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  • Portrait of the American Overdose: Do You Fit the Profile?

    Overdoses from illicit drugs and prescriptions painkillers claim a total of 45,000 lives in the US each year. Who are the people typically among these tragedies? You might be surprised. Statistics show that the profile many Americans envision when ...

    ... an opioid overdose. These painkillers, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, accounted for nearly a fourth of ... Overdose Risk Factors You Should Consider Tolerance: About half of all the people in recovery will ultimately ... 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 ...

    ... the other. Much like benzodiazepines, illegal opiates like heroin and prescription opioids (OxyContin, Vicodin, hydrocodone) seriously depress the central nervous system. Both alcohol and opiates slow down breathing in ... continue reading
  • Let’s Play: How Much Do You Really Know About Drug Schedules?

    Have you ever heard someone mention a Schedule I or Schedule II Controlled Substance? Most of us have seen these labels, but what exactly do they mean? Let's break down this drug scheduling system to get a better understanding of controlled ...

    ... Morphine (opioid/narcotic painkiller) OxyContin (opioid/narcotic painkiller) Vicodin (combination acetaminophen and hydrocodone/opioid painkiller) Schedule III These substances pose less risk for abuse than Schedule I or ... continue reading
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  • Pop Quiz: Let’s Test Your Benzo Knowledge

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

    ... are deadly to mix with benzos? Click Here for the Answer Opioids and alcohol. Opioids, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, slow the central nervous system, which controls breathing. Alcohol is a depressant which relaxes ... 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 ...

    ... opioid painkillers . For the first time in decades, there were more deaths due to heroin than painkillers like hydrocodone and OxyContin. Why's Heroin So Popular? According to the CDC, 2015 saw more than 30,000 opioid ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

    ... researchers found that the opioid vaccine triggers an immune system response when two widely used painkillers - hydrocodone and oxycodone - are detected. As a result, the immune system releases antibodies to seek out the ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

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

    ... opiates as addictive as heroin? Dependence, Abuse, and Addiction Prescription opiates, like oxycodone and hydrocodone, are synthetic opioid analgesics that alter perception by targeting your brain's opioid receptors ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

    When it comes to this nation's chemical dependence, few drugs have achieved the notoriety and reputation of opioid drugs. In fact, things have spiraled so far out of control that opiate addiction is now considered an epidemic. Despite leaving a ...

    ... withdrawal symptoms caused by other opiates such as hydrocodone, heroin, codeine and OxyContin. 1 Taken in ... is a much better alternative to turning to a life of crime, unemployment, poverty and dope-sickness. Some ... 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 ...

    ... nearly 70 percent of the 46,000 drug overdoses reported in 2013 came from heroin or prescription drugs. About half of all overdoses that year (23,000) came from prescription drugs and another 8,000 were caused by heroin ... 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 ...

    ... 't often abused, although the potential exists. Hydrocodone and oxycodone are often prescribed for long-term pain ... -particularly since AZT came off patent in 2005. The life expectancy for someone who has HIV is now in the ... continue reading
  • Trading Dependencies: There’s Nothing “Mild” About a Kratom Addiction

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

    ... you're not alone. Several studies have found high rates of dependence among regular users. In one study, half of those who used Kratom for six months or more experienced severe opiate withdrawal symptoms, and another 45 ... 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 ...

    ... you switch to For many people, finding the right medication requires some trial and error. About half the people with depression need a different antidepressant than what they are originally prescribed. Once they switch ... 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 ...

    ... deadly drug. While its name really isn't that important, knowing some basic facts about heroin can be both life-saving and crucial. With that in mind, let's go over five heroin fundamentals: #1 From Pretty Flowers to ... 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 ...

    ... a pattern of drug abuse that shaped the rest of his life. ADHD is easy to fake. A 2010 study revealed that ... to manage him. In some areas of the U.S., roughly half of boys in grades three to five are on ADHD medication. ... 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 ...

    ... realize that we all possess the power to help save lives. Awareness is the key to survival during most medical ... the barrel of the syringe. Tilt head back and spray half of the naloxone (1cc) into each nostril. Injectable ... 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 ...

    ... to drive a car. The FDA took immediate action by recommending that the suggested dose for women be cut in half. “That is a textbook example of what is wrong,” said Larry Cahill, a neuroscientist at the University of ... 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 ...

    ... prescription drugs. About 2.7 million had a prescription drug use disorder in the past year and about half, or 1.37 million, received treatment. Among those who misused prescription pain relievers in the past year, the ... 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 ...

    ... alarming numbers . The Appalachian counties hit hardest with the opioid epidemic have a median household income that is half of the national rate - and they have twice as many people living below the poverty line. Dr ... 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 ...

    ... barking dogs, a bad mattress. For many, however, the problem is insomnia . Between one-third and one-half of Americans have the dreaded sleep disorder known as insomnia. That makes for a lot of sleep-deprived individuals ... 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, ...

    ... keeps record of. As you can see from the examples, this combination of memory loss and a half-conscious state can create very dangerous situations for Ambien users. Dreaming of Better Sleep… Despite these dangerous side ... 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 ...

    ... sleepy. If a driver gets behind the wheel while under the influence of benzodiazepines , they risk driving while half asleep. In this sedated state, it's nearly impossible to react as quickly as needed while driving. A ... 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 ...

    ... symptoms of an accidental or intentional overdose could save a life. With that in mind, let's take a look ... sensation of a cocaine high lasts, on average, about half an hour. Commonly, an overdose brought on by either ... 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 ...

    ... prescription stimulants are highly addictive and can quickly cause life to take a downward spiral. The CVS Findings ... evaluated, here's what CVS was able to determine: Half of all the students surveyed in the CVS report ... 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 ...

    ... withdrawal from short-acting benzos; withdrawal seizures may be possible with short, medium, and long half-life benzodiazepines if discontinued abruptly. 2,7 With that in mind, professional help for benzo withdrawal may ... 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 ...

    ... struggling with an opioid use disorder . More than half of those struggling aren't receiving treatment. Clearly, ... products in 2020 and 2021 to deliver life-changing solutions to the American public. Additional Reading ... 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 ...

    ... and will make withdrawal more serious in most cases. 2. OxyContin Sometimes referred to as “Hillbilly Heroin,” OxyContin lives up to its name. It's a time-released painkiller often prescribed to those in need of major ... 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 ...

    ... '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 babies) to restricting ... 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 ...

    ... with painkillers, preventing negative breathing effects. The results? Pain relief without respiratory arrest and thousands of lives saved each year. Talk to Us: Have something to add? Curious what others are saying about ... 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 ...

    ... tens of thousands of people have kicked their benzo addiction, going on to lead healthy, happy and decidedly sober lives…and you can be one of them. Additional Reading: 7 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know ... 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 ...

    ... several states in the Midwest and eastern parts of the U.S. It has already taken dozens of lives. What Precautions Can You Take? Compounds containing carfentanil can come in powders, tablets, spray or blotter paper. This ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... revealed that tramadol, an addictive synthetic painkiller believed to be as powerful as morphine , is claiming more lives in Northern Ireland than any other drug - including heroin and cocaine. And shockingly, it remains ... 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 ...

    ... to produce a generic version of the costly drug. It's a ruling which could potentially save countless lives, because many people suffering from substance abuse don't have insurance, or if they do, their insurers don ... 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 ...

    ... a disease. By treating non-violent addicted persons as criminals, they may never have the chance to rebuild their lives. We'll have to stay tuned to see how Jeff Sessions and the rest of the Trump administration truly ... continue reading
  • Druggie: The New Makeup Shade Making Ugly Waves

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

    ... , the number of overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled. As most of us know, drug addiction destroys lives and tears families apart - yet companies still manage to make light of this killer epidemic. Why??? What ... 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 ...

    ... from heroin have tripled since 2010, and when compared to cocaine, heroin takes twice the number of lives per year from overdose. People often turn to heroin when painkillers become too expensive or too difficult to ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... reaction so serious in proportion to the potential benefit from the drug (e.g., a fatal, life-threatening, or permanently disabling adverse reaction) that it is essential that it be considered in assessing the risks ... 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 abuse causes the user to believe he or she needs the drug to cope with day to day life. This psychological dependence results in anxiety if the drug cannot be obtained. General side effects of tramadol abuse ... 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 ...

    ... Remember: You're not in this fight alone; recovery is possible and you deserve to live a healthy, sober life . Talk to Us: Have something to share? Curious what others are saying about benzo abuse? Head to the DrugAbuse ... continue reading
  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

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

    ... 't even know their children are addicted to painkillers because their kids are functioning well in everyday life,” said Monnat. “Opioid abuse is different from drinking, for example, because parents can usually tell if ... continue reading
  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

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

    ... that policies aimed to combat prescription drug abuse are now leading a younger generation in a new, life-threatening direction. Heroin's purity, or strength, is also increasing while the drug's price continues to drop ... 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 ...

    ... have earned its reputation among college students, but abuse of stimulant drugs is certainly not isolated to campus life. Seek help if your Adderall use extends beyond the workplace and you're suddenly popping pills in ... 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 ...

    ... , it is crucial to seek professional help as the consequences of continued abuse are severe and life-threatening. Additional Reading: The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On Image Source: en.wikipedia.org, pixabay.com 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 ...

    ... prevents users from feeling the consequences of their actions; that it does little in helping them turn their lives around and make some much-needed changes. Some even feel that it merely extends them until the next ... 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 ...

    ... Gary, he was already abusing Xanax. Fortunately, Gary's roommate was home when he overdosed and administered a life-saving dose of naloxone when Gary stopped breathing. Thousands of others this year haven't been as lucky ... 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 ...

    ... slowed heartbeat and severe breathing problems. An overdose can stop your breathing entirely. Stay Alert, Save a Life The threat of overdose is more common than you think. Xanax and other benzodiazepines were involved in ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    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- ... 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 ...

    ... the Answer False. Fentanyl is so fast-acting, a lethal dose may not allow time for administration of life-saving Narcan . This drug is also so strong, emergency crews equipped with Narcan have struggled to revive those ... continue reading
  • Is Your Friend High? Here’s How to Tell…

    Your friend seems a little “off.” Is he simply having a bad day? Did he not sleep well? Is he sick? Or is he high? To the untrained observer, it can be hard to tell. But it's important to discern. Depending on the circumstances, it could affect ...

    ... system, slowing down the body. Too much of these substances can slow breathing - so much that it becomes life threatening . Shallow or slow breathing might be a sign your friend is high (and possibly overdosing). (U ... 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 ...

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

    ... cause seizures. Carol's doctor monitored her closely. Sometimes it was hard not to reach for a pill when life seemed too difficult to manage. But as she came off the medication, she gradually felt her brain coming back ... 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 ...

    ... 're 75 on your 30th birthday. You lack the energy and physical abilities you should have at that stage in life. You're also at high risk for the common consequences of these conditions - heart attacks, heart failure, and ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance Clinics: Everything You Need to Know

    If you're addicted to opiates, a methadone clinic can provide ongoing medication maintenance to help you quit them. Committing to a methadone maintenance program for at least 1 year will likely change your life for the better and help you commit to ...

    ... to help you quit them. Committing to a methadone maintenance program for at least 1 year will likely change your life for the better and help you commit to staying clean. You may not be aware of any methadone clinics in ... continue reading
  • Methadone and Suboxone: What’s the Difference Anyway?

    An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. are addicted to prescription opioid drugs. Although there is no magical drug to treat opiate addiction, as part of a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) approach, there are a handful of treatment ...

    ... (like heroin) and prescription opioids (like OxyContin) and return to a more stable and productive life. Though these drugs that treat opioid dependence are successful in managing withdrawal and preventing relapse, they ... 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 ...

    ... convicted of manslaughter in a 2012 crash that killed a former high school softball star. She received a sentence of life in prison. The Rise of a Problem Drug Xanax has been the most-commonly prescribed drug in the U.S ... 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 ...

    ... drug treatment and education are the most ideal method of preventing tragedies related to opioid overdoses, life-saving medications like naloxone should be as accessible as possible. It's also important to realize that ... 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 ...

    ... two short breaths, then one long breath every five seconds. Not only can rescue breathing save someone's life, it may help minimize the chances of permanent brain damage. Learn more about the statistics and reality of ... 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 ...

    ... 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 Benzodiazepines, or “benzos” for short. These drugs, which include popular ... 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 problem with opiates in the past, but it seemed like she was doing all the right things to get her life back on track. Yet, the high cost of her medication was now jeopardizing her sobriety. Was she just supposed to go ... 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 ...

    ... healthy habits may require lifestyle changes. Some may be fairly challenging to establish and maintain. But, isn't a life freed from anxiety (and medication) well worth the effort? Additional Reading: Xanax Turned My ... 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 ...

    ... of addiction and death in an effort to increase profits? Are they making money at the expense of American lives? OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma made $2.4 billion in profits from opiates last year - that was after ... continue reading
  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

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