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  • 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 ...

    ... the symptoms of ADHD so he could get an Adderall prescription. It worked. Since the symptom criteria is ... docile, quiet and compliant. He doesn't eat much on the days he takes his medication, and he has a lot less ... 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 ...

    ... increases the risk of consuming too much, or the combination causes a ... Adderall) mask the depressive effects of alcohol, while alcohol dulls the “edge” of stimulants. This significantly increases the risk of taking more ... continue reading
  • Workplace Adderall Abuse: 9 Signs It’s Time to Get Help

    Colleges and universities across the country are struggling to tackle the huge rise in students using ADHD drugs like Adderall as study aid , but the problem doesn't magically disappear after graduation. Businesses across the country are finding ...

    ... Dose : In the beginning, you likely took a few Adderall here and there, searching for the stimulant ... Using : Although some people misuse Adderall, most do not. If you believe Adderall is essential to performing at ... continue reading
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  • What Every Parent Needs to Know About Adderall Addiction

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

    ... drug” - a term used to describe Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, Vyvanse and more stimulants that are misused as study aids ... low that the patient can completely stop taking it without experiencing the effects of withdrawal. ... 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 ...

    ... : Abuse of ADHD drugs. ADHD drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin, increase levels of the brain chemical dopamine ... meaning they need more and more to get the same effect. Eventually, taking the simulant pharmaceuticals ... continue reading
  • Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier

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

    ... aged 4 to 17 were diagnosed with ADHD, and symptoms were typically observed around the age of seven. Assumingly ... made available at a more age-appropriate time. Additional Reading: Workplace Adderall Abuse: 9 Signs It ... 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 ...

    ... future, she didn't know how she would survive, much less get good grades. She decided she needed a ... around until she found someone willing to spot her a few Adderall pills, a mediation meant to treat ADHD . With this ... 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 ...

    ... outside help in the form of a small white pill: Adderall . Within minutes of popping the “smart drug,” my ... Quest for Productivity As it turns out, more and more white-collar professionals are turning to cognitive ... continue reading
  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

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

    ... Abusing Stimulants? Stimulants like Ritalin or Adderall are typically prescribed to treat attention deficit ... the students surveyed in the CVS report said they took stimulants to assist with pulling an all-night study ... 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 ...

    ... the benefits? The risks? If Sharon's situation sounds all too familiar, then you might be asking the same questions. ... on its list of most-stolen medications. What Should I Do? As with most ADHD medications , the ... continue reading
  • 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 mean? Let's break down this drug scheduling system to get a better understanding of controlled ...

    ... someone mention a Schedule I or Schedule II Controlled Substance? Most of us have seen these labels, but what exactly do ... restrictions. Schedule II drugs include: Adderall (used for treating narcolepsy and ADHD ... 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 ...

    ... issues related to heart aging . Some of the most common heart problems caused by amphetamine abuse are: Angina ... While many people experience a few of these symptoms with normal aging, amphetamine use causes a ... 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 ...

    ... quickly give rise to very unpleasant and severe withdrawal symptoms , which will make you want to stop abusing ... brought in $1.55 billion. That was more than sales were for Adderall and Viagra combined in that same year. ... continue reading
  • Watch the Fahrenheit With Your Fentanyl

    Fentanyl is an opiate (narcotic) pain reliever typically prescribed to people for severe, ongoing pain or after surgery. This medication is 50 times stronger than heroin and, needless to say, it can be very addictive. Fentanyl can be delivered ...

    ... pill and transdermal patch forms. Currently, the most frequently prescribed form of fentanyl (in the ... skin at a slow, steady pace over those 72-hours. Too Hot to Handle Fentanyl's high potency makes it dangerous , ... continue reading
  • Drugs vs. Supplements: What's the Difference?

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

    ... the DSHEA defines supplements as “products taken orally for supplementing the diet.” Supplements can ... your health. Be sure to consult your physician before taking anything over the counter…better to be safe than sorry ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

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

    ... neighborhood, and it reminds me of when they were taking me away to the hospital after I passed out ... triggers to figure out that, if I had the urge to take a Xanax before hanging out with someone, that probably wasn' ... 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 ...

    ... the medication altogether if these symptoms occur. What About the People Taking Abilify? In 2015, about ... the brain. If you or someone you love currently takes Abilify and you're worried the medication might be ... continue reading
  • Do Safe Injection Sites Violate the Hippocratic Oath? One Nurse Says Yes

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

    ... for. It will send you into respiratory arrest. It takes an entire team to get somebody back from a situation ... and other opioids . “One of the most shocking things when you start taking care of a person who is injecting ... 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 ...

    ... slowing down the body. Too much of these substances can slow breathing - so much that it becomes life threatening ... drug use . Opioids are known for causing these symptoms. If you suspect your friend is struggling with ... 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 ...

    ... was tired of feeling tired and achy, so she stopped taking the pills. A day later, Hillary felt anxious and ... her case, she stopped her medication too abruptly and suffered from new symptoms as a result. This is a ... 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 ...

    ... slows respiration. High doses can slow it too much and make breathing difficult or stop it completely ... Death - Heroin and morphine share the top slot for most common cause of overdose-related fatalities. Is It Worth ... 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 ...

    ... methamphetamine combined. And because the DEA report shows that more than half of these users are getting their pills ... manage their condition. But if the problem has become too severe, or they're using heroin regularly in ... 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 ...

    ... . By 2013, nearly 36.5 million Americans were taking anti-anxiety drugs and about one-fifth of Americans who ... anxiety symptoms. Get the rest you need. Keep a regular sleep schedule. Don't sleep too much or too little ... continue reading
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

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

    ... also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. According to a recent Penn State study , ... or very good about yourself. Negative thoughts breed even more negative thoughts, and before you know it, you're ... 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. ...

    ... such as naloxone could have immediately reversed the symptoms, but he hadn't felt comfortable asking ... and paramedics rushed to the scene, but it was too late. The Horror that is Opiate Addiction Opioid overdose ... 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 ...

    ... you'll be sorry. After a couple years of taking Klonopin, I began struggling with depression. After meeting ... he called in a new prescription, I took some pills, and my withdrawal symptoms stopped. But I was right back ... 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 ...

    ... abuse. Not only are the withdrawal symptoms excruciating (therefore making it quite difficult to ... reported that emergency-room visits related to tramadol misuse has more than tripled in 2011 from 2005, to 21,649. ... 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 ...

    ... benzos are considered especially dangerous. When people start taking them to get high instead of to manage ... Xanax dosage on a taper schedule to avoid withdrawal symptoms. It's important to remember that, like alcohol, ... 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, ...

    ... are taking action. Now, some states are requiring dentists to educate themselves by taking classes on ... as being more effective than narcotics. The American Dental Association has gotten on board, too, when last ... continue reading
  • Don't Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance - It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

    You may have heard about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine. What you may not have heard about, however, is the ultra-potent concentrated version of it: carfentanil . What We Know About Carfentanil Developed in the mid-1970s as a ...

    ... such as elephants and hippos, carfentanil is 10,000 times more potent than morphine. A lethal dose in humans is only ... fentanyl - carfentanil included. Though it's too early to determine whether these actions will ... 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 ...

    ... some people are willing to do whatever it takes to get high - even taking medication that's prescribed to their pets. ... . These consist of clients attempting to fill prescriptions too soon or those who insist they can't ... continue reading
  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

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

    ... 's Heroin So Popular? According to the CDC, 2015 saw more than 30,000 opioid deaths . It was the first year ... families across the country—in large part because too many people still do not get effective substance use ... 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 ...

    ... Know Interacting with the brain's opiate receptors, much like morphine or heroin , Opana, otherwise known ... the risk of overdose. Some signs and symptoms of an Opana overdose generally include a severe ... 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 ...

    ... discovered he was “enabling” Darren. The actions he was taking were making Darren “able” to use, or encouraging ... . Patrick's efforts finally paid off. After seeing how much his roommate had done to help him over the past ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

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

    ... most harm and drug-related deaths. Worldwide, roughly 69,000 people die each year from an opioid overdose. Taking ... Talk About It You can take control of your health today and take the difficult but necessary steps ... 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 ...

    ... lethal effects of morphine. A Drug That Doesn't Take Your Breath Away One of the major concerns with opioids ... slowed too much. This is often the result of tolerance build-up, which prompts people to take more than ... 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 ...

    ... seek solace in sleeping pills. The problem is that taking sleeping pills on top of opioid medications can kill you ... breathing mechanism, slowing it down - often too much - and resulting in death. The researchers found ... 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 ...

    ... to help save lives. Awareness is the key to survival during most medical emergencies; that's certainly true in the case of ... Signs and Symptoms by Drug Let's take a look at the steps you should take when someone has ... continue reading
  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

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

    ... also climbing in staggering numbers. The Heroin Surge Nationally, the number of deaths related to heroin use has more than tripled from 2,402 in 2007 to 8,260 overdose deaths in 2013. During this same time, the ... continue reading
  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

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

    ... states spent over $850,000 to test welfare recipients and uncovered just 321 positive tests overall. In more than one of these states, not a single substance abuser was discovered through drug testing. Do Taxpayers ... 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 ...

    ... more have turned to heroin as a “more affordable” alternative once buying pills on the street becomes too ... for the best care possible may be necessary. And taking a prescription opioid may not be the best option. ... 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 ...

    ... The Rise of a Problem Drug Xanax has been the most-commonly prescribed drug in the U.S. since 2005. There ... it helps to minimize the effects of withdrawal symptoms. Although the early stages of detox and recovery ... 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 ...

    ... 2013. If someone you know and love is currently taking or abusing Xanax , you'll want to watch ... symptoms, you've got a potential overdose situation on your hands. Whether they've taken too much Xanax, or more likely ... 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 ...

    ... made those receptors hungry for more. Ibogaine takes the hunger away by taking receptors back to their pre- ... had before. Afterwards, she felt no cravings or withdrawal symptoms. She was happy to feel free and was ready ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

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

    ... She didn't need them any more for the pain, so that wasn't a problem. The issue, however, was how Shelly felt . When she stopped taking the pills, these horrible flu-like symptoms set in. Shelly did a little research ... 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), ...

    ... People who stop taking it abruptly can experience withdrawal symptoms including diarrhea, pain ... who has evaluated the patient in person. This means no more phone-in prescriptions without seeing the doctor. Limits on the ... 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, ...

    ... 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 more weight on the validity of online information than we should, but here's ... continue reading
  • Introducing the Drug That Can Kill With a Single Dose

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

    ... over the past three months. In order to prevent more deaths from occurring, authorities are trying to create ... this lethal concoction before it becomes a problem too large to combat. “No one should underestimate ... 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 ...

    ... penalize - not rehabilitate - so it didn't take me long to realize that it wasn't the appropriate ... to the same conclusion on their own. In fact, most Virginians agree that those who abuse drugs or alcohol should ... continue reading
  • Druggie: The New Makeup Shade Making Ugly Waves

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

    ... overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled. As most of us know, drug addiction destroys lives ... is about the extent of Sephora's actions in taking ownership and remedying the problem. The “Afterdark” palette ... 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 ...

    ... off their warnings. Now the semester was over, so he stopped taking the pills - just like he said he would. The problem ... symptoms? All too often, people start using again because they're desperate to lessen the symptoms. ... 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 ...

    ... lead to addiction. For this reason, it's important to take only as directed by your doctor. Here are 7 signs to ... you need more of the drug to “get high”. #4. Using the drug without a prescription, taking higher doses, ... 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 ...

    ... 20/20 . “That's just a really big risk to take with your health.” He also noted that many of the counterfeit ... to purchase the prescription drugs they need at a more affordable price. Many will try to order them online ... 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 ...

    ... understanding of what changes need to be made, then implement those changes. The hope is to bring much-needed assistance to the people of Appalachia and stop the escalating avalanche. Additional Reading: Yay or Nay ... continue reading
  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

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

    ... Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that more than three out of five overdose deaths involve an ... will be affected by the pills. They may simply take too many, unaware of the danger because a doctor didn' ... 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 ...

    ... Kratom for six months or more experienced severe opiate withdrawal symptoms, and another 45 percent ... of Indiana. Kratom is a substance that should not be taken lightly. While it may have proven helpful in a handful ... 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 ...

    ... treatment options By solving two problems, telemedicine might be the much needed solution for rural Americans struggling with chemical dependency . Let's take a look at both of those solutions: First, doctors - ... continue reading
  • 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 entrepreneurs. The goal is to generate ideas that can be developed into solutions to curb the ...

    ... is to generate ideas that can be developed into solutions to curb the nation's opioid epidemic . The most promising ideas will receive cash prizes meant to help bring their innovations to life. The Birth of Innovation ... 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 ...

    ... means, if you stop taking these medications, you'll experience some type of withdrawal symptom . Does this mean you ... partial opioid agonist. Which means each time Suboxone is taken, it gets “stuck” in the brain's opiate ... 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 ...

    ... had a monopoly on the drug. The FDA Takes a Stand Against Suboxone Manufacturer Senior writer and ... would attempt to accelerate reviews of generic applications so more are approved in hopes of fighting the current ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

    Methadone maintenance has been around for years as an effective treatment for opioid dependency . Yet, its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging anyone from using it as a ...

    ... of the physical characteristics of chemical dependency , such as cravings or the inability to control how much is taken. Myth #3 - Methadone is Worse for You Than Heroin Methadone is a non-toxic medication, and ... 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 ...

    ... In further tests, the rodents also appeared less susceptible to fatal overdose, as the researchers found that it took much longer for the drug to impart its toxicity. If this effect holds true in humans, the researchers ... 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 ...

    ... when it's abused. It also causes serious withdrawal symptoms, so patients may have trouble stopping the drug ... of time. Acetaminophen can even cause death if taken in too large a dose at one time. 6. Ritalin ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

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    ... to better function in their daily lives. But with more users, the likelihood of abuse also increases, leading ... to cause deadly side effects - especially in those taking it for the first time. According to experts, a ... continue reading
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    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 ... be abused, Suboxone is considered safe by most clinicians when used as prescribed. However, despite ... continue reading
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    ... is the lack of public knowledge and awareness. So, how much do you know about fentanyl? You're about to find out ... . Patients using fentanyl patches must be cautious while taking this drug. Two main areas are cause for ... continue reading
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    ... overdose. People often turn to heroin when painkillers become too expensive or too difficult to get from a doctor. Heroin is ... . Among rural teens, opioid abuse is becoming more and more common . In 2014, 8.6% of ... continue reading
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    ... . When a patient is prescribed morphine, that patient runs the risk of being addicted to the opiate . It's not much of a win-win situation for the doctor. On the one hand, the doctor doesn't want the patient to become ... continue reading
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  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

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  • 7 Really Smart Ways to Save Money on Suboxone

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    ... visits. Needless to say, this is a high price to pay each month and undoubtedly creates a financial strain in most people's lives. But the good news is that there are ways to lower the overall cost of Suboxone - and ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

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    ... the powerful painkiller OxyContin. Once she started taking a few extra pills each day, things ... some mild stomach upset, Suzanne barely noticed any withdrawal symptoms . Paying it Forward and the Greater Good Today, ... 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 ...

    ... know how . Getting Clean Isn't Easy Kelly quit taking Xanax. She recalls, “I still couldn't function ... experienced the typical withdrawal symptoms associated with Xanax . “I was anxious - even more than I was before ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

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    ... possess these traits, right? Well, if they're taking benzos, they lack both. Recent research shows that ... behind the wheel. Vertigo is a group of symptoms that includes dizziness, light-headedness and unsteadiness. ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

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    ... to continue their 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 ... continue reading
  • Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs?

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    ... The New “War on Drugs” President Obama tried to take a different approach to dealing with the drug crisis. He ... twenty-one million . The new administration is taking different standpoints on drug policies. On one hand ... continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

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

    ... pal had been drinking on her date - drinking after she took Xanax. I hate to be the buzz kill of the gang ... each bind to a different spot. The result of taking them together is more than additive. It's like 1 + 1 = 4 ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance Clinics: Everything You Need to Know

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    ... only be able to help those who have been addicted to opiates for more than a year, or they may not be able to treat you if ... up to one year. History of withdrawal symptoms (experienced currently or in the past). Try ... continue reading
  • Don’t Be Fooled: Tramadol Abuse Poses Very Real Dangers

    Ultram. Conzip. Rybix ODT. These name brands of tramadol have recently flooded the marketplace with their painkilling properties. Since its approval in 1995, tramadol has become a household name. In 2013 alone, over 43 million tramadol prescriptions ...

    ... as the safe opiate. Then, in 2010, the FDA became a bit more cautious about the drug. It advised doctors not to prescribe tramadol to ... results in withdrawal symptoms when abusers cease taking tramadol. These include ... continue reading
  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

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    ... is worse off than they were before they started taking benzos. Now they are dealing with side effects ... make the recovery process as painless as possible. Withdrawal symptoms can be severe, while the tapering process can ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

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    ... guides medical professionals on how they can recognize symptoms of opioid misuse and reduce the risk of ... treatment does not seem to be improving much.” Additional Reading: Taking Action: How to Intervene During an ... continue reading
  • 6 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know

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    ... may last for months or even years. 6 2. The Symptoms are Painful Some of the most common benzo withdrawal symptoms include 1,4-6 Dysphoria. Poor concentration and memory. Anxiety. Irritability and ... 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 ...

    ... your breathing and heart rate. As such, the most significant risk of an overdose is the lack of ... the damage. The Effects of Hypoxic Brain Damage It only takes three to five minute of oxygen deprivation to cause a ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About the Probuphine Implant

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    ... to worry about taking a pill or an injection every day. There's no risk of forgetting to take your medication. ... symptoms. This also lowers the risk of relapse. Probuphine makes selling buprenorphine on the street more ... continue reading
  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

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    ... of views: Spotlight on the Critics Critics say that it gives drug users a safety net, allowing them to take more risks and push the envelope as they seek higher highs from opiates. Indeed, many users overdose ... 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 ...

    ... Do they keep things hidden from their customers? Let's take a look at some facts and figures, then you can decide ... from opiates last year - that was after paying more than $600 million in fines for “misleading ... continue reading
  • Counting Dangerous Sheep: Why You Should Stop Popping Sleeping Pills

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    ... of those who use over-the-counter sleep aids take them for a year or longer. Forty-eight percent ... as mascots. Of all the dangers, however, the most concerning is their deadly effects when combined with other drugs ... 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 ...

    ... trying to arrest anyone. The other officers had already taken the dealers down to the station for booking. Harrison ... the jackpot. What Gary didn't learn very much about were the potential side effects of fentanyl, ... 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 ...

    ... could also lead to withdrawal. If a person has been taking this medication for a long period of time and they no ... recurrent episodes of opioid withdrawal become more likely and can take their toll on a person as they ... 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 ...

    ... Complementary Medicine, revealed medical marijuana users take fewer other medicines - such as ... come out of this is that people are taking control of their own health, and most providers would agree that's a good thing ... continue reading
  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

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    ... -face consultation; where a patient history is taken, and the current problem and treatment approach ... DEA about this issue. David believes the DEA needs to move more quickly, “We're frustrated with the slow pace of the DEA ... continue reading
  • Police Are Gearing Up to Face Down a Couple of Killers

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  • Vivitrol's New and Controversial Role in Prisons

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    ... recidivism rate and realized the urgent need to take action. Recently, jails and prisons around the ... there are naysayers. Vivitrol is by far the most expensive medication treatment for opioid dependency. A single dose ... 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 ...

    ... when people who struggle with opiate dependence take the medication, it helps to alleviate nerve ... into thinking it's something harder, making patients crave more of it. Playing With Fire Gabapentin is not a ... 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 ...

    ... 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. From 1997 to 2012, the ... 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 ...

    ... while, their drug tolerance drops. Unaware of this drop, they take a “normal” dose of the drug, which has a high potential for causing an overdose. Mixed Substances: Taking more than one type of drug at a time also ... continue reading
  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

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    ... prison for a year. Deeply anxious and depressed to begin with, she emerged from behind bars much worse. Nothing but heroin seemed to take the edge off her pain. At the young age of 29,Katrina overdosed and died. Who ... continue reading
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