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  • 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 ...

    ... got worse. Kelly says couldn't carry on a conversation; she couldn't function. Her boss suspected drug addiction and ... worth it. ” Talk to Us: Does this story sound familiar, you're not alone. Looking for ... Learn more

  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

    We are an anxious nation. A whopping 40 million American adults are affected by anxiety disorders; that's 18 percent of the adult population! With ...

    ... worse off than they were before they started taking benzos. Now they are dealing with side effects of benzo addiction ... lesser-known dangers these drugs present. As more people share their stories, however, the truth ... Learn more

  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

    After suffering an embarrassing panic attack at the mall, Kara visited a psychiatrist. He prescribed medication to help Kara with her symptoms - ...

    ... turned into an addiction. Now Kara has anxiety issues as well as a substance abuse problem . Not everyone's story turns out ... caffeine: Tea, coffee and soda make anxiety worse. It can cause symptoms such as headaches, ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... long treatment, with no plans to wean him off the drug. He's now dependent on methadone. But, no alternatives are ... trade one addiction for another. Additional Reading: Methadone Programs - A Bad Treatment Plan ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... give her some so she can sleep. We see the same doctor anyway.” Sounds harmless, right? Wrong. The Worst Favor You Can Do The problem is, those pills were prescribed with a specific person in mind. You. Your ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... out, get through a first date, or ace a presentation. Worse yet, I knew my pal had been drinking on her date ... buzz kill of the gang, but here's the straight story on the dangers of benzos. The Deadly Allure of Benzos ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... of HIV infection in 2015 alone. It was the worst outbreak in state history.) More than 40 percent of ... County, IN opened eyes to the rising rates of injection drug use in our nation. At that time, Congress changed the ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... dependency , such as cravings or the inability to control how much is taken. Myth #3 - Methadone is Worse for You Than Heroin Methadone is a non-toxic medication, and studies have shown that people have used it ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... start taking the medication again. The spiral continues; the physical and psychological dependence gets worse. The Withdrawal-Addiction Cycle While opiate withdrawal certainly isn't pleasant, it is temporary and its ... Learn more

  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

    Quick reflexes and sharp thinking - these are two of the most important qualities of a safe driver. If someone is sharing the road with you or if ...

    ... 't be surprising to anyone, considering how benzos affect the body. Under the influence of these anti-anxiety drugs, drivers are simply unable to make the quick, safe driving decisions necessary to navigate these great ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... taking any more of those pills. The Ambien Hangover Nicole's story is not the only one of its kind. Ambien ( zolpidem ... Learn more about treatment options for Ambien abuse and addiction . Image Source: iStock Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... worst, many others have successfully done it and gone on to live healthy, sober lives. American Addiction ... Benzodiazepine Addiction ,"children":" The United States Drug Enforcement Administration. (2017). Drugs ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... violent offender, but one with a history of arrests for drug possession, Katrina was sent to prison for a year. ... to begin with, she emerged from behind bars much worse. Nothing but heroin seemed to take the edge off ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... They've likely heard the stories…you know, the ones that say using these drugs can help students study round- ... but are very likely to cause long-term addiction issues. Additional Reading: What Every Parent Needs ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... An Overdose Causes Brain Damage Opiates and opioids (heroin, morphine, OxyContin, Fentanyl) are depressants, meaning the drugs slow down your breathing and heart rate. As such, the most significant risk of an overdose ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... them. This can be a fatal mistake. It's in these situations - when Xanax is mixed with other drugs or alcohol - that an overdose is most likely. What's Happening? Combining Xanax with other depressants (like alcohol ... Learn more

  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    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 - ...

    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 ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... used to be terribly afraid of hospitals, because once something very bad happened to me in one. Now, after years of avoiding ... you find the best way to address your addiction, your triggers, and your treatment needs. Call ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... die of an opioid-related overdose . It has gotten so bad that some people are willing to do whatever it takes to ... same drug prescribed to human patients to help alleviate their pain. Substance abusers seek these drugs - ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... term? Doctors are unsure how chronic use of this “smart drug” will affect healthy brain function down the road, but do ... , made from expired ingredients or, even worse, toxic concoctions . Additional Reading: Study ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... the country? Round and Round The Suboxone uproar seemed to have started once the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cracked down on both Walgreens and CVS, fining them millions after violating federal ... Learn more

  • Watch the Fahrenheit With Your Fentanyl

    Fentanyl is an opiate (narcotic) pain reliever typically prescribed to people for severe, ongoing pain or after surgery. This medication is 50 ...

    ... body through sweating. This process increases blood flow to your skin, which results in increased absorption of the drug. It's a process that can quickly be fatal. Because of this danger, doctors warn anyone wearing a ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... ; 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-related deaths , it's the ... Learn more

  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

    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 ...

    ... some of these common misconceptions, then separate fact from fiction: Suboxone is Just Substituting One Drug for Another Medication-assisted treatment is much like using medication to treat other chronic illnesses ... Learn more

  • 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 opiate drugs also slow your breathing…and in case of an overdose, your breathing is slowed to a virtually non ... Learn more

  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

    With his heart pounding, Officer Harrison approached the warehouse. His dreams of fighting crime never included this scene. He wasn't chasing a ...

    ... but he'd also heard enough horror stories about the power of this drug to make him nervous anyway. The captain ... abuse, addiction, overdose and death . Fact Three: Abusing fentanyl or mixing it with other drugs can be ... Learn more

  • Switching Depression Medications and Doing it Safely

    Hillary felt sleepy all the time. She was also experiencing daily headaches. She noticed these symptoms began when she started taking a prescribed ...

    ... didn't know what she should do next - she felt bad both on and off the pills. Proper Protocol Hillary's ... warrant an abrupt stop to your medication. Which drugs are involved also affects the change-over protocol ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... and oxycodone, landing this medication in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly prescribed to treat ... is available. Find resources for Percocet addiction here . Additional Reading: Take My Breath ... Learn more

  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

    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, ...

    ... with chemical dependency . Let's take a look at both of those solutions: First, doctors - particularly addiction specialists - aren't likely to set up practice in small, rural towns. It's not feasible, unfortunately ... Learn more

  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    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, ...

    ... initiative is in response to the staggering addiction and overdose statistics we're currently ... public. Additional Reading: Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs? Image Source: iStock Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... : crying babies, work schedules, barking dogs, a bad mattress. For many, however, the problem is insomnia ... class of drugs called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) medications. These pose less risk of addiction (although ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... during the 2000s when more doctors began prescribing these drugs. For this study, researchers surveyed 472,000 people ... treatment options. Treatment of opioid addiction frequently requires medication, like the opioid ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... argue for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as Motrin, Advil and Aleve, to relieve pain , rather than narcotics. Preventing Pain Relief and Addiction “Most patients get along just fine ... Learn more

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

    We have seen a staggering increase in both opiate painkiller and heroin abuse over the last decade. As people become dependent on opiates - ...

    ... develops. We've got millions struggling with painkiller addiction and millions more have turned to heroin as ... healthcare providers who prescribe opioids. While these drugs are effective at relieving pain, opiates can ... Learn more

  • 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 - ...

    ... increases, leading some to turn to street dealers when legal prescriptions run out. Buyer Beware As with any drug off the street, buyers may not be getting what they bargained for - a counterfeit pill made to look ... Learn more

  • Is Your Friend High? Here’s How to Tell…

    Your friend seems a little “off.” Is he simply having a bad day? Did he not sleep well? Is he sick? Or is he high? To the untrained observer, ...

    Your friend seems a little “off.” Is he simply having a bad day? Did he not sleep well? Is he sick? Or is ... .U.S.E. (D)isorientation: A person high on drugs can enter a dream-like state. They may experience euphoria ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... that it wasn't the appropriate place to send people battling addictions. And I'm not the only one who feels this ... fact, most Virginians agree that those who abuse drugs or alcohol should receive treatment, not jail time ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 's stomach because they have less gastric acid than men. In the end, this causes the drug's effects to be felt more quickly and powerfully. Your Body, Your Medications When taking prescription medications, it ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... ask? It's a common prescription for opioid addiction treatment and it prevents withdrawal symptoms. The ... and death may result from improper insertion of drug implants inserted in the upper arm.” Healthcare ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... really is. There is no therapeutic level - it's not meant for human use.” What we do know is that drug dealers are adding this potent substance to heroin . The hope is to bulk up their batches of heroin for greater ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... new warning from the FDA points a finger at the drug Abilify. Is Abilify to Blame? Abilify contains aripiprazole , ... label for aripiprazole, letting users know the drug is linked to these problematic urges. The ... Learn more

  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

    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 ...

    ... body, including the brain and spinal cord. After identifying the cause of these symptoms, the team tested a drug already proven to block the effects of pannexin-1 called, Probenecid. It's an anti-gout medication that ... Learn more

  • Police Are Gearing Up to Face Down a Couple of Killers

    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 ...

    ... than heroin . As if that wasn't strong enough, carfentanil has also made its way into the illegal drug market. This deadly substance is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl. With such a high level of toxicity, it ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... Click Here for the Answer False. Fentanyl is cheap and adds extra weight to baggies of heroin. Since most drug dealers aren't exactly known for their moral compasses, they aren't about to warn customers that their ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... But 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 ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... country, officials remain optimistic. But in the meantime, one thing's for sure: Keep your distance from this deadly drug. It has a license to kill. Additional Reading: The F-Word - 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 take-away from this study for every pilot ... Learn more

  • 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, ...

    ... high lasts, on average, about half an hour. Commonly, an overdose brought on by either of these stimulant drugs occurs when someone attempts to maintain or achieve a certain high. Stimulants affect two key areas of the ... Learn more

  • 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 - ...

    ... in a new, life-threatening direction. Heroin's purity, or strength, is also increasing while the drug's price continues to drop. This deadly combination is fueling heroin's growing appeal while increasing the risk of ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... between the two is how they're viewed - and handled - by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Defining Drugs Drugs are tested by the FDA. They're defined as substances intended to diagnose, treat or prevent ... Learn more

  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

    With Obama out of office, Republicans are looking to nix the limits his administration imposed on drug testing the unemployed. Instead, they want ...

    ... the years to weed out a very small number of drug users . A great example is Arizona, who promised taxpayers ... tested - only 48 tested positive. To make matters worse, the budgeted cost for that year's testing program ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... recently a judge in Ohio offered Vivitrol - an opioid-antagonist that makes it impossible to get high - to female drug offenders as a way to avoid jail. So, how do you feel about this issue? Does the right of a woman ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... adverse reaction) that it is essential that it be considered 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 ... Learn more

  • 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, ...

    ... 6.4 million young people are now diagnosed with ADHD, the risk of abusing a potentially “feel-good” drug has to be addressed proactively. “Ultimately, we need to see more interventions that are school-based and doctor ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... compound that increases the chances of overdose. Like a game of Russian roulette, mixing alcohol and drugs commonly produces tragic results, especially after spinning the cylinder a number of times. Regardless of a ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... in one raid either contained impurities or were expired. Some consumers are simply trying to purchase the prescription drugs they need at a more affordable price. Many will try to order them online from Canada, but 20 ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... and 6.9 percent used sedatives. Of this 119 million, 18.9 million people were found to have misused these drugs. Users of other substances, such as heroin or alcohol, were the most likely to have misused prescription ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... each substance over the past year. The NSDUH results give us a glimpse into each generation's overall drug preferences, as well as the age at which each generation used various substances the most (their peak). And ... Learn more

  • 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 - ...

    ... judges, most recently one in Ohio, have offered Vivitrol to drug offenders as a way to avoid jail. When the choice ... . “No one at my rehab ever told me that this drug might be dangerous if I get pregnant,” she says. “I ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... results in thousands of overdose deaths each year. Like other opiates, morphine has its drawbacks. In fact, the drug has over 25 official side effects that impact our behavior, brain, body, psyche and sexuality. It can ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... opioids were responsible for roughly 16,000 of the 23,000 overdose deaths that came from prescription drugs in 2013. Benzos were responsible for the other 7,000 deaths. The Hold of Opiates Findings released ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... . Awareness is the key to survival during most medical emergencies; that's certainly true in the case of a drug overdose. If you find a loved one has overdosed, or even a complete stranger, knowing how to react could ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... : Over 19,000 people have suffered from complications related to ADHD drugs since 2013. One of the biggest problems in the spread of stimulant addictions is that doctors are now so quick to diagnose ADHD when other ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... Jackie has worked for a private construction firm for years. She knows she will lose her job if she fails a drug screen. One night, her cousin offers her some ecstasy . She has never tried it before and asks how long it ... Learn more

  • Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

    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 ...

    ... beyond dangerous. Last year, fentanyl and other synthetic opioids took over the number one spot for leading cause of drug overdose deaths in the US. The CDC reported more than 20,000 people in the US died from synthetic ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... no harm in that. Not so fast… A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the Forum Specifically speaking, drug forums might not be the helpful bastions of information they're billed to be. Though the forums are used to ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... Press . It's such a lethal mixture that the simple act of handling it without gloves allows the drug to seep into your skin, making its way into your bloodstream. It typically resembles a concrete mixture and, though ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... each day, things quickly spiraled out of control and an opiate addiction was born. She'd even started “doctor shopping” as ... in secretive, illegal and self-destructive drug-seeking behavior The opportunity to get your ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... percent of college students who engage in NPS get the drugs from a friend, students must realize they are only ... Additional Reading: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Adderall Addiction Image Source: iStock Learn more

  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

    For centuries, people have debated one age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? While both sides of this argument have their ...

    ... in Portland. “As bad as oxycodone is, heroin is worse,” Publicker said . “It's worse because here in Maine ... it really matters which opiate addiction came first and which came second. Both drugs have the very real ability ... Learn more

  • A Living Nightmare: 5 Things Doctors Don’t Tell You About Benzos

    Written by Dean Dauphinais It's no secret that prescription drugs can work miracles when obtained legally and taken as directed. But do you ...

    ... the stress I was feeling while dealing with my son's addiction (Oh, the irony!). He told me it would calm ... I wrong. 4. They are some of the hardest drugs to quit. More online research revealed that just about ... Learn more

  • 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, ...

    ... pure heroin with substances like sugar, starch, powdered milk or other drugs; so there's more product to go around - and more money ... heroin abuse is directly related to painkiller addiction . In fact, doctors wrote 259 ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... number of Americans developed dependencies on the drugs. To combat the upward trend, state and ... winner in this bill, rather than those suffering from opioid addiction . Will new funding be able to turn the tide ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... only to further perpetuate the cycle of addiction. Spotlight on the Advocates Advocates of ... ? Naloxone users have also weighed in. They believe few drug users knowingly run the risk of overdosing and needing to ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... is far from accurate. According to a 2014 study , drug users most at risk of overdose are white, middle-aged, ... the risks. Get help if you need it. Addiction and recovery resources are available across the country. Don ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... of the anxiolytic family - a class of drug commonly used to help relieve anxiety disorders. The ... fact, tens of thousands of people have kicked their benzo addiction, going on to lead healthy, happy and decidedly sober ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... cause of DUI. Benzos and Driving are a Bad Combo Data compiled by the Department of Forensic Science ... most widely-abused prescription drugs. If you or someone you know has developed an addiction to Xanax, a ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... make-up. In fact, it's classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a Schedule II narcotic - ... . Additional Reading: What Every Parent Needs to Know about Adderall Addiction Image Source: iStock Learn more

  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

    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 ...

    ... The director of the Utah County Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment - Richard J. ... to treat a new patient. She states, “'The problem with addiction is that the experts may know how to start people in ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... fact, since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled. As most of us know, drug addiction destroys lives and tears families apart - yet companies still manage to make light of this killer ... Learn more

  • Methadone Maintenance Clinics: Everything You Need to Know

    If you're addicted to opiates, a methadone clinic can provide ongoing medication maintenance to help you quit them. Committing to a methadone ...

    ... 've been struggling to put an end to your opiate addiction. Still unsure? To relieve some of the apprehension you ... treatment with you. If you have been using multiple drugs, opiates at high levels, have engaged in high- ... Learn more

  • 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, ...

    ... entering a rehab program . If anything, this is the one drug that can save addicts from certain death and offer them a ... you or someone you know struggles with opiate addiction, help is available. Start by learning more ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... but it was too late. The Horror that is Opiate Addiction Opioid overdose deaths have become an epidemic across the U ... have nearly quadrupled since 2002. Use of the drug soared by 63 percent during the same period. ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... - something that's helped spread abuse and addiction among developing and developed countries alike. The ... -surgical pain, leaving many to consider it an essential drug. In the U.S., where citizens are already battling ... Learn more

  • Pop Quiz: Let’s Test Your Benzo Knowledge

    In 2013, 13.5 million adults filled a benzodiazepine prescription in the US. These drugs are used to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia and ...

    ... abused. How much do you know about this class of drugs? Take the following quiz to find out. How many people ... who have a history of alcoholism or drug addiction to avoid taking benzodiazepines. The elderly ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 their ... Learn more

  • Chronic Disease Treatment Success Rates

    Testicular Cancer Testicular cancer was perhaps one of the most feared cancers of the 70s and 80s. However, advances in treatment meant that the ...

    ... when serious addiction can occur. Those taking morphine as well can also experience addiction problems. ... it's not nearly as bad as it is made out. The reason is AZT . AZT is a drug that prevents HIV from replicating ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... give up , and the progression from use to abuse to addiction can occur shockingly quickly. On average, tolerance can develop after ... — 84% higher for those who took the drug for 6 months or longer . The researchers ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... is now one of the most frequently prescribed drugs for a combination of behavioral therapy and ... our nation is in the middle of an opioid addiction crisis of epic proportions, finally prompted the federal government ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... in hopes for a cure. Since it's classified as a Schedule I drug in the U.S., making it illegal, Holly traveled to a facility ... if this drug will provide a safe and effective alternative for opiate addiction treatment . ... Learn more

  • Buckeye State Goes After Pharmaceutical Giants

    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 ...

    ... re actively involved in fighting the spread of addiction rather than causing it. Whether these claims ... did the death tolls . From 2000 to 2015, Ohio drug overdose fatalities increased by 642 percent. By 2014, and again ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... Correctional facilities partnered with Alkermes, the drug's manufacturer, and they have agreed to ... of Health, Law and Policy at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. “Those who do use it six months ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... abuse prescription painkillers than teens living in big cities. Small Town Addiction Sociologists at Penn State looked at the 2011 and 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a poll of 32,036 teens that focused ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... is Life After Addiction To achieve sobriety and long-term recovery , addicted medical professionals must first be willing to acknowledge their disease and actively seek help. With the massive spike in drug abuse among ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... His shrink wrote the script…and Jack started a pattern of drug abuse that shaped the rest of his life. ADHD is ... . Several experts in child care and addiction point out that pharmaceutical companies take advantage ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... medical treatment in the U.S. Schedule III drugs include: Tylenol with Codeine (painkiller) Suboxone/Buprenorphine (used for treating opiate addiction) Anabolic steroids (variations of testosterone, used for ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... effects. Effects on Behavior Abuse/Misuse/Addiction - As with other opiates, morphine ... circumstances, it seems, warrant the use of this potentially dangerous drug. Due to its dangers, though, it is important to ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... poverty line. Dr. Carl R. Sullivan III, addiction services director at West Virginia University School of Medicine ... epidemic. All of this adds up to increased drug use and staggering rates of overdose. In addition to ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... shifts, because if the pricing trends continue, patients and communities will not be able to afford life-saving drugs.” Additional Reading: Big Pharma - Are They Advertising Addiction? Image Source: iStock Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... ADD, bipolar disorder, and even cocaine addiction . Some of the common side effects of ... easy to obtain in large quantities It doesn't show up in a drug screen With all this in mind, do you think there should be ... Learn more

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Ryan Kelley is a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician and the former managing editor of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS). During his time at JEMS, Ryan developed Mobile Integrated Healthcare in Action, a series of in-depth articles on Community Paramedicine programs across the country that go beyond transporting patients to emergency rooms and connects specific patients, such as repeat system users, the homeless and others with behavioral health issues and substance use disorders, to definitive long-term care and treatment. In his current capacity as Medical Editor for American Addiction Centers, Ryan works to provide accurate, authoritative information to those seeking help for substance abuse and behavioral health issues.

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