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  • Closing Candy Land: Our Vets are Stuck in the VA’s Revolving Door

    Across our nation, the brave men and women who defended its freedoms are suffering. The burden they bear isn't regret, loss, emotional trauma or illness…even though all of these things may be present. No, the cargo many of them carry is the weight ...

    ... tripled - that includes prescriptions for oxycodone and methadone, two extremely powerful (and often fatal) ... are not effective. Inconvenient scheduling, lack of available locations and long commutes are just a few of the ... continue reading
  • Getting Sober: 17 Ways You Probably Didn’t Know About (#8 is Controversial)

    The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are so dominant in addiction recovery culture that it can be easy to forget there are other ways to get sober. If AA or NA works for you, that's wonderful. If not, there are plenty of alternative tools and ...

    ... rapid detox from substances including opiates, alcohol, cocaine, methadone and benzos. 12. Meditation In the last few ... can't make it to any of the physical locations. Levine proposes that Buddhism is ideally suited to ... 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. ...

    ... had to say no. She made up an excuse - she couldn't leave town because she had to get to the methadone clinic every day. If she didn't, she would get extremely sick. Her “treatment” had being going on for years and she ... continue reading
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  • Methadone Maintenance Clinics: Everything You Need to Know

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

    ... will likely change your life for the better and help you commit to staying clean. You may not be aware of any methadone clinics in your city, but rest assured they can be found in every state in the U.S. and they are a ... 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 ...

    ... , there are some “bad apples” in the bunch. Are there poorly run and underfunded methadone programs in operation? Absolutely. Are there clinics that don't have the patient's best interests at heart or focused on money ... continue reading
  • Methadone and Suboxone: What’s the Difference Anyway?

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

    ... on the U.S. market—by the 1960s—it was being used in clinics to treat heroin dependency. Suboxone is much newer to the treatment scene than methadone, having only been approved in 2002 by the Food and Drug Administration ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

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

    ... old drug habits while minimizing the unbearable withdrawal symptoms. While undergoing methadone maintenance treatment, you will typically visit a specialized clinic once a day to receive a liquid dose, which lasts about ... continue reading
  • Does Methadone Treatment Suppress Testosterone in Opioid Addicts?

    A new study out of McMaster University in Canada has found that common treatments for opioid addiction reduce the level of testosterone in men, but not in women. The research project, published in the journal Scientific Reports , collected data from ...

    ... mood swings, fatigue and erectile dysfunction. At Hamilton's John Street Clinic, officials said that about 20 percent of men receiving methadone treatment need some sort of hormone replacement therapy. And since opioids ... 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 ...

    ... pain . But soon after, those same doctors and clinics began to suspect their patients were equally abusing methadone. Sure enough, the abuse rates for methadone when used to treat chronic pain had skyrocketed. Examining ... 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, as it has the potential to reduce the risk of overdose, death, and criminal activity. Myth #2 - ... 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 ...

    ... lessen the likelihood an inmate will seek treatment upon his or her release. “What we are doing with methadone in our correctional system is we are systematically taking people off it,” said study lead author Dr. Josiah ... continue reading
  • Methadone Programs: A Bad Treatment Plan for Addicted Parents?

    When it comes to the negative effects of substance abuse , addiction casts a wide net. Addicted parents, in particular, are faced with a unique set of challenges, as an opiate dependency ultimately affects the whole family. For thousands of parents ...

    ... programs, the rate of recovery is dismally low, according to a 2011 study . Of the 144 parents in methadone treatment, only 13.2 percent of parents (19 people) remained in recovery and drug-free ten years later. Another ... continue reading
  • Location, Location: “Dry” Counties Have Higher Meth Abuse Rates

    You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who would suggest that alcohol is a gateway drug to meth, but it looks like bans on alcohol sales have unintentionally had that effect. Research out of the University of Kentucky in Louisville has produced some ...

    You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who would suggest that alcohol is a gateway drug to meth, but it looks like bans on alcohol sales have unintentionally had that effect. Research out of the University of Kentucky in ... continue reading
  • San Francisco Mayor Proposes Drug Distribution to Homeless

    For San Francisco, the statistics related to opioid abuse are staggering: The Department of Public Health estimates there are 11,000 people addicted to heroin in San Francisco. It is estimated that thousands of these individuals are homeless. The ...

    ... another advantage that is highly relevant to this situation: accessibility. While methadone can only be prescribed and given out at methadone clinics, buprenorphine can be distributed immediately at a pharmacy. The user ... continue reading
  • Teachers Pause Playground Games to Pick Up Needles

    Most soccer games involve time outs. But, coaches usually call them to trade a player, give a pep talk, or help a player recover from a fall. At Boston's public schools, however, soccer games are paused to remove used syringes from the field. ...

    ... rally for their own safety. Elementary Students Rally for the Cause “Methadone Mile” is a section of Boston's Massachusetts Avenue that is lined with methadone clinics and illicit drug use . People come to this strip to ... continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

    What is Acamprosate? Acamprosate is thought to help recovering alcoholics stay sober balancing inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmission. Acamprosate may be combined with behavioral therapy to decrease the chance of relapse and continued drinking. ...

    ... It is a narcotic pain reliever typically given in a clinic or hospital to relieve relatively severe pain. What are ... substance in the United States. What is Methadone? Methadone is a narcotic analgesic that also used to ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Effects

    Learn More About the Effects of Illicit Drugs Alcohol Bath Salts Cocaine Crack Crystal Meth DMT Ecstasy Flakka Kratom Hashish Heroin Inhalants LSD Ketamine Marijuana Meth Methoxetamine (MXE) Mushrooms Peyote PCP Spice Steroids Stimulants Long-term ...

    ... Klonopin Librium Lorazepam Lortab Methadone Methylphenidate Morphine Norco Opana ... under supervision. When you admit yourself to a detox clinic, you stay at the clinic under the care of medical staff as you go through ... continue reading
  • AmeRxica’s Most Medicated

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 54 million people have used prescription medication non-medically - effectively more than 20 percent of the population aged 12 and older. When our doctor puts pen to paper and hands us a ...

    ... of overdose fatalities in 2015. On the other hand, methadone and suboxone distribution levels weren't nearly as high in ... from 2006 to 2015 by drug type and location for controlled substances. Because of the large volume ... continue reading
  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

    Addiction affects millions of lives in the U.S. It is a chronic disease that frequently includes cycles of relapse and remission, and it is progressive without treatment or participation in recovery work. It is characterized by being unable to ...

    ... Weaning off of benzos should be done gradually under the direction of a medical professional. 8 Methadone Methadone is a synthetic opioid that can prevent or reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms, reduce opioid cravings, and ... 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 ...

    ... ? In many remote areas, this is still a problem. However, local hospitals and clinics can set up internet connections to distant locations. So, the patients only need to get to their nearby facility. Using telemedicine ... continue reading
  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

    Opiates are a group of drugs that manage pain by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). There are two different kinds of opiates: natural and synthetic. Natural opiates come from the dried “milk” of the poppy plant and include opium, ...

    ... or severe pain. Examples of synthetic opiates include Dilaudid, Demerol, Oxycodone, Vicodin, Fentanyl and Methadone. Whether natural or synthetic, opiate substances are highly addictive . How Do Opiates Work? Special ... continue reading
  • Ill Inventory: Drug Theft and Loss in the United States

    Every year, countless people become reliant on pharmaceuticals. And every year, drugs go missing. Despite extensive efforts to curb addiction and abuse, America's war on drugs is far from over. Guidelines for improving opioid prescribing practices ...

    ... .org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2015/4/23/most-states-list-deadly-methadone-as-a-preferred-drug http://krwg.org/post/summit-examines-prescription-drug-abuse-problem-new-mexico http://www.pharmacytimes ... continue reading
  • I’m a Millionaire and I Need to Go to Rehab. Where Do I Go?

    You've realized you have an issue, whether it's a heroin or coke addiction or a sex addiction, so you need to find somewhere nice to attend rehab. Naturally, you want somewhere that's a little more exclusive to avoid running into someone who might ...

    ... covers therapy for the whole family as well as medically assisted detox . It is one of the strictest rehab clinics as it makes people do their own chores. This helps people to take responsibility for their own well-being ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

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

    ... look at both sides of this argument. The Pro-Suboxone Movement Suboxone has a much lower risk of overdose than methadone . And once you take a dose, the effects last for about three days, greatly decreasing the chance of ... continue reading
  • Drug Arrests Across America

    The Current Drug Landscape An estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or over used an illicit drug in 2013. That's 9.4% of the population. 1 The number was similar in 2012 (9.2%), and in that year the FBI reports that there were 1.5 million drug ...

    ... the last few years. Click a city below to jump to the appropriate section If you think the eight locations we've chosen seem like a motley assortment, lacking of arguably more significant cities like Los Angeles and New ... continue reading
  • Detoxing from OxyContin: What to Expect

    What makes OxyContin so addictive? Why does the body develop dependence on OxyContin? And if you're addicted to Oxy, how do you break the vicious cycle? Here, we will explore what the drug is, what detoxification looks like and how to identify and ...

    ... complete cessation, and is almost always accompanied with the administration of other drugs such as Clonadine or Methadone. It may also be recommended for the patient to simultaneously undergo therapy; this can help with ... continue reading
  • Free, National and 24-Hour Narcotics Hotline Numbers and Resources

    Call Now What are Narcotics? Narcotics, commonly referred to as opioid pain relievers, are only used for severe pain if other pain relievers do not help. 1 The drugs not only help relieve severe pain but also produce euphoric effects, giving them ...

    ... pay for treatment ? Do you want to stay in your location or travel for care? Have you attended treatment before this? ... medications as part of your treatment (e.g. methadone or Suboxone )? What Should I Prepare When Calling ... 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, ...

    ... frequently requires medication, like the opioid substitutes Methadone or Suboxone. Due to problems related to stigma and abuse, however, many hospitals and clinics refuse to carry or provide these medications. “The ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Miracle Cure or Dangerous Botanical?

    We all know healthcare providers and researchers are desperate to find solutions to the opioid crisis, but are they overlooking a possible cure? The answer, according to a recent article , appears to be yes. The article, which was published by The ...

    ... Edward Conn, an addiction counselor. “How many official clinics exist? None. Ask yourself why.” Even with the ... drug-using lifestyle and are stable on low-dose methadone, and least effective on individuals still engaged in ... 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 ...

    ... treatment program multiple times per month, like methadone requires. Although it does have the potential ... , with a North Wilkesboro, NC, store location recently refusing to fill buprenorphine prescriptions altogether. ... continue reading
  • Supervised Heroin Shooting Galleries: Coming to a Public Housing Site?

    Vancouver is facing an unprecedented number of opioid overdoses, prompting the government's housing partners to launch a new effort in hopes of curbing this deadly trend. The goal is to get intravenous drug users to use in designated supervised ...

    ... run by Portland Hotel Society, staff members are seeing more potential overdoses than they see at the Insite clinic. Harm Reduction Comes to the U.S. Recently, the discussion about safe injection sites has moved to the ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

    A Cincinnati woman and her incarcerated boyfriend are now facing criminal charges after she reportedly tried to smuggle a Bible laced with heroin into the prison. Tehani Teepe, 39, and Timothy King, 28, were charged with illegal conveyance of ...

    ... the jail through alternate methods. Underwear A Kentucky inmate died last August after allegedly overdosing on methadone-soaked underwear. Michael Jones, an inmate who was out of jail on a court-ordered furlough, was ... 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 ...

    ... 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 provided at a limited number of specialized addiction ... 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 ...

    ... is by far the most expensive medication treatment for opioid dependency. A single dose costs around $1,000, whereas methadone is roughly $350 per month and Suboxone is around $400. There's also the issue of accessibility ... 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 ...

    ... 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 their own offices and, best of all ... continue reading
  • Should We Offer Suboxone in Jails and Prisons?

    Of the hundreds of thousands of people entering our country's jails and prisons each year, an estimated 15 percent are addicted to opiates, according to a 2009 study . Yet, a majority of these facilities don't provide a single medication or a moment ...

    ... medication widely used to wean people off opioids by relieving the withdrawal symptoms. It is similar to methadone, yet is harder to abuse and generally less addictive. Advocates believe it would allow prisoners a better ... continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

    Opioids are used by millions of Americans. It seems that every day a news article is being shared on television or the Internet about opioid misuse, addiction, and unfortunately, overdose. With new information emerging each year from research and ...

    ... you. 4. Medications Can Help You may be wondering what medications your doctor will prescribe you. Both methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex) are long-acting medications that are taken daily. These drugs can be ... continue reading
  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

    Urban and rural addicts don't seem to have a whole lot in common, according to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In gathering data for this particular study, researchers looked at addiction ...

    ... 't at a higher risk of developing an addiction. In fact, since the disease of addiction is not location-specific, rural and urban citizens are equally susceptible. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction ... continue reading
  • IV Drug Abuse: 3 Potentially Deadly IV Injection Sites

    The dangers of intravenous drug use are well documented. Although most available information focuses on the very high risk of overdose and the diseases associated with sharing needles (both very real dangers), injecting drugs can also be incredibly ...

    ... the crease of the groin, the veins are shallow enough to tempt some intravenous drug users to use this location. This injection site is very dangerous. The femoral vein runs incredibly close to the femoral artery and the ... continue reading
  • Seized

    In 2015, Border Patrol prevented more than 1.5 million pounds of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and meth from entering the United States. 1 In the same year, the Coast Guard intercepted 72 vessels and more than 150,000 pounds of drugs. 2 These ...

    ... date, with hundreds of events being reported each week and full of extra details, such as the exact locations interdictions take place and who is involved. Because it would be impossible to scour every newspaper and news ... continue reading
  • Effects of Smoking During Pregnancy

    In the U.S., there are an estimated 42 million people (nearly 18% of the total population) who currently smoke 1 . Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death in the U.S. In fact, smoking accounts for nearly 1 in ...

    ... in the way of getting help. There are numerous resources available for individuals looking to quit. For example, this virtual clinic is free for those looking for help to stop smoking. You can also call 1-800-44U-QUIT, a ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Assessment

    Drug abuse is a serious problem that can lead to legal problems , financial problems and health problems . Long-term drug abuse destroys your relationships and your body. Sadly, many people don't realize they are abusing drugs because they only use ...

    ... may be too ill to come in when they come down from an intoxicated state. Assess Yourself According to the Mayo Clinic, drug abuse causes the user to center his or her life around using the drug at the expense of other ... continue reading
  • Symptoms and Signs of Substance Abuse

    How to tell if Someone is Using Drugs Drug use affects people from all walks of life and all socioeconomic statuses. Whatever the reason a person starts taking drugs, whether recreationally or as prescribed, tolerance, patterns of increased use, ...

    ... Dextroamphetamine Dextromethorphan Diazepam Dilaudid Gabapentin Hydrocodone Hydromorphone Klonopin Librium Lorazepam Methadone Norco Opioids Opana Oxycodone Oxycontin Painkillers Percocet Phenobarbital Prescription ... continue reading
  • Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Grip of Addiction

    For most people addicted to drugs or alcohol, the compulsive desire to use is complex. That urge is often triggered by certain environments, thoughts or past experiences. And while addiction is classically thought of as a physical dependence, the ...

    ... . The treatment for PAWS can also include medications like acamprosate, naltrexone, Suboxone , or methadone . Medical specialists may also prescribe antidepressants if symptoms of depression are present for more than ... continue reading
  • An Uncomfortable Truth: Drug Abuse Raises STD Rates

    A new study claims that swingers play a major role in the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STD), but in addition to the sex, it's their drug abuse that is ultimately contributing to this increase. Linking Drugs and STDs Researchers at the ...

    ... abuse that is ultimately contributing to this increase. Linking Drugs and STDs Researchers at the STI Clinic of the South Limburg Public Health Service of the Netherlands interviewed 289 swingers between the years of ... continue reading
  • More Proof that Boozing is Bad for Your Sexual Health

    We've all heard a story or two about someone acquiring a sexually transmitted disease after an alcohol-fueled night,right? But, as it turns out, the alcohol itself could be contributing to a higher rate of the human papillomavirus infection (HVP). A ...

    ... binge drinking in women to an increased risk of STD's. For example, a 2008 study involving 678 STD clinic patients found that rates of gonorrhea were nearly five times higher among female binge drinkers than those who ... continue reading
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

    A new study out of India has found that most men suffering from opioid addiction are also dealing with sexual dysfunction as a result. The research paper, titled “Sexual Dysfunction in Men Seeking Treatment for Opioid Dependence: A Study from ...

    ... 2002 survey published in the Journal of Pain found that up to 62 percent of men receiving methadone maintenance for their addiction reported low testosterone levels. Opioid addiction or using long-acting opioids for over ... continue reading
  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

    With fatal overdoses increasing each year, the need for action has never been greater. Despite funneling billions into the anti-drug movement, the addiction problem remains unsolved. Acknowledging that fact, several countries are looking to “safe ...

    ... to “safe rooms” as an overdose prevention tool. Safe rooms provide addicts with clean, sterile, and safe locations to use drugs. At its core, safe rooms seek to prevent fatal overdoses and decrease transmitted diseases ... continue reading
  • Why Painkillers Are So Hard to Detox From

    Pain is a curious product of the human body. Why do we suffer from it? How does it help us? And why do some enjoy it? First, pain helps us avoid the things that could hurt us. We don't put our hands on a hot stove because that hurts. This means we ...

    ... . Heroin typically acts over the period of an hour. Morphine's half-life is about four hours, and methadone typically lasts for around twelve hours. The body gets used to the painkiller coursing around the body, which ... continue reading
  • Exploring the Resort-Style Addiction Treatment Centers

    It's hard being a celebrity. All that visibility, stress, worry, and fear of losing it must be quite hard to deal with. Sure they get paid a lot of money, and they seem to be afforded a certain amount of immunity when things go wrong, such as when ...

    ... of immunity when things go wrong, such as when they're caught taking drugs. Rather than going to a low-end clinic where they share a bathroom with other people and have small beds, they end up going to the most luxurious ... continue reading
  • Two Groundbreaking Tobacco Laws in the Works

    We've come a long way, baby. Fewer Americans than ever before are smoking cigarettes, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting last November that the smoking rate dropped from 20.9 percent in 2005 to an all-time low of 17.8 ...

    ... city” of New Orleans unanimously passed a sweeping ban on both tobacco and e-cigarettes in most locations throughout the city. The only exceptions to the New Orleans ban are private establishments, tobacco shops, parking ... continue reading
  • New Study Reveals Cocaine Robs You of Loss

    A new study has found that cocaine abuse affects brain circuits so drastically that some users can't even recognize personal loss in their lives. Researchers were able to conclude that the brain circuits responsible for predicting emotional loss ...

    ... drug treatment , not an overall cure. Many experts say the antidote would work in the same way that methadone is used to treat heroin addiction. Findings from the Danish study were published in the Journal of Biological ... continue reading
  • Did the DEA Really Abandon Its Plan to Ban Kratom?

    Several years ago, when I was living with my ex-boyfriend, I stumbled upon a package he received. The receipt said it was a bottle of kratom - a word I had never heard of before. A cursory Google search didn't pull up much either, beside the fact it ...

    ... off opioids or alcohol, since it provides a milder painkilling effect than synthetic substances, such as methadone. On August 31, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced its intention to classify the plant as ... continue reading
  • Lock ‘Em Up: Is Jail Really the Best Deterrent to Drunk Driving?

    When I was sentenced to four years in prison for drunk driving , something my prosecutor said stuck with me. He told the courtroom that my punishment would serve as a deterrent; he said stiff sentences for first-time offenders were the best way to ...

    ... and driving? Experts suggest the following: Sobriety checkpoints, allow police to briefly stop vehicles at specific locations to see if the driver is impaired. Ignition interlock devices, which are installed in a person ... continue reading
  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

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

    ... . Holly discovered Ibogaine has been effective in treating other addictions too, including alcohol, Suboxone, Methadone, prescription painkillers , and stimulants. She learned that it works by interrupting the pattern of ... 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 ...

    ... began craving the drug once she didn't have that bottle of “little helpers.” Kelly made an appointment at the clinic and asked her doctor for more Xanax. When he wouldn't refill the pills, she simply went to a different ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports an estimated 1.5 million Americans use cocaine. In 2015, our nation saw more than 6,700 cocaine-related deaths. Research indicates around 40 percent of drug-related emergency department visits involve ...

    ... -assisted treatment, or MAT, has helped countless people achieve recovery from opioid addiction . Medications like methadone, Suboxone , or Vivitrol - in conjunction with therapy - physicians are able to ease opioid ... continue reading
  • The Other Side of Suboxone

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

    ... receptors but doesn't produce the same high. Suboxone is unique from other treatment drugs such as methadone (and buprenorphine monotherapy) in that it is formulated in combination with naloxone , which is an opioid ... continue reading
  • New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

    Breathe on this. Spit on that. Provide a urine sample. You know the drill. The methods of drug testing are relatively common and well-known. From breathalyzers to blood tests, most people are familiar with the process…but all that's about it ...

    ... out the benefits of fingerprint testing in a variety of situations, such as: Drug testing in locations like workplaces, hospitals, and treatment centers In emergency situations, due to the quick results and determining ... 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 the ...

    ... the nation and around the world. These results have already lead to the development of a clinical trial at the Calgary Pain Clinic. Additional Reading: I'm Having Opiate Withdrawals - Am I Addicted? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

    In 2014, almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription pain medication. During that same time, as many as one in four people who received opioids for treatment of long-term pain in primary care settings struggled with an opioid ...

    ... . Due to these reasons, Suboxone has a substantially lower abuse potential than other MAT medications, such as methadone . Suboxone Doesn't Work The opiate withdrawal process can be painful and dangerous, which is why so ... continue reading
  • New Jersey Brings Mobile Recovery to the Streets

    Residents of Morris County should watch for a new vehicle roaming its at-risk areas. Hope One, a mobile recovery access center, is officially bringing addiction treatment to the streets. The goal of the program is to remove barriers that prevent ...

    ... going to get people into treatment,” said Morris County Sheriff Jim Gannon. “We're going to high-risk locations, where people frequent, sometimes to ingest heroin and opioids, and through education, we are going to talk ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

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

    ... if an overdose does occur. Currently, opioid addiction treatment relies on other opioids, such as methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone) to relieve withdrawal cravings for opioids. Thus, this vaccine is a novel ... continue reading
  • Injecting Drugs: 9 Hidden Dangers

    Did you know that injecting drugs into your body can increase your risk for a number of health problems? Additionally, did you know that injection-related injuries not only include bruising, scarring, and venous injury, but also infectious diseases ...

    ... That means that if you are right-handed, you will probably inject in your left arm and vice versa. Other common locations of injection include the back of the knee joint, the groin, and the veins that are on top of your ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Can it Cure My Addiction?

    What does it take to quit using heroin or other opioids? It's a question that is very much on the minds of millions of Americans. The scientific community continues to look for the best way to quit using drugs and everyone wants to know what will ...

    ... there were 19 deaths associated with ibogaine therapy. 5 That is roughly one per year. In comparison, Methadone—a common method of treating opioid addiction—accounted for nearly 40% of single-drug opioid pain reliever ... continue reading
  • Drugs on Mars and Venus

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus is one of the most iconic books of the '90s, having sold more than 50 million copies. Its core theory is that men and women often think and act in dramatically different ways because of fundamental differences ...

    ... differences in how men and women illicitly obtain their prescriptions are that men report stealing sedatives from a clinic, hospital, or pharmacy at 4.3 times the rate of women and 2.7 times more for tranquilizers ... continue reading
  • Instagram, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The Growth of Concerts and Music Festivals One of the most notable trends in music today is the growth of the music festival. As artists look to supplant revenue lost from declining sales of recorded music, music ...

    ... lead? Whereas most festivals take place only once, big-brand festivals such as EDC and Ultra occur in several locations around the world each year. So while EDC Orlando, for instance, may not have had more posts than ... continue reading
  • Political Parties on Drug Use

    A recent Pew Research Center survey indicated that 86 percent of Americans believe the country is more politically divided than ever before. Polarized viewpoints surrounding topics like immigration and foreign trade are broadcasted daily on ...

    ... in HIV seroprevalence” compared with areas that haven't installed such programs. Additionally, access to methadone maintenance programs has been “strongly related” to decreased mortality rates, both from natural causes ... continue reading
  • The Dilaudid Dilemma

    Every day, physicians across the nation prescribe painkillers to help patients cope with pain. The types of painkillers prescribed are as varied as the type and intensity of pain levels; however, more potent painkillers - like opioids - are ...

    ... treated in emergency rooms for misuse every day. Of the different types of opioids (heroin, methadone, synthetics, natural opioids, and semisynthetic substances), natural and semisynthetic opioids make up the largest ... continue reading
  • Drug Overdose Signs and Symptoms

    Drug abuse always carries the risk of serious side effects, including overdose. Whether you abuse alcohol, an illegal drug such as cocaine, or medications prescribed by a doctor—such as opioid painkillers—addiction development will always be a ...

    ... Ecstasy/MDMA Fentanyl Flexeril Heroin Hydrocodone Inhalant Klonopin Kratom Lorazepam LSD Marijuana Meth Methadone Morphine Opioids Oxycodone Painkillers Percocet Steroids Tramadol Valium Vicodin Vyvanse Xanax CHECK IF ... continue reading
  • America’s Pill Mills

    For the past 20 years, the U.S. has been in the midst of an invisible and deadly battle. Prescription opioids. Once thought to be a safe treatment for chronic pain with little to no risk of addiction , they've now caused more than 47,000 overdose ...

    ... raided by the Drug Enforcement Administration in an attempt to curb drug abuse. In fact, more than 250 clinics were shut down in Florida in 2015. Finally, of those currently on painkillers, 12 percent were prescribed ... continue reading
  • Sentencing by State 2

    have led to overcrowded facilities, skyrocketing prison costs, and major social, economic, and political impacts. Currently, nearly half of all inmates in federal prisons are serving sentences for drug offenses. Many are fathers and mothers who miss ...

    ... a hotspot for drug activity. The story is similar in Vermont, where some experts point to the state's location as a factor in its high rates of drug trafficking. It has highways that lead to large cities like Montreal ... continue reading
  • Released from Prison…and Still Addicted

    There are over 2.3 million people in American prisons and jails, making the U.S. the most heavily incarcerated country in the world. More than 65 percent of this segment meet medical criteria for substance abuse addiction, but yet are provided with ...

    ... that Portugal saw a decrease in imprisonment on drug-related charges, alongside a surge in visits to health clinics that deal with addiction and disease, according to a study published in 2010 by the British Journal of ... 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 ...

    ... primary care practitioners in rural areas for a long time,” said Monnat. “Often, emergency rooms or urgent care clinics might be the only place for someone to receive treatment in a rural area.” There are a small number ... 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 ...

    ... more frightening, only a fraction of these addicted caregivers are caught. Thousands more are working in hospitals, clinics and nursing homes right now - and they're working while impaired. The medical field is demanding ... 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 ...

    ... out of pills before their next doctor's visit or coming up short on mandatory pill counts at pain clinics. Eventually, they're cut off by doctors or kicked out of their pain management programs. When getting OxyContin ... continue reading
  • Drugs in the News

    In a world grappling with issues of substance use and abuse, drugs are bound to see their days in the spotlight of our 24-hour news cycle. Maybe it's because of another tragic celebrity overdose, forcing us to confront the fact that even our heroes ...

    ... up 400 percent . In 2011, we see a spike coinciding with a crackdown on “pill mills,” or clinics selling prescriptions to those who don't need them. Methamphetamine Methamphetamine went mainstream when the popularity of ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Centers

    Treatment can be provided on an outpatient, intensive inpatient or residential basis, depending on the type of center. Drug abuse centers are places where health, confidence, and optimism can be restored to people who have lost these positive ...

    ... . Finer points, such as the desire for private, executive or luxury rehab will influence the decision for some. Location will also influence the choice of drug abuse center - some will need to stay local, while others ... continue reading
  • Heroin's Death Toll Hits an All-Time High in New York

    New York City has a serious heroin problem on their hands and new data released by the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reveals just how deep the issue goes. In fact, more people died from unintentional heroin overdoses in New York ...

    ... of 15 and 34, though people between the ages of 35 and 54 still had the highest overall overdose rate. Location Specific When it comes to heroin abuse and overdose rates, the biggest jump by far was in Queens. Believe it ... continue reading
  • Golden State Gives No-Go for Booze-Cannabis Combo

    Alcohol is legal in California. Now, recreational use of marijuana is, too. Does that mean Californians will be allowed to sit at their favorite bar stool and consume a cocktail and cannabis? Nope. Why Not? The question has definitely come up among ...

    ... and Safety Act (MAUCRSA), he or she cannot offer both alcohol and marijuana to customers at the same location. MAUCRSA states that a licensee “shall not sell alcoholic beverages or tobacco products on or at any premises ... continue reading
  • Sorry – Drones Can't Legally Deliver Your Weed

    What happens when a new law is put into place? Dozens of other rulings follow suit to regulate the ramifications of the first law. As each new scenario pops up, lawmakers create another regulation to deal with it. The legislation process sure does ...

    ... for delivery must have a dedicated, active GPS device that enables the dispensary to identify the geographic location of the vehicle during delivery.” With these laws in place, it looks like marijuana dispensaries in ... 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 ...

    ... 't already registered with the DEA. David explained, “There are issues with both the prescriber and the patient location - to prescribe any controlled substance you have to be registered with the DEA…But there may be an ... continue reading
  • Sober Living Homes – Halfway There: Everything You Need to Know

    When in recovery, choosing a safe living environment is very important. Sober living homes are one option that allows you to recover in a safe place with others in similar situations. They help you to transition back into the community after ...

    ... process. How Much Do They Cost? The cost of living in a sober living home can vary based on location; however, the rates are typically similar to those of moderately priced rental apartments. In many homes, you will not ... continue reading
  • Pain Killer Protocol

    It's only been 21 years since the introduction of OxyContin started what we now refer to as the “opioid epidemic,” yet the number of deaths from drug overdoses in 2016 outnumbered the number of American deaths in the Vietnam War. Opioids are ...

    ... take-back sites are available year-round for residents to clean out their medicine cabinets. You can easily find a location near you here . To Take or Not to Take Prescription medications are so common, most people don't ... continue reading
  • Signs and Symptoms of Commonly Abused Drugs

    When you suspect that you or a loved one is struggling with a substance abuse problem, it's important to know some of the signs and symptoms of addiction to that drug. You can find a brief overview of the major drugs of abuse below. For a full list ...

    ... . The needles can be inserted anywhere that a vein is located, but the arms are the most common location. Physical and mental effects of heroin abuse include: Surge or rush of euphoria. Dry mouth. Nausea/vomiting. Warm ... continue reading
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