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  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

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

    ... the signs of an overdose and reversing it with lifesaving opioid overdose drug, Naloxone. Many medical ... outpatient, hospital, office, emergency room, jail or self-help center treatment options. Treatment of opioid ... continue reading
  • Naloxone Kits: Are Pharmacies Set to Combat Opiate Overdoses?

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

    ... upon arrival at a local hospital. An opioid overdose reversal drug such as naloxone could have immediately ... naloxone from syringe exchange programs or drug treatment programs, and especially to communities outside ... 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 ...

    ... 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular doses of oxycodone - a powerful narcotic painkiller. She was still experiencing a lot of ... continue reading
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  • Do Safe Injection Sites Violate the Hippocratic Oath? One Nurse Says Yes

    Michael Hesch is a conscious sedation nurse. His job is to intravenously infuse fentanyl and other medicines during surgical procedures. If and when safe injection sites open in the United States, professionals like Hesch may be asked to work ...

    ... heart.” Hersch also pointed out that these infections can last for months - and that's in a hospital setting where the patients are being treated properly. When asked if working at a safe injection site would violate ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... to address your addiction, your triggers, and your treatment needs. Call us today at 1-888-744-0069 ... 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 ...

    ... ) believe that it's safe, it's a terrible idea. Opiates are very potent painkillers and, when misused, can result in overdose . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that more than three out of five ... 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, ...

    ... of anesthesia at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. This prescription-writing ... meantime, however, dentists need to consider treatment options that utilize best practices to prevent opioid ... 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 ...

    ... Fentanyl) are depressants, meaning the drugs slow down your breathing and heart rate. As such, the most significant risk of an overdose is the lack of oxygen. An opiate overdose typically leads to unconsciousness and ... 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 ...

    ... 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), or by taking ... 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 ...

    ... pose the risk for serious side effects and overdose. Today, doctors are prescribing fewer of those ... concerning is their deadly effects when combined with other drugs. For example, sleep aids should never be consumed ... 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 ...

    ... we've become a pill-dependent nation. By 2013, nearly 36.5 million Americans were taking anti-anxiety drugs and about one-fifth of Americans who struggle with an anxiety disorder have a substance abuse disorder. So ... 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 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 ... 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, ...

    ... , a sleepy 30 percent of our nation continues to struggle with insomnia and wait for those healthy solutions. Learn more about treatment options for Ambien abuse and addiction . Image Source: iStock 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, ...

    ... States. (The fact that we have an association devoted to anxiety says something about us, doesn't it?) Treatment for anxiety disorders makes up nearly one-third of the nation's mental health bill. Clearly, this is a ... 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 ...

    ... 't be surprising to anyone, considering how benzos affect the body. Under the influence of these anti-anxiety drugs, drivers are simply unable to make the quick, safe driving decisions necessary to navigate these great ... continue reading
  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

    The closest addiction specialist is three hours away. You don't have a reliable vehicle. If you arrange for a ride or take public transportation, everyone in town will know where you went and why. If this were your situation, how likely would you be ...

    ... , unfortunately. Second, Patients who need treatment from these specialists are often far from ... areas, this is still a problem. However, local hospitals and clinics can set up internet connections to distant locations ... 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 ...

    ... to your skin, which results in increased absorption of the drug. It's a process that can quickly be fatal. Because ... in summer and early fall can easily result in overdose. If you don't have access to air conditioning ... 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 ...

    ... -medical treatments, on the other hand, carry a long-term success rate of only 5-10 percent. With that in mind, you can clearly see the benefits of using methadone, as it has the potential to reduce the risk of overdose ... 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 ...

    ... Publicker, who oversees a 24-bed detox ward at Mercy Hospital Recovery Center in Portland. “As bad as oxycodone is ... that always accompanies drug sales and the medical costs associated with overdoses, opiate addiction is ... 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 ...

    ... do so with good intentions. They've likely heard the stories…you know, the ones that say using these drugs can help students study round-the-clock and soak up exorbitant amounts of knowledge. What those rumors don't ... 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 ...

    ... for a partial dispensing. Although this doesn't actually save any money, it may be a way to afford treatment without having to shell out a large chunk of money for the entire prescription. Clinical Trials and Studies ... continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

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

    ... ideas that address: Prevention Treatment Overdose avoidance Overdose response Each idea must include ... Additional Reading: Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs? Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... ; each day, 91 people die of an opioid-related overdose . It has gotten so bad that some people are willing ... same drug prescribed to human patients to help alleviate their pain. Substance abusers seek these drugs ... 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 ...

    ... anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is opiate drugs also slow your breathing…and in case of an overdose, your breathing is slowed to a virtually non-existent and lethal level. The right ... 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 ...

    After falling off a ladder, Suzanne was rushed to the hospital and examined from stem to stern. Her pelvic bone was ... in secretive, illegal and self-destructive drug-seeking behavior The opportunity to get your life ... 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 ...

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

    ... 57 percent of college students who engage in NPS get the drugs from a friend, students must realize they are only putting ... physical health risks, including abuse and overdose. Third, physicians who prescribe ADHD ... 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 ...

    ... ? The word choice means other drugs were likely involved in the overdose. In 30 percent of opioid- ... of time - and in increasing dosages - for treatment of chronic issues. Additional Reading: Pay Attention: 7 ... 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 ...

    ... alternative to prescription painkillers. An Effective Treatment Option? The study was conducted at ... with marijuana dispensaries had a reduced number of opioid overdoses. Another paper , published in a Journal of ... 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 ...

    ... . We Need Solutions This abuse is taking its toll - more than 16,000 Americans die from a prescription drug overdose each year. From 1997 to 2012, the rate of kids hospitalized for opioids rose 165 percent . In ... 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 ...

    ... powerful, officials believe that even multiple injections of the anti-overdose drug naloxone may not even be enough to prevent a fatal overdose. How is This Drug Reaching the U.S.? Carfentanil “normally comes in - ... 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 ...

    ... in mind, let's take a look at what happens to your body during an overdose situation when one of three common drugs are consumed. Opioids Opiates, such as heroin, and prescription pain pills like Vicodin, are ... 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 ...

    ... doesn't seem to think so, arguing that tamper-resistant formulations of drugs do not solve the problems of opioid addiction and overdose . In addition to increasing evidence that the overall number of deaths had ... 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. ...

    ... involved. With overdoses mounting, the DEA scrambled to issue a warning to both the public and police officials about the dangers of carfentanil. DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg referred to the drug as “crazy ... continue reading
  • Police Are Gearing Up to Face Down a Couple of Killers

    Guns won't help. A bullet-proof vest won't cut it. No badge, baton, hat, or handcuffs will stop the threat. The latest danger faced by law enforcement officials is a class of drugs that can kill on contact. Standard-issue equipment is no longer ...

    ... division received 196 intranasal doses of Narcan, a nasal spray used as an antidote to treat opioid overdoses . Equipped with this drug, officers now have a means to help themselves - or others - suffering from a life ... 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 ...

    ... time for administration of life-saving Narcan . This drug is also so strong, emergency crews equipped with Narcan have struggled to revive those who have overdosed. Often, they must use multiple doses of Narcan and ... 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 ... benzos, here's my advice: Talk to your treatment provider honestly. Find out what your options are. ... 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 ...

    ... is easier 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 ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... You Should Consider Tolerance: About half of all the people in recovery will ultimately suffer a relapse. When this happens, drug overdose is a serious concern. When they haven't been using for a while, their ... 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 ...

    ... after three to five minutes, administer another dose of naloxone. Don't Let Fear Prevent Intervention Too often, drug overdose deaths occur because a person is hesitant to call an ambulance due to a fear of police ... 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 ...

    ... caregivers are caught. Thousands more are working in hospitals, clinics and nursing homes right now - and ... allowed to return to work after finishing a designated treatment program and meeting certain terms. Of course, the ... 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 ...

    ... strongest warning, and it cautions about the risk of abuse, addiction, overdose and death . Fact Three: Abusing fentanyl or mixing it with other drugs can be deadly. Gary was looking for a new, more powerful high ... 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 ...

    ... - if it's listed on that state's preferred drug list (PDL). This has proven to be problematic, as recent reports discovered a correlation between overdoses and accessibility to methadone. In fact, the rates of fatal ... 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 a new medication. Other times, serious side effects may warrant an abrupt stop to your medication. Which drugs are involved also affects the change-over protocol . If you're switching medications within the same ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

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

    ... history of benzodiazepine prescription and the associated risk of death from a drug overdose , found that the risk of death from drug overdose significantly increased in a synergistic, dose-response fashion as daily ... 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 ...

    ... it happen that for 20 some years, women, millions of them, were essentially overdosing on Ambien?” Effects of Other Drugs Naturally, Ambien isn't the only prescription medication that affects women differently than ... 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 ...

    ... increases, leading some to turn to street dealers when legal prescriptions run out. Buyer Beware As with any drug off the street, buyers may not be getting what they bargained for - a counterfeit pill made to look ... 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 ...

    ... it quite difficult to quit using it), but overdosing is quite common. Symptoms can involve seizures and a ... surgical pain, leaving many to consider it an essential drug. In the U.S., where citizens are already battling ... 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 ...

    ... addicts. Drastic changes in personality often manifest as the first visible indicators of drug use. Additional Reading: Record-Breaking Number of Overdoses Traced Back to Bad Heroin Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... . Kelly says she she almost instantly began craving the drug once she didn't have that bottle of “little helpers ... was anxious - even more than I was before starting the drug. I couldn't sleep. I threw up a lot. Several ... 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 ...

    ... approximately 20,000 people died from prescription opioid overdose. An estimated 2.1 million people are ... -line of treatment by the American College of Rheumatology. Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) ... 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 ...

    ... effects. Users quickly build up tolerance, as these drugs tend to lose effectiveness within a few weeks. ... . Keep in mind: No medically-assisted treatments currently exist. The recovery process can take ... 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 ...

    ... 2013 alone. This extraordinarily high volume means it's also remained one of the most widely-abused prescription drugs. If you or someone you know has developed an addiction to Xanax, a medically supervised detox is ... 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 ...

    ... liver, a dangerous chemical compound that increases the chances of overdose. Like a game of Russian roulette, mixing alcohol and drugs commonly produces tragic results, especially after spinning the cylinder a number ... 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 ...

    ... abusers experience the full strength of the drug by crushing and injecting the pills, significantly increasing the risk of overdose. Some signs and symptoms of an Opana overdose generally include a severe slowing of ... 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 ...

    ... energy, a sharpened focus and a sense of euphoria, users can quickly develop an unhealthy tolerance to ADHD drugs , meaning they need more and more to get the same effect. Eventually, taking the simulant pharmaceuticals ... 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 ...

    ... to share databases of prescriptions to prevent drug dealers from accessing pills, for example. Barby Ingle, president of the International Pain Foundation, feels the overdose concern is out of proportion. “There's ... 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 ...

    ... in recent years - this wasn't difficult to do. His shrink wrote the script…and Jack started a pattern of drug abuse that shaped the rest of his life. ADHD is easy to fake. A 2010 study revealed that one in four ... 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 ...

    ... It? Ritalin is similar to cocaine in its chemical make-up. In fact, it's classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a Schedule II narcotic - the same classification as cocaine. When abused, Ritalin can ... 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 ...

    ... new warning from the FDA points a finger at the drug Abilify. Is Abilify to Blame? Abilify contains aripiprazole , ... label for aripiprazole, letting users know the drug is linked to these problematic urges. The ... 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 ...

    ... 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 fentanyl-laced heroin in 2014, told The Associated ... 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 ...

    ... to achieve the mood-altering affects sought by abusers. They become physically dependent on the drug and risk overdose , which can involve difficulty breathing, irregular heartbeat, seizure, loss of consciousness and ... 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 ...

    ... next two years. If proven effective, particularly by reducing the risk of abuse and overdose , we might have a “miracle” drug on our hands! Additional Reading: Opiate Alternatives: Doctor's Got a Brand New ... continue reading
  • 25 Harmful Effects of Morphine

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    ... : Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage Related Resources http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_chem_info/kratom.pdf http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/publications/drug-profiles/kratom http ... continue reading
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    ... 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
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    ... provide a high when injected, snorted, or crushed. Taking OxyContin in this way can lead to overdose; abusing the drug in these ways has caused many deaths 3. Demerol Demerol is an opioid some patients struggle ... continue reading
  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

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    ... that naloxone gives people a chance to get into treatment, as well as an opportunity to make changes. ... also weighed in. They believe few drug users knowingly run the risk of overdosing and needing to be revived, since the ... continue reading
  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

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    ... its next steps with the agency in the near future. They're also looking for a partner to sell the drug, if and when it's approved. Nektar Therapeutics hopes to secure a Schedule III classification for NKTR-181 under the ... continue reading
  • Intoxicated Pilots Gamble with the Lives of Holiday Travelers

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    ... as the age of airline pilots increases. It also implies the problem could be spurred on as more and more drugs are introduced to the market - both legal and illicit. “The key take-away from this study for every pilot ... continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

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  • 6 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know

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    ... While fatal overdose with benzos alone may be relatively uncommon, misuse of these drugs is often ... grown dependent on a consistent supply of benzos, treatment professionals and rehab facilities may utilize a slow-taper ... continue reading
  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

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    ... ? Doctors are unsure how chronic use of this “smart drug” will affect healthy brain function down the road, but ... potential. But they do urge caution in acquiring this drug, as many have bought it off the internet from ... continue reading
  • Drugs vs. Supplements: What's the Difference?

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    ... between the two is how they're viewed - and handled - by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Defining Drugs Drugs are tested by the FDA. They're defined as substances intended to diagnose, treat or prevent ... continue reading
  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

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    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

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    ... in that heroin use has also been on the rise and heroin overdose death rates have increased by 20.6 percent from 2014 to 2015 ... is Just Substituting One Drug for Another Medication-assisted treatment is much like using ... continue reading
  • 4 Physical Signs You're Addicted to Ritalin

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    ... her roommate, Blaire, who always seemed to have access to Ritalin . Blaire was the one who introduced Kara to the drug in the first place…and she'd used a lot of it to get through this semester. Kara wondered if her ... continue reading
  • Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier

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    ... 6.4 million young people are now diagnosed with ADHD, the risk of abusing a potentially “feel-good” drug has to be addressed proactively. “Ultimately, we need to see more interventions that are school-based and doctor ... continue reading
  • Workplace Adderall Abuse: 9 Signs It’s Time to Get Help

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    ... 9 signs your stimulant use has gone too far: Using it Regularly : Unless taken as prescribed, stimulant drugs shouldn't be abused - certainly not on a daily basis. Executives may initially limit their Adderall use ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About the Probuphine Implant

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    ... result from improper insertion of drug implants inserted in the upper arm.” Healthcare professionals have expressed concerns that patients who use Probuphine will neglect the rest of their treatment. With a six-month ... continue reading
  • Buckeye State Goes After Pharmaceutical Giants

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    ... to believe that effective, compassionate pain treatment required the prescribing of opioids. Ohio ... did the death tolls . From 2000 to 2015, Ohio drug overdose fatalities increased by 642 percent. By 2014, and again in ... continue reading
  • Is Your Friend High? Here’s How to Tell…

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    ... . Shallow or slow breathing might be a sign your friend is high (and possibly overdosing). (U)nexplained Injuries: Drug abuse results in quite a few common physical indicators . For example, an unexplained bloody ... continue reading
  • Study: Drug Forums Aren’t Very Helpful if You Want to Get Clean

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    ... noted that, while they might be designed to prevent harmful drug use and exchange knowledge, the sharing practices of drug forums “may lead to overdoses and other risky behavior, and thereby contribute to increased harms ... continue reading
  • Pregnant & Court-Ordered to Take Vivitrol: Is My Baby Safe?

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    ... judges, most recently one in Ohio, have offered Vivitrol to drug offenders as a way to avoid jail. When the choice ... . “No one at my rehab ever told me that this drug might be dangerous if I get pregnant,” she says. “I ... continue reading
  • Counterfeit Prescription Drug Operations Thrive in the US

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    ... in one raid either contained impurities or were expired. Some consumers are simply trying to purchase the prescription drugs they need at a more affordable price. Many will try to order them online from Canada, but 20 ... continue reading
  • The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

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  • Let’s Talk Truth: Exactly How Long Do Drugs Stay in Your System?

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    ... Jackie has worked for a private construction firm for years. She knows she will lose her job if she fails a drug screen. One night, her cousin offers her some ecstasy . She has never tried it before and asks how long it ... continue reading
  • Pop Quiz: Let’s Test Your Benzo Knowledge

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  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

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  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

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  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

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    ... , and they've spent hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years to weed out a very small number of drug users . A great example is Arizona, who promised taxpayers in 2009 that it would save $1.7 million annually ... continue reading
  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

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  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

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  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

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    ... services, limited public transportation and fewer treatment options . Often, these areas have ... . All of this adds up to increased drug use and staggering rates of overdose. In addition to the main initiative, four ... continue reading
  • Recovery Roundtable: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone?

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  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

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  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

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  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

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    ... increases in opiate-related overdose deaths and criminal incarceration related to drug abuse, the opiate epidemic ... In a 2014 survey, 94% of people in treatment for opioid addiction reported choosing to use heroin because ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

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    ... drug overdoses reported in 2013 came from heroin or prescription drugs. About half of all overdoses that year (23,000) came from prescription drugs ... heroin regularly in any moment, treatment at an inpatient rehab center ... continue reading
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