Woman Loses Two Sons to Opioids In One Night

For Becky Savage, June 14th, 2015 remains a blur. Her two oldest sons – Nick and Jack were celebrating high school graduation parties, and both overdosed and died. As reported by CNN, “Everything just kind of seemed like a blur that day,” Becky Savage said. “Your mind is not really meant to process something that extreme.” Get Relief Now! Call… Continue Reading Woman Loses Two Sons to Opioids In One Night

Fentanyl Research Blocked By DEA Restrictions

Researchers at the NIH want to better understand how fentanyl impacts brain function, but recently, access to fentanyl has been blocked by DEA restrictions. As reported by Fortune, overdoses from synthetic opioids called fentanyl have surged more than 500 percent since 2013, killing roughly 20,000 people in the U.S. in 2016 and outpacing deaths from heroin. Worryingly, people who overdose… Continue Reading Fentanyl Research Blocked By DEA Restrictions

Fentanyl Laced Cocaine

Fentanyl-Laced Cocaine Leaving Trail of Overdoses Across the Country

Fentanyl-laced cocaine is causing overdoses all across the country, and leaving a trail of unexpected death and heartbreak. As reported by NPR, a pipe was the only sign of drug use found near Chris Bennett’s body in November. But it looked like the 32-year-old Taunton, Mass., native had stopped breathing and died of an opioid overdose. Bennett’s mother, Liisa, couldn’t understand… Continue Reading Fentanyl-Laced Cocaine Leaving Trail of Overdoses Across the Country

Child Overdose

Even Toddlers Endangered By Opioids

With millions of parents struggling with addiction, there have been growing numbers of young children suffering from accidental overdose. As reported by Medical Xpress, tens of thousands of toddlers and preschoolers are accidentally poisoned when they get into the drug stash of a parent or older sibling, claims a new report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. In… Continue Reading Even Toddlers Endangered By Opioids

As Opioid Prescriptions Decline, Heroin Overdoses Skyrocket

While opioid prescriptions have declined due to aggressive government regulations and shutting down pill mills, heroin related overdoses have skyrocketed. As reported by the Washington Post,  research from the American Action Forum shows that as authorities cracked down on the overprescribing of powerful painkillers, international cartels filled the void with cheap heroin and powerful synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. The number of opioids prescribed… Continue Reading As Opioid Prescriptions Decline, Heroin Overdoses Skyrocket

Ohio School Nurses Start Carrying Narcan

With the opioid crisis continuing to devastate Ohio communities, many schools have started to carry Narcan as a precaution for any students or parents who overdose on school grounds. As reported by WCBE 90.5,  the U.S. Surgeon General has issued an advisory, encouraging more Americans to carry the opioid overdose antidote naloxone. Students at David Anderson Junior and Senior High School in… Continue Reading Ohio School Nurses Start Carrying Narcan

Narcan Rescue

Narcan Creating False Sense of Security for Heavy Drug Users

As Narcan becomes increasingly widespread, it has helped to save countless lives, but it is also providing a false sense of security for many heavy drug users. As reported by NBC 24, “We can kind of tell when a new shipment of drugs will come into the city, you can listen to the radio you’ll hear it, overdose overdose overdose,” said… Continue Reading Narcan Creating False Sense of Security for Heavy Drug Users

Netflix 6 Balloons

Dave Franco Reflects On His Role As Heroin Addict

Dave Franco is the star of a powerful new Netflix show called 6 Balloons which depicts how a heroin addict and his sister struggle with the impact of addiction. For Franco, it proved to be a challenging role. As reported by People.com, the usually comedic actor turns in a gritty performance as a degenerate heroin addict and young father named Seth… Continue Reading Dave Franco Reflects On His Role As Heroin Addict

Antidepressants

Many People Quitting Antidepressants Suffer From Withdrawal

While millions of people have benefited from modern antidepressants, there is a growing number of studies documenting severe withdrawals symptoms – especially for longtime users. As reported by the New York Times, many, perhaps most, people stop the medications without significant trouble. But the rise in longtime use is also the result of an unanticipated and growing problem: Many who… Continue Reading Many People Quitting Antidepressants Suffer From Withdrawal

Big Pharma and Opioids

2010 OxyContin Reformulation Drove Heroin Deaths

A new study has found a correlation between the 2010 reformulation of OxyContin and a subsequent rise in heroin deaths as addicts switched from prescription drugs to street heroin. As reported by Medical Xpress, efforts by Purdue Pharma in 2010 to make its blockbuster prescription opioid painkiller OxyContin less prone to abuse did nothing to reduce the number of drug… Continue Reading 2010 OxyContin Reformulation Drove Heroin Deaths