The Role of Unnecessary Prescriptions in the Opioid Crisis

The Role of unnecessary prescriptions in the opioid crisis

When used appropriately, prescription opioids play an important role in pain reduction. Unfortunately, these drugs also come with serious risks, including a high risk of addiction. While many doctors have taken steps to reduce how many prescriptions they write for these addiction-risk drugs, there is evidence that over-prescription still happens. When a doctor prescribes too many painkillers or… Read More

What’s the Difference Between Opiates and Opioids?

The terms “opiate” and “opioid” are often used interchangeably. There is a difference, but both a similar in how they work and both are quite addictive.   Natural Opiates Opiates are derived naturally from the poppy plant. Some opiates include: Morphine Codeine Thebaine And, of course: opium Although they come from a natural plant, it doesn’t make them… Read More

Xanax and Opioids Prove Deadly and Popular in Illinois

The deathly combination of opioids and benzodiazepines, the class of drugs Xanax, Valium and other drugs fall under, has proven to be popular with partygoers. Where once heroin or ecstasy would have been reigning supreme, partiers are instead turning to prescriptions with relaxing effects. However, Cook County, IL, second-largest county in the nation, has seen over 330 deaths… Read More

Telling Your Parents You Need Rehab

The first step in getting help for your addiction is to bring your parents on board. It can be a scary and difficult concept, but it is necessary and beneficial in the long run. Parents are your protector and will want to help you. Reaching out for assistance with an addiction to substances like opiates, heroin, Xanax, or… Read More

Identical Triplets Arrested For Running Drug Ring

North Carolina can breathe a sigh of relief now that a drug ring selling things like Xanax bars laced with fentanyl, and other such drugs to local addicts and teenagers. The Dossou triplet brothers, Atsou, Atsouste and Etse, 21, were each arrested May 31 in Raleigh with a large rap sheet, including possession, manufacturing, intent and actual sale… Read More

Florida Woman Pretends to Have Cancer to Get Money For Opioids

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a woman running from the law for a whole year, but the real story is what she did while she was on the run. Heather Grey, 32, stole from C.J. Cannon’s restaurant in Vero Beach where she was formerly employed, and was arrested for that crime. She broke her probation and fled, escaping three arrest… 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