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  • 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 ...

    ... you would in person. This innovative method could be used for psychological services, specialist consults or addiction treatment. Jamey Lister, assistant professor at Wayne State University, claims , “There really ... 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, ...

    ... from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in ... to anxiety says something about us, doesn't it?) Treatment for anxiety disorders makes up nearly one-third of ... 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 ...

    ... high. Risk of heroin overdose is especially dangerous because the drug is often laced with fentanyl , which can be deadly ... opioid painkillers generally tend to use medical services, such as the emergency department, more ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... after three to five minutes, administer another dose of naloxone. Don't Let Fear Prevent Intervention Too often, drug overdose deaths occur because a person is hesitant to call an ambulance due to a fear ... 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 ...

    ... percent of college students who engage in NPS get the drugs from a friend, students must realize they are only putting ... are plenty of drawbacks. Educational and intervention efforts should emphasize the mental, emotional, ... continue reading
  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

    Although drugs like heroin and cocaine tend to grab flashier and more dramatic headlines in the media, arguably the biggest substance issue among young adults and college students is prescription medication. In fact, prescription stimulants are ...

    ... the stories…you know, the ones that say using these drugs can help students study round-the-clock and soak up exorbitant ... , such as study groups or free tutoring services. Abusing these stimulants may provide short-term ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

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

    ... An Overdose Causes Brain Damage Opiates and opioids (heroin, morphine, OxyContin, Fentanyl) are depressants, meaning the drugs slow down your breathing and heart rate. As such, the most significant risk of an overdose ... 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 ...

    ... we've become a pill-dependent nation. By 2013, nearly 36.5 million Americans were taking anti-anxiety drugs and about one-fifth of Americans who struggle with an anxiety disorder have a substance abuse disorder. So ... 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 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 ... 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 ...

    ... them. This can be a fatal mistake. It's in these situations - when Xanax is mixed with other drugs or alcohol - that an overdose is most likely. What's Happening? Combining Xanax with other depressants (like alcohol ... 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, ...

    ... , a sleepy 30 percent of our nation continues to struggle with insomnia and wait for those healthy solutions. Learn more about treatment options for Ambien abuse and addiction . Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... 't be surprising to anyone, considering how benzos affect the body. Under the influence of these anti-anxiety drugs, drivers are simply unable to make the quick, safe driving decisions necessary to navigate these great ... 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 ...

    ... same time, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports the amount of heroin users ... heroin, it's crucial to seek professional treatment immediately, before becoming a statistic of these ... 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 ...

    ... to the market by searching for a new, easier drug to inject or snort. Not surprisingly, Opana has ... nation's opioid epidemic, especially in rural parts of America. Though Opana was also reformulated in 2013, users are ... 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 ...

    ... as mascots. Of all the dangers, however, the most concerning is their deadly effects when combined with other drugs. For example, sleep aids should never be consumed in combination with alcohol; it can be a lethal combo ... 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 ...

    ... .B.U.S.E. (D)isorientation: A person high on drugs can enter a dream-like state. They may experience euphoria. They ... to hide bloodshot eyes, can all be signs of drug use. (U)nusual Actions: Being high can cause ... 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 ...

    ... for a partial dispensing. Although this doesn't actually save any money, it may be a way to afford treatment without having to shell out a large chunk of money for the entire prescription. Clinical Trials and Studies ... 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 ...

    ... body through sweating. This process increases blood flow to your skin, which results in increased absorption of the drug. It's a process that can quickly be fatal. Because of this danger, doctors warn anyone wearing a ... 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 ...

    ... 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 it comes to considering ... 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, ...

    ... new guidelines argue for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as Motrin, Advil and Aleve ... the meantime, however, dentists need to consider treatment options that utilize best practices to prevent opioid ... 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 ...

    ... navigators 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 ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... place for someone to receive treatment in a rural area.” ... 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 ...

    ... animals with arthritis and other ailments, it's also the same drug prescribed to human patients to help alleviate their pain. Substance abusers seek these drugs - and others - when they show up to vet offices demanding ... 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 ...

    ... a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Of this segment, many have zeroed in on extended-release opioids over instant-release drugs since they contain more of the active ingredient and can be ... 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 ...

    ... people are now diagnosed with ADHD, the risk of abusing a potentially “feel-good” drug has to be addressed proactively. “Ultimately, we need to see more interventions that are school-based and doctor's office-based ... 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 ...

    ... pointed out the potential side effects of the drug - Darren had already experienced a number of ... treatment. Do Intervene: His one-on-one conversation with Darren wasn't enough, so Patrick arranged an intervention ... 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 ...

    ... researchers think medical marijuana could be an effective alternative to prescription painkillers. An Effective Treatment Option? The study was conducted at Depaul and Rush universities and consisted of thirty ... 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 fewer public health services, limited public transportation and fewer treatment options . Often, these ... interventions. The grants are designed to fund studies that will help combat the health consequences of drug ... 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 ...

    ... . More than half of those struggling aren't receiving treatment. Clearly, whatever we're currently doing (or not ... Reading: Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs? Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... Coping Mechanism? Benzos like Xanax are “socially acceptable” drugs. You can go to work on Xanax . You could ... benzos, here's my advice: Talk to your treatment provider honestly. Find out what your options are. ... 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 ...

    ... fact, since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled. As most of us know, drug addiction destroys lives and tears families apart - yet companies still manage to make light of this killer ... 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 ...

    ... calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is opiate drugs also slow your breathing…and in case of an overdose, your breathing is slowed to a virtually non-existent ... 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 ...

    ... 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 heavily abusing ... 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 ...

    ... the pills, because I assumed he knew what he was doing. Boy, was I wrong. 4. They are some of the hardest drugs to quit. More online research revealed that just about everybody lists benzos as one of the ten toughest ... 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 ...

    ... is one of the top 10 psychiatric drugs used in America. Many have taken it; many have ... drug? Financial problems: Is your bank account suffering as you try to pay for large amounts of Ativan? What Does Treatment ... 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 ...

    ... of a new medication. Other times, serious side effects may warrant an abrupt stop to your medication. Which drugs are involved also affects the change-over protocol . If you're switching medications within the same ... 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 ...

    ... new law that would require the U.S. Postal Service to track senders the same way private shippers do. ... one thing's for sure: Keep your distance from this deadly drug. It has a license to kill. Additional Reading: The ... continue reading
  • Pregnant & Court-Ordered to Take Vivitrol: Is My Baby Safe?

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

    ... the blood-placenta barrier, so women taking the medication will pass the drug along to the baby. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently issued a report in which it called for ... continue reading
  • Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down

    “It's the worst mistake I've ever made. I wish I had never gotten that prescription filled.” That's the regret Kelly says sums up her experience with Xanax . At the age of 20, Kelly says she didn't realize what she was getting into when her ...

    ... . Kelly says she she almost instantly began craving the drug once she didn't have that bottle of “little helpers ... was anxious - even more than I was before starting the drug. I couldn't sleep. I threw up a lot. Several ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

    For centuries, people have debated one age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? While both sides of this argument have their valid points, the question itself has evolved, making its way into other areas of society, including the ...

    ... to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) data , somewhere between ... an addiction to opiates, don't waste your time switching from one drug to the next. Instead, reach out for help and fight to ... 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 ...

    ... effects. Users quickly build up tolerance, as these drugs tend to lose effectiveness within a few weeks. ... . Keep in mind: No medically-assisted treatments currently exist. The recovery process can take ... 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, ...

    ... Beth Han of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in Rockville, Maryland. She said ... number of opioid users rose, the use of treatment options for opioid use disorders remained the same, ... continue reading
  • Xanax Passes Marijuana as Second-Leading Cause of DUI

    When it comes to driving under the influence of substances that aren't alcohol, marijuana is the biggest concern for many Americans. Colorado has spent millions of dollars on a series of “ Drive High, Get a DUI ” commercials, while Washington ...

    ... 2013 alone. This extraordinarily high volume means it's also remained one of the most widely-abused prescription drugs. If you or someone you know has developed an addiction to Xanax, a medically supervised detox is ... 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. ...

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

    ... increases, leading some to turn to street dealers when legal prescriptions run out. Buyer Beware As with any drug off the street, buyers may not be getting what they bargained for - a counterfeit pill made to look ... 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 ...

    ... energy, a sharpened focus and a sense of euphoria, users can quickly develop an unhealthy tolerance to ADHD drugs , meaning they need more and more to get the same effect. Eventually, taking the simulant pharmaceuticals ... 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 ...

    ... in recent years - this wasn't difficult to do. His shrink wrote the script…and Jack started a pattern of drug abuse that shaped the rest of his life. ADHD is easy to fake. A 2010 study revealed that one in four ... 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 ...

    ... this mean, exactly? The word choice means other drugs were likely involved in the overdose. In 30 percent ... time - and in increasing dosages - for treatment of chronic issues. Additional Reading: Pay Attention: ... 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 ...

    ... It? Ritalin is similar to cocaine in its chemical make-up. In fact, it's classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a Schedule II narcotic - the same classification as cocaine. When abused, Ritalin can ... 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 ...

    ... new warning from the FDA points a finger at the drug Abilify. Is Abilify to Blame? Abilify contains aripiprazole , ... label for aripiprazole, letting users know the drug is linked to these problematic urges. The ... 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 ...

    ... than heroin . As if that wasn't strong enough, carfentanil has also made its way into the illegal drug market. This deadly substance is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl. With such a high level of toxicity, it ... 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 ...

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

    ... 's stomach because they have less gastric acid than men. In the end, this causes the drug's effects to be felt more quickly and powerfully. Your Body, Your Medications When taking prescription medications, it ... 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 ...

    ... only opioid available for people with cancer and post-surgical pain, leaving many to consider it an essential drug. In the U.S., where citizens are already battling an opioid epidemic of their own, tramadol misuse is ... 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 ...

    ... prescribed drugs for a combination of behavioral therapy and medications known as Medication Assisted Treatment ( ... by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), practitioners can now obtain a ... 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 ...

    ... has significantly reduced the need for inpatient detox services , yet it's greatly underused due to ... Suboxone is Just Substituting One Drug for Another Medication-assisted treatment is much like using medication ... 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 ...

    ... Click Here for the Answer False. Fentanyl is cheap and adds extra weight to baggies of heroin. Since most drug dealers aren't exactly known for their moral compasses, they aren't about to warn customers that their ... 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 ...

    ... pain reliever. It is recommended as a first-line of treatment by the American College of Rheumatology. Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) These are more potent than acetaminophen, but also available ... 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 ...

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

    ... . He was pretty confident he'd be safe, but he'd also heard enough horror stories about the power of this drug to make him nervous anyway. The captain's earlier warnings still echoed in his head: “Don't touch it. You ... 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 ...

    ... a white, bitter-tasting powder. Dealers “cut” the pure heroin with substances like sugar, starch, powdered milk or other drugs; so there's more product to go around - and more money to be made. Once cut, the powder takes ... 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), ...

    ... slowly sinking in, but many are still unaware of the dangers involved with the use and abuse of this drug. Public awareness of this opiate must increase if we are to decrease the numbers at risk. Additional Reading ... 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 ...

    ... 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 one in four ... 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, ...

    ... its next steps with the agency in the near future. They're also looking for a partner to sell the drug, if and when it's approved. Nektar Therapeutics hopes to secure a Schedule III classification for NKTR-181 under the ... 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 ...

    ... as the age of airline pilots increases. It also implies the problem could be spurred on as more and more drugs are introduced to the market - both legal and illicit. “The key take-away from this study for every pilot ... 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 ...

    ... adverse reaction) that it is essential that it be considered in assessing the risks and benefits of using the drug ;” OR “ There is a serious adverse reaction that can be prevented or reduced in severity by appropriate ... 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 ...

    ... or stop it completely. Gastrointestinal Impairment - This drug can reduce our digestive system's ability to ... it seems, warrant the use of this potentially dangerous drug. Due to its dangers, though, it is important ... 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 ...

    ... ? Doctors are unsure how chronic use of this “smart drug” will affect healthy brain function down the road, but ... potential. But they do urge caution in acquiring this drug, as many have bought it off the internet from ... 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 ...

    ... high lasts, on average, about half an hour. Commonly, an overdose brought on by either of these stimulant drugs occurs when someone attempts to maintain or achieve a certain high. Stimulants affect two key areas of the ... continue reading
  • Workplace Adderall Abuse: 9 Signs It’s Time to Get Help

    Colleges and universities across the country are struggling to tackle the huge rise in students using ADHD drugs like Adderall as study aid , but the problem doesn't magically disappear after graduation. Businesses across the country are finding ...

    ... 9 signs your stimulant use has gone too far: Using it Regularly : Unless taken as prescribed, stimulant drugs shouldn't be abused - certainly not on a daily basis. Executives may initially limit their Adderall use ... continue reading
  • CDC Issues Urgent Call for More Needle Exchange Programs

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

    ... is essential for all people who inject drugs. Syringe services programs reduce syringe sharing and can help people who inject drugs access prevention and treatment services for HIV and other blood-borne diseases, such ... 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 ...

    ... result from improper insertion of drug implants inserted in the upper arm.” Healthcare professionals have expressed concerns that patients who use Probuphine will neglect the rest of their treatment. With a six-month ... 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? ...

    ... between the two is how they're viewed - and handled - by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Defining Drugs Drugs are tested by the FDA. They're defined as substances intended to diagnose, treat or prevent ... 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 ...

    ... Treatment Professionals The director of the Utah County Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment - ... authority for counseling and other comprehensive services. He hopes this collaboration will generate ... 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 conjuring up images of a “typical” overdose victim is far from accurate. According to a 2014 study , drug users most at risk of overdose are white, middle-aged, suburban men. Even more surprising is their age. The ... 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 ...

    ... her roommate, Blaire, who always seemed to have access to Ritalin . Blaire was the one who introduced Kara to the drug in the first place…and she'd used a lot of it to get through this semester. Kara wondered if her ... 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 ...

    ... attempts. Past and current drug use , which may include a detailed report of the drugs that you have used ... to provide you with services up to 120 days with minimal screening. Is Treatment Voluntary? Unless you are ... continue reading
  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

    Prescription drugs are commonly given to people suffering from with injuries or illnesses. They're legal when you've been prescribed the medication by a legitimate medical provider. However, these drugs still can be addictive when taken as ...

    ... than is necessary, which can also lead to addiction. The following is a list of the seven most addictive drugs you're likely to come across. They might even end up in your medicine cabinet. 1. Vicodin The chance ... continue reading
  • Don’t Be Fooled: Tramadol Abuse Poses Very Real Dangers

    Ultram. Conzip. Rybix ODT. These name brands of tramadol have recently flooded the marketplace with their painkilling properties. Since its approval in 1995, tramadol has become a household name. In 2013 alone, over 43 million tramadol prescriptions ...

    ... was thought of as the safe opiate. Then, in 2010, the FDA became a bit more cautious about the drug. It advised doctors not to prescribe tramadol to anyone suffering from depression or at risk for addiction. The next ... 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 ...

    ... ://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_chem_info/kratom.pdf http://www.narconon.org/drug-abuse/kratom-signs-symptoms.html http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_chem_info/kratom.pdf Image Source: Pixabay 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 ...

    ... in one raid either contained impurities or were expired. Some consumers are simply trying to purchase the prescription drugs they need at a more affordable price. Many will try to order them online from Canada, but 20 ... 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 ...

    ... that often comes in the form of prescription drugs. With easy access to narcotics, overwhelming mental ... allowed to return to work after finishing a designated treatment program and meeting certain terms. Of course, ... 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 ...

    ... seemed to have started once the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cracked down on both ... if he thought that decision would interfere with appropriate treatment of a potentially fatal illness; he just repeated Wal ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription ...

    ... of addiction and that opiates aren't an effective method of treating chronic pain . Another major push from drug makers is the promotion of new formulas that make their pills harder to crush or dissolve. The goal here ... 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 ...

    ... Jackie has worked for a private construction firm for years. She knows she will lose her job if she fails a drug screen. One night, her cousin offers her some ecstasy . She has never tried it before and asks how long it ... 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 ...

    ... Press . It's such a lethal mixture that the simple act of handling it without gloves allows the drug to seep into your skin, making its way into your bloodstream. It typically resembles a concrete mixture and, though ... 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 ...

    ... results in thousands of overdose deaths each year. Like other opiates, morphine has its drawbacks. In fact, the drug has over 25 official side effects that impact our behavior, brain, body, psyche and sexuality. It can ... 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. ...

    ... was the fact that his methadone dosage had gone up 300 percent during his decade long treatment, with no plans to wean him off the drug. He's now dependent on methadone. But, no alternatives are offered at the clinic; so ... 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. ...

    ... beyond dangerous. Last year, fentanyl and other synthetic opioids took over the number one spot for leading cause of drug overdose deaths in the US. The CDC reported more than 20,000 people in the US died from synthetic ... 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, ...

    ... no harm in that. Not so fast… A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the Forum Specifically speaking, drug forums might not be the helpful bastions of information they're billed to be. Though the forums are used to ... 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 ...

    ... , and they've spent hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years to weed out a very small number of drug users . A great example is Arizona, who promised taxpayers in 2009 that it would save $1.7 million annually ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

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

    ... You Do? Fortunately, there are several treatments to combat opioid-induced constipation, ranging from ... epidemic status, the Food and Drug Administration finally approved a new drug for opioid-induced constipation last ... continue reading
  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

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

    ... that naloxone gives people a chance to get into treatment, as well as an opportunity to make changes ... Naloxone users have also weighed in. They believe few drug users knowingly run the risk of overdosing and needing to ... 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 ...

    ... illegal drug use in the U.S. It's sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ... how to refine substance use prevention and treatment strategies in order to produce more effective outcomes ... 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 ...

    ... secretive, illegal and self-destructive drug-seeking behavior The opportunity to get your ... chance to find recovery.” Learn more about the addiction treatment options in your area . Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... to believe that effective, compassionate pain treatment required the prescribing of opioids. Ohio ... so did the death tolls . From 2000 to 2015, Ohio drug overdose fatalities increased by 642 percent. By 2014, and again ... 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 ...

    ... alarming number of Americans developed dependencies on the drugs. To combat the upward trend, state and ... funds will be used for opioid addiction prevention and treatment programs, while another $4.8 billion is slotted ... 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 ...

    ... medically supervised detoxification program. Is Adderall the Drug of Choice for Students? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health notes that 6.4 ... 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 ...

    ... and experience fewer side effects. If you feel you will have a hard time stopping the drug without medical help, an outpatient treatment center will allow you to see a medical provider every day and also to continue ... 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 ...

    ... but months or even years. Withdrawal for relatively short-acting drugs may begin 1-2 after the last dose and persist ... dependent on a consistent supply of benzos, treatment professionals and rehab facilities may utilize a ... continue reading
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