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Heroin Addiction – One Former Addict’s Success Story

Posted under Cocaine, Heroin, Marijuana, OxyContin, Successes

It’s amazing to hear stories of recovery, even more amazing to hear about a former addict’s background. It’s often nothing like you would expect. Fortunately, addiction help can really turn lives around. more…

No More Insurance Delays for New Hampshire Drug Rehab

Posted under Addiction Help, Fentanyl, Heroin, Hydrocodone, New Hampshire, Opiates, Oxycodone, OxyContin, Painkillers, Treatment, Vicodin

heroin addictIn Concord, New Hampshire, the number of people expected to die from heroin and opioid overdoses – which includes overdoses of heroin, fentanyl, Opana, prescription painkillers like OxyContin, hydrocodone, oxycodone, vicodin, and so on – is expected to be over 400 by the end of 2015, which is twice the number of overdose deaths in 2013. But a panel of New Hampshire lawmakers is taking steps to make it easier to get treatment. more…

Maine Suffering from Lack of Drug Addiction Treatment

Posted under Legal Issues, Maine, OxyContin, Painkillers, Treatment, Washington

looking for addiction help?Maine is facing a serious problem with heroin and prescription drug addiction. According to Mary Mayhew, commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, “99 percent of adults age 26 or older [in 2013] who needed addiction treatment for illicit drug use were able to receive it.” However, Dr. Gust Stringos, D.O., who works at Somerset Primary Care, has practiced medicine in Somerset County for the last 25 years, and is now working directly with many addicts, says he is astounded by that statement. more…

Former Heroin Addict Feels Unstoppable

Posted under Alaska, Heroin, Hydrocodone, MsContin, OxyContin, Painkillers

addict wins over heroinAlaska has one of the worst heroin problems in the entire U.S. but just like everywhere else in the U.S., the problem often start with prescription drugs. In Jane’s case, she was misdiagnosed and started self-medicating. First with marijuana, then hydrocodone, then oxycontin, and then heroin. How did Jane get sober? more…

Addiction Help Is Available for Methadone, and the Sooner the Better

Posted under Addiction Help, Florida, Methadone, OxyContin

When it gets to the point where a county medical examiner says he would never let someone in his family take a specific prescription drug unless they were a heroin addict, you know you’re dealing with a dangerous drug. And that’s exactly what Hillsborough County, Florida, Medical Examiner, Vernard Adams, said about methadone. As methadone more…

How to Keep Addicts Alive Until They’re Into Rehab

Posted under Buprenorphine, Drug Rehab, Heroin, Intervention, Marijuana, Methadone, OxyContin

There’s probably nothing worse than having a kid, spouse, parent or close friend on drugs and spending most of your time worrying about whether they’re safe and whether you’re going to get a phone call giving you bad news.

Of course, the best solution to drug addiction is prevention, not treatment. And there are many things you can do to help prevent them from getting into drugs.

A lot of people dispute the disease theory of addiction. And for good reason: Although the drugs can definitely cause physical dependency, true addiction involves a mental and emotional element – it’s a symptom that the person has things going on in their life that they don’t know how to deal with. more…

Return-To-Play Culture Causing Drug Addiction in Sports

Posted under Addiction Help, Crack Cocaine, OxyContin, Percodan

Mike Richards, former captain of the Philadelphia Flyers and more recently with the Los Angeles Kings, had his contract voided last week because he had allegedly used illegal means to get OxyContin. His $69 million contract was for 12 years; he had fulfilled 5. I hate to see another athlete bite the dust because of drugs – but whose fault is it, really? more…

What Are Your Pain Relief Alternatives to Dangerous Drugs?

Posted under Heroin, Maryland, OxyContin, Painkillers

I recently read an article about the ‘seeds of addiction’. It’s about the current opioid and heroin addiction epidemic being started because of people being in pain. The ‘pain’ referred to was cancer pain – which can be devastating. But the major drug being used to fight it was OxyContin. A very strong, very addictive painkiller, which doctors started prescribing for every minor pain and discomfort under the sun. But there are alternatives to taking these dangerous pills. more…

Canada Changing Laws to Tackle Painkiller Addiction

Posted under OxyContin, Painkillers

A couple of years ago the patent for OxyContin’s original formula expired. That’s not for the extended release version with the abuse-resistant formulation, but the original formula – which caused the huge epidemic in prescription painkiller addiction and abuse. The FDA refused to approve any drugs that were generic versions of the original OxyContin, but Canada gave the drugs approval. Now Canada’s prescription painkiller addiction problem is so bad that they’re going to reverse the approval. 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…

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…

You Can Stop the Epidemic of Babies Born Addicted

Posted under Addiction Help, Methamphetamine, Opiates, OxyContin, Young People

If there’s any better reason to get someone off drugs – other than the fact that they could die and it’s ruining their lives and that of their family – it’s the skyrocketing stats of babies born as addicts.

How many drugs does a pregnant woman have to take for a baby to be born addicted? 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…

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…

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…

How To Educate Your Kids on Drugs and Keep Them Safe

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

Studies have shown that kids whose parents talk to them about drugs are 50 percent less likely to take them. But for talking to work, you have to say the right things. What do they need to know? Whether they’re pre-teens, teens, or young adults, they all need the same information.

Unfortunately, simply telling your kids that drugs are bad for you isn’t going to work. Telling them that taking drugs is morally wrong, sinful, can get them into trouble, wind them up in jail, and so on and so on – all the hundreds of general things parents could say to their kids – also don’t work.

Why? more…

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