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  • 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 ...

    ... it's nothing more than a drug of last resort…an opiate that is accompanied by massive health dangers ... who oversees a 24-bed detox ward at Mercy Hospital Recovery Center in Portland. “As bad as oxycodone is, heroin is ... 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 ...

    ... produces a state of drowsiness that typically lasts for several hours. It's accompanied by ... Anti-Social Behavior When desperate for a fix, heroin users often resort to illegal activities as a means to pay for the drug ... 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 ...

    ... spent millions of dollars on a series of “ Drive High, Get a DUI ” commercials, while Washington did the same last year. But in Alabama, alcohol and weed are no longer the main substances plaguing drivers on the state's ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... Despite this, a recent WKYC report noted that $75 billion worth of counterfeit drugs were unknowingly purchased last year. And with prescription drug prices continuing to rise, many consumers will continue to shop on the ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • Druggie: The New Makeup Shade Making Ugly Waves

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

    ... epidemic. Why??? What's on Trend? The latest company to act socially irresponsible is makeup retailer ... offered in Urban Decay's “Afterdark” palette launched last December. Described as “metallic purple with violet shift,” ... 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 ...

    ... accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose ... of an Overdose Epidemic Unfortunately, over the last four years, drug overdose deaths have significantly ... 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 ...

    ... antihistamine, found in 10 percent of those tested within the last five years of the study. This percentage jumps from 2. ... in the study to 3.8 percent in the later years. The NTSB attributes the increase to greater ... 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 ...

    ... cocaine and meth , produce a very brief sense of euphoria. For instance, the sensation of a cocaine high lasts, on average, about half an hour. Commonly, an overdose brought on by either of these stimulant drugs occurs ... 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 ...

    ... Ritalin or Adderall on campus to aid last-minute cramming sessions. However, a recent study indicates ... understand how drug dependence works.” The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has seen a steady increase ... 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 ...

    ... just by looking at them. That's just how good these counterfeiters have become at manufacturing Xanax dupes. Late last year, at least nine people in the San Francisco area fell prey to fake Xanax pills laced with ... 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 ...

    ... OxyContin and other opioids. Its effects can also last for up to 12 hours - far longer than ... and they face you down,” he said. Too Little, Too Late? International regulators now realize tramadol is heavily abused in some ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Truth: Exactly How Long Do Drugs Stay in Your System?

    If you throw back a beer on Friday night, it's out of your system by Monday morning. But, what about other drugs? Most drugs linger a bit longer than alcohol. In fact, some of them stick around for a long time. This slower processing can surprise ...

    ... It's likely Joe and his friends just played their last game. Coke-Laiden Pink Slip After six months of searching ... stays in your system for 48 hours. After a late night of Wednesday debauchery, a Friday morning drug screen ... 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 ...

    ... Nothing seems wrong with this process…until we examine the last step. Shannon simply placed the patch in a waste ... - even if they're pulled out of the garbage days later. If little Aiden or curious Spot get their paws on ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

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

    ... ve already talked about how potent fentanyl is, but the latest use of this drug really hammers that point home. ... in street drugs, fentanyl is beyond dangerous. Last year, fentanyl and other synthetic opioids took over ... 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 ...

    ... positive for drug use in states that have implemented these policies,” the Center for Law and Social Policy said in an issue brief last year. “Consequently, operating costs far exceed the fiscal savings from denying ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

    When the book Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus hit book shelves back in 1992, it was a huge hit. By highlighting the differences in men and women, the book's theory is still solidly ingrained in our culture. Though gender equality has come a ...

    ... of male vs. female biology is seen when using Ambien - a prescription sleep aid. Studies released last year showed that women metabolize Ambien differently and reach maximum blood levels that are 45 percent higher than ... 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 ...

    ... using Adderall without a prescription, it can quickly lead to addiction. Battling a drug addiction in the workplace is the last thing you need on your plate Here are 9 signs your stimulant use has gone too far: Using it ... 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 ...

    ... 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 seniors abusing and approximately 35 percent of ... 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 ...

    ... expense of American lives? OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma made $2.4 billion in profits from opiates last year - that was after paying more than $600 million in fines for “misleading marketing” that misrepresented ... 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 ...

    ... 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 do. Mrs. Miller mentions ... 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 ...

    ... simply went to a different physician. He wrote her a new prescription, but Kelly soon discovered that bottle didn't last very long. On top of that, the pills were starting to wear off a lot faster, so she was doubling ... continue reading
  • Do Safe Injection Sites Violate the Hippocratic Oath? One Nurse Says Yes

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

    ... . The infection will build up on the valves of the heart.” Hersch also pointed out that these infections can last for months - and that's in a hospital setting where the patients are being treated properly. When asked if ... 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 ...

    ... Do? Fortunately, there are several treatments to combat opioid-induced constipation, ranging ... the Office of Drug Evaluation III in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Take Proactive Healthy Steps Instead ... 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 ...

    ... relatively short-acting drugs may begin 1-2 after the last dose and persist for 2-4 week, if not ... grown dependent on a consistent supply of benzos, treatment professionals and rehab facilities may utilize a slow-taper ... continue reading
  • Police Are Gearing Up to Face Down a Couple of Killers

    Guns won't help. A bullet-proof vest won't cut it. No badge, baton, hat, or handcuffs will stop the threat. The latest danger faced by law enforcement officials is a class of drugs that can kill on contact. Standard-issue equipment is no longer ...

    ... baton, hat, or handcuffs will stop the threat. The latest danger faced by law enforcement officials is a class of drugs ... illicit drugs. While the Houston Forensic Science Center tested only one fentanyl case in 2015, this ... 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 ...

    ... it impossible to get high off of drugs like heroin, OxyContin, and Vicodin. In its injectable form, Vivitrol lasts for about a month. Quite a few judges, most recently one in Ohio, have offered Vivitrol to drug offenders ... 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 ...

    ... 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 incredibly powerful drug accounted for a whopping 30 percent ... 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 ...

    ... 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 reading up on benzos, I learned that short-term use is generally safe. Used for a few ... 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 ...

    ... a boost of energy and mentally made her feel like a champ, so why 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, so that wasn't a problem. The issue ... continue reading
  • True or False: Ready to Put Your Fentanyl Knowledge to the Test?

    Fentanyl. This potent opiate has added a whole new level of danger to the opioid crisis, causing a staggering number of overdoses and deaths. Part of its overall threat is the lack of public knowledge and awareness. So, how much do you know about ...

    ... a white powdery substance on Green's shirt. Thinking nothing of it, he simply wiped it away. An hour later, he was unconscious. The brief contact with the fentanyl transferred to his shirt during the bust was enough to ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... worth the side effects. She was tired of feeling tired and achy, so she stopped taking the pills. A day later, Hillary felt anxious and dizzy. She also still felt tired. She didn't know what to think. She wondered about ... 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 ...

    ... ” bottle wasn't much of a deterrent, they're trying again with some new designs for pill bottles. The latest ideas include: Med-O-Wheel SECURE: This locked pill box dispenses the prescribed dose of medication at pre-set ... 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, ...

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

    ... effort to address this major public health issue, the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) recently issued a ... we need to take action to reduce the prevalence of dependency, tolerance, and addiction before it's too late. 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 ...

    ... alone. In 2011, an estimated 61,000 Americans sought treatment for benzo addiction. And that number has been climbing at ... somewhere between two and four days after the last use. In addition, there are several behavioral ... continue reading
  • Counting Dangerous Sheep: Why You Should Stop Popping Sleeping Pills

    Here's a question for you: How much sleep do you get every night? As adults, the Centers for Disease Control tells us we require seven to eight hours of sleep per night to maintain good health. Of course, we don't always get these hours. All kinds ...

    Here's a question for you: How much sleep do you get every night? As adults, the Centers for Disease Control tells us we require seven to eight hours of sleep per night to maintain good health. Of course, we don't always ... continue reading
  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

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

    ... , it's a terrible idea. Opiates are very potent painkillers and, when misused, can result in overdose . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that more than three out of five overdose deaths involve an ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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, ...

    ... Association has gotten on board, too, when last October it issued a statement, recommending that dentists ... the meantime, however, dentists need to consider treatment options that utilize best practices to prevent opioid ... continue reading
  • Pop Quiz: Let’s Test Your Benzo Knowledge

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

    ... Answer Benzo withdrawal has two phases . The first acute phase lasts seven to 90 days. Short-acting drugs like Xanax have ... the baby. Learn more about Xanax withdrawal and the treatment process here . Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... nonaddictive opiate will rake in billions. Drug patents last for twenty years, so a company that manufactures a ... re looking for a specific type of rehab treatment, substance related info or additional guides, below ... 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 ...

    ... In a 2014 survey, 94% of people in treatment for opioid addiction reported choosing to use heroin because ... many people to heroin addiction . According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 45% ... 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 ...

    ... . Keep in mind: No medically-assisted treatments currently exist. The recovery process can take ... It is recommended you seek medical help at a detox center to begin the recovery process. Can We Recover? Breaking free ... continue reading
  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

    When you think about the drug trade in America's big cities, it seems like it might be easier for teenagers to abuse drugs like prescription painkillers. With the massive amount of drugs flowing in and out of large cities, there's certainly no ...

    ... adolescents abused prescription opioids within the last year,” said Shannon Monnat, assistant professor ... clinics might be the only place for someone to receive treatment in a rural area.” There are a small number of ... 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 ...

    ... and about half, or 1.37 million, received treatment. Among those who misused prescription pain relievers in ... doctor. Only about 1 in 20 misusers bought their last pain reliever from a drug dealer or stranger. Applying ... 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 ...

    ... to one simple factor: cost. But that's about to change. Last month, a supplier of generic drugs - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories ... year from opioid overdoses when there's treatment available? The Substance Abuse and Mental ... 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 ...

    ... about nothing, let's have a look at the latest numbers, shall we? In 2014, approximately 20,000 people ... the side effects of opioids . Neurostimulators This treatment uses implanted electrodes to interrupt nerve signals. ... 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 ...

    ... medications tested. More than an alarmist warning, this last fact is supported by extensive research. In a ... treatment by visiting the links below: Blue Cross Blue Shield Humana Aetna Kaiser Permanente Sources 1. Center ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

    When it comes to this nation's chemical dependence, few drugs have achieved the notoriety and reputation of opioid drugs. In fact, things have spiraled so far out of control that opiate addiction is now considered an epidemic. Despite leaving a ...

    ... potential. 3 “Buprenorphine is the most important advance certainly in heroin and opiate treatment if not all addiction treatments in the last 30 years,” added Dr. Alan Leshner, former director of the National Institutes ... continue reading
  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

    It looks like our nation has found a “bullet” deadlier than the traditional calibers. As of 2015, heroin is killing more people than guns. This shift in statistics has happened rather quickly. In 2007, gun homicides outnumbered heroin deaths 5 ...

    ... increase in heroin use can be traced back to the late 1990s and early 2000s. The era saw a drastic ... funds will be used for opioid addiction prevention and treatment programs, while another $4.8 billion is slotted ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

    It's well-documented that heroin and prescription painkiller abuse are two of the biggest drug problems in the U.S., but a new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration highlights just how serious the problem is. Shocking Death Rate Chuck ...

    ... and anti-insomnia medications. Before it's too Late… If someone you know is abusing prescription ... they're using heroin regularly in any moment, treatment at an inpatient rehab center with a detox unit is the only solution ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet , has reached epidemic levels in the United States. But a recently published study highlights a strange trend: Non-medical use of opiates has decreased, ...

    ... room, jail or self-help center treatment options. Treatment of opioid addiction frequently requires ... clinics refuse to carry or provide these medications. “The last decade has been a time of rapidly growing numbers of ... 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 ...

    ... side effects. If you feel you will have a hard time stopping the drug without medical help, an outpatient treatment center will allow you to see a medical provider every day and also to continue school, work, and other ... 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 ...

    ... had trouble falling asleep at a decent hour. Decades later, benzos are being prescribed at an alarming rate and ... of time - and in increasing dosages - for treatment of chronic issues. Additional Reading: Pay Attention: 7 ... 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. ...

    ... five years. Every day, she takes a bus, walks the last two blocks from the bus stop and gets in line for her ... If she didn't, she would get extremely sick. Her “treatment” had being going on for years and she knew a missed ... 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 ...

    ... back in a few months later - almost like a revolving door. Virginians Call for Treatment Not Punishment Prison is designed ... telephone interviews taken last December. It was conducted by the Center for Public Policy at ... continue reading
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

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

    ... along with researchers at Penn State's College of Medicine, recruited 68 people from the Caron Treatment Center in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, to undergo assessments of relapse risk. Each of the 68 had recently completed ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know About Adderall Addiction

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

    ... is most commonly prescribed as part of a treatment plan for adolescents and teenagers with attention-deficit ... Adderall addiction. When looking for an appropriate rehab center, you'll want to choose one that offers a ... 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 ...

    ... accidental overdose . If you or someone you love is abusing heroin, it's crucial to seek professional treatment immediately, before becoming a statistic of these reports. Additional Reading : 5 Telltale Signs of a High ... continue reading
  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

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

    ... Advocates of the medication beg to differ. They feel that naloxone gives people a chance to get into treatment, as well as an opportunity to make changes. They also believe that naloxone ultimately saves lives, and that ... 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
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  • Buckeye State Goes After Pharmaceutical Giants

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  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

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  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

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  • The AMA to Drug Companies: It’s Time You Stop Lying to Consumers

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  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

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    ... credit, this generation lived through a post-World War II trend when amphetamines were frequently prescribed as a treatment for depression . Sedatives: At their peak use, around age 20, almost 10 percent of all Boomers ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

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

    ... are standing by ready to help you find the best way to address your addiction, your triggers, and your treatment needs. Call us today at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . Additional Reading: Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

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    ... reproductive systems. However, others argue that mandating a woman not get pregnant is like mandating drug treatment. The severity of the opioid crisis makes for an even more relevant argument, particularly among those ... continue reading
  • Vivitrol's New and Controversial Role in Prisons

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  • Methadone Maintenance Clinics: Everything You Need to Know

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    ... report of the drugs that you have used in the last month up to one year. History of withdrawal symptoms ( ... from 80 to 120 mg . Once you transition to outpatient treatment, you'll need to return to the clinic everyday in ... continue reading
  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

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    ... outreach programs now provide access to naloxone. If you or someone you know struggles with opiate addiction, help is available. Start by learning more about the latest treatment options . Image: HarmReduction.org continue reading
  • Naloxone Kits: Are Pharmacies Set to Combat Opiate Overdoses?

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  • CDC Issues Urgent Call for More Needle Exchange Programs

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  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

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    ... It seems like you can pop a benzo and twenty minutes later…everything is fine! The fact that it can kill you is ... on benzos, here's my advice: Talk to your treatment provider honestly. Find out what your options are. Work ... 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 ...

    ... for help and participate in the recovery process are usually allowed to return to work after finishing a designated treatment program and meeting certain terms. Of course, the rules vary from state to state; you can get ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About the Probuphine Implant

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    ... is removed. This could be a great treatment option for incarcerated patients. What Are the Cons ... the surgeon during both implantation, and explantation six months later. Will the patient's insurance pay for the time ... continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

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  • Three Lethal Drug Combinations That Can Kill You

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  • Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs?

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    ... ; not a moral issue. Obama's plan was to expand treatment options and make rehab programs more accessible to those seeking help. Many treatment professionals and politicians believe the drug war failed significantly in ... continue reading
  • 7 Signs You May Be Addicted to Tramadol

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    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 ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

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  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

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  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs Reward

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    According to the latest Census in 2015, the United States has a total population of 321 million people ... pick up on this trend. Furthermore, those receiving treatment in halfway houses often sell or trade these meds ... continue reading
  • Recovery Roundtable: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone?

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    ... at a limited number of specialized addiction centers. Jumping Through Suboxone Hoops Despite its benefits ... behavioral therapy and medications known as Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to treat substance abuse. That ... continue reading
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Ritalin Recovery

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    ... through physically and emotionally, or what the best treatments were. Do Shed Some Light: Patrick did a ... Patrick if he could borrow a few bucks. Patrick realized later this money bought Patrick's next round of Ritalin. ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

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    ... may not be right for everyone, but you won't know unless you try. Don't let stigma or innuendo rob you of the chance to find recovery.” Learn more about the addiction treatment options in your area . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

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    ... charging someone with a crime or compelling them to undergo psychiatric treatment is on the line. It Needs to Be a Team Effort The Rutgers Center for Alcohol Studies in New Jersey offers training for police officers ... continue reading
  • How to Get Off Suboxone: 3 Steps to Take When Quitting

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    ... to quit taking Suboxone? Booting the Buprenorphine If you've been using Suboxone as part of a medication-assisted treatment plan for opioid use , your body has probably become physically dependent on the drug. Here's a ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

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  • 7 Really Smart Ways to Save Money on Suboxone

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    ... a partial dispensing. Although this doesn't actually save any money, it may be a way to afford treatment without having to shell out a large chunk of money for the entire prescription. Clinical Trials and Studies: This ... continue reading
  • The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

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    ... Starting to feel a little riled, I asked him if he thought that decision would interfere with appropriate treatment of a potentially fatal illness; he just repeated Wal-Mart had decided not to stock buprenorphine at all ... continue reading
  • Let’s Play: How Much Do You Really Know About Drug Schedules?

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  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

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    ... I drug in the U.S., making it illegal, Holly traveled to a facility in Mexico to try Ibogaine treatment. What is Ibogaine? When she arrived at the facility, Holly learned more about Ibogaine . She already knew that ... continue reading
  • What is Ativan? Is Ativan Addictive? Dangers of Ativan Abuse

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    ... are currently available. This detox process and the rehab treatment to follow typically require supervision at a treatment center. The length of treatment partly depends on the dosage level you have been taking ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

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  • Chronic Disease Treatment Success Rates

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  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

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    ... set up practice in small, rural towns. It's not feasible, unfortunately. Second, Patients who need treatment from these specialists are often far from the metropolis where the doctor practices, making it impossible for ... continue reading
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