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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 ...

    ... of the prescription drug-related ER visits were from anti-anxiety and anti-insomnia medications. Before it's ... inpatient rehab center with a detox unit is the only solution to help them kick their drug use. Talk to Us: ... 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 ...

    ... class of drug commonly used to help relieve anxiety disorders. The most commonly prescribed benzo medications are Xanax ... mentally prepared you may be - do not try to detox by going “cold turkey” at home. The results could ... 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 ...

    ... academic performance. But the average, well-intentioned student doesn't know the ... drug outside of academia, eventually spiraling into addiction. Those addicted to Adderall should never abruptly stop taking the medication ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... drug company. Effectively, the US market is heavily regulated, and pushing addictive medications ... Drug addiction hotline number Alcohol addiction hotline number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free 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 ... Substituting One Drug for Another Medication-assisted treatment is much like using medication to treat ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... narcotic.” 4 A Quest for Sobriety…and the Truth One of the best ways to ensure your safety—and the safety of your loved ones— ... soft tissues of the mouth. Eventually the medication makes its way into your oral capillaries. ... continue reading
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  • 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 ... too difficult to manage. But as she came off the medication, she gradually felt her brain coming back. She was ... 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 study reported a deep dissatisfaction with prescription medications. Bruce said, “One of the most compelling ... health, and most providers would agree that's a good thing.” However, he warned of limitations: “The lack ... 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 ...

    ... His shrink wrote the script…and Jack started a pattern of drug abuse that shaped the rest of his life. ADHD is easy ... He doesn't eat much on the days he takes his medication, and he has a lot less personality now, but his ... 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 ...

    ... warning from the FDA points a finger at the drug Abilify. Is Abilify to Blame? Abilify contains aripiprazole ... doctor as soon as possible. The good news is that, once medication is stopped, the compulsive behaviors stop, ... 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, ...

    ... during the 2000s when more doctors began prescribing these drugs. For this study, researchers surveyed 472,000 people ... hospitals and clinics refuse to carry or provide these medications. “The last decade has been a time of ... 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 ...

    ... medications, it's important to talk with your doctor about any potential dosage or side effect concerns. It's always best to err on the side of caution when it comes to potentially dangerous prescription drugs ... 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 ...

    ... to slowly wean off the drug, then slowly increase the dosage of a new medication. Other times, serious side ... find the right medication for your individual needs. Additional Reading: Want to Feel Better from Anxiety & ... 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 ...

    ... name Neurontin, is an anti-seizure 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 ... 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 ...

    ... tested a drug already proven to block the effects of pannexin-1 called, Probenecid. It's an anti-gout medication that's ... , and this investigation has provided a better understanding of opioid withdrawal at the cellular ... 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 ...

    ... sum blocks access to medication assisted treatment for people in desperate need of help. Despite this, Suboxone manufacturers, Indivior, have until this recent court decision had a monopoly on the drug. The FDA Takes a ... 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 ...

    ... visitors are seeking advice on how to optimize drug use (get the “best” high), avoid side effects of withdrawal, and ... They shift the relationship with potent drugs from necessary medication to using the mind and body ... 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 ...

    ... 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 prescribed. Some people enjoy the feelings ... 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 ...

    ... your health.” He also noted that many of the counterfeit medications being sold don't meet FDA standards. The Dangers are ... turns out that you need to take a prescription drug, you should only get them from your doctor and ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... drugs wasn't always legal? Until 1997, it was banned in 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 ... continue reading
  • Introducing the Drug That Can Kill With a Single Dose

    Just when we'd thought we'd heard it all, an even more lethal drug concoction popped up on our radar. It's just the latest killer in the opioid epidemic ravaging our country. Dubbed “gray death” by authorities, this high-potency cocktail is ...

    ... 's laced with something else before using it. That's how gray death has inadvertently made its way into some drug users' lives. “You don't know what you're getting with these things,” said Richie Webber, who overdosed on ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

    Millions of Americans suffer daily from chronic pain. Factor in all the people managing temporary pain after accidents or surgeries and you have a massive number of people on prescription painkillers. Abuse of morphine, an extremely powerful and ...

    ... results in thousands of overdose deaths each year. Like other opiates, morphine has its drawbacks. In fact, the drug has over 25 official side effects that impact our behavior, brain, body, psyche and sexuality. It can ... 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 ...

    ... abuse or haven't crossed that line yet, the rules of science always apply. Don't risk your life with lethal drug combinations; it's never worth it. If you are afraid that you might cross the line, or already have, there ... 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 ...

    ... the years to weed out a very small number of drug users . A great example is Arizona, who promised taxpayers ... states, not a single substance abuser was discovered through drug testing. Do Taxpayers Need a New Plan? There ... 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 ...

    ... ” is hazardous, the combination of the two can be a recipe for disaster. In short, combining drugs and alcohol either masks effects, which increases the risk of consuming too much, or the combination causes a “double ... 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 ...

    ... past years: This time, it included people who used prescription medication as directed by their doctor, as well as people who misused prescription drugs . In addition, the survey defined “misuse” as any action deviating ... 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 ...

    ... Drug Administration (FDA). Defining Drugs Drugs are tested by the FDA. They're defined as substances intended to diagnose, treat or prevent disease. Medications ... taking anything over the counter…better to be safe than ... 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 ...

    ... 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 substances and their classifications. Controlled Substances If a ... continue reading
  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

    Every generation has its trends. From hairstyles, to music, and yes, even drugs. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has been studying the drug habits of Americans for decades. Their survey results reveal patterns of drug use among ...

    ... age 22. Marijuana: Pot takes second place for this generation as well. Gen Xers also saw their peak use of marijuana at age 18 ... Generation X use are psychotherapeutic drugs (medications used to treat mental disorders ... continue reading
  • Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs?

    In 1971, President Nixon declared the “War on Drugs,” labeling drug abuse as “public enemy number one.” The creation of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) followed soon after; they were charged with enforcing federal regulations and ...

    ... of nationwide mass incarcerations and minimum sentences for low-level drug offenses as a means to deter people from getting involved with drugs. The War on Drugs continued well into the 1980's, when Nancy Reagan famously ... 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 ...

    ... Now, years into my career, I often wonder, would I be better at my job if I had the daily cognitive boost I had ... Doctors are unsure how chronic use of this “smart drug” will affect healthy brain function down the road, ... 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 ...

    ... for years.” The Lure of ADHD Meds ADHD medications, like all stimulants, increase dopamine - the ... with ADHD, the risk of abusing a potentially “feel-good” drug has to be addressed proactively. “Ultimately, we need ... 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 ...

    ... “go-to” drug for medication-assisted treatment with opiate ... addiction. Unlike methadone treatment, it can be prescribed by physicians in the comfort of their own offices and, best ... 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 ... Better Sleep… Despite these dangerous side effects, Ambien has remained one of the top-prescribed medications ... 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 ...

    ... to Dr. Edwin Salsitz , methadone remains a safe medication, even after several decades of use. But methadone ... who decide to get clean “cold turkey,” as well as people who leave treatment programs early or incarcerated ... 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 ...

    ... and it's worn for a period of up to three days; the medication is absorbed by the skin at a slow, steady pace over those ... skin, which results in increased absorption of the drug. It's a process that can quickly be fatal ... 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 ...

    ... Coping Mechanism? Benzos like Xanax are “socially acceptable” drugs. You can go to work on Xanax . You could ... at work and never get caught. It's a legally prescribed medication, so it can't be bad… right? What about when ... 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, ...

    ... . We start thinking we have to have them , when, in actuality, we'd be okay without the medication and be much better off learning healthy ways to cope with stress and fear. As a nation, we keep taking more pills, yet ... 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 ...

    ... saw them. This can be a fatal mistake. It's in these situations - when Xanax is mixed with other drugs or alcohol - that an overdose is most likely. What's Happening? Combining Xanax with other depressants (like alcohol ... 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
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

    Permanent brain damage due to an opiate overdose is a very real, life-altering consequence of opiate abuse . The dramatic increase of opiate-related deaths is now demanding public attention, but the consequence of permanent brain damage remains ...

    ... An Overdose Causes Brain Damage Opiates and opioids (heroin, morphine, OxyContin, Fentanyl) are depressants, meaning the drugs slow down your breathing and heart rate. As such, the most significant risk of an overdose is ... 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 ...

    ... acetaminophen and oxycodone, landing this medication in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're ... to sleep. Since getting a good night's rest is important to your overall well-being, this affects other several other ... 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 ...

    ... of pain relief range from other non-opioid medications to non-medicinal therapies. Though you may not ... Working together, the two of you can decide on the best method of pain control and treatment. Additional Reading: Am ... 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 ...

    ... detox slowly and avoid severe withdrawal symptoms. 8 Tapering off of benzo generally involves a doctor prescribing increasingly smaller amounts of the drug ... withdrawal can be uncomfortable at best and painful at worst, ... 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 ...

    ... out there are a few different reasons—the main one being an overwhelming misconception about medication-assisted detox. After drugs like Suboxone and Subutex hit the market and exploded in popularity, more people began ... 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 ...

    ... their car, you want them to possess these traits, right? Well, if they're taking benzos, they lack both. Recent research ... body. Under the influence of these anti-anxiety drugs, drivers are simply unable to make the quick ... 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 ...

    ... on sleep aids in 2015. So, what's the big deal? Well, sleeping pills pose a ton of health risks and put you ... turned to a new class of drugs called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) medications. These pose less risk of ... 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 ...

    ... misuse this drug. It's essential to follow the prescribed instructions. Since it's a legal medication, many ... no pharmacological treatments are currently available. This detox process and the rehab treatment to follow ... 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 ...

    ... Drug Administration finally approved a new drug for opioid-induced constipation last September. The medication is ... no need to become an herb expert. Just grab some detox tea from a health food store. Probiotics: You'll ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

    The opioid crisis has been making headlines for years, but there's another drug epidemic that has been flying under the radar: Abuse of ADHD drugs. ADHD drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin, increase levels of the brain chemical dopamine and provide ...

    ... 2015 and sales of ADHD drugs have risen almost 41.8 percent during the same time. Making Meth a Substitute? Perhaps the scariest problem of all is that, when people are hooked on ADHD medications and the supply runs 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 ...

    ... with yourself. It is recommended you seek medical help at a detox center to begin the recovery process. Can We Recover? Breaking free ... , rather than re-up, as well as remain free of the drug once you are off benzos. Avoid ... continue reading
  • Shocking Threats Swirl Around Tramadol Abuse

    Though Tramadol hasn't yet achieved the publicity other opioids have in the states, it sure is making waves abroad. Earlier this month, it was revealed that tramadol, an addictive synthetic painkiller believed to be as powerful as morphine , is ...

    ... Tramadol and Violence Tramadol is a prescription opiate medication, but it's regularly sold as an ... post-surgical pain, leaving many to consider it an essential drug. In the U.S., where citizens are already battling ... 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 ...

    ... extra “boosts,” his tolerance and dependence on the drug increased, along with the side effects. Before long ... and recovery . With greater knowledge, he had a better understanding of his roommate's Ritalin use and the risks ... continue reading
  • True or False: Ready to Put Your Fentanyl Knowledge to the Test?

    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 ...

    ... and adds extra weight to baggies of heroin. Since most drug dealers aren't exactly known for their moral compasses, ... cancer patients). In need of continuous pain medication, these patients receive a transdermal patch . ... 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 ...

    ... 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 opiate drugs also ... 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 ...

    ... the pills, because I assumed he knew what he was doing. Boy, was I wrong. 4. They are some of the hardest drugs to quit. More online research revealed that just about everybody lists benzos as one of the ten toughest ... continue reading
  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

    With his heart pounding, Officer Harrison approached the warehouse. His dreams of fighting crime never included this scene. He wasn't chasing a fugitive; he wasn't even trying to arrest anyone. The other officers had already taken the dealers down ...

    ... this “black box” thing meant, he asked the pharmacist, who politely provided a medication guide explaining the risks of the drug. Tom went home and looked up the manufacturer's website, curious for additional details ... continue reading
  • Making Sense Out of the Confusing World of Ritalin

    Sharon is at another meeting with her son's teacher. Aiden's teacher says he's unfocused and disruptive in class. Sharon knows her son behaves the same way at home. Last night's battle over homework fresh in her mind - and she doesn't know what to ...

    ... and unsure. Should she really put her child on drugs? How do they work? What are the benefits? ... on its list of most-stolen medications. What Should I Do? As with most ADHD medications , the results vary. Some parents ... 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 ...

    ... prescription, it can quickly lead to addiction. Battling a drug addiction in the workplace is the last thing you need ... stimulant medications can be truly debilitating. Be safe and confident in your recovery; find a detox ... continue reading
  • Don't Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance - It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

    You may have heard about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine. What you may not have heard about, however, is the ultra-potent concentrated version of it: carfentanil . What We Know About Carfentanil Developed in the mid-1970s as a ...

    ... unknowingly buying heroin that's laced with the deadly drug. This has become a common practice among dealers ... thing's for sure: Keep your distance from this deadly drug. It has a license to kill. Additional Reading: The F ... 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 ...

    ... , can help wean people off these “harder” drugs. 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 ... 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 ...

    ... medical provider. The increase in medication means you're developing a tolerance. This can make it harder to stop the drug use in the future. Another drug might help you treat your pain better. If you have increased your ... 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. ...

    ... Health and Human Services. Of this segment, many have zeroed in on extended-release opioids over instant-release drugs since they contain more of the active ingredient and can be altered to release the pain killer all at ... 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 ...

    ... those drugs is Opana. Opana vs. Oxycontin: What You Need to Know Interacting with the brain's opiate receptors, much like morphine or heroin , Opana, otherwise known as oxymorphone, is a prescription pain medication that ... 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 ...

    ... tremor. And for those on high doses of the medication, withdrawal has led to seizures and psychosis. What ... . 2. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2012). Well-Known Mechanism Underlies Benzodiazepines' Addictive Properties ... 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 ...

    ... to get, it's cheap, and it produces a similar high. Risk of heroin overdose is especially dangerous because the drug is often laced with fentanyl , which can be deadly even in small doses. 2. The southeast region of 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), ...

    ... slowly sinking in, but many are still unaware of the dangers involved with the use and abuse of this drug. Public awareness of this opiate must increase if we are to decrease the numbers at risk. Additional Reading: Don ... 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 ...

    ... our system, it is harder to stay alert and focus our attention. Mood Swings - With this strong drug interacting with our system, our emotions are often erratically affected. Poor Performance - The combination of all the ... 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 ...

    ... Carfentanil's extreme potency doesn't mean it gives a “better” high; it means it will kill you. It's ... not meant for human use.” What we do know is that drug dealers are adding this potent substance to heroin . The hope ... 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 ...

    ... turning to drugs like Xanax - a mild sedative used to treat anxiety - as a way to better function in their ... warning to anyone who's tempted to buy prescription medications from street dealers or shady websites. The only ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

    Fifty times stronger than heroin , the synthetic opioid fentanyl is flooding the drug market - and heightening the danger of overdose. In search of cheaper mixes and stronger highs, dealers now lace heroin and cocaine with this potent drug. We've ...

    ... beyond dangerous. Last year, fentanyl and other synthetic opioids took over the number one spot for leading cause of drug overdose deaths in the US. The CDC reported more than 20,000 people in the US died from synthetic ... 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 ...

    ... off.” Is he simply having a bad day? Did he not sleep well? Is he sick? Or is he high? To the untrained observer, ... Learning the indicators of drug use will help you make the best possible decisions in these situations ... 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 ...

    ... she didn't know how she would survive, much less get good grades. She decided she needed a boost. She asked around ... make it clear that selling these medications is illegal, as is using drugs that are not prescribed to ... 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 ...

    ... many as 10,000 toddlers are now taking stimulant ADHD medications. The question is, with thousands of Americans taking Ritalin ... . Blaire was the one who introduced Kara to the drug in the first place…and she'd used a lot ... 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 ...

    ... is a milder form of opiate medication, people falsely believe the drug is not addictive. Tramadol dependence can ... peace and well-being? If your answer to this question is “YES” and you aren't taking the drug as prescribed ... 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 ...

    ... 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 risks. Topping this ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 21.5 million Americans aged 12 and older met the criteria for substance use disorder in 2014. Of these, 1.9 million were addicted to prescription opiate pain medications and 586,000 ...

    ... drugs act on your brain's feel-good chemicals, they can also produce feelings of euphoria and well-being ... 1 The number of prescriptions written for opioid pain medications has increased from 76 million in 1991 to almost ... 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 ...

    ... medication was now jeopardizing her sobriety. Was she just supposed to go cold turkey and hope for the best? ... a financial strain in most people's lives. But the good news is that there are ways to lower the overall cost ... 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 ...

    ... share them. Your Pills Aren't Candy A recent study revealed that twenty percent of people with leftover pills share their medications. And it's pretty easy to see how this happens. Let's say your friend's in pain from a ... 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 a good possibility you'll develop some degree of physical dependence. Once you stop taking the medication, the ... of the physical withdrawal symptoms you might expect? Well, the most common include nausea, vomiting, ... 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, ...

    ... new guidelines argue for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as Motrin, Advil and Aleve ... dentists need to consider treatment options that utilize best practices to prevent opioid abuse. Additional Reading ... 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 ...

    ... before hanging out with someone, that probably wasn't the best person for me to spend time with. Triggers also tell us ... are standing by ready to help you find the best way to address your addiction, your triggers, and ... 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 ...

    ... an injection every day. There's no risk of forgetting to take your medication. You also can't lose it and it can't be stolen. Since ... death may result from improper insertion of drug implants inserted in the upper arm.” ... 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 ...

    ... nearly 36.5 million Americans were taking anti-anxiety drugs and about one-fifth of Americans who struggle with ... isn't a life freed from anxiety (and medication) well worth the effort? Additional Reading: Xanax Turned My ... 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 ...

    ... .” Submissions must describe the problem in detail as well as how current approaches fail to solve it. They ... American public. Additional Reading: Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs? Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... with good intentions. They've likely heard the stories…you know, the ones that say using these drugs can ... pressured by friends into sharing or selling their medication Of the students with legitimate prescriptions, 28 ... 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 ...

    ... rather than having to hoof it to a medication-assisted treatment program multiple times per month, like methadone ... patient and the prescription don't meet all the “good faith” criteria, the Walgreens pharmacist cannot - by ... 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 ...

    ... times. The constant tension can drive even our best and brightest providers to the brink, prodding them ... can become overwhelmed. Some turn to prescription medications like Oxycontin , Percocet , Xanax and Klonopin ... 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 ...

    ... Well, that's a really good question. Benzo Stats Benzos (short for benzodiazepines, a class of sedatives including such popular drugs ... Xanax is the number one prescribed psychiatric medication in the country, with over 50 ... 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 ...

    ... to evaluate methadone levels Good behavior is rewarded with take-home medication, lowering daily clinic visits ... . But the vast majority of them are professional, well-run and supportive.” “A methadone program may not be ... 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. ...

    ... to yet another medication, Kathy's asking herself a really tough question: Am I really better off now than ... long treatment, with no plans to wean him off the drug. He's now dependent on methadone. But, no alternatives ... 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 ...

    ... wondering, how is something like this happening? Well, sadly much of the medication prescribed to animals can also be taken ... seek these drugs - and others - when they show up to vet offices demanding more medication, even ... 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 ...

    ... your life for the better and help you ... medications (e.g., Ambien). Remember, the staff members at methadone clinics are not there to judge you; they are there to help and they rely on your honesty to help you get the best ... 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 ...

    ... frequently prescribed drugs for a combination of behavioral therapy and medications known as Medication Assisted Treatment ... health issues, as well as address emotional problems associated with their drug use . Additional ... 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 ...

    ... opioids has quadrupled. As most of us know, drug addiction destroys lives and tears families apart - yet companies ... , a collection inspired by the packaging of medication. The line ranged from a $950 prescription ... continue reading
  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

    It looks like our nation has found a “bullet” deadlier than the traditional calibers. As of 2015, heroin is killing more people than guns. This shift in statistics has happened rather quickly. In 2007, gun homicides outnumbered heroin deaths 5 ...

    ... saw a drastic increase in prescription painkiller use, while an alarming number of Americans developed dependencies on the drugs. To combat the upward trend, state and federal laws of the late 2000s focused in on tighter ... 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 ...

    ... ) to obtain buprenorphine for the first time; a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - often known ... The director of the Utah County Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment - Richard J. ... 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 ...

    ... determine with Xanax or other prescription medications. Prosecutors have to rely on ... -abused prescription drugs. If you or someone you know has developed an addiction to Xanax, a medically supervised detox is in order ... 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 ...

    ... . In fact, most Virginians agree that those who abuse drugs or alcohol should receive treatment, not jail time. According ... also touched on police-community relations, as well as concerns on public safety agencies' ... continue reading
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