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  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

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

    ... let them go to waste? A short 30 days later, Shelly's oxycodone ran out. She didn't need them any more for the pain, ... stopped taking the pills, these horrible flu-like symptoms set in. Shelly did a little research and ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

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

    Percocet is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone, landing this medication in a family of ... Have you experienced any of these symptoms? If you or a loved one struggle with Percocet abuse or chronic use, you're not ... 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 ...

    ... have seen the most significant increase of heroin abuse. Even more frightening, both rural and metropolitan ... at Mercy Hospital Recovery Center in Portland. “As bad as oxycodone is, heroin is worse,” Publicker said . “It's ... continue reading
  • How can you tell if you have a substance abuse issue?
    We made this free self-assessment quiz to help you better understand your or your loved one’s substance use.
  • 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 ...

    ... alcohol. Opioids, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, slow the central nervous system, which ... Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) - can last up to two years. Symptoms usually include a slight increase in anxiety and insomnia. How ... 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 ...

    ... own risks, side effects, and withdrawal symptoms. When used in accordance with prescribed ... relatively weaker effects than commonly-abused drugs like heroin and prescription painkillers like oxycodone. 2,3 In other ... 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), ...

    ... to tolerate than its “stronger” counterparts like oxycodone. Doctors handed out free samples of Ultram ( ... still unaware of the dangers involved with the use and abuse of this drug. Public awareness of this opiate must ... 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 ...

    ... ? Dependence, Abuse, and Addiction Prescription opiates, like oxycodone and hydrocodone, ... use despite harmful consequences in order to avoid these withdrawal symptoms. 2,3 Prescription opiates affect the brain in the same ... 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 ...

    ... is a narcotic, it's an over-the-counter narcotic, and it isn't often abused, although the potential exists. Hydrocodone and oxycodone are often prescribed for long-term pain, and that's when serious addiction can occur ... 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 ...

    ... for teens. Advertising Addiction? However, are they advertising addiction? After all, if someone is addicted to a drug like oxycodone or morphine , that person then has to obtain more drugs, which have to be paid for by ... 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 ...

    ... reports that 78 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. These painkillers, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, accounted for nearly a fourth of drug-related deaths in 2015. Heroin is responsible for another ... 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 ...

    ... that the opioid vaccine triggers an immune system response when two widely used painkillers - hydrocodone and oxycodone - are detected. As a result, the immune system releases antibodies to seek out the opioids, which ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Tamper-Resistant Painkillers Aren’t Helping

    Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic. Nearly 5 million Americans, or 1.9 percent of the population, use pain relievers - or opioids - for non-medical purposes, according to a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ...

    ... One such example is Oxecta, an immediate release oxycodone tablet that uses a technology designed to trap ... these really work in deterring those from prescription drug abuse? The Truth About Tamper-Resistant Pills A recent ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

    An opioid epidemic has swept the nation. Every day in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Over the course of a year, that number grows to 18,250—which is enough to fill every seat at Madison Square ...

    ... companies heavily marketed opioid painkillers , like Oxycodone, to coal miners and blue-collar workers ... these high numbers is that rural teens think substance abuse is less risky than their urban peers. Rural teens ... 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 ...

    ... 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 erratic behavior, sweating and loss of muscle control. Sedatives ... 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 ...

    ... I had ever heard him say that. So he called in a new prescription, I took some pills, and my withdrawal symptoms stopped. But I was right back where I started. 3. Long-term use can be harmful. Years later, when I started ... continue reading
  • 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 treatment and it prevents withdrawal symptoms. The Probuphine implant looks like four matchstick-size ...

    ... is buprenorphine, you ask? It's a common prescription for opioid addiction treatment and it prevents withdrawal symptoms. The Probuphine implant looks like four matchstick-size rods, which are implanted under the skin of ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk About the Elephant Tranquilizer in the Room

    It's 10,000 times more potent than morphine. It's 100 times more powerful than fentanyl . What is it? Carfentanil. Designed as a tranquilizer for elephants, this deadly substance has made its way into our nation's illegal drug market. It's often ...

    ... of exposure. For your protection, the DEA offers the following safety measures : Watch for symptoms of exposure, which include difficulty breathing, drowsiness, disorientation, clammy skin, pinpoint pupils and sedation ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

    After falling off a ladder, Suzanne was rushed to the hospital and examined from stem to stern. Her pelvic bone was fractured and she'd sprained her wrist, but the pain in her left shoulder was unbearable. Suzanne dislocated her shoulder and ...

    ... issue. Other than a handful of “hot flashes” and some mild stomach upset, Suzanne barely noticed any withdrawal symptoms . Paying it Forward and the Greater Good Today, Suzanne is a happy, healthy 7 th grade teacher. She ... 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. ...

    ... - one that nearly ruined his life. He was thankful that methadone provided a way to help keep his withdrawal symptoms at bay. What Peter wasn't focused on was the fact that his methadone dosage had gone up 300 percent ... 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 treat psychiatric disorders - like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia - Tourette's syndrome and various symptoms of autism. The drug works by changing chemical actions in the brain, stabilizing mood and decreasing ... 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 ...

    ... , “I still couldn't function properly. I had to make it through withdrawal first.” She experienced the typical withdrawal symptoms associated with Xanax . “I was anxious - even more than I was before starting the drug. I ... 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 ...

    ... disorienting and certainly not something you'd want to feel behind the wheel. Vertigo is a group of symptoms that includes dizziness, light-headedness and unsteadiness. It's also a side effect of benzos . A dizzy ... 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 ...

    ... work and hope this new insight will lead to the creation of a more effective treatment method for the symptoms of withdrawal. Dr. Trang says their next steps will be to determine the drug effectiveness in humans and to ... 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 ...

    ... of steady use. In the meantime, continue to work with your doctor . Don't try to do this alone. If new symptoms occur, let your doctor know right away. They can tell you if these are normal or should be a concern. With ... 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 ...

    ... report of the drugs that you have used in the last month up to one year. History of withdrawal symptoms (experienced currently or in the past). Try to remember that the staff members will be asking these questions to ... 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 ...

    ... of these benzos taken as prescribed can help to relieve anxiety and insomnia , abusing these medications can actually cause these symptoms. Developing a Dependence After prolonged use, the body develops a tolerance. That ... continue reading
  • The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

    Buprenorphine, the generic name for Suboxone, is a medication used to treat opiate dependence - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an essential part of a person's recovery plan, mainly due to its accessibility. Users can attain it ...

    ... used to treat opiate dependence - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an essential part of a person's ... Although it does have the potential to be abused, Suboxone is considered safe by most clinicians when ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

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

    ... If someone you know and love is currently taking or abusing Xanax , you'll want to watch for the following ... labored? If a loved one exhibits any of the above symptoms, you've got a potential overdose situation on your ... 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 ...

    ... streets. Veterinarians are now being duped into writing prescriptions to “owners” who've intentionally and disgustingly abused or maimed their pets. You're probably wondering, how is something like this happening? Well ... 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 ...

    ... manage severe anxiety , they're highly addictive and easily abused. Tapering Off Xanax…Slowly Carol wanted to stop taking ... dosage on a taper schedule to avoid withdrawal symptoms. It's important to remember that, like ... 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 ...

    ... Reluctance to provide medical records. Tampering with medications. #7. Physical symptoms. Using Tramadol even as prescribed can result in side effects . Abusing the drug can cause many health problems and adverse effects ... continue reading
  • Intoxicated Pilots Gamble with the Lives of Holiday Travelers

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

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

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

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

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

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

    ... anxiety - as a way to better function in their daily lives. But with more users, the likelihood of abuse also increases, leading some to turn to street dealers when legal prescriptions run out. Buyer Beware As with any ... continue reading
  • Ambien: Sweet Dreams or Total Nightmare?

    Kate bolted out of bed at the sound of her doorbell. It was 3am; she couldn't imagine who would be at the door. She rushed to the foyer to find her best friend, Nicole, standing on her porch, dressed in her PJs. In a crazed, trance-like state, ...

    ... our brains differently, a sleepy 30 percent of our nation continues to struggle with insomnia and wait for those healthy solutions. Learn more about treatment options for Ambien abuse and addiction . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

    The closest addiction specialist is three hours away. You don't have a reliable vehicle. If you arrange for a ride or take public transportation, everyone in town will know where you went and why. If this were your situation, how likely would you be ...

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

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

    ... cocaine intoxication, which can more easily lead to accidental overdose. Whether you're deep in the throes of substance abuse or haven't crossed that line yet, the rules of science always apply. Don't risk your life with ... continue reading
  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

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

    ... opioids are obtained from family members - many of them stolen from medicine cabinets. We Need Solutions This abuse is taking its toll - more than 16,000 Americans die from a prescription drug overdose each year ... continue reading
  • Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

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

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

    ... barrier, so women taking the medication will pass the drug along to the baby. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently issued a report in which it called for further research ... 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 ...

    ... shown that naloxone does not encourage more substance abuse . In fact, if anything, it decreases the ... quicker than the nasal spray. If the signs and symptoms indicate a life-or-death emergency, giving the medication via ... 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 ...

    ... I feel like I might need it? “Am I experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as shakes, chills, headaches, or nausea when I haven't ... for inpatient or outpatient therapy for drug abuse or misuse. ” Taper the medication until ... continue reading
  • Naloxone Kits: Are Pharmacies Set to Combat Opiate Overdoses?

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

    ... such as naloxone could have immediately reversed the symptoms, but he hadn't felt comfortable asking his ... crutch that allows someone to continue his or her substance abuse. On the contrary, these kits are a tool meant ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

    Although opioids are effective pain relievers, they can do a number on your health and overall body systems. One of the most negatively affected body systems is your gastric system. What's more, long-term use or addiction to opiates can paralyze ...

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

    ... had before. Afterwards, she felt no cravings or withdrawal symptoms. She was happy to feel free and was ready to ... addiction treatment . Additional Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There's Good News and Bad News Image ... 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 ...

    ... create any additional effects. This reduces the risk of dependency, abuse, and side effects. It's also long-acting, so ... 20 percent each week. This will reduce withdrawal symptoms. It also decreases your chance of relapse, ... 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 ...

    ... the recovery process as painless as possible. Withdrawal symptoms can be severe, while the tapering process can ... to share? Curious what others are saying about benzo abuse? Head to the DrugAbuse.com Community Forum and ... 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 ...

    ... it's also remained one of the most widely-abused prescription drugs. If you or someone you know has ... order, as it helps to minimize the effects of withdrawal symptoms. Although the early stages of detox and recovery can ... continue reading
  • Trading Dependencies: There’s Nothing “Mild” About a Kratom Addiction

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

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

    ... body cannot handle the amount of foreign substances in your body. Although signs and symptoms vary depending on the type of drug abused and the person's tolerance, it's best to choose caution over discernment. Simply ... continue reading
  • Making Sense Out of the Confusing World of Ritalin

    Sharon is at another meeting with her son's teacher. Aiden's teacher says he's unfocused and disruptive in class. Sharon knows her son behaves the same way at home. Last night's battle over homework fresh in her mind - and she doesn't know what to ...

    ... blurred vision, hallucinations, heart attack, brain hemorrhage, hair loss, growth stunting, seizures or stroke. Can My Teen Abuse It? Ritalin is similar to cocaine in its chemical make-up. In fact, it's classified by the ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

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

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

    ... these medications, you'll experience some type of withdrawal symptom . Does this mean you're addicted? No, it ... these reasons, Suboxone has a substantially lower abuse potential than other MAT medications, such as ... continue reading
  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

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

    ... , we have the oil patch, so there's the same thing - people working on drilling rigs, abusing methamphetamine, getting injured, having pain.” However, under the Ryan Haight Act, buprenorphine can't be prescribed without ... 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 ...

    ... is they normalize this hazardous behavior. Prescription drugs are so common in our daily lives that reading about others abusing them starts to seem “normal” or “okay” too. When the truth is, it's deadly. We tend to put ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

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

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

    ... Than Ever Before Over the past decade, heroin use has grown by leaps and bounds. It's now being abused in both big cities and hundreds of tiny, remote towns scattered across this nation. Need some proof? Check out ... continue reading
  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

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

    ... a treatment for depression . Sedatives: At their peak use, around age 20, almost 10 percent of all Boomers abused sedatives. That's roughly three times the use of sedatives by Gen Xers and ten times that of Millennials ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

    Concerns over the risks of combining benzodiazepine and opioid prescriptions has 41 state health officials petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place a new black box warning on both drugs' labels to warn patients and doctors of the ...

    Concerns over the risks of combining benzodiazepine and opioid prescriptions has 41 state health officials petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place a new black box warning on both drugs' labels to warn ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

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

    ... to begin human trials in the next two years. If proven effective, particularly by reducing the risk of abuse and overdose , we might have a “miracle” drug on our hands! Additional Reading: Opiate Alternatives: Doctor's ... continue reading
  • Opiate Alternatives: Doctor’s Got a Brand New Bag

    We have seen a staggering increase in both opiate painkiller and heroin abuse over the last decade. As people become dependent on opiates - physically and psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling ...

    ... . As people become dependent on opiates - physically and psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling with painkiller addiction and millions more have turned to heroin as ... continue reading
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

    You've just taken an opioid painkiller . The medication travels to your brain, making the pain sensations stop. The same opiates also make you feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is ...

    ... with other sedating chemicals like alcohol or sleeping pills, suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea or heroin abuse, thousands die each year from opioid overdose. A few of these lethal combinations include the following ... continue reading
  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

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

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

    ... policy to find out what happens.” Setting Inmates Up for Success Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the study was conducted by researchers from Brown University. Researchers focused on 223 inmates who were ... continue reading
  • Recovery Roundtable: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone?

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

    ... Suboxone to a lot more of their patients. According to a press release issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), practitioners can now obtain a waiver to prescribe Suboxone to up ... continue reading
  • Buckeye State Goes After Pharmaceutical Giants

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

    ... necessary, until everyone started to believe it. Then, abuse and dependency rates began to soar and the opioid ... labels, FDA approvals and efforts to develop abuse-deterrent products. They say they're actively involved ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... s important people know the truth about these so called “study drugs.” If you or someone you know is abusing prescription stimulants in hopes of boosting your grades, chances are they'll have the opposite effect. Hit the ... continue reading
  • Vivitrol's New and Controversial Role in Prisons

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

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

    ... is often in the setting of polysubstance abuse; severe respiratory depression and lethal overdose becomes ... certain things that can be done to help manage symptoms and minimize severe risks of withdrawal. Learn about ... 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 ...

    ... . Now Kara has anxiety issues as well as a substance abuse problem . Not everyone's story turns out like Kara's ... likely to suffer from a panic attack or other anxiety symptoms. Get the rest you need. Keep a regular sleep ... 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 ...

    ... understand what was happening to him… Darren's Ritalin abuse was more serious than he thought - he was ... and experiencing withdrawal. Sleeping disorders are a common symptom of Ritalin withdrawal. And since part of ... 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 ...

    ... alternative to street opiates or uncontrolled opioid abuse. Methadone is a long-lasting synthetic opioid ... s opioid receptors (just like heroin), it prevents symptoms of opiate withdrawal and alleviates the cravings that ... 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 ...

    ... low potential for abuse and dependence. 3 However, the statistics on Xanax abuse and addiction tell a ... Are Some of the Drawbacks to Problematic Use? Signs and symptoms of Xanax misuse can impact many facets of your life ... 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 ...

    ... , but the consequence of permanent brain damage remains largely unreported. If you or someone you love is abusing opiates , it is essential to understand the risks involved with an overdose. How An Overdose Causes Brain ... 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 ...

    ... popular TV show. Vicodin is an opiate-based painkiller that can cause euphoric effects when it's abused. It also causes serious withdrawal symptoms, so patients may have trouble stopping the drug once they've started it ... 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 ...

    ... and Jack started a pattern of drug abuse that shaped the rest of his life. ADHD is easy to fake. A 2010 study revealed that one in four diagnoses of adult ADHD involved faked symptoms - and this was before the diagnostic ... continue reading
  • Good News: Dr. Reddy's Will Produce a Cheaper Generic Form of Suboxone

    Suboxone - a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - is sadly inaccessible to a lot of people due to one simple factor: cost. But that's about to change. Last month, a supplier of generic drugs - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories - was allowed by a ...

    ... the costly drug. It's a ruling which could potentially save countless lives, because many people suffering from substance abuse don't have insurance, or if they do, their insurers don't cover the cost of Suboxone films ... 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 ...

    ... , it might be due to drug use . Opioids are known for causing these symptoms. If you suspect your friend is struggling with drug abuse, find additional resources to support them here . Additional Reading: 5 Smart Ways to ... continue reading
  • 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 battling some type of chemical dependency. For those with substance abuse problems , incarceration did ...

    ... state - Virginia - came to the same conclusion on their own. In fact, most Virginians agree that those who abuse drugs or alcohol should receive treatment, not jail time. According to a new statewide poll , more than six ... 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 ...

    ... ER visits were from anti-anxiety and anti-insomnia medications. Before it's too Late… If someone you know is abusing prescription drugs , encourage them to talk with their doctor about the over-the-counter or all-natural ... 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 ...

    ... combinations are comparable to a game of Russian roulette. Alcohol and Benzodiazepines A symptom of rampant prescription drug abuse, benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax and Ativan) are the most common drugs mixed with alcohol ... continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

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

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

    ... consequences of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug use in the U.S. It's sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ... continue reading
  • 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 onslaught of opioids . In 2014, the seven Appalachian states accounted for more than a fifth of nationwide ...

    ... these types of jobs, there are simply a lot of injuries. This leads to painkillers, which leads to opioid abuse. Combine this with the lack of workers in the area to treat addiction and you get rising numbers of overdose ... 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 ...

    ... Patrick came to realize that stopping the enabling wasn't enough. He had to speak up about Darren's Ritalin abuse . Since he cared about his roommate, he had to intervene. In a caring and gentle way, Patrick talked with ... continue reading
  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

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

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

    ... high” - that accompanies each dose is ultimately what keeps users coming back for more, eventually leading to abuse and addiction. But what if those euphoric effects were taken away from the whole painkiller experience - ... 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 ...

    ... inject Suboxone, the naloxone will quickly give rise to very unpleasant and severe withdrawal symptoms , which will make you want to stop abusing the drug. Suboxone comes in the form of a tablet and a dissolvable film ... 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 ...

    ... . While offering relief from pain, morphine also delivers the following side effects. Effects on Behavior Abuse/Misuse/Addiction - As with other opiates, morphine use comes with the risk of dependence. Patients receiving ... 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 ...

    ... wish to give up , and the progression from use to abuse to addiction can occur shockingly quickly. On average, tolerance can ... you may still experience very difficult withdrawal symptoms. 5 It is this experience that ... 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 ...

    ... other painkillers. Make no mistake; there are significant dangers involved with tramadol abuse. Not only are the withdrawal symptoms excruciating (therefore making it quite difficult to quit using it), but overdosing ... 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 ...

    ... 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 opiate-related overdoses since 2000. In ... continue reading
  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

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

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

    ... . Since it's a legal medication, many people don't realize they're abusing Ativan . Some symptoms of Ativan abuse include: Taking more than prescribed Taking it more frequently than prescribed Taking it longer ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs Reward

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

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

    Methadone is in the hot seat again. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Medicaid to restrict access to the drug, citing that methadone - when prescribed for pain, not for opiate addiction - accounted for ...

    ... addictive. Others may claim it's unfair to punish an entire group just because a portion of them are abusing methadone. After all, there are many people on Medicaid who genuinely need the drug for chronic pain and have ... continue reading
  • New Study: Amphetamine Abuse and This Old Heart

    It's called speed for a reason. Amphetamines, like Ritalin or Adderall, accelerate your heart rate. They send your nervous system into overdrive. Guess what else it speeds up? The aging process. That's right. Pumping your system full of amphetamine ...

    ... Some of the most common heart problems caused by amphetamine abuse are: Angina: This chest pain is caused by reduced ... While many people experience a few of these symptoms with normal aging, amphetamine use causes a ... continue reading
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