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  • 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), ...

    ... Headache Nausea Drowsiness Dizziness Difficulty Breathing Depression Seizures People who stop taking it abruptly can experience withdrawal ... of this drug. Public awareness of this opiate must increase if we are to decrease ... 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 ...

    ... to pain. Because Tramadol is a milder form of opiate medication, people falsely believe the drug is not addictive. ... dependence has developed, you may notice the following withdrawal symptoms if you stop using the drug: 1 ... 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 ...

    ... side effects of Percocet include constipation, nausea, headache, dizziness and dry mouth. Some of the ... , it fogs your mind as it floods your brain's opiate receptors. As a result, thoughts are unclear and confusion sets ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... very much about were the potential side effects of fentanyl, including anxiety, dizziness, dry mouth, headache, nausea and vomiting. And he certainly didn't know about the harsher reactions, like experiencing tightness ... 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 ...

    ... on the street becomes too costly. For those who think the opiate epidemic is much ado about nothing, let's have a look ... underway to test their effectiveness on headaches. Anticonvulsants Traditionally used to treat ... 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 ...

    ... experiencing a painful detox. The naloxone is added as an abuse deterrent; it brings on withdrawal symptoms when other opiates are used. And if Suboxone tablets are crushed, injected or snorted, the naloxone blocks its ... 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 ...

    ... painkillers. And that's why we are seeing opiate-related death and addiction rise to epidemic proportions that ... pills per day no longer keeps the debilitating withdrawal symptoms at bay. Patients find themselves taking ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 21.5 million Americans aged 12 and older met the criteria for substance use disorder in 2014. Of these, 1.9 million were addicted to prescription opiate pain medications and 586,000 ...

    ... You may even find yourself continuing to use despite harmful consequences in order to avoid these withdrawal symptoms. 2,3 Prescription opiates affect the brain in the same way heroin does , only the dosage is considered ... 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 ...

    ... go to rehab. There's only one thing to do; I just have to get more pills.” The Facts About Withdrawal If you take opiates (like oxycodone , tramadol , fentanyl or morphine ) every day for more than four weeks, there's a ... continue reading
  • Trading Dependencies: There’s Nothing “Mild” About a Kratom Addiction

    Mitragyna Speciosa, also known as Kratom, is a large tree in the Rubiaceae family native to Southeast Asia. It is said that Kratom affects the human brain similarly to an opiate , although there is no conclusive clinical data proving how the ...

    ... , half of those who used Kratom for six months or more experienced severe opiate withdrawal symptoms, and another 45 percent experienced mild withdrawal. Sadly, among these users, over 80 percent tried to stop using and ... 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 ...

    ... Chest pain Difficult breathing Severe headaches Disorientation and confusion High temperature ... over the last 10 years. Since both of these opiates have a depressant effect, the same intervention tactics are applicable ... continue reading
  • 5 Alarming Facts About Benzo Addiction

    People tend to use benzodiazepines because they work, plain and simple. A group of prescription sedatives, benzodiazepines are classified as Schedule IV in the Controlled Substances Act and are most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, namely under ...

    ... the medication is never advised, and will likely result in severe withdrawal symptoms, including: 4 Sweating. Nausea. Headache. Muscular pain. Stiffness. Difficulty concentrating. Perceptual changes. Sleep disturbance ... continue reading
  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

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

    ... fact, if anything, it decreases the use of opiates. When administered, naloxone blocks the effects of opiate drugs and causes an addict to experience withdrawal symptoms. Myth #2: Naloxone Prevents Addicts from Seeking ... 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 ...

    ... than a dog; I had the chills and a massive headache, and my body was shaking uncontrollably. I thought I ... in a new prescription, I took some pills, and my withdrawal symptoms stopped. But I was right back where I started. ... continue reading
  • 4 Physical Signs You're Addicted to Ritalin

    Ritalin is a stimulant drug used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. It's classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule II narcotic — meaning it's in the ...

    ... causes fatigue. It's one of the top signs of withdrawal. Once you've misused Ritalin for a period of time ... suddenly start to race. He was hit with an intense headache. He collapsed on the floor as his whole left side ... 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 ...

    ... clinics may only be able to help those who have been addicted to opiates for more than a year, or they may not be able to ... and to be able to monitor you for severe withdrawal symptoms. If, however, you are considered a low ... 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 ...

    ... U.S. For years, this drug was thought of as the safe opiate. Then, in 2010, the FDA became a bit more cautious about the ... coma. Physical dependence also results in withdrawal symptoms when abusers cease taking tramadol. ... 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 ...

    ... never had before. Afterwards, she felt no cravings or withdrawal symptoms. She was happy to feel free and was ... and effective alternative for opiate addiction treatment . Additional Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There's ... 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 ...

    ... the medication, it helps to alleviate nerve pain and restless legs, both of which are associated with opiate withdrawal. Risk vs Reward In recent years, gabapentin has been prescribed for off-label conditions (reasons it ... 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 ...

    ... , a vegetative state, and death The Importance of Rescue Breathing If you find someone who has overdosed on opiates , and is not breathing, it is critical to perform rescue breathing to begin circulating oxygen to the ... 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 ...

    ... self-destructive drug-seeking behavior The opportunity to get your life back on track while avoiding opiate withdrawal Methadone is regulated and never cut with other drugs or dangerous substances dealers often use on ... 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. ...

    ... than willing to give Methadone a chance, after all she wanted to get clean. While Kathy didn't go through opiate withdrawal, she still gets sick if she doesn't make it to the clinic for her daily methadone dose. Knowing ... 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 ...

    ... difference between the two? Q: Is methadone an opiate? A: Yes Which Came First? Methadone has a ... naloxone will quickly give rise to very unpleasant and severe withdrawal symptoms , which will make you want to stop abusing ... 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, ...

    ... accompanying the study. At the same time, however, the rise in opioid misuse and disorders related to opiate abuse suggests more patients are progressing from prescribed opioid use to frequent use or misuse, according to ... 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 ...

    ... reformulations and stricter prescription drug policies, heroin, in many cases, is now cheaper and easier to obtain than opiate pain pills ever were. In 2013, a report by SAMHSA showed that roughly four out of five new ... 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 ...

    ... of Tramadol and Violence Tramadol is a prescription opiate medication, but it's regularly sold as an ... involved with tramadol abuse. Not only are the withdrawal symptoms excruciating (therefore making it quite difficult to ... 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 ...

    ... examples: A proposed bill in Tennessee was designed to reduce the number of newborns who arrive addicted to opiates. Another bill in New Mexico was created to limit the initial prescription of opioids for acute pain to ... 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 ...

    ... who tapered off. One month later, 18 percent of the tapered group self-reported they had returned to opiate use, compared to just 8 percent of the inmates who continued methadone maintenance. “For most of these people ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... in the arms and legs Appetite changes Diarrhea Balance issues/dizziness Drowsiness Dry mouth Gas Headache Heartburn Mental/memory/attention problems Stomach pain Uncontrollable shaking Weakness Additional Reading: Ambien ... 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 ...

    ... stop taking these medications, you'll experience some type of withdrawal symptom . Does this mean you're addicted? No, ... as methadone . Suboxone Doesn't Work The opiate withdrawal process can be painful and dangerous, which ... 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 ...

    ... with nonaddictive alternatives. When a patient is prescribed morphine, that patient runs the risk of being addicted to the opiate . It's not much of a win-win situation for the doctor. On the one hand, the doctor doesn ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

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

    ... following suggestions are just a few of the steps you can take to get your bowels moving regularly once opiates are no longer in the picture: Exercise : Exercising your body is a great way to relieve constipation caused ... 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 ...

    ... strong, it has been responsible for a rising number of deaths. From 2014 to 2015, deaths involving synthetic opiates such as fentanyl increased by almost 75 percent. True or False: Fentanyl can't be absorbed through your ... 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 ...

    ... Pennsylvania, to undergo assessments of relapse risk. Each of the 68 had recently completed medically-assisted opioid withdrawal and had been clean for about 10 to 14 days before starting the study. For nearly two weeks ... 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 ...

    ... Work? Because methadone acts on the brain's opioid receptors (just like heroin), it prevents symptoms of opiate withdrawal and alleviates the cravings that cause you to relapse. 1 This is good news if you've had ... continue reading
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

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

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

    ... frantically called 911 and paramedics rushed to the scene, but it was too late. The Horror that is Opiate Addiction Opioid overdose deaths have become an epidemic across the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and ... 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 ...

    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. ... 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 ...

    ... In 2015, there were 12,979 gun homicides and 12,989 heroin deaths. Heroin has also surpassed its cousin opiates - traditional opioid painkillers . For the first time in decades, there were more deaths due to heroin than ... 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 ...

    ... also delivers the following side effects. Effects on Behavior Abuse/Misuse/Addiction - As with other opiates, morphine use comes with the risk of dependence. Patients receiving morphine, even in healthy prescribed doses ... 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 ...

    ... wear off shortly after it is administered and dissipate entirely after 90 minutes, leaving behind an opiate withdrawal that is so brutal, it leaves users “dope sick.” What's Your Opinion? Undoubtedly, increased naloxone ... continue reading
  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

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

    ... on a very popular TV show. Vicodin is an opiate-based painkiller that can cause euphoric effects when it's abused. It also causes serious withdrawal symptoms, so patients may have trouble stopping the drug once ... 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 ...

    ... for increased treatment demand, risk of overdose and even death from these opioids.” The Rise of Rural Opiate Dependency One reason for the rising rate of opioid abuse among rural adolescents could be the limited access ... continue reading
  • CDC Issues Urgent Call for More Needle Exchange Programs

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

    ... put rural white communities “at much greater risk of new HIV infections than ever before.” In fact, the opiate crisis has had such an impact on these communities that whites who inject drugs now have more HIV diagnoses ... 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 ...

    “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 ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... According to at least one study, participants who received a Vivitrol injection once per month for six months were opiate-free 90 percent of the time, said Emily Feinstein , the director of Health, Law and Policy at The ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... go-to” drug for medication-assisted treatment with opiate addiction. Unlike methadone treatment, it can be ... and assistance that's available. You'll suffer less withdrawal and you'll be more likely to succeed in your ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

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

    ... of coordination, coma and significantly increase the risk of overdose and death. Alcohol and Opiates Alcohol and opiates also make for a particularly lethal combination, since each one enhances the sedative effects of ... 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 ...

    ... . An overdose is more likely to occur when sedatives are mixed with alcohol, or other drugs such as opiates or barbiturates. A sedative overdose may begin with dizziness and vomiting. The next stage of the overdose ... 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 ...

    ... morphine, an extremely powerful and addictive opioid results in thousands of overdose deaths each year. Like other opiates, morphine has its drawbacks. In fact, the drug has over 25 official side effects that impact our ... 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 ...

    ... to benzo addiction include: Headaches Weakness Tremors Memory problems Swelling ... The results could be deadly. Normally, the benzodiazepine withdrawal process is done under medical supervision. In carefully managed ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... prescriptions medications used to treat her medical conditions. She stated, “Medical cannabis is the reason I'm opiate free now…it really gave me my life back and makes my pain manageable, without inebriating me or ... continue reading
  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

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

    ... without the euphoria - a feat reportedly achieved in a key late-stage study. A Breakthrough or Just Another Opiate? The drug - tentatively known as NKTR-181 - is as effective as existing long-acting opioids, according to ... 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 ...

    ... Here's Another Option The second option for fighting opiate addiction comes in the form of a vaccine. Scientists ... as methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone) to relieve withdrawal cravings for opioids. Thus, this vaccine is ... 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 ...

    ... short amount of time and may experience highly uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms such as seizures, nervousness, and insomnia when ... concentrating. Memory problems. Depression. Persistent headaches. What Treatment Do I Need ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been taking pain killers for an extended time, particularly after the pain that originally prompted their use has subsided, you might well wonder whether you're addicted to pain killers. Though many people take pain killers following a ...

    ... , or am I only taking it because I feel like I might need it? “Am I experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as shakes, chills, headaches, or nausea when I haven't taken the medication at the normal time? “Am I using more ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know About Adderall Addiction

    Adderall is most commonly prescribed as part of a treatment plan for adolescents and teenagers with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But more teens-turned-young adults have discovered a new use for the “smart drug” - a term used ...

    ... effects seen with Adderall abuse include anxiety, dizziness, headaches and restlessness. In some cases, users also ... Quitting Adderall: What to Expect The rapid withdrawal causes extreme discomfort and brings on a handful ... 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 ...

    ... include: Opioids are more effective in women. Some studies have indicated that, if women become addicted to opiate painkillers , they are more likely to relapse. Women are at an even higher risk of relapse during ... continue reading
  • Addiction in the Medical Field: Balancing Healing and Hiding

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