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  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

    Permanent brain damage due to an opiate overdose is a very real, life-altering consequence of opiate abuse . The dramatic increase of opiate-related deaths is now demanding public attention, but the consequence of permanent brain damage remains ...

    ... , OxyContin, Fentanyl) are depressants, meaning the drugs slow down your breathing and heart rate. As ... damage. The Effects of Hypoxic Brain Damage It only takes three to five minute of oxygen deprivation to cause a ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... use in the U.S. Abuse potential Likelihood of causing dependence when abused Schedule I Schedule I drugs are highly addictive and have no accepted medical use. They cannot be prescribed and aren't available ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... , the FDA became a bit more cautious about the drug. It advised doctors not to prescribe tramadol to anyone suffering ... Others assume any risks are minimal and are willing to take them. This is far from the truth. As an ... continue reading
  • Vivitrol's New and Controversial Role in Prisons

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

    ... rate and realized the urgent need to take action. Recently, jails and prisons ... Medicaid and struggle to obtain their next monthly dose. Despite the arguments for and against the drug, it's important to remember that ... 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 ...

    ... addiction, as tolerance develops and you need more of the drug to “get high”. #4. Using the drug without a prescription, taking higher doses, or using the drug in a way other than prescribed. You may be addicted ... 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, ...

    ... during the 2000s when more doctors began prescribing these drugs. For this study, researchers surveyed 472,000 people ... the same, according to JAMA. This includes inpatient, outpatient, hospital, office, emergency room, ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

    Shannon was feeling even more anxious than usual, so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as prescribed, but she figured an extra one wouldn't hurt. Feeling calmer, she decided to drive over to ...

    ... bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as prescribed, but she figured an extra one ... situations - when Xanax is mixed with other drugs or alcohol - that an overdose is most likely. What's ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

    Methadone maintenance has been around for years as an effective treatment for opioid dependency . Yet, its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging anyone from using it as a ...

    ... carry a long-term success rate of only 5-10 percent. With that in mind, you can clearly see the benefits of using methadone, ... cravings or the inability to control how much is taken. Myth #3 - Methadone is Worse for You ... continue reading
  • 7 Really Smart Ways to Save Money on Suboxone

    A couple of weeks ago, I saw a Facebook post from an acquaintance of mine lamenting about the exorbitant price of Suboxone. I'd known her to have a problem with opiates in the past, but it seemed like she was doing all the right things to get her ...

    ... price to pay each month and undoubtedly creates a financial strain in most people's lives. But the good news is that there are ways to lower the overall cost of Suboxone - and we've got seven tips to help you do just ... 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 ...

    ... 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 makes you get older faster. It makes sense - you're ... 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, ...

    ... more nervous…and on we go into an unhealthy spiral that creates a whirlwind of anxiety. It all boils down to ... to accept this small amount that it grows in intensity and takes over. An Alternative Solution Many ... 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 ...

    ... rehab. There's only one thing to do; I just have to get more pills.” The Facts About Withdrawal If you take ... Hiding the fact that you're taking it or how much you're taking Additional Reading: Outlook ... 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 ...

    ... benzos are considered especially dangerous. When people start taking them to get high instead of to manage ... a Xanax . And at the time, her doctor felt that was the best option - certainly better than reaching for a ... 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 ...

    ... laced with fentanyl). Hersch explained, “If this person begins to crash..that's what we're there for. It will send you into respiratory arrest. It takes an entire team to get somebody back from a situation like this ... 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 ...

    ... ? Click Here for the Answer Experts advise those who have a history of alcoholism or drug addiction to avoid taking benzodiazepines. The elderly also face increased risk under the influence of benzos ... 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 ...

    ... kind of escape …an escape that often comes in the form of prescription drugs. With easy access to narcotics ... face a unique set of challenges. Caring for Others Takes a Toll If you watch the news, you've undoubtedly ... 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 ...

    ... people who struggle with opiate dependence take the medication, it helps to alleviate ... drug screen With all this in mind, do you think there should be additional restrictions on gabapentin? If so, what should those ... 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 ...

    ... number of Americans developed dependencies on the drugs. To combat the upward trend, state and ... Pharma is the real winner in this bill, rather than those suffering from opioid addiction . Will new funding be able ... 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, ...

    ... . Everyone knows about sleepwalking and sleep talking…but sleep driving ? That was scary. Nicole decided then and there she wouldn't be taking any more of those pills. The Ambien Hangover Nicole's story is not the ... continue reading
  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

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

    ... might be the much needed solution for rural Americans struggling with chemical dependency . Let's take a look at both of those solutions: First, doctors - particularly addiction specialists - aren't likely to set up ... 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 ...

    ... fast. Creators of this challenge hope to generate new solutions that will save lives and change the trajectory of our nation's ... Reading: Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs? Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... was tired of feeling tired and achy, so she stopped taking the pills. A day later, Hillary felt anxious and ... no one-size-fits-all method to switching medications. That's why it is critical to consult with your doctor. ... continue reading
  • 25 Harmful Effects of Morphine

    Morphine is an effective pain reliever. It's administered frequently by healthcare professionals. It's prescribed to manage moderate to severe pain after an accident, post-surgery, or for a chronic condition. It's accepted for common use throughout ...

    ... a sign of poor health conditions. Effects That Can Be Lethal Collapsed Veins - Injecting morphine ... , it seems, warrant the use of this potentially dangerous drug. Due to its dangers, though, it is important 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 ...

    ... is absorbed by the skin at a slow, steady pace over those 72-hours. Too Hot to Handle Fentanyl's high potency makes ... results in increased absorption of the drug. It's a process that can quickly be fatal. Because of ... 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 ...

    ... sign of addiction is that the substance has become central to your day. If getting and using the drug takes top priority, you ... available. This detox process and the rehab treatment to follow typically require supervision ... 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 ...

    ... struggled with an opioid use disorder. When you factor in that heroin use has also been on the rise and heroin overdose ... and has significantly reduced the need for inpatient detox services , yet it's greatly ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

    An opioid epidemic has swept the nation. Every day in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Over the course of a year, that number grows to 18,250—which is enough to fill every seat at Madison Square ...

    ... paid by state Medicaid programs. It is clear that prescription painkillers have ... that 60% of people using opioid prescription painkillers got the drugs for free from a friend or relative. As a society, we need to take ... 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 ...

    ... of the anxiolytic family - a class of drug commonly used to help relieve anxiety disorders. The ... a tolerance. That means a standard dose of benzos quickly becomes less effective, requiring the person to take much higher ... 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. ...

    ... oxycodone, landing this medication in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly prescribed to ... reported anyone taking opioids for 90 to 180 days has a 25 percent increased risk; those taking them more than ... 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 ...

    ... mainly by the doctors who prescribe the medications. A few of those ideas include: Doctors can prescribe fewer pills. Doctors can take the time to educate people about the dangers of sharing medications. Doctors ... 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 ...

    ... ? Well, if they're taking benzos, they lack both. Recent research shows that benzodiazepines - like Xanax and ... body. Under the influence of these anti-anxiety drugs, drivers are simply unable to make the quick ... 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 ...

    ... . For example, some clinics may only be able to help those who have been addicted to opiates for more than a year, or ... staff will discuss inpatient treatment with you. If you have been using multiple drugs, opiates at ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

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

    ... “edge” of stimulants. This significantly increases the risk of taking more than your body can handle. Also, when you mix ... that increases the chances of overdose. Like a game of Russian roulette, mixing alcohol and drugs ... 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 ...

    ... stronger than heroin . And according to the Food and Drug Administration, even the smallest dose is enough to cause deadly side effects - especially in those taking it for the first time. According to experts, a dose ... 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 ...

    ... 2013, nearly 36.5 million Americans were taking anti-anxiety drugs and about one-fifth of Americans who struggle ... the anxiety to eat away at you, munch on foods that allow you to eat away at your anxiety. With the ... continue reading
  • Recovery Roundtable: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone?

    Suboxone is a medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction . It's widely used as a replacement for methadone and can be prescribed in the comfort of a doctor's office, whereas methadone can only be ...

    ... all prescribing physicians must jump through. Some of those include: Completion of mandatory training Limitation of their ... now one of the most frequently prescribed drugs for a combination of behavioral therapy and ... 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 ...

    ... if a drug test is looming in the near future. Benzo Boost Kate had a stressful weekend. She took a few ... .” What they didn't realize was that their coach would be giving them a drug test after practice on Saturday. Will ... 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. ...

    ... bay. What Peter wasn't focused on was the fact that his methadone dosage had gone up 300 percent during his ... treatment, with no plans to wean him off the drug. He's now dependent on methadone. But, no alternatives ... continue reading
  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

    Holly started using heroin when she was 18 - at 26, she was at the end of the line. Her whole life revolved around getting high. In the past, she had tried 12-step programs, counseling, in-patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed ...

    ... 12-step programs, counseling, in-patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed nothing could help. Would ... has made those receptors hungry for more. Ibogaine takes the hunger away by taking receptors back ... 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 ...

    ... “One of the most compelling things to come out of this is that people are taking control of their own health, and most providers would agree that's a good thing.” However, he warned of limitations: “The lack of provider ... 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 ...

    ... one simple factor: cost. But that's about to change. Last month, a supplier of generic drugs - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories - ... had a monopoly on the drug. The FDA Takes a Stand Against Suboxone Manufacturer ... continue reading
  • How to Get Off Suboxone: 3 Steps to Take When Quitting

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

    ... Zubsolv - is now the “go-to” drug for medication-assisted treatment with opiate addiction. ... and don't do it alone. Take advantage of the medical expertise and assistance that's available. You'll suffer less withdrawal ... continue reading
  • Drugs vs. Supplements: What's the Difference?

    Your regular doctor suggests taking a supplement to improve your overall health. And then your specialist recommends a completely different combination of drugs and supplements. It's so easy to get overwhelmed. Which one's right for you? ...

    ... for years. You should complete thorough research before taking any supplement and always practice caution when mixing drugs and supplements. It's extremely risky to assume that, since a supplement is “all natural,” it ... continue reading
  • Counting Dangerous Sheep: Why You Should Stop Popping Sleeping Pills

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

    ... to put that in perspective: Forty-one percent of those who use over-the-counter sleep aids take them for ... is their deadly effects when combined with other drugs. For example, sleep aids should never be consumed ... 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 the brain. Dopamine is the brain chemical that affects pleasure, attention and movement. To treat ... chemical make-up. In fact, it's classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a Schedule II narcotic - the ... 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 ...

    ... Patients using fentanyl patches must be cautious while taking this drug. Two main areas are cause for concern. ... . This drug is also so strong, emergency crews equipped with Narcan have struggled to revive those who have ... 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, ...

    ... journal of the American Dental Association estimates that dentists are responsible for 12 percent of ... by taking classes on prescribing, and new guidelines argue for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS ... 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 ...

    ... buying pills on the street becomes too costly. For those who think the opiate epidemic is much ado about ... taken with a prescription. NSAIDs include anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Aleve. The downside to these drugs ... 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 ...

    ... of drug implants inserted in the upper arm.” Healthcare professionals have expressed concerns that ... two doctors? I don't see that happening.” Should You Take Probuphine? The implant is officially FDA approved ... continue reading
  • The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

    Buprenorphine, the generic name for Suboxone, is a medication used to treat opiate dependence - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an essential part of a person's recovery plan, mainly due to its accessibility. Users can attain it ...

    ... to have started once the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cracked down on both ... feel a little riled, I asked him if he thought that decision would interfere with appropriate treatment of a potentially fatal ... 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 ...

    ... triggers to figure out that, if I had the urge to take a Xanax before hanging out with someone, that probably wasn't the ... Who Answers? . Additional Reading: Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to the Curb Image ... 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 ...

    ... Benzos like Xanax are “socially acceptable” drugs. You can go to work on Xanax . You could never get away with that on alcohol - or at least not for long. Xanax doesn't smell. You can take it in the bathroom at work and ... 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 ...

    ... that some people are willing to do whatever it takes to get high - even taking medication that's prescribed ... the same drug prescribed to human patients to help alleviate their pain. Substance abusers seek these drugs - ... continue reading
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

    We all know that getting enough sleep is important to your mood and overall health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. According to a recent Penn State study , squeezing in enough shut-eye can actually lower drug ...

    ... having quadrupled since 1999, this is a pretty significant discovery - one that could help millions in their fight to permanently kick drugs like heroin and OxyContin. Additional Reading: Addiction is an Emotional ... 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 ...

    ... his resolve. Don't Stay Quiet: Patrick came to realize that stopping the enabling wasn't enough. He had to speak ... pointed out the potential side effects of the drug - Darren had already experienced a number of ... 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 ...

    ... to arrest anyone. The other officers had already taken the dealers down to the station for booking. ... also heard enough horror stories about the power of this drug to make him nervous anyway. The captain's earlier warnings ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

    Withdrawal. It's a huge hurdle on the path to recovery. Those struggling to leave opioids behind know they'll eventually have to face the intimidating mental and physical effects of withdrawal. It's a powerful and frightening thought. Some of ...

    ... drug already proven to block the effects of pannexin-1 called, Probenecid. It's an anti-gout medication that's ... important implications for people on opioid therapy and those attempting to stop opioid use .” The team ... continue reading
  • Is Your Friend High? Here’s How to Tell…

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

    ... xcessive Sweating/Chills: If your friend's suffering from chills or sweating that don't match the surrounding temperatures, it might be due to drug use . Opioids are known for causing these symptoms. If you suspect ... 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 ...

    ... name of this shade. We would never seek to do that. The shade was in a limited edition palette and was ... is about the extent of Sephora's actions in taking ownership and remedying the problem. The “Afterdark” palette ... 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 ...

    ... an anxiolytic class of drugs that belong to a larger group of substances that can be categorized as ... on a consistent supply of benzos, treatment professionals and rehab facilities may utilize a slow-taper detox program . ... 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 ...

    ... heard the stories…you know, the ones that say using these drugs can help students study round-the-clock and ... the students surveyed in the CVS report said they took stimulants to assist with pulling an all-night study ... 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 ...

    ... at an alarming rate and, many times, for conditions that don't require long-term pharmaceutical therapy. Drugs like Xanax , Klonipin, Ativan and Valium, for example, are commonly taken for long periods of time - and in ... continue reading
  • Warning: This Medication May Cause…Uncontrollable Urges?

    Jim gained ten pounds in two weeks, though he'd been slim and fit his whole life. Gary lost $20K at the casino in Friday night - he'd never bought a lottery ticket up to that point. Linda had sex with three different people in one week, even ...

    ... know the drug is linked to these problematic urges. The FDA now recommends that Abilify patients should ... the brain. If you or someone you love currently takes Abilify and you're worried the medication might be causing ... 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 ...

    ... same potent, potentially deadly drug. While its name really isn't that important, knowing some basic ... - and more money to be made. Once cut, the powder takes on a brown or off-white color. “Black tar” is another ... 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 ...

    ... ADHD medications have to get on board. Researchers say doctors must make it clear that selling these medications is illegal, as is using drugs that are not prescribed to you. They can also help educate students about the ... continue reading
  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

    Katrina was arrested in 2006 in South Florida for selling a small amount of heroin . Recently kicked out of a rehab for fraternizing with men, she was living between the couches of different “friends,” most of whom were on drugs or associated ...

    ... -violent offender, but one with a history of arrests for drug possession, Katrina was sent to prison for a year. Deeply ... be asking them to take on such a complex vetting process? Some argue that clinical personnel, not ... 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 ...

    ... get the help you need. Even if you take drugs as recommended, you can build up a dependency, ... activities. A 24-hour rehab center with inpatient services will be helpful for those with serious withdrawal problems. ... 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 ...

    ... 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 they do urge caution ... 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 ...

    ... well as people who misused prescription drugs . In addition, the survey defined “misuse” as any action deviating from doctor's orders on the prescription. That means anyone who took a higher or more frequent dosage ... 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 ...

    ... Dr. Neil Capretto . What's more, thousands of people are unknowingly buying heroin that's laced with the deadly drug. This has become a common practice among dealers, mainly because synthetic opioids like carfentanil ... 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 ...

    ... amphetamines. By some accounts, the number of 26- to 34-year-olds taking drugs like Ritalin rose roughly 84 percent between 2008 and 2012 alone. On top of that, the CDC estimates that as many as 10,000 toddlers are now ... continue reading
  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

    Naloxone History Lesson Naloxone is not a new medication. In fact, emergency responders have used the medication since the 1960s. Today, worried parents keep naloxone on hand, law enforcement officers carry the medication in case of ...

    ... doctors prescribe the overdose antidote to patients taking opiate pain medications . Thanks to the ... that naloxone discourages addicts from entering a rehab program . If anything, this is the one drug that can ... 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 ...

    ... from family and friends, it's a health hazard that shows no sign of slowing down. In addition, opioids ... at an inpatient rehab center with a detox unit is the only solution to help them kick their drug use. ... 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. ...

    ... meant for human use.” What we do know is that drug dealers are adding this potent substance to heroin . The ... It has already taken dozens of lives. What Precautions Can You Take? Compounds containing carfentanil ... continue reading
  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

    A crushing avalanche is crippling Appalachian communities, but it's not the mountainous disaster you might think. This avalanche is a deadly onslaught of opioids . In 2014, the seven Appalachian states accounted for more than a fifth of ...

    ... to improve research-driven interventions. The grants are designed to fund studies that will help combat the health consequences of drug abuse in Appalachia. The research includes efforts to improve conditions for opioid ... 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 ...

    ... - not rehabilitate - so it didn't take me long to realize that it wasn't the appropriate place to send ... their own. In fact, most Virginians agree that those who abuse drugs or alcohol should receive treatment, not jail ... 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 ...

    ... . Although OxyContin may not be the epidemic's drug of choice any longer, there are a select number of drugs poised to be injected into its place. One of those drugs is Opana. Opana vs. Oxycontin: What You Need to ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

    After falling off a ladder, Suzanne was rushed to the hospital and examined from stem to stern. Her pelvic bone was fractured and she'd sprained her wrist, but the pain in her left shoulder was unbearable. Suzanne dislocated her shoulder and ...

    ... home medication, lowering daily clinic visits for dosing Participation puts an end to engaging in secretive, illegal and self-destructive drug-seeking ... help out there and I believe that methadone is a safe, effective ... 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 ...

    ... compassionate pain treatment required the prescribing of opioids. Ohio officials point out that the opioid trend didn't happen overnight. The drugs' acceptance and use grew due to concerted effort by its manufacturers ... 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 ...

    ... kill 100 people. Think about that for a minute: two milligrams can kill 100 people. Adding fuel to the already raging opioid epidemic , both of these dangerously powerful drugs have taken lives in many areas of ... continue reading
  • Xanax Overdose, Risks and How Much it Costs

    What is Xanax? Xanax (generic name alprazolam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine drug and central nervous system depressant—a grouping that includes several other sedative, hypnotic, and anxiolytic drugs. 1,2 When taken as prescribed, Xanax can ...

    ... to overdose on Xanax alone, when taken in conjunction with other drugs, such as alcohol or certain other drugs that alter vital physiological processes, the effects of the drug are intensified , which can result in ... 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 ...

    ... methadone in our correctional system is we are systematically taking people off it,” said study lead author Dr. Josiah ... that repeat incarceration carries an incomparably higher price tag. Additional Reading : Drug ... 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 ...

    ... a stimulant, but recreational users are quick to point out that tramadol doesn't come with the cognitive impairment of OxyContin and ... pain, leaving many to consider it an essential drug. In the U.S., where citizens are ... 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 ...

    ... of deterring people from abusing substances. The New “War on Drugs” President Obama tried to take a different approach to dealing with the drug crisis. He saw that addiction rates only increased as a result of these ... 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, ...

    ... and addiction. But what if those euphoric effects were taken away from the whole painkiller experience ... future. They're also looking for a partner to sell the drug, if and when it's approved. Nektar Therapeutics hopes to ... 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 ...

    ... . Jamie, 26, was 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 ... 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 ...

    ... up tolerance, as these drugs tend to lose effectiveness within a few weeks. But in that short amount of time, ... -assisted treatments currently exist. The recovery process can take months - or even years - to “click” ... continue reading
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

    You've just taken an opioid painkiller . The medication travels to your brain, making the pain sensations stop. The same opiates also make you feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad ...

    ... that taking sleeping pills on top of opioid medications can kill you. Watching the Brain Channel The high number of deaths resulting from opioid overdose has spurred researchers to find ways to make these drugs ... 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. ...

    ... to naloxone rescue kits without a prescription. Patients determined to be “at-risk” are those who use illicit drugs and those who may be at risk of overdosing on a prescribed medication. This model of pharmacy ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Tamper-Resistant Painkillers Aren’t Helping

    Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic. Nearly 5 million Americans, or 1.9 percent of the population, use pain relievers - or opioids - for non-medical purposes, according to a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human ...

    ... an abuser, will then transform into a gel. But do these really work in deterring those from prescription drug abuse? The Truth About Tamper-Resistant Pills A recent commentary in Canadian Medical Association ... 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 ...

    ... but there's another drug epidemic that has been flying under the radar: Abuse of ADHD drugs. ADHD drugs, such as Adderall ... ADHD drugs , meaning they need more and more to get the same effect. Eventually, taking the ... 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), ...

    ... Depression Seizures People who stop taking it abruptly can experience withdrawal ... . Its euphoric effects are often sought by those abusing the drug. Increased tolerance combined with physical and psychological ... continue reading
  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

    It's against state and federal law to use telehealth (remote medical services) to obtain buprenorphine for the first time; a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - often known by its brand names, Suboxone or Subutex. This law is known as the ...

    ... The director of the Utah County Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment - Richard J. ... s a lot of coal mining, so you have injuries related to that. And in northeastern Utah, we have the oil patch, so there' ... 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 ...

    ... by doctors has quadrupled. The Surgeon General reports that 78 Americans die every day from an opioid ... a while, their drug tolerance drops. Unaware of this drop, they take a “normal” dose of the drug, which has a ... 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 ...

    ... of these same students will go on to use the drug outside of academia, eventually spiraling into addiction. Those addicted to Adderall should never abruptly stop taking the medication—known as going “cold turkey.” The ... 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 ...

    ... factors set up to prevent painkiller abuse in rural areas , however. Those often include limited access to illicit drugs, more anti-drug pressure from peers and stronger religious beliefs. “Religious beliefs and the ... 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 ...

    ... Naloxone Naloxone (Narcan) is a life-saving drug that reverses the depressing effects of opiates on the ... need be, continue rescue breathing while the naloxone takes effect. If the person is still unresponsive after ... 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 ...

    ... ages for starting to misuse prescription stimulants are between 16 and 19 should be concerning to those who understand how drug dependence works.” The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has seen a steady ... 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 ...

    ... , Ambien isn't the only prescription medication that affects women differently than it affects men. Let's take a look at three other common drugs that highlight these biological differences. Opioid Painkillers : ... continue reading
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