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  • 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 ...

    ... almost immediately overdose or return to prison a few months later with a new drug offense. Thankfully, the prison ... Arguments on Both Sides Despite the success of these programs, there are naysayers. Vivitrol is by far ... 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 ...

    ... heroin, OxyContin, and Vicodin. In its injectable form, Vivitrol lasts for about a month. Quite a few judges, most ... wonder about the effects of Vivitrol. Jamie, 26, was instructed by to take Vivitrol by local authorities ... 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 ...

    ... court systems, judges are finding themselves in the middle of this epidemic. Most recently a judge in Ohio offered Vivitrol - an opioid-antagonist that makes it impossible to get high - to female drug offenders as a way ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... once, my friends told me I was drooling out of the side of my mouth a little bit. That's not really what people ... , but Kelly soon discovered that bottle didn't last very long. On top of that, the pills were starting ... 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 ...

    ... worth of counterfeit drugs were unknowingly purchased last year. And with prescription drug prices continuing ... risks that simply aren't worth it. Learn more about the dangerous and unwanted side effects of drug abuse . 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 ...

    ... addiction. Battling a drug addiction in the workplace is the last thing you need on your plate Here are 9 signs ... is not. Weight Loss : One of the major side effects of stimulant medications is that it suppresses appetite . ... 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 ...

    ... made $2.4 billion in profits from opiates last year - that was after paying more than $ ... are on the medications long-term.” Of course, there are conflicting research results on the opposite side of the argument. Studies ... 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 ...

    ... minute cramming sessions. However, a recent study indicates the abuse of ADHD drugs begins much earlier than college. The Dark Side ... risk of misuse will be an issue long-before college. As this large (and impressionable) ... 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 ...

    ... - even if they're pulled out of the garbage days later. If little Aiden or curious Spot get their paws on ... didn't learn very much about were the potential side effects of fentanyl, including anxiety, dizziness, dry mouth, ... 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 ...

    ... antihistamine, found in 10 percent of those tested within the last five years of the study. This percentage jumps from 2 ... .” Learn more about the mental and physical side effects of drugs . Photo credit: Christophe Launay/ ... 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 ... That assumes, of course, there are no other serious side effects that would stop it from being used. A drug ... 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 ...

    ... at the latest numbers, shall ... long-term. Massage, Acupuncture and Chiropractic Care Some report these methods are just as effective, if not more effective, than medications. Plus, they are safe and free of side effects ... 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 ...

    ... sides of this argument. The Pro-Suboxone Movement Suboxone has a much lower risk of overdose than methadone . And once you take a dose, the effects last ... as a safe treatment for long-term maintenance. According to Reckitt ... 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 ...

    ... even the smallest dose is enough to cause deadly side effects - especially in those taking it for the first ... these counterfeiters have become at manufacturing Xanax dupes. Late last year, at least nine people in the San ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... epidemic. Why??? What's on Trend? The latest company to act socially irresponsible is makeup retailer ... offered in Urban Decay's “Afterdark” palette launched last December. Described as “metallic purple with violet shift,” ... 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, ...

    ... to stigma and abuse, however, many hospitals and clinics refuse to carry or provide these medications. “The last decade has been a time of rapidly growing numbers of people dying from opioid overdoses,” said Brendan ... 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 ...

    ... potentially harmful effects. However, once this threshold has been breached, the drug's side effects begin to ... mix can cause an overdose in a first-time or long-time user. Overdose is most common among meth users who ... 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 ...

    ... than men. In the end, this causes the drug's effects to be felt more quickly and powerfully. Your Body, Your ... about any potential dosage or side effect concerns. It's always best to err on the side of caution when it comes ... 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 ...

    ... painkillers. But there are people on both sides of the fence regarding this medication's prevalence ... This medication will continue to play a significant role as long as the opioid epidemic continues to ravage our country. ... 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 ...

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

    ... his methadone dosage had gone up 300 percent during his decade long treatment, with no plans to wean him off the drug. ... pain and in some cases life-threatening side effects. Methadone clinics and manufacturers are part of ... 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 ...

    ... class. Sharon knows her son behaves the same way at home. Last night's battle over homework fresh in her mind - and she ... varies quite a bit. The most common side effects are: Rapid heartbeat High blood pressure Trouble ... 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 ...

    ... - 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 Delaware Court to produce a ... continue reading
  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

    With Obama out of office, Republicans are looking to nix the limits his administration imposed on drug testing the unemployed. Instead, they want to make it easier for states to enact drug screening requirements for various forms of public ...

    ... that have implemented these policies,” the Center for Law and Social Policy said in an issue brief last year. “Consequently, operating costs far exceed the fiscal savings from denying benefits.” So, what do you think ... 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 ...

    ... is that prescription opioids like OxyContin mimic the effects of heroin in both the body and mind. ... can no longer afford to buy pills off the streets, they often transition to heroin. On the flip side of that argument ... 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 ...

    ... dose frequency, Xanax and Ativan were never meant for long-term use. While standard doses of these benzos taken as ... take much higher dosages just to have the same effect. Next thing you know, you're struggling with ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

    Although opioids are effective pain relievers, they can do a number on your health and overall body systems. One of the most negatively affected body systems is your gastric system. What's more, long-term use or addiction to opiates can paralyze ...

    ... last September. The medication is called Movantik and is the first of its kind. “Supportive care products such as Movantik can lessen the constipating side effects ... once opiates are no longer in the picture: Exercise ... 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 ...

    ... are working to help keep us safe. If you're sure you need to leave a place, get out as fast as you can. Side note: I never did figure out why I was afraid of grocery stores. As far as I know, I've never been assaulted by ... 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 ...

    ... who were released came right back in a few months later - almost like a revolving door. Virginians Call for Treatment ... - not rehabilitate - so it didn't take me long to realize that it wasn't the appropriate place to ... 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 ...

    ... increase in heroin use can be traced back to the late 1990s and early 2000s. The era saw a drastic ... Century Cures Act . It is expected to be signed into effect by President Obama before the end of his term. The bill ... 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 ...

    ... adolescents abused prescription opioids within the last year,” said Shannon Monnat, assistant ... shortage of primary care practitioners in rural areas for a long time,” said Monnat. “Often, emergency rooms or urgent care ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Truth: Exactly How Long Do Drugs Stay in Your System?

    If you throw back a beer on Friday night, it's out of your system by Monday morning. But, what about other drugs? Most drugs linger a bit longer than alcohol. In fact, some of them stick around for a long time. This slower processing can surprise ...

    ... It's likely Joe and his friends just played their last game. Coke-Laiden Pink Slip After six months of ... around it. Kevin now assumes he's in the clear, as long as he doesn't use cocaine at work. Cocaine stays in your ... 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, ...

    ... Association has gotten on board, too, when last October it issued a statement, recommending that dentists ... support to reduce dental opioid prescriptions, their long-standing culture of prescribing likely won't change ... 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 ...

    ... detailed report of the drugs that you have used in the last month up to one year. History of withdrawal symptoms ( ... treatment on the day of your initial assessment, as long as you're eligible. Your initial dosage will not ... 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 ...

    ... of the drug is needed to achieve the initial effect. 2,3 Tolerance fuels addiction as you continue ... and policies surrounding prescription opiates have strengthened in the last few years as a result of the opiate-addiction ... 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 ...

    ... while Washington did the same last year. But in Alabama, alcohol and weed are no longer the main substances plaguing drivers ... in order, as it helps to minimize the effects of withdrawal symptoms. Although the early stages ... 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 ...

    ... last dose and persist for 2-4 week, if not longer. 5 For a longer-acting benzodiazepine, withdrawal might start 2-7 days after the last ... Abuse Benzodiazepine Overdose The Effects Of Benzodiazepine Use Finding Help ... 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 ...

    ... they go into the bone, requiring amputation. The effects of heroin on infection will break free, sometimes, ... heart.” Hersch also pointed out that these infections can last for months - and that's in a hospital setting ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

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

    ... 've already talked about how potent fentanyl is, but the latest use of this drug really hammers that point home. Believe ... , while the fentanyl delivers the lethal effects. Barring legal complications or appeals, this ... continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, revealed medical marijuana users take fewer other medicines - such as opiates. Researchers monitored the use of prescription medication by participants enrolled in ...

    ... said marijuana worked faster to relieve their pain than other prescription medication and had fewer side effects. Most commonly, marijuana was used as an alternative to opioids but participants also reported cutting ... 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 ...

    ... effects. She was tired of feeling tired and achy, so she stopped taking the pills. A day later, Hillary felt anxious ... of a new medication. Other times, serious side effects may warrant an abrupt stop to your medication. ... 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 ...

    ... drawbacks. In fact, the drug has over 25 official side effects that impact our behavior, brain, body, psyche and ... motor coordination as morphine does. This side effect can be especially concerning for older adults ... 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 ...

    ... five-fold over the last 10 years. Since both of these opiates have a depressant effect, the same intervention ... is a life-saving drug that reverses the depressing effects of opiates on the central nervous system. Naloxone ... 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 ...

    ... with the side effects. Before long, Darren ... effects. He also discovered what recovery programs were available in the area. Don't Enable: Once, Darren had asked Patrick if he could borrow a few bucks. Patrick realized later ... 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 ...

    ... to those of Linda, Gary and Jim. The Compulsive Effect All the reports of uncontrollable urges to have sex, gamble ... received prescriptions for aripiprazole. The compulsive side effects are thought to be caused by Abilify ... 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 ...

    ... use. (Which is why it is still illegal in the U.S.) Ibogaine can cause severe side effects , including: Ataxia (loss of control of body movements) Hallucinations Tremors Heart impairment Solution or Unsafe Substance ... 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, ...

    ... state can create very dangerous situations for Ambien users. Dreaming of Better Sleep… Despite these dangerous side effects, Ambien has remained one of the top-prescribed medications in the country. In fact, five million ... 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 ...

    ... Heroin's Appeal? Heroin produces a short-term euphoric effect, binding to opioid receptors in the brain and depressing ... expensive and harder to obtain.” #5 Side Effects of Using Heroin Heroin drastically impacts the body ... 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), ...

    ... morphine , tramadol is dangerous. People have experienced severe side effects while taking tramadol. These side effects include: Vomiting Constipation Headache Nausea Drowsiness Dizziness Difficulty Breathing Depression ... continue reading
  • The Other Side of Suboxone

    It's become a commonly prescribed medical treatment for opioid addiction . In some cases, doctors prescribe Suboxone with the intention of stabilize those struggling with continued, compulsive abuse of illicit or prescription opioids to then, one ...

    ... In addition to these side effects, the abrupt discontinuation of buprenorphine could also lead to withdrawal. If a person has been taking this medication for a long period of time and they no longer receive it, they may ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs Reward

    According to the latest Census in 2015, the United States has a total population of 321 million people. In the same year, 57 million prescriptions for gabapentin were written. Gabapentin, or its brand name Neurontin, is an anti-seizure medication ...

    According to the latest Census in 2015, the United States has a total population of 321 million people. In the ... . And since many of the drug's side effects mimic the effects of commonly abused narcotics, the brain can be ... continue reading
  • Pop Quiz: Let’s Test Your Benzo Knowledge

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

    ... taken together, each drug's effects are enhanced . Breathing may slow ... acting benzos, such as Valium, can cause withdrawal symptoms for up to 90 days. The second phase - Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) - can last ... 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 ...

    ... intense headache. He collapsed on the floor as his whole left side went numb. He heard his co-worker call 911. Darren didn ... problems when his body experienced withdrawal . Effects can include increased heart rate and ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

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

    ... way similar to heroin, but with a slower onset and longer duration of action. That is a fancy way of saying ... Are the Side Effects? While methadone is much safer than heroin, there are still some side effects that you ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been taking pain killers for an extended time, particularly after the pain that originally prompted their use has subsided, you might well wonder whether you're addicted to pain killers. Though many people take pain killers following a ...

    ... , such as heroin. Painkillers of this type, when taken properly, normally will not cause many side effects and are usually manageable. However, long-term use or high doses taken in the short term can cause dependency and ... 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 ...

    ... taking benzos. Now they are dealing with side effects of benzo addiction and withdrawal , some of ... time, as the brain has been “kindled.” Because of this effect, it is crucial to keep reducing dosage even if tapering is a ... 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 ...

    ... paramedics rushed to the scene, but it was too late. The Horror that is Opiate Addiction Opioid overdose deaths have ... kits are a tool meant to keep people alive long enough to get them the treatment they desperately need ... continue reading
  • 5 Alarming Facts About Benzo Addiction

    People tend to use benzodiazepines because they work, plain and simple. A group of prescription sedatives, benzodiazepines are classified as Schedule IV in the Controlled Substances Act and are most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, namely under ...

    ... Is Far More Likely As numbers of long-term-use benzodiazepine prescriptions for the elderly sharply rose ... I., Bashford, J., Frisher, M. (2014). Effects of anxiolytic and hypnotic drug prescriptions on mortality hazards: ... continue reading
  • CDC Issues Urgent Call for More Needle Exchange Programs

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

    ... over needle exchange programs is nothing new. It's been debated for decades. What's new is the CDC's latest report that shows a change in trends. According to the recent report , new HIV infection numbers are growing and ... 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 ...

    ... implant the rods, we still must be physically present with the surgeon during both implantation, and explantation six months later. Will the patient's insurance pay for the time and expertise of two doctors? I don't see ... 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 ...

    ... other opioids. Its effects can also last for up to 12 hours - far longer than other painkillers ... they face you down,” he said. Too Little, Too Late? International regulators now realize tramadol is heavily abused in some ... 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 ...

    ... drug. Surprisingly, meth and Adderall caused similar effects with the participants; so much so that the ... need more and more to get the same effect. Eventually, taking the simulant pharmaceuticals becomes cost prohibitive ... continue reading
  • Watch the Fahrenheit With Your Fentanyl

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    ... patch. Sitting in a hot tub or sauna (or even a long, hot bath at home) quickly raises your body temperature, rapidly ... your medication need to be made to avoid serious side effects. Additional Reading: The F-Word: 3 Fast ... continue reading
  • Counting Dangerous Sheep: Why You Should Stop Popping Sleeping Pills

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    ... -counter sleep aids take them for a year or longer. Forty-eight percent use the meds several times each ... extremely addictive and pose the risk for serious side effects and overdose. Today, doctors are prescribing fewer ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

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    ... are Endocet, Primiev, Roxicet, Magnacet and Xolox. Danger Ahead: Side Effects of Percocet Long-term use or abuse of Percocet has many adverse side effects. Among them are serious psychological problems that can include ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

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    ... a boost of energy and mentally made her feel like a champ, so why let them go to waste? A short 30 days later, Shelly's oxycodone ran out. She didn't need them any more for the pain, so that wasn't a problem. The issue ... 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 ...

    ... baton, hat, or handcuffs will stop the threat. The latest danger faced by law enforcement officials is a class of ... kill on contact. Standard-issue equipment is no longer enough. To protect and serve, modern police officers ... continue reading
  • Study: Drug Forums Aren’t Very Helpful if You Want to Get Clean

    Libraries. Encyclopedias. Professors. Doctors. Pre-Internet, these were our top sources of information. If we wanted answers, this is where we looked. Fast-forward to modern times. With access to pretty much everything now at our fingertips, we've ...

    ... of site visitors are seeking advice on how to optimize drug use (get the “best” high), avoid side effects of withdrawal, and generally “maximize the experience of intoxication.” The thing is, any Joe Somebody can get ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

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    ... ” bottle wasn't much of a deterrent, they're trying again with some new designs for pill bottles. The latest ideas include: Med-O-Wheel SECURE: This locked pill box dispenses the prescribed dose of medication at pre-set ... continue reading
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

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    ... higher than usual drug cravings. On the flip side, the ones who got enough sleep and were ... to care as much about staying clean or about your long-term future. Getting enough sleep is important; these findings demonstrate ... continue reading
  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

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    ... off the drug can eliminate most of the side effects and make the withdrawal process smoother. 4. ... to produce euphoria. Those who take large amounts over a long period of time are most at risk for heart problems. 5 ... 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 ...

    ... and keep us balanced. It can produce a euphoric effect, making tramadol tempting to abusers to use for ... be obtained. General side effects of tramadol abuse include insomnia and risk of seizures. Long-term use also results ... continue reading
  • 25 Harmful Effects of Morphine

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    ... seem like a positive side effect, it is generally a sign of poor health conditions. Effects That Can Be Lethal ... it can be deadly. Additional Reading: Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain Talk to ... 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 ...

    ... But is modafinil safe in the long-term? Doctors are unsure how chronic use of this “smart drug” will affect healthy brain function down the road, but do agree that it has mild side effects and low abuse potential. But ... 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 ...

    ... 48 percent of the inmates who tapered off. One month later, 18 percent of the tapered group self-reported they had ... between opiate addiction, criminality and the combined effect both can have on an already overpopulated ... 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 ...

    ... aching back muscles or unbearable shoulder pains after a long shift. What begins as a quest for relief, ... the side effects of a provider's addiction. There is Life After Addiction To achieve sobriety and long-term recovery ... 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 ...

    ... in sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the ... OxyContin may not be the epidemic's drug of choice any longer, there are a select number of drugs poised to be ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

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    ... fact, this is one of their most desired effects. However, a relaxing effect isn't so desirable behind the wheel. ... light-headedness and unsteadiness. It's also a side effect of benzos . A dizzy, unsteady driver will ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

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    ... , the team tested a drug already proven to block the effects of pannexin-1 called, Probenecid. It's an anti-gout ... medication that's fairly cheap and has few side effects. The results showed this medicine was “effective ... continue reading
  • True or False: Ready to Put Your Fentanyl Knowledge to the Test?

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    ... of it, he simply wiped it away. An hour later, he was unconscious. The brief contact with the fentanyl ... mishandled, these patches can be lethal. True or False: As long as I have some Narcan nearby, I'll be safe using ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

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    ... non-medical treatments, on the other hand, carry a long-term success rate of only 5-10 percent. With that ... after several decades of use. But methadone does have side effects - as with other opioids - such as constipation ... 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 ...

    ... It seems like you can pop a benzo and twenty minutes later…everything is fine! The fact that it can kill you ... get away with that on alcohol - or at least not for long. Xanax doesn't smell. You can take it in the bathroom ... 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 ...

    ... found that it took much longer for the drug to impart its toxicity. If this effect holds true in humans, ... kind. Additional Reading: The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues , Opioid side effects Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

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    ... be given higher doses, and use the drugs longer-term. These statistics are haunting when you consider the ... , we need to take action to reduce the prevalence of dependency, tolerance, and addiction before it's too late. continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know About Adderall Addiction

    Adderall is most commonly prescribed as part of a treatment plan for adolescents and teenagers with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But more teens-turned-young adults have discovered a new use for the “smart drug” - a term used ...

    ... unaware of the drug's dangers. Negative side effects seen with Adderall abuse include anxiety, dizziness, ... medical need for it will experience a much stronger effect—a supercharged focus and motivation for tasks at school ... continue reading
  • Chronic Disease Treatment Success Rates

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    ... can quickly deal with it. Sodium naproxen and codeine might be used for more severe pain. However, for more serious long-term pain, we start to head into the world of narcotics. While codeine is a narcotic, it's an over ... 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 ...

    ... a new black box warning on both drugs' labels to warn patients and doctors of the potential risks with long-term use. Do We Need Another Warning Label? The petition comes on the heels of a recently published six-year ... 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 ...

    ... effects. Regular use typically results in weight loss, fatigue and other potential health risks. What is Kratom? A cousin to coffee, this tropical plant native to Southeast Asia has long ... are the side effects of Kratom? ... 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 ...

    ... these stimulants may provide short-term solutions in the classroom, but are very likely to cause long-term addiction issues. Additional Reading: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Adderall Addiction Image Source: en ... 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 ...

    ... right back where I started. 3. Long-term use can be harmful. Years later, when I started reading up on benzos ... . But when used long-term, benzos can have adverse side effects, including impaired cognitive abilities ... 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 ...

    ... the claims. In her blog , Dr. Burson writes: “I asked him if it was true that Wal-Mart no longer fills buprenorphine prescriptions, and he said yes, that's true. I asked was that for all forms of buprenorphine, including ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

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    ... therapy. After talking to Matthew, however, it was clear she had been wrong. For the first time in a very long time, Suzanne had hope - hope that a methadone program could do for her what it had done for her neighbor ... 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 ...

    ... claims the companies have been on a decades-long mission to persuade patients and doctors to believe ... While knowing opioids are addictive and unsafe for long-term use, they allegedly used targeted marketing to convince ... 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 ...

    ... balancing effects. It's also prescribed for insomnia, epilepsy and sedation. Common side effects ... prescribed Taking it more frequently than prescribed Taking it longer than prescribed Taking someone else's Ativan All of ... 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 ...

    ... experts may know how to start people in treatment, but they are not always experts in how to maintain long-term recovery.” She feels it's important for patients to be connected with good quality counselling ; and, once ... 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 ...

    ... is abusing prescription stimulants in hopes of boosting your grades, chances are they'll have the opposite effect. Hit the books the old fashioned way - without risking your health. Additional Reading: What Every Parent ... 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 ...

    ... blood flow from your heart. Congestive heart failure: As your heart and arteries become less effective, blood no longer travels through the body as it should. In many cases, blood pools up in areas of the body like ... continue reading
  • 7 Signs You May Be Addicted to Tramadol

    Tramadol is an opiate analgesic prescribed for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. The drug works by changing the way your brain and nervous system respond to pain. Because Tramadol is a milder form of opiate medication, people ...

    ... the drug, higher doses are needed to achieve the same effect. For this reason, addicts will often start increasing their ... result in side effects . Abusing the drug can cause many health problems and adverse effects such as ... continue reading
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