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  • 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 ...

    ... : Forty-one percent of those who use over-the-counter sleep aids take them for a year or longer. Forty-eight percent ... their sleep without being aware of their actions. The more “common” side effects of sleeping pills ... 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 state. Reports indicate there are more claims of sleepwalking due to Ambien than from all other sleeping aids ... Ambien users. Dreaming of Better Sleep… Despite these dangerous side effects, Ambien has remained one of ... 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 ...

    ... news, which has had an effect on people's health, and ... effects that would stop it from being used. A drug that kills pain is useless if it also induces renal failure or something similar. The same goes for sleep aids ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... over-the-counter cold and flu medications and in sleep aids. Toxicology reports also showed an increase in use of ... skies.” Learn more about the mental and physical side effects of drugs . Photo credit: Christophe Launay/ ... 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 ...

    ... seem like a positive side effect, it is generally a sign of poor health conditions. Effects That Can Be Lethal ... inflammation of the inner lining of the heart. HIV/AIDS - Shared needles used for morphine abuse spreads this ... 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 ...

    ... relationship with these medications. Going Days Without Sleep : An occasional all-nighter is sometimes ... end is not. Weight Loss : One of the major side effects of stimulant medications is that it suppresses appetite . If ... 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 ...

    ... biology is seen when using Ambien - a prescription sleep aid. Studies released last year showed that women metabolize ... any potential dosage or side effect concerns. It's always best to err on the side of caution when it ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... in the 70s, and most people with HIV will not die as a result of the virus or the associated AIDS. The continuous advances in drugs has meant that chronic and serious conditions have become less life-threatening. However ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know About Adderall Addiction

    Adderall is most commonly prescribed as part of a treatment plan for adolescents and teenagers with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But more teens-turned-young adults have discovered a new use for the “smart drug” - a term used ...

    ... young adults initially turn to the stimulant drug as a study aid because it can help improve focus and boost alertness. Some of ... of the drug's dangers. Negative side effects seen with Adderall abuse include anxiety, ... 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 ...

    ... There's a striking mismatch,” said John Brooks, a senior medical adviser at CDC's Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. Their vulnerability assessment “demonstrates what parts of the country we're very concerned could have an ... 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 ...

    ... make you feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is opiate ... chemicals like alcohol or sleeping pills, suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea or heroin abuse, ... 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 ...

    ... headache. He collapsed on the floor as his whole left side went numb. He heard his co-worker call 911. ... sleep soon. Nick should have listened to his friends. He's addicted to Ritalin and experiencing withdrawal. Sleeping ... 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 ...

    ... though the severity and frequency varies quite a bit. The most common side effects are: Rapid heartbeat High blood pressure Trouble sleeping Dry mouth Upset stomach/Stomach pain Headaches Loss of appetite Nervousness In ... 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 ...

    ... the drug, higher doses are needed to achieve the same effect. For this reason, addicts will often start increasing their ... result in side effects . Abusing the drug can cause many health problems and adverse effects such as ... 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 ...

    ... suffering from the sleeping disorder narcolepsy; its effects create improved decision- ... function down the road, but do agree that it has mild side effects and low abuse potential. But they do urge caution in acquiring ... 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 ...

    ... is responsible for your respiratory drive while sleeping. Essentially, when someone overdoses, the body ... relation to oxygen deprivation and time, the common effects of overdose-related brain damage include: Memory loss ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

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

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

    ... than once, my friends told me I was drooling out of the side of my mouth a little bit. That's not really what people ... more than I was before starting the drug. I couldn't sleep. I threw up a lot. Several times I was so ... 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 ...

    ... ADHD drugs begins much earlier than college. The Dark Side of ADHD Drugs According to a study conducted by ... responsible for both heightened attention and pleasure. This effect on brain chemistry, coupled with the fact that ... 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 ...

    ... commonly used them to be alert, help concentration or for a study aid. Among sedative misusers, the most common reason was to help with sleep. The most common source for misused pain relievers were from a friend ... continue reading
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

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

    ... sleep also experienced higher than usual drug cravings. On the flip side, the ones who got enough sleep and ... OxyContin. Additional Reading: Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects… Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

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

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

    ... in the short-term. The most frequent minor side effects of Percocet include constipation, nausea, headache, dizziness ... : Long-term use of Percocet makes it hard to sleep. Since getting a good night's rest is important ... 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 ...

    ... cause symptoms such as headaches, jitters and heart palpitations. It also reduces serotonin in the brain. Sleep Off Anxiety Your sleep schedule has a huge impact on your health and mood. A tired nervous system is more ... 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 Suboxone has several potential side effects. Common minor side effects include: 1,3 Nausea and vomiting. Constipation Muscle aches/cramps. Sleep disturbances. More serious side effects of buprenorphine may include: 2 ... 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 ...

    ... by humans - the only difference being dosage. One such painkiller is Tramadol . It not only helps aid animals with arthritis and other ailments, it's also the same drug prescribed to human patients to help alleviate ... 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 ...

    ... treating nerve, muscular and skeletal pain. Anti-depressants can also help people sleep. They offer help without the side effects of opioids . Neurostimulators This treatment uses implanted electrodes to interrupt nerve ... 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 ...

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

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

    ... potential detox aid also make it a potential addiction. In small doses, Kratom causes stimulant effects - increased ... ” as a tea. What are the side effects of Kratom? Respiratory depression Nervousness Agitation Aggression ... 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 ...

    ... . He pointed out the potential side effects of the drug - Darren had already experienced a number of short-term effects , including loss of appetite, nausea, disturbed sleep patterns and increased heart rate. Patrick ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription ...

    ... life who are on the medications long-term.” Of course, there are conflicting research results on the opposite side of the argument. Studies have shown that up to 40 percent of non-cancer patients on opiates show signs ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

    I can hear the sirens blasting through my neighborhood, and it reminds me of when they were taking me away to the hospital after I passed out drunk on a city street. I put my head under the covers and pull my cat closer. The sound of sirens is one ...

    ... are working to help keep us safe. If you're sure you need to leave a place, get out as fast as you can. Side note: I never did figure out why I was afraid of grocery stores. As far as I know, I've never been assaulted by ... 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 ...

    ... than heroin, there are still some side effects that you might experience from taking it. These include: 2 Nausea. Vomiting. Constipation. Dry mouth. Reduced sleep. Menstrual irregularities in women. Sweating. Sexual ... 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 ...

    ... like Ritalin or Adderall are typically prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or certain sleep disorders. Many young people who abuse stimulants initially do so with good intentions. They've ... 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 ...

    ... your spouse gets a terrible toothache. You think, “Why waste those pills? I'll give her some so she can sleep. We see the same doctor anyway.” Sounds harmless, right? Wrong. The Worst Favor You Can Do The problem is ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

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

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

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... , so it can't be bad… right? What about when you're sweating in the middle of the night because you can't sleep without it? Or when you're in an anxious panic and you know your thoughts don't make sense, but you can't ... 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 ...

    ... system depressants, such as: Alcohol. Other opiates. Prescribed medications, such as benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and sleep medications (e.g., Ambien). Remember, the staff members at methadone clinics are not there to ... 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 ...

    ... to stop. Some drugs will need to be tapered, or you may need to take a secondary drug to phase out your side effects. If you are in pain and have to keep increasing your dosage to treat the pain, you should speak with a ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

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

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

    ... He told me it would calm me down and help me sleep, which, given my circumstances back then, sounded like a ... used long-term, benzos can have adverse side effects, including impaired cognitive abilities, memory problems, ... continue reading
  • Warning: This Medication May Cause…Uncontrollable Urges?

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

    ... to those of Linda, Gary and Jim. The Compulsive Effect All the reports of uncontrollable urges to have sex, gamble ... received prescriptions for aripiprazole. The compulsive side effects are thought to be caused by Abilify ... 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 ...

    ... said marijuana worked faster to relieve their pain than other prescription medication and had fewer side effects. Most commonly, marijuana was used as an alternative to opioids but participants also reported cutting ... continue reading
  • Vivitrol's New and Controversial Role in Prisons

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

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

    ... problem is that prescription opioids like OxyContin mimic the effects of heroin in both the body and mind. The ... streets, they often transition to heroin. On the flip side of that argument, a lot of people who are addicted ... 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 ...

    ... easy way to get your hands on the medications you need, but you're also creating unnecessary and added health risks that simply aren't worth it. Learn more about the dangerous and unwanted side effects of drug abuse . 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 ...

    ... when confronted about irregularities. In some instances, co-workers ignore - or even cover-up - the side effects of a provider's addiction. There is Life After Addiction To achieve sobriety and long-term recovery , ... 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 ...

    ... Movantik and is the first of its kind. “Supportive care products such as Movantik can lessen the constipating side effects of opioids ,” said Dr. Julie Beitz, director of the Office of Drug Evaluation III in the FDA ... 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 ...

    ... the addiction community. Let's take a look at both sides of this argument. The Pro-Suboxone Movement Suboxone has ... methadone . And once you take a dose, the effects last for about three days, greatly decreasing the chance ... 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 ...

    ... heroin . And according to the Food and Drug Administration, even the smallest dose is enough to cause deadly side effects - especially in those taking it for the first time. According to experts, a dose of fentanyl equal ... 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 ...

    ... . Let your doctor know if your temperature increases. Adjustments to your medication need to be made to avoid serious side effects. Additional Reading: The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

    She's been going to the same clinic for five years. Every day, she takes a bus, walks the last two blocks from the bus stop and gets in line for her dose of methadone. Five years ago, Kathy decided she needed help to break her Vicodin addiction. ...

    ... re sick from withdrawal symptoms like vomiting, cramps, muscle pain and in some cases life-threatening side effects. Methadone clinics and manufacturers are part of a billion-dollar industry that has spread to every city ... 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 ...

    ... . He thought he'd hit the jackpot. What Gary didn't learn very much about were the potential side effects of fentanyl, including anxiety, dizziness, dry mouth, headache, nausea and vomiting. And he certainly didn't 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 ...

    ... use. (Which is why it is still illegal in the U.S.) Ibogaine can cause severe side effects , including: Ataxia (loss of control of body movements) Hallucinations Tremors Heart impairment Solution or Unsafe Substance ... continue reading
  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

    For years, tramadol was thought of as a safe alternative to opiates . It was viewed as less habit-forming and easier to tolerate than its “stronger” counterparts like oxycodone. Doctors handed out free samples of Ultram (tramadol's brand name), ...

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

    ... Salsitz , methadone remains a safe medication, even after several decades of use. But methadone does have side effects - as with other opioids - such as constipation and increased sweating. However, according to him, if ... 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 ...

    ... 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 achy, so she stopped taking the pills. A day later, Hillary ... 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 ...

    ... a difficult drug to discontinue. However, carefully tapering off the drug can eliminate most of the side effects and make the withdrawal process smoother. 4. Percocet Percocet is a notoriously addictive drug. Abusers use ... 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 ...

    ... and keep us balanced. It can produce a euphoric effect, making tramadol tempting to abusers to use for ... anxiety if the drug cannot be obtained. General side effects of tramadol abuse include insomnia and risk of seizures ... continue reading
  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

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

    ... able to detoxify the substance in order to avoid its potentially harmful effects. However, once this threshold has been breached, the drug's side effects begin to harm users both physically and mentally. The Dangers of ... continue reading
  • 5 Alarming Facts About Benzo Addiction

    People tend to use benzodiazepines because they work, plain and simple. A group of prescription sedatives, benzodiazepines are classified as Schedule IV in the Controlled Substances Act and are most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, namely under ...

    ... concentrating. Perceptual changes. Sleep disturbance. Irritability. Increased ... Crome, I., Bashford, J., Frisher, M. (2014). Effects of anxiolytic and hypnotic drug prescriptions on mortality hazards: retrospective cohort ... continue reading
  • Study: Drug Forums Aren’t Very Helpful if You Want to Get Clean

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

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

    ... to determine if gabapentin is right for their patients. And since many of the drug's side effects mimic the effects of commonly abused narcotics, the brain can be fooled into thinking it's something harder, making ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... for the drug to impart its toxicity. If this effect holds true in humans, the researchers believe the vaccine ... . Additional Reading: The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues , Opioid side effects Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

    “Smack” - “Junk” - “H” Heroin is a drug that goes by many names. But no matter what you call it, it's still the same potent, potentially deadly drug. While its name really isn't that important, knowing some basic facts about heroin can ...

    ... Heroin's Appeal? Heroin produces a short-term euphoric effect, binding to opioid receptors in the brain and depressing ... expensive and harder to obtain.” #5 Side Effects of Using Heroin Heroin drastically impacts the body ... continue reading
  • What is Ativan? Is Ativan Addictive? Dangers of Ativan Abuse

    Ativan is one of the top 10 psychiatric drugs used in America. Many have taken it; many have abused it. What do you know about it? If you're like most people, your knowledge of Ativan is limited. Even those who use it are often unaware of its ...

    ... nervous system is designed to provide calming and balancing effects. It's also prescribed for insomnia, epilepsy and sedation. Common side effects include: Dizziness Drowsiness Memory problems Slurred speech Imbalance or ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

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

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

    ... quickly becomes less effective, requiring the person to take much higher dosages just to have the same effect. Next thing you know, you're struggling with a physical and psychological addiction . Signs and symptoms ... 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 ...

    ... the first real step toward addressing the relationship between opiate addiction, criminality and the combined effect both can have on an already overpopulated prison system. While some may claim treatment measures such ... 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 ...

    ... is abusing prescription stimulants in hopes of boosting your grades, chances are they'll have the opposite effect. Hit the books the old fashioned way - without risking your health. Additional Reading: What Every Parent ... continue reading
  • How to Get Off Suboxone: 3 Steps to Take When Quitting

    Approved by the FDA in 2002, buprenorphine - brand name Suboxone and Zubsolv - is now the “go-to” drug for medication-assisted treatment with opiate addiction. Unlike methadone treatment, it can be prescribed by physicians in the comfort of ...

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

    ... 't gone unnoticed in Washington. Congress recently passed the 21st Century Cures Act . It is expected to be signed into effect by President Obama before the end of his term. The bill, with a total sticker price of $6.3 ... 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 ...

    ... continually up your dosage as tolerance develops and more of the drug is needed to achieve the initial effect. 2,3 Tolerance fuels addiction as you continue to up your dosage and ultimately become physically dependent on ... 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 ...

    ... tolerance to the drug (you have to take more to feel the same effects). Frequent drowsiness. Prolonged sleep. Lethargy and fatigue. Dizziness and light-headedness. Difficulty concentrating. Memory problems. Depression ... 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 ...

    ... in the U.S. These powerful opioids, which were originally designed to alleviate or at least lessen the effects of chronic pain, are now officially responsible for an astounding 44 overdose deaths each day. Although 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 ...

    ... accepts many insurance plans and can work with you on a manageable payment plan. Related Reading Benzodiazepine Abuse Benzodiazepine Overdose The Effects Of Benzodiazepine Use Finding Help For Benzodiazepine Addiction continue reading
  • Shocking Threats Swirl Around Tramadol Abuse

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

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

    ... drug. Surprisingly, meth and Adderall caused similar effects with the participants; so much so that the ... need more and more to get the same effect. Eventually, taking the simulant pharmaceuticals becomes cost prohibitive ... 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 ...

    ... “father of ADHD” and the man who discovered Ritalin's effect on children, believes that only two to three percent of ... 're mostly still in the dark regarding long-term effects, the FDA data does currently list two long-term ... continue reading
  • Drugs vs. Supplements: What's the Difference?

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

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

    ... sense of euphoria. As a result, many begin to use both drugs, relying on the combined effect to produce the desired sensation. The effects on breathing and heart rate are exponential. It's not like taking one dose, plus ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... of infection in the body. Some of them are so deep they go into the bone, requiring amputation. The effects of heroin on infection will break free, sometimes, in the veins. They'll actually start to shower infection ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

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

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

    ... . She worked closely with her doctor and never abused them, but over time she felt the negative cognitive effects of benzos making her less sharp and productive. Some experts feel that people in recovery should avoid all ... 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 ...

    ... 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 of methadone , whether it's used for treating chronic pain or addiction. Only ... 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 ...

    ... opiates with alcohol can cause respiration to slow to a lethal rate. Mixing heroin with pain pills can have similar effects. Are You at Risk? Do you or a loved one fit any of these profiles? If so, you should be ... 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 ...

    ... system. Benzos are also designed to depress your central nervous system. When taken together, each drug's effects are enhanced . Breathing may slow to dangerous levels or cease altogether. This can result in overdose ... 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 ...

    ... - the one and only medication known to reverse the effects of opiates - has become a go-to prevention tool ... to remember is that the injectable form of naloxone takes effect much quicker than the nasal spray. If the signs ... continue reading
  • Xanax Passes Marijuana as Second-Leading Cause of DUI

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

    ... developed an addiction to Xanax, a medically supervised detox is in order, as it helps to minimize the effects of withdrawal symptoms. Although the early stages of detox and recovery can be difficult, having a qualified ... continue reading
  • Pregnant & Court-Ordered to Take Vivitrol: Is My Baby Safe?

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

    ... choose the medication. Vivitrol and Pregnancy One glaring issue, however, is that little is known about the effects of Vivitrol on pregnant women or fetuses. In a recent article published by Drug and Alcohol Dependence ... continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

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

    ... is a long-acting opioid antagonist that is used to prevent relapse . It produces no opioid effects and blocks the effects of opioids for 24-48 hours. Some people argue that using medication is substituting “ one drug for ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

    According to statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of substance-related emergency room admissions involve a combination of both drugs and alcohol. Poly-Drug Abuse Although ...

    ... . In short, combining drugs and alcohol either masks effects, which increases the risk of consuming too much, or the combination causes a “double-whammy” effect on the same cognitive and physical function. Although there ... continue reading
  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

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

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

    ... Doberstein, especially since science suggests the euphoric effect of opioids is influenced by their rate of ... chronic lower back pain. In all tests, NKTR-181's effects were the same, whether it was snorted or injected. What ... 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 ...

    ... number of studies available. According to SAMHSA , in terms of buprenorphine use during pregnancy, “the risk of adverse effects has not been ruled out.” Q: Is Suboxone safer than Methadone? A: Yes Can They Be Misused? As ... 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 ...

    ... the two drugs “cancel each other out” (think mixing alcohol with cocaine ). But the truth is the combined effects of this dangerous combo just make it feel like they cancel one another out. It can become more difficult ... continue reading
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