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  • 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), ...

    ... At this point, a new prescription is needed. Moving Forward The truth about tramadol is slowly sinking in, but many are still unaware of the dangers involved with the use and abuse of this drug. Public awareness of this ... 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, ...

    ... “The results underscore the importance of addressing the prescription opioid crisis ,” said lead author of the ... the 2000s when more doctors began prescribing these drugs. For this study, researchers surveyed 472,000 ... 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 ...

    ... approved by the FDA for the treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction . It's widely used as a replacement ... is now one of the most frequently prescribed drugs for a combination of behavioral therapy and ... continue reading
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  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... the best option - certainly better than reaching for a drink. Carol eventually worked with her doctor to make a plan. She stayed strictly off of alcohol, used meditation and exercise to calm her anxiety, and decreased ... 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 ...

    ... (CDC) urged Medicaid to restrict access to the drug, citing that methadone - when prescribed for pain, not for opiate addiction - accounted for one in four prescription opioid deaths in 2014. Methadone rose to popularity ... 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 ...

    ... 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 that ... 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 ...

    ... 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 risk of overdosing on a prescribed medication ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

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

    ... policy to find out what happens.” Setting Inmates Up for Success Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the study was conducted by researchers from Brown University. Researchers focused on 223 inmates who were ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... cure. Since it's classified as a Schedule I drug in the U.S., making it illegal, Holly traveled to a facility in Mexico ... too, including alcohol, Suboxone, Methadone, prescription painkillers , and stimulants. She learned ... 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 ...

    ... of painful withdrawal symptoms - are often enough to make many people give up and return to opioids for ... the cause of these symptoms, the team tested a drug already proven to block the effects of pannexin-1 called ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

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

    ... now…it really gave me my life back and makes my pain manageable, without inebriating me or forming ... participants in this study reported a deep dissatisfaction with prescription medications. Bruce said, “One of the most ... 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 ...

    ... during 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 ... 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
  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

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

    ... 2013. But notice the wording; it's important: “Overdoses involving prescription opioids” - what does this mean, exactly? The word choice means other drugs were likely involved in the overdose. In 30 percent of opioid ... 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 ...

    ... Vivitrol is not an immediate cure to opioid dependency . However, according to those who have used it, the drug does give people a fighting chance - providing them with the ability to think about something other than 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 ...

    ... between history of benzodiazepine prescription and the associated risk of death from a drug overdose , found ... a warning will make both clinicians and patients generally aware of the dangers. Will it Make a Difference? At ... 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 ...

    ... steps for Dr Reddy's (or any other company 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 ... 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 ...

    ... most misused stimulant drug among males. Prescription diet pills were the most abused stimulant drugs among females. ... educational resources and preventive efforts should be made available at a more age-appropriate ... 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 ...

    ... turn to street dealers when legal prescriptions run out. Buyer Beware As with any drug off the street, buyers may ... to purchase, especially when this new counterfeit Xanax is made to look exactly like a 2mg Xanax pill . It ... 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 ...

    ... of naltrexone. An opioid-antagonist, Vivitrol blocks the brain receptors that bind to opioids, making it impossible to get high off of drugs like heroin, OxyContin, and Vicodin. In its injectable form, Vivitrol lasts for ... 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 ...

    ... sitting in his medicine cabinet. If this scenario (or a similar one) describes your opioid prescription experience, you're not alone. In fact, researchers found more than 50 percent of the people prescribed opioids have ... 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 ...

    ... -only stimulant is used by doctors to treat patients suffering from the sleeping disorder narcolepsy; its effects create improved decision-making skills, precise planning and flexible thinking. Like Adderall , the drug ... 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 ...

    ... indicates the opioid epidemic is reversing progress previously made in reducing HIV spread by dirty needles. ... County, IN opened eyes to the rising rates of injection drug use in our nation. At that time, Congress changed ... 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, ...

    ... snorted 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 ... 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 ...

    ... the problems. Interestingly enough, ADHD prescriptions have risen 29.2 percent from 2010 to 2015 and sales of ADHD drugs have risen almost 41.8 percent during the same time. Making Meth a Substitute? Perhaps the scariest ... 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 ...

    ... about the damage done to the body from injecting fentanyl and other opioids . “One of the most shocking things when you start taking care of a person who is injecting heroin is the level of infection in the body. Some of ... 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 ...

    ... the cocktail being used by prison officials to kill. In fact, that combination is designed to make the injection lethal, but humane. Drug dealers aren't so considerate. Popping up more and more frequently in street ... 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 ...

    ... s plan was to expand treatment options and make rehab programs more accessible to those seeking ... help from law enforcement and partners. By recharging the drug war, those requesting assistance might be afraid to come ... 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 ...

    ... prescriptions to “owners” who've intentionally and disgustingly abused or maimed their pets. You're ... drugs - and others - when they show up to vet offices demanding more medication, even though the initial prescription ... 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 ...

    ... in prescription painkiller use, while an alarming number of Americans developed dependencies on the drugs. To ... us know what you think in the comments section below. Additional Reading: Prescription Opiates - As Addictive ... 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 ...

    ... all her hard recovery work out the window? It really made me wonder, knowing she was more than likely unable ... Partial Prescription Dispensing: If you can't afford to buy an entire month's prescription at once, you can ... 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 ...

    ... S. Drug Enforcement ... prescription is blocking your access to treatment. If you or someone you know are refused Suboxone, contact your prescribing physician or your treatment program case manager immediately to make ... 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. ...

    ... treatment, with no plans to wean him off the drug. He's now dependent on methadone. But, no alternatives ... which sounded like fun, but Hillary had to say no. She made up an excuse - she couldn't leave town because she had ... 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 ...

    ... accidents or surgeries and you have a massive number of people on prescription painkillers. Abuse of ... abuse and overdose , we might have a “miracle” drug on our hands! Additional Reading: Opiate Alternatives: Doctor's ... 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, ...

    ... at the end of the procedure, your dentist hands you a prescription for a pain reliever - maybe Vicodin or Percocet . ... new guidelines argue for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as Motrin, Advil and ... 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 ...

    ... supporter commented, “I'm signing this because you cannot mock and make glamorous a national epidemic, where we are ... of medication. The line ranged from a $950 prescription bottle purse and a $175 pill-decorated umbrella, ... 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 ...

    ... an oxycodone prescription to ... you stop taking the medication, the withdrawal symptoms kick in as your body and brain try to restore balance without the medication. Like Shelly, most people react to withdrawal by making ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

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

    ... in the country. Over 50 million Xanax prescriptions are written each year. Since it initially gives ... We begin to worry we'll have an anxiety attack , which makes us more nervous…and on we go into an unhealthy spiral that ... 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 ...

    ... for extra “boosts,” his tolerance and dependence on the drug increased, along with the side effects. Before long, ... “enabling” Darren. The actions he was taking were making Darren “able” to use, or encouraging his use. ... continue reading
  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

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

    ... , claims , “There really isn't any condition that you couldn't potentially apply it to.” The Cure for Rural ... far from the metropolis where the doctor practices, making it impossible for them to receive care. Telemedicine ... 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 ...

    ... prescriptions directly to the comprehensive counseling service providers. He tells Alcoholism & Drug ... of the state, there's a lot of coal mining, so you have injuries related to that. And in northeastern Utah, we have ... 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 ...

    ... drug . Fatigue - Morphine affects the central nervous system. As it suppresses pain, it also makes you ... Drug Abuse on the Brain Talk to Us: Have something to share? Curious what others are saying about prescription drug ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

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

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

    ... effective 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 ... 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 ...

    ... s not really what people want to see when ordering dinner, you know?” As the weeks went by, things only got worse ... suspected drug addiction and promptly fired her. When she tried to explain about the Xanax prescription, he ... 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 ...

    ... think twice about the medications you're taking, and how they might affect your flying,” said NTSB acting Chairman Christopher Hart. “Many over-the-counter and prescription drugs have the potential to impair performance ... 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 ...

    ... treatments, on the other hand, carry a long-term success rate of only 5-10 percent. With that in mind, you can clearly see the benefits of using methadone, as it has the potential to reduce the risk of overdose, death ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... him with ADHD and sent his parents home with a prescription for Ritalin. Now Aiden is docile, quiet and compliant. ... something else to make them feel happy, or relaxed or outgoing? Simply put; when drugs are the first ... continue reading
  • Ambien: Sweet Dreams or Total Nightmare?

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

    ... insomnia. It affects chemicals in the brain to help you fall - and supposedly stay - asleep. While Ambien ... taking any more Ambien . Other patients have reported making phone calls, walking and even having sex with no ... continue reading
  • Buckeye State Goes After Pharmaceutical Giants

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

    ... Being at Fault The companies named in the lawsuit make contrary claims. In their defense, they cite adequate warning ... Additional Reading: The AMA to Drug Companies - It's Time You Stop Lying to Consumers Image Source ... 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 ...

    ... 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription pain medication. During that same time, as many ... cycle of chemical dependency can be broken. Suboxone Makes You High Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist. Which ... 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 ...

    ... morphine, OxyContin, Fentanyl) are depressants, meaning the drugs slow down your breathing and heart rate. As ... state, and death The Importance of Rescue Breathing If you find someone who has overdosed on opiates , and is ... 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 ...

    ... rampant prescription drug abuse, benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax and Ativan) are the most common drugs mixed ... taking more than your body can handle. Also, when you mix cocaine and alcohol, your body creates a byproduct ... 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 ...

    ... escape that often comes in the form of prescription drugs. With easy access to narcotics, overwhelming mental ... - and rightly so. Let's face it; how safe would you feel going under the knife with a surgeon who's high as a ... 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 ...

    ... implant. What is buprenorphine, you ask? It's a common prescription for opioid addiction treatment and ... This also lowers the risk of relapse. Probuphine makes selling buprenorphine on the street more difficult. The ... 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 ...

    ... on the Critics Critics say that it gives drug users a safety net, allowing them to take ... make changes. They also believe that naloxone ultimately saves lives, and that the nation's death toll from heroin and prescription ... 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 ...

    ... opioid epidemic. All of this adds up to increased drug use and staggering rates of overdose. In addition to ... gain a better understanding of what changes need to be made, then implement those changes. The hope is to bring ... 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 ...

    ... the brain. If you or someone you love currently takes Abilify and you're worried the medication might ... stop, too. Additional Reading: Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

    If you think you might be addicted to benzodiazepines, you're certainly not alone. In 2011, an estimated 61,000 Americans sought treatment for benzo addiction. And that number has been climbing at an alarming rate ever since. The Benzo Specifics ...

    ... to have the same effect. Next thing you know, you're struggling with a physical and psychological addiction . ... : “Doctor shopping” to obtain multiple prescriptions Hostility or violence Chewing, crushing or snorting ... 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 ...

    ... that were initially formed to lower prescription drug abuse . In recent efforts, drug manufacturers and public policymakers tried to make opiate painkillers harder to abuse. Drugs such as OxyContin have been reformulated ... 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 ...

    ... leave the room without them (prescriptions),” said Dr Black. “Some of them threaten you, some of them threaten violence ... surgical pain, leaving many to consider it an essential drug. In the U.S., where citizens are already ... continue reading
  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

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  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

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  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

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  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

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  • Don't Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance - It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

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  • How to Get Off Suboxone: 3 Steps to Take When Quitting

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  • What Every Parent Needs to Know About Adderall Addiction

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  • Counterfeit Prescription Drug Operations Thrive in the US

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  • Watch the Fahrenheit With Your Fentanyl

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  • Let’s Play: How Much Do You Really Know About Drug Schedules?

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  • Introducing the Drug That Can Kill With a Single Dose

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

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  • 7 Signs You May Be Addicted to Tramadol

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  • Opiate Alternatives: Doctor’s Got a Brand New Bag

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  • 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 ...

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  • Making Sense Out of the Confusing World of Ritalin

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