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  • 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 ...

    ... is prescription medication. In fact, prescription stimulants are being more widely abused than ... heard the stories…you know, the ones that say using these drugs can help students study round-the-clock and soak up exorbitant ... 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 ...

    ... most-commonly prescribed drug in the U.S. since 2005. There were 48.5 million prescriptions filled in 2013 alone. This extraordinarily high volume means it's also remained one of the most widely-abused prescription drugs ... 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 ...

    ... FDA for the treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction . It's widely used as a replacement for methadone and ... Suboxone is now one of the most frequently prescribed drugs for a combination of behavioral therapy ... continue reading
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  • Pop Quiz: Let’s Test Your Benzo Knowledge

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

    ... adults filled a benzodiazepine prescription in the US. These drugs are used to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia and seizures. They are also highly addictive and frequently abused. How much do you know about this ... continue reading
  • Xanax Overdose, Risks and How Much it Costs

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

    ... many other psychoactive medications, when use becomes chronic, more frequent, or otherwise exceeds prescription ... provide you with a safe space to withdraw from the drug in a temptation-free environment. You'll have access ... 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 ...

    ... lower the risk of an overdose from prescription opioids. Using laboratory mice, the researchers ... overdose, as the researchers found that it took much longer for the drug to impart its toxicity. If this effect holds ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

    I can hear the sirens blasting through my neighborhood, and it reminds me of when they were taking me away to the hospital after I passed out drunk on a city street. I put my head under the covers and pull my cat closer. The sound of sirens is one ...

    ... are standing by ready to help you find the best way to address your addiction, your triggers, and your treatment needs. Call us today at . Additional Reading: Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to the Curb Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... By solving two problems, telemedicine might be the much needed solution for rural Americans struggling with chemical dependency ... don't have internet access at home? In many remote areas, this is still a problem. However ... 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 ...

    ... is fine! The fact that it can kill you is widely known, but maybe that hasn't convinced you yet? ... each bind to a different spot. The result of taking them together is more than additive. It's like 1 + 1 = 4.” Look, I get ... continue reading
  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

    Tom fell off a ladder and hurt his back. His doctor gave him a prescription for Percocet , a powerful opioid painkiller. He only took a couple and now he's got ten pills left over in a bottle sitting in his medicine cabinet. If this scenario (or a ...

    ... describes your opioid prescription experience, you're not alone. In fact, researchers found more than 50 ... be affected by the pills. They may simply take too many, unaware of the danger because a doctor didn't consult ... 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 ...

    ... such as cravings or the inability to control how much is taken. Myth #3 - Methadone is Worse ... treatment programs early or incarcerated environments. Methadone has helped many people stay on track in recovery - but it's ... continue reading
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Ritalin Recovery

    His paper was due tomorrow and Darren had barely started (if you count typing his name and the title of the paper as “started”). What Darren had really started to do was panic. He knew he'd have to stay up all night to finish, but he was already ...

    ... Ritalin abuse and the consequences of addiction. He pointed out the potential side effects of the drug - Darren ... Patrick's efforts finally paid off. After seeing how much his roommate had done to help him over the past ... continue reading
  • Do Safe Injection Sites Violate the Hippocratic Oath? One Nurse Says Yes

    Michael Hesch is a conscious sedation nurse. His job is to intravenously infuse fentanyl and other medicines during surgical procedures. If and when safe injection sites open in the United States, professionals like Hesch may be asked to work with ...

    ... In a recent interview , Hesch described one of the many problems he has with the safe injection site scenario. ... injecting fentanyl and other opioids . “One of the most shocking things when you start taking care of a ... continue reading
  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

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

    ... prescription opioid deaths in 2014. Methadone rose to popularity among certain physicians and clinics when they discovered so many patients abusing ... 's listed on that state's preferred drug list (PDL). This has proven to ... 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? Navigating ...

    ... risky to assume that, since a supplement is “all natural,” it doesn't cause adverse effects . Many drugs and supplements interact poorly with each other and can negatively impact your health. Be sure to consult your ... 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 ...

    ... 000 Ohioans are addicted to opioids . State officials lay much of the blame at the feet of Big Pharma. ... message their drugs were safe and necessary, until everyone started to believe it. Then, abuse and dependency rates ... continue reading
  • Druggie: The New Makeup Shade Making Ugly Waves

    Approximately 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, with drug overdose deaths continuing to rise. In fact, since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled. As most of us know, drug addiction destroys lives ...

    ... deaths involving opioids has quadrupled. As most of us know, drug addiction destroys lives and tears families apart ... medication. The line ranged from a $950 prescription bottle purse and a $175 pill-decorated umbrella ... 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 ...

    ... to pay each month and undoubtedly creates a financial strain in most people's lives. But the good news is that there are ... out a large chunk of money for the entire prescription. Clinical Trials and Studies: This can be a ... continue reading
  • Warning: This Medication May Cause…Uncontrollable Urges?

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

    ... stiffness. On rare occasions, it can cause more serious side effects like convulsions, loss of ... behaviors stop, too. Additional Reading: Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs? Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... into writing prescriptions to “owners” who've intentionally and disgustingly abused or maimed their ... drugs - and others - when they show up to vet offices demanding more medication, even though the initial prescription ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About the Probuphine Implant

    Probuphine is the very first breakthrough buprenorphine implant. What is buprenorphine, you ask? It's a common prescription for opioid addiction treatment and it prevents withdrawal symptoms. The Probuphine implant looks like four matchstick-size ...

    ... buprenorphine, you ask? It's a common prescription for opioid addiction treatment and it prevents ... relapse. Probuphine makes selling buprenorphine on the street more difficult. The implant offers a safe alternative ... 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 ...

    ... abused, Suboxone is considered safe by most clinicians when used as prescribed. However, despite its many benefits, an increasing number of pharmacies are now refusing to fill these valid prescriptions ... Prescribe More ... continue reading
  • Watch the Fahrenheit With Your Fentanyl

    Fentanyl is an opiate (narcotic) pain reliever typically prescribed to people for severe, ongoing pain or after surgery. This medication is 50 times stronger than heroin and, needless to say, it can be very addictive. Fentanyl can be delivered in ...

    ... many different ways - including IV, intranasal, lozenge, pill and transdermal patch forms. Currently, the most ... your skin, which results in increased absorption of the drug. It's a process that can quickly be fatal ... 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 ...

    ... 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription pain medication. During that same time, as many as one in ... Just Substituting One Drug for Another Medication-assisted treatment is much like using medication ... 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 ...

    ... What medication, if any, you switch to For many people, finding the right medication requires some trial and ... switching medications within the same drug class, this can typically occur more quickly than changing to a ... continue reading
  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

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

    ... test welfare recipients and uncovered just 321 positive tests overall. In more than one of these states, not a single substance abuser was discovered through drug testing. Do Taxpayers Need a New Plan? There's already a ... 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 ...

    ... drug users a safety net, allowing them to take more risks and push the envelope as they seek higher highs from opiates. Indeed, many users overdose more ... toll from heroin and prescription opioids would be significantly ... 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 ...

    ... always on the go, so that's a pretty impressive feat. More than once, my friends told me I was drooling out of ... suspected drug addiction and promptly fired her. When she tried to explain about the Xanax prescription, he ... continue reading
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

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

    ... a patient's positive mood and lower-than-usual drug cravings. The Importance of Getting Some ZZZ's ... good or very good about yourself. Negative thoughts breed even more negative thoughts, and before you know it, you're ... 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 ...

    ... d even started “doctor shopping” as a means to get more pills. You Just Never Know… Frightened and consumed by anxiety ... in secretive, illegal and self-destructive drug-seeking behavior The opportunity to get your life ... 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 ...

    ... to curb the nation's opioid epidemic . The most promising ideas will receive cash prizes meant to help ... are currently struggling with an opioid use disorder . More than half of those struggling aren't receiving treatment ... 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 affect ...

    ... can slow breathing - so much that it becomes life threatening . Shallow or slow breathing might be a sign your friend is high (and possibly overdosing). (U)nexplained Injuries: Drug abuse results in quite a few ... continue reading
  • Is There Ever a Good Time to Use Benzos?

    Carol had a severe panic disorder. It started when she was assaulted at age 34. She'd tried many medications, but only Xanax helped. She worked closely with her doctor and never abused them, but over time she felt the negative cognitive effects of ...

    ... 'd tried many medications, but only Xanax helped. She worked closely with her doctor and never abused them, but ... her brain coming back. She was sharper at work, more present with her family, and the world seemed clearer. ... 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 ...

    ... have a massive number of people on prescription painkillers. Abuse of morphine, an extremely powerful and addictive ... morphine use was not present with use of the new drug. However, it did deliver the same level of pain ... 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 ...

    ... abuse spreads this deadly disease. Death - Heroin and morphine share the top slot for most ... Drug Abuse on the Brain Talk to Us: Have something to share? Curious what others are saying about prescription drug abuse ... continue reading
  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

    She's been going to the same clinic for five years. Every day, she takes a bus, walks the last two blocks from the bus stop and gets in line for her dose of methadone. Five years ago, Kathy decided she needed help to break her Vicodin addiction. ...

    ... long treatment, with no plans to wean him off the drug. He's now dependent on methadone. But, no alternatives ... that has spread to every city, making it much more profitable for people to continue with decades of ... 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), ...

    ... At this point, a new prescription is needed. Moving Forward The truth about tramadol is slowly sinking in, but many are still unaware of the dangers involved with the use and abuse of this drug. Public awareness of this ... continue reading
  • 7 Signs You May Be Addicted to Tramadol

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

    ... abusing the drug occasionally can quickly escalate into a serious addiction, as tolerance develops and you need more of the drug to “get high”. #4. Using the drug without a prescription ... Abusing the drug can cause many ... 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 ...

    ... prescription drugs can work miracles when obtained legally and taken as directed. But do you know that some prescription ... methadone. My attempt at quitting cold turkey pretty much drove that point home, but I wondered: If ... 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 ...

    ... prescriptions directly to the comprehensive counseling service providers. He tells Alcoholism & Drug Abuse ... about this issue. David believes the DEA needs to move more quickly, “We're frustrated with the slow pace of the ... 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 ...

    ... Nationally, the number of deaths related to heroin use has more than tripled from 2,402 in 2007 to 8,260 ... to 25, showing that policies aimed to combat prescription drug abuse are now leading a younger generation in a ... 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, ...

    ... in the country. Over 50 million Xanax prescriptions are written each year. Since it initially ... to worry we'll have an anxiety attack , which makes us more nervous…and on we go into an unhealthy spiral that creates a ... 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 ...

    ... to be fatal for them,” said Dr. Neil Capretto. What's more, thousands of people are unknowingly buying heroin that's laced with the deadly drug. This has become a common practice among dealers, mainly because synthetic ... continue reading
  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

    It looks like our nation has found a “bullet” deadlier than the traditional calibers. As of 2015, heroin is killing more people than guns. This shift in statistics has happened rather quickly. In 2007, gun homicides outnumbered heroin deaths 5 ...

    ... increase in prescription painkiller use, while an alarming number of Americans developed dependencies on the drugs. To combat ... shut. In the end, many people turned to a cheaper, more easily accessible option - heroin ... 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 ...

    ... receiving it. Reasons for not accessing treatment vary widely from person to person, and the odds are, ... of the list when it comes to drugs that cause the most harm and drug-related deaths. Worldwide, roughly 69,000 people ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2013 across the nation. That's two times the amount of overdose deaths a ...

    ... are directly related to prescription opioids and the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports heroin-related deaths ... emergency. Without the threat of legal retribution, drug users are more likely to step in and call 911 ... 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 ...

    ... a substance abuse disorder. So What's Our Plan B? These alarming statistics are encouraging many to ask: ... body will function well and you can avoid unnatural prescription pills . Try including the following in your diet ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

    Shelly's knee surgery went great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular ...

    ... wrote her an oxycodone prescription to manage any pain ... more Getting opiates from someone other than the doctor Hiding the fact that you're taking it or how much you're taking Additional Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse ... 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 ...

    ... of those drugs is Opana. Opana vs. Oxycontin: What You Need to Know Interacting with the brain's opiate receptors, much like morphine or heroin , Opana, otherwise known as oxymorphone, is a prescription pain medication ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk About the Elephant Tranquilizer in the Room

    It's 10,000 times more potent than morphine. It's 100 times more powerful than fentanyl . What is it? Carfentanil. Designed as a tranquilizer for elephants, this deadly substance has made its way into our nation's illegal drug market. It's often ...

    ... opioid first appeared in Ohio back in July. Its use has spread, thanks to users' who constantly seek more powerful drugs to get high. But this isn't your typical street heroin . Carfentanil's extreme potency doesn't mean ... continue reading
  • Good News: Dr. Reddy's Will Produce a Cheaper Generic Form of Suboxone

    Suboxone - a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - is sadly inaccessible to a lot of people due to one simple factor: cost. But that's about to change. Last month, a supplier of generic drugs - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories - was allowed by a ...

    ... costly drug. It's a ruling which could potentially save countless lives, because many people suffering from substance abuse ... to accelerate reviews of generic applications so more are approved in hopes of fighting the ... continue reading
  • True or False: Ready to Put Your Fentanyl Knowledge to the Test?

    Fentanyl. This potent opiate has added a whole new level of danger to the opioid crisis, causing a staggering number of overdoses and deaths. Part of its overall threat is the lack of public knowledge and awareness. So, how much do you know about ...

    ... is the lack of public knowledge and awareness. So, how much do you know about fentanyl? You're about to find ... adds extra weight to baggies of heroin. Since most drug dealers aren't exactly known for their moral compasses ... continue reading
  • Naloxone Kits: Are Pharmacies Set to Combat Opiate Overdoses?

    Mike was at his apartment and using heroin with a group of friends. Since Mike's regular dealer was out of town, he'd picked up the batch from someone different. After shooting up, Mike immediately noticed a difference in the way he felt. Something ...

    ... kits without a prescription. Patients determined to be “at-risk” are those who use illicit drugs and those ... crutch that allows someone to continue his or her substance abuse. On the contrary, these kits are a tool meant ... 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 nationwide ...

    ... will help combat the health consequences of drug abuse in Appalachia. The research includes efforts to ... then implement those changes. The hope is to bring much-needed assistance to the people of Appalachia and stop the ... 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 ...

    ... that drug makers pushed through Maine legislation requiring insurers to cover the companies' abuse-deterrent painkillers. ... more cautious prescribing - allowing states to share databases of prescriptions to prevent drug ... 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 ...

    ... also made its way into the illegal drug market. This deadly substance is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl. With such a ... , both of these dangerously powerful drugs have taken lives in many areas of the country. From ... 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 ...

    ... - is now the “go-to” drug for medication-assisted treatment with opiate ... more, it doesn't create any additional effects. This reduces the risk of dependency, abuse, and side effects. It's also long-acting, so many ... 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 ...

    ... 2013 alone, over 43 million tramadol prescriptions were written in the U.S. For years, this drug was thought of as the safe ... Not a Safe Drug When abused, this potent, chemical-altering substance poses many risks. Topping ... 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 ...

    ... abuse and addiction among developing and developed countries alike. The Spread of Tramadol and Violence Tramadol is a prescription ... and post-surgical pain, leaving many to consider it an essential drug. In the U.S., where ... 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 ...

    ... assisted therapy…it seemed nothing could help. Would she always be addicted to heroin? Was there anything she hadn't tried? During her most ... alcohol, Suboxone, Methadone, prescription painkillers , and stimulants. ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

    Quick reflexes and sharp thinking - these are two of the most important qualities of a safe driver. If someone is sharing the road with you or if you're a passenger in their car, you want them to possess these traits, right? Well, if they're taking ...

    ... cause muscle relaxation. In fact, this is one of their most desired effects. However, a relaxing effect isn't so ... have to be in tip-top shape. At any given moment, more than a dozen things are going on around you, so you ... 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 cause of these symptoms, the team tested a drug already proven to block the effects of pannexin-1 called ... new insight will lead to the creation of a more effective treatment method for the symptoms of withdrawal. Dr ... continue reading
  • New Study: Amphetamine Abuse and This Old Heart

    It's called speed for a reason. Amphetamines, like Ritalin or Adderall, accelerate your heart rate. They send your nervous system into overdrive. Guess what else it speeds up? The aging process. That's right. Pumping your system full of amphetamine ...

    ... heart aging . Some of the most common heart problems caused by amphetamine abuse are: Angina: This chest pain ... blood no longer travels through the body as it should. In many cases, blood pools up in areas of the body like ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

    Concerns over the risks of combining benzodiazepine and opioid prescriptions has 41 state health officials petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place a new black box warning on both drugs' labels to warn patients and doctors of the ...

    ... between history of benzodiazepine prescription and the associated risk of death from a drug overdose , found that ... to confuse patients. This is troublesome, as most patients rely on their own ability to follow ... 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 ...

    ... family - a class of drug commonly used to help relieve anxiety disorders. The most commonly prescribed benzo medications are ... : “Doctor shopping” to obtain multiple prescriptions Hostility or violence Chewing, crushing or ... 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 ...

    ... depressants, meaning the drugs slow down your breathing and heart rate. As such, the most significant risk of ... permanent brain damage. Learn more about the statistics and reality of substance abuse . Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... 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 ... to mix with other drugs. A Deadly Purchase Most buyers simply don' ... 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, ...

    ... five million Americans take zolpidem each year, and many patients report success with it. And while research ... for those healthy solutions. Learn more about treatment options for Ambien abuse and addiction . Image Source: ... continue reading
  • The AMA to Drug Companies: It’s Time You Stop Lying to Consumers

    Transparency: The condition of being free from pretense or deceit; readily understood; characterized by accessibility of information. According to the American Medical Association (AMA), Big Pharma lacks transparency. Consumers don't really know ...

    ... companies to provide notice if they increase a drug's price by more than 10 percent during a 12-month period. This would (hopefully) put a damper on the prices of prescription drugs , which have a tendency to quickly but ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... on the streets have steered users away from prescription painkillers and towards heroin, which is often ... continue reading
  • Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens

    During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders - and almost all were battling some type of chemical dependency. For those with substance abuse problems , incarceration did ...

    ... this way. One state - Virginia - came to the same conclusion on their own. In fact, most Virginians agree that those who abuse drugs or alcohol should receive treatment, not jail time. According to a new statewide poll , ... continue reading
  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

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

    ... “friends,” most of whom were on drugs or associated with the drug trade. She was selling drugs and sex ... says Julie, a former heroin and crack user who had many run-ins with law enforcement before she quit using. “They ... 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 kinds ...

    ... Equal Restful Sleep As we seek the solace of sleep, many of us turn to medication. Sleeping pills are a ... dangers, however, the most concerning is their deadly effects when combined with other drugs. For example, sleep ... 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 ...

    ... NOT to abuse fentanyl. When Tom picked up his fentanyl prescription, he ... abuse, addiction, overdose and death . Fact Three: Abusing fentanyl or mixing it with other drugs can be deadly. Gary was looking for a new, more ... continue reading
  • Let’s Play: How Much Do You Really Know About Drug Schedules?

    Have you ever heard someone mention a Schedule I or Schedule II Controlled Substance? Most of us have seen these labels, but what exactly do they mean? Let's break down this drug scheduling system to get a better understanding of controlled ...

    ... right now. Schedule V drugs include: Cough medicine (like Robitussin AC) Ezogabine (used for treatment of seizures) Additional Reading: Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds? Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... drugs, but by doing so, it elicits relatively weaker effects than commonly-abused drugs like heroin and prescription ... Muscle aches/cramps. Sleep disturbances. More serious side effects of buprenorphine may include ... continue reading
  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

    We are an anxious nation. A whopping 40 million American adults are affected by anxiety disorders; that's 18 percent of the adult population! With such astronomical numbers, it shouldn't be surprising to learn anxiety disorders are the most commonly ...

    ... disorders are the most commonly diagnosed mental illnesses in the U.S. With these anxiety-related stats in mind, it is much less surprising to discover that 1 in 20 adults received a prescription for benzodiazepines in ... 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 ...

    ... trying to purchase the prescription drugs they need at a more affordable price. Many will try to order ... health risks that simply aren't worth it. Learn more about the dangerous and unwanted side effects of drug abuse . continue reading
  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

    “Smack” - “Junk” - “H” Heroin is a drug that goes by many names. But no matter what you call it, it's still the same potent, potentially deadly drug. While its name really isn't that important, knowing some basic facts about heroin can ...

    ... a drug that goes by many names. But no matter what you call it, it's still the same potent, potentially deadly drug. While ... rehab turned to heroin because prescription pills were “far more expensive and harder to obtain.” ... 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, ...

    ... hands you a prescription for a pain reliever - maybe Vicodin or Percocet . For many people, this wouldn ... rather than narcotics. Preventing Pain Relief and Addiction “Most patients get along just fine without opioids,” said ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance Clinics: Everything You Need to Know

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

    ... only be able to help those who have been addicted to opiates for more than a year, or they may not be able to treat you ... treatment are the most dangerous. If you are not completely honest about other drugs you are using ... 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, ...

    ... more effective training to learn how to identify and treat high-risk nonmedical prescription opioid users. Providing New Resources One new resource, developed by the Substance Abuse ... overdose drug, Naloxone. Many medical ... 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 ...

    ... the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a Schedule II narcotic - the same classification as cocaine. When abused, ... Ritalin on its list of most-stolen medications. What Should I Do? As with most ADHD medications , the ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

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

    ... , 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 opioids in 2016. This is ... continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

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

    ... believes cannabis could eventually be used to treat many other conditions, such as: PTSD Cancer Fibromyalgia ... a deep dissatisfaction with prescription medications. Bruce said, “One of the most compelling things to come ... 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 ...

    ... National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. “Those who do use it six months are much less likely to be opiate ... , according to those who have used it, the drug does give people a fighting chance - providing them with ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

    A judge in New York recently ordered a woman who's addicted to drugs not to get pregnant. While no one would argue that someone with an extreme drug problem should get pregnant, there are complex issues involved in ordering someone not to conceive ...

    ... being born addicted, poverty, crime, and more drug use. What Do You Think? Every day ... many chemically dependent people passing through our court systems, judges are finding themselves in the middle of this epidemic. Most ... 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 ...

    ... drugs are consumed. Opioids Opiates, such as heroin, and prescription pain pills like Vicodin, are psychoactive drugs ... user. Overdose is most common among meth users who administer the drug intravenously. Symptoms of a ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

    When the book Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus hit book shelves back in 1992, it was a huge hit. By highlighting the differences in men and women, the book's theory is still solidly ingrained in our culture. Though gender equality has come a ...

    ... to prescription drug use . The Link Between Drugs and Gender One of the most prevalent ... causes the drug's effects to be felt more quickly and powerfully. Your Body, Your Medications When taking prescription medications, it ... 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 ...

    ... mouth. Some of the most popular brand names of Percocet are Endocet, Primiev, Roxicet, Magnacet and Xolox. Danger Ahead: Side Effects of Percocet Long-term use or abuse of Percocet has many adverse side effects. Among ... 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 her ...

    ... when Xanax is mixed with other drugs or alcohol - that an overdose is most likely. What's Happening? Combining Xanax ... someone you know and love is currently taking or abusing Xanax , you'll want to watch for the ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Abusing ADHD Meds Won’t Get You on the Dean’s List

    Lindsay felt overwhelmed. With three finals and a term-paper deadline looming in her near future, she didn't know how she would survive, much less get good grades. She decided she needed a boost. She asked around until she found someone willing to ...

    ... future, she didn't know how she would survive, much less get good grades. She decided she needed a boost ... these so called “study drugs.” If you or someone you know is abusing prescription stimulants in hopes of boosting ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs Reward

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

    ... million people. In the same year, 57 million prescriptions for gabapentin were written. Gabapentin, or its ... patients. And since many of the drug's side effects mimic the effects of commonly abused narcotics, the brain ... continue reading
  • Big Pharma: Are They Advertising Addiction?

    Pharmacological companies do not have a good rap. They've been known to bury bad news, which has had an effect on people's health, and therefore their lives. Whether it's not testing drugs properly, as with the case of thalidomide (caused defects in ...

    ... obtain more drugs, which have to be paid for by someone. So wouldn't it pay the companies to increase profits by effectively advertising addiction? The thing is, though, it doesn't work that way. In general, most doctors ... 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 ...

    ... Drugs (NSAIDs) These are more potent than acetaminophen, but also available in over-the-counter dosage. Higher doses can be taken with a prescription. NSAIDs include anti-inflammatory drugs ... weigh the many options ... 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 ...

    ... Success Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the study was conducted by researchers from ... percent of the inmates who continued methadone maintenance. “For most of these people, the very reason they are caught ... 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 ...

    ... the influence or illegally obtaining prescription medications . Even more frightening, only a fraction ... in drug abuse among practitioners, state medical boards have been forced to address the issue. As a result, most ... 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 ...

    ... behaved more like ... drugs that many experts say are unnecessary. These potent pharmaceuticals - Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse - all have the potential for addiction and abuse . We are putting highly potent prescription ... 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 ...

    ... Most drugs linger a bit longer than alcohol. In fact, some of them stick around for a long time. This slower processing can surprise many people - especially if a drug ... for 7 days or more. Unfortunately, Julia's dream ... continue reading
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