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  • 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 ...

    ... medications used to treat her medical conditions. She stated, “Medical cannabis is the reason I'm opiate free now…it really gave me my life back and makes my pain manageable, without inebriating me or forming ... 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 ...

    ... calmer, offering up a bonus 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 ... 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 ...

    ... doctor gave him a prescription for Percocet , a powerful opioid painkiller. He only took a couple and now he's got ten ... misused, can result in overdose . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that more ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... in a new, life-threatening direction. Heroin's purity, or strength, is also increasing while the drug's price continues to drop. This deadly combination is fueling heroin's growing appeal while increasing the risk of ... 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 ...

    A couple of weeks ago, I saw a Facebook post from an acquaintance of mine lamenting about the exorbitant price of ... for those paying cash. See websites for details and restrictions. Pharmaceutical Manufacturer's FREE ... 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 ...

    ... . Doctors may even increase the dosage after a couple of weeks as tolerance levels are reached. Thanks to ... , rather than re-up, as well as remain free of the drug once you are off benzos. Avoid Supplement Overload: Based ... 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 ...

    ... 's in these situations - when Xanax is mixed with other drugs or alcohol - that an overdose is most likely. What's ... or abusing Xanax , you'll want to watch for the following seven signs of potential overdose: Drowsiness: ... 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 ...

    ... medication to help Kara with her symptoms - within a couple of months, this “solution” turned into an addiction ... 36.5 million Americans were taking anti-anxiety drugs and about one-fifth of Americans who struggle with ... 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 ...

    ... how much is taken. Myth #3 - Methadone is Worse for You Than Heroin Methadone is a non-toxic medication, and ... not a miracle cure. Only with the correct mindset, coupled with the determination to get and stay clean, is ... 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, ...

    ... of our nation's young people. What Have You Done for You Lately? As a society, what have we really done ... better off learning to manage our anxiety “pill-free.” They recommend feeling our feelings, rather than relying ... continue reading
  • 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 with ...

    ... one-on-one with this patient until they are at baseline for their vital signs and their mental status. Keep in mind, ... . The effects of heroin on infection will break free, sometimes, in the veins. They'll actually ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

    Shelly's knee surgery went great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular ...

    ... 's oxycodone ran out. She didn't need them any more for the pain, so that wasn't a problem. The issue, ... anyone; I'd be too ashamed. I don't want to go to rehab. There's only one thing to do; I just have to get more ... 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 ...

    ... the bed unable to stop shaking, she instinctively reached for a Xanax . And at the time, her doctor ... to manage anxiety . Within a year, Carole was Xanax-free. She is maintaining her sobriety, and practicing yoga, ... 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 ...

    ... the stories…you know, the ones that say using these drugs can help students study round-the-clock and soak up ... be abusing prescription stimulants, you'll want to look for some of the classic warning signs . Those include ... 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 ...

    ... with stem cell functioning and healthy cell division, inhibiting tissue repair and increasing tissue injury. What Does This Mean for Your Body? In short, older hearts simply aren't as strong. As the heart ages, it isn't ... 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 ...

    ... , OxyContin, Fentanyl) are depressants, meaning the drugs slow down your breathing and heart rate. As ... breathing to begin circulating oxygen to the brain. While waiting for help to arrive, tilt the victim's head back, ... 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 ...

    ... dosage of Klonopin and felt pretty sick—physically and emotionally—for a couple of weeks. Part of me wondered if I should ... said, “Unwarranted long-term use of these drugs should be considered as a public health concern.” ... 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, ...

    ... PJs. In a crazed, trance-like state, Nicole demanded that Kate return her dog. Kate did sometimes dog-sit for Nicole, but hadn't in months. After a few confusing moments, Kate realized Nicole wasn't actually awake . She ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

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

    ... body. Under the influence of these anti-anxiety drugs, drivers are simply unable to make the ... However, a relaxing effect isn't so desirable behind the wheel. For safe driving, you must be able to turn the wheel quickly ... 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 ...

    ... If you're switching medications within the same drug class, this can typically occur more quickly than ... you start a new medication , it typically takes a couple of weeks before you can accurately tell how effective it is ... continue reading
  • Druggie: The New Makeup Shade Making Ugly Waves

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

    ... opioids has quadrupled. As most of us know, drug addiction destroys lives and tears families apart - yet companies ... , with the following statement via Twitter: “Thanks for sharing, we have forwarded all of the feedback ... continue reading
  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

    With the opioid epidemic claiming nearly 78 lives each and every day, President-elect Trump has his work cut out for him in the drug arena. One of his stated policies involves increasing access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose from ...

    ... epidemic claiming nearly 78 lives each and every day, President-elect Trump has his work cut out for him in the drug arena. One of his stated policies involves increasing access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse ... 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 ...

    ... we can increase access.” And he's probably right. The alternative is to expect patients to drive several hours for what could be a 15-minute visit. That's simply not realistic. Additional Reading: Ryan Haight Act Stands ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

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

    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 ... continue reading
  • Counting Dangerous Sheep: Why You Should Stop Popping Sleeping Pills

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

    ... frequency and duration of their use. Here's a couple stats to put that in perspective: Forty-one percent ... is their deadly effects when combined with other drugs. For example, sleep aids should never be consumed in ... 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 ...

    ... oxycodone, landing this medication in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly prescribed to ... developing major depression. One study reported anyone taking opioids for 90 to 180 days has a 25 percent increased ... 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 ...

    ... the rules of science always apply. Don't risk your life with lethal drug combinations; it's never worth it. If you are afraid that you ... some household health brand names for addiction rehab and treatment: Blue Cross Blue ... 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 ...

    ... I was on a cycle of alcohol at night, Xanax all day for about a year. I'm lucky to be alive right now. The ... Coping Mechanism? Benzos like Xanax are “socially acceptable” drugs. You can go to work on Xanax . You could ... 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. ...

    ... opioids - for non-medical purposes, according to a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Of this segment, many have zeroed in on extended-release opioids over instant-release drugs since they ... 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 ...

    ... 's this new threat, you ask? It's a couple of lethally potent opioids - fentanyl and carfentanil. We've ... , carfentanil has also made its way into the illegal drug market. This deadly substance is 100 times more powerful ... 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 ...

    ... meth , produce a very brief sense of euphoria. For instance, the sensation of a cocaine high lasts, on ... is most common among meth users who administer the drug intravenously. Symptoms of a meth overdose also include ... 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 ...

    ... NSAIDs include anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Aleve. The downside to these drugs, for older patients, is ... , than medications. Plus, they are safe and free of side effects. Exercise Doctors recommend exercise to ... 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 ...

    ... In 2011, an estimated 61,000 Americans sought treatment for benzo addiction. And that number has been climbing at ... member of the anxiolytic family - a class of drug commonly used to help relieve anxiety disorders. The ... 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 ...

    ... 12-step programs, counseling, in-patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed nothing could help. Would ... one dose of Ibogaine, she experienced a psychedelic state for about 30 hours. During that time, she gained ... 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 ...

    ... will be announced August 2019. The total prize pool for these two phases exceeds $6.5 million. Ohio officials ... public. Additional Reading: Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs? Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... 1: If you need to avoid people and places that trigger you for a while, then do it. There's usually no reason you ... -744-0069 Who Answers? . Additional Reading: Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to the Curb Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... one of the most frequently prescribed drugs for a combination of behavioral therapy and medications known as Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to treat substance abuse. That popularity, coupled with the fact that our ... 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 ...

    ... also remained one of the most widely-abused prescription drugs. If you or someone you know has developed ... medical team on hand to assist can help you break free of your addiction and live a sober life. Learn more ... continue reading
  • The AMA to Drug Companies: It’s Time You Stop Lying to Consumers

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

    ... in almost every other country. Perhaps that's for a good reason. The AMA reports that prescription medications ... responders, schools, and community groups that rely on this drug to save lives are now finding it tough to ... 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, ...

    ... are requiring dentists to educate themselves by taking classes on prescribing, and new guidelines argue for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as Motrin, Advil and Aleve, to relieve pain , rather than ... 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 ...

    ... addicts from entering a rehab program . If anything, this is the one drug that can save addicts ... drug and, even better, there are plenty of community outreach programs currently providing the overdose antidote for free ... 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 ...

    ... 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 like Xanax has been popping up ... 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 ...

    ... continued to use Ritalin for extra “boosts,” his tolerance and dependence on the drug increased, along with the ... start doing. Don't Throw Down the Gavel: A couple of times, Patrick had confronted Darren in a very ... 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 ...

    ... Patients place one patch an area of the body and it's worn for a period of up to three days; the medication is absorbed by the ... skin, which results in increased absorption of the drug. It's a process that can quickly be ... 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 ...

    ... had just what she needed to pull off good grades for the semester. Turns out Lindsay's confidence was sorely misplaced ... of college students who engage in NPS get the drugs from a friend, students must realize they are only ... 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 ...

    ... the same drug prescribed to human patients to help alleviate their pain. Substance abusers seek these drugs - and ... those who insist they can't bring their pets in for an exam before getting the prescription. And it's not ... continue reading
  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

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

    ... alarming number of Americans developed dependencies on the drugs. To combat the upward trend, state and ... the next two years, the funds will be used for opioid addiction prevention and treatment programs, while another $4 ... 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 ...

    ... removes choice. Once the implant is inserted, it's with you for six months. The daily decision to take buprenorphine instead of using ... death may result from improper insertion of drug implants inserted in the upper arm.” ... 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 ...

    ... to have started once the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cracked down on both ... limiting access to opioid painkillers. “If something is prescribed for a legitimate medical purpose, we're certainly not going to ... 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 ... the other side Xanax-free. Kelly says she's determined to find non-pharmaceutical solutions for her anxiety and ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

    A judge in New York recently ordered a woman who's addicted to drugs not to get pregnant. While no one would argue that someone with an extreme drug problem should get pregnant, there are complex issues involved in ordering someone not to conceive ...

    ... others argue that mandating a woman not get pregnant is like mandating drug treatment. The severity of the opioid crisis makes for an even more relevant argument, particularly among those who believe preventing substance ... 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 ...

    ... you with a safe space to withdraw from the drug in a temptation-free environment. You'll have access to round-the-clock ... from some household health brand names for xanax addiction rehab and treatment: Blue Cross Blue ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

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

    ... there was a rise in high-intensity opioid use during the 2000s when more doctors began prescribing these drugs. For this study, researchers surveyed 472,000 people on their opioid use between 2003 and 2012, then examined ... 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 ...

    ... the working class gone this route? The Dangerous Quest for Productivity As it turns out, more and more ... term? Doctors are unsure how chronic use of this “smart drug” will affect healthy brain function down the road, but ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

    According to statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of substance-related emergency room admissions involve a combination of both drugs and alcohol. Poly-Drug Abuse Although ...

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

    ... abuse? Well, that's a really good question. Benzo Stats Benzos (short for benzodiazepines, a class of sedatives including such popular drugs as Valium, Xanax, Klonopin and Ativan) are a hidden killer, overshadowed by ... 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), ...

    ... free samples of Ultram (tramadol's brand name), with little restriction on usage due to its drug ... to prescribe tramadol to anyone suffering from depression or at risk for addiction. But this wasn't enough. In fact, 2011 ... 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 ...

    ... some of these common misconceptions, then separate fact from fiction: Suboxone is Just Substituting One Drug for Another Medication-assisted treatment is much like using medication to treat other chronic illnesses, such ... 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 ...

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

    ... Samaritan Laws to encourage seeking medical help. The Good Samaritan Laws provide limited immunity for minor drug violations, drug paraphernalia and being under the influence at the time of the medical emergency. Without ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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. ...

    ... treatment, with no plans to wean him off the drug. He's now dependent on methadone. But, no ... would get extremely sick. Her “treatment” had being going on for years and she knew a missed dose wouldn't be pretty. ... 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 ...

    ... Cut to the Chase: What is Ritalin? Ritalin, or methylphenidate , is a nervous-system stimulant. Yes, a drug commonly prescribed for hyperactivity disorder is actually a stimulant. While this seems counter-intuitive, the ... continue reading
  • Pregnant & Court-Ordered to Take Vivitrol: Is My Baby Safe?

    It's a question many women might be asking themselves, as more and more females of childbearing age are ordered by drug courts to take Vivitrol - the injectable form of naltrexone. An opioid-antagonist, Vivitrol blocks the brain receptors that bind ...

    ... recently issued a report in which it called for further research into the issue of pregnant ... attending an inpatient rehab . Now Jamie has questions. “No one at my rehab ever told me that this drug might be dangerous ... 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 ...

    ... tramadol prescriptions were written in the U.S. For years, this drug was thought of as the safe opiate. Then, ... your fight to break free from the cycle of abuse. Help is available for tramadol addiction . Additional ... 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 ...

    ... rats. While the rodents displayed increased efforts to obtain morphine, they did not exhibit the same behaviors with the new drug. Hope For the Future With fewer side effects and great pain-relieving results, this new ... continue reading
  • Naloxone Kits: Are Pharmacies Set to Combat Opiate Overdoses?

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

    ... , but he hadn't felt comfortable asking his doctor for the prescription required to pick it up at a pharmacy ... determined to be “at-risk” are those who use illicit drugs and those who may be at risk of overdosing on a ... 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 ...

    ... rewarded with take-home medication, lowering daily clinic visits for dosing Participation puts an end to engaging in secretive, illegal and self-destructive drug-seeking behavior The opportunity to get your life back on ... continue reading
  • Vivitrol's New and Controversial Role in Prisons

    When I was in prison, the majority of inmates struggled with substance abuse. And because the prison system did very little (if anything at all) to rehabilitate us, it wasn't unusual for those who were released to almost immediately overdose or ...

    ... they enter “the free world.” Vivitrol and the Prison System Vivitrol blocks opioid receptors in the brain, preventing an euphoric high. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for opioid dependence in 2010 ... 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 ...

    ... growing problem in our country, officials remain optimistic. But in the meantime, one thing's for sure: Keep your distance from this deadly drug. It has a license to kill. Additional Reading: The F-Word - 3 Fast Fentanyl ... continue reading
  • How to Get Off Suboxone: 3 Steps to Take When Quitting

    Approved by the FDA in 2002, buprenorphine - brand name Suboxone and Zubsolv - is now the “go-to” drug for medication-assisted treatment with opiate addiction. Unlike methadone treatment, it can be prescribed by physicians in the comfort of ...

    ... by the FDA in 2002, buprenorphine - brand name Suboxone and Zubsolv - is now the “go-to” drug for medication-assisted treatment with opiate addiction. Unlike methadone treatment, it can be prescribed by physicians in the ... 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 ...

    ... is made out. The reason is AZT . AZT is a drug that prevents HIV from replicating. Viruses are parasites in many ways ... get help finding the best treatment programs for you. The call is toll-free and we're waiting to speak ... 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 ...

    ... responsible for both heightened attention and pleasure. This effect on brain chemistry, coupled with ... to those who understand how drug dependence works.” The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, and 65 percent of this population meets the medical criteria for ...

    ... study questioned that policy to find out what happens.” Setting Inmates Up for Success Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the study was conducted by researchers from Brown University. Researchers focused ... 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 ...

    ... sex, gamble or binge-eat finally prompted the FDA to issue a new warning label for aripiprazole, letting users know the drug is linked to these problematic urges. The FDA now recommends that Abilify patients should be ... continue reading
  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

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

    ... a 2014 survey revealed that 94 percent of people in rehab turned to heroin because prescription pills were “far more expensive ... to illegal activities as a means to pay for the drug. Statistics show theft is common, as is ... 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 ...

    ... later - almost like a revolving door. Virginians Call for Treatment Not Punishment Prison is designed to penalize - ... way about prescription drug abusers. Citizens of Virginia also voiced support for nonviolent offenders ... 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 ...

    ... , too. According to a recent Penn State study , squeezing in enough shut-eye can actually lower drug cravings for people hooked on opioids . Researching the Connection Between Sleep and Recovery It all started when Bo ... 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 ...

    ... to get your insurance company to pay for drug and alcohol rehab and also how to pay if you ... Drug addiction hotline number Alcohol addiction hotline number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug Rehab ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

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

    ... found that the risk of death from drug overdose significantly increased in a synergistic, dose-response fashion as daily benzodiazepine dose increased. Officials are also calling for the FDA to require medication guides ... 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 ...

    ... escape that often comes in the form of prescription drugs. With easy access to narcotics, overwhelming mental ... healthcare workers face a unique set of challenges. Caring for Others Takes a Toll If you watch the news, ... 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 ...

    ... , “HIV, HCV and Related Comorbidities in Rural Communities Affected by Opioid Injection Drug Epidemics in the United States: Building Systems for Prevention, Treatment and Control” is focused on finding solutions to the ... 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 ...

    ... Ativan is a brand name for the prescription drug lorazepam. It falls under a class of drugs called benzodiazepines . It interacts ... . This detox process and the rehab treatment to follow typically require supervision ... 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 ...

    ... . It's one of the top signs of withdrawal. Once you've misused Ritalin for a period of time, your body becomes accustomed to the drug. When you lower or discontinue its use, you experience fatigue…and it takes time ... 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 ...

    ... misuse. One study found that 60% of people using opioid prescription painkillers got the drugs for free from a friend or relative. As a society, we need to take action to reduce the prevalence of dependency, tolerance ... 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 ...

    ... Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). However, it also can be used as a substitute for cocaine when snorted or injected. This drug can cause increases or decreases in blood pressure and can even cause psychotic episodes ... 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 ...

    ... know what the lethal level really is. There is no therapeutic level - it's not meant for human use.” What we do know is that drug dealers are adding this potent substance to heroin . The hope is to bulk up their batches ... 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 ...

    ... commonly used them to be alert, help concentration or for a study aid. Among sedative misusers, the most common ... s 2015 survey? How does it affect your view on drug abuse in our nation? Additional Reading: Can a Label ... continue reading
  • Good News: Dr. Reddy's Will Produce a Cheaper Generic Form of Suboxone

    Suboxone - a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - is sadly inaccessible to a lot of people due to one simple factor: cost. But that's about to change. Last month, a supplier of generic drugs - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories - was allowed by a ...

    ... columnist at The Boston Globe health and medicine site, Ed Silverman, told Alcoholism and Drug Abuse weekly about the next steps for Dr Reddy's (or any other company seeking to make generic buprenorphine-naloxone). He ... continue reading
  • Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs?

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

    ... for low-level drug offenses as a means to deter people from getting involved with drugs. The War on Drugs ... rehab programs more accessible to those seeking help. Many treatment professionals and politicians believe the drug ... 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 ...

    ... proper patient. But do you really want to lug around a pill bottle made from airplane parts?? As for those who note that drug seekers can get their pills elsewhere, they may be right. But is that really an excuse not to ... 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 ...

    ... some places, but they are in a tight spot. When a drug comes under regulation, it can become difficult for doctors in poor countries to obtain it for legitimate use. And in African nations, such as Cameroon, tramadol is ... 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 ...

    ... tragedies. The lawsuit names nine specific requests for relief, including civil penalties, payment for punitive damages and consumer restitution. Additional Reading: The AMA to Drug Companies - It's Time You Stop Lying ... 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 director of the Utah County Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment - Richard J. ... maintain long-term recovery.” She feels it's important for patients to be connected with good quality counselling ; ... continue reading
  • Intoxicated Pilots Gamble with the Lives of Holiday Travelers

    Now that the holiday season is upon us, the roadways and skies are crowded with travelers. This massive surge of activity serves as a catalyst for travel-related accidents. And while the public is well aware of drug- and alcohol-related driving ...

    ... travel-related accidents. And while the public is well aware of drug- and alcohol-related driving dangers, the same cannot be said for the airline industry. Holiday travelers instinctively assume airline pilots are sober ... 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 ...

    ... a chronic condition. It's accepted for common use throughout the U.S. Unfortunately, this use is not without cost. Like other opioids , this drug has drawbacks. While offering relief from pain, morphine also delivers the ... 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 ...

    ... Know Most benzos are intended for oral use yet some people misuse the drugs by crushing up the oral ... a consistent supply of benzos, treatment professionals and rehab facilities may utilize a slow-taper detox program ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

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

    ... medications. Thanks to those varied biological responses, we now know how and why these drugs affect genders differently. The Quest for Sleep A prime example of male vs. female biology is seen when using Ambien - ... 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 ...

    ... rampant abuse, the DEA accordingly labeled Adderall a Schedule II drug. What that means is that the drug does have medicinal purposes…along with a high potential for abuse and dependency. Recognizing a Problem If you're ... 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 ...

    ... market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the incredibly powerful drug accounted for a whopping 30 percent of the entire painkiller market. Rise of the Opiate Industry Looking back, this ... continue reading
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