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NC Doctors Who Overprescribe Addictive Painkillers Fuel Deaths

Posted under North Carolina, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

Of the 100 counties in North Carolina, 33 have more than 18 per 100,000 people die from drug overdoses, 52 counties see between 10 and 18 per 100,000, and 15 see 10 per 100,000 or less. North Carolina and Federal officials have been trying to reduce the number of deaths for some time and have more…

Prescription Painkillers and Heroin Plaguing Staten Island

Posted under New York, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

Staten Island has a serious drug problem. Look at these numbers: In the past five years, the number of arrests involving prescription painkillers or heroin has gone from 100 to 1000 per year. In 2010, there were 40 arrests on Staten Island for abuse of prescription painkillers. In 2011, the number of prescription drug-related arrests more…

Unique Program Helps Student Athletes Stay off Drugs

Posted under Alcohol, Legal Issues, Nebraska, Prescription Drugs

Young student athletes are particularly susceptible to drug and alcohol use. In some schools, alcohol is very much a part of the athletic scene. And kids often get involved in drugs both because they’re popular and tend to have drugs offered to them, and because they can get hooked on drugs when they’re given prescriptions more…

Wisconsin’s VanderMeer Cracks Down on Prescription Drug Addiction

Posted under Drug Rehab, Legal Issues, Prescription Drugs, Wisconsin

Nancy VanderMeerWhen Nancy VanderMeer assumed her post as Republican State Rep of Wisconsin’s 30th District, she found out quickly that prescription drug addiction was a big problem in her state. And she took immediate action proposing and getting bills passed that could help the situation get under control.

The changes made by the bills are impressive. more…

Coerced Drug Addiction Treatment – Is It Right?

Posted under Heroin, Legal Issues, Massachusetts, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, Treatment

drug overdose in the ERIn most states, an addict who’s overdosed or experienced some other mishap that lands them in the ER is treated and then sent back out into the life that nearly killed them. They often wind up back in the ER and, of course, some of them don’t even make it to the ER the next time. They just die. In Massachusetts, more than 1,200 people died from overdoses of heroin or prescription painkillers last year and Governor Charlie Baker is filing a bill this week that will give hospitals the right to hold addicts who come to the ER for 72 hours so the doctors can assess their condition and determine whether they should be forced to get treatment. more…

Another Promising Athletic Career Ruined by Painkillers

Posted under Heroin, New York, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

I read a news story today about a former high school and college athlete, DJ, who lost a promising career as an athlete due to an injury. But it wasn’t the injury that put him on the sidelines, it was the prescription drugs he took for the pain. How does taking a painkiller for an injury turn into addiction? more…

Painkillers in the Wrong Hands Lead to Addiction, says Shumlin

Posted under Addiction Help, Prescription Drugs, Vermont

If you ask kids who are abusing prescription drugs how they got started, you’ll find that the vast majority got them from their parents’ medicine cabinets. And many of the others got them from their friends, who got them from their own parents’ medicine cabinets. Or maybe from the medicine cabinets of another relative, or a friend. more…

Number of Babies Born Addicted Still on the Rise

Posted under Drug Addiction, Heroin, Mississippi, Opiates, OxyContin, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, Tennessee, Young People

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is the result of babies born addicted to opioids. A few years ago I reported statistics on how many babies go through the hell of being born addicted to prescription drugs and having to go through the torture of withdrawal. Drug withdrawal is torture for everyone– you can imagine how bad it must be for a baby, just out of the womb, their body very delicate, and with no understanding of why they hurt.

The drugs they’re being born addicted to are opioids. more…

One Way to Help Stop Drugs in Your Community

Posted under Addiction Help, Buprenorphine, Codeine, Connecticut, Drug Addiction, Intervention, Morphine, Opiates, OxyContin, Prescription Drugs

When someone’s in the ER to save their life after they overdosed on drugs, it’s the perfect time to get them started on getting the addiction help they need. Hospital ERs aren’t generally set up that way, but I’m hoping that will change once they find out about a study done at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut where getting people into treatment was very successful! more…

This is Rehabilitation – The Real Thing

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Heroin, Marijuana, Prescription Drugs

When someone goes to drug addiction treatment, the goal is to change their life. Whatever led up to them taking drugs has been addressed, whatever is keeping them on drugs has been addressed, and they’ve changed those things in their life that continue to make them want to take drugs. That’s a tall order, but it is true rehabilitation. Here’s a perfect example of what should happen. more…

Opana-Related HIV Outbreak in Indiana

Posted under Drug Addiction, Heroin, Indiana, OxyContin, Prescription Drugs, Washington

Governor Mike Pence of Indiana declared a public health emergency four days ago in an effort to get an HIV outbreak under control. Although he has banned needle exchanges, 90 new HIV cases in the last few months in one small county convinced him that he needs to temporarily lift that ban. Almost all the HIV cases are related to injecting Opana with shared needles. more…

Do You Wonder if You’re Addicted to Prescription Painkillers?

Posted under Drug Addiction, OxyContin, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

There are a lot of people out there who’ve been on painkillers for a long time. Many have tried to stop taking them, but when they do, they suffer from pain and other symptoms that make them think they still need the drug. However, those symptoms are more likely to be from withdrawal – which means it’s time to get into a drug rehab program.

How Do You Know You’re Going Through Withdrawal? more…

Can You Get Addicted to Antidepressants?

Posted under Benzodiazepines, Drug Addiction, OxyContin, Prescription Drugs

Antidepressants are taken by about 13 percent of the population in the U.S. For some – like women between 50 and 64 – that number goes up to one in four, 25 percent. How easy is it to stop taking antidepressants? Without help from a prescription drug rehab professional, you could go through hell for months. more…

Real Non-Addictive Opiate Prescription Painkillers?

Posted under Hydrocodone, Opiates, OxyContin, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

Drug overdoses were the leading cause of death by injury in the U.S. just a couple of years ago. And the numbers aren’t getting any better. Most of those drugs that are killing people are prescription. And most of THOSE are OxyContin and other prescription painkillers. more…

The Mental Blind Spot that Causes Prescription Drug Overdose

Posted under Drug Addiction, Hydrocodone, MsContin, OxyContin, Prescription Drugs

Physical blind spots of the kind that cause car accidents aren’t the only type of blind spot. There are also mental blind spots, to which many victims of prescription drug overdose have fallen prey. more…

Teen Prescription Drug Addiction: A Must-See Eye-Opener Film

Posted under Drug Addiction, Prescription Drugs

Do you think it impossible that your kids or their friends are involved in prescription drug addiction or abuse? If so, Out of Reach may be a real shocker. more…

You Can Now Safely Dispose of Prescription Drugs

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, OxyContin, Prescription Drugs, Vicodin

I recently looked in a friend’s medicine cabinet and saw about a dozen bottles of prescription drugs, some of which were six years old. And none of which were currently being taken. Fortunately, there are no young people in this friend’s environment. But had there been, there’s a 40 percent chance the drugs would have started someone off on a very dangerous path. But how could he have gotten rid of them safely?

If he’d put them in the trash, there’s a possibility they might be found. And used. If he’d flushed them down the toilet, he would be polluting our water – the water fish swim in it (and we eat them), we drink it, and so on. When you unleash prescription drugs on the environment, everyone is affected. more…

Christians Not Immune to Addiction and Need Help

Posted under Drug Addiction, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, Utah

Last week Joseph Habedank, award-winning Christian singer disclosed that he had been addicted to prescription drugs for five years. Now he’s received the addiction help he needed and is dedicating himself to helping others in what he calls the prescription drug addiction epidemic in the church. What’s that all about?? more…

Another Deadly Consequence of Prescription Drugs

Posted under Hydrocodone, MsContin, Oxycodone, OxyContin, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

There’s nothing quite so sad as watching older people hobble around, living the last years of their life in pain and discomfort. What’s worse is knowing that much of their discomfort is from the prescription drugs they’re on. One drug for this, another for that, another for the side effects of those. And they’re still in pain. Probably feel like zombies. And the drugs, instead of making them better, are causing even more problems – including contributing to sometimes debilitating or fatal falls. more…

Prescription Drugs Taken As Directed Endanger Your Baby

Posted under Addiction Help, Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, Drug Addiction, Drug Rehab, Prescription Drugs, Tranquilizers, Young People

Everyone who’s ever looked into the drug problem at all has heard about ‘crack babies’ – babies born to mothers who used crack cocaine while they were pregnant. It was, and is, a huge problem. Now, the same thing is happening with prescription drugs. more…

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