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  • 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 ...

    ... overdose deaths and criminal incarceration related to drug abuse, the opiate epidemic is a serious ... despite harmful consequences in order to avoid these withdrawal symptoms. 2,3 Prescription opiates affect the brain in ... Learn more

  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

    Naloxone History Lesson Naloxone is not a new medication. In fact, emergency responders have used the medication since the 1960s. Today, worried ...

    ... overdose deaths are now the leading cause of injury in the United States. In response, Attorney General Eric Holder has called for a serious ... an addict to experience withdrawal symptoms. Myth #2: Naloxone Prevents ... Learn more

  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

    Prescription drugs are commonly given to people suffering from with injuries or illnesses. They're legal when you've been prescribed the medication ...

    ... serious injury. However, it can provide a high when injected, snorted, or crushed. Taking OxyContin in this way can lead to overdose ... the brain that controls pain. Serious withdrawal symptoms such as fever, chills, ... Learn more

  • Don’t Be Fooled: Tramadol Abuse Poses Very Real Dangers

    Ultram. Conzip. Rybix ODT. These name brands of tramadol have recently flooded the marketplace with their painkilling properties. Since its approval ...

    ... ER visits were linked to tramadol, and 379 overdoses involving tramadol were reported in Florida alone. With ... in jeopardy when they abuse this drug. It poses a serious threat to the myriad Americans abusing it today. If ... Learn more

  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

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

    ... and it can make a serious difference in your health and well-being. Methadone is a drug that is frequently ... risk associated with methadone is overdose. The risk of methadone overdose becomes significantly greater if you ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... Poison Center, which documented the spike in heroin overdoses in rural states like Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont ... dangers, violent crime and serious communicable diseases. In short, heroin is a life-altering—and often ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... and works by virtually stopping the withdrawal symptoms caused by other opiates such as ... -Suboxone Movement Suboxone has a much lower risk of overdose than methadone . And once you take a dose, the effects last ... Learn more

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  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

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

    ... Americans die each day from an opioid overdose. Over 2 million Americans are currently struggling ... of participants - the general public and professionals. A panel of subject matter experts will choose five top ... Learn more

  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

    It's well-documented that heroin and prescription painkiller abuse are two of the biggest drug problems in the U.S., but a new report from the ...

    ... U.S., but a new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration highlights just how serious the problem is. ... are now officially responsible for an astounding 44 overdose deaths each day. Although those between ages ... Learn more

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

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

    ... from an overdose when carfentanil is involved. With overdoses mounting, the DEA scrambled to issue a warning to ... the following safety measures : Watch for symptoms of exposure, which include difficulty breathing, ... Learn more

  • Buckeye State Goes After Pharmaceutical Giants

    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 ...

    ... DeWine claims several industry leaders “helped unleash a health care crisis that has had far-reaching ... did the death tolls . From 2000 to 2015, Ohio drug overdose fatalities increased by 642 percent. By 2014, and again in ... Learn more

  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

    Permanent brain damage due to an opiate overdose is a very real, life-altering consequence of opiate abuse . The dramatic increase of opiate-related ...

    ... heart rate. As such, the most significant risk of an overdose is the lack of oxygen. An opiate overdose typically leads to unconsciousness and a very depressed central nervous system, which is responsible for your ... Learn more

  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

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

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

  • Portrait of the American Overdose: Do You Fit the Profile?

    Overdoses from illicit drugs and prescriptions painkillers claim a total of 45,000 lives in the US each year. Who are the people typically among ...

    ... half of all the people in recovery will ultimately suffer a relapse. When this happens, drug overdose is a serious concern. When they haven't been using for a while, their drug tolerance drops. Unaware of this drop ... Learn more

  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

    Concerns over the risks of combining benzodiazepine and opioid prescriptions has 41 state health officials petitioning the Food and Drug ...

    ... a drug overdose , found that the risk of death from drug overdose significantly increased in a ... and benefits of using the drug ;” OR “ There is a serious adverse reaction that can be prevented or reduced in severity by ... Learn more

  • 25 Harmful Effects of Morphine

    Morphine is an effective pain reliever. It's administered frequently by healthcare professionals. It's prescribed to manage moderate to severe pain ...

    ... enough, it can knock us out or even induce a coma. Seizures - Due to its interaction with the central ... share the top slot for most common cause of overdose-related fatalities. Is It Worth The Risk? Do these ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... epidemic ; each day, 91 people die of an opioid-related overdose . It has gotten so bad that some people are willing to ... , addicted family members or friends are taking a pet's medication. Ryan and Curtis also are ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... to the brain is interrupted, a stroke may occur. This can ... serious heart conditions greatly impact your overall health. While many people experience a few of these symptoms with normal aging, amphetamine use causes a ... Learn more

  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

    An opioid epidemic has swept the nation. Every day in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Over the ...

    ... may help to curb current trends in overdose. Want to take a deeper dive into the highly addictive world ... NAS is serious—children can be born with birth defects and developmental problems. Every 25 minutes a baby is born ... Learn more

  • Counting Dangerous Sheep: Why You Should Stop Popping Sleeping Pills

    Here's a question for you: How much sleep do you get every night? As adults, the Centers for Disease Control tells us we require seven to ...

    ... sleep, many of us turn to medication. Sleeping pills are a general go-to for insomniacs; Americans spent over $40 billion ... and pose the risk for serious side effects and overdose. Today, doctors are prescribing fewer ... Learn more

  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

    When you think about the drug trade in America's big cities, it seems like it might be easier for teenagers to abuse drugs like prescription ...

    ... implications for increased treatment demand, risk of overdose and even death from these opioids.” The ... are more likely to go to the emergency room than visit a primary care doctor. And ER doctors are more likely to ... Learn more

  • Here’s What You Need to Know About the Probuphine Implant

    Probuphine is the very first breakthrough buprenorphine implant. What is buprenorphine, you ask? It's a common prescription for opioid addiction ...

    ... It's a common prescription for opioid addiction treatment and it prevents withdrawal symptoms. The Probuphine ... and nerve damage resulting from the procedure. Serious but rare complications including nerve damage and ... Learn more

  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

    Methadone is in the hot seat again. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Medicaid to restrict access to the ...

    ... state's preferred drug list (PDL). This has proven to be problematic, as recent reports discovered a correlation between overdoses and accessibility to methadone. In fact, the rates of fatal and nonfatal methadone ... Learn more

  • Pop Quiz: Let’s Test Your Benzo Knowledge

    In 2013, 13.5 million adults filled a benzodiazepine prescription in the US. These drugs are used to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia and ...

    ... following quiz to find out. How many people overdose on benzos in the US each year? Click Here ... can last up to two years. Symptoms usually include a slight increase in anxiety and insomnia. ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... with travelers. This massive surge of activity serves as a catalyst for travel-related accidents. And while the ... issue be addressed. The study raised yet another serious concern: the uptick in drug use may increase ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... and codeine might be used for more severe pain. However, for more serious long-term pain, we start to head into the world of narcotics. While codeine is a narcotic, it's an over-the-counter narcotic, and it isn't ... Learn more

  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

    Millions of Americans suffer daily from chronic pain. Factor in all the people managing temporary pain after accidents or surgeries and you have a ...

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

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

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

    ... to national statistics. And the proportion of opioid users with a use disorder also increased from 12.7 to 16.9 percent ... Overdose Prevention Toolkit, which guides medical professionals on how they can recognize symptoms ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... . Tragically, he was pronounced dead upon arrival at a local hospital. An opioid overdose reversal drug such as naloxone could have immediately reversed the symptoms, but he hadn't felt comfortable asking his doctor ... Learn more

  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

    According to recent statistics gathered during a detailed research investigation - a project aptly dubbed The National Heroin Threat Assessment - the ...

    ... than tripled from 2,402 in 2007 to 8,260 overdose deaths in 2013. During this same time, the ... combat prescription drug abuse are now leading a younger generation in a new, life-threatening direction. Heroin's purity ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... overdose. If you don't have access to air conditioning, keep your body cooled with fans and loose clothing. And if you're wearing a ... need to be made to avoid serious side effects. Additional Reading: The F ... Learn more

  • 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 finger at the drug Abilify. Is Abilify to Blame? Abilify contains aripiprazole , which is used to treat psychiatric disorders - like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia - Tourette's syndrome and various symptoms ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... land, it also poses the risks of serious side effects. Some of the most dangerous include ... by her discovery in the kitchen. The gas burner was on, a dirty skillet was on the counter and three eggs were missing from ... Learn more

  • 4 Physical Signs You're Addicted to Ritalin

    Ritalin is a stimulant drug used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. It's ...

    ... was more serious than he thought - he was addicted. This caused serious cardiovascular problems ... Ritalin and experiencing withdrawal. Sleeping disorders are a common symptom of Ritalin withdrawal. And since part of ... Learn more

  • Turns Out Tamper-Resistant Painkillers Aren’t Helping

    Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic. Nearly 5 million Americans, or 1.9 percent of the population, use pain relievers - or opioids - ...

    ... the pain killer all at once. As a result, abusers receive a much faster “high.” Trying to Prevent Addiction and Overdose In an effort to prevent addiction and overdose of these pain relievers, companies have ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... that these meds improve academic performance. Serious risks of ADHD medication abuse include ... those aged 4 to 17 were diagnosed with ADHD, and symptoms were typically observed around the age of seven. Assumingly, ... Learn more

  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are ...

    ... inmates are systematically cut-off from their methadone program or cut-off cold turkey. However, according to a recent study, this methadone policy may lessen the likelihood an inmate will seek treatment upon his or her ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... breathing: Has their breathing become slow, shallow or labored? If a loved one exhibits any of the above symptoms, you've got a potential overdose situation on your hands. Whether they've taken too much Xanax ... Learn more

  • Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

    Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

    Fifty times stronger than heroin , the synthetic opioid fentanyl is flooding the drug market - and heightening the danger of overdose. In search of ...

    ... drug market - and heightening the danger of overdose. In search of cheaper mixes and stronger ... York, along with neighboring Pennsylvania. Let that sink in for a minute. Beyond the Death Chamber When we look at its ... Learn more

  • 7 Signs You May Be Addicted to Tramadol

    Tramadol is an opiate analgesic prescribed for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. The drug works by changing the way your brain ...

    ... , abusing the drug occasionally can quickly escalate into a serious addiction, as tolerance develops and you need more of ... Tampering with medications. #7. Physical symptoms. Using Tramadol even as prescribed can ... Learn more

  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug ...

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

  • 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 ...

    ... much more than uncomfortable. As a matter of fact, this condition can cause serious harm to your health . ... constipation drugs. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of drug abuse . Image Source: en. ... Learn more

  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

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

    ... , the seven Appalachian states accounted for more than a fifth of nationwide opioid-related deaths . West Virginia, with a population of 1.85 million, has the highest overdose rate in the nation. Why the Appalachian ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... side effects. Among them are serious psychological problems that can include: Depression ... Not Worth It Have you experienced any of these symptoms? If you or a loved one struggle with Percocet abuse or chronic use ... Learn more

  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

    In recent years, opioid abuse has received a lot of attention - and for good reason. In 2014, 19,000 people died from overdoses involving ...

    ... deaths , it's the combination of benzos and opioids that result in an overdose. So, why don't we hear more about benzo abuse? Well, that's a really good question. Benzo Stats Benzos (short for benzodiazepines ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... intoxication, which can more easily lead to accidental overdose. Whether you're deep in the throes of substance ... on the path toward recovery. Wondering if you or a loved one has an addiction problem? Find out ... Learn more

  • 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 return to prison a few months later with a new drug offense. Thankfully, the prison system has finally opened its eyes to ... Learn more

  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

    Methadone maintenance has been around for years as an effective treatment for opioid dependency . Yet, its use remains controversial, and there's ...

    ... the patient's tolerance to other opioids. This greatly reduces the risk of an overdose , especially if you happen to relapse. This is a huge benefit to people who decide to get clean “cold turkey,” as well as ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... medication too abruptly and suffered from new symptoms as a result. This is a common mistake. However, it's not ... then slowly increase the dosage of a new medication. Other times, serious side effects may warrant an abrupt ... Learn more

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

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

    ... ingredient to add in baggies of heroin . Just this year, officials have already seen a noticeable uptick in heroin overdoses, which they attribute to the growing prevalence of carfentanil in the States. And because ... Learn more

  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

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

    ... in the upper arm. For six months, it provides a constant, low-level dose of buprenorphine to patients who are ... , the rodents also appeared less susceptible to fatal overdose, as the researchers found that it took much ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... . The first company to make an effective sleep aid that actually works without serious addiction issues would make a fortune. At the moment, though, these drugs have not been found, although drugs like buprenorphine ... Learn more

  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

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

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

  • 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 ...

    ... minutes of popping the “smart drug,” my focus sharpened, my motivation increased and my brain processed information like I was a superhero. In fact, my 15-hour study days seemed to fly by, and I found I couldn't wait to ... Learn more

  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

    A drug overdose occurs when the body has been overloaded with either prescription medication or an illicit substance. Under normal circumstances, our ...

    ... to produce meth, a toxic mix can cause an overdose in a first-time or long-time user. Overdose is most common among meth users who administer the drug intravenously. Symptoms of a meth overdose also include violent or ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... comparable to a game of Russian roulette. Alcohol and Benzodiazepines A symptom of rampant ... a byproduct called cocaethylene in the liver, a dangerous chemical compound that increases the chances of overdose. Like a ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... What's new is the CDC's latest report that shows a change in trends. According to the recent report , new HIV ... , “The big picture here is that we've had a lot of progress reducing HIV infections spread by needles and ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... to 2015 and sales of ADHD drugs have risen almost 41.8 percent during the same time. Making Meth a Substitute? Perhaps the scariest problem of all is that, when people are hooked on ADHD medications and the supply ... Learn more

  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

    Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

    In 2014, almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription pain medication. During that same time, as many as one in four people ...

    ... that heroin use has also been on the rise and heroin overdose death rates have increased by 20.6 percent from 2014 ... medications, you'll experience some type of withdrawal symptom . Does this mean you're addicted? No, ... Learn more

  • True or False: Ready to Put Your Fentanyl Knowledge to the Test?

    Fentanyl. This potent opiate has added a whole new level of danger to the opioid crisis, causing a staggering number of overdoses and deaths. Part of ...

    ... warn customers that their heroin is laced with fentanyl , which will inevitably put them at a high risk for overdose. True or False: Prescribed fentanyl patches are always safe. Click Here for the Answer ... Learn more

  • Introducing the Drug That Can Kill With a Single Dose

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

    ... Drug An exact number of deaths from the drug is unknown, but a spokeswoman for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation reported they've seen 50 overdose cases involving gray death over the past three months. In order to ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... meds because: The demand is so high It's easy to obtain in large quantities It doesn't show up in a drug screen With all this in mind, do you think there should be additional restrictions on gabapentin? If so ... Learn more

  • Druggie: The New Makeup Shade Making Ugly Waves

    Approximately 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, with drug overdose deaths continuing to rise. In fact, since 1999, the number of ...

    ... overdose, with drug overdose deaths continuing to rise. In fact, since 1999, the number of overdose ... We would never seek to do that. The shade was in a limited edition palette and was not planned to be re-ordered.” ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... late 1990s and early 2000s. The era saw a drastic increase in prescription painkiller use, while an ... President Obama before the end of his term. The bill, with a total sticker price of $6.3 billion, includes $1 billion in ... Learn more

  • 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 - ...

    ... epidemic is much ado about nothing, let's have a look at the latest numbers, shall we? In 2014, approximately 20,000 people died from prescription opioid overdose. An estimated 2.1 million people are addicted ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... tablets prior to snorting them. 1 While fatal overdose with benzos alone may be relatively uncommon, misuse ... immediately stop using a drug to minimize its continued negative health impact, but symptoms like agitation, ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... will not only surprise you; it will give you a clear picture of how widespread this problem really is. ... highly addictive and can quickly cause life to take a downward spiral. The CVS Findings Once all the survey ... Learn more

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

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

    ... pills, for example. Barby Ingle, president of the International Pain Foundation, feels the overdose concern is out of proportion. “There's such a hysteria going on,” she claims . “There are millions who are living ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... for Gary, he was already abusing Xanax. Fortunately, Gary's roommate was home when he overdosed and administered a life-saving dose of naloxone when Gary stopped breathing. Thousands of others this year haven't ... Learn more

  • Let’s Play: How Much Do You Really Know About Drug Schedules?

    Have you ever heard someone mention a Schedule I or Schedule II Controlled Substance? Most of us have seen these labels, but what exactly do they ...

    ... Schedule I drugs include: Heroin LSD Ecstasy Bath salts Schedule II Substances in this group are considered a step-down in risk from Schedule I. They still have high potential for abuse , but are ... Learn more

  • The Other Side of Suboxone

    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 ...

    ... Muscle aches/cramps. Sleep disturbances. More serious side effects of buprenorphine may include: 2 ... which itself develops as a factor of dose and duration of use. Common withdrawal symptoms may include: 1,3 ... Learn more

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

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

    Ativan is one of the top 10 psychiatric drugs used in America. Many have taken it; many have abused it. What do you know about it? If you're ...

    ... a euphoric high, which is the reason it's often abused. Abused, it can be life-threatening. Signs of Ativan overdose ... 's a legal medication, many people don't realize they're abusing Ativan . Some symptoms of Ativan ... Learn more

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

    Police Are Gearing Up to Face Down a Couple of Killers

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

    ... the narcotics division received 196 intranasal doses of Narcan, a nasal spray used as an antidote to treat opioid overdoses . Equipped with this drug, officers now have a means to help themselves - or others - suffering ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... health risks, including abuse and overdose. Third, physicians who prescribe ADHD ... students about the physical dangers of stimulant misuse . Currently, a whopping 56 percent of young adults between the ages of ... Learn more

  • Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs?

    In 1971, President Nixon declared the “War on Drugs,” labeling drug abuse as “public enemy number one.” The creation of the Drug Enforcement ...

    ... both Bushes. In fact, in the early 2000's, a Florida State University Law Review concluded that the threat of harsh ... plan to halt our nation's rising overdose and dependency rates. Additional Reading: The Surgeon ... Learn more

  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

    One in 20 Americans are popping pills that have been prescribed for someone else. And the CDC reports that most misused prescription opioids are ...

    ... cabinets. We Need Solutions This abuse is taking its toll - more than 16,000 Americans die from a prescription drug overdose each year. From 1997 to 2012, the rate of kids hospitalized for opioids rose 165 percent . ... Learn more

  • Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens

    During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders - and almost all were ...

    ... alcohol should receive treatment, not jail time. According to a new statewide poll , more than six out of 10 ... be offered treatment instead of being arrested and charged with a crime. Seven out of 10 felt the same way ... Learn more

  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

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

    ... You Think? Every day, about 92 people die from an overdose. And in rural areas of the nation, babies are being ... in the middle of this epidemic. Most recently a judge in Ohio offered Vivitrol - an opioid-antagonist ... Learn more

  • Xanax Overdose, Risks and How Much it Costs

    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 ...

    ... overdose if mixed with other substances. Can You Overdose on Xanax? Yes, it is possible to overdose on Xanax. While it's difficult to overdose ... and a risk of severe or complicated withdrawal symptoms, a program of ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... are usually allowed to return to work after finishing a designated treatment program and meeting certain terms. Of course ... for each and every medical provider who's serious about traveling the road to sobriety. Learn ... Learn more

  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

    In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid OxyContin for treating chronic pain. The drug netted a quick $45 million in sales its ...

    ... crushing and injecting the pills, significantly increasing the risk of overdose. Some signs and symptoms of an Opana overdose generally include a severe slowing of breathing, sleepiness, “nodding” or passing out and ... Learn more

  • 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, ...

    ... s orders on the prescription. That means anyone who took a higher or more frequent dosage than what was prescribed on ... with the growing number of unintentional overdoses. By highlighting this critical issue through ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... to answer: What's the difference between a drug and a supplement? The big difference between the two ... re proven unsafe. Dangers and Due Diligence Once a supplement causes some kind of health problem , ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... debated drinking coffee or Mountain Dew, he remembered something a classmate said a week or so before. “I popped one pill ... what signs to look for in case of serious side effects. He also discovered what recovery programs ... Learn more

  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

    Tom fell off a ladder and hurt his back. His doctor gave him a prescription for Percocet , a powerful opioid painkiller. He only took a couple and ...

    ... Control and Prevention tells us that more than three out of five overdose deaths involve an opioid. When someone who hasn't received a prescription starts popping someone else's pills, it's very dangerous. They ... Learn more

  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

    “Smack” - “Junk” - “H” Heroin is a drug that goes by many names. But no matter what you call it, it's still the same potent, ...

    ... 2014. In 2014, heroin use caused more than 10,000 deaths by overdose . That same year, 586,000 Americans had developed a substance use disorder involving heroin. Heroin-related deaths increased in groups across the ... Learn more

  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    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 - ...

    ... at The University of Georgia found areas with marijuana dispensaries had a reduced number of opioid overdoses. Another paper , published in a Journal of the American Medical Association, discovered states with forms ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... on social media. (Teens in particular spend up to nine hours a day using these sites.) That's more time than we devote ... practices of drug forums “may lead to overdoses and other risky behavior, and thereby contribute ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... recipients, and they've spent hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years to weed out a very small number of drug users . A great example is Arizona, who promised taxpayers in 2009 that it would save $1.7 million ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... doctor first. Your physician will help you set up a plan to carefully wean your body off the drug. Going ... to 20 percent each week. This will reduce withdrawal symptoms. It also decreases your chance of relapse, since it ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... because of potential withdrawal symptoms or difficulties stopping the drug, you should contact a doctor as soon as ... serious withdrawal problems. If you feel able to quit at home, a doctor might help you determine a ... Learn more

  • Trading Dependencies: There’s Nothing “Mild” About a Kratom Addiction

    Mitragyna Speciosa, also known as Kratom, is a large tree in the Rubiaceae family native to Southeast Asia. It is said that Kratom affects the human ...

    ... Some end up in the ER as a result of overuse. Others, unaware of the addictive nature of the opiate drug , are seen for symptoms they do not even recognize as withdrawal. Symptoms of withdrawal are similar to those of ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... Despite the fact that many of these pills are bogus, these rings continue to produce huge numbers. A recent raid by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, conducted with the assistance of pharmaceutical company Merck ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... and will likely result in severe withdrawal symptoms, including: 4 Sweating. Nausea. Headache. ... reflected a dose-response pattern after a 12-month follow-up with participants. Given the serious concerns around ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... quit using it), but overdosing is quite common. Symptoms can involve seizures and a fast collapse. And it' ... and attacked by patients seeking the drug. Tom Black, a senior doctor with more than 20 years' experience and ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... that time, she gained insight into why she started using and reached a point of clarity she never had before. Afterwards, she felt no cravings or withdrawal symptoms. She was happy to feel free and was ready to start ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... opiates, they realized this drug is addictive and has a high risk of abuse . Potential Dangers Structurally similar ... taking it abruptly can experience withdrawal symptoms including diarrhea, pain, tremors, nausea ... Learn more

  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

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

    ... its new experimental opioid designed to achieve pain relief without the euphoria - a feat reportedly achieved in a key late-stage study. A Breakthrough or Just Another Opiate? The drug - tentatively known as NKTR-181 ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... risk factor in drug addiction recovery. And with the number of opioid-related overdoses having quadrupled since 1999, this is a pretty significant discovery - one that could help millions in their fight to permanently ... Learn more

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

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