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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 prescribed, but she figured an extra one wouldn't hurt. Feeling calmer, she decided to drive over to her ...

    ... is currently taking or abusing Xanax , you'll want to watch for the following seven signs of potential overdose: ... much Xanax, or more likely, combined it with other substances, there's no time to waste. Call 911 ... 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 ...

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

    ... has shown that naloxone does not encourage more substance abuse . In fact, if anything, it decreases ... takes effect much quicker than the nasal spray. If the signs and symptoms indicate a life-or-death emergency, giving ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... the U.S., with the exception of Indiana. Kratom is a substance that should not be taken lightly. While it may have proven ... http://www.narconon.org/drug-abuse/kratom-signs-symptoms.html http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/ ... 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 ...

    ... bitter-tasting powder. Dealers “cut” the pure heroin with substances like sugar, starch, powdered milk or other drugs; so there ... loved one might be abusing heroin , look for the following signs: Drowsiness Heroin produces ... 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 ...

    ... safety - and yours. Common Indicators of Substance Abuse Learning the indicators of drug use will help ... as wearing sunglasses indoors to hide bloodshot eyes, can all be signs of drug use. (U)nusual Actions: Being high can ... 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 ...

    ... psychiatric drugs used in America. Many have taken it; many have abused it. What do you know about it? If you're ... life. Where does it rank? A top sign of addiction is that the substance has become central to your day. If ... 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 ...

    ... the DEA - and also prevents any controlled substances from being prescribed or purchased through online pharmacies ... In fact, the National Council is organizing a sign-on letter to the DEA about this issue. David believes ... 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 ...

    ... substance, meaning the it has a relatively low potential for abuse and dependence. 3 However, the statistics on Xanax abuse ... Are Some of the Drawbacks to Problematic Use? Signs and symptoms of Xanax misuse can impact many ... continue reading
  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

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

    ... in 2013. During this same time, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports ... showing that policies aimed to combat prescription drug abuse are now leading a younger generation in a ... 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 ...

    ... headlines in the media, arguably the biggest substance issue among young adults and college students ... child might be abusing prescription stimulants, you'll want to look for some of the classic warning signs . Those ... 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 ...

    ... million Americans aged 12 and older met the criteria for substance use disorder in 2014. Of these, 1.9 million ... than those who are not. 4 While prescription opiate abuse may be common among heroin users, it doesn't ... 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, ...

    ... of the study, Dr. Beth Han of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in Rockville, ... slight decrease in nonmedical opioid use is a “hopeful” sign, wrote Dr. Lewis Nelson of the New York ... 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 ...

    ... are more disapproving of substance abuse appear to be protective factors against painkiller abuse,” said Monnat. Recognizing Teenage Opioid Abuse Teenage opioid abuse is particularly dangerous, as the signs can be much ... 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), ...

    ... evidence to classify tramadol as a controlled substance. With this re-classification came stricter ... still unaware of the dangers involved with the use and abuse of this drug. Public awareness of this opiate must ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... opposite of what is going on inside a heroin injection site.” Hersch, who is also a veteran, added, “I didn't sign up to become a nurse to do that.” What do you think about Hersch's stance on safe injection sites? Do you ... 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 ...

    ... won't be completely aware of the surroundings or awake enough to respond appropriately. Red lights or stop signs may go unnoticed. Drifting toward sleep can cause drifting into oncoming traffic in the opposite lanes. Let ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance Clinics: Everything You Need to Know

    If you're addicted to opiates, a methadone clinic can provide ongoing medication maintenance to help you quit them. Committing to a methadone maintenance program for at least 1 year will likely change your life for the better and help you commit to ...

    ... voluntary informed consent. The consent process will include you signing that you understand the facility services, procedures, rules and expectations. By signing you agree to conduct yourself in the manner outlined by ... 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 ...

    ... controversial shade. To date, the petition has received over 1,300 signatures. One supporter commented, “I'm signing this because you cannot mock and make glamorous a national epidemic, where we are losing a generation ... continue reading
  • 7 Signs You May Be Addicted to Tramadol

    Tramadol is an opiate analgesic prescribed for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. The drug works by changing the way your brain and nervous system respond to pain. Because Tramadol is a milder form of opiate medication, people ...

    ... to take only as directed by your doctor. Here are 7 signs to look out for if you think you may be addicted to ... . Because the drug can become habit forming, abusing the drug occasionally can quickly escalate into 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 ...

    ... 's metabolism would be able to detoxify the substance in order to avoid its potentially harmful effects. ... the user being incoherent and taking labored breaths. If the signs are ignored, the user can go into shock, and even ... 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 ...

    ... can help to relieve anxiety and insomnia , abusing these medications can actually cause these symptoms. Developing ... with a physical and psychological addiction . Signs and symptoms classically related to benzo addiction ... 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 ...

    ... the 21st Century Cures Act. It is expected to be signed into effect by President Obama before the end of his ... because too many people still do not get effective substance use disorder treatment. That is why the President ... 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 ...

    ... on track while avoiding opiate withdrawal Methadone is regulated and never cut with other drugs or dangerous substances dealers often use on the streets Suzanne spent a year in the program, slowly tapering her dosage ... 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 ...

    ... drop, they take a “normal” dose of the drug, which has a high potential for causing an overdose. Mixed Substances: Taking more than one type of drug at a time also increases the risk of overdose. For example, combining ... continue reading
  • Drugs vs. Supplements: What's the Difference?

    Your regular doctor suggests taking a supplement to improve your overall health. And then your specialist recommends a completely different combination of drugs and supplements. It's so easy to get overwhelmed. Which one's right for you? Navigating ...

    ... and Drug Administration (FDA). Defining Drugs Drugs are tested by the FDA. They're defined as substances intended to diagnose, treat or prevent disease. Medications must pass clinical trials before being released to the ... 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 ...

    ... reliever. The process has been around since Biblical times, but most people favor over-the-counter anti-constipation drugs. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of drug abuse . Image Source: en.wikipedia.org 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 ...

    ... 've reached the point of dependency. Behavioral signs can include: Taking more medication than prescribed Taking ... much you're taking Additional Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There's Good News and Bad News Image Source ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

    Fifty times stronger than heroin , the synthetic opioid fentanyl is flooding the drug market - and heightening the danger of overdose. In search of cheaper mixes and stronger highs, dealers now lace heroin and cocaine with this potent drug. We've ...

    ... 's easy to see why the number of fentanyl deaths are skyrocketing. Just a dusting of the powdery substance can be lethal. Even accidental exposure can cause death. Voluntarily consuming a dose of fentanyl is like walking ... 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 ...

    ... reduce the risk of overdose, death, and criminal activity. Myth #2 - Methadone is Just Another Addictive Substance People on a stable dose of methadone are physically dependent on it, but not necessarily addicted to it ... continue reading
  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

    With Obama out of office, Republicans are looking to nix the limits his administration imposed on drug testing the unemployed. Instead, they want to make it easier for states to enact drug screening requirements for various forms of public ...

    ... recipients and uncovered just 321 positive tests overall. In more than one of these states, not a single substance abuser was discovered through drug testing. Do Taxpayers Need a New Plan? There's already a huge stigma ... 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 ...

    ... of the opioid crisis makes for an even more relevant argument, particularly among those who believe preventing substance abusers from getting pregnant is one of the only ways to stop the cycle of babies being born ... 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 ...

    ... clearly have positive intent, but they raise important questions: Are police qualified to determine who has a substance use problem and who is dealing for other reasons? And should we really be asking them to take ... 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 ...

    ... 're addicted? Here's a look at four physical signs you're hooked: Sign #1 No Energy Kara couldn't believe how tired ... understand what was happening to him… Darren's Ritalin abuse was more serious than he thought - he was ... continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

    Opioids are used by millions of Americans. It seems that every day a news article is being shared on television or the Internet about opioid misuse, addiction, and unfortunately, overdose. With new information emerging each year from research and ...

    ... (MAT) for long-term treatment. Both methadone and buprenorphine have demonstrated success in helping treat substance use disorders. They are usually preferred over other medications for opioid withdrawal because they can ... continue reading
  • 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 enforcement officials is a class of drugs that can kill on contact. Standard-issue equipment is no longer ...

    ... . As if that wasn't strong enough, carfentanil has also made its way into the illegal drug market. This deadly substance is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl. With such a high level of toxicity, it's no surprise that ... 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 ...

    ... will control the drug market for up to twenty years. After all, why would a doctor prescribe an addictive substance when he or she could prescribe a nonaddictive alternative? That assumes, of course, there are no other ... 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 ...

    ... he returned to police HQ to complete the paperwork. While there, a fellow officer pointed out a white powdery substance on Green's shirt. Thinking nothing of it, he simply wiped it away. An hour later, he was unconscious ... continue reading
  • 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 tranquilizer for elephants, this deadly substance has made its way into our nation's illegal drug market. It's often ...

    ... level - it's not meant for human use.” What we do know is that drug dealers are adding this potent substance to heroin . The hope is to bulk up their batches of heroin for greater profit. So far, carfentanil has been ... 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 ...

    ... the-counter narcotic, and it isn't often abused, although the potential exists. Hydrocodone and oxycodone are ... someone you love is addicted to prescription or illicit substances, get help today - call to get help finding ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

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

    ... much safer alternative to street opiates or uncontrolled opioid abuse. Methadone is a long-lasting synthetic opioid agonist ... drugs that affect the central nervous system. Signs of methadone overdose include: 2 Nausea. ... 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 ...

    ... to “owners” who've intentionally and disgustingly abused or maimed their pets. You're probably ... drug prescribed to human patients to help alleviate their pain. Substance abusers seek these drugs - and others - when they ... 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 ...

    ... pain medication: ” Contact a medical provider to discuss your options for inpatient or outpatient therapy for drug abuse or misuse. ” Taper the medication until the body no longer requires it to function correctly. ” Use ... 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 ...

    ... have earned its reputation among college students, but abuse of stimulant drugs is certainly not isolated to campus ... amount of weight, this is a definite warning sign. Changes in Personality : Stimulants can often alter ... 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 ...

    ... must first be willing to acknowledge their disease and actively seek help. With the massive spike in drug abuse among practitioners, state medical boards have been forced to address the issue. As a result, most states ... continue reading
  • CDC Issues Urgent Call for More Needle Exchange Programs

    The controversy over needle exchange programs is nothing new. It's been debated for decades. What's new is the CDC's latest report that shows a change in trends. According to the recent report , new HIV infection numbers are growing and we don't ...

    ... approved requests from 15 states and counties asking for federal HIV funds to be used for syringe programs. It's a start… Additional Reading: IV Drug Abuse - 3 Potentially Deadly Spots to Shoot Up Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... anxiety - as a way to better function in their daily lives. But with more users, the likelihood of abuse also increases, leading some to turn to street dealers when legal prescriptions run out. Buyer Beware As with any ... 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, ...

    ... our brains differently, a sleepy 30 percent of our nation continues to struggle with insomnia and wait for those healthy solutions. Learn more about treatment options for Ambien abuse and addiction . Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... opioids are obtained from family members - many of them stolen from medicine cabinets. We Need Solutions This abuse is taking its toll - more than 16,000 Americans die from a prescription drug overdose each year ... 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, ...

    ... quickly. In the meantime, however, dentists need to consider treatment options that utilize best practices to prevent opioid abuse. Additional Reading: The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... off. If you continue to take more, it doesn't create any additional effects. This reduces the risk of dependency, abuse, and side effects. It's also long-acting, so many stable, low-dose patients don't have to take it ... 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 ...

    ... 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 preventable ... 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 ...

    ... significantly increasing the risk of overdose. Some signs and symptoms of an Opana overdose generally include ... reformulated the drug in an effort to combat its widespread abuse. The “new” OxyContin was harder to snort and ... 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 ...

    ... Although it does have the potential to be abused, Suboxone is considered safe by most clinicians when ... a number of questions before filling a new controlled substance prescription. If the patient and the prescription don ... 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 ...

    ... people in recovery should avoid all mind-altering substances, while others say medications can be very ... severe anxiety , they're highly addictive and easily abused. Tapering Off Xanax…Slowly Carol wanted to stop taking ... 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 ...

    ... Ritalin use and the risks it posed. He knew what signs to look for in case of serious side effects. He ... 't enough. He had to speak up about Darren's Ritalin abuse . Since he cared about his roommate, he had to intervene. ... 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 ...

    ... blurred vision, hallucinations, heart attack, brain hemorrhage, hair loss, growth stunting, seizures or stroke. Can My Teen Abuse It? Ritalin is similar to cocaine in its chemical make-up. In fact, it's classified by the ... 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, ...

    ... . In fact, by 2010, over 125,000 annual ER visits were directly related to Xanax abuse . A Medication Nation What's really going on here? Why are we a nation full of anxiety-ridden, pill-popping people? Experts suggest ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

    The opioid crisis has been making headlines for years, but there's another drug epidemic that has been flying under the radar: Abuse of ADHD drugs. ADHD drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin, increase levels of the brain chemical dopamine and provide ...

    ... and calm because they no longer need to engage in self-stimulating behavior. The number of young people abusing ADHD medication has been steadily increasing over the last five years, with almost 9 percent of high school ... 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 ...

    ... day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from ... up to 40 percent of non-cancer patients on opiates show signs of addiction and that opiates aren't an effective method of ... 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 ...

    ... to begin human 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 ... 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 ...

    ... . As people become dependent on opiates - physically and psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling with painkiller addiction and millions more have turned to heroin as ... 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 ...

    ... with other sedating chemicals like alcohol or sleeping pills, suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea or heroin abuse, thousands die each year from opioid overdose. A few of these lethal combinations include the following ... 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 ...

    ... and friends, it's a health hazard that shows no sign of slowing down. In addition, opioids were responsible a ... it's too Late… If someone you know is abusing prescription drugs , encourage them to talk with their doctor ... 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 ...

    ... drug” will affect healthy brain function down the road, but do agree that it has mild side effects and low abuse potential. But they do urge caution in acquiring this drug, as many have bought it off the internet from ... 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. ...

    ... , will then transform into a gel. But do these really work in deterring those from prescription drug abuse? The Truth About Tamper-Resistant Pills A recent commentary in Canadian Medical Association Journal doesn't seem ... 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 ...

    ... experts say educational resources and preventive efforts should be made available at a more age-appropriate time. Additional Reading: Workplace Adderall Abuse: 9 Signs It's Time to Get Help Image Source: en.wikipedia.org 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 ...

    ... necessary, until everyone started to believe it. Then, abuse and dependency rates began to soar and the opioid ... labels, FDA approvals and efforts to develop abuse-deterrent products. They say they're actively involved ... continue reading
  • Pop Quiz: Let’s Test Your Benzo Knowledge

    In 2013, 13.5 million adults filled a benzodiazepine prescription in the US. These drugs are used to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia and seizures. They are also highly addictive and frequently abused. How much do you know about this class of ...

    ... many people overdose on benzos in the US each year? Click Here for the Answer The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports nearly 9,000 people in the US died of benzodiazepine overdose in 2015. This figure has more than ... 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 ...

    ... you avoid the following supplements and substances: Herbs and supplements that work in ... Have something to share? Curious what others are saying about benzo abuse? Head to the DrugAbuse.com Community Forum and sound off. ... continue reading
  • Naloxone Kits: Are Pharmacies Set to Combat Opiate Overdoses?

    Mike was at his apartment and using heroin with a group of friends. Since Mike's regular dealer was out of town, he'd picked up the batch from someone different. After shooting up, Mike immediately noticed a difference in the way he felt. Something ...

    ... fear mongering of late, overdose reversal kits are not a crutch that allows someone to continue his or her substance abuse. On the contrary, these kits are a tool meant to keep people alive long enough to get them the ... 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 ...

    ... they were selling impure drugs, but that the substances weren't even from Canada. That isn't entirely ... health risks that simply aren't worth it. Learn more about the dangerous and unwanted side effects of drug abuse . 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 ...

    ... . These remote locations suffer from a perfect storm of variables that not only increase the risk of substance abuse but hinder access to treatment. These risk factors include: Poor economic conditions Jobs with a high ... 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 ...

    ... patient (who wasn't in the study) told the Chicago Tribune that cannabis helped her overcome a substance abuse issue. She'd become dependent on several of the 18 different prescriptions medications used to treat her ... 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 ...

    ... become accustomed to taking a certain medication. Many other substances - such as coffee or sugar - can also ... these reasons, Suboxone has a substantially lower abuse potential than other MAT medications, such as methadone ... 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 ...

    ... of the most common heart problems caused by amphetamine abuse are: Angina: This chest pain is caused by ... and stroke. Is it worth it? Additional Reading: 4 Physical Signs You're Addicted to Ritalin Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Pregnant & Court-Ordered to Take Vivitrol: Is My Baby Safe?

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

    ... blood-placenta barrier, so women taking the medication will pass the drug along to the baby. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently issued a report in which it called for further ... continue reading
  • Intoxicated Pilots Gamble with the Lives of Holiday Travelers

    Now that the holiday season is upon us, the roadways and skies are crowded with travelers. This massive surge of activity serves as a catalyst for travel-related accidents. And while the public is well aware of drug- and alcohol-related driving ...

    ... medications for seizure disorders and psychiatric illnesses. A Look at Illicit Substance Abuse The percentage of pilots using illegal substances was small, but still significant because it increased from 2.3 percent ... 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 ...

    ... the following side effects. Effects on Behavior Abuse/Misuse/Addiction - As with other opiates, morphine use ... seem like a positive side effect, it is generally a sign of poor health conditions. Effects That Can Be Lethal ... continue reading
  • Are We Creating a Generation of Addicts With ADHD Medication?

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

    ... in recent years - this wasn't difficult to do. His shrink wrote the script…and Jack started a pattern of drug abuse that shaped the rest of his life. ADHD is easy to fake. A 2010 study revealed that one in four diagnoses ... 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 ...

    ... it can provide a high when injected, snorted, or crushed. Taking OxyContin in this way can lead to overdose; abusing the drug in these ways has caused many deaths 3. Demerol Demerol is an opioid some patients struggle to ... 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 ...

    ... in Alabama, alcohol and weed are no longer the main substances plaguing drivers on the state's highways and byways. Believe ... it's also remained one of the most widely-abused prescription drugs. If you or someone you know ... continue reading
  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

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

    ... about Ibogaine . She already knew that it's a psychoactive substance which comes from a West African plant. She knew it ... treatment . Additional Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There's Good News and Bad News Image ... continue reading
  • Study: Drug Forums Aren’t Very Helpful if You Want to Get Clean

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

    ... trends : These forums often foster dangerous substance use , as they encourage experimentation. ... drugs are so common in our daily lives that reading about others abusing them starts to seem “normal” or “okay” too. When the ... 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 ...

    ... or cocaine intoxication, which can more easily lead to accidental overdose. Whether you're deep in the throes of substance abuse or haven't crossed that line yet, the rules of science always apply. Don't risk your life ... continue reading
  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

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

    ... drugs as Valium, Xanax, Klonopin and Ativan) are a hidden killer, overshadowed by the massive reports on opioid abuse. But, the dangers of these drugs shouldn't be overlooked. While we've been focused on opioids, benzo ... 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 ...

    ... addictive. Others may claim it's unfair to punish an entire group just because a portion of them are abusing methadone. After all, there are many people on Medicaid who genuinely need the drug for chronic pain and have ... 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 ...

    ... drugs is often in the setting of polysubstance abuse; severe respiratory depression and lethal overdose becomes ... 8 5. Don't Drink Other CNS depressant substances, though they might temporarily resolve some symptoms, would ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... caused by other opiates such as hydrocodone, heroin, codeine and OxyContin. 1 The naloxone is added as an abuse deterrent; it brings on withdrawal symptoms when other opiates are used. And if Suboxone tablets are crushed ... 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 ...

    ... it could be deadly. Fact Two: Even the FDA has gone out of its way to convince people NOT to abuse fentanyl. When Tom picked up his fentanyl prescription, he noticed something different on the label this time. On the box ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

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

    ... every five seconds. Not only can rescue breathing save someone's life, it may help minimize the chances of permanent brain damage. Learn more about the statistics and reality of substance abuse . Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... room and they face you down,” he said. Too Little, Too Late? International regulators now realize tramadol is heavily abused in some places, but they are in a tight spot. When a drug comes under regulation, it can become ... 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 ...

    ... - within a couple of months, this “solution” turned into an addiction. Now Kara has anxiety issues as well as a substance abuse problem . Not everyone's story turns out like Kara's, but it's clear we've become a pill ... 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 ...

    ... drugs for a combination of behavioral therapy and medications known as Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to treat substance abuse. That popularity, coupled with the fact that our nation is in the middle of an opioid ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

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

    ... ? If you or a loved one struggle with Percocet abuse or chronic use, you're not alone. As of 2014 , nearly two million Americans had a substance use disorder involving prescription painkillers. Help is available. Find ... continue reading
  • The Other Side of Suboxone

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

    ... ? In a nutshell, it's an opioid substance used to treat recovery from other opioids. Suboxone ... so, it elicits relatively weaker effects than commonly-abused drugs like heroin and prescription painkillers like oxycodone ... continue reading
  • Vivitrol's New and Controversial Role in Prisons

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

    ... time, said Emily Feinstein , the director of Health, Law and Policy at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. “Those who do use it six months are much less likely to be opiate positive, less likely to be ... 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 ...

    ... a comparison based on how many individuals used each substance over the past year. The NSDUH results give ... , around age 20, almost 10 percent of all Boomers abused sedatives. That's roughly three times the use of sedatives ... 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 ...

    ... played a role in 41 deaths, mostly caused by dangerous drug interactions . Gabapentin is already a drug of abuse in prison, but individuals residing in halfway houses and sober homes are also beginning to pick up on this ... continue reading
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