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 [...]
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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 [...]
Looking back at the past years show us that opioid abuse and addiction has increasingly gotten worse. Since 2000, there has been a 200% increase in deaths related to opioid abuse in the US. The worst year to date was 2016 where over 63,000 people died from overdose. Over 40,000 of those overdoses can be attributed to opioid use. [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]