The Dangers of Opioid Maintenance Medications

Drugs like suboxone and methadone are used to treat opioid addiction by delivering enough narcotic to reduce the symptoms of withdrawal. The theory is that these medications will keep a person addicted to opioids from using them by replacing their drug of choice with a safer prescription medication. Suboxone, in particular, contains naloxone, an opioid…

What are 5 Ways Health Execs Can Shift the Opioid Crisis?

Drug overdoses now lead the charge in cause of accidental death in the United States. Many experts point to specific events such as legislation that was passed and pharmaceutical companies introducing powerful, long-acting drugs. These are critical to point out but avoid the true ramifications of the crisis.Building Cooperation While the epidemic of opioid use…

Opiate Myths

Opiate users are opiate addicts This perpetuation of this myth is, you could say, well-intended. America is becoming more aware of the danger of opiate medications, leading to a growing stigma surrounding them. However, it’s important that the public understands that opiate medications, like prescription painkillers, themselves aren’t bad; that no medication can be characterized…

Rates Of Opioid Addiction Continue To Climb

  A new study from a major insurance provider has revealed that opioid addiction is still on the rise and that, sadly, many who are struggling with opioid addiction are not getting the care that they need. Blue Cross Blue Shield released data analyzing the number of diagnoses for “opioid use disorder” between 2010 to…

Drug Dealer Sentenced for Murder in Overdose Death

Drug Dealer Sentenced for Murder in Overdose Death

For the first time in Rhode Island state history, a man has been convicted of murder for selling drugs that led to a fatal overdose. Aaron Andrade was convicted of second degree murder in an overdose death where he was found to have supplied the drugs. Andrade admitted to selling almost pure Fentanyl to Kristen…

Staying Clean and Sober Through Surgery

Staying Clean and Sober Through Surgery

Whether you’re recently clean or sober, have been in recovery for some time, or are simply worried about the dangers of addiction while recovering from surgery, your fears are grounded. Surgery typically means days to weeks and sometimes months of recovery, during which time you will be exposed to limited activity, negative emotions caused by…

Sen. Rob Portman Urges Trump to Prioritize Fentanyl Crisis with Chinese President

Sen. Rob Portman Urges Trump to Prioritize Fentanyl Crisis with Chinese President

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH)  this week sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to prioritize the issue of synthetic opioids like fentanyl that are being manufactured in China in his current meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.“There is no dispute that China is the largest manufacturer of illicit fentanyl and other dangerous…

Which Drugs are the Most Addictive?

Which Drugs are the Most Addictive?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that 23.5 million Americans or nearly 1 in 10, are addicted to drugs or alcohol. Despite that, only about 11% of those addicted ever seek treatment. As a result, millions of people continue to remain dependent on drugs for years or even their entire lives, causing damage to…

State Lawmakers Join Battle Against Opioid Abuse

As another positive sign in the fight against opioid abuse, state lawmakers across the country who have loved ones who fell victim to drugs are leading the fight against the nation’s deadly opioid-abuse crisis.  In this great story from AP, it becomes clear that this epidemic touches the lives of everyone, and that there are…