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How Is COVID-19 Impacting Mental Health?

Anyone suffering from a mental health disorder understands that triggers are crucial to identifying and developing coping mechanisms. Triggers can pop up at the worst time and disrupt a person’s daily functioning, whether at work, a child’s birthday party, or in a serious meeting. Circumstances that bring about isolation and loss of a physical connection…

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What is Naloxone?

Naloxone is a well-known drug in many circles, especially in drug rehab, emergency care and by first responders. But what is Naloxone? It’s often a lifesaver or considered the second chance drug because it reverses the effects of an overdose of opioids. Naloxone has been in use for decades, but you may not know about…

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Surgeon General Sends Letter To Doctors Concerning Opioid Crisis

Every physician in the United States will soon be receiving the letter included below from the US surgeon general. Surgeon General of the United States Dr. Vivek Murthy has an especially important and historically unparalleled reason for sending the letter.  Opioid drugs such as Percocet, Oxycontin, and Vicodin, among many others, cause more than 1,000…

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Helping Others Benefits Adolescent Addicts

Low Regard for Others Linked to Severity of Alcohol & Drug Use A study published online on March 8, 2016, titled Low Other-Regard and Adolescent Addiction, explores the relationship between inconsiderate behaviors and alcohol and drug use severity in adolescents. In a study design with 579 youths ages 14 to 18 (52% female, 30% minority),…

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President Obama Addresses Opioid and Heroin Abuse Epidemic

Opioid Abuse is as Important a Threat as Terrorism President Barack Obama traveled to Atlanta Tuesday, March 29, 2016, to speak to about 2,000 people attending the 5th annual National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit.  The National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit is the largest national collaboration of professionals from local, state and…

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CDC Report on Opioids and Their Use

Opioids are Inappropriate Medicine for Chronic Pain The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released on March 15, 2016, its eagerly awaited report on opioids and the corresponding guidelines for their use as medicine for chronic pain. Presented in a Journal of American Medicine (JAMA) article, the CDC report on opioids and their use…

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Are Opana and OxyContin the Same? 

Opana (ER) is no longer in production, but it has had some damaging effects on people’s lives. Opioids act the same, whether it is Opana, or Oxycontin, and they impact the central nervous system. The reason people use drugs is to either get a high from it or relieve pain but become dependent. Medical opioids…

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What Are the Signs of Salvia Addiction and Withdrawal?

Salvia is a plant that grows in South and Central America. It comes from Mexico and is typically reserved for use in healing and rituals. The FDA has listed it as a poisonous plant. Salvia divinorum is an herb considered potent for its hallucinogenic properties. It is not believed to disrupt levels of serotonin in…