutions for your treatment, there may be limitations to what the ... 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 ...

    ... order to improve academic performance. But the average, well-intentioned student doesn't know the real risks associated with ... the effects of withdrawal. Once detox is completed, a customized behavioral therapy ... 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 ...

    ... yourself. It is recommended you seek medical help at a detox center to begin the recovery process. Can We Recover? Breaking ... tapering is a struggle, rather than re-up, as well as remain free of the drug once you are off ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2013 across the nation. That's two times the amount of overdose deaths a ...

    ... type of drug abused and the person's tolerance, it's best to choose caution over discernment. Simply put; if you feel ... C. have enacted Good Samaritan Laws to encourage seeking medical help. The Good Samaritan Laws provide ... continue reading
  • Addiction in the Medical Field: Balancing Healing and Hiding

    Medical professionals work hard to heal the sick, but underneath those white lab coats and cartoon scrubs, many are secretly struggling with the disease of addiction. Working in the healthcare field can feel like a pressure cooker at times. The ...

    ... in the healthcare field can feel like a pressure cooker at times. The constant tension can drive even our best and brightest providers to the brink, prodding them to seek out some kind of escape …an escape that often ... 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 ...

    ... just supposed to go cold turkey and hope for the best? Was she just supposed to throw all her hard ... creates a financial strain in most people's lives. But the good news is that there are ways to lower the overall cost of ... 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 ...

    ... - even healthy - for that age. Wyatt's parents dismissed her input, assuming the doctor knew best - the same doctor whose practice is closely tied with the pharmaceutical company. Research shows children in kindergarten ... 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 ...

    ... by the FDA for the treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction . It's widely used as a replacement for ... patient to treat other health issues, as well as address emotional problems associated with their drug ... 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 ...

    ... death rates have increased by 20.6 percent from 2014 to 2015…well, it's pretty clear to see we have a major problem on ... has significantly reduced the need for inpatient detox services , yet it's greatly underused due ... 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 ...

    ... drug use, a bulk of site visitors are seeking advice on how to optimize drug use (get the “best” high), avoid side effects of withdrawal, and generally “maximize the experience of intoxication.” The thing is, any Joe ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... . Unlike methadone treatment, it can be prescribed by physicians in the comfort of their own offices and, best of all, buprenorphine has a “ceiling effect.” As a partial opioid agonist, Suboxone's effects are weaker ... 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 ...

    ... the drug and to speak to a medical provider about the best way to stop. Some drugs will need to be tapered, or ... future. Another drug might help you treat your pain better. If you have increased your dosage when you are ... 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 ...

    ... addiction can occur. Those taking morphine as well can also experience addiction problems. However, when ... 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to get help finding the best treatment programs for you. The call is toll-free and we' ... continue reading
  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

    A crushing avalanche is crippling Appalachian communities, but it's not the mountainous disaster you might think. This avalanche is a deadly onslaught of opioids . In 2014, the seven Appalachian states accounted for more than a fifth of nationwide ...

    ... partner with local and state communities to implement best practices in these rural communities that currently ... systems in Appalachia. The goal is to gain a better understanding of what changes need to be made, then ... 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 ...

    ... indicators of drug use will help you make the best possible decisions in these situations. If you suspect ... a runny nose. Frequent rubbing of the nose, as well as wearing sunglasses indoors to hide bloodshot eyes, can all ... 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, ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... filling a new controlled substance prescription. If the patient and the prescription don't meet all the “good faith” criteria, the Walgreens pharmacist cannot - by company policy - fill the prescription. Whether it's ... continue reading
  • Warning: This Medication May Cause…Uncontrollable Urges?

    Jim gained ten pounds in two weeks, though he'd been slim and fit his whole life. Gary lost $20K at the casino in Friday night - he'd never bought a lottery ticket up to that point. Linda had sex with three different people in one week, even though ...

    ... causing compulsive or out-of-the-ordinary behaviors , speak with your doctor as soon as possible. The good news is that, once medication is stopped, the compulsive behaviors stop, too. Additional Reading: Mars vs. Venus ... 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 ...

    ... regulations will determine if this drug will provide a safe and effective alternative for opiate addiction treatment . Additional Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There's Good News and Bad News Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... as dissolving the drug in solution for injection since they will not achieve a high from the drug. That's the good news. Wondering if you or a loved one may have an addiction problem? Find out in less than 5 minutes with ... 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 ...

    ... this is that people are taking control of their own health, and most providers would agree that's a good thing.” However, he warned of limitations: “The lack of provider knowledge around what cannabis does and doesn't do ... 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 ...

    ... how to maintain long-term recovery.” She feels it's important for patients to be connected with good quality counselling ; and, once stabilized, reduce the number of required visits. Seeking Alternative Solutions Nance ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • The AMA to Drug Companies: It’s Time You Stop Lying to Consumers

    Transparency: The condition of being free from pretense or deceit; readily understood; characterized by accessibility of information. According to the American Medical Association (AMA), Big Pharma lacks transparency. Consumers don't really know ...

    ... the U.S., and it's still illegal in almost every other country. Perhaps that's for a good reason. The AMA reports that prescription medications advertised directly to consumers saw price increases of 34.2 percent, while ... 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 ...

    ... don't make sense, but you can't make them fit into logical patterns? Does that sound like a “good” time? Kenneth Anderson, harm reduction expert says, “Alcohol and benzos both bind to the GABA receptors, but they each ... 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 ...

    ... about it, these findings make sense. When you're sleep deprived and cranky, you're not feeling good or very good about yourself. Negative thoughts breed even more negative thoughts, and before you know it, you're less ... 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 ...

    ... of tramadol throw off our intricate chemical balances and negatively affect our physical, emotional and psychological well-being. No, It's Not a Safe Drug When abused, this potent, chemical-altering substance poses many ... continue reading
  • Naloxone Kits: Are Pharmacies Set to Combat Opiate Overdoses?

    Mike was at his apartment and using heroin with a group of friends. Since Mike's regular dealer was out of town, he'd picked up the batch from someone different. After shooting up, Mike immediately noticed a difference in the way he felt. Something ...

    ... Pharmacy, Eaton Apothecary, BMC Pharmacy, and Lifespan Pharmacy, quickly began to participate in the program as well. Proof that Naloxone Saves Lives Data published in the latest issue of Harm Reduction Journal showed ... 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 ...

    ... of the medication beg to differ. They feel that naloxone gives people a chance to get into treatment, as well as an opportunity to make changes. They also believe that naloxone ultimately saves lives, and that the nation ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

    Quick reflexes and sharp thinking - these are two of the most important qualities of a safe driver. If someone is sharing the road with you or if you're a passenger in their car, you want them to possess these traits, right? Well, if they're taking ...

    ... with you or if you're a passenger in their car, you want them to possess these traits, right? Well, if they're taking benzos, they lack both. Recent research shows that benzodiazepines - like Xanax and Vailum - increase ... 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 ...

    ... ideas and opportunities for combatting the opioid crisis .” Submissions must describe the problem in detail as well as how current approaches fail to solve it. They must then propose a solution, involving technology, and ... continue reading
  • Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens

    During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders - and almost all were battling some type of chemical dependency. For those with substance abuse problems , incarceration did ...

    ... about substance abuse and mental health issues, the survey also touched on police-community relations, as well as concerns on public safety agencies' abilities to respond to acts of terrorism in the commonwealth. The ... 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 ...

    ... and disgustingly abused or maimed their pets. You're probably wondering, how is something like this happening? Well, sadly much of the medication prescribed to animals can also be taken by humans - the only difference ... continue reading
  • New Study: Amphetamine Abuse and This Old Heart

    It's called speed for a reason. Amphetamines, like Ritalin or Adderall, accelerate your heart rate. They send your nervous system into overdrive. Guess what else it speeds up? The aging process. That's right. Pumping your system full of amphetamine ...

    ... older hearts simply aren't as strong. As the heart ages, it isn't able to pump blood as well as it used to. Since amphetamine affects the entire cardiovascular system, arteries also lose optimal performance. They become ... 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 ...

    ... 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 dangers, the same cannot be said for the airline industry. Holiday ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk About the Elephant Tranquilizer in the Room

    It's 10,000 times more potent than morphine. It's 100 times more powerful than fentanyl . What is it? Carfentanil. Designed as a tranquilizer for elephants, this deadly substance has made its way into our nation's illegal drug market. It's often ...

    ... high. But this isn't your typical street heroin . Carfentanil's extreme potency doesn't mean it gives a “better” high; it means it will kill you. It's dangerous to even come in contact with this stuff without protective ... continue reading
  • Drugs vs. Supplements: What's the Difference?

    Your regular doctor suggests taking a supplement to improve your overall health. And then your specialist recommends a completely different combination of drugs and supplements. It's so easy to get overwhelmed. Which one's right for you? Navigating ...

    ... and can negatively impact your health. Be sure to consult your physician before taking anything over the counter…better to be safe than sorry. Additional Reading: Don't Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

    Percocet is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone, landing this medication in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and work by blocking the pain signals sent to your brain. Percocet ...

    ... . Insomnia: Long-term use of Percocet makes it hard to sleep. Since getting a good night's rest is important to your overall well-being, this affects other several other aspects of your health. What's more, a lack ... 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 ...

    ... opioids that result in an overdose. So, why don't we hear more about benzo abuse? Well, that's a really good question. Benzo Stats Benzos (short for benzodiazepines, a class of sedatives including such popular drugs as ... 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. ...

    ... she's firmly shackled to yet another medication, Kathy's asking herself a really tough question: Am I really better off now than I was five years ago? The Never-Ending Escalator Peter's been in a methadone program for ... 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 ...

    ... but what exactly do they mean? Let's break down this drug scheduling system to get a better understanding of controlled substances and their classifications. Controlled Substances If a drug is regulated by the government ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

    Withdrawal. It's a huge hurdle on the path to recovery. Those struggling to leave opioids behind know they'll eventually have to face the intimidating mental and physical effects of withdrawal. It's a powerful and frightening thought. Some of the ...

    ... relieve pain. Previous research hadn't explored this avenue, and this investigation has provided a better understanding of opioid withdrawal at the cellular level. The Implications Canadian pain researcher, Dr. Michael ... continue reading
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