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

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

    ... and opioid prescriptions has 41 state health officials petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ... study of US veterans analyzing the relationship between history of benzodiazepine prescription and the associated ... 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 ...

    ... America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Over the course of a year, that ... of Appalachia. In the 2000s, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cracked down on “pill mills” that ... continue reading
  • Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs?

    In 1971, President Nixon declared the “War on Drugs,” labeling drug abuse as “public enemy number one.” The creation of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) followed soon after; they were charged with enforcing federal regulations and ...

    ... lives. We'll have to stay tuned to see how Jeff Sessions and the rest of the Trump administration truly plan to halt our nation's rising overdose and dependency rates. Additional Reading: The Surgeon General Finally ... continue reading
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  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 21.5 million Americans aged 12 and older met the criteria for substance use disorder in 2014. Of these, 1.9 million were addicted to prescription opiate pain medications and 586,000 ...

    ... the same way heroin does , only the dosage is considered lower and the means of use typically safer. Prescription opiates are often given in oral form and are designed to be distributed to the body slowly. However, when ... 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 ...

    ... s sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency in the U.S. Department ... friend or relative, with about one third misusing a prescription from a doctor. Only about 1 in 20 ... continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine revealed medical marijuana users take fewer other medicines—such as opiates. Researchers monitored the use of prescription medication by participants enrolled in the ...

    ... helped her overcome a substance abuse issue. She'd become dependent on several of the 18 different prescriptions medications used to treat her medical conditions. She stated, “Medical cannabis is the reason I'm opiate ... 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 ...

    ... Last year alone, the total retail sales for prescription drugs filled at American pharmacies topped $259 billion. ... Sklamberg, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Global Regulatory Operations, in a report from ABC ... 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 ...

    ... highlight these biological differences. Opioid Painkillers : Biological differences are seen with administration of prescription pain medications. For example, opioid painkillers often contain acetaminophen (Tylenol). A ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... treatment, substance-related info. or additional guides, below are some of our most popular and recommended. Prescription Drug Misuse and Addiction Drug or Alcohol Overdose How to Help Someone With Addiction Signs That ... 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 ...

    ... have a massive number of people on prescription painkillers. Abuse of morphine, an extremely ... an effort to offer safer alternatives, researchers at Louisiana Veterans Health Care System have developed a new drug that ... continue reading
  • The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

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

    ... have started once the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cracked down on both Walgreens and ... him if it was true that Wal-Mart no longer fills buprenorphine prescriptions, and he said yes, that's true. I asked was ... 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 ...

    ... you stop abusing harmful opiates (like heroin) and prescription opioids (like OxyContin) and return to a ... only been approved in 2002 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help treat opioid dependency. How Do They ... 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 ...

    ... The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and ... . [7] The number of adults who have an ADHD prescription is now rising faster than the number of children and teens ... 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 ...

    ... discomfort. Fentanyl is the strongest prescription painkiller on the market: 100 times stronger than morphine and 50 times stronger than heroin . And according to the Food and Drug Administration, even the smallest dose ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

    For centuries, people have debated one age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? While both sides of this argument have their valid points, the question itself has evolved, making its way into other areas of society, including the ...

    ... to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) data , somewhere between 26 and ... . The Heart of the Debate The problem is that prescription opioids like OxyContin mimic the effects of heroin in both ... 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 ...

    ... a household name. In 2013 alone, over 43 million tramadol prescriptions were written in the U.S. For years, this drug ... these numbers looming, the Drug Enforcement Administration re-classified tramadol as a controlled ... continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted to 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. That number has been climbing at an alarming rate ever since. The Benzo Specifics ...

    ... “Doctor shopping” to obtain multiple prescriptions Hostility or violence Chewing, crushing ... achieved by slowly reducing the dosage and frequency of administration. Often times, the treatment will include transferring you ... 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 ...

    ... , clean. This is completely the opposite of what is going on inside a heroin injection site.” Hersch, who is also a veteran, added, “I didn't sign up to become a nurse to do that.” What do you think about Hersch's stance ... 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), ...

    ... can only be refilled up to five times within a six-month period after the prescription is written. At this point, a new prescription is needed. Moving Forward The truth about tramadol is slowly sinking in, but many are ... 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 ...

    ... newborns who arrive addicted to opiates. Another bill in New Mexico was created to limit the initial prescription of opioids for acute pain to seven days, making addiction less likely and producing fewer leftover pills ... 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 ...

    ... always the case… 4. Developing Alzheimer's Disease Is Far More Likely As numbers of long-term-use benzodiazepine prescriptions for the elderly sharply rose (31.4% of people ages 65-80 prescribed vs. 14.7% of people, ages ... 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 ...

    ... cheaper option. In fact, a 2014 survey revealed that 94% of people in rehab turned to heroin because prescription pills were “far more expensive and harder to obtain.” #5 Side Effects of Using Heroin Heroin drastically ... 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, ...

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

    Overdoses from illicit drugs and prescriptions painkillers claim a total of 45,000 lives in the US each year. Who are the people typically among these tragedies? You might be surprised. Statistics show that the profile many Americans envision when ...

    ... between the ages of 45 and 54. Digging Into the Overdose Details Since 1999, the number of opioid prescriptions handed out by doctors has quadrupled. The Surgeon General reports that 78 Americans die every day from an ... 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 ...

    ... too soon or those who insist they can't bring their pets in for an exam before getting the prescription. And it's not just the pet owners veterinarians have to look out for. Oftentimes, addicted family members or ... 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 ...

    ... , as tolerance develops and you need more of the drug to “get high”. #4. Using the drug without a prescription, taking higher doses, or using the drug in a way other than prescribed. You may be addicted to Tramadol if ... 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, ...

    ... underscore the importance of addressing the prescription opioid crisis ,” said lead author of the study, Dr. Beth Han of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in Rockville, Maryland. She ... 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 ...

    ... seeking to make generic buprenorphine-naloxone). He explained companies first need approval from the Food and Drug Administration, but Indivior can still go to court to file a patent infringement lawsuit. Even with this ... 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 ...

    ... , the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports the amount of heroin users ... new heroin users are former abusers of prescription painkillers. Unfortunately, the fastest growing demographic ... 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 ...

    ... Klonopin cold turkey. That was the first time I had ever heard him say that. So he called in a new prescription, I took some pills, and my withdrawal symptoms stopped. But I was right back where I started. 3. Long-term ... 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 ...

    ... doctors are now so quick to diagnose ADHD when other conditions are causing the problems. Interestingly enough, ADHD prescriptions have risen 29.2% from 2010 to 2015 and sales of ADHD drugs have risen almost 41.8% during ... continue reading
  • Are We Creating a Generation of Addicts With ADHD Medication?

    Jack During his freshman year, Jack's grades started slipping. He found it hard to keep up. He knew several classmates who used uppers for extra boosts when they needed them. In hopes of finding an endless supply of energy (and improving his ...

    ... an even briefer exam of the child—Aiden's doctor diagnosed him with ADHD and sent his parents home with a prescription for Ritalin . Now Aiden is docile, quiet and compliant. He doesn't eat much on the days he takes his ... 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 ...

    ... you know is in physical pain, advocating for the best care possible may be necessary. And taking a prescription opioid may not be the best option. Through close examination of your needs, doctors can weigh the many ... 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 ...

    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. ... 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 ...

    ... providers. Recognize the Problem and Get Proactive at Home If you believe that your child might be abusing prescription stimulants, you'll want to look for some of the classic warning signs . Those include things like ... 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 ...

    ... same names popping up looking for appointments to come in and they won't leave the room without them (prescriptions),” said Dr Black. “Some of them threaten you, some of them threaten violence, and obviously that's not ... continue reading
  • Recovery Roundtable: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone?

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

    ... by the FDA for the treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction . It's widely used as a replacement ... by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), practitioners can now obtain a waiver ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

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

    ... work by blocking the pain signals sent to your brain. Percocet is among the millions of painkiller prescriptions written each year by physicians. Used properly, it poses little danger to patients, especially in the short ... 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% from 2013. But notice the wording; it's important: “Overdoses involving ...

    ... 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% from 2013. But notice the wording; it's important: “Overdoses involving ... 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 ...

    ... the patch for two days and receive constant administration of the drug. After 48 hours, she threw ... to abuse fentanyl. When Tom picked up his fentanyl prescription, he noticed something different on the label this time. ... 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 ...

    ... five categories or schedules. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) schedules drugs based on: Accepted medical ... ) Additional Reading: Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Warning: This Medication May Cause…Uncontrollable Urges?

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

    ... symptoms occur. What About the People Taking Abilify? In 2015, about 1.6 million people received prescriptions for aripiprazole. The compulsive side effects are thought to be caused by Abilify's influence on dopamine ... continue reading
  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

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

    ... Utah is seventh in the country in terms of per-capita overdoses . Nance attributes this startling number to prescription painkillers being a starting point for opioid dependency. He said, “In the four corners part of the ... 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 ...

    ... 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 which ... 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 ...

    ... May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Probuphine, the first buprenorphine implant for the ... lower the risk of an overdose from prescription opioids. Using laboratory mice, the researchers ... 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 ...

    ... look at the prevalence of over-the-counter and prescription medications as well as illicit drugs found in ... is a gap in the Federal Aviation Administration's policies regarding marijuana that may lead to confusion ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

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

    ... that is officially the number one prescribed anti-anxiety medication in the country. Over 50 million Xanax prescriptions are written each year. Since it initially gives people the warm and fuzzies, blocking our ability ... continue reading
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

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

    ... .S., a whopping 44 people die each and every day as a result of respiratory arrest brought on by prescription opioid overdose. The opioids depress your breathing, bring on heavy sedation and make it impossible to wake up ... 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 ...

    ... Xanax has been the most-commonly prescribed drug in the U.S. since 2005. There were 48.5 million prescriptions filled in 2013 alone. This extraordinarily high volume means it's also remained one of the most widely-abused ... 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 ...

    ... off of benzo generally involves a doctor prescribing increasingly smaller amounts of the drug over time or changing prescriptions to a longer-acting sedative. For example, if someone is dependent on a very short-acting ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

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

    ... the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of ... roulette. Alcohol and Benzodiazepines A symptom of rampant prescription drug abuse, benzodiazepines ( Valium , Xanax and ... 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 ...

    In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid OxyContin for treating chronic pain. The drug netted a ... Opana, otherwise known as oxymorphone, is a prescription pain medication that provides a “rush” similar ... continue reading
  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

    A crushing avalanche is crippling Appalachian communities, but it's not the mountainous disaster you might think. This avalanche is a deadly onslaught of opioids . In 2014, the seven Appalachian states accounted for more than a fifth of nationwide ...

    ... Appalachian Regional Commission, the Centers for Disease Control and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have teamed up to launch a new initiative. The funding opportunity, “HIV, HCV and Related ... continue reading
  • Drugs vs. Supplements: What's the Difference?

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

    ... ? The big difference between the two is how they're viewed—and handled—by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Defining Drugs Drugs are tested by the FDA. They're defined as substances intended to diagnose, treat ... 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 ...

    ... is similar to cocaine in its chemical make-up. In fact, it's classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a Schedule II narcotic - the same classification as cocaine. When abused, Ritalin can cause a ... 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 ...

    ... Contest creators hope to commercialize products in 2020 and 2021 to deliver life-changing solutions to the American public. Additional Reading: Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs? Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... Click Here for the Answer False. Fentanyl is so fast-acting, a lethal dose may not allow time for administration of life-saving Narcan . This drug is also so strong, emergency crews equipped with Narcan have struggled to ... continue reading
  • Vivitrol's New and Controversial Role in Prisons

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

    ... System Vivitrol blocks opioid receptors in the brain, preventing an euphoric high. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for opioid dependence in 2010, it has also been shown to reduce cravings , which can ... 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, ...

    ... or injected. What's the Bottom Line? Though NKTR-181 isn't yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the company plans to discuss its next steps with the agency in the near future. They're also looking ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... the medication will pass the drug along to the baby. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently issued a report in which it called for further research into the issue of pregnant ... 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 same ...

    ... 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 same class as cocaine, morphine and ... 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 ...

    ... years of research and an opiate addiction that has reached epidemic status, the Food and Drug Administration finally approved a new drug for opioid-induced constipation last September. The medication is called Movantik ... continue reading
  • Xanax Overdose, Risks and How Much it Costs

    What Is Xanax? Xanax (generic name alprazolam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine drug and central nervous system depressant—a grouping that includes several other sedative, hypnotic, and anxiolytic drugs. 1,2 When taken as prescribed, Xanax can be ...

    ... considering that it is a widely prescribed medication; some may even say it's simple to get a Xanax prescription from your doctor. What Makes Xanax So Addictive? Often, patients taking regular doses of Xanax are doing so ... 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 ...

    ... is the brand name for the combination medication buprenorphine and naloxone. It was the first prescription medication to target opiate addiction and works by virtually stopping the withdrawal symptoms caused by other ... 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 ...

    ... involves increasing access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose from opioids like heroin and prescription painkillers. But there are people on both sides of the fence regarding this medication's prevalence ... continue reading
  • 7 Really Smart Ways to Save Money on Suboxone

    A couple of weeks ago, I saw a Facebook post from an acquaintance of mine lamenting about the exorbitant price of Suboxone. I'd known her to have a problem with opiates in the past, but it seemed like she was doing all the right things to get her ...

    ... 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 can be a source of both free medication and free medical care, although you ... 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 ...

    ... anxiety. With the proper, natural nutrition, your brain and body will function well and you can avoid unnatural prescription pills . Try including the following in your diet: Tryptophan: This is a feel-good protein. It ... 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 ...

    ... that more than three out of five overdose deaths involve an opioid. When someone who hasn't received a prescription starts popping someone else's pills, it's very dangerous. They could be on other medications that create ... 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 ...

    ... drugs, but by doing so, it elicits relatively weaker effects than commonly-abused drugs like heroin and prescription painkillers like oxycodone. 2,3 In other words, it attaches to the same brain opioid receptors but ... continue reading
  • Study: Drug Forums Aren’t Very Helpful if You Want to Get Clean

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

    ... “may lead to overdoses and other risky behavior, and thereby contribute to increased harms related to non-medical use of prescription drugs.” Another danger of the drug forums is they normalize this hazardous behavior ... continue reading
  • The AMA to Drug Companies: It’s Time You Stop Lying to Consumers

    Transparency: The condition of being free from pretense or deceit; readily understood; characterized by accessibility of information. According to the American Medical Association (AMA), Big Pharma lacks transparency. Consumers don't really know ...

    ... #1 - List suggested retail prices of drugs in direct-to-consumer ads Did you know direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs wasn't always legal? Until 1997, it was banned in the U.S., and it's still illegal in ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Abusing ADHD Meds Won’t Get You on the Dean’s List

    Lindsay felt overwhelmed. With three finals and a term-paper deadline looming in her near future, she didn't know how she would survive, much less get good grades. She decided she needed a boost. She asked around until she found someone willing to ...

    ... 56 percent of young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 say “it's easy to obtain prescription stimulants without a prescription.” With numbers like that, it's important people know the truth about these so called “study ... 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 ...

    ... cabinets. We Need Solutions This abuse is taking its toll - more than 16,000 Americans die from a prescription drug overdose each year. From 1997 to 2012, the rate of kids hospitalized for opioids rose 165 percent . ... 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 Benzos can impair your ability to drive safely. Even if used legally, instructions on the prescription typically warn against operating a vehicle while taking the medication. Driving under the influence of benzos ... 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 ...

    ... can be traced back to the late 1990s and early 2000s. The era saw a drastic increase in prescription painkiller use, while an alarming number of Americans developed dependencies on the drugs. To combat the upward trend ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Painkillers? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been taking painkillers for an extended time, particularly after the pain that originally prompted their use has subsided, you might well wonder whether you're addicted to painkillers. Though many people take painkillers following a ...

    ... . Using the drug longer or in higher doses than recommended can cause other problems, so it is important to follow the prescription as written. If you have determined you have a problem, there are a few ways to get off a ... 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 ...

    ... same. “If I could give anyone out there some advice it would be this: Don't jump into the arms of a prescription when all it offers is temporary relief and a painful withdrawal in the end. It's just not worth it. ” Talk ... 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 ...

    ... Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain Talk to Us: Have something to share? Curious what others are saying about prescription drug abuse ? Head to the DrugAbuse.com Community Forum and sound off. How to Get Help for Morphine ... 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 ...

    ... 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a poll of 32,036 teens that focused on misuse of prescription opioids. The researchers found that teens between ages of 12 and 17 living in rural communities were 35 percent ... continue reading
  • Naloxone Kits: Are Pharmacies Set to Combat Opiate Overdoses?

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

    ... Rhode Island and Massachusetts - have decided to allow at-risk patients access to naloxone rescue kits without a prescription. Patients determined to be “at-risk” are those who use illicit drugs and those who may be at ... 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 ...

    ... an overdose situation when one of three common drugs are consumed. Opioids Opiates, such as heroin, and prescription pain pills like Vicodin, are psychoactive drugs that directly affect the region of the brain that ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Tamper-Resistant Painkillers Aren’t Helping

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

    ... abuser, will then transform into a gel. But do these really work in deterring those from prescription drug abuse? The Truth About Tamper-Resistant Pills A recent commentary in Canadian Medical Association Journal doesn ... 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 ...

    ... between 16 and 19 — mostly pre-college age. Adderall is the most misused stimulant drug among males. Prescription diet pills were the most abused stimulant drugs among females. Adolescents between the ages 13 and 14 were ... 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 ...

    ... and family members and it's easy to see how medical providers can become overwhelmed. Some turn to prescription medications like Oxycontin , Percocet , Xanax and Klonopin for a quick boost of energy or a stress reliever ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About the Probuphine Implant

    Probuphine is the very first breakthrough buprenorphine implant. What is buprenorphine , you ask? It's a common prescription for opioid addiction treatment and it prevents withdrawal symptoms. Buprenorphine is an ingredient found in Suboxone and ...

    ... the very first breakthrough buprenorphine implant. What is buprenorphine , you ask? It's a common prescription for opioid addiction treatment and it prevents withdrawal symptoms. Buprenorphine is an ingredient found in ... 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 ...

    ... can be detected in urine up to seven days (or up to 6 weeks with chronic use). Without a legal prescription, Kate knew she was in deep trouble and possibly out of a job. No Cleats Needed With Meth After the football ... 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 ...

    ... . Holly discovered Ibogaine has been effective in treating other addictions too, including alcohol, Suboxone, Methadone, prescription painkillers , and stimulants. She learned that it works by interrupting the pattern of ... continue reading
  • What Is Ativan? Is Ativan Addictive? Dangers of Ativan Abuse

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

    ... you're informed, here's the scoop on Ativan. What Is Ativan? Ativan is a brand name for the prescription drug lorazepam. It falls under a class of drugs called benzodiazepines . It interacts with chemicals in the brain ... continue reading
  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

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

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... Game Law enforcement officials believe that lower prices on the streets have steered users away from prescription painkillers and towards heroin, which is often cut with fentanyl and other fillers. Oftentimes, users don ... continue reading
  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

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

    ... : Looking at the data, it's clear that Millennials have a strong preference for painkillers. Prescription painkiller abuse is more common among Millennials than any previous generation. Their peak use shows over ... 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 ...

    ... that methadone - when prescribed for pain, not for opiate addiction - accounted for one in four prescription opioid deaths in 2014. Methadone rose to popularity among certain physicians and clinics when they discovered ... 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 ...

    ... of being arrested and charged with a crime. Seven out of 10 felt the same way about prescription drug abusers. Citizens of Virginia also voiced support for nonviolent offenders suffering from mental illness, believing ... 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 ...

    ... Capsule clothing line , a collection inspired by the packaging of medication. The line ranged from a $950 prescription bottle purse and a $175 pill-decorated umbrella, to a $650 short black dress covered in colorful ... continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

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

    ... Housing Aftercare Programs Recommended Opioid Rehabilitation-Related Articles Effects of Opioid Use Prescription Opioid Addiction Concurrent Opioid and Alcohol Use Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms Opioid Addiction Treatment ... continue reading
  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

    Naloxone History Lesson Naloxone is not a new medication. In fact, emergency responders have used naloxone since the 1960s. Today, worried parents keep naloxone on hand, law enforcement officers carry the medication in case of life-threatening ...

    ... you purchase it. Additionally, most health insurance providers will pay for this medication. Even without prescription coverage, naloxone is a relatively inexpensive drug and, even better, there are plenty of community ... continue reading
  • Chronic Disease Treatment Success Rates

    Testicular Cancer Testicular cancer was perhaps one of the most feared cancers of the 70s and 80s. However, advances in treatment meant that the prognosis of this disease changed from a 5 percent five-year survival rate to an 85 percent five-year ...

    ... to ensure that they do not take over someone's life. If you or someone you love is addicted to prescription or illicit substances, get help today - call to get help finding the best treatment programs for you. The call ... 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 was still experiencing a lot of discomfort when she left the hospital, so her doctor wrote her an oxycodone prescription to manage any pain during those first few days home. The Pain is Gone - the Pills Remain After ... continue reading
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