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What is the Krokodil Drug?

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Dec 11, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

Since the early 2000s, opioids, specifically synthetic opioids, have had detrimental effects in the United States. There are a number of specific opioids that have been especially harmful to the country, such as codeine, oxycodone, and fentanyl. Fentanyl in particular has come into prominence over the past few years and today is present in about 30,000 of the 72,000 annual drug deaths in the country.

 

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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in Oklahoma

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Dec 7, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

Over the past decade, the opioid epidemic has come more into the limelight as politicians and media begin to recognize the catastrophic impact it has had on our communities. In 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services declared the Opioid Crisis a state of public emergency and announced a plan to combat the problem that was killing over 130 people every day.

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"Just Say No" And Its Effects

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Dec 3, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

Just Say No may have been intended to help solve the drug crisis in America, but the message also sowed confusion, painting all addicts as criminals and all substances as evil. Learn more about the Reagan administration’s approach to the War on Drugs.

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Changes In Oklahoma Prescribing Laws

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Nov 30, 2018 3:00:00 PM

 

The World Health Organization estimates that about 5.6 percent of the global population, or 275 million people, used drugs at least once in 2016. About 27 million people suffered from opioid use disorder, with an increasing proportion using prescription opioids. The United States specifically has seen the effects of the opioid crisis up close and personal. According to the United Nations 2017 Drug Report, over 12 million people in the United States misused prescription opioids.

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The Effects of Opioids in Kentucky

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Nov 30, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Opioids are a problem across the country, and much of the world. However, there are certain areas around the United States where the problem is especially devastating. For example, the Appalachian region in the Midwest is one area that has been hit particularly hard by the opioid epidemic. States like Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky have all been ravaged by the crisis as all four states were in the top five for states with the highest overdose death rates in 2016.

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Lexington Restaurant Tackles Opioid Crisis

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Nov 29, 2018 3:00:00 PM
 

Rob and Diane Perez are restaurant owners in Lexington, Kentucky who made a startling realization about their staff over five years ago. Over a ten year period, they had lost roughly 13 employees to addiction, with half of those cases being fatal overdoses from opioid drugs. That is why in September of this year, the couple opened DV8 Kitchen, a new restaurant model that actively recruits employees in treatment for opioid addiction and other substances, mixing together employment, rehabilitation, and a supportive environment to help their local community.

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Portugal’s Drug Reform Experiment

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Nov 28, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

The war on drugs is something that has run on around the world for the past few decades, each country is affected differently by the problem. One constant across most of the globe is that the problem is severe. However, in some countries that have tried unconventional approaches to drug reform, the issue is getting better. One such country is Portugal. 

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The Difficulties Of Sober Living In Oklahoma

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Nov 26, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Across the state of Oklahoma, many sober living and recovery houses are shutting out desperate addicts looking for a place to live and stay clean. The reason? The medicine they have been prescribed for prolonged recovery. Highly controversial medication assisted treatment options are causing some providers to outright deny any recovering addict who uses medication to get over a crippling opioid addiction. Medications such as Suboxone, Methadone, and Subutex to name a few.

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Fentanyl in Kentucky

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Nov 23, 2018 3:00:00 PM
 

Across the United States, the epidemic of fentanyl continues to plague communities and neighborhoods. In Kentucky alone, drug overdose deaths from prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl have reached record highs, devastating lives. From 2016 to 2017, the number of fatalities from drug overdoses in the state of Kentucky leapt 11.5% to reach 1,565, according to the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy. Of these deaths, the potent opioid Fentanyl was a factor in 52% of deaths.

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Benefits of Group Therapy During Drug Treatment

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Nov 21, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

If you think recovery is something you have to go alone, you’re wrong. Group therapy is one of the most important and effective aspects of the recovery process

 

Going through a treatment program to get over an addiction issue can be a worrisome experience, especially if you don’t know exactly what you may be getting into. Some may think that they will go through this journey alone and may be worried if they will be able to do it by themselves. However, one of the main components of drug treatment programs is group therapy in which you speak and learn with others who are going through similar situations.

 

Group therapy can be extremely effective as it can provide extra support and motivation from peers who have similar goals. Developing relationships and maintaining social skills is an important part of the recovery process and working through addiction issues in a group setting can help do both. The relationships that develop through group sessions can be used outside of sessions and can continue to help even after the treatment as motivation to remain sober and avoid relapse.

 

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