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Local Documentary about Opioid Crisis Vies for Award

In television programming, there is no greater award than an Emmy. It goes to those the television industry deems to have achieved excellence in that medium. And whether winners receive...

Are You Among the Groups Hardest Hit by Opioid Addiction and Overdose?

The rate of opiate abuse is going up across the country, and along with it, associated problems are becoming more common. More people are living with opiate addiction, dying of...

Continued Use of Opiate Drugs Common after Overdose

An estimated 91 percent of people who were hospitalized due to an overdose on prescription painkillers continued to take the medication after the event, according to a study published in...

FDA Forces Las Vegas Company to Recall All Kratom Products

Certain products containing kratom made by Triangle Pharmanaturals, LLC, in Las Vegas, are under mandatory recall by order of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after the company refused the...

Is Kratom the Cure for Heroin Addiction?

Could kratom, a synthetic drug sold on the street, be the “cure” for heroin addiction? Though it is unlikely, given that there is no cure for any kind of addiction,...

Heroin Use – and AIDS Epidemic – Spreading

Heroin use has been an increasing issue, not just in the United States but also around the world in the past few years. Abuse of the drug can very rapidly...

Is Fentanyl the New Execution Drug for Inmates on Death Row in Nevada?

Every year, fentanyl use causes the death of tens of thousands of Americans. This synthetic opiate is deadly in very small amounts. The loss of life triggered by the drug...

Should NV Bring in Fentanyl Test Kits for Heroin Users?

In the Bronx, one nonprofit needle exchange is taking the threat of overdose caused by fentanyl-laced heroin seriously. The drug that is 50-100 times more potent than morphine has been...

The Dangers and Side Effects of Snorting Heroin

Heroin is the fastest-acting opioid drug, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). It is illegal in America, meaning that it is considered to have a very high abuse and dependency potential and...

Family Sues NV Jail over Death of Inmate during Heroin Detox

A Nevada family devastated by their daughter’s July 2017 death while incarcerated has filed a wrongful death suit to address the missteps taken by correctional officers before their daughter passed....

What Are the Symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal?

Opioid drugs are either processed from opium (the Asian poppy plant) or synthetic drugs that are designed to mimic chemical substances that are processed from opium. Every drug in this particular...

What are the Signs of an Opiate Addiction?

Opioids are drugs that all have their origins from the opium in the Asian poppy plant. Opioid drugs are also often referred to as narcotics or opiates. The original designation...

Chronic Pain and Opiate Addiction

The evolving scope of the opioid crisis has created many healthcare and public health problems in the United States. One of them is the question of chronic pain and opiate...

What Are the Dangers of Opiate Addiction and Pregnancy?

Opioid addiction is one of the biggest public health concerns in America, and the scope at which it has struck varying demographics and populations has redefined our understanding of addiction....

What are the Long-Term Effects of Opioid Use?

Many people find themselves taking opioids for the painkilling effects, but the line between legitimate medical applications, and recreational and addictive use, can be very thin. For people who take...

What Are the Stages of an Opiate Addiction?

The population of the United States represents about 5% of the population of the world; however, the United States consumes approximately 80% of the prescription opiate drugs in the world....

How Long Does Suboxone Withdrawal Last?

Suboxone is a medication that is often used in the treatment of opioid addiction. It is a combination of buprenorphine, a long-acting opioid, and naloxone, an opioid antagonist. Even though...

What are the Effects of Suboxone Use?

Used to treat opioid addiction, Suboxone is a combination medication containing both a partial opioid agonist, buprenorphine, and an opioid antagonist, naloxone. Buprenorphine is FDA-approved to help individuals wean off...

What are the Symptoms of Vicodin Withdrawal?

Vicodin is a combination medication containing the powerful opiate hydrocodone and the over-the-counter analgesic acetaminophen. It is a prescription medication used to treat moderate to severe pain. The Drug Enforcement...

Fighting Nevada’s Opiate Epidemic: Are We Doing Everything We Can?

The National Safety Council (NSC) released a report this month on the state of the nation and how different states are performing in terms of response to the opiate epidemic...

Guide to Opioid Replacement Therapy

Opioid replacement therapy is the use of opioid medication to treat addictions to more powerful opioids like heroin or OxyContin. Opioid addiction can be very strong, going so far as to change...

OxyContin Withdrawal Timeline

By most accounts, OxyContin is the prescription painkiller at the heart of the opioid crisis claiming tens of thousands of lives across the country. Its strong effects drive its abuse, but many...

Withdrawal Timeline for Fentanyl

As the opioid crisis has gripped the country, the name of one particular opioid has been mentioned time and time again: fentanyl, a synthetic narcotic painkiller that is used in the treatment...

Long-Term Effects of Codeine

Codeine is a pain reliever and cough suppressant that is prescribed for the treatment of mild to moderate levels of pain. For a long time, codeine was easily obtained in pharmacies...

Codeine Withdrawal Timeline

Though a relatively mild opioid painkiller, codeine is a drug with known abuse liability. Should significant physical dependence develop, codeine can be challenging to quit due to the marked discomfort...

Can Methadone Be Addictive?

Methadone is a synthetic, long-lasting opioid narcotic that can help people struggling with heroin abuse to slowly taper off physical dependence on opioids. However, several states list methadone as an inexpensive, generic analgesic, so...

Long-Term Effects of Hydrocodone

Hydrocodone is a prescription opioid painkiller, which is listed as a Schedule II drug by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Many drugs in the Schedule II category are opioid medications because they have...

What Is Fentanyl Made From? Ingredients, Cutting Agents & Adulterants

Fentanyl is manufactured in pharmaceutical laboratories and in illegal labs. China is a major supplier of fentanyl to the United States, and though it has begun to regulate fentanyl and...

What Are the Long-Term Risks of Morphine Abuse?

Morphine was the first synthetic opioid, derived from opium in the 19th century. The drug is still widely used all over the world to manage pain, but early in its...

What Are the Long-Term Risks of Hydrocodone?

Hydrocodone is one of the opioid-based prescription painkillers derived from morphine. It is chemically related to oxycodone, heroin, and fentanyl, among other narcotic drugs. Recently, hydrocodone was moved up to Schedule II...

Physical Impact of Opana Abuse: Dangers of Use

Opana is the most known brand name for the prescription opioid drug, oxymorphone. This medication was prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain, like oxycodone and hydrocodone medications; however, the...

How Long Does Fentanyl Stay in Your System?

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid painkiller that is used to treat severe pain or postsurgical pain. It is between 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.1 Fentanyl is used in...

Issues from Codeine Abuse

The prescription opioid codeine was once popular in a variety of cough, pain, and diarrhea medicines. Although it is no longer available over the counter in the US, codeine is still available...

Top 10 Most Addictive Opiates

Since the intoxication of opium was first discovered thousands of years ago, humans have consumed opiates to treat pain and to get high. Too often across history, people who have...

What Is the Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS)

The Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale, or COWS, is a numbered scale designed to help clinicians tailor opioid withdrawal treatment to individual people. It is used in both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation...

How Dangerous Is Carfentanil?

Carfentanil is an analogue of fentanyl, a powerful painkilling drug derived from morphine. While fentanyl is between 50 and 100 times more potent than morphine, carfentanil is 10,000 times stronger than...

Opioid Addiction Treatment: Is Methadone Treatment Right for You?

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has developed criteria to be used in the consideration of treatment for any type of substance use disorder that results in the development...

How to Know if You Have Formed an Addiction to Hydrocodone

The New York Times is but one of the major media outlets to broadcast a current reality: The US is mired in a prescription opioid epidemic. Hydrocodone is one of...

How Addictive Is Fentanyl?

At the outset, it is critical to note that fentanyl is extremely addictive. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, fentanyl was first created in a lab in 1959. Classified as...

Why is Mixing Fentanyl with Heroin So Dangerous?

The present-day illegal drug landscape does not mirror previous times. The US is seeing a surge in fake drugs, including fake fentanyl. In 1959, fentanyl was created in a laboratory. The history of...

Recognize the Signs of Fentanyl Abuse

Fentanyl is a potent analgesic painkiller of the opioid variety. It works fast and in small amounts, being 50 times more potent than pure, pharmacy-grade heroin. It’s used as a...

How Severe Is Methadone Withdrawal?

Methadone is an opioid often used for the treatment of opioid addiction. It’s most commonly associated with helping those addicted to heroin to recover from addiction. Though it is in...

Morphine Withdrawal Effects and Timeline

As a potent painkiller and central nervous system depressant, morphine is considered to be highly addictive. It was first isolated from the opium poppy around the year 1804 and has...

How Easy Is It to Overdose on Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a highly potent synthetic opioid, estimated to be 30-50 times more powerful than heroin and 50-10 times more powerful than morphine.1 Since fentanyl is so powerful, it is...

What Happens When You Mix Cocaine with Heroin?

Cocaine and heroin are two of the most powerful and widely known illicit drugs around. These are often the drugs evoked during information or warning campaigns about illegal intoxicants due...

What Concerns Are There for Mixing Prescription Opiates & Stimulants?

Abusing any drug comes with risks, no matter if they’re illicit substances, prescription medications, or legalized intoxicants like alcohol. What isn’t often addressed are the dangers associated with mixing substances...

What Are the Long-term Dangers of Heroin Use?

Heroin is a remarkably powerful drug, capable of overpowering the brain with transforming chemical signals on the very first hit. As a result, this is a drug that can —...

What Is Heroin Made From? Main Ingredients & Heroin Cutting Agents

Heroin is made from the opium poppy, which is mostly grown in southern Asia. The process of making it involves several different types of chemicals and includes many steps. Afghanistan...

How Long Does Heroin Stay in Your System?

Heroin is a very addictive opioid drug and a chemical derivative of morphine. It is commonly injected, snorted, and smoked.1 Heroin is a relatively short-acting opioid, and the substance itself (i.e.,...

What Medications Can Reverse a Heroin Overdose?

Heroin addiction, abuse, and overdose are on the rise.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, heroin poisoning, overdose, and death has tripled in the United States from 2000 to 2013,...

Rehab for Opiate Abuse

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), opiate abuse has reached epidemic proportions in the US – they report that 44 people die of opiate overdose every day. A...

Methadone Abuse: Signs, Withdrawal Symptoms & Treatment Options

Methadone is an opioid substance that was developed to be a less addictive painkiller than morphine. It eventually came to be used to aid in the treatment of opioid addiction. As a full...

Getting Help for Morphine Abuse

Morphine abuse has been a problem since it was first isolated from the opium poppy in the early 19thcentury to treat moderate to severe pain. Despite its potential for abuse, it’s...

How Long Does Opana Stay in Your System?

Opana, generically known as oxymorphone, is an opioid drug used to relieve moderate to severe pain, according to the National Library of Medicine’s MedLine Plus encyclopedia. It has also become a drug of...

Opana Detox and Withdrawal Timeline

Opana – generically known as oxymorphone – is a type of opioid painkiller used to treat moderate to severe acute pain or to provide long-term, constant pain relief in those who cannot...

Finding Rehab for Opana Abuse

Within the past several years, abuse of opiate drugs – both prescription and illicit – has reached epidemic proportions in the US. Recently, one of the most significant of these...

Risks of Shooting up OxyContin

OxyContin, a prescription opioid, is the brand name for the generic drug oxycodone hydrochloride. This medication is used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain, typically from an injury,...

How Long Does Oxycontin Stay in Your System?

What is OxyContin (Oxycodone)? OxyContin belongs to the family of opioid (narcotic) prescription pain relievers. The active ingredient in OxyContin is oxycodone. Considered a semi-synthetic, OxyContin and oxycodone are similar to...

What Are the Signs of Oxycontin Abuse?

OxyContin comes in tablet formation in different sizes and colors depending on the dosage. The tablet is made in 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 60, 80 and 160 mg dosages. Typically,...

How to Wean off Oxycontin

From a treatment standpoint, individuals who are in recovery from OxyContin or other opioid abuse are uniquely situated. Whereas undergoing a full detox is typically the starting point of treatment...

What to Do during a Heroin Overdose?

The powerful and rapid-acting opioid drug heroin is usually found in powder form and may be snorted, injected, smoked, or swallowed. Heroin enters the bloodstream quickly and binds to opioid...

What Are Some Tips for Tapering Off Heroin

Heroin is an illegal opioid drug that may be smoked, sniffed, snorted, or injected. Of the people that use heroin, an estimated 23% develop an addiction to opioids, and, based...

What Are the Signs of Heroin Use and Abuse?

Heroin abuse is on the rise in the United States, with usage increasing across all demographics across the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that twice as many...

Heroin Addiction: What You Need To Know

Heroin is considered the fastest-acting opioid drug. Derived from the opium poppy plant, Heroin is in the same category of drugs as narcotic painkillers like OxyContin, Vicodin, Hydrocodone, and Fentanyl....

How Long Does Suboxone Stay in Your System?

Suboxone is used to treat addiction to heroin and prescription opioid pain relievers. The medication’s primary active ingredient is buprenorphine – a partial opioid agonist drug that produces similar effects...

Stopping Suboxone Abuse

There were 9.3 million prescriptions filled for buprenorphine in 2012, the Drug Enforcement Administration reports. The majority of these orders for medication were filled for individuals who were battling addictions to opiates...

Rehab Options for Percocet

There is ample evidence and coverage of the prescription opioid epidemic in America. The pharmaceutical industry nets over $3 billion a year from sales; more than 259 million prescriptions are written every year; and 44...

Fentanyl Abuse and Treatment

Fentanyl is an opioid painkiller that is prescribed to patients who have such levels of pain that other painkillers are unable to completely suppress it, which is known as breakthrough pain....

Finding Help for Hydrocodone Addiction

Hydrocodone – known by various brand names, such as Vicodin, Norco, and Lortab – is the most widely prescribed medication for pain in the United States. In fact, Psychiatric Times states that hydrocodone...

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