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  • 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 ...

    ... running out of pills before their next doctor's visit or coming up short on mandatory pill counts at pain clinics. Eventually, ... switch from OxyContin to heroin is clear to Mark Publicker, who oversees a 24-bed detox ward ... 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 ...

    ... to discontinue the abuse of opioids without experiencing a painful detox. So what is the big problem? Do we have to ... a huge misconception. You can take prescription pain pills while on Suboxone, but the dosage must ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

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

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

    ... aids in 2015. So, what's the big deal? Well, sleeping pills pose a ton of health risks and put you at risk of addiction ... Mental/memory/attention problems Stomach pain Uncontrollable shaking Weakness Additional Reading: ... 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, ...

    ... to the same study. “Dentists don't like to see patients in pain,” admitted Joel Funari , a dentist in Devon, Pa. “We tend ... painkiller in situations where only a handful of pills are required, according to Dr. Brian Bateman ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... to see how this happens. Let's say your friend's in 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 ... 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 ...

    ... , 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 to patients ... 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 ...

    ... manage any pain during those first few days home. The Pain is Gone - the Pills Remain After a week, the pain was much ... not needed for pain Going to multiple doctors to get more Getting opiates from someone other than the ... 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 ...

    ... , otherwise known as oxymorphone, is a prescription pain medication that provides a “rush” similar to ... to buy “old versions” from pill mills and other various sources. And generic Opana pills are still being manufactured ... 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 ...

    ... that the patient can completely stop taking it without experiencing the effects of withdrawal. Once detox is completed, a customized behavioral therapy program is implemented. The personalized plan will address cravings ... 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. ...

    ... Americans, or 1.9 percent of the population, use pain relievers - or opioids - for non-medical purposes, according ... deterring those from prescription drug abuse? The Truth About Tamper-Resistant Pills A recent commentary ... 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 ...

    ... debated drinking coffee or Mountain Dew, he remembered something a classmate said a week or so before. “I popped one pill, and I stayed awake for hours. I was so focused, I finished a week's worth of assignments in one ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... negative consequences. What ultimately separates addiction from dependence is compulsively using the drug ... drug in a way other than prescribed (crushing pills, snorting, injecting, mixing with other medications, etc ... 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 ... from stimulant medications can be truly debilitating. Be safe and confident in your recovery; find a detox ... 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 ...

    ... out, she was happy to stop taking it, but the pills weren't done with her. Kelly says she she almost instantly ... for a few weeks longer. Approximately six months from her original doctor's appointment, Kelly had finally ... 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 ...

    ... and that opiates aren't an effective method of treating chronic pain . Another major push from drug makers is the promotion of new formulas that make their pills harder to crush or dissolve. The goal here is to prevent ... 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 ...

    ... time for sunbathing. Heating Pads: Those struggling with pain often use heating pads for relief, but combining a ... some cases, the rise in body temperature might not come from an outside source. When you're ill, your body ... 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 ...

    ... examined from stem to stern. Her pelvic bone was fractured and she'd sprained her wrist, but the pain in ... started “doctor shopping” as a means to get more pills. You Just Never Know… Frightened and consumed by anxiety, ... 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 ...

    ... following: Eighty percent of those who are suffering from sleep apnea don't even know they're ... result of chronic pain, many people seek solace in sleeping pills. The problem is that taking sleeping pills on top of ... 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 ...

    ... saying that they promise not to share or misuse their pills. Even further, George Mason and William and Mary colleges have forbidden school clinicians from prescribing stimulants , instead choosing to refer students to ... 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 ...

    ... taking the drug altogether. I went home from my therapy appointment, flushed my remaining ... that. So he called in a new prescription, I took some pills, and my withdrawal symptoms stopped. But I was right back where ... 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 ...

    ... to work properly. Over time, you can become addicted to opioid-based pain killers such as Vicodin , morphine , or OxyContin . Opioids, which come from the opium plant, are also the basis for certain illegal drugs, such ... 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 ... the answer is yes. Alternative methods of pain relief range from other non-opioid medications to non-medicinal ... 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, ...

    ... 're an anxious nation. According to data from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ... here? Why are we a nation full of anxiety-ridden, pill-popping people? Experts suggest we've developed a fear of fear . ... continue reading
  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

    Methadone is in the hot seat again. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Medicaid to restrict access to the drug, citing that methadone - when prescribed for pain, not for opiate addiction - accounted for ...

    ... population might further reduce injuries and deaths from methadone,” according to a recent publication ... s view of methadone , whether it's used for treating chronic pain or addiction. Only time will tell how - or if - ... 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 ...

    ... , this use is not without cost. Like other opioids , this drug has drawbacks. While offering relief from pain, morphine also delivers the following side effects. Effects on Behavior Abuse/Misuse/Addiction - As with other ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... are seen with administration of prescription pain medications. For example, opioid ... but they do not perform equally among men and women. The pills themselves dissolve much slower in a woman's stomach because they have ... 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 ...

    ... use of these medications.” The Study Researchers from the University of Calgary's Faculty of ... an effective method to treat the millions struggling with pain management and opioid dependency across the nation and around ... 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 ...

    ... make ends meet. To keep his energy level up, he took Ritalin - often several pills each day. But he ran out of pills two days ago. He hoped to get more from his cousin this weekend. Darren figured he could stop using the ... 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 ...

    ... the patient to become addicted. On the other hand, the pain must be controlled, and there aren't medications that can do ... number Alcohol addiction hotline number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug ... 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 ...

    ... really gave me my life back and makes my pain manageable, without inebriating me or forming another dependence ... kind of a Wild West.” Additional Reading: Voices From Both Sides of the Medical Marijuana Debate Image Source ... 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 ...

    ... forget how many drinks you've had or how many pills you've taken. Consuming these two substances in excess ... TREATMENT Learn more about insurance coverage levels from some household health brand names for addiction ... 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 ...

    ... until she found someone willing to spot her a few Adderall pills, a mediation meant to treat ADHD . With this “help” ... college students who engage in NPS get the drugs from a friend, students must realize they are only ... 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 ... to 6 months or more. The acute phase lasts anywhere from seven to 90 days, while post-acute withdrawal syndrome can ... 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 ...

    ... number of deaths related to heroin use has more than tripled from 2,402 in 2007 to 8,260 overdose deaths in ... cases, is now cheaper and easier to obtain than opiate pain pills ever were. In 2013, a report by SAMHSA showed ... 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 ...

    ... prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and work by blocking the pain signals sent to your brain. Percocet ... in a downward spiral. Hallucinations: These vary greatly from person to person. You might see lights, colors ... 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 ...

    ... , however, was there was nothing “simple” about it. Covered from head to toe in a hazmat suit, Officer Harrison was about to ... 's breakthrough pain. The cancer had been attacking her body for two years and the pain could be ... 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), ...

    ... receptors in the central nervous system and blocks pain signals. So, what did change? Awareness ... Doctors were directed not to prescribe tramadol to anyone suffering from depression or at risk for addiction. But this wasn't ... 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 ...

    ... . Others use opiate pain relievers as a remedy for aching back muscles or unbearable shoulder pains after a long shift ... certain terms. Of course, the rules vary from state to state; you can get detailed information ... 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 ...

    ... least nine people in the San Francisco area fell prey to fake Xanax pills laced with fentanyl. Three suffered from heart attacks and one from heart failure, while others experienced a major hit to respiratory and nervous ... 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 ...

    ... beauty of the poppy flowers fool you, heroin is made from the opium poppy flower. These flowers thrive in warm, ... people in rehab turned to heroin because prescription pills were “far more expensive and harder to obtain ... 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 ...

    ... of feeling tired and achy, so she stopped taking the pills. A day later, Hillary felt anxious and dizzy. She ... case, she stopped her medication too abruptly and suffered from new symptoms as a result. This is a common ... 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 ...

    ... for a variety of reasons. One factor may stem from the fact that medication assistance is viewed by some as ... and the nervous system respond to pain in the body. It is used during detox because it reduces or eliminates the ... 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 ...

    ... . Hope For the Future With fewer side effects and great pain-relieving results, this new drug could have a huge impact on the millions suffering from chronic pain. Researchers hope to begin human trials in the next two ... 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 ...

    ... opioid available for people with cancer and post-surgical pain, leaving many to consider it an essential drug. ... related to tramadol misuse has more than tripled in 2011 from 2005, to 21,649. Additional Reading: Yay or Nay ... 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 ...

    ... accessibility. Users can attain it through a prescription from a certified doctor, rather than having to hoof ... going to get in the way,” Payne told the National Pain Report . Instead, he points the finger at the doctors ... 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 ...

    ... up images of a “typical” overdose victim is far from accurate. According to a 2014 study , drug users ... respiration to slow to a lethal rate. Mixing heroin with pain pills can have similar effects. Are You at Risk? Do you ... 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 ...

    ... same drug prescribed to human patients to help alleviate their pain. Substance abusers seek these drugs - and others - when ... received just days before. A Swift Response From Officials Although this form of doctor shopping ... 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 ...

    ... caused by amphetamine abuse are: Angina: This chest pain is caused by reduced blood flow to your heart. ... valves may not operate fully. This decreases blood flow from your heart. Congestive heart failure: As your heart and ... continue reading
  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

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

    ... for a year. Deeply anxious and depressed to begin with, she emerged from behind bars much worse. Nothing but heroin seemed to take the edge off her pain. At the young age of 29,Katrina overdosed and died. Who Takes ... 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 ...

    ... Kara's, but it's clear we've become a pill-dependent nation. By 2013, nearly 36.5 million Americans were ... mood. A tired nervous system is more likely to suffer from a panic attack or other anxiety symptoms. Get the rest ... 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 ...

    ... consumed her mind, she would reach for a pill. Immediately afterward, she would reach for her phone ... to use it. Additional Reading: Want to Feel Better from Anxiety & Depression Fast? Try These 8 Techniques! Image ... 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 ...

    ... by the packaging of medication. 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 ... 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 ...

    ... even say it's simple to get a Xanax prescription from your doctor. What Makes Xanax So Addictive? Often, ... such as 12-step programs (e.g., Narcotics Anonymous, Pills Anonymous). Meetings are free and hosted all over the U. ... 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 ...

    ... the most misused stimulant drug among males. Prescription diet pills were the most abused stimulant drugs among females. ... between the ages 20 and 21. “To prevent someone from using for the first time is often more cost- ... 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 ... prescribe Suboxone to up to 275 patients, an increase from 100 patients. To be eligible to treat up to ... 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 ...

    ... 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 to ... 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 ...

    ... have developed a response to the “they'll just smash it” argument. Their cylindrical pill-dispensing device is made from steel alloy used in aircraft landing gear. It is equipped with a fingerprint sensor, similar ... continue reading
  • Buckeye State Goes After Pharmaceutical Giants

    An estimated 200,000 Ohioans are addicted to opioids . State officials lay much of the blame at the feet of Big Pharma. State Attorney General Mike DeWine claims several industry leaders “helped unleash a health care crisis that has had ...

    ... doctors to believe that effective, compassionate pain treatment required the prescribing of opioids. ... as their numbers grew, so did the death tolls . From 2000 to 2015, Ohio drug overdose fatalities increased by 642 ... 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 ...

    ... severe, ongoing pain (such as cancer patients). In need of continuous pain medication, ... must be disposed of carefully to protect children and pets. Dug from the garbage and mishandled, these patches can be lethal. True or ... 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 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 you need, but you're also ... 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 ...

    Although opioids are effective pain relievers, they can do a number on your health and overall body systems. One ... need to become an herb expert. Just grab some detox tea from a health food store. Probiotics: You'll need ... 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 ...

    ... and has significantly reduced the need for inpatient detox services , yet it's greatly underused due to ... effects of “full” opioids, including the high from using and any pain relief. Due to these reasons, Suboxone has ... continue reading
  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

    For many, getting hooked on opioids starts innocently enough. Typically, it's a way to find relief from chronic pain. But the feeling of euphoria - or “high” - that accompanies each dose is ultimately what keeps users coming back for more, ...

    For many, getting hooked on opioids starts innocently enough. Typically, it's a way to find relief from chronic pain. But the feeling of euphoria - or “high” - that accompanies each dose is ultimately what keeps users ... 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 ...

    ... million prescriptions were written for opioids in 2012. 1 The number of prescriptions written for opioid pain medications has increased from 76 million in 1991 to almost 207 million in 2013. 2 In the past decade, heroin ... 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 ...

    ... are most at risk for heart problems. 5. Darvocet Darvocet is an opioid used to ease the pain from serious injuries or major surgeries. This painkiller also includes acetaminophen, which can damage the liver in excess ... 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 ...

    ... been reported in some cases of abrupt withdrawal from short-acting benzos; withdrawal seizures may be possible ... could be life-saving. 4. Consider a Slow-Taper Detox Once the body has grown dependent on a consistent supply ... 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, ...

    ... there she wouldn't be taking any more of those pills. The Ambien Hangover Nicole's story is not the only ... dirty skillet was on the counter and three eggs were missing from her fridge. She had no memory of it, but judging ... 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 ...

    ... problems. However, when used very carefully, these medications allow those who suffer from chronic pain to experience a normal life pain-free. The use of extended release tablets, including extended release oxycodone and ... 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 ...

    ... It advised doctors not to prescribe tramadol to anyone suffering from depression or at risk for addiction. The next year, ... far from the truth. As an opiate, tramadol triggers changes in the brain to help relieve pain. ... 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 ...

    ... a stimulant overdose include: Chest pain Difficult breathing Severe headaches Disorientation and ... intervention will be inadequate in these cases. Saving someone from an opiate overdose, however, requires quick reaction. ... continue reading
  • CDC Issues Urgent Call for More Needle Exchange Programs

    The controversy over needle exchange programs is nothing new. It's been debated for decades. What's new is the CDC's latest report that shows a change in trends. According to the recent report , new HIV infection numbers are growing and we don't ...

    ... paying for sterile syringes) if there is an HIV or hepatitis outbreak risk. So far, the CDC has approved requests from 15 states and counties asking for federal HIV funds to be used for syringe programs. It's a start ... 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 ...

    ... responders are finding that even multiple doses of naloxone aren't always capable of bringing someone back from an overdose when carfentanil is involved. With overdoses mounting, the DEA scrambled to issue a warning to ... 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 ...

    ... with local and state communities to implement best practices in these rural communities that currently suffer from a lack of resources. Less-populated areas often suffer due to fewer public health services, limited ... 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 ...

    ... drugs are the first solution society turns to for managing children's behavior, can we expect anything less from the children? When the doctor's knee-jerk reaction is to medicate, children get the impression that self ... 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. ...

    ... your treatment could go on forever. One missed dose and you're sick from withdrawal symptoms like vomiting, cramps, muscle pain and in some cases life-threatening side effects. Methadone clinics and manufacturers are ... 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 ...

    ... include: Heroin LSD Ecstasy Bath salts Schedule II Substances in this group are considered a step-down in risk from Schedule I. They still have high potential for abuse , but are currently accepted for medical use or ... 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 ...

    ... Trouble sleeping Dry mouth Upset stomach/Stomach pain Headaches Loss of appetite Nervousness In rare ... to get and fairly cheap. Teens often steal it from a sibling or buy it from peers. In fact, the DEA includes Ritalin on ... 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 ...

    ... compulsion? A number of different factors - biological and environmental - can play a role. But a new warning from the FDA points a finger at the drug Abilify. Is Abilify to Blame? Abilify contains aripiprazole , which ... 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 ...

    ... the facility, Holly learned more about Ibogaine . She already knew that it's a psychoactive substance which comes from a West African plant. She knew it affects the brain in some way to help with heroin addiction. Holly ... 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 ...

    ... the DEA - and also prevents any controlled substances from being prescribed or purchased through online pharmacies. But ... rigs, abusing methamphetamine, getting injured, having pain.” However, under the Ryan Haight Act, ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... the same way about prescription drug abusers. Citizens of Virginia also voiced support for nonviolent offenders suffering from mental illness, believing that they, too, deserved a treatment-based approach rather than an ... 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 ...

    ... Policy said in an issue brief last year. “Consequently, operating costs far exceed the fiscal savings from denying benefits.” So, what do you think? Should welfare recipients undergo drug testing in order to continue ... 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 ...

    ... and Family Studies, along with researchers at Penn State's College of Medicine, recruited 68 people from the Caron Treatment Center in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, to undergo assessments of relapse risk. Each of the ... 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 ...

    ... not exceed 40 mg but will be slowly increased over the next few weeks with a final dosage goal of anywhere from 80 to 120 mg . Once you transition to outpatient treatment, you'll need to return to the clinic everyday in ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

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

    ... methadone is much safer than heroin, there are still some side effects that you might experience from taking it. These include: 2 Nausea. Vomiting. Constipation. Dry mouth. Reduced sleep. Menstrual irregularities in ... 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 ...

    ... ” - be patient with yourself. It is recommended you seek medical help at a detox center to begin the recovery process. Can We Recover? Breaking free from a benzo dependence is not easy, but it's absolutely possible. As a ... 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 ...

    ... of drug dealers set up shop, doling out pills on street corners, in abandoned houses and everywhere ... their child is drunk, and it's even different from marijuana use because there are behavioral differences that they ... 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 ...

    ... is no way of being sure they are getting authentic modafinil from the black market or from abroad, as the mystery pills could be sugar-coated placebos, made from expired ingredients or, even worse, toxic concoctions . ... 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 ...

    ... ? 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 ... in embolism and death may result from improper insertion of drug implants inserted ... 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 ...

    ... a friend or relative, with about one third misusing a prescription from a doctor. Only about 1 in 20 misusers bought their last pain reliever from a drug dealer or stranger. Applying the Data So, what does this all mean ... 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 ...

    ... even more alarming is that the number of deaths from overdose continues to climb steadily year after year . In ... the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cracked down on “pill mills” that had sprung up in the area, making ... continue reading
  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

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

    ... prescribe the overdose antidote to patients taking opiate pain medications . Thanks to the increased availability, ... . Each and every day, approximately 100 people die from a drug overdose. With numbers like that, it ... 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 ...

    ... OxyContin and Opana. Users be warned: Kratom is like jumping from the fire into the frying pan. You will survive the ... too. The same properties that make it a potential detox aid also make it a potential addiction. In small ... 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 ...

    ... many people do not wish to give up , and the progression from use to abuse to addiction can occur shockingly quickly. On average, ... Sweating. Nausea. Headache. Muscular pain. Stiffness. Difficulty concentrating. Perceptual ... continue reading
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