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  • How to Help a Clonazepam Addict

    Help for Clonazepam Addicts Clonazepam (brand name: Klonopin ) is a prescription tranquilizer used to treat seizures and panic disorder. It falls within the class of drugs known as benzodiazepines , which are known for their sedating effects. Taking ...

    ... aggression. Depression or suicidal thoughts. Addiction also tends comes with the feeling of needing the drug. You may use clonazepam even when it is causing ... about your clonazepam use, or that of a loved one, don' ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Zolpidem Abuse

    Is Zolpidem Harmful? Zolpidem is a hypnotic, or sleep-promoting substance, found in some prescription insomnia medications, including the sleeping pill Ambien 1 . As a sedative-hypnotic substance, zolpidem can impart a sense of euphoria and ...

    ... to highlight the many different ways that people can react to drugs, especially sleeping pills. Sometimes, ... been known to cause psychological issues in long-term users, including 1 : Anxiety. Aggression. Impaired memory ... continue reading
  • Ativan Abuse

    Many people in the U.S. struggle with compulsive prescription medication use. Benzodiazepines—including Ativan—are some of the more frequently abused prescription drugs out there. While recovery from benzodiazepines can be tough, it is possible. ...

    ... prescription drugs out there. While recovery from benzodiazepines can be tough, it is possible. The right treatment program can ensure that ... interest in pleasurable activities. Aggression. Paranoia. Mixing depressants like ... continue reading
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  • Librium Abuse

    Librium, which is the brand name for chlordiazepoxide, is a prescription medication that belongs to a class of controlled substances called benzodiazepines . It is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant, meaning it slow down brain activity. ...

    ... of prescription medications like Librium, and help them understand the harmful effects the drug can have ... weight gain. Lethargy. As a parent, it's important that you're aware of the signs and symptoms of substance abuse ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Diazepam Abuse

    Diazepam is a benzodiazepine commonly prescribed under the brand name Valium. This substance depresses the central nervous system (CNS) to manage 1,2 : Anxiety. Muscle spasms. Seizures. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Is Diazepam Harmful? Despite ...

    ... with other drugs, such as 3 : Alcohol or alcoholic beverages . Prescription painkillers . ... that occur after the drug is consumed. 2,8 Someone who continually abuses diazepam might also experience 2 : Delirium. Aggression ... continue reading
  • Snorting Ambien

    The sleep-aid Ambien (generic name: zolpidem) is a prescription medication used in the treatment of insomnia in adults 1 . It works by slowing down brain activity to help users fall and stay asleep. Zolpidem is similar in structure and effects to ...

    ... effects that may present in those who take the medication as advised. However, for those who abuse the drug by ... or suicide. Anxiety and restlessness. Agitation. Aggression. Hallucinations. Feeling odd or unlike oneself. ... continue reading
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  • Don’t Be Fooled: Tramadol Abuse Poses Very Real Dangers

    Ultram. Conzip. Rybix ODT. These name brands of tramadol have recently flooded the marketplace with their painkilling properties. Since its approval in 1995, tramadol has become a household name. In 2013 alone, over 43 million tramadol prescriptions ...

    ... 2013 alone, over 43 million tramadol prescriptions were written in the U.S. For years, this drug was thought of as the safe ... Over time, tramadol abuse causes the user to believe he or she needs the drug to cope with day ... continue reading
  • Detoxing from OxyContin: What to Expect

    What makes OxyContin so addictive? Why does the body develop dependence on OxyContin? And if you're addicted to Oxy, how do you break the vicious cycle? Here, we will explore what the drug is, what detoxification looks like and how to identify and ...

    ... administration of other approved drugs. It is critical to remember that detoxification should always be ... In more extreme cases, withdrawal from OxyContin can cause seizures and convulsions. While many people attempt to ... continue reading
  • 7 Really Smart Ways to Save Money on Suboxone

    A couple of weeks ago, I saw a Facebook post from an acquaintance of mine lamenting about the exorbitant price of Suboxone. I'd known her to have a problem with opiates in the past, but it seemed like she was doing all the right things to get her ...

    ... strain in most people's lives. But the good news is that there are ways to lower the overall cost of Suboxone - ... out a large chunk of money for the entire prescription. Clinical Trials and Studies: This can be a source ... 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 ...

    ... Zubsolv - is now the “go-to” drug for medication-assisted treatment with opiate addiction. ... it alone. Take advantage of the medical expertise and assistance that's available. You'll suffer less withdrawal and you'll ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Klonopin Use

    Klonopin, known commonly by its generic name clonazepam, is a prescription drug commonly prescribed to manage panic, anxiety and seizure disorders. Klonopin belongs to the benzodiazepine class of drugs—a broad group of central nervous system ...

    ... for Klonopin are widely filled across the United States. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) estimates that in 2011, nearly 27 million clonazepam prescriptions were filled in the US alone. Klonopin is a Schedule ... continue reading
  • Valium Abuse

    What Is Valium? Valium is a benzodiazepine prescribed by medical doctors and psychiatrists to treat anxiety and panic attacks. Historically, Valium has been a popular pharmaceutical agent-widely used for its muscle relaxant, anti-convulsant, and ...

    ... relaxation that Valium induces is what has made it one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs in ... Problems with memory and concentration. Tendencies toward aggression and violence. Slowed respiration and reduced ... continue reading
  • Klonopin Abuse

    An Introduction to Klonopin Klonopin is a prescription sedative medication useful as an anti-anxiety and anti-convulsant drug. Doctors prescribe Klonopin to control or prevent seizures and reduce anxiety from panic attacks. Also known as clonazepam, ...

    ... Psychotic symptoms like paranoia and hallucinations. Aggression and violent behaviors. These signs may be ... teen the dangers of prescription drug abuse and that the legal status of a prescription drug does not make it ... 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 ...

    ... actually cause these symptoms. Developing a Dependence After prolonged use, the body develops a tolerance. That means ... : “Doctor shopping” to obtain multiple prescriptions Hostility or violence Chewing, crushing or ... continue reading
  • True or False: Ready to Put Your Fentanyl Knowledge to the Test?

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

    ... patches must be cautious while taking this drug. Two main areas are cause for concern. The first is heat. When ... . This drug is also so strong, emergency crews equipped with Narcan have struggled to revive those who have ... continue reading
  • Barbiturate Abuse

    Barbiturates are sedative-hypnotic drugs that were once commonly used as sedatives or antianxiety medications. A physician must prescribe barbiturates; otherwise, their use is considered illicit. Among their limited uses, barbiturates are used to ...

    ... that they were aware of how to gain access to a number of illicit drugs and medications, including prescription ... 1, 2, 3 : Increased likelihood of aggression and assault. Driving while intoxicated. Mixing barbiturates ... 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 ...

    ... and non-medical treatments, on the other hand, carry a long-term success rate of only 5-10 percent. With that in mind, you can clearly see the benefits of using methadone, as it has the potential to reduce the risk of ... 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 ...

    ... those who use it are often unaware of its potential effects. To ensure you're informed, here's the scoop on Ativan. What is Ativan? Ativan is a brand name for the prescription drug ... doses, Ativan can cause a euphoric high, ... continue reading
  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

    In 2014, almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription pain medication. During that same time, as many as one in four people who received opioids for treatment of long-term pain in primary care settings struggled with an opioid ...

    ... 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription pain medication. During that same time, as many as one in ... from fiction: Suboxone is Just Substituting One Drug for Another Medication-assisted treatment is much ... continue reading
  • What We Learned From SAMHSA's 2015 Prescription Drug Study

    The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides national and state-level data on the prevalence, patterns and consequences of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug use in the U.S. It's sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health ...

    ... by their doctor, as well as people who misused prescription drugs . In addition, the survey defined “misuse” as any action deviating from doctor's orders on the prescription. That means anyone who took a higher or more ... 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 ...

    ... on a taper schedule to avoid withdrawal 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 ... continue reading
  • The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

    Buprenorphine, the generic name for Suboxone, is a medication used to treat opiate dependence - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an essential part of a person's recovery plan, mainly due to its accessibility. Users can attain it ...

    ... seemed to have started once the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cracked down on both ... true that Wal-Mart no longer fills buprenorphine prescriptions, and he said yes, that's true. I asked was that for all ... continue reading
  • Should We Offer Suboxone in Jails and Prisons?

    Of the hundreds of thousands of people entering our country's jails and prisons each year, an estimated 15 percent are addicted to opiates, according to a 2009 study . Yet, a majority of these facilities don't provide a single medication or a moment ...

    ... amount. Yet, the cost shouldn't matter as much as the value the drug would have on each person. Advocates state that those who continue drug treatment in jail are more likely to return to treatment once released, which ... 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 ...

    ... sweating. This process increases blood flow to your skin, which results in increased absorption of the drug. It's a process that can quickly be fatal. Because of this danger, doctors warn anyone wearing a fentanyl patch ... 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 ...

    ... scared and unsure. Should she really put her child on drugs? How do they work? What are the benefits? The risks ... ? Nervous system effects: Ritalin causes a release of chemicals that promote communication within parts of ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Klonopin? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Klonopin is a brand name for the drug clonazepam . It's a benzodiazepine that affects the way chemicals in the brain work. It helps reduce anxiety, can treat seizure disorders, and may be used to treat panic disorders. Those taking it sometimes ...

    ... cause you to have serious withdrawal side effects and possibly more seizures. If you're wondering whether you're addicted to Klonopin, consider these questions: 1. Do I have a prescription for this drug ... for those on ... continue reading
  • 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 Suboxone has assisted thousands of individuals struggling with opioid addiction , the drug is not ...

    Suboxone is a popular, prescription-only drug that effectively suppresses opioid cravings and reduces the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Although Suboxone has assisted thousands of individuals struggling with opioid ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

    Percocet is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone, landing this medication in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and work by blocking the pain signals sent to your brain. Percocet ...

    ... drugs known as opioids . They're commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and work by blocking the pain signals sent to your brain. Percocet is among the millions of painkiller prescriptions ... things that aren' ... continue reading
  • Good News: Dr. Reddy's Will Produce a Cheaper Generic Form of Suboxone

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

    ... - is sadly inaccessible to a lot of people due to one simple factor: cost. But that's about to change. Last month, a supplier of generic drugs - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories - was allowed by a Delaware Court to produce a ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Ambien Addict

    Ambien is a brand name for zolpidem , a medication prescribed for the management of insomnia . A few other formulations of same medication with differing delivery methods are marketed under the names: Edluar and Intermezzo - Sublingual zolpidem ...

    ... an unpleasant withdrawal syndrome when you haven't had the drug in a while. Tolerance . With Ambien, you will ... the medication. It is important to realize that even legal, prescription medications can lead to addiction . To ... 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 ...

    ... extra “boosts,” his tolerance and dependence on the drug increased, along with the side effects. Before long ... his resolve. Don't Stay Quiet: Patrick came to realize that stopping the enabling wasn't enough. He had to speak ... 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. ...

    ... bay. What Peter wasn't focused on was the fact that his methadone dosage had gone up 300 percent during his decade ... treatment, with no plans to wean him off the drug. He's now dependent on methadone. But, no alternatives ... 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, ...

    ... yolk still stuck in her teeth, she could only conclude that she had cooked and eaten a midnight breakfast in her sleep ... of the events. This can happen because Ambien causes amnesia and sleepwalking. But patients don't ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

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

    ... s not enough, they also increase accident responsibility by 40 percent. This shouldn't be surprising to anyone, considering how benzos affect the body. Under the influence of these anti-anxiety drugs ... benzos cause muscle ... 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 ...

    ... drug longer or in higher doses than recommended can cause other problems, so it is important to follow the prescription ... with inpatient services will be helpful for those with serious withdrawal problems. If you feel ... continue reading
  • Shocking Threats Swirl Around Tramadol Abuse

    Though Tramadol hasn't yet achieved the publicity other opioids have in the states, it sure is making waves abroad. Earlier this month, it was revealed that tramadol, an addictive synthetic painkiller believed to be as powerful as morphine , is ...

    ... (prescriptions),” said Dr Black. “Some of them threaten you, some of them threaten violence, and obviously that's not ... surgical pain, leaving many to consider it an essential drug. In the U.S., where citizens are already ... continue reading
  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

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

    ... (CDC) urged Medicaid to restrict access to the drug, citing that methadone - when prescribed for pain, not for opiate addiction - accounted for one in four prescription opioid deaths in 2014. Methadone rose to popularity ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Side Effects of Ambien Sleeping Pills

    We've all been there—you can't sleep, and you're left tossing and turning in your bed. You know that getting a good night's sleep is one of the best ways to take care of yourself, but you can't seem to shut your eyes. It's debatable what's leading ...

    ... , and you're left tossing and turning in your bed. You know that getting a good night's sleep is one of the best ways to take ... Prevention , about 4% of Americans use a prescription sleep aid. 2,3 Ambien comes with its ... continue reading
  • 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, but not in women. The research project, published in the journal Scientific Reports , collected data from ...

    ... the province who don't use opioids. Scientists found that the men receiving methadone had about one-quarter of the ... opioids for at least three months. She found that those who used long-acting opioids such as methadone ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

    Millions of Americans suffer daily from chronic pain. Factor in all the people managing temporary pain after accidents or surgeries and you have a massive number of people on prescription painkillers. Abuse of morphine, an extremely powerful and ...

    ... have a massive number of people on prescription painkillers. Abuse of morphine, an extremely ... morphine has its drawbacks. In fact, the drug has over 25 official side effects that impact our behavior, brain, body, psyche ... continue reading
  • Dark Web Oxy Dealer Could Get 20 Years in Prison

    Frenchman Guy Vallerius - aka the “OxyMonster”- is accused of selling the illicit drugs oxycodone , cocaine, and methamphetamine over the dark web. In May, Vallerius plead guilty to charges of conspiracy and money laundering; he's facing at ...

    ... the “OxyMonster.” What Role Did Bitcoin Play? The DEA also found evidence supporting his online drug business, including the Tor browser that allowed Vallerius to conceal his identity, as well as $500,000 in Bitcoin and ... continue reading
  • First Responders Worry About Accidental Fentanyl Exposure

    Fentanyl. It's known to be 50 times more potent than heroin, and a speck the size of a few grains of salt can kill. By now, you've probably heard of this beast and the toll it's taken on so many lives around the country. A whopping 5554 people ...

    ... bags and put that stuff in the air or get it on your skin.” Mandatory Safety Precautions First responders are also being trained on how to self-administer the anti-overdose drug naloxone , just in case of accidental ... continue reading
  • Zolpidem Abuse

    Zolpidem tartrate is a sedative-hypnotic agent found in many prescription sleep aid drugs used to treat insomnia 1 . The most widely known brand name formulation of zolpidem in the U.S. is Ambien. Its pharmacological effects often lead the user to ...

    ... (Edluar, Intermezzo). Oral spray (ZolpiMist). Those abusing Zolpidem may abuse each form above in different ways, but abuse often entails using the drug in excess of prescription parameters: taking a higher dose, taking ... continue reading
  • What Are the Effects of Ambien?

    Ambien is the brand name for zolpidem tartrate, a sedative-hypnotic. When you take Ambien correctly, it can make you feel relaxed, comfortable and sleepy. The United States Drug Enforcement Agency classifies the prescription drug Ambien as a ...

    ... possess or use the drug without a prescription from a doctor. The reason that the Drug Enforcement Agency regulates this drug is because it's potentially dangerous. Misuse of Ambien can cause dependence and other side ... 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 ...

    ... analyzing the relationship between history of benzodiazepine prescription and the associated risk of death from a drug overdose , found that the risk of death from drug overdose significantly increased in a synergistic ... continue reading
  • Methadone Programs: A Bad Treatment Plan for Addicted Parents?

    When it comes to the negative effects of substance abuse , addiction casts a wide net. Addicted parents, in particular, are faced with a unique set of challenges, as an opiate dependency ultimately affects the whole family. For thousands of parents ...

    ... recovery were less likely to have been homeless (5.3 percent) compared to those in shorter term recovery (35.7 percent) or those still using drugs (44.8 percent). The Ultimate Victims The study also illustrates how a ... continue reading
  • Benzodiazepine Overdose

    Benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” are prescription medications used to treat anxiety, panic attacks, muscle spasms, alcohol withdrawal, and seizures 1,2 . Benzos were once prescribed for the short-term management of insomnia, but they are rarely ...

    ... 2010 4 . Misusing or abusing benzodiazepines can cause significant harm and may result in a potentially ... overdose. Prescription users may mistakenly assume that it is safe to take larger amounts of the drug without ... continue reading
  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

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

    ... a drug overdose. With numbers like that, it should come as no surprise to learn that overdose deaths are now the leading cause ... . Even without prescription coverage, naloxone is a relatively inexpensive drug and, even ... continue reading
  • An Ultimate Guide to Understanding the Dangers of Spice

    “It's not bad for you, dude. It's all natural. It's just plant materials, so it can't hurt you,” a friend whispered in Dave's ear. Unfortunately for Dave, he believed his friend and they spent the next hour smoking Spice . The seizure Dave ...

    ... cause damage to every single system in your body. Due to its synthetic nature and its unregulated manufacturing, one batch of this drug usually contains very different ingredients from the next. What that means is that ... continue reading
  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

    In recent years, opioid abuse has received a lot of attention - and for good reason. In 2014, 19,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids ; that's up 16 percent from 2013. But notice the wording; it's important: “Overdoses ...

    ... opioids ; that's up 16 percent from 2013. But notice the wording; it's important: “Overdoses involving prescription opioids” - what does this mean, exactly? The word choice means other drugs were likely involved ... 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 ...

    ... prescription opioids to then, one day, slowly taper off the treatment drug itself entirely. At least, that's the goal. But it doesn't always happen that ... misused, taking this drug may cause additional problems and dangers ... 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 ...

    ... 18 and 25 say “it's easy to obtain prescription stimulants without a prescription.” With numbers like that, it's important people know the truth about these so called “study drugs.” If you or someone you know is abusing ... continue reading
  • Barbiturate Overdose

    Barbiturates - sedative medications that include phenobarbital , pentobarbital, secobarbital, and butalbital - have historically been used as hypnotic (sleep inducing) agents and sedating anesthetics. Though less commonly prescribed today, they ...

    ... 1 . Nonmedical use may involve buying the drugs on the street without a prescription, taking another person's medications, or using more than prescribed. Those taking barbiturates nonmedically are at particular risk for ... continue reading
  • Treating Zolpidem Dependence

    It can be difficult to figure out whether someone you care about is struggling with an addiction, and if so, how you can best help them. If your loved one has a prescription for zolpidem, it can be even more difficult to identify whether there's a ...

    ... not take the drug or run out of it. Trying to keep themselves awake after taking it so that they can experience the potential euphoric effects. Visiting multiple doctors to try and get additional prescriptions. Also, be ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Lorazepam Use

    About Lorazepam Recovery from addiction is real. Take back your life today. Lorazepam is an anti-anxiety medication that promotes relaxation by tempering excitatory brain activity. Also marketed under the brand name Ativan , it is only available by ...

    ... months is the maximum duration recommended for this drug, patients should consult with their doctors before ... the directions of the physician's prescription is a telltale sign that normal use is evolving into abuse. ... 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 ...

    ... State looked at the 2011 and 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a poll of 32,036 teens that focused on misuse of prescription opioids. The researchers found that teens between ages of 12 and 17 living in rural ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, and 65 percent of this population meets the medical criteria for ...

    ... is summarily stopped upon incarceration. This study questioned that policy to find out what happens.” Setting Inmates Up for Success Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the study was conducted by researchers ... 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 ...

    ... the first time in a very long time, Suzanne had hope - hope that a methadone program could do for her what it had done for her ... in secretive, illegal and self-destructive drug-seeking behavior The opportunity to get your ... continue reading
  • Welcome to a New Tramadol Nightmare

    People seeking safe opiate detox in Alaska were recently left out in the cold - in more ways than one. Only two state facilities currently offer detox services to Alaskans - and both of them were recently shut down, thanks to one of the DEAs newer ...

    ... a Schedule IV controlled substance. What does this mean? The drug now has additional regulations on its use. Specifically, the DEA ruled that only DEA-certified medical providers could administer tramadol for detox. What ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Librium Use

    Librium , which is a brand name formulation of chlordiazepoxide, belongs to a class of sedative medications known as benzodiazepines . Librium has been widely used as a treatment for anxiety and for managing the symptoms of alcohol and other ...

    ... mixed with other substances, including certain illicit and prescription drugs , as well as alcohol 1,2 . Mixing ... can lead to problematic patterns of Librium use that cause significant impairment and distress in the user's ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Valium Use

    Is Valium Harmful? Valium, a popular sedative-hypnotic prescription drug , has numerous effects on the body, many of which can be dangerous when the drug is misused or abused. Valium (diazepam) is prescribed for sleeplessness, anxiety, muscle ...

    ... addiction can also cause social isolation, job loss, and financial difficulties. It can even lead to permanent physical damage from accidents that occur while under the influence of the drug. Lasting health effects ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ativan Use

    Is Ativan Harmful? Ativan (generic name: lorazepam) is classified as a benzodiazepine medication used primarily for short-term treatment of anxiety and seizure activity. It is sometimes used to manage intractable insomnia, and as a sedative for ...

    ... that individual's system begins to adjust to its presence and chemical influence. This adjustment serves to lowers the perceived efficacy of the drug , causing ... receiving multiple prescriptions, forging prescriptions, or ... 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 ...

    ... is much less surprising to discover that 1 in 20 adults received a prescription for benzodiazepines in 2008. What ... than re-up, as well as remain free of the drug once you are off benzos. Avoid Supplement Overload: Based ... 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. ...

    ... by an abuser, will then transform into a gel. 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 ... continue reading
  • Benzodiazepine Abuse

    Benzodiazepines (benzos) are commonly prescribed medications in the United States. In 2017, there were over 120 million benzodiazepine prescriptions dispensed throughout the country. 1 Benzos belong to a larger group of medications known as ...

    ... re­current social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by their effects. ... prescription for both benzos and opioids are at 15-times greater risk of drug-related death than those not prescribed either drug ... continue reading
  • Alternatives to Anxiety Medications

    Anxiety disorders are some of the most commonly encountered mental health conditions. Approximately, 28.8% of adults will experience some type of anxiety in their lifetime (Kessler et al., 2005). Oftentimes, the first line of treatment for anxiety ...

    ... a more holistic, integrative approach that may include both prescription drugs AND alternative medicine. This article ... may also want to be sure that there are no medical causes underlying your anxiety, such as ... continue reading
  • Diazepam Abuse

    Diazepam is the generic name for Valium . It is one of many benzodiazepine substances that all affect the central nervous system (CNS) by amplifying the depressant effects of GABA, an inhibitory neurotransmitter, to subsequently decrease brain ...

    ... . Takes the drug without a prescription to get high or to modify the effects of other drugs . Not only ... 5 . Dependence. This is an expected and common process that is related to consistently using or abusing a substance. ... continue reading
  • Prescription Drug Abuse Problem

    For some time now, the abuse of illicit substances such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin has been a persistent national problem. In more recent years, however, our country has seen an alarming rise of prescription drug abuse - now ...

    ... deaths. Video: Mind Your Meds https://youtu.be/faN7ByQ9UNI Credit: Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Most Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs The broad classes of drugs that are most prone to non-medical use or abuse are the ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Clonazepam Use

    What is Clonazepam? Clonazepam, commonly known by its brand name Klonopin, is a prescription medication commonly used for its anti-anxiety and anti-convulsant benefits. How Worried Should We Be About Benzos? This medication is part of a larger group ...

    ... the drug and eventually addiction. Drowsiness. Since clonazepam acts to relax you, it can cause drowsiness. ... understand that even those taking clonazepam with a legitimate prescription may develop tolerance to the drug ... continue reading
  • Ambien Abuse

    What Is Ambien? Ambien is a brand name for zolpidem tartrate , a sedative drug that is prescribed to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Other brand name formulations containing zolpidem include: Edluar - a sublingual ...

    ... often requires addressing the underlying problem causing the drug use in the first place. Ambien ... sedative drugs. One common finding in both of these studies was the fact that nonmedical abuse of prescription sedatives ... 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 ...

    ... this drug can cause cardiac ... drug. What that means is that the drug does have medicinal purposes…along with a high potential for abuse and dependency. Recognizing a Problem If you're using Adderall without a prescription ... 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 ...

    ... information about past or present thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts. Past and current drug use , which may include a detailed report of the drugs that you have used in the last month up to one year. History of ... 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 ...

    ... not get painkillers from a doctor—increasing the risk for misuse. One study found that 60% of people using opioid prescription painkillers got the drugs for free from a friend or relative. As a society, we need to take ... continue reading
  • How to Get Help for Barbiturate Addiction

    How to Approach an Addict Knowing how to approach a loved one who you believe is addicted to barbiturates can be a difficult and daunting task if you do not fully understand addiction. Fortunately, there are professionals who can help you to ...

    ... , or school. Experiencing cravings when not using the drug. Continuing to use barbiturates even after noticing that they worsen medical problems. Using the drug in situations where mental and physical acuity is required ... continue reading
  • Valium Addict: How to Help

    Help for Valium Addicts If you are addicted to Valium, a sedative-hypnotic drug, you don't have to fight your addiction alone. Treatment programs give people with addictions all the support they need to recover from their addiction. Regardless of ...

    ... causes you to have withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking it . Some people also crave the drug and have an uncontrollable desire to use Valium when they come down from their high. There are many other indicators that ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Lorazepam Addict

    Lorazepam addiction can be extremely dangerous. Fortunately, a multitude of programs exist for those suffering to find help. How to Approach a Lorazepam-Addicted Loved One Few things are more difficult than watching a friend or family member suffer ...

    ... lorazepam causes feelings of sedation and relaxation, it can become addictive to those taking it, even when doing so legitimately. A common misconception is that users cannot become addicted to prescription drugs like ... continue reading
  • Clonazepam Abuse

    Introduction to Clonazepam Abuse What Is Clonazepam? Clonazepam is a prescription drug that belongs to a group of medications called benzodiazepines . Clonazepam is known also by the brand name Klonopin . It is the third most prescribed ...

    ... dangerous levels. An overdose of the prescription drug can cause: Profound sedation. Confusion or delirium. ... over 62,000 instances. A 2011 survey found that over 20 million people have used benzodiazepines for nonmedical ... 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 ...

    ... prices continuing to rise, many consumers will continue to shop on the Internet for cheaper alternatives. If it turns out that you need to take a prescription drug, you should only get them from your doctor and fill the ... 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 ...

    ... of Other Drugs Naturally, Ambien isn't the only prescription medication that affects women ... causes the drug's effects to be felt more quickly and powerfully. Your Body, Your Medications When taking prescription ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know about Adderall Addiction

    Adderall is most commonly known for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but its use as a study aid has effectively turned this medication into one of the most widely used - and abused - recreational drugs among teenagers and ...

    ... 39. By 2012, that number had grown close to 16 million. In fact, the number of adults who have an ADHD prescription is now rising much faster than the number of children and teenagers getting the same drugs. How Can You ... 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 ...

    ... can begin. Most people understand that they should take a prescription medication as instructed, yet perhaps fewer ... induced by anticholinergic, antihistamine, GABAergic and opioid drugs. Drugs and Aging, 29(8), 639-658. 7 ... 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 ...

    ... an attempt to feel the drug's effects faster. IV Use of Suboxone Causes Withdrawal Though intravenous abuse of ... little or no buprenorphine. You Can't Take Prescription Painkillers While on Suboxone Again, this is a ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 number had grown close to 16 million. [7] The number of adults who have an ADHD prescription is now rising faster than the number of children and teens getting the same drugs ... rapid withdrawal causes extreme ... continue reading
  • How to Treat Librium Addiction

    Librium, the trade name for the benzodiazepine chlordiazepoxide, is a tranquilizer that, when misused, may become addictive and cause increasing negative effects as a result of usage that only worsen with time. Going through benzodiazepine addiction ...

    ... that, when misused, may become addictive and cause increasing negative effects as a result of usage that ... the impact the drug use has had on all of them 2 . An intervention should only involve those who can express care ... continue reading
  • The Rise of Tramadol: Exploring the Dangers and Conversations Around This Opioid

    Tramadol, also known as Ultram, is a prescription opioid medication used for the treatment of postoperative pain, cancer-associated pain, and chronic pain conditions. While Tramadol is similar to other prescription opioid pain relievers such as ...

    ... drug and its risks. Those taking Tramadol, whether by prescription or illicitly, should keep in mind the potential dangers that ... the-clock pain management. Tramadol can still cause slowed or stopped breathing, and should ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Oxycodone? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Opiates are one of the best inventions of mankind for so many reasons. They formed the basis of modern medicine and inspired a huge range for pharmaceuticals. Plenty of drug companies started off by manufacturing painkillers that were based on ...

    ... was to find a drug that was as effective as morphine but as addictive as codeine. Plenty of drugs have been made, ... addiction, really. Once you start modifying your prescription, doctor shopping (i.e., seeing multiple ... 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 ...

    ... took over the number one spot for leading cause of drug overdose deaths in the US. The CDC reported ... potential to kill millions. The NYPD noted , “Given that a dose of fentanyl weighing two to three milligrams can ... continue reading
  • Pregnant & Court-Ordered to Take Vivitrol: Is My Baby Safe?

    It's a question many women might be asking themselves, as more and more females of childbearing age are ordered by drug courts to take Vivitrol - the injectable form of naltrexone. An opioid-antagonist, Vivitrol blocks the brain receptors that bind ...

    ... authorities while attending an inpatient rehab . Now Jamie has questions. “No one at my rehab ever told me that this drug might be dangerous if I get pregnant,” she says. “I wouldn't want to be faced with a decision ... continue reading
  • Why Are Prescription Stimulants So Addictive?

    Prescription stimulants are very prevalent pharmaceutical agents, frequently used for the management of narcolepsy and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Drugs that fall in this category include: Dextroamphetamine and amphetamine ...

    ... men and women acquire their prescription drugs? In 2016, a Recovery Brands survey found that an alarming 63% of college ... anticipate situations that might cause cravings, think through the consequences of drug use before ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Benzodiazepine Use

    Are Benzodiazepines Harmful? Benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” are drugs prescribed to help control anxiety and seizure disorders. They are central nervous depressants, which means that they slow brain activity. Some commonly prescribed benzos ...

    ... than one doctor to get multiple prescriptions of the drug. Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Treatment The phenomenon ... to another - typically a longer-acting one that requires less frequent dosing - to ease this process ... continue reading
  • Lorazepam Abuse

    Lorazepam (brand name: Ativan) is a benzodiazepine drug that is often prescribed to manage a range of anxiety disorders and related issues. This drug is not typically indicated for long-term use—many practitioners will limit prescriptions to ...

    ... drug that is often prescribed to manage a range of anxiety disorders and related issues. This drug is not typically indicated for long-term use—many practitioners will limit prescriptions ... this drug causes people to ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Ativan Addict

    If you struggle with an addiction to a drug like Ativan , it is important to remember that you don't have to fight your battle alone . Finding a rehab facility that offers Ativan addiction help is not difficult. In fact, it's as easy as calling a ...

    ... first step in their journey towards recovery. Research shows that drugs actually change the brain. This is why it can ... so that they can function normally throughout the day. Some people who abuse prescription medications ... continue reading
  • Injured on the Job, Now I’m Addicted to Painkillers… What Do I Do?

    Addiction to prescription drugs is one of the most common substance abuse problems in the United States. Many people associate drug abuse with poverty and the purchase of illicit substances on a street corner. However, prescription drug abuse is ...

    ... treatment decision easier. An important consideration for treating a prescription drug addiction is the underlying condition that caused you to need the prescription drug in the first place. If you have a chronic ... 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 ...

    ... stop abusing harmful opiates (like heroin) and prescription opioids (like OxyContin) and return to a more stable and productive life. Though these drugs that treat opioid dependence are successful in managing withdrawal ... continue reading
  • Finding Help for Benzodiazepine Addiction

    Many people become addicted to benzodiazepines or “benzos” as they are often called. Common types of benzos include: Xanax . Valium . Klonopin . These anti-anxiety and anti-convulsant sedatives are effective at managing the conditions for which ...

    ... in the brain caused by these drugs surpasses those of natural rewards and so drug use takes a ... drug than prescribed. Taking the drug without a prescription. Feeling that it is not possible to function without the drug ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Prescription Drugs? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been using prescription drugs in a way that was not intended by your doctor, then it is possible that you are dependent on them, and dependency often leads to addiction. While addiction can be frightening, the good news is there's plenty ...

    ... you are addicted. You may need an increased dose because the underlying issue that is causing your pain is worsening. Don't avoid taking prescription drugs because of an unfounded fear of addiction. Talk to your doctor - ... continue reading
  • Why Painkillers Are So Hard to Detox From

    Pain is a curious product of the human body. Why do we suffer from it? How does it help us? And why do some enjoy it? First, pain helps us avoid the things that could hurt us. We don't put our hands on a hot stove because that hurts. This means we ...

    ... can avoid damaging it further. The problem comes when the cause isn't obvious. We can't avoid bending usually, ... by this. No one likes knowing that you'll be in pain from cessation of the drug. However, it's better than the ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

    Sometimes it's better to substitute one drug for another. This is called harm reduction and it can make a serious difference in your health and well-being. Methadone is a drug that is frequently used in replacement therapy for heroin or other ...

    ... you've learned some of the facts: methadone is a safer alternative to illicit drug use, it can lessen some of the withdrawal symptoms that often cause people to relapse, and it can allow you to engage in a healthier ... continue reading
  • Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms and Getting Treatment

    What Is Benzodiazepines? Benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” are central nervous system depressants commonly prescribed to manage a variety of conditions, including anxiety, panic disorders, muscle spasm, seizures, alcohol withdrawal, and insomnia 1 . ...

    ... severe dependence and those with pre-existing health issues. Serious symptoms caused by benzo withdrawal ... with a history of seizures and those who mix benzos with other prescription drugs and/or alcohol may be at higher ... continue reading
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