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  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... the Answer Opioids and alcohol. Opioids, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, slow the central nervous system, which ... who have a history of alcoholism or drug addiction to avoid taking benzodiazepines. The elderly also face ... 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 ...

    ... and hydrocodone/opioid painkiller) Schedule III These substances pose less risk for abuse than Schedule I or II. However, their abuse can lead to moderate or low dependence. They are accepted for medical treatment in ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... were more deaths due to heroin than painkillers like hydrocodone and OxyContin. Why's Heroin So Popular? ... the funds will be used for opioid addiction prevention and treatment programs, while another $4.8 billion ... continue reading
  • Portrait of the American Overdose: Do You Fit the Profile?

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

    ... an opioid overdose. These painkillers, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, accounted for nearly a fourth ... Consider the risks. Get help if you need it. Addiction and recovery resources are available across the country. Don' ... 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 ...

    ... , Abuse, and Addiction Prescription opiates, like oxycodone and hydrocodone, are synthetic opioid ... the opiate-addiction epidemic. In a 2014 survey, 94% of people in treatment for opioid addiction reported choosing to ... 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 ...

    ... the risks of the drug. Tom went home and looked up the manufacturer's website, ... strongest warning, and it cautions about the risk of abuse, addiction, overdose and death . Fact Three: Abusing fentanyl or mixing ... 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 ...

    ... from complications related to ADHD drugs since 2013. One of the biggest problems in the spread of stimulant addictions is that doctors are now so quick to diagnose ADHD when other conditions are causing the problems ... 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 ...

    ... oxycodone prescription to manage any pain during those first few days home. The Pain is Gone - the Pills Remain After a ... dependence gets worse. The Withdrawal-Addiction Cycle While opiate withdrawal certainly isn ... 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 ...

    ... accidental overdose . If you or someone you love is abusing heroin, it's crucial to seek professional treatment immediately, before becoming a statistic of these reports. Additional Reading : 5 Telltale Signs of a High ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

    We're an anxious nation. According to data from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States. (The fact that we have an association devoted to anxiety says something about us, ...

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

    ... relief from pain, morphine also delivers the following side effects. Effects on Behavior Abuse/Misuse/Addiction - As with other opiates, morphine use comes with the risk of dependence. Patients receiving morphine ... 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 ...

    ... had a substance use disorder involving prescription painkillers. Help is available. Find resources for Percocet addiction here . Additional Reading: Take My Breath Away - A Deadly Warning About Opiates Image Source ... 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 ...

    ... it produces effects similar to prescription painkillers. The rise of heroin abuse is directly related to painkiller addiction . In fact, doctors wrote 259 million narcotic painkiller prescriptions in 2012 alone. Once the ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

    Millions of Americans suffer daily from chronic pain. Factor in all the people managing temporary pain after accidents or surgeries and you have a massive number of people on prescription painkillers. Abuse of morphine, an extremely powerful and ...

    ... sexuality. It can even be lethal in high dosages. In an effort to offer safer alternatives, researchers at Louisiana Veterans Health Care System have developed a new drug that delivers the same pain relief without the ... 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 ...

    ... to crack open my Property textbook the next morning. Now, years into my career, I often wonder, would I be better at my job if I had the daily cognitive boost I had back then? If so, have many in the working class gone ... 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 ...

    ... naloxone. Continue with additional doses of naloxone every 2-3 minutes until breathing returns to normal or help arrives. Additional Reading: New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... 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 most commonly reported reason was to ... 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 ...

    ... anyone wearing a fentanyl patch. Sitting in a hot tub or sauna (or even a long, hot bath at home) quickly raises your body temperature, rapidly elevating the amount of medication in your body. If you get the opportunity ... 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 ...

    ... . Ultimately, it's not worth the risk. Hey Doc, How About Lending a Hand? People sharing their extra pills put others at risk, whether they realize it or not. But a few simple steps can be taken to help with this issue - ... 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 ...

    ... but the latest use of this drug really hammers that point home. Believe it or not, policy makers have chosen to add ... in for a minute. Beyond the Death Chamber When we look at its potency, it's easy to see why the number of ... 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 ...

    ... already seen eight fentanyl cases and one carfentanil case in 2017. The drugs have been implicated in at least 26 deaths since the beginning of 2016. Law enforcement officials expect these latest protective measures will ... 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 ...

    ... aren't about to warn customers that their heroin is laced with fentanyl , which will inevitably put them at a high risk for overdose. True or False: Prescribed fentanyl patches are always safe. Click Here for the Answer ... 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 ...

    ... answers, this is where we looked. Fast-forward to modern times. With access to pretty much everything now at our fingertips, we've shifted our focus. The Internet is our main (and sometimes only) source of information ... 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 ...

    ... seen in nearly 20 years of forensic chemistry drug analysis,” Deneen Kilcrease, manager of the chemistry section at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, told The Associated Press . It's such a lethal mixture that the ... 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 ...

    ... bottles. The latest ideas include: Med-O-Wheel SECURE: This locked pill box dispenses the prescribed dose of medication at pre-set times. TimerCap: This cap is equipped with a built-in timer. When the bottle is opened ... 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 ...

    ... . Hydrocodone and oxycodone are often prescribed for long-term pain, and that's when serious addiction can ... 888-744-0069 Who Answers? to get help finding the best treatment programs for you. The call is toll-free and we'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 ...

    ... linked to the injection of Opana. This incident, like so many others, should be a reminder of opioid addiction's devastating consequences. Although Opana may not be a household name yet, the drug's popularity is steadily ... 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 ...

    ... Can Impair Your Thinking Without a clear head, stay home or call an Uber. Whether you're flying down the highway at 70 miles per hour or cruising through a neighborhood at 30, your faculties have to be in tip-top ... continue reading
  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

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

    ... each dose is ultimately what keeps users coming back for more, eventually leading to abuse and addiction. But what if those euphoric effects were taken away from the whole painkiller experience - would Americans ... 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 ...

    ... call an eyeshadow without making light of a terrible problem,” while another one wrote, “My son suffers the disease of addiction and naming a makeup after a derogatory label that has been placed on an illness that is so ... 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 ...

    ... , too. The same properties that make it a potential detox aid also make it a potential addiction. In small doses, Kratom causes stimulant effects - increased alertness, stamina, and sociability. Larger doses produce ... 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 ...

    ... Signs and Symptoms by Drug Let's take a look at the steps you should take when someone has overdosed. Depressant ... alcohol poisoning or stimulants, call 911 immediately. Home intervention will be inadequate in these cases. ... 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 ...

    ... 't a one-size-fits-all solution - what works for one person may not work for the next - this form of treatment often serves as a great weapon in the fight against the opioid epidemic. And let's be honest, we need all the ... continue reading
  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

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

    ... far-reaching negative effects on the public's view of methadone , whether it's used for treating chronic pain or addiction. Only time will tell how - or if - this move by the CDC will actually yield results. Stay tuned ... 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 ...

    ... immune system response when two widely used painkillers - hydrocodone and oxycodone - are detected. As a result, ... if an overdose does occur. Currently, opioid addiction treatment relies on other opioids, such as methadone ... 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 ...

    ... were private, not commercial pilots. The purpose of the NTSB study was two-fold: to take a look at the prevalence of over-the-counter and prescription medications as well as illicit drugs found in toxicology panels 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 ...

    ... such a warning will make both clinicians and patients generally aware of the dangers. Will it Make a Difference? At a time when consumers want everything right now , are they really even likely to stop and read the label ... 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 ...

    ... analyzed data from 240,000 respondents aged 12 to 21. Along with ADHD medications, the study looked at other stimulant drugs, such as prescription diet pills and medications containing methamphetamine. Some of the most ... 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 ...

    ... planned his partying around it. Kevin now assumes he's in the clear, as long as he doesn't use cocaine at work. Cocaine stays in your system for 48 hours. After a late night of Wednesday debauchery, a Friday morning drug ... 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 ...

    ... he'd been slim and fit his whole life. Gary lost $20K at the casino in Friday night - he'd never bought a lottery ... But a new warning from the FDA points a finger at the drug Abilify. Is Abilify to Blame? Abilify contains ... 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 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 ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... instructed by to take Vivitrol by local authorities while attending an inpatient rehab . Now Jamie has questions. “No one at my rehab ever told me that this drug might be dangerous if I get pregnant,” she says. “I wouldn ... 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 ...

    ... It's a common prescription for opioid addiction treatment and it prevents withdrawal symptoms. The ... offers a safe alternative to having medication in your home, where children or pets may accidentally come across ... 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 ...

    ... , communities are struggling to afford this life-saving treatment. Sunlight is needed to help respond to price shifts ... -saving drugs.” Additional Reading: Big Pharma - Are They Advertising Addiction? Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... . With that in mind, let's take a look at what happens to your body during an overdose situation when one ... not addressed by a medical professional, the user is at the risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke. ... 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 ...

    ... that you need to take a prescription drug, you should only get them from your doctor and fill the prescription at a certified pharmacy. Shopping online or buying pills from someone off the street may seem like a fast and ... 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 ...

    ... ease the stress I was feeling while dealing with my son's addiction (Oh, the irony!). He told me it would calm me ... , and methadone. My attempt at quitting cold turkey pretty much drove that point home, but I wondered: If ... 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 ...

    ... scientists can't tell the difference just by looking at them. That's just how good these counterfeiters have become at manufacturing Xanax dupes. Late last year, at least nine people in the San Francisco area fell ... 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 ...

    ... will send you into respiratory arrest. It takes an entire team to get somebody back from a situation like this.” At safe injection sites, the situation is quite different. Hersch noted, “I'm going to be one-on-one with ... 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 ...

    ... maximum blood levels that are 45 percent higher than those of men. In other words, some women who took Ambien at night still had high enough levels of it in their system the next morning that it impaired their ability 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 ...

    ... 's doctor diagnosed him with ADHD and sent his parents home with a prescription for Ritalin. Now Aiden is docile, quiet ... . Several experts in child care and addiction point out that pharmaceutical companies take advantage ... 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 ...

    ... year, Carole was Xanax-free. She is maintaining her sobriety, and practicing yoga, meditation, and therapy to keep the panic at bay. She still has a tiny “emergency” bottle of Xanax - just in case - but so far, she hasn ... 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 ...

    ... in ordering someone not to conceive from the bench. The woman at the core of this issue is the mother of four and has ... a woman not get pregnant is like mandating drug treatment. The severity of the opioid crisis makes for ... 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 ...

    ... addiction and works by virtually stopping the withdrawal symptoms caused by other opiates such as hydrocodone, ... advance certainly in heroin and opiate treatment if not all addiction treatments in the last 30 years,” added ... 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 ...

    ... something that's helped spread abuse and addiction among developing and developed countries alike. The ... opioid, tramadol can produce a euphoria comparable to heroin, even at a single dose of 75 mg. It acts as a stimulant ... 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 ...

    ... students must realize they are only putting their friends at risk by sharing or selling their medication. There are ... health. Additional Reading: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Adderall Addiction Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... depression, ADD, bipolar disorder, and even cocaine addiction . Some of the common side effects of ... houses and sober homes are also beginning to pick up on this trend. Furthermore, those receiving treatment in halfway ... 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 ...

    ... by several states which yielded underwhelming results. At least 15 states currently have legislation on the ... and ideas in the comments section below. Additional Reading: The Financial Toll of Addiction Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... in class. Sharon knows her son behaves the same way at home. Last night's battle over homework fresh in her mind - ... . Additional Reading: What Every Parent Needs to Know about Adderall Addiction Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... their condition. But if the problem has become too severe, or they're using heroin regularly in any moment, treatment at an inpatient rehab center with a detox unit is the only solution to help them kick their drug use ... 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 ...

    ... had trouble falling asleep at a decent hour. Decades later, benzos are being prescribed at an alarming rate and ... of time - and in increasing dosages - for treatment of chronic issues. Additional Reading: Pay Attention: 7 ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

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    ... about the drug. It advised doctors not to prescribe tramadol to anyone suffering from depression or at risk for addiction. The next year, over 20,000 ER visits were linked to tramadol, and 379 overdoses involving ... continue reading
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    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 ...

    ... can't afford to buy an entire month's prescription at once, you can ask the pharmacy for a partial dispensing ... save any money, it may be a way to afford treatment without having to shell out a large chunk of money for ... continue reading
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  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

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    ... controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging anyone from using it as a treatment option. Setting the Record Straight Below, we've separated fact from fiction when ... continue reading
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    ... Nothing but heroin seemed to take the edge off her pain. At the young age of 29,Katrina overdosed and died. Who Takes ... made the final decision in who gets into treatment.” What do you think about these programs? Sound ... continue reading
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    ... grows to 18,250—which is enough to fill every seat at Madison Square Garden. What is even more alarming is that the ... of 18 , they are more likely to develop addictions in adulthood. From a public health standpoint this ... continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

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    ... to prescription painkillers. An Effective Treatment Option? The study was conducted at Depaul and Rush universities and consisted of thirty participants at an average age of 45 years old. At the conclusion of the study ... 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 ...

    ... dealing with the drug crisis. He saw that addiction rates only increased as a result of these measures ... expand treatment options and make rehab programs more accessible to those seeking help. Many treatment professionals ... continue reading
  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

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    ... often manifest in the form of a powerful addiction to benzodiazepines. Those who have reached this ... benzo dependency. Keep in mind: No medically-assisted treatments currently exist. The recovery process can take months ... continue reading
  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

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    ... serving only to further perpetuate the cycle of addiction. Spotlight on the Advocates Advocates of the medication ... feel that naloxone gives people a chance to get into treatment, as well as an opportunity to make changes. ... continue reading
  • Counting Dangerous Sheep: Why You Should Stop Popping Sleeping Pills

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    ... s the big deal? Well, sleeping pills pose a ton of health risks and put you at risk of addiction , which is especially concerning when we look at the frequency and duration of their use. Here's a couple stats to put that ... 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 ...

    ... price. “I was living in a fog. Then I started falling asleep at work! I'm a waitress, almost always on the go, so that ... she couldn't function. Her boss suspected drug addiction and promptly fired her. When she tried to ... 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 standing by ready to help you find the best way to address your addiction, your triggers, and your treatment needs. Call us today at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . Additional Reading: Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to ... 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 ...

    ... on Halloween. I should know - I was on a cycle of alcohol at night, Xanax all day for about a year. I'm lucky to ... on benzos, here's my advice: Talk to your treatment provider honestly. Find out what your options are. Work ... continue reading
  • 7 Signs You May Be Addicted to Tramadol

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    Tramadol is an opiate analgesic prescribed for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. The drug ... can develop after continued use and this can lead to addiction. For this reason, it's important to take only ... continue reading
  • CDC Issues Urgent Call for More Needle Exchange Programs

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    ... help people who inject drugs access prevention and treatment services for HIV and other blood-borne ... the rising rates of injection drug use in our nation. At that time, Congress changed the restriction. Now funds can be ... continue reading
  • The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

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    ... having to hoof it to a medication-assisted treatment program multiple times per month, like methadone ... National Pain Report . Instead, he points the finger at the doctors and pharmacists. Bottomline: Is This Legal? The ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely?

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    ... time stopping the drug without medical help, an outpatient treatment center will allow you to see a medical provider ... withdrawal problems. If you feel able to quit at home, a doctor might help you determine a tapering ... continue reading
  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

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    ... a drug than is necessary, which can also lead to addiction. The following is a list of the seven most addictive ... large amounts over a long period of time are most at risk for heart problems. 5. Darvocet Darvocet is an ... continue reading
  • Xanax Passes Marijuana as Second-Leading Cause of DUI

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    ... Peter Hendricks, a chemical psychologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said that even those ... drugs. If you or someone you know has developed an addiction to Xanax, a medically supervised detox is in order, ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Tamper-Resistant Painkillers Aren’t Helping

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    ... to release the pain killer all at once. As a result, abusers receive a much faster “high.” Trying to Prevent Addiction and Overdose In an effort to prevent addiction and overdose of these pain relievers, companies ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

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  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

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    ... issue an advisory in 2010. Doctors were directed not to prescribe tramadol to anyone suffering from depression or at risk for addiction. But this wasn't enough. In fact, 2011 saw over 20,000 ER visits that were linked to ... continue reading
  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

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    ... lived through a post-World War II trend when amphetamines were frequently prescribed as a treatment for depression . Sedatives: At their peak use, around age 20, almost 10 percent of all Boomers abused sedatives. That ... continue reading
  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

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    ... generally allowed to prescribe naloxone to patients who are at risk of an opiate overdose. What's more, ... struggles with opiate addiction, help is available. Start by learning more about the latest treatment options . Image ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Workplace Adderall Abuse: 9 Signs It’s Time to Get Help

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    ... you can't imagine completing charts or reports without Adderall at the helm it could be a red flag for larger ... by Yourself If you're looking to beat your Adderall addiction , do not quit cold turkey. The withdrawals from ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

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    ... bottom line. But are painkiller manufacturers generating an epidemic of addiction and death in an effort to increase profits? Are they making money at the expense of American lives? OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

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    ... was able to find several methadone programs close to home. She made an appointment and made a promise to ... the chance to find recovery.” Learn more about the addiction treatment options in your area . Image Source: iStock 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, ...

    ... 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, ... solutions. Learn more about treatment options for Ambien abuse and addiction . Image Source: iStock 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, ...

    ... Medicine and coauthors in a report accompanying the study. At the same time, however, the rise in opioid misuse ... or self-help center treatment options. Treatment of opioid addiction frequently requires medication, like ... continue reading
  • 4 Physical Signs You're Addicted to Ritalin

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    ... do you know if you're addicted? Here's a look at four physical signs you're hooked: Sign #1 No Energy ... drug. Sarah is experiencing a common result of Ritalin addiction . The drug use decreases your appetite, which often ... 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 ...

    ... initiative is in response to the staggering addiction and overdose statistics we're currently experiencing ... address: Prevention Treatment Overdose avoidance Overdose response Each idea must include at least one of ... 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 ...

    ... untreated, we remain relentless in our pursuit to transform addiction from a global human crisis to a recognized and treated ... year from opioid overdoses when there's treatment available? The Substance Abuse and Mental ... 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 ...

    ... almost like a revolving door. Virginians Call for Treatment Not Punishment Prison is designed to penalize - ... that it wasn't the appropriate place to send people battling addictions. And I'm not the only one who feels this ... 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 ...

    ... abuse develops. We've got millions struggling with painkiller addiction and millions more have turned to heroin as a ... (attending sessions as well as following up at home with recommended exercises) but is often essential ... continue reading
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