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  • 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 ...

    ... dangerous because the drug is often laced with fentanyl , which can be deadly even in small doses. 2. The southeast ... potential impact painkiller abuse has on pregnant women and their newborns. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome ... 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 ...

    ... and Pregnancy One glaring issue, however, is that little is known about the effects of Vivitrol on pregnant women or fetuses. In a recent article published by Drug and Alcohol Dependence Weekly , Dr. Mishka Terplan ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

    A judge in New York recently ordered a woman who's addicted to drugs not to get pregnant. While no one would argue that someone with an extreme drug problem should get pregnant, there are complex issues involved in ordering someone not to conceive ...

    ... she should have another child, but is ordering a woman not to get pregnant an intrusion on women's reproductive freedom? That's a tough question. Women's rights advocates argue that the government would be better off ... continue reading
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  • Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

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

    ... are required, according to Dr. Brian Bateman , associate professor of anesthesia at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. This prescription-writing culture has helped contribute to the opioid crisis ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... also available as a liquid that is ready to drink, or that can be mixed with water or juice prior to being ... If I'm Pregnant? Methadone remains the gold standard of treatment medication if you're pregnant and dependent on ... 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 ...

    ... a huge hit. By highlighting the differences in men and women, the book's theory is still solidly ingrained in ... to potentially dangerous prescription drugs. Additional Reading: Can a Hormone Make You “Hungry” for Alcohol ... 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 ...

    ... was pronounced dead upon arrival at a local hospital. An opioid overdose reversal drug such as naloxone could have immediately reversed the symptoms, but he hadn't felt comfortable asking his doctor for the prescription ... continue reading
  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

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

    ... sure they are getting authentic modafinil from the black market or from abroad, as the mystery pills could be sugar-coated placebos, made from expired ingredients or, even worse, toxic concoctions . Additional Reading ... 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 ...

    ... company Merck, led to the confiscation of 415,000 doses of illicit pharmaceutical products. “They could have dangerous contaminants,” said Howard Sklamberg, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Global ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

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

    ... she had been wrong. For the first time in a very long time, Suzanne had hope - hope that a methadone program could do for her what it had done for her neighbor. A Whole New World Living in a large city, Suzanne was able ... 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 ...

    ... she's determined to find non-pharmaceutical solutions for her anxiety and recommends others do the same. “If I could give anyone out there some advice it would be this: Don't jump into the arms of a prescription when ... 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 ...

    ... from their doctor, even though lower-cost alternatives might be available. Consumer knowledge of drug costs could help curb this overspending. #2 - Increase affordable access to naloxone The AMA correctly pointed out ... continue reading
  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

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

    ... eight percent of Boomers and Gen Xers. As the opioid epidemic rages on, this is a trend that could spell disaster for thousands of Millennials. Additional Reading: Who Are You Without Your Drug of Choice? Image Source ... 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 ...

    ... ” stance to substance abuse. Bringing back harsh minimum sentencing means people struggling with chemical dependency could serve more time than violent, dangerous offenders. What Does This Mean for Users? Often times ... 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 ...

    ... ingested. “If a person just gets it on their hand and accidentally touches their eye, touches their mouth, that could prove to be fatal for them,” said Dr. Neil Capretto . What's more, thousands of people are unknowingly ... 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 ...

    ... drug to impart its toxicity. If this effect holds true in humans, the researchers believe the vaccine could extend the window of time to seek emergency assistance if an overdose does occur. Currently, opioid addiction ... continue reading
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Ritalin Recovery

    His paper was due tomorrow and Darren had barely started (if you count typing his name and the title of the paper as “started”). What Darren had really started to do was panic. He knew he'd have to stay up all night to finish, but he was already ...

    ... already feeling sleepy at 10 pm. As he debated drinking coffee or Mountain Dew, he remembered something a classmate said ... Darren decided to give him a call and see if he could get some - just this once. Of course, it wasn ... 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. ...

    ... a missed dose wouldn't be pretty. It was so frustrating to feel like a methadone prisoner , but at least she could function enough to hold down a job. Is it All About the Money? With over 250,000 Americans enrolled in ... 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 ...

    ... isn't that important, knowing some basic facts about heroin can be both life-saving and crucial. With that in mind ... groups across the board. Fatalities spiked among men and women, people of all ages, and among whites, ... 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 ...

    ... 90% of those students also admitted to binge drinking during the previous month; more than 51% ... ADHD meds increased by 35%. The biggest increase was seen among women between the ages of 19 and 25. Boys between the ages ... 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 ...

    ... Conception - Morphine can interfere with reproduction, making it hard to get pregnant. Impotence - Studies ... Effects on Our General Health Vision Problems - Morphine can impair our vision and change our ability to see ... 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 ...

    ... these Illinois researchers think medical marijuana could be an effective alternative to prescription ... , Assistant Professor Douglas Bruce, believes cannabis could eventually be used to treat many other conditions ... 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 ...

    ... triggers. It's important to identify your own. Triggers aren't just things that make you want to drink or use. Triggers can send you into a paralyzing panic attack , or make you want to scream or throw things. And they ... 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. ...

    ... have zeroed in on extended-release opioids over instant-release drugs since they contain more of the active ingredient and can be altered to release the pain killer all at once. As a result, abusers receive a much faster ... 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 ...

    ... to have a realistic understanding of when young people are beginning to experiment with stimulants, so we can prevent them from misusing for the first time.” Using information gathered by the National Surveys on Drug ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, and 65 percent of this population meets the medical criteria for ...

    ... first real step toward addressing the relationship between opiate addiction, criminality and the combined effect both can have on an already overpopulated prison system. While some may claim treatment measures such as ... 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 ...

    ... . Helping or Harming? With an allure of gaining energy, a sharpened focus and a sense of euphoria, users can quickly develop an unhealthy tolerance to ADHD drugs , meaning they need more and more to get the same effect ... 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 ...

    ... or abuse of Percocet has many adverse side effects. Among them are serious psychological problems that can include: Depression: Researchers found taking opioids for 90 days or more significantly increases your chances of ... 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 ...

    ... . And since many of the drug's side effects mimic the effects of commonly abused narcotics, the brain can be fooled into thinking it's something harder, making patients crave more of it. Playing With Fire Gabapentin ... continue reading
  • Is There Ever a Good Time to Use Benzos?

    Carol had a severe panic disorder. It started when she was assaulted at age 34. She'd tried many medications, but only Xanax helped. She worked closely with her doctor and never abused them, but over time she felt the negative cognitive effects of ...

    ... best option - certainly better than reaching for a drink. Carol eventually worked with her doctor to make a ... crisis hotline, then let the Xanax work until she could find other ways to manage her panic. Finding New Ways ... 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 ...

    ... It was the first year in which opioid death tolls surpassed the 30,000 mark. The increase in heroin use can be traced back to the late 1990s and early 2000s. The era saw a drastic increase in prescription painkiller use ... 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 ...

    ... targeting your brain's opioid receptors. Because the drugs act on your brain's feel-good chemicals, they can also produce feelings of euphoria and well-being in addition to pain relief. If you abuse prescription opiates ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

    Sometimes it's better to substitute one drug for another. This is called harm reduction and it can make a serious difference in your health and well-being. Methadone is a drug that is frequently used in replacement therapy for heroin or other ...

    ... . Reduced sleep. Menstrual irregularities in women. Sweating. Sexual dysfunction. Weight gain ... a regular basis for months and even years. 2 While methadone can be taken indefinitely, it does not have to be taken forever ... 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, ...

    ... Services Administration (SAMHSA), is the Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit, which guides medical professionals on how they can recognize symptoms of opioid misuse and reduce the risk of death by identifying the signs of ... 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 ...

    ... for the rising rate of opioid abuse among rural adolescents could be the limited access to medical care. Teens living ... different from drinking, for example, because parents can usually tell if their child is drunk, and it ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

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

    ... s house. Once there, they had a few drinks while catching up. Suddenly, Shannon found herself feeling ... the signs of a Xanax overdose if we saw them. This can be a fatal mistake. It's in these situations - when Xanax ... 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 ...

    ... patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed nothing could help. Would she always be addicted to heroin? Was ... it is still illegal in the U.S.) Ibogaine can cause severe side effects , including: Ataxia (loss ... 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 ...

    ... are many people on Medicaid who genuinely need the drug for chronic pain and have never abused it. This restriction could also have far-reaching negative effects on the public's view of methadone , whether it's used for ... 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, ...

    ... an equal number of skeptics and supporters. One thing's for sure, though: We need all the help we can get to beat this deadly epidemic ravaging our country. Additional Reading: Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid ... 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 ...

    ... in addiction recovery, too. According to a recent Penn State study , squeezing in enough shut-eye can actually lower drug cravings for people hooked on opioids . Researching the Connection Between Sleep and Recovery It ... 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 ...

    ... withdrawal might start 2-7 days after the last dose and can continue for 2-8 weeks or longer. 5 For some ... throughout the tapering schedule. 8 5. Don't Drink Other CNS depressant substances, though they might temporarily ... 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 ...

    ... increases levels of serotonin and norepinephrine. These brain chemicals regulate our mood and keep us balanced. It can produce a euphoric effect, making tramadol tempting to abusers to use for nonmedical purposes, or use ... 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 ...

    ... are not as careful as they should be about drinking while taking the drugs. When lacking sleep as a ... interact with the brain and stop your breathing, they can conduct additional studies and figure out how to block the ... continue reading
  • Trading Dependencies: There’s Nothing “Mild” About a Kratom Addiction

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

    ... this, it has been promoted as a potential cure for opiate addicts. The idea is that Kratom, a “mild” drug, can help wean people off these “harder” drugs. What's the drawback? Kratom is physically addictive, too. The same ... 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 ...

    ... and needing to be revived, since the medication ruins their high and can make them violently ill (which is a deterrent in itself). Naloxone can start to wear off shortly after it is administered and dissipate entirely ... 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 ...

    ... it for the first time. According to experts, a dose of fentanyl equal to the size of three grains of sand can kill. It's also cheap and easy to obtain, which is music to dealers' and street manufacturers' ears - fentanyl ... 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 ...

    ... person's recovery plan, mainly due to its accessibility. Users can attain it through a prescription from a certified doctor, rather ... of complaints by Suboxone users . And now we can add Wal-Mart to the list, with a North ... 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 ...

    ... . For example, sleep aids should never be consumed in combination with alcohol; it can be a lethal combo . Sleeping pills can also cause “disturbed sleep behaviors,” including actions like sleep-driving and sleep-eating ... 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 ...

    ... abuse than Schedule I or II. However, their abuse can lead to moderate or low dependence. They are accepted for ... (used for treatment of seizures) Additional Reading: Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription ... 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 body. 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 ... 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 ...

    ... . The goal is to generate ideas that can be developed into solutions to curb the nation ... the competition was open until December 15, 2017. Participants can submit their ideas online, adhering to the contest submission ... 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 ...

    ... That's more time than we devote to eating and drinking, more time than we spend grooming ourselves, and more ... on their personal experiences with drugs, which could drastically vary from what someone else might experience ... 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 ...

    ... clear that selling these medications is illegal, as is using drugs that are not prescribed to you. They can also help educate students about the physical dangers of stimulant misuse . Currently, a whopping 56 percent of ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

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

    ... rate of only 5-10 percent. With that in mind, you can clearly see the benefits of using methadone, as it has the ... without harm. However, methadone - like any opiate - can be dangerous if taken inappropriately. Myth #4 - ... 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 ...

    ... also increases the risk of overdose. For example, combining opiates with alcohol can cause respiration to slow to a lethal rate. Mixing heroin with pain pills can have similar effects. Are You at Risk? Do you or a loved ... 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 ...

    ... Well, sadly much of the medication prescribed to animals can also be taken by humans - the only difference ... to fill prescriptions too soon or those who insist they can't bring their pets in for an exam before getting the ... continue reading
  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

    Katrina was arrested in 2006 in South Florida for selling a small amount of heroin . Recently kicked out of a rehab for fraternizing with men, she was living between the couches of different “friends,” most of whom were on drugs or associated ...

    ... many run-ins with law enforcement before she quit using. “They aren't doctors or therapists. It's great if they can offer people a chance to stay out of jail, but I'd want to be sure that mental health professionals made ... continue reading
  • CDC Issues Urgent Call for More Needle Exchange Programs

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

    ... eyes to the rising rates of injection drug use in our nation. At that time, Congress changed the restriction. Now funds can be used for parts of the program (other than paying for sterile syringes) if there is an HIV or ... 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 endless supply of energy (and improving his grades), Jack decided to fake the symptoms of ADHD so he could get an Adderall prescription. It worked. Since the symptom criteria is fairly ambiguous - and has become even ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

    Withdrawal. It's a huge hurdle on the path to recovery. Those struggling to leave opioids behind know they'll eventually have to face the intimidating mental and physical effects of withdrawal. It's a powerful and frightening thought. Some of the ...

    ... give up and return to opioids for relief. But this could soon change… According to the results of a recent study, ... The findings of Dr. Trang and his team could have important implications for people on opioid therapy and ... 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 ...

    ... concern: the uptick in drug use may increase as the age of airline pilots increases. It also implies the problem could be spurred on as more and more drugs are introduced to the market - both legal and illicit. “The key ... continue reading
  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

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

    ... . If anything, this is the one drug that can save addicts from certain death and offer them a chance ... In addition to intramuscular injections, the overdose antidote can also be administered via an intranasal spray. The ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

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

    ... in assessing the risks and benefits of using the drug ;” OR “ There is a serious adverse reaction that can be prevented or reduced in severity by appropriate use of the drug (e.g., patient selection, careful monitoring ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

    Permanent brain damage due to an opiate overdose is a very real, life-altering consequence of opiate abuse . The dramatic increase of opiate-related deaths is now demanding public attention, but the consequence of permanent brain damage remains ...

    ... their mouth with yours. Breathe out two short breaths, then one long breath every five seconds. Not only can rescue breathing save someone's life, it may help minimize the chances of permanent brain damage. Learn more ... 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 ...

    ... overdose. If you find a loved one has overdosed, or even a complete stranger, knowing how to react could mean the difference between life and death. Anatomy of an Overdose An overdose occurs when your body cannot handle ... 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 ...

    ... slow down the central nervous system. When combined, the central nervous is affected twice as hard, which can lead to severe loss of coordination, coma and significantly increase the risk of overdose and death. Alcohol ... 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 ...

    ... so with good intentions. They've likely heard the stories…you know, the ones that say using these drugs can help students study round-the-clock and soak up exorbitant amounts of knowledge. What those rumors don't reveal ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk About the Elephant Tranquilizer in the Room

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

    ... substance has made its way into our nation's illegal drug market. It's often disguised as heroin and can kill on contact. Just two milligrams is enough to kill 100 people. This synthetic opioid first appeared in Ohio ... 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 ...

    ... outcomes. What did you learn from NSDUH's 2015 survey? How does it affect your view on drug abuse in our nation? 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 ...

    ... or pleasure. So, what causes this sudden onset of compulsion? A number of different factors - biological and environmental - can play a role. But a new warning from the FDA points a finger at the drug Abilify. Is Abilify ... 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 ...

    ... Taken as prescribed, Ativan can produce a sense of calm. Taken in large doses, Ativan can cause a euphoric high, ... is the reason it's often abused. Abused, it can be life-threatening. Signs of Ativan overdose include: Loss ... 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 ...

    ... do you really want to lug around a pill bottle made from airplane parts?? As for those who note that drug seekers can get their pills elsewhere, they may be right. But is that really an excuse not to try? If tamper-proof ... continue reading
  • New Study: Amphetamine Abuse and This Old Heart

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

    ... in heart attack and stroke. Stroke: If blood flow to the brain is interrupted, a stroke may occur. This can result in permanent loss of physical and mental abilities, coma, or death. Heart valve disease: As the heart ... 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 ...

    ... new drug. Hope For the Future With fewer side effects and great pain-relieving results, this new drug could have a huge impact on the millions suffering from chronic pain. Researchers hope to begin human trials in the ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About the Probuphine Implant

    Probuphine is the very first breakthrough buprenorphine implant. What is buprenorphine, you ask? It's a common prescription for opioid addiction treatment and it prevents withdrawal symptoms. The Probuphine implant looks like four matchstick-size ...

    ... taking a pill or an injection every day. There's no risk of forgetting to take your medication. You also can't lose it and it can't be stolen. Since the implant disperses the medication evenly throughout your body, it ... 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 ...

    ... Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), practitioners can now obtain a waiver to prescribe Suboxone to up ... limit on the number of patients. This could be accomplished by allowing nurse practitioners or ... 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 ...

    ... why the number of fentanyl deaths are skyrocketing. Just a dusting of the powdery substance can be lethal. Even accidental exposure can cause death. Voluntarily consuming a dose of fentanyl is like walking into the death ... continue reading
  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

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

    ... the only provider in the state certified to treat Utah's current number of 275 patients with buprenorphine; which can mean up to two days travel, and cost inefficiencies, to treat a new patient. She states, “'The problem ... 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 ...

    ... in our pursuit to transform addiction from a global human crisis to a recognized and treated disease.” I can't help but wonder if this company was so concerned with helping the millions of American's dealing with opioid ... 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 ...

    ... chemical psychologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said that even those who take Xanax as prescribed “can be impaired even if it's in the therapeutic range. What I tell my students is that benzodiazepines ... 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 ...

    ... tests need to prove each drug is safe, performing just as the manufacturer claims. After these trials, your doctor can prescribe the drug to you. The general rule is drugs are considered unsafe until they're proven safe ... 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 ...

    ... abnormal heartbeat, blurred vision, hallucinations, heart attack, brain hemorrhage, hair loss, growth stunting, seizures or stroke. Can My Teen Abuse It? Ritalin is similar to cocaine in its chemical make-up. In fact, it ... 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 ...

    ... mixture and, though it varies in consistency, gray death can be injected, snorted, swallowed, or smoked. So, why ... the federal Drug Enforcement Agency told NBC News . “You can buy one of these cocktails for $10-20 on the ... continue reading
  • Vivitrol's New and Controversial Role in Prisons

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

    ... the country have started administering Vivitrol , an injectable form of naltrexone, in hopes that newly released inmates can stay off drugs once they enter “the free world.” Vivitrol and the Prison System Vivitrol blocks ... continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

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

    ... on her date - drinking after she took Xanax. I hate to be the buzz kill of the gang, but here's the straight story on the dangers of benzos. The Deadly Allure of Benzos Benzos can kill you. Especially if you mix them ... continue reading
  • How to Get Off Suboxone: 3 Steps to Take When Quitting

    Approved by the FDA in 2002, buprenorphine - brand name Suboxone and Zubsolv - is now the “go-to” drug for medication-assisted treatment with opiate addiction. Unlike methadone treatment, it can be prescribed by physicians in the comfort of ...

    ... . You'll suffer less withdrawal and you'll be more likely to succeed in your effort to quit. You can find additional help with buprenorphine use and quitting here . Additional Reading: Suboxone Debate - What Is the Big ... 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 ...

    ... reactions. Computer models are also sophisticated enough that you can tell in advance what drugs are likely to be ... must be controlled, and there aren't medications that can do this effectively. Ah, you might say. What ... 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 ...

    ... such as slowed breathing. Withdrawal Effects In addition to these side effects, the abrupt discontinuation of buprenorphine could also lead to withdrawal. If a person has been taking this medication for a long period of ... continue reading
  • Three Lethal Drug Combinations That Can Kill You

    We all know that certain drugs can cause dangerous interactions when taken together, but some people either don't take the threat seriously or they're simply uninformed when it comes to specific chemicals and substances. Most Dangerous Drug ...

    ... the combined cognitive effects can make it easier to forget how many drinks you've had or ... line, or already have, there are people are people out there who can help you. Call one of our admissions navigators at 1-888-744- ... 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 ...

    ... Meth is especially dangerous when injected. Due to the chemicals that are used to produce meth, a toxic mix can cause an overdose in a first-time or long-time user. Overdose is most common among meth users who administer ... 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 ...

    ... wellbeing that results quickly creates loyal fans of its users—for many, this is where the trouble can begin. Most people understand that they should take a prescription medication as instructed, yet perhaps fewer fully ... 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 ...

    ... is heavily abused in some places, but they are in a tight spot. When a drug comes under regulation, it can become difficult for doctors in poor countries to obtain it for legitimate use. And in African nations, such as ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription ...

    ... ? Do they keep things hidden from their customers? Let's take a look at some facts and figures, then you can decide. Big Pharma Spends Big Bucks $880 million. That's the total spent by opiate manufacturers over the past ... 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 ...

    ... them stick around for a long time. This slower processing can surprise many people - especially if a drug test is ... stays in your blood for 1 to 3 days after use and can be detected in your urine for up to 5 days post-use. ... 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 ...

    ... withdrawal. Naturally, she panicked. “I must be addicted! What can I do? I can't tell anyone; I'd be too ashamed. I don't want ... 't pleasant, it is temporary and its symptoms can be managed. What are some of the physical ... 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), ...

    ... and psychological dependence create a cycle of addiction that can prove lethal. What's in a Name? The ... prescriptions and number of refills are also in place. Tramadol can only be refilled up to five times within a six- ... 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 ...

    ... by retention in treatment and one-year sobriety, have been reported as high as 40 to 60 percent . As you can see, Suboxone has numerous advantages. Even though recovery isn't a one-size-fits-all solution - what works for ... 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 ...

    ... 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 enough. To protect and serve, modern police officers must ... 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 ...

    ... to 2015, deaths involving synthetic opiates such as fentanyl increased by almost 75 percent. True or False: Fentanyl can't be absorbed through your skin, so it doesn't matter if you wear gloves when you come into contact ... continue reading
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