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  • 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 dangers lurking at the bottom of that pill bottle. Addiction develops rapidly; suddenly one or 2 pills per day no longer keeps the debilitating withdrawal symptoms at bay. Patients find themselves taking more and ... 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 ...

    ... symptoms. It's important to remember that, like alcohol, benzo withdrawal can be dangerous and can cause seizures. Carol's doctor monitored her closely. Sometimes it was hard not to reach for a pill when life seemed ... 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 ...

    ... out, she was happy to stop taking it, but the pills weren't done with her. Kelly says she she almost ... had to make it through withdrawal first.” She experienced the typical withdrawal symptoms associated with Xanax . “I ... continue reading
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  • Here’s What You Need to Know About the Probuphine Implant

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

    ... for opioid addiction treatment and it prevents withdrawal symptoms. The Probuphine implant looks like four ... withdrawal . What Are the Pros of Probuphine? With an implant, you don't have to worry about taking a pill ... 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 that benzodiazepines are actually alcohol in pill form.” Measuring Benzo Intoxication But while intoxication ... as it helps to minimize the effects of withdrawal symptoms. Although the early stages of detox and recovery ... 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 ...

    ... felt . When she stopped taking the pills, these horrible flu-like symptoms set in. Shelly did a little research and came to the conclusion that she must be experiencing withdrawal. Naturally, she panicked. “I must be ... 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 ...

    ... . Now the semester was over, so he stopped taking the pills - just like he said he would. The problem was, ... Ritalin and experiencing withdrawal. Sleeping disorders are a common symptom of Ritalin withdrawal. And since ... 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 ...

    ... the first time I had ever heard him say that. So he called in a new prescription, I took some pills, and my withdrawal symptoms stopped. But I was right back where I started. 3. Long-term use can be harmful. Years later ... 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 ...

    ... “doctor shopping” as a means to get more pills. You Just Never Know… Frightened and consumed by ... some mild stomach upset, Suzanne barely noticed any withdrawal symptoms . Paying it Forward and the Greater Good Today ... 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 ...

    ... or violence Chewing, crushing or snorting pills to increase the effect Drastic reductions ... be prepared for an extended withdrawal process. In fact, full resolution of benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms can take up to 6 ... 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 ...

    ... opiate addiction and works by virtually stopping the withdrawal symptoms caused by other opiates such as hydrocodone, ... a huge misconception. You can take prescription pain pills while on Suboxone, but the dosage must be ... 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 ...

    ... of time and may experience highly uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms such as seizures, nervousness, and insomnia ... as 12-step programs (e.g., Narcotics Anonymous, Pills Anonymous). Meetings are free and hosted all over the ... 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 ...

    ... She didn't know what to think. She wondered about withdrawal. She wondered if she had become addicted . She didn ... doctor . Don't try to do this alone. If new symptoms occur, let your doctor know right away. They can tell ... 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 ...

    ... has developed, you may notice the following withdrawal symptoms if you stop using the drug: 1 ... taking the drug in a way other than prescribed (crushing pills, snorting, injecting, mixing with other medications, etc.) or ... continue reading
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  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

    One in 20 Americans are popping pills that have been prescribed for someone else. And the CDC reports that most misused prescription opioids are obtained from family members - many of them stolen from medicine cabinets. We Need Solutions This abuse ...

    ... : This cap is equipped with a built-in timer. When the bottle is opened, the timer resets. Safer Lock: This pill bottle includes a four-digit combination lock in the cap. The goals behind these devices are to keep family ... 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 ...

    ... experience the full strength of the drug by crushing and injecting the pills, significantly increasing the risk of overdose. Some signs and symptoms of an Opana overdose generally include a severe slowing of breathing ... continue reading
  • Fake Xanax is Here…And It’s Deadly

    We're feeling the anxiety these days and an increasing number of people are turning to drugs like Xanax - a mild sedative used to treat anxiety - as a way to better function in their daily lives. But with more users, the likelihood of abuse also ...

    ... Buyer Beware As with any drug off the street, buyers may not be getting what they bargained for - a counterfeit pill made to look like Xanax has been popping up nationwide. And while it claims to be the real deal, these ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

    We're an anxious nation. According to data from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States. (The fact that we have an association devoted to anxiety says something about us, ...

    ... abuse . A Medication Nation What's really going on here? Why are we a nation full of anxiety-ridden, pill-popping people? Experts suggest we've developed a fear of fear . In truth, fear is a healthy emotion. It helps ... 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 ...

    ... the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cracked down on “pill mills” that had sprung up in the area, making ... a baby is born with NAS and is suffering an opioid withdrawal. NAS costs the health care system an annual $1.5 ... 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 ...

    ... Until this development, buprenorphine was only approved as a pill or film placed under the tongue or the inside ... as methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone) to relieve withdrawal cravings for opioids. Thus, this vaccine is ... continue reading
  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

    I had just started studying for the Bar Exam when I realized the extent of legal information I'd have to retain wasn't humanly possible. Terrified of failing, I sought outside help in the form of a small white pill: Adderall . Within minutes of ...

    ... wasn't humanly possible. Terrified of failing, I sought outside help in the form of a small white pill: Adderall . Within minutes of popping the “smart drug,” my focus sharpened, my motivation increased and my brain ... 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 ...

    ... 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 heroin users are ... continue reading
  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

    After suffering an embarrassing panic attack at the mall, Kara visited a psychiatrist. He prescribed medication to help Kara with her symptoms - within a couple of months, this “solution” turned into an addiction. Now Kara has anxiety issues as ...

    ... 's, but it's clear we've become a pill-dependent nation. By 2013, nearly 36.5 million Americans were ... likely to suffer from a panic attack or other anxiety symptoms. Get the rest you need. Keep a regular sleep schedule ... 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 ...

    ... . The line ranged from a $950 prescription bottle purse and a $175 pill-decorated umbrella, to a $650 short black dress covered in colorful pills. Additional Reading: Yay or Nay - Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy ... 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 ...

    ... is troublesome, as most patients rely on their own ability to follow the label instructions found on pill bottles. Taking all this information into consideration, having an unambiguous black box warning sign should be ... 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 ...

    ... can be very addictive. Fentanyl can be delivered in many different ways - including IV, intranasal, lozenge, pill and transdermal patch forms. Currently, the most frequently prescribed form of fentanyl (in the US) is the ... continue reading
  • Recovery Roundtable: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone?

    Suboxone is a medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction . It's widely used as a replacement for methadone and can be prescribed in the comfort of a doctor's office, whereas methadone can only be ...

    Suboxone is a medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction . It's widely used as a replacement for methadone and can be prescribed in the comfort of a doctor's office, ... 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 ...

    ... debated drinking coffee or Mountain Dew, he remembered something a classmate said a week or so before. “I popped one pill, and I stayed awake for hours. I was so focused, I finished a week's worth of assignments in one ... 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 ...

    ... so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as prescribed, but ... ? If a loved one exhibits any of the above symptoms, you've got a potential overdose situation on your ... 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 ...

    ... for insomniacs; Americans spent over $40 billion on sleep aids in 2015. So, what's the big deal? Well, sleeping pills pose a ton of health risks and put you at risk of addiction , which is especially concerning when we ... continue reading
  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

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

    ... pain from a recent accident. He doesn't want (or can't afford) to see a doctor. You think, “I have those pills just sitting there. I'll give him two or three to help him get through the pain.” Or maybe your spouse gets a ... 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 ...

    ... needs of chronic pain patients. And drug manufacturers stress that they are doing what they can to make their pills safe. Meanwhile, millions of Americans live out every day in stress - thanks to opioid addiction . You ... 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 ...

    ... . When lacking sleep as a result of chronic pain, many people seek solace in sleeping pills. The problem is that taking sleeping pills on top of opioid medications can kill you. Watching the Brain Channel The high number ... 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 ...

    ... beyond the workplace and you're suddenly popping pills in order to attend social events. Saying Everyone ... addiction , do not quit cold turkey. The withdrawals from stimulant medications can be truly debilitating. Be ... 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 ...

    ... most misused stimulant drug among males. Prescription diet pills were the most abused stimulant drugs among females. ... aged 4 to 17 were diagnosed with ADHD, and symptoms were typically observed around the age of seven. ... continue reading
  • Counterfeit Prescription Drug Operations Thrive in the US

    Prescription drugs continue to remain big business in the United States. Last year alone, the total retail sales for prescription drugs filled at American pharmacies topped $259 billion. But as legal sales continue to rise, it's perhaps not too ...

    ... should only get them from your doctor and fill the prescription at a certified pharmacy. Shopping online or buying pills from someone off the street may seem like a fast and easy way to get your hands on the medications ... continue reading
  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

    Although drugs like heroin and cocaine tend to grab flashier and more dramatic headlines in the media, arguably the biggest substance issue among young adults and college students is prescription medication. In fact, prescription stimulants are ...

    ... are now required to sign a contract saying that they promise not to share or misuse their pills. Even further, George Mason and William and Mary colleges have forbidden school clinicians from prescribing stimulants , ... 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 ...

    ... . In fact, a 2014 survey revealed that 94 percent of people in rehab turned to heroin because prescription pills were “far more expensive and harder to obtain.” #5 Side Effects of Using Heroin Heroin drastically impacts ... 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 ...

    ... I am in pain, 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 ... 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 ...

    ... 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 they've started it. Abuse by crushing, snorting ... 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 ...

    ... with painkiller addiction and millions more have turned to heroin as a “more affordable” alternative once buying pills on the street becomes too costly. For those who think the opiate epidemic is much ado about nothing ... 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 ...

    ... MDMA and methamphetamine combined. And because the DEA report shows that more than half of these users are getting their pills for free from family and friends, it's a health hazard that shows no sign of slowing down. In ... 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 ...

    ... cities, there's certainly no shortage in the supply. Thousands of drug dealers set up shop, doling out pills on street corners, in abandoned houses and everywhere in between. Despite the odds, however, new research shows ... 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 ...

    ... , unaware of the addictive nature of the opiate drug , are seen for symptoms they do not even recognize as withdrawal. Symptoms of withdrawal are similar to those of opiates and can include: Craving Depression Anxiety ... 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 ...

    ... may utilize a slow-taper detox program . 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 ... 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 ...

    ... Opiates, such as heroin, and prescription pain pills like Vicodin, are psychoactive drugs that directly affect ... among meth users who administer the drug intravenously. Symptoms of a meth overdose also include violent or ... 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. ...

    ... . But do these really work in deterring those from prescription drug abuse? The Truth About Tamper-Resistant Pills A recent commentary in Canadian Medical Association Journal doesn't seem to think so, arguing that tamper ... 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 ...

    ... and Xanax are used to treat anxiety disorders, but they do not perform equally among men and women. The pills themselves dissolve much slower in a woman's stomach because they have less gastric acid than men. In the end ... 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 ...

    ... you've only taken a benzodiazepine at low doses as prescribed, you may still experience very difficult withdrawal symptoms. 5 It is this experience that typically prevents people from trying to quit benzos again. However ... 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. ...

    ... OxyContin - one that nearly ruined his life. He was thankful that methadone provided a way to help keep his withdrawal symptoms at bay. What Peter wasn't focused on was the fact that his methadone dosage had gone up 300 ... 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, ...

    ... …but sleep driving ? That was scary. Nicole decided then and there she wouldn't be taking any more of those pills. The Ambien Hangover Nicole's story is not the only one of its kind. Ambien ( zolpidem ) is a sedative ... continue reading
  • The Other Side of Suboxone

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

    ... Scoop on Suboxone Like heroin and other opioids, Suboxone has its own risks, side effects, and withdrawal symptoms. When used in accordance with prescribed parameters, Suboxone helps stabilize and maintain many people in ... 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 ...

    ... and hope this new insight will lead to the creation of a more effective treatment method for the symptoms of withdrawal. Dr. Trang says their next steps will be to determine the drug effectiveness in humans and to ensure ... continue reading
  • Three Lethal Drug Combinations That Can Kill You

    We all know that certain drugs can cause dangerous interactions when taken together, but some people either don't take the threat seriously or they're simply uninformed when it comes to specific chemicals and substances. Most Dangerous Drug ...

    ... combined cognitive effects can make it easier to forget how many drinks you've had or how many pills you've taken. Consuming these two substances in excess increases the risk of severe respiratory depression and death ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Abusing ADHD Meds Won’t Get You on the Dean’s List

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

    ... grades. She decided she needed a boost. She asked around until she found someone willing to spot her a few Adderall pills, a mediation meant to treat ADHD . With this “help” in hand, she was sure she had just what she ... 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, ...

    ... times, dentists prescribe 20 to 30 tablets of a narcotic painkiller in situations where only a handful of pills are required, according to Dr. Brian Bateman , associate professor of anesthesia at Brigham and Women's ... continue reading
  • Portrait of the American Overdose: Do You Fit the Profile?

    Overdoses from illicit drugs and prescriptions painkillers claim a total of 45,000 lives in the US each year. Who are the people typically among these tragedies? You might be surprised. Statistics show that the profile many Americans envision when ...

    ... . For example, combining opiates with alcohol can cause respiration to slow to a lethal rate. Mixing heroin with pain pills can have similar effects. Are You at Risk? Do you or a loved one fit any of these profiles ... 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 ...

    ... of three weeks (or more), reduce doses by 10 to 20 percent each week. This will reduce withdrawal symptoms. It also decreases your chance of relapse, since it reduces discomfort. Participate in therapy: As you taper ... 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 ...

    ... One reason is that if you inject Suboxone, the naloxone will quickly give rise to very unpleasant and severe withdrawal symptoms , which will make you want to stop abusing the drug. Suboxone comes in the form of a tablet ... 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 ...

    ... . The next step is doing what you can to make the recovery process as painless as possible. Withdrawal symptoms can be severe, while the tapering process can be lengthy. The following tips may help reduce side effects ... 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 ...

    ... . Being dependent on them means, if you stop taking these medications, you'll experience some type of withdrawal symptom . Does this mean you're addicted? No, it simply means your body has become accustomed to taking ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... -acting benzos, such as Valium, can cause withdrawal symptoms for up to 90 days. The second phase - Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) - can last up to two years. Symptoms usually include a slight increase in anxiety ... continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

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    ... An overdose occurs when your body cannot handle the amount of foreign substances in your body. Although signs and symptoms vary depending on the type of drug abused and the person's tolerance, it's best to choose caution ... continue reading
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