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  • 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 ...

    ... signs of overdose and called 911. Unlike Shannon's friend, a lot of us wouldn't recognize the signs of a Xanax overdose ... exhibits any of the above symptoms, you've got a potential overdose situation on your hands. ... Learn more

  • What is Ativan? Is Ativan Addictive? Dangers of Ativan Abuse

    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 ...

    ... Abused, it can be life-threatening. Signs of Ativan overdose include: Loss of muscle control Low ... Tolerance: Do you need more and more of it to feel its effects? Withdrawal symptoms: If you don't take ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... , the overdose antidote can also be administered via an intranasal spray. The thing to remember is that the injectable form of naloxone takes effect much quicker than the nasal spray. If the signs and symptoms indicate ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... is wrong, it probably is. Signs and Symptoms by Drug Let's take a look at the steps you should take when someone has overdosed. Depressant Overdose Opiates and benzodiazepines ( heroin , Oxycontin, Valium ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... . Along with respiratory depression, two additional signs of an opiate overdose include small, contracted pupils and unconsciousness. Respiratory depression, being the most alarming symptom, is the last to occur in the ... Learn more

  • Legalizing Marijuana Decreases Fatal Opiate Overdoses, Study Shows

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

    ... the key. Over the past two decades, deaths from drug overdoses have become the leading cause of injury death in the ... (THCV) Learn more about the signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse . Additional ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... six months or more experienced severe opiate withdrawal symptoms, and another 45 percent experienced mild withdrawal. Sadly, ... Additional Reading: Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage Related ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • Is Your Friend High? Here’s How to Tell…

    Your friend seems a little “off.” Is he simply having a bad day? Did he not sleep well? Is he sick? Or is he high? To the untrained observer, ...

    ... or slow breathing might be a sign your friend is high (and possibly overdosing). (U)nexplained Injuries: Drug ... drug use . Opioids are known for causing these symptoms. If you suspect your friend is struggling with ... Learn more

  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet , has reached epidemic levels in the United States. ...

    ... on how they can recognize symptoms of opioid misuse and reduce the risk of death by identifying the signs of an overdose and reversing it with lifesaving opioid overdose drug, Naloxone. Many medical professionals ... Learn more

  • Are You Really Addicted to Marijuana? Is Anyone?

    More Americans are becoming aware that drug addiction is a disease and not a character flaw, but many continue to find it difficult to believe that ...

    ... . Furthermore, those who quit using pot as adults did not recover these IQ points. 7 Warning Signs & Withdrawal Symptoms For those concerned about whether they or a loved one are addicted to marijuana, there are ... Learn more

  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

    Sometimes it's better to substitute one drug for another. This is called harm reduction and it can make a serious difference in your health and ...

    ... receptors (just like heroin), it prevents symptoms of opiate withdrawal and alleviates the cravings that cause you to ... affect the central nervous system. Signs of methadone overdose include: 2 Nausea. Vomiting ... Learn more

  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 21.5 million Americans aged 12 and older met the criteria for substance use ...

    ... despite harmful consequences in order to avoid these withdrawal symptoms. 2,3 Prescription opiates affect the brain in the ... for users, including greater risk of overdose and other negative consequences (e.g., blood ... Learn more

  • Do I Have to Hit Rock Bottom Before I Get Help?

    No! Hitting rock bottom is not a prerequisite to seeking help for substance abuse; help is available whenever you are ready for it. Unfortunately, ...

    ... loss of a job, death of a friend from overdose, or any other major life trauma to precipitate a ... that you haven't yet hit rock bottom and b) that you are showing signs of motivation to change. Continue reading to learn ... Learn more

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  • Supervised Heroin Shooting Galleries: Coming to a Public Housing Site?

    Supervised Heroin Shooting Galleries: Coming to a Public Housing Site?

    Vancouver is facing an unprecedented number of opioid overdoses, prompting the government's housing partners to launch a new effort in hopes of ...

    ... Insite clinic, the first of these sites in North America. Institute staff responded to 2,026 overdoses in 2016 and almost 600 in 2017. The Canadian housing authority's attempt to integrate these injection sites into ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... two state facilities currently offer detox services to Alaskans - and both of them were recently shut down, thanks to ... . With our nation's opiate epidemic showing no signs of slowing, there's simply no time to ... Learn more

  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is ...

    ... of time to seek emergency assistance if an overdose does occur. Currently, opioid addiction treatment relies on other opioids, such as methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone) to relieve withdrawal cravings for opioids ... Learn more

  • Does Methadone Treatment Suppress Testosterone in Opioid Addicts?

    A new study out of McMaster University in Canada has found that common treatments for opioid addiction reduce the level of testosterone in men, but ...

    ... rate of death for those using Suboxone and methadone as part of opioid substitution treatment is about half of what it is for those using street heroin . Learn more about the symptoms and signs of drug abuse . Learn more

  • Record-Breaking Number of Overdoses Traced Back to Bad Heroin

    A dangerous batch of heroin circulating throughout the city of Chicago has caused a record-breaking 74 overdoses in the span of just three days. When ...

    ... Drug Administration also issued a nationwide alert back in March as a response to fentanyl and heroin related overdose deaths that took place in other states. Additional Reading: Taking Action: How to Intervene ... Learn more

  • 15-Minutes of Narcan Internet Fame Leaves Permanent Scars

    Imagine overdosing in public, prompting police officers to administer Narcan - the powerful opiate antidote - to save your life. Now imagine ...

    ... signed up for. When Your Life Becomes Reality TV A very similar scenario happened to a young man in Philadelphia. He was videotaped shooting up and ... “They got him through the overdose and now they're prosecuting him ... Learn more

  • Teen Drug Abuse: The Warning Signs

    It is never easy to find out your teen is using drugs. Communication is a powerful tool for reducing and preventing teen drug abuse. Talking to your ...

    ... fact abusing drugs, you may notice some of these signs: Poor hygiene. Poor coordination. Teeth clenching. Bloodshot eyes. Bruises, cuts, and sores (from falling, bumping into things, or scratching ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 2007 to 8,260 overdose deaths in 2013. During this same time, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ... reports. Additional Reading : 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict Image ... Learn more

  • Ruthless Drug Dealer Ordered to Pay for His Client’s Funeral

    Ruthless Drug Dealer Ordered to Pay for His Client’s Funeral

    Opioid abuse is killing thousands of Americans each year. Every day, nearly 100 lives are lost to the opioid epidemic. Many of these fatalities ...

    ... the results can be catastrophically deadly. Increase in Overdoses Linked to Fentanyl Last year, fentanyl and other synthetic opioids took over the number one cause for overdose deaths in the U.S. More than 20,000 ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... TimerCap, LLC, noted , “Now you have a detection and a deterrent because people know that they can get caught ... drug habit - or save some of our loves ones from overdose - isn't it worth the effort? What do you ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... -related deaths in 2015. Heroin is responsible for another fourth of all fatal overdoses. Between 2010 and 2015, heroin overdose deaths tripled. Ranking third on the list are semi-synthetic opioids, which account ... Learn more

  • The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On

    Doctor shopping has become all too commonplace for addicts desperate to obtain drugs, but a new app could help determine whether emergency room ...

    ... ordering three million doses of oxycodone ; the national average per pharmacy is below 69,000. If you or someone you know struggles with alcohol or drugs, learn more about the signs and symptoms of addiction . Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... trials in the next two years. If proven effective, particularly by reducing the risk of abuse and overdose , we might have a “miracle” drug on our hands! Additional Reading: Opiate Alternatives: Doctor's ... Learn more

  • 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 - ...

    ... so, arguing that tamper-resistant formulations of drugs do not solve the problems of opioid addiction and overdose . In addition to increasing evidence that the overall number of deaths had not decreased, it was ... Learn more

  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million ...

    ... president of the International Pain Foundation, feels the overdose concern is out of proportion. “There's ... percent of non-cancer patients on opiates show signs of addiction and that opiates aren't an effective method of ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... ) believe that it's safe, it's a terrible idea. Opiates are very potent painkillers and, when misused, can result in overdose . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that more than three out of five ... Learn more

  • Do Safe Injection Sites Violate the Hippocratic Oath? One Nurse Says Yes

    Do Safe Injection Sites Violate the Hippocratic Oath? One Nurse Says Yes

    Michael Hesch is a conscious sedation nurse. His job is to intravenously infuse fentanyl and other medicines during surgical procedures. If and ...

    ... , “I'm going to be one-on-one with this patient until they are at baseline for their vital signs and their mental status. Keep in mind, too, that if someone goes into anoxia because of respiratory depression, after four ... Learn more

  • New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

    New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

    Breathe on this. Spit on that. Provide a urine sample. You know the drill. The methods of drug testing are relatively common and well-known. From ...

    ... treatment centers In emergency situations, due to the quick results and determining what substances have caused an overdose Routine drug monitoring in doctor's offices Can this method detect specific level of ... Learn more

  • Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About a Resurgence of Cocaine in the U.S.?

    Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About a Resurgence of Cocaine in the U.S.?

    According to the DEA's annual Drug Threat Assessment cocaine use is on the rise. It looks as if, while in the midst of an opioid epidemic, a lethal ...

    ... the fall of 2016, officials seized another tractor trailer and discovered over 12.7 kilograms of cocaine mixed in with ... . A single dose may cause a life threatening overdose. Even a small amount of cocaine has been ... Learn more

  • Misery Loves Company…Especially Among Addicts

    In a healthy relationship, each individual wants what is good for the other. You want good things to happen to your friend. You hope for the best for ...

    ... perspective on life, our old pals may look down on us and even try to tell us that we have a problem. This ... using friends around. Additional Reading: 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict Image Source: ... Learn more

  • Dangers of IV Drug Use: What You Need to Know About Track Marks

    Certain drugs can be injected into the muscle, under the skin, or directly into a vein. The later is the most popular method, as the intense effects ...

    ... other parts of the body, such as the neck, groin, hands and feet. Many IV drug users are conscious of their track marks, prompting them to hide the visible signs of shooting up . Since the forearms are a very visible ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... enough to respond appropriately. Red lights or stop signs may go unnoticed. Drifting toward sleep can ... wheel. Vertigo is a group of symptoms that includes dizziness, light-headedness and unsteadiness. It's also a side ... Learn more

  • Heartbroken Parents Use Obituaries to Raise Addiction Awareness

    Heartbroken Parents Use Obituaries to Raise Addiction Awareness

    When a loved one passes away, you want to remember them at their best. You want others to remember them at their best. You carefully select the words ...

    ... the words for their obituary to reflect their life's contributions and all the love and affection you feel for them. But what if your loved one died of an overdose? What if the thing that took them from this world was ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... clearly see the benefits of using methadone, as it has the potential to reduce the risk of overdose, death, and criminal activity. Myth #2 - Methadone is Just Another Addictive Substance People on a stable dose of ... Learn more

  • Don't Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance - It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

    You may have heard about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine. What you may not have heard about, however, is the ultra-potent ...

    ... how to send something without having to provide tracking information. Portman has since introduced the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention act, a new law that would require the U.S. Postal Service to track ... Learn more

  • 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, with drug overdose deaths continuing to rise. In fact, since 1999, the number of overdose ... . One supporter commented, “I'm signing this because you cannot mock and make glamorous a national epidemic, where ... Learn more

  • 9 Mind-Blowing Facts About W-18

    Just when we thought things couldn't get any worse than fentanyl … The street-drug market has a new player - and it's even deadlier than ...

    ... be damaged, anyone coming into contact would face being overdosed with this drug immediately and would need immediate medical attention.” Fatal Symptoms: The symptoms of W-18 exposure include feeling sleepy, trouble ... Learn more

  • Shocking Report: Smoking Weed Can Damage Your DNA

    Scientists are finding “convincing evidence” that marijuana can damage DNA and even cause certain forms of cancer. These revelations are more ...

    ... may get lost in the shift, however, is the information about the potential harm ingested marijuana smoke can cause. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of marijuana abuse . Image Credits: Jeff Chiu/Instagram Learn more

  • Heroin's Death Toll Hits an All-Time High in New York

    New York City has a serious heroin problem on their hands and new data released by the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reveals just ...

    ... 34, though people between the ages of 35 and 54 still had the highest overall overdose rate. Location Specific When it comes to heroin abuse and overdose rates, the biggest jump by far was in Queens. Believe it or ... Learn more

  • What You Need to Know About ‘Zombie Drug’ Krokodil

    Krokodil (Crocodil) is a homemade version of a synthetic drug called desomorphine. As the name deso-morphine suggests, the chemical is in the opiate ...

    ... like cough medicine, paint thinner, light fluid and the phosphorus scraped off a match book - among ... diagnose someone who also abuses heroin because of the similar symptoms. In the U.S. there was a major health ... Learn more

  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

    With fatal overdoses increasing each year, the need for action has never been greater. Despite funneling billions into the anti-drug movement, the ...

    ... locations to use drugs. At its core, safe rooms seek to prevent fatal overdoses and decrease transmitted diseases. Countries operating on a “zero tolerance” policy tend to drive addicts further underground, ultimately ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... between history of benzodiazepine prescription and the associated risk of death from a drug overdose , found that the risk ... box warning sign should be more effective at providing a clear-cut message and helping to reduce ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... . About half of all overdoses that year (23,000) came from prescription drugs and another 8,000 were caused ... pills for free from family and friends, it's a health hazard that shows no sign of slowing down. In addition ... Learn more

  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

    With the opioid epidemic claiming nearly 78 lives each and every day, President-elect Trump has his work cut out for him in the drug arena. One of ...

    ... of his stated policies involves increasing access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose from opioids like heroin and prescription painkillers. But there are people on both sides of the fence regarding this ... Learn more

  • Hitting the Grass Ceiling: 6 Surprising Ways Weed is Sexist

    Estrogen, testosterone and THC: What do these three things have in common? Apparently, not much. Studies reveal that THC (the active chemical in ...

    ... . Withdrawal: Women are likely to experience more severe withdrawal symptoms . Females tend to experience more sleep disruption, loss of appetite and irritability. Tolerance: Studies show that females develop a ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... medication, the withdrawal symptoms kick in as your body and brain try to ... and chills. Your behaviors can also serve as a compass of sorts, indicating you might've reached the point of dependency. Behavioral signs ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 fentanyl? You're about ... Learn more

  • Introducing the Drug That Can Kill With a Single Dose

    Just when we'd thought we'd heard it all, an even more lethal drug concoction popped up on our radar. It's just the latest killer in the opioid ...

    ... death” by authorities, this high-potency cocktail is responsible for multiple overdose deaths across several states including Alabama, Ohio, and Georgia. Gray Death: A New Killer Combination Gray death is a lethal ... Learn more

  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

    A judge in New York recently ordered a woman who's addicted to drugs not to get pregnant. While no one would argue that someone with an extreme ...

    ... drug use. What Do You Think? Every day, about 92 people die from an overdose. And in rural areas of the nation, babies are being born addicted in record-breaking numbers. With so many chemically dependent people ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... ,000 people in the US died of benzodiazepine overdose in 2015. This figure has more than quadrupled ... up to two years. Symptoms usually include a slight increase in anxiety and insomnia. How do benzos work ... Learn more

  • Drug Abuse Signs

    Drug Abuse Signs

    Some drug abuse signs are obvious and others are subtle. Drug abuse takes a toll on the body both physically and psychologically. Physical drug abuse ...

    ... a toll on the body both physically and psychologically. Physical drug abuse signs may be exhibited in an array of physical symptoms including an increase in blood pressure and heart rate, loss of coordination, marked ... Learn more

  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

    This is your brain on pot: A new study has found that regular marijuana use is linked to both lower IQ scores and impaired decision making skills. ...

    ... view as “harmless” recreational marijuana use could have permanent cognitive implications for adulthood and beyond. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of marijuana abuse . Image Source: Flicker/DankDepot Learn more

  • Overdosing on Sleep Medication is a Big Problem

    According to a recent survey , 69 percent of primary care patients complain of insomnia and other sleep issues. To solve the problem, doctors often ...

    ... has created a sleeping pill epidemic, with overdose numbers skyrocketing. There are several sleep-inducing ... has knock-on effects elsewhere.” One safe and alternate solution for sleep problems is professional counseling ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... can be frightening, the good news is there's plenty of help available to you to break the addiction. Knowing the signs and symptoms of addiction to prescription drugs can help you determine what kind of help you need ... Learn more

  • 15 Warning Signs That Your Kid May Be Using Drugs

    Kids are a source of worry for every parent. You look after them for years, and you hope that they end up turning our alright. While there are ...

    ... Something marked OP will likely be OxyContin , for example. Identify the pill and see what comes up. Alternatively, ask your teen. Odd smells are another sign. It could be a new interest in deodorant or a heady smell ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... major implications for increased treatment demand, risk of overdose and even death from these opioids.” The Rise of ... opioid abuse is particularly dangerous, as the signs can be much less apparent than those ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... or start to lose a significant amount of weight, this is a definite warning sign. Changes in Personality : Stimulants can often alter your mood and emotional state. If you find yourself more agitated or sad than usual ... Learn more

  • 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict

    When you think of drug addiction, many people immediately associate the disease with the kind of tragic, rock-bottom moments we're privy to on shows ...

    ... what is a high-functioning addict and what are some of the signs people in this group would likely ... could regularly be suffering from hangovers or withdrawal symptoms. Losing Interest in Hobbies If you notice ... Learn more

  • Let's Talk About the Elephant Tranquilizer in the Room

    It's 10,000 times more potent than morphine. It's 100 times more powerful than fentanyl . What is it? Carfentanil. Designed as a ...

    ... capable of bringing someone back from an overdose when carfentanil is involved. With overdoses mounting, the DEA scrambled to issue a warning to both the public and police officials about the dangers of carfentanil ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... While we've been focused on opioids, benzo abuse statistics have exploded: Between 1996 and 2013, benzo overdoses increased more than 500 percent. Xanax is the number one prescribed psychiatric medication in ... Learn more

  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    $6.5 million is up for grabs. The state of Ohio recently launched its Opioid Technology Challenge, calling on healthcare providers, scientists, and ...

    ... of Innovation The Opioid Technology Challenge initiative is in response to the staggering addiction and overdose statistics we're currently experiencing across the nation. An estimated 91 Americans die each ... Learn more

  • The Price Tag of Heroin in America: $51 Billion

    If you're hooked on heroin, you'll spend an average of $150 a day to support your habit. That's nearly $55,000 per year. Heroin abuse comes with a ...

    ... They say it's the deadliest drug worldwide. Stats from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention support these claims. They report heroin-related overdose death s have more than quadrupled since 2010. Between 2014 ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... addicted? Here's a look at four physical signs you're hooked: Sign #1 No Energy Kara couldn't believe how ... re desperate to lessen the symptoms. But this just continues the cycle of addiction and poor health. If you ... Learn more

  • Rapper’s Shocking On-Stage Antics are Cause for Concern

    A Florida rapper by the name of “Stitches” has earned a name for himself as of late, but for all the wrong reasons. The joker-like face tattoos ...

    ... . Stitches has developed a small, but loyal fan base who are willing to pay up to $60 for meet-and-greets with him after local performances. The rapper has also become notorious for one of the most outrageous on-stage ... Learn more

  • Will Diplo’s New Anti-Drug Video Impact EDM Culture?

    Mad Decent label head Diplo just put the EDM drug culture on blast, releasing a dark music video for the track “Techno.” Teaming up with fellow ...

    ... when they find a down-on-his-luck farmer presumably struggling to send his young daughter to college. A deal is made and the duo begins using the farmer's barn to cook up what appears to be ecstasy . We later see the ... Learn more

  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

    A new study out of India has found that most men suffering from opioid addiction are also dealing with sexual dysfunction as a result. The ...

    ... , which control the production of sex hormones, and also cause testosterone deficiencies in both men and women. However, sexual dysfunction is far from the only symptom associated with an opioid addiction. Opioid users ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... like a positive side effect, it is generally a sign of poor health conditions. Effects That Can Be ... Death - Heroin and morphine share the top slot for most common cause of overdose-related fatalities. Is It ... Learn more

  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

    You've just taken an opioid painkiller . The medication travels to your brain, making the pain sensations stop. The same opiates also make you feel ...

    ... news. The bad news is opiate drugs also slow your breathing…and in case of an overdose, your breathing is slowed to a virtually non-existent and lethal level. The right amount of drugs slows your breathing; the ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... opiates , it is essential to understand the risks involved with an overdose. How An Overdose Causes Brain Damage Opiates and opioids (heroin, morphine, OxyContin, Fentanyl) are depressants, meaning the drugs slow ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... . In fact, this may be the first real step toward addressing the relationship between opiate addiction, criminality and the combined effect both can have on an already overpopulated prison system. While some may claim ... Learn more

  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

    A crushing avalanche is crippling Appalachian communities, but it's not the mountainous disaster you might think. This avalanche is a deadly ...

    ... the challenge of fighting the opioid epidemic. All of this adds up to increased drug use and staggering rates of overdose. In addition to the main initiative, four other awards were issued this year to improve research ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... however, the problem is insomnia . Between one-third and one-half of Americans have the dreaded sleep disorder ... are extremely addictive and pose the risk for serious side effects and overdose. Today, doctors are ... Learn more

  • 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, ...

    ... six-fold between 2001 and 2014. In 2014, heroin use caused more than 10,000 deaths by overdose . That same ... and psychological effects. If you suspect a loved one might be abusing heroin , look for the following signs ... Learn more

  • Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

    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 ...

    ... 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 already ... Learn more

  • Police Are Gearing Up to Face Down a Couple of Killers

    Police Are Gearing Up to Face Down a Couple of Killers

    Guns won't help. A bullet-proof vest won't cut it. No badge, baton, hat, or handcuffs will stop the threat. The latest danger faced by law ...

    ... a means to help themselves - or others - suffering from a life-threatening overdose. With the increasing appearance of fentanyl and carfentanil, the Harris County Sheriff's office purchased an additional 264 doses of ... Learn more

  • Public Restrooms Have Become Ground Zero in Opioid Epidemic

    The opioid epidemic has impacted countless families, but according to a recent article on NPR.org , people aren't the only ones affected. Public ...

    ... even trained his baristas to use naloxone, the drug that reverses an opioid overdoses . Still, there's very little guidance on this issue. And with it being against the law to knowingly provide a space where people ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... management policies found an association between a state's internal PDL policy and methadone overdose rates.” Debatable Results Despite the statistics, restricting Methadone among Medicaid recipients will ... Learn more

  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

    For many, getting hooked on opioids starts innocently enough. Typically, it's a way to find relief from chronic pain. But the feeling of euphoria - ...

    ... 181 isn't yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the company plans to discuss its next ... years, but there seems to be an equal number of skeptics and supporters. One thing's for sure, though: We need ... Learn more

  • Should People Who Abuse Alcohol Qualify for Liver Transplants?

    Three years ago, one of my uncles - a long-time alcoholic - was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He was told he didn't qualify for a new one, ...

    ... way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and Liver Disease In 2015, more than 21,000 Americans died ... and social workers, weigh factors such as physical symptoms, substance-abuse history and whether ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... taking the drug without a prescription and obtaining it illegally. Another sign of addiction is taking the drug ... Tampering with medications. #7. Physical symptoms. Using Tramadol even as prescribed can result ... Learn more

  • 5 Lies All Addicts Tell Themselves

    As an addict, life is a game of survival. Day after day is dedicated to avoiding withdrawals and hiding the outward signs of chemical dependency . ...

    ... they've missed out on for so long. If you or someone you know struggles with alcohol or drug abuse, help is available. Start by learning more about the signs and symptoms of addiction. Roman Skovich Image Learn more

  • What's In My Baggie? Documentary Highlights the Danger of Mystery Drugs Sold at Music Festivals

    Let's face it; drug users never really know what their drug dealers are selling them. But now more than ever, users are reeling from the negative ...

    ... 't make a whole lot of sense, does it? What's In My Baggie is meant to educate the masses and, hopefully, save lives in the process. The filmmakers are even willing to let music festival promoters air the documentary ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... or crushed. Taking OxyContin in this way can lead to overdose; abusing the drug in these ways has caused many ... . Serious withdrawal symptoms such as fever, chills, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and depression can make ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... on the drug and risk overdose , which can involve difficulty breathing, irregular heartbeat, seizure, loss of consciousness and coma. Physical dependence also results in withdrawal symptoms when abusers cease ... Learn more

  • Cocaine Could Mess With Your Brain's Ability to Recognize Sadness and Fear

    Cocaine is a stimulant drug with a reputation for making people more social, but in reality, it tends to make users paranoid and insufferable. And ...

    ... and an important question remains: does cocaine mess up this process so that when cocaine users are off the drug they feel like other people have more negative emotions?” Additional Reading: 5 Telltale Signs ... Learn more

  • IV Drug Abuse: 3 Potentially Deadly IV Injection Sites

    The dangers of intravenous drug use are well documented. Although most available information focuses on the very high risk of overdose and the ...

    ... potentially causing a range of neurological problems or a stroke. Due to the high risk of overdose and the risks associated with shared needles, using drugs intravenously is never safe under any circumstances. However ... Learn more

  • 4 Loopholes We Use to Justify Staying Addicted

    Justification is the effort to prove that our behaviors are valid or reasonable, and it is human nature to do so. In the field of psychology, this ...

    ... of a happy, healthy life due to mental health symptoms can be. For example, needing a few drinks ... successful in assisting patients in developing a new routine and feeling more in control of their addiction. The first ... Learn more

  • Drugs at School: Are Zero-Tolerance Policies Really Working?

    Adopted over 20 years ago, zero-tolerance drug policies still dominate the conduct codes of most American public schools. In fact, the U.S. ...

    ... the infraction. According to policy language, students may be suspended, expelled, forced to attend drug counseling and 12-Step meetings for possessing over-the-counter medication. Although an extreme example, it's an ... Learn more

  • New Study Reveals Cocaine Robs You of Loss

    A new study has found that cocaine abuse affects brain circuits so drastically that some users can't even recognize personal loss in their lives. ...

    ... cocaine addicts are content to repeat the same mistakes over and over again. Consequences like going to jail or losing ... .” Seventy-five participants, 50 of whom abused cocaine and 25 of whom did not, took part in the ... Learn more

  • Childhood Traumas Haunt Many into Adulthood

    It's a widely accepted theory that some people are more susceptible to addiction than others. Many of those “at-risk” are labeled as such due to ...

    ... After surveying 196 people who were receiving treatment for alcoholism, NIDA found that one-fourth of the men and one-third of the women had experienced physical abuse during childhood. What's more, nearly half of the ... Learn more

  • Can’t Sleep? Try Putting Down the Marijuana (Seriously)

    For as long as she could remember, people told Sue that marijuana helped you sleep. So once she started having problems catching z's, she decided to ...

    ... a Sleep-Aid As of 2016, half our nation's states have legalized marijuana for medical and/or recreational use. More and more patients are turning to marijuana to ease ailments, but a recent study shows sleep issues ... Learn more

  • New Bone Loss Study Points the Finger at Marijuana

    “We have known for a while that the components of cannabis can affect bone cell function, but we had no idea up until now of what this might mean ...

    ... used marijuana in the previous month. As of late 2016, around 25 states have legalized marijuana for medical and/or recreational use - a number that will most likely continue to rise. What do you think? Are millions ... Learn more

  • Let’s Clear the Air About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

    Picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights up a cigarette. Sitting next to her, you inhale the secondhand smoke for one minute. ...

    ... smoke, impaired as they recover from the exposure. Now picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights a joint. Sitting next to this person, you inhale secondhand marijuana smoke for 60 seconds. For the ... Learn more

  • Teachers Pause Playground Games to Pick Up Needles

    Teachers Pause Playground Games to Pick Up Needles

    Most soccer games involve time outs. But, coaches usually call them to trade a player, give a pep talk, or help a player recover from a fall. At ...

    ... for this issue. Young children stood outside chanting “Safe students, safe schools” and holding signs reading “United for Safe Schools” and “Safe Schools = No Needles.” Too Little, Too Late? Already aware of the ... Learn more

  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

    Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

    The closest addiction specialist is three hours away. You don't have a reliable vehicle. If you arrange for a ride or take public transportation, ...

    ... to get help? Now, let's add a new variable… That specialist is still three hours away. You still don't have a ride, and the stigma in town is still there. But, now you can sit down in front of your computer at home ... Learn more

  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

    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 ...

    ... that heroin use has also been on the rise and heroin overdose death rates have increased by 20.6 percent from ... these medications, you'll experience some type of withdrawal symptom . Does this mean you're addicted? No, ... Learn more

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

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