Opioids Fighting Opioids: Naloxone and Methadone

There’s a saying in drug rehab circles: “A dead person can’t recover.” While not for everyone, or for every recovery, two drugs have saved many lives. Both are included in the World Health Organization’s list of Essential Medicines. Naloxone Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, was recently used to save pop star Demi Lovato’s life. It… Read More

Opioid Epidemic in The USA Pt 2. From Prescription to Overdose

While the current opioid crisis in the United States does include a considerable problem with heroin addiction and overdose, much of the addiction plaguing our society right now is due to the use of opiates that are prescribed for pain medication. Though doctors were hesitant to prescribe opiates due to risk of addiction and health complications after heroin… Read More

Opioid Epidemic in the USA Pt. 1: How did we get here?

Opioids are everywhere in the United States. With congress, even our president, calling out the need to fight our current “Opioid Epidemic” it’s hard not to ask the questions: so how did we get here, and is it really as serious as it sounds? Since before the US Civil War opioids have been used for pain relievers. As… Read More

Common Street Names for Opiates

Slang and street names for drugs are always changing so it’s possible that a list like this won’t ever be completely up-to-date. Nevertheless, here are a few of the more common names that you may overhear. Heroin – Brown sugar, china white, smack, dope, hell dust, junk, skag, skunk, tar, white horse, negra, thunder, big H Oxycontin –… Read More

University Reaffirms Strict Policy For Drug Users At Their Medical Center

About a year ago, the University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC) in Knoxville placed new conduct rules for patients who were being seen for infections related to drug use. In order to receive care, they had to agree to a search, turn over all personal property (including cell phones) and clothes, not leave hospital grounds, and not have… Read More

Mississippi Gives Drug Case to Feds Hoping For Longer Sentence

Mississippi drug enforcement are passing a case to federal officials in the hopes that they’ll offer a steeper sentence than what their state’s penal codes can offer. Kelvin Roy Thompson, 53, of Jackson, is being prosecuted for crimes related to selling drugs, but Federal laws have extra provisions that allow for longer prison sentences where the drug sales… Read More

Opioid Addiction And How It Changes The Brain

During a Senate hearing earlier in the year, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander managed to get to the heart of a complicated question: Why are we prescribing mostly opioids to fix opioid addiction? The answer Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and Walter Koroshetz, director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, gave… Read More

Former Addict Has Ocala Police To Thank For Drug Amnesty Program

The Ocala Police Department has a fresh new policy on how to deal with some of Florida’s drug addicts: they help them find help. The Ocala P.D. started the Heroin/Opioid Amnesty Program in February, and so far they’ve said they’ve had 10 people come to them for help. In April 2018, Joshua, 33, was told about the program… Read More

Researchers Investigate Possible Nanotechnology-Based Addiction Therapies

It seems difficult to imagine in the modern day, but the technology of the future is finally beginning to find its way to the real world. In an article in ACS Chemical Neuroscience, Morteza Mahmoudi, who is an instructor at the Department of Anesthesiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, as well as suggested ways… Read More