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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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How Long Does It Take To Detox From Alcohol?

One must first understand how alcohol works in the human body and how testing for alcohol intoxication is achieved before the alcohol detoxification process can be understood. Alcohol intoxication is the body’s change from normal functioning to a physiological state of impairment induced by the excessive consumption of alcohol. But how long does it take…

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Fentanyl Addiction and Overdose

What is Fentanyl? Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid drug that is used as an analgesic or anesthetic. The drug is typically used to treat patients with moderate to severe pain or to help manage pain after surgery. Fentanyl is one of the strongest opioid drugs available today and it is important to know how…

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Percocet Addiction

What is Percocet? Percocet is a brand name prescription narcotic that is a combination of Oxycodone and Acetaminophen, and is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Oxycodone is a powerful opioid narcotic in several potent pain relievers, and Acetaminophen is a popular over-the-counter pain reliever, whose most common brand is Tylenol. It is important…

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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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Heroin Withdrawal

Heroin and Heroin Addiction Heroin is an opioid drug that is synthesized from morphine, which is a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of the opium poppy plant, Papaver somiferum. After processing, heroin is normally seen on the street as a white or brown powder, or as a black sticky substance, which is…

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Do I Have a Problem With Alcohol?

What is Problem Drinking? Sometimes it’s difficult to know when you have crossed the line from moderate or social alcohol use to problem drinking. If your drinking is causing difficulties in any area of your life, especially in work or relationships, it’s possible you may have a problem with drinking. Recognition and acceptance of the…

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12 Step Programs and the 12 Steps of AA

Why are 12 step programs so effective in treating alcoholism, drug addiction, and many other addictions? What is it about the 12 steps of AA that have touched the lives of so many in recovery? Understanding 12 Step Programs and the 12 Steps of AA The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are the basis of…