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  • 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 ...

    ... and obtaining it illegally. Another sign of addiction is taking the drug in a way other than prescribed (crushing pills, snorting ... regularly experience any of the above physical symptoms, you may be addicted to Tramadol. ... continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

    In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid OxyContin for treating chronic pain. The drug netted a quick $45 million in sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the ...

    ... prescription pain medication that provides a “rush” similar to that of OxyContin…especially when snorted or ... crushing and injecting the pills, significantly increasing the risk of overdose. Some signs and symptoms of ... 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 ...

    ... shown that up to 40 percent of non-cancer patients on opiates show signs of addiction and that opiates aren't an effective method of treating chronic pain . Another major push from drug makers is the promotion of new ... continue reading
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  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

    According to recent statistics gathered during a detailed research investigation - a project aptly dubbed The National Heroin Threat Assessment - the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA) reports that the availability and abuse of heroin is ...

    ... snorting. The Unintended Fallout With all the opiate pill reformulations and stricter prescription drug policies, heroin, in many cases, is now cheaper and easier to obtain than opiate pain pills ... : 5 Telltale Signs of a ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

    Shelly's knee surgery went great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular ...

    ... more for the pain, so that wasn't a problem. The issue, however, was how Shelly felt . When she stopped taking the pills, these horrible flu-like symptoms set in. Shelly did a little research and came to the conclusion ... continue reading
  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

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

    ... A recent study revealed that twenty percent of people with leftover pills share their medications. And it's pretty easy to see how this happens. Let's say your friend's in pain from a recent accident. He doesn't want (or ... 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 ...

    ... as directed. The drug is addictive, and it inhibits the section of the brain that controls pain. Serious withdrawal symptoms such as fever, chills, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and depression can make this medication a ... 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. ...

    ... and overdose of these pain relievers, companies have recently developed tamper-resistant drugs, which are more difficult to crush, snort ... ? The Truth About Tamper-Resistant Pills A recent commentary in Canadian Medical ... 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 ...

    ... re struggling with a physical and psychological addiction . Signs and symptoms classically related to benzo addiction ... Hostility or violence Chewing, crushing or snorting pills to increase the effect Drastic reductions or ... continue reading
  • Counting Dangerous Sheep: Why You Should Stop Popping Sleeping Pills

    Here's a question for you: How much sleep do you get every night? As adults, the Centers for Disease Control tells us we require seven to eight hours of sleep per night to maintain good health. Of course, we don't always get these hours. All kinds ...

    ... ? Well, sleeping pills pose a ton of health risks and put you at risk ... and legs Appetite changes Diarrhea Balance issues/dizziness Drowsiness Dry mouth Gas Headache Heartburn Mental/memory/attention problems Stomach pain ... 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 ...

    ... Adderall is typically swallowed, the pills can also be chewed, snorted or injected. The side effects ... is a definite warning sign. Changes in Personality : Stimulants can often alter your mood and emotional state. If ... 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 ...

    ... In the U.S., a whopping 44 people die each and every day as a result of respiratory arrest brought on ... result of chronic pain, many people seek solace in sleeping pills. The problem is that taking sleeping pills on top of ... 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 ...

    ... symptoms when other opiates are used. And if Suboxone tablets are crushed, injected or snorted, the naloxone blocks its effects and ... huge misconception. You can take prescription pain pills while on Suboxone, but the ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

    For centuries, people have debated one age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? While both sides of this argument have their valid points, the question itself has evolved, making its way into other areas of society, including the ...

    ... the debilitating withdrawal symptoms at bay. Patients find themselves taking more and more, running out of pills before their next doctor's visit or coming up short on mandatory pill counts at pain clinics. Eventually ... continue reading
  • 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, it can be hard to tell. But it's important to discern. Depending on the circumstances, it could affect ...

    ... Shallow or slow breathing might be a sign your friend is high (and possibly overdosing). (U)nexplained Injuries: ... drug use . Opioids are known for causing these symptoms. If you suspect your friend is struggling with drug ... continue reading
  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

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

    ... -proof bottle devices only make it more expensive - and difficult - for those who are legitimately prescribed the pills to open the bottle and get their meds. Johns Hopkins University mechanical engineering students ... continue reading
  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

    For many, getting hooked on opioids starts innocently enough. Typically, it's a way to find relief from chronic pain. But the feeling of euphoria - or “high” - that accompanies each dose is ultimately what keeps users coming back for more, ...

    ... chronic lower back pain. In all tests, NKTR-181's effects were the same, whether it was snorted or injected. What ... , but there seems to be an equal number of skeptics and supporters. One thing's for sure, though: We need ... 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 ...

    ... should have listened to his friends. He's addicted to Ritalin and experiencing withdrawal. Sleeping disorders are a common symptom of Ritalin withdrawal. And since part of Ritalin's purpose is to regulate sleep, misusing ... 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 ...

    ... painkiller addiction and millions more have turned to heroin as a “more affordable” alternative once buying pills on the ... active ingredient in Tylenol, is another common and effective pain reliever. It is recommended as a ... continue reading
  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

    A drug overdose occurs when the body has been overloaded with either prescription medication or an illicit substance. Under normal circumstances, our body's metabolism would be able to detoxify the substance in order to avoid its potentially harmful ...

    ... Opiates, such as heroin, and prescription pain pills like Vicodin, are psychoactive ... signs of an opiate overdose include small, contracted pupils and unconsciousness. Respiratory depression, being the most alarming symptom ... 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 ...

    ... . Kelly accepted the doctor's advice and started taking the pills. No Anxiety, No Tips Over the ... it through withdrawal first.” She experienced the typical withdrawal symptoms associated with Xanax . “I was anxious - even ... continue reading
  • Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

    Imagine you're getting your wisdom teeth removed and at the end of the procedure, your dentist hands you a prescription for a pain reliever - maybe Vicodin or Percocet . For many people, this wouldn't pose a problem. For thousands of others, ...

    ... pills are required, according to Dr. Brian Bateman , associate professor of anesthesia at Brigham and Women's Hospital and ... , Advil and Aleve, to relieve pain , rather than narcotics. Preventing Pain Relief and Addiction “ ... continue reading
  • Portrait of the American Overdose: Do You Fit the Profile?

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

    ... in 2015 represented people between the ages of 45 and 54. Digging Into the Overdose Details Since 1999, ... respiration to slow to a lethal rate. Mixing heroin with pain pills can have similar effects. Are You at Risk? Do ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

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

    ... or at least lessen the effects of chronic pain, are now officially responsible for an astounding 44 ... users are getting their pills for free from family and friends, it's a health hazard that shows no sign of slowing down. ... continue reading
  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

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

    ... stimulants at Marist College and Fresno State are now required to sign a contract saying that they promise not to share or misuse their pills. Even further, George Mason and William and Mary colleges have forbidden ... 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 ...

    ... 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 many different ways - including IV, intranasal, lozenge, pill and ... 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 ...

    ... a means to get more pills. You Just Never Know… Frightened and consumed by anxiety, Suzanne finally ... flashes” and some mild stomach upset, Suzanne barely noticed any withdrawal symptoms . Paying it Forward and the Greater ... continue reading
  • Switching Depression Medications and Doing it Safely

    Hillary felt sleepy all the time. She was also experiencing daily headaches. She noticed these symptoms began when she started taking a prescribed antidepressant . Hillary decided it wasn't worth the side effects. She was tired of feeling tired and ...

    ... the pills. Proper Protocol Hillary's actions demonstrate what not to do if you want to change your depression medication. In her case, she stopped her medication too abruptly and suffered from new symptoms as a result ... 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 ...

    ... to avoid these withdrawal symptoms. 2,3 Prescription ... and still achieve the high they are seeking. For this reason, it is important that all patients prescribed opioid pain medications be monitored closely for signs ... 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 ...

    ... , they did not exhibit the same behaviors with the new drug. Hope For the Future With fewer side effects and great pain-relieving results, this new drug could have a huge impact on the millions suffering from chronic ... continue reading
  • Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier

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

    ... other stimulant drugs, such as prescription diet pills and medications containing methamphetamine. Some of the ... those aged 4 to 17 were diagnosed with ADHD, and symptoms were typically observed around the age of seven. ... 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 ...

    ... are seen with administration of prescription pain medications. For example, opioid ... disorders, but they do not perform equally among men and women. The pills themselves dissolve much slower in a woman's stomach because ... continue reading
  • Fake Xanax is Here…And It’s Deadly

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

    ... . It even bears the fake “XANAX” label, along with boasting a similar size, shape and color. Some of these fake pills are so good, in fact, even forensic scientists can't tell the difference just by looking at them. That ... 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 ...

    ... rehab turned to heroin because prescription pills were “far more expensive and harder to obtain.” #5 Side ... and psychological effects. If you suspect a loved one might be abusing heroin , look for the following signs ... 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 ...

    ... drugs as recommended, you can build up a dependency, and this can be physical or psychological. With a psychological ... you are no longer in pain because of potential withdrawal symptoms or difficulties stopping the drug, ... 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 ...

    ... drug, you should only get them from your doctor and fill the prescription at a certified pharmacy. Shopping online or buying pills from someone off the street may seem like a fast and easy way to get your hands on the ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

    Shannon was feeling even more anxious than usual, so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as prescribed, but she figured an extra one wouldn't hurt. Feeling calmer, she decided to drive over to her ...

    ... than usual, so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as prescribed ... ? If a loved one exhibits any of the above symptoms, you've got a potential overdose situation on your ... continue reading
  • Druggie: The New Makeup Shade Making Ugly Waves

    Approximately 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, with drug overdose deaths continuing to rise. In fact, since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled. As most of us know, drug addiction destroys lives ...

    ... One supporter commented, “I'm signing this because you cannot mock and make glamorous a national epidemic, where ... purse and a $175 pill-decorated umbrella, to a $650 short black dress covered in colorful pills. Additional ... 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 ...

    ... drug dealers set up shop, doling out pills on street corners, in abandoned houses and everywhere in between. Despite the odds, ... opioid abuse is particularly dangerous, as the signs can be much less apparent than those ... continue reading
  • 6 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know

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

    ... the drugs by crushing up the oral tablets prior to snorting them. 1 While fatal overdose with benzos alone may ... things that can be done to help manage symptoms and minimize severe risks of withdrawal. Learn about alarming ... continue reading
  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

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

    ... , I sought outside help in the form of a small white pill: Adderall . Within minutes of popping the “smart drug,” my focus sharpened, my motivation increased and my brain processed information like I was a superhero. In ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

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

    ... are we a nation full of anxiety-ridden, pill-popping people? Experts suggest we've developed a fear of fear . In truth, fear is a healthy emotion. It helps keep us safe and provides the adrenaline rush we need to either ... 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 ...

    ... abusing methadone. After all, there are many people on Medicaid who genuinely need the drug for chronic pain and have never abused it. This restriction could also have far-reaching negative effects on the public's view ... 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 ...

    ... Morphine affects the central nervous system. As it suppresses pain, it also makes you tired. Inattentiveness - With ... like a positive side effect, it is generally a sign of poor health conditions. Effects That Can Be Lethal ... continue reading
  • A Living Nightmare: 5 Things Doctors Don’t Tell You About Benzos

    Written by Dean Dauphinais It's no secret that prescription drugs can work miracles when obtained legally and taken as directed. But do you know that some prescription meds can also make your life a living hell. Such is the case with ...

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

    ... year, representing 44.5 percent of the population. 36.4 percent used pain relievers, 14.7 percent used tranquilizers, 6.4 percent used stimulants and 6.9 percent used sedatives. Of this 119 million, 18.9 million people ... continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, revealed medical marijuana users take fewer other medicines - such as opiates. Researchers monitored the use of prescription medication by participants enrolled in ...

    ... cannabis is the reason I'm opiate free now…it really gave me my life back and makes my pain manageable, without inebriating me or forming another dependence.” Researchers want to continue their investigation to determine ... 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 ...

    ... until she found someone willing to spot her a few Adderall pills, a mediation meant to treat ADHD . With this “ ... have lower overall GPAs . They also skip more classes and are more likely to use other substances. Not much ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs Reward

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

    ... Alternatively, when people who struggle with opiate dependence take the medication, it helps to alleviate nerve pain and restless legs, both of which are associated with opiate withdrawal. Risk vs Reward In recent years ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

    ... buprenorphine as part of a complete treatment program that includes counseling and psycho-social support. Until this development, buprenorphine was only approved as a pill or film placed under the tongue or the inside of ... 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 ...

    ... emergencies, and doctors prescribe the overdose antidote to patients taking opiate pain medications ... much quicker than the nasal spray. If the signs and symptoms indicate a life-or-death emergency, giving the medication ... continue reading
  • Chronic Disease Treatment Success Rates

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

    ... make them reveal secrets or aiming to heal pain, people have long since worked to reduce and increase pain. Obviously we'll be looking at the former. Pain takes numerous forms, and there may not be an obvious reason for ... 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 ...

    ... if you feel something is wrong, it probably is. Signs and Symptoms by Drug Let's take a look at the ... and psychosis. Signs of a stimulant overdose include: Chest pain Difficult breathing Severe headaches Disorientation and ... continue reading
  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

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

    ... your brain and body will function well and you can avoid unnatural prescription pills . Try ... symptoms. Avoid caffeine: Tea, coffee and soda make anxiety worse. It can cause symptoms such as headaches, jitters and ... 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 ...

    ... prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and work by blocking the pain signals sent to your brain. ... more, a lack of sleep worsens other symptoms like depression and anxiety, resulting in a downward spiral. ... 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), ...

    ... can experience withdrawal symptoms including diarrhea, pain, tremors, nausea, anxiety, sweating and insomnia. Due to ... doctor must personally sign and date all prescriptions the day they are given and physicians cannot ... 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 ...

    ... often abused. 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 Ativan ... 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 ...

    ... taking these medications, you'll experience some type of withdrawal symptom . Does this mean you're addicted? No, it ... full” opioids, including the high from using and any pain relief. Due to these reasons, Suboxone has ... 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 ...

    ... to cause an overdose . Green was given multiple doses of Narcan and revived by emergency crews. True or False: Most heroin dealers ... severe, ongoing pain (such as cancer patients). In need of continuous pain medication, ... 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 ...

    ... how many drinks you've had or how many pills you've taken. Consuming these two substances in ... 888-744-0069 Who Answers? so they can provide the support and information you need to get on the path toward recovery. Wondering ... continue reading
  • Xanax Overdose, Risks and How Much it Costs

    What is Xanax? Xanax (generic name alprazolam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine drug and central nervous system depressant—a grouping that includes several other sedative, hypnotic, and anxiolytic drugs. 1,2 When taken as prescribed, Xanax can be ...

    ... to Problematic Use? Signs and symptoms of Xanax misuse can impact many facets of your life and may include: 4 ... programs (e.g., Narcotics Anonymous, Pills Anonymous). Meetings are free and hosted all over the U.S. They ... 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 ...

    ... relieve pain. Tramadol increases levels of serotonin and norepinephrine. These brain chemicals regulate our mood and keep ... of consciousness and coma. Physical dependence also results in withdrawal symptoms when abusers ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet , has reached epidemic levels in the United States. But a recently published study highlights a strange trend: Non-medical use of opiates has decreased, ...

    ... ” opioid prescribing by doctors and developing safer alternatives for pain treatment could help drive down ... symptoms of opioid misuse and reduce the risk of death by identifying the signs of an overdose and reversing ... 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 ...

    Although opioids are effective pain relievers, they can do a number on your health and overall body systems. One of ... anti-constipation drugs. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of drug abuse . Image Source: en. ... 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, ...

    ... sleep talking…but sleep driving ? That was scary. Nicole decided then and there she wouldn't be taking any more of those pills. The Ambien Hangover Nicole's story is not the only one of its kind. Ambien ( zolpidem ) is ... continue reading
  • Do Safe Injection Sites Violate the Hippocratic Oath? One Nurse Says Yes

    Michael Hesch is a conscious sedation nurse. His job is to intravenously infuse fentanyl and other medicines during surgical procedures. If and when safe injection sites open in the United States, professionals like Hesch may be asked to work with ...

    ... , “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 ... continue reading
  • Introducing the Drug That Can Kill With a Single Dose

    Just when we'd thought we'd heard it all, an even more lethal drug concoction popped up on our radar. It's just the latest killer in the opioid epidemic ravaging our country. Dubbed “gray death” by authorities, this high-potency cocktail is ...

    ... , making its way into your bloodstream. It typically resembles a concrete mixture and, though it varies in consistency, gray death can be injected, snorted, swallowed, or smoked. So, why in the world would anyone want to ... 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 ...

    ... While many people experience a few of these symptoms with normal aging, amphetamine use causes a ... heart attacks, heart failure, and stroke. Is it worth it? Additional Reading: 4 Physical Signs You're Addicted to Ritalin ... continue reading
  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

    Katrina was arrested in 2006 in South Florida for selling a small amount of heroin . Recently kicked out of a rehab for fraternizing with men, she was living between the couches of different “friends,” most of whom were on drugs or associated ...

    ... drugs or associated with the drug trade. She was selling drugs and sex for money to get by; she was also selling to ... to take the edge off her pain. At the young age of 29,Katrina overdosed and died. Who Takes the Lead? ... 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 ...

    ... -dollar operation selling prescription opioids on the black market. Addicts and dealers were traveling down to Florida on the 'Oxy Express' to get pills. This mass production led to a spillover of opioid painkillers ... 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 ...

    ... one hand, the doctor doesn't want the patient to become addicted. On the other hand, the pain must be controlled, and there aren't medications that can do this effectively. Ah, you might say. What if the pharmaceutical ... 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 ...

    ... label instructions found on pill bottles. Taking all this information into consideration, having an unambiguous black box warning sign should be more effective at providing a clear-cut message and helping to reduce the ... continue reading
  • Xanax Passes Marijuana as Second-Leading Cause of DUI

    When it comes to driving under the influence of substances that aren't alcohol, marijuana is the biggest concern for many Americans. Colorado has spent millions of dollars on a series of “ Drive High, Get a DUI ” commercials, while Washington ...

    ... is that benzodiazepines are actually alcohol in pill form.” Measuring Benzo Intoxication But while ... minimize the effects of withdrawal symptoms. Although the early stages of detox and recovery can be difficult, ... 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 ...

    ... to treat opiate dependence - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an essential part of a ... Payne told the National Pain Report . Instead, he points the finger at the doctors and pharmacists. Bottomline: Is ... continue reading
  • Recovery Roundtable: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone?

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

    ... treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction . It's widely used as a replacement for methadone and can be prescribed ... roster to 30 patients in the first year and 100 patients in the following years Strict monitoring ... 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. ...

    ... protocol, which means your treatment could go on forever. One missed dose and you're sick from withdrawal symptoms like vomiting, cramps, muscle pain and in some cases life-threatening side effects. Methadone clinics ... continue reading
  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

    With his heart pounding, Officer Harrison approached the warehouse. His dreams of fighting crime never included this scene. He wasn't chasing a fugitive; he wasn't even trying to arrest anyone. The other officers had already taken the dealers down ...

    ... . Shannon's doctor prescribed fentanyl patches to relieve Shannon's breakthrough pain. The cancer had been attacking her body for two years and the pain could be unbearable. Shannon could wear the patch for two days ... 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 ...

    ... sleeping Dry mouth Upset stomach/Stomach pain Headaches Loss of appetite Nervousness In ... Ritalin for your child, be sure to discuss the risks involved and carefully weigh them against the benefits. If you're still unsure ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Buckeye State Goes After Pharmaceutical Giants

    An estimated 200,000 Ohioans are addicted to opioids . State officials lay much of the blame at the feet of Big Pharma. State Attorney General Mike DeWine claims several industry leaders “helped unleash a health care crisis that has had ...

    ... will show that these pharmaceutical companies purposely misled doctors about the dangers connected with pain meds that they produced, and that they did so for the purpose of increasing sales,” DeWine explains. Lawsuit ... 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 ...

    ... withdrawal symptoms in opioid-dependent rodents.” Another encouraging aspect about their findings: the medication didn't affect an opioids' ability to relieve pain. Previous research hadn't explored this avenue, and this ... 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 ...

    ... groups were offered support. That support came in the form of financial assistance, professional care referrals and/or logistic help meant to ensure access to methadone maintenance treatment facilities. Following Up Post ... 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 ...

    ... a classmate said a week or so before. “I popped one pill, and I stayed awake for hours. I was so focused, I finished ... of his roommate's Ritalin use and the risks it posed. He knew what signs to look for in case of ... continue reading
  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

    It's against state and federal law to use telehealth (remote medical services) to obtain buprenorphine for the first time; a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - often known by its brand names, Suboxone or Subutex. This law is known as the ...

    ... of coal mining, so you have injuries related to that. And in northeastern Utah, we have the oil patch, so there' ... .” In fact, the National Council is organizing a sign-on letter to the DEA about this issue. David believes ... 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 ...

    ... and exercise to calm her anxiety, and decreased her Xanax dosage on a taper schedule to avoid withdrawal symptoms ... assault consumed her mind, she would reach for a pill. Immediately afterward, she would reach for her phone ... continue reading
  • Doctor Shopping…at the Local Vet's Office?

    The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic ; each day, 91 people die of an opioid-related overdose . It has gotten so bad that some people are willing to do whatever it takes to get high - even taking medication that's prescribed to ...

    ... ailments, it's also the same drug prescribed to human patients to help alleviate their pain. Substance abusers seek these drugs - and others - when they show up to vet offices demanding more medication, even though the ... 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 ...

    ... six months or more experienced severe opiate withdrawal symptoms, and another 45 percent experienced mild withdrawal. Sadly ... ://www.narconon.org/drug-abuse/kratom-signs-symptoms.html http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_ ... 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 ...

    ... . Some turn to prescription medications like Oxycontin , Percocet , Xanax and Klonopin for a quick boost of energy or a stress reliever. Others use opiate pain relievers as a remedy for aching back muscles or unbearable ... 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 ...

    ... but overdosing is quite common. Symptoms can involve seizures and a fast collapse. And it's no longer just ... the only opioid available for people with cancer and post-surgical pain, leaving many to consider it an essential ... continue reading
  • 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, everyone in town will know where you went and why. If this were your situation, how likely would you be ...

    ... have a reliable vehicle. If you arrange for a ride or take public transportation, everyone in town will know where you went and why. If this were your situation, how likely would you be to get help? Now, let's add a new ... continue reading
  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

    Every generation has its trends. From hairstyles, to music, and yes, even drugs. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has been studying the drug habits of Americans for decades. Their survey results reveal patterns of drug use among ...

    ... drug preferences, as well as the age at which each generation used various substances the most (their peak). And the survey says… Baby Boomers Alcohol: Just like the other two generations, alcohol tops the charts as the ... continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

    “Yeah, I was feeling uptight before he was about to pick me up for our date, so I popped a Xanax,” said my friend. I cringed. It seemed like everyone I knew was using benzos to calm down, chill out, get through a first date, or ace a ...

    ... get it. It's so easy to get hooked; it's so easy to fly under the radar. But Xanax is addictive and it's dangerous, especially when mixed with alcohol. If you're hooked on benzos, here's my advice: Talk to your treatment ... continue reading
  • 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 problem should get pregnant, there are complex issues involved in ordering someone not to conceive ...

    ... argue that the government would be better off helping women take care of basic needs, both physical and mental, than regulating their reproductive systems. However, others argue that mandating a woman not get pregnant is ... 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 ...

    ... Work? Methadone changes the way the brain and the nervous system respond to pain in the body. It is used during detox because it reduces or eliminates the unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal. Some methadone tablets can be ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Truth: Exactly How Long Do Drugs Stay in Your System?

    If you throw back a beer on Friday night, it's out of your system by Monday morning. But, what about other drugs? Most drugs linger a bit longer than alcohol. In fact, some of them stick around for a long time. This slower processing can surprise ...

    ... her job if she fails a drug screen. One night, her cousin offers her some ecstasy . She has never tried it before and asks how long it will affect her. With the next day off work, she's assured it will be long gone by ... 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 ...

    ... much is taken. Myth #3 - Methadone is Worse for You Than Heroin Methadone is a non-toxic medication, and studies have shown that people have used it as a treatment modality for decades without harm. However, methadone - ... continue reading
  • 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 concentrated version of it: carfentanil . What We Know About Carfentanil Developed in the mid-1970s as a ...

    ... in humans is only 20 micrograms, which is the size of a grain of sand or the weight of about ten snowflakes. And the scary thing is, it doesn't necessarily need to be intentionally ingested. “If a person just gets it on ... 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 ...

    ... - especially psychological withdrawal symptoms. Never Go it Alone The key to successfully stopping buprenorphine use is to get help. Don't go cold turkey and don't do it alone. Take advantage of the medical expertise ... continue reading
  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

    It looks like our nation has found a “bullet” deadlier than the traditional calibers. As of 2015, heroin is killing more people than guns. This shift in statistics has happened rather quickly. In 2007, gun homicides outnumbered heroin deaths 5 ...

    ... more deaths due to heroin than painkillers like hydrocodone and OxyContin. Why's Heroin So Popular? According to ... 21st Century Cures Act . It is expected to be signed into effect by President Obama before the end of his ... 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 ...

    ... ) Klonopin (clonazepam) Spotlight on Benzo-Related Dangers Benzos are very potent and highly addictive . While they can relieve symptoms temporarily, they also come with some drastic side effects. Users quickly build ... continue reading
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