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  • 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 ...

    ... no need to become an herb expert. Just grab some detox tea from a health food store. Probiotics: You'll need ... since Biblical times, but most people favor over-the-counter anti-constipation drugs. Learn more about the ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

    It's well-documented that heroin and prescription painkiller abuse are two of the biggest drug problems in the U.S., but a new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration highlights just how serious the problem is. Shocking Death Rate Chuck ...

    ... -the-counter or all-natural alternatives to manage their condition. But if the problem has become too severe, or they're using heroin regularly in any moment, treatment at an inpatient rehab center with a detox unit is ... continue reading
  • Intoxicated Pilots Gamble with the Lives of Holiday Travelers

    Now that the holiday season is upon us, the roadways and skies are crowded with travelers. This massive surge of activity serves as a catalyst for travel-related accidents. And while the public is well aware of drug- and alcohol-related driving ...

    ... pilots. The purpose of the NTSB study was two-fold: to take a look at the prevalence of over-the-counter and prescription medications as well as illicit drugs found in toxicology panels and to evaluate the need for ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... know it, your doctors have many options at their disposal. A Look at Opiate Alternatives Over-the-Counter Acetaminophen Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, is another common and effective pain reliever. It ... 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 ...

    ... of their use. Here's a couple stats to put that in perspective: Forty-one percent of those who use over-the-counter sleep aids take them for a year or longer. Forty-eight percent use the meds several times each week. Don ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... this seems counter-intuitive, the drug affects the chemicals in the brain, countering the effects ... 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, ...

    ... ?!? Haley was disturbed by her discovery in the kitchen. The gas burner was on, a dirty skillet was on the counter and three eggs were missing from her fridge. She had no memory of it, but judging by the yolk still stuck ... 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 ...

    ... he felt. Something was wrong; a panic quickly washed over his body. Within an hour, Mike collapsed to the ... of Brown University. “Creating these `behind-the-counter' pharmacy models for naloxone allows greater access and ... 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 ...

    ... each other and can negatively impact your health. Be sure to consult your physician before taking anything over the counter…better to be safe than sorry. Additional Reading: Don't Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means ... 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 ...

    ... but participants also reported cutting down on other medications, such as: Anti-inflammatories Anticonvulsants Over the counter pain relief Encouraged by their findings, lead researcher, Assistant Professor Douglas Bruce ... continue reading
  • Chronic Disease Treatment Success Rates

    Testicular Cancer Testicular cancer was perhaps one of the most feared cancers of the 70s and 80s. However, advances in treatment meant that the prognosis of this disease changed from a 5 percent five-year survival rate to an 85 percent five-year ...

    ... pain, we start to head into the world of narcotics. While codeine is a narcotic, it's an over-the-counter narcotic, and it isn't often abused, although the potential exists. Hydrocodone and oxycodone are often prescribed ... 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, ...

    ... has gotten on board, too, when last October it issued a statement, recommending that dentists consider over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Motrin and Advil, as “first-line therapy for acute pain management ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 benzos - no matter how physically durable or mentally prepared you may be - do not try to detox by going “cold turkey” at home. The results could be deadly. Normally, the benzodiazepine withdrawal process is done ... 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 ...

    ... the patient's dosage is gradually tapered down. Over a designated period of time, the patient eventually ... is clear to Mark Publicker, who oversees a 24-bed detox ward at Mercy Hospital Recovery Center in Portland. “As bad ... 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 ...

    ... is in order, as it helps to minimize the effects of withdrawal symptoms. Although the early stages of detox and recovery can be difficult, having a qualified medical team on hand to assist can help you break free of ... 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 ...

    ... that the patient can completely stop taking it without experiencing the effects of withdrawal. Once detox is completed, a customized behavioral therapy program is implemented. The personalized plan will address cravings ... 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 ...

    ... , below are some our popular and recommended. Drug addiction hotline number Alcohol addiction hotline number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug Rehab Centers Near Me How to Help a Drug Addict ... continue reading
  • 6 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know

    What are Benzos? Benzodiazepines (benzos) are an anxiolytic class of drugs that belong to a larger group of substances that can be categorized as central nervous system (CNS) depressants. 1 Benzodiazepines work by increasing inhibitory ...

    ... . This allows a person to detox slowly and avoid severe withdrawal symptoms. 8 Tapering off of benzo generally involves a doctor prescribing increasingly smaller amounts of the drug over time or changing prescriptions to ... 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 ...

    ... to discontinue the abuse of opioids without experiencing a painful detox. So what is the big problem? Do we have to ... and methadone is no joke. At higher doses over long periods of time, it becomes extremely difficult ... 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 ...

    ... - or even years - to “click” - be patient with yourself. It is recommended you seek medical help at a detox center to begin the recovery process. Can We Recover? Breaking free from a benzo dependence is not easy, but it ... continue reading
  • Workplace Adderall Abuse: 9 Signs It’s Time to Get Help

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

    ... from stimulant medications can be truly debilitating. Be safe and confident in your recovery; find a detox facility where licensed medical professionals can help you decrease your dosage in a supervised setting. Most ... continue reading
  • What is Ativan? Is Ativan Addictive? Dangers of Ativan Abuse

    Ativan is one of the top 10 psychiatric drugs used in America. Many have taken it; many have abused it. What do you know about it? If you're like most people, your knowledge of Ativan is limited. Even those who use it are often unaware of its ...

    ... the safest way to beat an Ativan addiction since no pharmacological treatments are currently available. This detox process and the rehab treatment to follow typically require supervision at a treatment center. The length ... 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 ...

    ... Truth About Suboxone Suboxone has been proven clinically effective and has significantly reduced the need for inpatient detox services , yet it's greatly underused due to widespread misconceptions. Let's address some of ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... the medication. Driving under the influence of benzos can result in DUI charges . How long does it take to detox from benzos? Click Here for the Answer Benzo withdrawal has two phases . The first acute phase lasts seven ... 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 ...

    ... on the level of dependence. 9 Medical Detox Since Xanax is associated with significant physical ... Narcotics Anonymous, Pills Anonymous). Meetings are free and hosted all over the U.S. They can be highly effective when it ... 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 ...

    ... , too. The same properties that make it a potential detox aid also make it a potential addiction. In small doses ... experienced mild withdrawal. Sadly, among these users, over 80 percent tried to stop using and were unable ... 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 ...

    ... It's frequently given to patients in detox facilities and drug treatment programs for different ... market. Some physicians even prefer this medication over traditional therapies when treating ailments such as depression ... 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 ...

    ... to pain in the body. It is used during detox because it reduces or eliminates the unpleasant symptoms of ... also bought and sold on the black market. Over the years, prescriptions for methadone as a pain medication ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

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

    ... into veins repeatedly can irritate the vein and cause collapse. Liver Damage - Processing the potent drug over time can deteriorate the liver. Endocarditis - Morphine can cause inflammation of the inner lining of the ... 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 ...

    ... up. What's more, the opioids found in painkillers are the same ones found in heroin, which caused over 8,000 overdose deaths in 2013. Deadly and Complicating Circumstances Whether it's from mismanagement of prescriptions ... 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, ...

    ... 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 disorders rose from 0.6 to 0.9 percent. There was ... 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 ...

    ... The research also showed that girls were more likely than boys to abuse prescription painkillers. “Over 1.3 million adolescents abused prescription opioids within the last year,” said Shannon Monnat, assistant professor ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Tamper-Resistant Painkillers Aren’t Helping

    Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic. Nearly 5 million Americans, or 1.9 percent of the population, use pain relievers - or opioids - for non-medical purposes, according to a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ...

    ... U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Of this segment, many have zeroed in on extended-release opioids over instant-release drugs since they contain more of the active ingredient and can be altered to release the ... continue reading
  • Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier

    The abuse of ADHD medication is commonly associated with black-market Ritalin or Adderall on campus to aid last-minute cramming sessions. However, a recent study indicates the abuse of ADHD drugs begins much earlier than college. The Dark Side of ...

    ... dependence works.” The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has seen a steady increase in ADHD diagnoses over the years. In 2011, roughly 11 percent of those aged 4 to 17 were diagnosed with ADHD, and symptoms ... 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 ...

    ... you can decide. Big Pharma Spends Big Bucks $880 million. That's the total spent by opiate manufacturers over the past decade to fight potential controls of their pills. These dollars, which were funneled to lobbying 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 ...

    ... worn for a period of up to three days; the medication is absorbed by the skin at a slow, steady pace over those 72-hours. Too Hot to Handle Fentanyl's high potency makes it dangerous , so the dosage needs to be monitored ... 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 ...

    ... programs. Patrick's efforts finally paid off. After seeing how much his roommate had done to help him over the past few months, and hearing how his addiction was affecting his family, Darren broke. He admitted his ... 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. ...

    ... at least she could function enough to hold down a job. Is it All About the Money? With over 250,000 Americans enrolled in methadone clinics, these stories are becoming more and more common. Methadone maintenance programs ... 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 ...

    ... it only as prescribed, but she figured an extra one wouldn't hurt. Feeling calmer, she decided to drive over to her friend's house. Once there, they had a few drinks while catching up. Suddenly, Shannon found herself ... 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 ...

    ... 4mg of Xanax daily. Kelly accepted the doctor's advice and started taking the pills. No Anxiety, No Tips Over the next four weeks, Kelly didn't experience any anxiety, but she discovered this “relief” didn't come without ... 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), ...

    ... tramadol to anyone suffering from depression or at risk for addiction. But this wasn't enough. In fact, 2011 saw over 20,000 ER visits that were linked to tramadol. In 2012, 3.2 million people were using tramadol for non ... 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 ...

    ... problems he has with the safe injection site scenario. “As a critical care nurse…my main job is to watch over people who are using fentanyl. When we are doing conscious sedation, there are three providers - a doctor, an ... 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 ...

    ... and more frequently in street drugs, fentanyl is beyond dangerous. Last year, fentanyl and other synthetic opioids took over the number one spot for leading cause of drug overdose deaths in the US. The CDC reported more ... 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 ...

    ... we're currently experiencing across the nation. An estimated 91 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose. Over 2 million Americans are currently struggling with an opioid use disorder . More than half of those ... 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 ...

    ... but a spokeswoman for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation reported they've seen 50 overdose cases involving gray death over the past three months. In order to prevent more deaths from occurring, authorities are trying to ... 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 ...

    ... 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 benzos making her less sharp and productive. Some experts feel ... 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 ...

    ... side effects may warrant an abrupt stop to your medication. Which drugs are involved also affects the change-over protocol . If you're switching medications within the same drug class, this can typically occur more ... 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, ...

    ... study, the experimental opioid showed its effectiveness in achieving pain relief , when it outperformed a placebo in over 600 patients with chronic lower back pain. In all tests, NKTR-181's effects were the same, whether ... 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 ...

    ... , urging both Sephora and Urban Decay to re-name the controversial shade. To date, the petition has received over 1,300 signatures. One supporter commented, “I'm signing this because you cannot mock and make glamorous a ... 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 ...

    ... begin the weaning process. Slowly taper off the drug: Health experts recommend gradually reducing your buprenorphine dosage. Over a period of three weeks (or more), reduce doses by 10 to 20 percent each week. This will ... 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 ...

    ... stop whenever he wanted. When his friends expressed concerns of addiction, he blew off their warnings. Now the semester was over, so he stopped taking the pills - just like he said he would. The problem was, he couldn't ... 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 ...

    ... and buprenorphine have demonstrated success in helping treat substance use disorders. They are usually preferred over other medications for opioid withdrawal because they can be used and supervised in inpatient and ... 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 ...

    ... assessment, as long as you're eligible. Your initial dosage will not exceed 40 mg but will be slowly increased over the next few weeks with a final dosage goal of anywhere from 80 to 120 mg . Once you transition to ... 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 ...

    ... if you think you may be addicted to Tramadol. #1. Physical dependence. Physical dependence on Tramadol can develop over time with prolonged and increased use . If dependence has developed, you may notice the following ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

    An opioid epidemic has swept the nation. Every day in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Over the course of a year, that number grows to 18,250—which is enough to fill every seat at Madison Square ...

    ... epidemic has swept the nation. Every day in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Over the course of a year, that number grows to 18,250—which is enough to fill every seat at ... 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 ...

    ... chills, headaches, or nausea when I haven't taken the medication at the normal time? “Am I using more of the medication over time to feel the same effects? If you take pain killers even when you aren't in pain, this is a ... 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 ...

    ... also includes acetaminophen, which can damage the liver in excess, so it's dangerous to take it in large doses over an extended period of time. Acetaminophen can even cause death if taken in too large a dose at one time ... 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 ...

    ... this potent, chemical-altering substance poses many risks. Topping this list is dependence - both psychological and physical. Over time, tramadol abuse causes the user to believe he or she needs the drug to cope with day ... 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 ...

    ... symptoms vary depending on the type of drug abused and the person's tolerance, it's best to choose caution over discernment. Simply put; if you feel something is wrong, it probably is. Signs and Symptoms by Drug Let's ... 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 ...

    ... first time ever. Current Program Reach Falls Short The CDC found that the use of syringe programs has increased over the past decade, however it's clearly not enough. The CDC points out that programs aren't located in ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

    The opioid crisis has been making headlines for years, but there's another drug epidemic that has been flying under the radar: Abuse of ADHD drugs. ADHD drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin, increase levels of the brain chemical dopamine and provide ...

    ... people abusing ADHD medication has been steadily increasing over the last five years, with almost 9 ... And unfortunately, this misuse does have consequences : Over 19,000 people have suffered from complications related to ... continue reading
  • Are We Creating a Generation of Addicts With ADHD Medication?

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    ... , in their collective opinion, those issues rarely warrant drugs like Ritalin, Adderall and Vyvanse. Over-Diagnosed and Over-Medicated In 2011, the CDC reported 11 percent of our nation's children were diagnosed with ... continue reading
  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

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    ... 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 similar one) describes your opioid prescription ... continue reading
  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

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    ... the number one prescribed psychiatric medication in the country, with over 50 million prescriptions written each year. Improper use of Xanax results in over 125,000 ER visits annually. The Lethal Cocktail The combination ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

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    ... with an on-site counselor to develop an individual program and dosage Someone is available to speak with clients over the phone or online 24/7 Yearly physicals and blood work to evaluate methadone levels Good behavior is ... continue reading
  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

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    ... black in color. And tends to be sticky like tar or hard like coal. #3 Heroin is More Popular Than Ever Before Over the past decade, heroin use has grown by leaps and bounds. It's now being abused in both big cities and ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

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    ... our ability to feel and process difficult emotions, Xanax is extremely addictive and often abused. In fact, by 2010, over 125,000 annual ER visits were directly related to Xanax abuse . A Medication Nation What's really ... continue reading
  • Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs?

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    ... the drug crisis. He saw that addiction rates only increased as a result of these measures, despite over one-trillion dollars being poured into the initiative. The opiate epidemic became a nationwide health crisis ; not ... continue reading
  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

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    ... drug testing or screening for public assistance applicants or recipients, and they've spent hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years to weed out a very small number of drug users . A great example is Arizona, who ... continue reading
  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

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    ... a total sticker price of $6.3 billion, includes $1 billion in funding to fight the opioid epidemic. Over the next two years, the funds will be used for opioid addiction prevention and treatment programs, while another $4 ... continue reading
  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

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