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  • 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 ...

    ... Percocet Long-term use or abuse of Percocet has many adverse side effects . Among them are serious psychological problems that can include: Depression: Researchers found taking opioids for 90 days or more significantly ... 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 ...

    ... include: 1,3 Nausea and vomiting. Constipation Muscle aches/cramps. Sleep disturbances. More serious side effects of buprenorphine may include: 2,3 Blurred vision. Confusion. Lightheadedness/dizziness. Drowsiness and ... 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 ...

    ... pleasant. Weight Loss —While to some this may seem like a positive side effect, it is generally a sign of poor health conditions. Effects That Can Be Lethal Collapsed Veins — Injecting morphine into veins repeatedly can ... continue reading
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  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

    With the opioid epidemic claiming nearly 78 lives each and every day, President-elect Trump has his work cut out for him in the drug arena. One of his stated policies involves increasing access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose from ...

    ... to reverse overdose from opioids like heroin and prescription painkillers. But there are people on both sides of the fence regarding this medication's prevalence, which has rapidly increased in availability across the ... 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), ...

    ... morphine , tramadol is dangerous. People have experienced severe side effects while taking tramadol. These side effects include: Vomiting Constipation Headache Nausea Drowsiness Dizziness Difficulty Breathing Depression ... 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 ...

    ... you're ill, your body temperature increases internally due to fever. Let your doctor know if your temperature increases. Adjustments to your medication need to be made to avoid serious side effects. Image Source: iStock 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, ...

    ... very effective in helping you drift into slumber land, it also poses the risks of serious side effects . Some of the most dangerous include somnambulism (sleepwalking), like Nicole experienced. Sleepwalkers can complete ... 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 ...

    ... cause a rush for a short period, but that often is followed by a period of exhaustion. The person taking it might also suffer from anxiety and depression after taking the drug, so the side effects can be pretty serious. continue reading
  • Addiction in the Medical Field: Balancing Healing and Hiding

    Medical professionals work hard to heal the sick, but underneath those white lab coats and cartoon scrubs, many are secretly struggling with the disease of addiction. Working in the healthcare field can feel like a pressure cooker at times. The ...

    ... , co-workers ignore—or even cover-up—the side effects of a provider's addiction. There Is Life ... essential steps for each and every medical provider who's serious about traveling the road to sobriety. Learn more about ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

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

    ... a matter of fact, this condition can cause serious harm to your health . The following complications ... care products such as Movantik can lessen the constipating side effects of opioids ,” said Dr. Julie Beitz, director ... 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 ...

    ... ve been known to bury bad news, which has had an effect on people's health, and therefore their lives. Whether it's ... That assumes, of course, there are no other serious side effects that would stop it from being used. A ... 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 ...

    ... if the drug cannot be obtained. General side effects of tramadol abuse include insomnia and risk of ... in jeopardy when they abuse this drug. It poses a serious threat to the myriad Americans abusing it today. If you ... continue reading
  • Warning: This Medication May Cause…Uncontrollable Urges?

    Jim gained ten pounds in two weeks, though he'd been slim and fit his whole life. Gary lost $20K at the casino in Friday night - he'd never bought a lottery ticket up to that point. Linda had sex with three different people in one week, even though ...

    ... serious side effects ... like convulsions, loss of bladder control and high fever. Recent reports, however, point to a whole new bag of problems - similar to those of Linda, Gary and Jim. The Compulsive Effect ... 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 ...

    ... , abusing the drug occasionally can quickly escalate into a serious addiction, as tolerance develops and you need more of ... in side effects . Abusing the drug can cause many health problems and adverse effects such as ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Painkillers? How Can I Quit Safely?

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

    ... may need to take a secondary drug to phase out your side effects. If you are in pain and have to keep increasing your ... inpatient services will be helpful for those with serious withdrawal problems. If you feel able to quit ... 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. ...

    ... 're sick from withdrawal symptoms like vomiting, cramps, muscle pain and, in some cases, life-threatening side effects. Methadone clinics and manufacturers are part of a billion-dollar industry that has spread to every ... continue reading
  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

    Holly started using heroin when she was 18 - at 26, she was at the end of the line. Her whole life revolved around getting high. In the past, she had tried 12-step programs, counseling, in-patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed ...

    ... use. (Which is why it is still illegal in the U.S.) Ibogaine can cause severe side effects , including: Ataxia (loss of control of body movements) Hallucinations Tremors Heart impairment Solution or Unsafe Substance ... continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine revealed that medical marijuana users take fewer other medicines—such as opiates. Researchers monitored the use of prescription medications among participants ...

    ... said that marijuana worked faster to relieve their pain than other prescription medication and had fewer side effects. Most commonly, marijuana was used as an alternative to opioids , but participants also reported ... 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. However, 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 remains a safe medication, even after several decades of use. But methadone does have side effects—as with other opioids —such as constipation and increased sweating. However, according to him, if people ... 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 ...

    ... routinely using Adderall to stay awake for days on end is not. Weight Loss : One of the major side effects of stimulant medications is that it suppresses appetite . If you regularly realize you haven't eaten anything at ... continue reading
  • Study: Drug Forums Aren’t Very Helpful if You Want to Get Clean

    Libraries. Encyclopedias. Professors. Doctors. Pre-Internet, these were our top sources of information. If we wanted answers, this is where we looked. Fast-forward to modern times. With access to pretty much everything now at our fingertips, we've ...

    ... of site visitors are seeking advice on how to optimize drug use (get the “best” high), avoid side effects of withdrawal, and generally “maximize the experience of intoxication.” The thing is, any Joe Somebody can get ... continue reading
  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

    We are an anxious nation. A whopping 40 million American adults are affected by anxiety disorders; that's 18% of the adult population! With such astronomical numbers, it shouldn't be surprising to learn anxiety disorders are the most commonly ...

    ... taking benzos. Now they are dealing with side effects of benzo addiction and withdrawal , some of ... time, as the brain has been “kindled.” Because of this effect, it is crucial to keep reducing dosage even if tapering is a ... continue reading
  • Trading Dependencies: There’s Nothing “Mild” About a Kratom Addiction

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

    ... , powder and extract forms. It is most often “brewed” as a tea. What are the side effects of Kratom? Respiratory depression Nervousness Agitation Aggression Sleeplessness Hallucinations Delusions Tremors Loss of libido ... 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 ...

    ... able to detoxify the substance in order to avoid its potentially harmful effects. However, once this threshold has been breached, the drug's side effects begin to harm users both physically and mentally. The Dangers of ... 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 ...

    ... Heroin's Appeal? Heroin produces a short-term euphoric effect, binding to opioid receptors in the brain and depressing ... expensive and harder to obtain.” #5 Side Effects of Using Heroin Heroin drastically impacts the body ... 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 ...

    ... fact, this is one of their most desired effects. However, a relaxing effect isn't so desirable behind the wheel. ... light-headedness and unsteadiness. It's also a side effect of benzos. A dizzy, unsteady driver will likely ... 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 ...

    ... drawbacks. In fact, the drug has over 25 official side effects that impact our behavior, brain, body, psyche and ... motor coordination as morphine does. This side effect can be especially concerning for older adults ... 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 ...

    ... just as effective, if not more effective, than medications. Plus, they are safe and free of side effects. Exercise Doctors recommend exercise to all patients, but research has shown that it is especially important for ... 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 ...

    ... , benzos can be valuable, even lifesaving. But when used long-term, benzos can have adverse side effects , including impaired cognitive abilities, memory problems, and mood swings. My doctor never mentioned only taking ... 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 ...

    ... The short answer is yes, though the severity and frequency varies quite a bit. The most common side effects are: Rapid heartbeat High blood pressure Trouble sleeping Dry mouth Upset stomach/Stomach pain Headaches Loss 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 ...

    ... nervous system is designed to provide calming and balancing effects. It's also prescribed for insomnia, epilepsy and sedation. Common side effects include: Dizziness Drowsiness Memory problems Slurred speech Imbalance or ... 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 ...

    ... unaware of the drug's dangers. Negative side effects seen with Adderall abuse include anxiety, dizziness, ... medical need for it will experience a much stronger effect—a supercharged focus and motivation for tasks at school ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs. Reward

    According to the Census in 2015, the United States had a total population of 321 million people. In that same year, 57 million prescriptions for gabapentin were written. Gabapentin—or its brand name Neurontin —is an anti-seizure medication which ...

    ... rewards to determine if gabapentin is right for their patients. Since many of the drug's side effects mimic the effects of commonly abused narcotics, the brain can be fooled into thinking it's something harder, making ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

    Withdrawal. It's a huge hurdle on the path to recovery. Those struggling to leave opioids behind know they'll eventually have to face the intimidating mental and physical effects of withdrawal. It's a powerful and frightening thought. Some of the ...

    ... , the team tested a drug already proven to block the effects of pannexin-1 called, Probenecid. It's an anti-gout ... medication that's fairly cheap and has few side effects. The results showed this medicine was “effective ... 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 ...

    ... effect.” As a partial opioid agonist, Suboxone's effects are weaker than the effects of a full opioid like heroin or methadone. The effects ... additional effects. This reduces the risk of dependency, abuse, and side effects. ... continue reading
  • 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. Buprenorphine is an ingredient found in Suboxone and ...

    ... with the risk of implant migration, protrusion, expulsion, and nerve damage resulting from the procedure. Serious but rare complications including nerve damage and migration resulting in embolism and death may result ... 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 ...

    ... significant and reflected a dose-response pattern after a 12-month follow-up with participants. Given the serious concerns around benzos, it is important to carefully consider all of your health needs, as well as ... continue reading
  • New Study: Amphetamine Abuse and This Old Heart

    It's called speed for a reason. Amphetamines, like Ritalin or Adderall, accelerate your heart rate. They send your nervous system into overdrive. Guess what else it speeds up? The aging process. That's right. Pumping your system full of amphetamine ...

    ... pools up in areas of the body like the lungs, liver, arms, and legs. Downward Spiral These serious heart conditions greatly impact your overall health. While many people experience a few of these symptoms with normal ... 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 same ...

    ... intense headache. He collapsed on the floor as his whole left side went numb. He heard his co-worker call 911. Darren ... This caused serious cardiovascular problems when his body experienced withdrawal . Effects can include ... 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 ...

    ... is that prescription opioids like OxyContin mimic the effects of heroin in both the body and mind ... is accompanied by massive health dangers, violent crime and serious communicable diseases. In short, heroin is a life- ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

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

    ... drug abuse, the opiate epidemic is a serious national problem. While many people understand that prescription ... more of the drug is needed to achieve the initial effect. 2,3 Tolerance fuels addiction as you continue to up ... 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 ...

    ... on the go, so that's a pretty impressive feat. More than once, my friends told me I was drooling out of the side of my mouth a little bit. That's not really what people want to see when ordering dinner, you know?” As the ... 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 ...

    ... life who are on the medications long-term.” Of course, there are conflicting research results on the opposite side of the argument. Studies have shown that up to 40 percent of non-cancer patients on opiates show signs ... continue reading
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

    We all know that getting enough sleep is important to your mood and overall health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. According to a recent Penn State study , squeezing in enough shut-eye can actually lower drug cravings ...

    ... results. Patients who reported lower quality of sleep also experienced higher than usual drug cravings. On the flip side, the ones who got enough sleep and were in an upbeat mood reported less cravings. These findings ... continue reading
  • Vivitrol's New and Controversial Role in Prisons

    When I was in prison, the majority of inmates struggled with substance abuse. And because the prison system did very little (if anything at all) to rehabilitate us, it wasn't unusual for those who were released to almost immediately overdose or ...

    ... , less likely to be incarcerated and more likely to be working,” Feinstein said. Arguments on Both Sides Despite the success of these programs, there are naysayers. Vivitrol is by far the most expensive medication ... continue reading
  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

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

    ... Only Given by Syringe Truth: Some people have a serious phobia when it comes to using needles. Fortunately, naloxone ... is that the injectable form of naloxone takes effect much quicker than the nasal spray. If signs ... 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 ...

    ... methadone . And once you take a dose, the effects last for about three days, greatly decreasing the ... a Suboxone film under your tongue, you can expect serious problems—namely in the form of precipitated withdrawal. How ... 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 ...

    ... are quick to point out that tramadol doesn't come with the cognitive impairment of OxyContin and other opioids. Its effects can also last for up to 12 hours - far longer than other painkillers. Make no mistake; there are ... 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 ...

    ... . It's extremely risky to assume that, since a supplement is “all natural,” it doesn't cause adverse effects . Many drugs and supplements interact poorly with each other and can negatively impact your health. Be sure to ... 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 ...

    ... . The valium and cisatracurium relax the body and reduce anxiety, while the fentanyl delivers the lethal effects. Barring legal complications or appeals, this new combination of drugs will eventually be used for Dozier ... 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 ...

    ... each drug. Surprisingly, meth and Adderall caused similar effects with the participants; so much so that the ... they need more and more to get the same effect. Eventually, taking the simulant pharmaceuticals becomes cost ... continue reading
  • Are We Creating a Generation of Addicts With ADHD Medication?

    During his freshman year, Jack's grades started slipping. He found it hard to keep up. He knew several classmates who used uppers for extra boosts when they needed them. In hopes of finding an endless supply of energy (and improving his grades), ...

    ... “father of ADHD” and the man who discovered Ritalin's effect on children, believes that only 2 to 3% of these ... we're mostly still in the dark regarding long-term effects, the FDA data does currently list two long-term ... 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% from 2013. But notice the wording; it's important: “Overdoses involving ...

    ... sense of euphoria. As a result, many begin to use both drugs, relying on the combined effect to produce the desired sensation. The effects on breathing and heart rate are exponential. It's not like taking one dose, plus ... continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted to 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. That number has been climbing at an alarming rate ever since. The Benzo Specifics ...

    ... to take much higher dosages just to have the same effect. Next thing you know, you're struggling with a physical ... or snorting pills to increase benzodiazepine effects Drastic reductions or completely ceasing important ... 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 ...

    ... you feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is ... prescribed with painkillers, preventing negative breathing effects. The results? Pain relief without respiratory ... 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 ...

    ... developed an addiction to Xanax, a medically supervised detox 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 ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

    Permanent brain damage due to an opiate overdose is a very real, life-altering consequence of opiate abuse . The dramatic increase of opiate-related deaths is now demanding public attention, but the consequence of permanent brain damage remains ...

    ... it's hard to quantify the extent of damage in relation to oxygen deprivation and time, the common effects of overdose-related brain damage include: Memory loss and the inability to concentrate Impairment of hearing and ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2013 across the nation. That's two times the amount of overdose deaths a ...

    ... . Since both of these opiates have a depressant effect, the same intervention tactics are applicable in the ... is a life-saving drug that reverses the depressing effects of opiates on the central nervous system. Naloxone ... 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 ...

    ... choose the medication. Vivitrol and Pregnancy One glaring issue, however, is that little is known about the effects of Vivitrol on pregnant women or fetuses. In a recent article published by Drug and Alcohol Dependence ... 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 ...

    ... is a long-acting opioid antagonist that is used to prevent relapse. It produces no opioid effects and blocks the effects of opioids for 24-48 hours. Some people argue that using medication is substituting “one drug ... 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 ...

    ... receptors for an entire day, stopping any chance of getting high from its' use. Buprenorphine also blocks the effects of “full” opioids, including the high from using and any pain relief. Due to these reasons, Suboxone ... continue reading
  • Xanax Overdose Risk Factors and Addiction Treatment

    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 ...

    ... in conjunction with other drugs—such as alcohol or certain other drugs that alter vital physiological processes—the effects of Xanax are intensified, which can result in severe injury and death. 7 Not only that, but the ... 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 ...

    ... if you have been taking it during pregnancy . Buprenorphine has also not been shown to produce adverse effects during pregnancy . However, there are only a limited number of studies available. According to SAMHSA , in ... 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 ...

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