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Let's Talk About Prescription Drug Abuse

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Oct 5, 2018 7:13:21 PM
 

Prescription drug abuse is one of the most serious issues facing the United States. According to the latest survey on substance use by SAMHSA, among people 12 years or older there are currently 3.3 million individuals who are currently misusing prescription pain relievers. Of these people, 6 out of 10 indicated that the main reason they misused pain relievers was to alleviate physical pain and more than half indicated that they had obtained the last pain relievers they misused from a relative or friend. It is difficult for the nation to combat this problem, as many individuals do require pain management medication in order to get through serious injuries or chronic pain. However, too many Americans wind up hooked on these medications and the burgeoning black market has allowed drug cartels to fill the demand with a cheap alternative, often in the deadly form of heroin or fentanyl.

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The Truth About Deaths From Antidepressants

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Oct 2, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

All year round, the United States celebrates national observances each month that help shed light and remind us about issues that may not always get their due recognition. Mental health disorders are typically not brought up in daily conversations, but when we pause to acknowledge them for a few days at a time, it can go a long way towards encouraging others to come forward with their stories and share in support and advocacy. October is typically associated with other observances such as Halloween and “Sober October,” but the month is also National Antidepressant Death Awareness Month. You’ve likely never heard of this before, and that is why the designation for the month exists.

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Killing Pain: Oklahoma Opioid Documentary Reviewed

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Oct 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

“This is the epidemic of my generation. This is my HIV. This is my black plague. Oklahoman's are dying from this treatable and preventable disease on a daily basis.”

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The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Sep 24, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

The Senate recently passed by 99-1 a piece of bipartisan legislation that is meant to address the opioid epidemic at a federal level. The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 was the result of more than 70 proposals and will set aside an approximate $7.9 billion for the CDC, Department of Health and Human Services, and other agencies. From 2017 to 2018, the nation lost an estimated 71,000 people to drug-related overdose, marking a 5.1% increase over the previous year. The act comprises multiple provisions including some to stop illegal drugs from crossing the border, establish comprehensive recovery centers, and support research for training. The White House has praised this bill as a significant step forward for the government in combating the drug and opioid crisis in America. The next step is to get the bill finished and in front of the president. Here are the provisions and the various departments that the legislation will affect.

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Barbiturates Vs. Benzodiazepines

Posted by Conor Denton on Sep 19, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

When identifying prescription drugs it’s imperative to understand the difference between barbiturates and benzodiazepines. While they are both painkillers that contain similar symptoms and effects these prescription medications are actually used for two different treatments. Misidentifying these drugs are easy, and in certain cases an honest mistake could also be a deadly one. Without further ado, let’s get into the differences between barbiturates and benzodiazepines and how it can affect you.

 

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Signs of Heroin Addiction

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Sep 3, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Heroin is one of the most addictive and harmful substances that someone can get their hands on. Since time immemorial, humans have used opium in order to get high, but it wasn’t until the gradual distillation of the opium poppy into morphine, and eventually, into heroin, that mankind was able to mass produce the potent substance on a scale never before seen.

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What is Flexeril?

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Aug 28, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Flexeril is a muscle relaxer containing the compound cyclobenzaprine, a type of tricyclic antidepressant that has been in circulation since 1977. Other common tricyclic antidepressants include Norpramin, Tofranil, and Vivactil. Flexeril is typically prescribed to treat pain from some injury and works by blocking pain sensations in the central nervous system. In 2011, more than 25 million prescriptions containing cyclobenzaprine were given out in the United States. Flexeril is available in 5mg and 10mg tablets.

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The Effects of Cocaine

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Aug 24, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Cocaine is one of the most popular drugs in America despite the many adverse side effects and continual association with criminal activity. Its reputation for getting people hooked into a lifestyle they would never have anticipated is notorious, and the dangers of trafficking and dealing in this deadly substance are well known. Americans are brought up by associating the image of cocaine with addiction, danger, and a life of crime. However, millions of Americans still try the substance and many wind up getting hooked.

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Adderall Withdrawal: What To Know

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Aug 21, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Adderall is one of several popularly prescribed stimulant medications used for the treatment of ADHD. It is a dextroamphetamine and central nervous system stimulant that works by increasing the amount of norepinephrine (giving you alertness) and dopamine (increasing your pleasure) in the body, offering the user increased focus, attention, and energy for an extended period. Its chemical structure is actually only one small chemical formula change from being methamphetamine. Adderall is a Schedule II substance, meaning it is one schedule below drugs such as heroin and ecstasy and within the same schedule as cocaine, methamphetamine, and OxyContin. 

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Hydrocodone Withdrawal

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Aug 16, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Hydrocodone is an opioid agonist that is the primary ingredient in many common prescription pain killing medications, the most common being Vicodin. Hydrocodone, similar to Oxycodone, impacts the central nervous system by binding to opioid receptors and flooding the body with pain killing pleasure feelings of euphoria. It is typically taken in the oral form either as a liquid or pill and is primarily prescribed in the U.S., which is where 99% of the world’s supply was consumed in 2007. Some of the most common brand names that Hydrocodone is sold under are:

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