NorthPoint Washington Blog 2017-07-10T19:53:39+00:00

Federal Guidelines Have Made Changes to the Type of Drugs Tested for Employment Drug Screens

By | November 23rd, 2017|Tags: , , |

Beginning October 1, 2017, the guidelines have changed for how federal employees will be tested for drugs. Starting January 1, 2018, these changes will go into effect. The federal government now has the authority to test for four semi-synthetic opioids: oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, and hydromorphone. These legal prescription semi-synthetic opioid pain medications are commonly [...]

Opioid Replacement Therapy – Suboxone is a Medication for Treating Opioid Addiction

By | November 21st, 2017|Tags: , , , |

If you’re addicted to opioids – whether you’re hooked on heroin or legal prescription opioids like Hydrocodone or Oxycontin – you know how devastating this addiction can be. Opioid addiction causes major health problems and makes managing the basic responsibilities that come with everyday living almost impossible. Chances are, you’ve tried just about everything [...]

The Connection of Cocaine and HIV: Why this Research Was Important Enough to be Awarded $2.3 Million

By | November 19th, 2017|Tags: , , |

In the US alone, there are over 2 million people infected with HIV-type 1. The past three decades have shown a lot of progress in managing HIV. Prevention and treatment have been successful in a sense but still, there is no cure. Only 1 in 3 patients with HIV in the US have it [...]

Drug Related Deaths at All Time High in King County (Washington State)

By | November 17th, 2017|Tags: , , |

The amount of drug related deaths in King County in Washington State has hit an all-time high. Nearly all the deaths in 2016 are attributed to opioids. This particular group of drugs is responsible for 75% of drug overdose fatalities. Drugs like meth cocaine, benzodiazepines make up some of the statistics also. A large [...]

Worth the Read: 75 Meaningful and Inspiring Addiction Recovery Quotes

By | November 15th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Inspiring Addiction Quotes that Describe Addiction Many people don’t realize that they have an addiction to a substance until they try to quit. One of the harshest realities is to acknowledge that you have an addiction. While this chapter in your life may be scary, know that you’re not alone. Plenty of others have [...]

Tramadol (Ultram) Addiction Explained: Tolerance, Withdrawals and Finally Stopping

By | November 13th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

Though it isn’t mentioned often, Tramadol is a powerful opiate. As any news channel will regularly tell you, the American opiate crisis is still in full swing. Tens of thousands of victims are dying annually, and the staggering numbers are not dropping. The crisis has been fueled by the greed of Purdue Pharmaceutical as [...]

14 Ways to Support Someone New in Recovery

By | November 11th, 2017|Tags: , , |

There are millions of people suffering from some form of substance abuse and addiction. In fact, as of 2012, there were 8.5 % of people in the US with abuse or dependency on substances of some kind. Addiction is common and many won’t get the help they need. So when someone you care about [...]

Synthetic Opioids: The Ugly and Deadly Truth

By | November 9th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

The Cold, Hard Facts About Synthetic Opioids It’s time we start having some no-nonsense conversations in this country about synthetic opioids. After all, the country is in the grips of an opioid epidemic. No more trusting the word of misinformed doctors. No more “let’s take the pharmaceutical companies at face value.” No more believing [...]

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