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  • opioid crisis

The Difference Between Oxycodone and OxyContin

2020-01-15T06:56:07+00:00June 20th, 2018|

Oxycodone and OxyContin both sound similar, but they don't refer to the same substance. Both are analgesics, are pain relievers and are opiates. As opiates, these substances are derived from the poppy plant. Both substances are also classified as Schedule II controlled substances by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). They’re also often referred to as Oxy. While both prescription [...]

  • addiction

Medications and Supplements Used to Treat Various Types of Addictions

2020-01-15T06:56:07+00:00June 5th, 2018|

Is Drug Abuse Really A Disease? Can It Be Cured? Some drug abusers refuse to call themselves mentally ill or acknowledge that there’s a cure that can treat their addictions. Any combination of environmental, community and educational situations can cause an individual to develop drug-seeking behavior. The definition of drug abuse being a curable, hereditary illness is hotly debated [...]

  • recovery

Gender Differences and Their Responses to Opioid Assisted Treatment or ORT

2020-01-15T06:56:08+00:00January 8th, 2018|

A growing number of Americans are getting addicted to prescription opioids. In 2014 alone, almost 2 million Americans had a prescription opioid addiction. This number continues to grow every year. In fact, opioid overdoses are becoming a leading cause of death. Many patients are given prescription opioids to treat moderate to severe pain. Misuse of these medications is common, [...]

  • addiction

The Potential for Abuse and Risks Involved with Methadone and Buprenorphine Treatments

2020-01-15T06:56:08+00:00January 1st, 2018|

Methadone and buprenorphine are often used to treat opioids addictions; however, they, too, can be abused. In fact, these drugs have quite a high abuse potential. They can easily become addictive, and users can become dependent on them within a short period of time. In worst-case scenarios, they can even lead to fatal overdoses. In fact, methadone caused 1 [...]

  • addiction

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

2019-11-07T21:26:53+00:00November 17th, 2017|

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 percentage of the death overdoses [...]

  • addiction

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

2019-11-07T21:26:53+00:00November 13th, 2017|

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 well as other giants in [...]

  • synthetic-opioids

Synthetic Opioids: The Ugly and Deadly Truth

2019-11-07T21:26:53+00:00November 9th, 2017|

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 the hype. The Cold, Hard Facts About Synthetic Opioids We need to [...]

  • sobriety

What is Opiate Detox Like?

2019-11-07T21:26:54+00:00May 29th, 2017|

Detox is a necessary component of rehabilitation when it comes to opiate use. Opioids such as heroin, morphine and other prescription painkillers are abused by an estimated 467,000 people according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Worldwide, that number is between 26.4 million and 36 million. Opioids are a group of drugs, both prescribed and illicitly obtained, used [...]

  • detox

What is Rapid Detox and What Does It Involve?

2019-11-07T21:26:54+00:00May 19th, 2017|

What is Rapid Detox? Established in the early 1990s, rapid detox from opiates involves sedating patients with anesthesia while drugs like naltrexone, an opiate blocker, force the body to start detoxing. The withdrawal occurs while you’re sleeping under general anesthesia. In the procedure, you’re given intravenous injections of opiate blockers, which stops the effects of opioids. Other medications that support [...]