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  • 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 ...

    ... despite harmful consequences in order to avoid these withdrawal symptoms. 2,3 Prescription opiates affect the ... ,3 The Link between Heroin and Prescription Opioid Abuse Because prescription opiates act on the ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... eventually came forward, reporting that the new policies caused a spike in depression, panic attacks and other withdrawal problems - all thanks to the sudden stoppage of opioid meds. What Does the Future Hold for ... Learn more

  • Facts about Krokodil (the “Zombie Drug”)

    Facts about Krokodil (the “Zombie Drug”)

    Desomorphine (dihydrodesoxymorphine) is an injectable opioid derivative of codeine . On the street and online, the drug is known as: ...

    ... the drug to maintain their high and avoid withdrawal. Krokodil Manufacturing Users are said to be able ... inject drugs in Eurasia.\u00a0International Journal of Drug Policy,\u00a024(4), 265-274. Lindblad, K. E. (2012 ... Learn more

  • Journey to Sobriety

    Substance abuse and mental health issues affect millions of Americans. An estimated 20 million people, ages 12 and older, had some form of a ...

    ... methadone to manage unpleasant withdrawal and strong cravings for opioids during recovery. 3 ... Substance abuse aftercare treatment . Arizona State University, Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy. "} Learn more

  • A Guide to Sobriety: Getting Sober

    Substance abuse and mental health issues affect millions of Americans. An estimated 20 million people, ages 12 and older, had some form of a ...

    ... methadone to manage unpleasant withdrawal and strong cravings for opioids during recovery. 3 ... Arizona State University, Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy. Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... used to treat opiate dependence - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an essential part of a ... happening - especially in light of a full-blown opioid epidemic sweeping the country? Round and Round The ... Learn more

  • Understanding Addiction: A Guide for Families

    If your family member is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, you may feel a range of emotions such as anger, frustration, or sadness. You ...

    ... of substance use disorders, detox or medically managed withdrawal helps a person safely clear their body of ... prevalence and costs . Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 17 (s1), 63-74. University of Pennsylvania ... Learn more

  • Mental Health and Drug Abuse

    Mental Health and Drug Abuse

    Mental illness is common among people who struggle with substance abuse and addiction. 1 In 2016, 8.2 million adults had a co-occurring mental ...

    ... certain psychiatric disorders or to mitigate the withdrawal symptoms associated with detox. You may also ... Where can I read reviews online? What is your electronics policy? What types of therapies do you use? Do you ... Learn more

  • 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 opioids like heroin ... entirely after 90 minutes, leaving behind an opiate withdrawal that is so brutal, it leaves users ... Learn more

  • Hydrocodone History and Statistics

    Hydrocodone History and Statistics

    What Is Hydrocodone? Hydrocodone is powerful opiate drug that serves dual purposes when used as directed. It is both an effective cough ...

    ... Currently, hydrocodone is the most frequently prescribed opioid painkiller in the US. Like all opiates ... used to maintain normal functioning and limit unpleasant withdrawal symptoms like nausea, restlessness, and pain. ... Learn more

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  • Opioid Epidemic Coming for the Elderly

    Opioid Epidemic Coming for the Elderly

    How Common is Opioid Abuse in the Elderly? Close your eyes and imagine an opioid addict. Who do you see? Would you think of a young, poor male ...

    ... supervised detox. Depending on the severity of your opioid dependence, some programs will provide medications like methadone or buprenorphine to lessen the pain of withdrawal and lower your cravings for more. This can ... Learn more

  • Opioid Epidemic Coming for the Elderly

    Opioid Epidemic Coming for the Elderly

    How Common is Opioid Abuse in the Elderly? Close your eyes and imagine an opioid addict. Who do you see? Would you think of a young, poor male ...

    ... supervised detox. Depending on the severity of your opioid dependence, some programs will provide medications like methadone or buprenorphine to lessen the pain of withdrawal and lower your cravings for more. This can ... Learn more

  • Using Painkillers During Pregnancy

    Using Painkillers During Pregnancy

    Prescription painkillers, or opioids, are commonly used to treat pain. Opioid painkillers include drugs such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone ...

    ... including 9 : Preterm labor. Fetal distress. Fetal death. There are options to help with withdrawal from opioids. Methadone is the most researched drug for use during pregnancy 10 . Although methadone is ... Learn more

  • Drugs A-Z

    What is Acamprosate? Acamprosate is thought to help recovering alcoholics stay sober balancing inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmission. ...

    ... ADHD treatment. It has several off-label uses including the management of menopausal hot flashes, dysmenorrhea, opioid withdrawal symptoms, and as a smoking cessation aid. Clonidine is available as both an immediate and ... Learn more

  • Can You Overdose on Painkillers?

    Can You Overdose on Painkillers?

    Some of the most predominantly prescribed pain management medications are opioid analgesics (painkillers). These prescription drugs interact with ...

    ... to achieving treatment for an addiction is supervised detoxification . While detoxing from opioid pain relievers isn't usually dangerous, withdrawal symptoms can be severe and unpleasant; if left unmanaged, they can ... Learn more

  • Pain Killer Protocol

    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 ...

    ... to acute pain . However, our study found contradicting results. On average, men said it was appropriate for opioids to be prescribed when their pain hit a level of 6.6, while women said it wasn't appropriate ... Learn more

  • AmeRxica’s Most Medicated

    AmeRxica’s Most Medicated

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 54 million people have used prescription medication non-medically - ...

    ... and suboxone distribution - drugs used to help treat the symptoms of withdrawal from opioids . Of the top 10 states for opioid distribution per 100,000 residents, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia ranked ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... treatments for acute and chronic pain as well. If you or someone you love has developed a dependence for opioids like dilaudid, relief is available . Visit or call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to ... Learn more

  • Snorting Vicodin

    Snorting Vicodin

    Vicodin is the brand name for a prescription medication that is frequently used for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. Vicodin ...

    ... for Vicodin addiction may include medications to reduce cravings and reduce withdrawal symptom severity . Medications include 6,9 : Full opioid agonists like methadone that produce a long-acting, less euphoric ... Learn more

  • The Effects of Painkiller Use

    The Effects of Painkiller Use

    A painkiller can be any one of a number of drugs, from over-the-counter (OTC) medications like Tylenol, ibuprofen, and aspirin, to prescribed drugs ...

    ... or simultaneously. With all three, there is a risk of experiencing withdrawal symptoms when opioid use is stopped. Withdrawal symptoms may include the following: 10 Agitation. Anxiety. Fever ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... 2012, then examined national statistics on cause of death during the same time period. The rate of non-medical use of opioids fell from 5.4 to 4.9 percent over these ten years. But during the same time, the rate of use ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... process. In the last about 10 years, there's been a huge increase in the amount of opioid use and opioid abuse and dependence. In addition, there's been a really stark increase in overdose deaths related ... Learn more

  • The Other Side of Suboxone

    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 ...

    ... mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. When this treatment drug is misused, recurrent episodes of opioid withdrawal become more likely and can take their toll on a person as they further drive a compulsive ... Learn more

  • The 5 Most Dangerous Painkiller Myths

    The 5 Most Dangerous Painkiller Myths

    While painkiller use is widespread, there is a vast amount of false information surrounding them. Unfortunately, many people begin using opioid ...

    ... Abuse. (2014). Drugs and the Brain. National Institutes of Health. (2016). Opiate and opioid withdrawal. Congressional Research Service. (2015). Drug Offenses: Maximum Fines and Terms of Imprisonment for Violation ... Learn more

  • Opana Abuse

    Opana Abuse

    With chronic use of Opana, users may develop a tolerance to the drug - spurring a pattern of continuously taking more and more of ...

    ... as if they require the drug to function normally and will indefinitely experience a characteristic set of opioid withdrawal symptoms any time use is abruptly ended. A number of factors will influence the exact nature of ... Learn more

  • Actiq (Fentanyl) Lollipop Abuse

    Actiq (Fentanyl) Lollipop Abuse

    Actiq is a brand name for the opioid drug fentanyl. 3 Actiq comes as a lozenge on a handle (like a lollipop) and the fentanyl is quickly absorbed ...

    ... a mental or physical issue that occurs repeatedly or is chronic. Using opioids repeatedly in dangerous situations. Experiencing opioid withdrawal, or using opioids or similar drugs to prevent or reduce symptoms of ... Learn more

  • This Is Your Brain on Drugs

    This Is Your Brain on Drugs

    Read Time: 20 minutes Readers of a certain age might remember the public service announcements from the late 1980s showing a frying egg with ...

    ... to break a bone or run a marathon. Also, because opioid users can control how much and how often they take the ... even years. These symptoms are known as post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) and are thought to be caused ... Learn more

  • Harm Reduction

    The concept of 'harm reduction' refers to a set of policies, programs, and practices that aim to reduce the health, social, and economic ...

    ... that drug users have a say in the programs and policies of which they are a part. Seeing drug users as ... who have been opioid-dependent. Opioid Overdose Prevention Overdoses from opioids have reached epidemic ... Learn more

  • Naltrexone Effects

    Naltrexone Effects

    Naltrexone is a drug used as part of medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, for those recovering from alcoholism or addiction to opioids (e.g., ...

    ... dose of 380 mg once per month . To help prevent an abruptly precipitated withdrawal, a person must abstain from opioids for 7-10 days before starting treatment with naltrexone. 2 Medication like naltrexone should ... Learn more

  • Snorting Morphine

    Snorting Morphine

    Morphine is a prescription opioid medication used to treat relatively severe pain 1 . Morphine is prescribed in a variety of forms, including ...

    ... pronounced, euphoric high. Methadone can reduce urges to use other opioids and prevent withdrawal. Naltrexone —An oral medication that blocks the opioid receptors in the brain and prevents people from experiencing a ... Learn more

  • Snorting Suboxone

    Snorting Suboxone

    As an opioid drug used to manage problematic opioid dependence, Suboxone is similar to methadone , one of the most widely used drugs to treat ...

    ... heart rate. Shivering. Loss of coordination. The naloxone in Suboxone may also suddenly bring about symptoms of opioid withdrawal when the drug is altered by crushing and snorting it 9 . These uncomfortable ... Learn more

  • Snorting Fentanyl

    Snorting Fentanyl

    Fentanyl is a pain-relieving substance with two main uses 1 : Treating significant acute, post-operative pain following surgery. Treating ...

    ... cheaper and easier to obtain than fentanyl and other prescription opioids, so it is not uncommon for users to transition from ... of medically-assisted detoxification to manage withdrawal symptoms and help the recovering ... Learn more

  • Snorting Oxycodone

    Snorting Oxycodone

    Oxycodone is a prescription opioid pain reliever often sold under the brand names OxyContin, Percodan, and Percocet 1 . Oxycodone—often called ...

    ... also helpful for treating oxy addiction. Medications can be used to reduce withdrawal symptoms, decrease cravings, and counter the effects of opioids if a relapse occurs 3 . Medications are most effective when combined ... Learn more

  • Side Effects of ACTIQ Abuse

    Side Effects of ACTIQ Abuse

    ACTIQ is a brand name for fentanyl, an extremely powerful opioid painkiller that is used only for severe pain such as breakthrough cancer pain 1 ...

    ... pain. Others may be stabilized with the help of different medications prescribed for withdrawal to minimize cravings and manage the effects of opioid withdrawal. Medications used as part of MAT include 8,9 : A full ... Learn more

  • Effects of Hydromorphone Abuse

    Effects of Hydromorphone Abuse

    Hydromorphone (brand names: Dilaudid, Exalgo) is a powerful semi-synthetic opioid painkiller used in both hospital settings and as part of a ...

    ... drug exactly as prescribed—it is a more common development in those who abuse the drug. An opioid-dependent person will experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop or decrease their use. Due to the severe discomfort of ... Learn more

  • Roxy Drug Abuse

    Roxy Drug Abuse

    Roxicodone (often called “roxies”, “roxys” or “blues”) is one of the brand names for oxycodone, a powerful opioid prescription ...

    ... people were dependent on or addicted to prescription opioids 5 . Signs and Symptoms Of Roxicodone Abuse ... it is not life-threatening, the intensity of withdrawal symptoms can trigger relapse. For this reason, ... Learn more

  • Opioid Painkiller Abuse

    Opioid Painkiller Abuse

    The category of prescription painkillers covers a wide variety of opioid drugs, including morphine , codeine , oxycodone ( OxyContin , ...

    ... medical detox and stabilization, which involves a supervised, medication-managed withdrawal from the drug. 5 In addition, there needs to be an assessment to see why the opioid was taken in the first place—be it for ... Learn more

  • Subutex Abuse

    Subutex Abuse

    What Is Subutex? Subutex is the trade name for the partial opioid agonist buprenorphine. It is marketed for medically assisted addiction ...

    ... produce euphoric effects similar to that of heroin and morphine. Withdrawal Symptoms Experiencing the following signs of an opioid withdrawal syndrome can be a sure sign of dependence: Yawning. Secretion ... Learn more

  • The Effects of Suboxone Use

    The Effects of Suboxone Use

    Overview of Suboxone The Suboxone Debate: Learn why use of Suboxone is a hotly contested issue. Suboxone is a combination ...

    ... can send someone who attempts to inject it into what is known as precipitated withdrawal—the very rapid or immediate onset of opioid withdrawal. 1 Can I Become Addicted to Suboxone? Suboxone is used in the long-term ... Learn more

  • What Are the Side Effects of Oxycodone?

    What Are the Side Effects of Oxycodone?

    Is Oxycodone Dangerous? Oxycodone is a prescription opioid analgesic that is used to manage moderate to severe pain by changing the way ...

    ... replacing one drug with another, MAT is intended to help relieve the potentially-severe symptoms of acute opioid withdrawal with a carefully metered dose of treatment drug to allow focus on recovery and reduce the risk ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... drug. 22 Individuals who suddenly stop (or notably decrease) regular use of opioids can go through withdrawal. Opioid withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable but is generally not life threatening. However, individuals ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... -acting medications that are taken daily. These drugs can be used to assist in opioid withdrawal during what is called “ opioid detoxification ,” and as medication-assisted therapies (MAT) for long-term treatment. Both ... Learn more

  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

    An opioid epidemic has swept the nation. Every day in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Over the ...

    ... born with birth defects and developmental problems. Every 25 minutes a baby is born with NAS and is suffering an opioid withdrawal. NAS costs the health care system an annual $1.5 billion dollars, 81% of which is paid by ... Learn more

  • Suboxone Withdrawal

    Suboxone Withdrawal

    Suboxone is a medication approved for the treatment of opioid addiction and dependence . As part of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) regimen, ...

    ...\/news-events\/nida-notes\/2006\/10\/study-finds-withdrawal-no-easier-ultrarapid-opiate-detox Tapering and Discontinuing Opioids. (n.d.). Retrieved January 31, 2016, from http:\/\/ ... Learn more

  • Side Effects of Tussionex Abuse

    Side Effects of Tussionex Abuse

    Tussionex, a prescription cough medicine, contains a mixture of hydrocodone (an opioid pain reliever) and chlorpheniramine (an antihistamine). In ...

    ... stopped or decreased, the body must adjust to the changes and it will take time to recover normal functioning. Opioid withdrawal can begin within a few hours to a few days after the user has quit or decreased use 9,10 ... Learn more

  • Tussionex Abuse

    Tussionex Abuse

    Tussionex is a prescription medication that includes a combination of chlorpheniramine, an antihistamine 1 , and the opioid painkiller hydrocodone ...

    ... type { margin: 0 0 0 15px; } } Opioid Use Disorders Because of the hydrocodone portion of this combination ... the desired effect or high. Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when Tussionex use is suddenly stopped ... Learn more

  • Overdosed

    The United States is experiencing an epidemic of drug overdose deaths: every year, nearly 44,000 lives are tragically lost, with more than half of ...

    ... S. to have a bottle of pills. 7 We searched CDC's data for records that showed heroin and an opioid analgesic in decedents' systems at the time of their death and found the following dramatic increase between 1999 and ... Learn more

  • Side Effects of Demerol Use

    Side Effects of Demerol Use

    Is Demerol Harmful? The use of Demerol and other prescription opioids is widespread. In 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written for ...

    ... well as compulsive drug-seeking. Those who have developed a physiologic opioid dependence will experience the onset of mild-to-severe withdrawal symptoms when stopping or decreasing the amount of the drug being ... Learn more

  • Snorting Percocet

    Snorting Percocet

    Percocet is a prescription opioid containing both oxycodone and acetaminophen. While it is an effective pain reliever, as a Schedule II controlled ...

    ... after you discontinue your drug use. The severity of your symptoms during withdrawal will depend on your degree of physical dependence . Opioid withdrawal is characterized by some or all of the following symptoms 1 . ... Learn more

  • Signs & Symptoms of Hydromorphone Abuse

    Signs & Symptoms of Hydromorphone Abuse

    Hydromorphone is a prescription medication used for the long-term treatment of moderate to severe pain that cannot be managed by other pain ...

    ... , which are similar to those of other opioids, including those that are typically labeled as ... hydromorphone abuse manifest as tolerance, physiological dependence, withdrawal, and addiction 3 . Tolerance is the ... Learn more

  • OxyContin Abuse

    OxyContin Abuse

    What Is OxyContin? OxyContin is a branded formulation of the powerful opioid painkiller , oxycodone. It is prescribed to manage cases of ...

    ... and apathy. Vomiting. Depression. Problems with concentration or memory. Sleep apnea. Withdrawal Symptoms A reliable sign of opioid dependency and marker of addiction is the appearance of ... Learn more

  • Suboxone Abuse

    Suboxone Abuse

    Suboxone is a mixture of naloxone and buprenorphine . It's typically used in the management of opioid abuse and withdrawa l. It can be ...

    ... abuse and withdrawa l. It can be given to people to facilitate detox, withdrawal and the early stages of opioid abuse recovery, as well as be used in the longer-term-as a maintenance medication to reduce the risk ... Learn more

  • The Effects of Subutex Use

    The Effects of Subutex Use

    What Is Subutex? NOTE: Subutex has been discontinued; however, buprenorphine is still prescribed in combination with naloxone in ...

    ... and dependence , which means that if someone was physically dependent on an opioid, they could be prescribed buprenorphine to counter the withdrawal symptoms and cravings that can lead to relapse. Subutex is not to be ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... in the Journal of Sexual Medicine , noted that erectile dysfunction rates were as high as 52 percent in opioid addicts. Meanwhile, a 2002 survey published in the Journal of Pain found that up to 62 percent of men ... Learn more

  • Warning: 3 Dangerous Suboxone Interactions to Avoid

    Suboxone is a popular, prescription-only drug that effectively suppresses opioid cravings and reduces the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Although ...

    ... the amount of buprenorphine in the bloodstream of a Suboxone user, which may quickly lead to opioid withdrawal symptoms. Combining cocaine and Suboxone also increases the risk of a cocaine overdose. As a depressant ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... . In these types of jobs, there are simply a lot of injuries. This leads to painkillers, which leads to opioid abuse. Combine this with the lack of workers in the area to treat addiction and you get rising numbers of ... Learn more

  • 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, ...

    ... and return to a more stable and productive life. Though these drugs that treat opioid dependence are successful in managing withdrawal and preventing relapse, they remain underused for a variety of reasons. One factor ... Learn more

  • Demerol Abuse

    Demerol Abuse

    Demerol, also known by the street name “demmies” and the generic name meperidine , is a prescription opioid painkiller. Demerol is used to ...

    ... and psychological consequences. Symptoms of Demerol Withdrawal Demerol withdrawal can be uncomfortable, but it is not usually considered dangerous. Withdrawing from prescription opioids like Demerol may result in one ... Learn more

  • What Is Lean? (Purple Drank) – Codeine

    What Is Lean? (Purple Drank) Lean — also known as purple drank, purple lean, sizzurp, dirty sprite, and lean drink—is a made of combination ...

    ... them withdraw as comfortably as possible. Though codeine is a relatively low-potency opioid drug, should the acute opioid withdrawal syndrome be significantly severe, medications such as methadone , buprenorphine, and ... Learn more

  • Morphine Overdose

    Morphine Overdose

    Morphine is a powerful opioid pain medication that can have life-threatening effects in those who abuse it. It is an opiate analgesic, and one ...

    ... rate of overdose deaths caused by natural and semi-synthetic opioids like morphine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone was 3.8 per ... detox or withdrawal. Due to the dangers and extreme discomfort of morphine withdrawal, a medically ... Learn more

  • Oxycodone Overdose

    Oxycodone Overdose

    Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller that is available in a range of doses and formulations (brand names include OxyContin, ...

    ... user after ingesting the drug, call 911 for emergency medical help right away. Afraid of opioid withdrawal? Learn how detox can help. Risk Factors Choosing not to use oxycodone products is ... Learn more

  • Recognizing a Codeine Overdose

    Recognizing a Codeine Overdose

    A national crisis, opioid abuse includes a wide range of drugs—from heroin to any number of prescription medications . Nearly 4 million ...

    ... overdose risks. First, the sheer number of opioids available has dramatically risen. Opiate prescriptions have increased ... to achieve the same effects. Experiencing withdrawal side effects when you stop taking codeine ... Learn more

  • 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, ...

    ... medical health office showed that the rate of death for those using Suboxone and methadone as part of opioid substitution treatment is about half of what it is for those using street heroin . Learn more about ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... the med-makers. The full-force of the pharmaceutical industry has been felt in multiple states on multiple opioid-related issues. A few examples: A proposed bill in Tennessee was designed to reduce the number of ... Learn more

  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    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, ...

    ... entrepreneurs. The goal is to generate ideas that can be developed into solutions to curb the nation's opioid epidemic . The most promising ideas will receive cash prizes meant to help bring their innovations to life ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... over the next decade. Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy, noted in a statement, “The prescription opioid and heroin epidemic continues to devastate communities and families across the ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... , such as methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone) to relieve withdrawal cravings for opioids. Thus, this vaccine is a novel approach in combating the opioid epidemic since it does not alter brain chemistry of any kind ... Learn more

  • The Effects of Opana Use

    The Effects of Opana Use

    Is Opana Harmful? Opana is a prescription opioid pain-reliever containing the active ingredient oxymorphone. Oxymorphone is a ...

    ... yet you have not been able to stop using it. Opana Withdrawal Treatment Stopping Opana abruptly can lead to significant opioid withdrawal symptoms and thus detoxing alone can contribute to increased risk of ... Learn more

  • If a Drug Is Legal, Is it Safe?

    If a Drug Is Legal, Is it Safe?

    There is a common misconception, especially amongst young people, that if a drug is legal then it is safe. This is certainly not the case. In ...

    ... the ingredients on a regular basis. Prescription Opioids : Opioid painkillers - such as OxyContin , Vicodin ... , and, in some cases, experience a dangerous withdrawal syndrome mere hours after the last drink. The ... Learn more

  • America’s Drug Awareness

    For the first time in a decade , the CDC reported that death rates in the United States have increased. While news outlets trumpet the increased ...

    ... deaths than deaths from cocaine and heroin deaths combined. Between 2001 and 2014, the number of deaths from opioid overdoses more than tripled. (The epidemic is actually a factor in driving up the U.S. death rate ... Learn more

  • Alternatives to Painkillers

    Alternatives to Painkillers

    The 2012 National Health Interview Survey estimated that 126.1 million adults reported some pain in the previous 3 months, 25.3 million adults ...

    ... in March of 2016, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released new guidelines for the prescription of opioids in the treatment of chronic pain, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new warning labels ... Learn more

  • Hydrocodone Overdose

    Hydrocodone Overdose

    Hydrocodone (brand names include Anexsia, Vicodin, Vicoprofen, Norco) is an opioid painkiller medication that is available by prescription. It ...

    ... in the United States, and it is diverted and abused at a higher rate than any other legal or illicit opioid 1 . In 2011, nearly 30,000 emergency department visits involved the use of hydrocodone, and these numbers have ... Learn more

  • Fentanyl Overdose

    What is Fentanyl? Fentanyl (brand names include Actiq, Duragesic, and Sublimaze) is a very powerful synthetic opioid painkiller medication that ...

    ... at high risk of overdose. In fact, in 2015 alone, 33,091 people died due to overdose on opioids like fentanyl 2 . Learning how to recognize the indications of a fentanyl overdose and getting professional substance ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... , injected or snorted, the naloxone blocks its effects and quickly throws users into withdrawal. 1 Although buprenorphine is an opioid, its overall effects are less than those of full agonist opiates like heroin and ... Learn more

  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

    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 ...

    ... effects. The results showed this medicine was “effective in reducing the severity of withdrawal symptoms in opioid-dependent rodents.” Another encouraging aspect about their findings: the medication didn't affect an ... Learn more

  • Good News: Dr. Reddy's Will Produce a Cheaper Generic Form of Suboxone

    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 ...

    ... t help but wonder if this company was so concerned with helping the millions of American's dealing with opioid use disorder, why is Suboxone prohibitively expensive to some? And why are millions of American's still dying ... Learn more

  • 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 - ...

    ... Another Opiate? The drug - tentatively known as NKTR-181 - is as effective as existing long-acting opioids, according to Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Stephen Doberstein, yet has one key difference: it's designed to ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... ,2 How Does Methadone 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 ... Learn more

  • The Effects of Dilaudid Use

    The Effects of Dilaudid Use

    Is Dilaudid Harmful? Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is an opioid analgesic prescribed to relieve pain. It is available in hospital settings as an ...

    ... 2013). Hydromorphone . Heller, J. (April 20, 2016). U.S. National Library of Medicine. Opiate and Opioid Withdrawal . Berger, F. (February 24, 2014). Substance Use Disorder . U.S. National Library of Medicine "} ... Learn more

  • Dilaudid Abuse

    Dilaudid Abuse

    Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is a prescription opioid prescribed for the relief of pain. It may be prescribed as a liquid, tablet, rectal ...

    ... 2013). Hydromorphone. Heller, J. (April 20, 2016). U.S. National Library of Medicine. Opiate and Opioid Withdrawal. Berger, F. (February 24, 2014). Substance Use Disorder . U.S. National Library of Medicine. Get ... Learn more

  • The Scary Facts About Designer Drugs and Legal Highs

    The Scary Facts About Designer Drugs and Legal Highs

    Read Time: 30 minutes Introduction What Are Designer Drugs and Legal Highs? The terms “designer drugs” and “legal highs” are used ...

    ... receptors in the brain, which may explain kratom's reputed ability to ease opioid withdrawal. 40 Methoxetamine has been shown to act in a similar way to other dissociative drugs like PCP and ketamine by blocking ... Learn more

  • Snorting Hydrocodone

    Snorting Hydrocodone

    Hydrocodone is an opioid substance used in many prescription medications to treat cough and pain. Hydrocodone is available in formulations of ...

    ... process, medications can be used to reduce withdrawal symptoms and prevent relapse. Other types of medications can benefit those in recovery by blocking the effects of opioids (to deter future use) or by treating ... Learn more

  • Oxycodone Abuse

    Oxycodone Abuse

    What Is Oxycodone? Those addicted to prescription opiates like oxycodone are 40 times more likely to develop a heroin abuse ...

    ... Interestingly, people using other opiate or opioid substances - such as heroin - will sometimes use drugs containing oxycodone to reduce or eliminate their own withdrawal symptoms. ? Oxycodone Abuse Treatment ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 44 people die each and every day as a result of respiratory arrest brought on by prescription opioid overdose. The opioids depress your breathing, bring on heavy sedation and make it impossible to wake up. What's more ... Learn more

  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

    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 ...

    ... for the first time; a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - often known by its brand names, Suboxone ... recognized at National Council, where vice president for policy and advocacy, Rebecca Farley David, has called ... Learn more

  • The Effects of Kratom Use

    Kratom ( Mitragyna speciosa ) is a tree-like plant from Southeast Asia that belongs to the same family of plants as coffee and gardenias. Kratom ...

    ... drug activate opiate signaling in the brain and, in doing so, help mitigate the withdrawal symptoms caused by addictive opioid drugs such as heroin and oxycodone. These features strongly suggest that kratom itself can ... Learn more

  • Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

    Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

    What Is Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome? Post-acute-withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) refers to a constellation of symptoms experienced by some ...

    ... stop taking these medications. Opioids Long-term symptoms of opiate withdrawal are commonly reported in individuals recovering from opioid addictions. Both pharmaceutical and illicit opioid painkillers such as ... Learn more

  • Trafficking Statistics

    Trafficking Statistics

    Although law enforcement fights every day to keep our streets free of drugs, the problem of drug supply and demand remains. This page will provide ...

    ... .S. Fentanyl and acetyl fentanyl are often used by opioid-dependent individuals as a substitute for heroin, or they are ... more and more to get high? Go through withdrawal when unable to use? Answering yes to just a ... Learn more

  • Private and Luxury Recovery Options

    Private and Luxury Recovery Options

    When considering inpatient treatment, there are generally 3 standard options: public inpatient rehab centers, private inpatient rehab centers, and ...

    ... of a “whole patient” approach to treat addiction to opioids and alcohol, as it combines medication with behavioral therapy ... your self-esteem. Music therapy : During withdrawal, music therapy is often used as a ... Learn more

  • Vicodin Overdose

    Vicodin Overdose

    Vicodin is the brand name for an opioid painkiller medication that contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen 1 . Opioids can be very addictive for ...

    ... like Vicodin, may be implemented 7 . Naloxone may put the user into an instant state of opioid withdrawal, but they are much more likely to survive the overdose 8 . Preventing Overdose If Vicodin abuse ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... Emily Feinstein , the director of Health, Law and Policy at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. ... that Vivitrol is not an immediate cure to opioid dependency . However, according to those who have ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... . For many people, this wouldn't pose a problem. For thousands of others, however, getting hooked on opioids through a valid prescription is a chilling reality. Once hooked, as a means to fuel that addiction, doctor ... Learn more

  • Dangers of Snorting and Sniffing Drugs

    Dangers of Snorting and Sniffing Drugs

    Users abuse drugs in varying ways; some drugs are taken orally, while others are smoked, injected, or snorted. Each mode of administration elicits ...

    ... ), many people will snort prescription drugs that have been crushed into a powder, such as opioid painkillers and prescription stimulants. These medications may come in extended-release formulas intended to slowly ... Learn more

  • Neurontin Abuse

    Neurontin Abuse

    Neurontin misuse is a growing public health concern—especially among opioid-abusing populations. The Neurontin high can produce desirable ...

    ... rehab program. If you are struggling with a Neurontin abuse disorder alongside other drugs such as opioids or alcohol, withdrawal may be even more complicated and dangerous so it is extremely important not to try to ... Learn more

  • Percocet Overdose

    Percocet Overdose

    What is Percocet? Percocet is an opioid painkiller medication containing oxycodone and acetaminophen 1 . When abused, it has a high potential ...

    ... high potential for deadly overdose . In fact, in 2015 nearly 18,000 people died due to overdose on opioid painkillers like Percocet 2 . It is important to know the indicators of a Percocet overdose so that emergency ... Learn more

  • Drug Withdrawal

    What Is Drug Withdrawal? Withdrawal is the various symptoms that a person may experience if they suddenly stop using or abruptly reduce the ...

    ... handled appropriately in order to protect the health and safety of the patient. 10 Opioid Withdrawal Opioid withdrawal can be severely uncomfortable but doesn't carry the life-threatening risks characteristic of ... Learn more

  • Percocet Abuse

    Percocet Abuse

    Since the mid-1990s, rates of prescription drug abuse have skyrocketed. Today, the widespread abuse of prescription medication —whether it ...

    ... and addiction . As one struggles with an opioid addiction, compulsive misuse of the drugs can cause ... of Percocet under medical supervision may ensure that the withdrawal symptoms don't cause a relapse. The medical staff ... Learn more

  • The Effects of Vicodin Use

    The Effects of Vicodin Use

    Vicodin is an prescription painkiller medication that is comprised of two substances: Hydrocodone. Acetaminophen . ...

    ... they will begin to manifest withdrawal effects. Since Vicodin is comprised of an opioid, Vicodin withdrawal will mirror symptoms associated with heroin. Vicodin withdrawal symptoms include: Pain throughout the ... Learn more

  • Hydrocodone Abuse

    Hydrocodone Abuse

    About Hydrocodone Hydrocodone is an opioid analgesic (painkiller) drug - included in the formulation of many narcotic prescription ...

    ... in the same family as morphine and oxycodone; like many other opioid substances, it has a high potential to lead to dependency and addiction ... Although rarely life threatening, opiate withdrawal symptoms for those who are ... Learn more

  • Legalizing Marijuana Decreases Fatal Opiate Overdoses, Study Shows

    According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. In an effort to relieve that constant ...

    ... marijuana laws, when implemented, may represent a promising approach for stemming runaway rates of nonintentional opioid-analgesic-related deaths,” wrote opiate abuse researchers Dr. Mark S. Brown and Marie J. Hayes in a ... Learn more

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Ryan Kelley is a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician and the former managing editor of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS). During his time at JEMS, Ryan developed Mobile Integrated Healthcare in Action, a series of in-depth articles on Community Paramedicine programs across the country that go beyond transporting patients to emergency rooms and connects specific patients, such as repeat system users, the homeless and others with behavioral health issues and substance use disorders, to definitive long-term care and treatment. In his current capacity as Medical Editor for American Addiction Centers, Ryan works to provide accurate, authoritative information to those seeking help for substance abuse and behavioral health issues.

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