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The New Opioid that is 10 Times Stronger than Fentanyl

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Nov 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

In early November, despite concerns and criticism, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new powerful opioid painkiller that is described as 10 times more powerful than fentanyl, which is 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine. The passage of the new drug comes as the country is experiencing an opioid crisis that causes almost 30,000 overdoses per year. The crisis has been brought to the national spotlight over the past decade and has been one of President Donald Trump’s major talking points during his presidency so far.

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All About Xanax Abuse

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Nov 12, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

Xanax is the general name of the benzodiazepine prescription medication alprazolam. Xanax is generally prescribed to individuals suffering from anxiety and panic disorders. While there are medical benefits to Xanax, like most prescription drugs, there is the possibility that it can be abuse and in recent years there are signs it is being used more recreationally than in the past.

 

From 2005 to 2010, emergency room visits due to recreational use of Xanax more than doubled from over 54,000 to almost 125,000. Similarly, overdose deaths due to benzodiazepines has seen a steep increase since 1999, from 1135 to 8791 deaths in 2015. The increase in recreational abuse may be a side effect of the spike in prescriptions and drugs available. Prescription rates for the anxiety drug have been climbing at a 9 percent rate since 2008. Also, data from the National Institute of Drug Abuse found that the use of benzodiazepines is high while the disorders that deem the drug necessary are low. In fact, only 20 percent of people who have used this type of drug received them from their doctor, others used other methods to obtain the drug.

 

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How Long Do Drugs Stay In Your System?

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Nov 2, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

Drug testing has become more normalized over the past few years and tests are being conducted in hospitals, rehab facilities, schools and even workplaces. At-home drug tests are even available at local pharmacies for those that need them. No federal law prohibits the practice, so employers take advantage of the opportunity to test and check on their employees and provide a safe work environment. Because drug testing has become so prominent, it is important to understand the different aspects of drug tests such as how drugs tests work, what kind of tests there are, and how long certain drugs stay in your system.

 

Understanding how these tests work and the underlying nuances in how long drugs stay in the body’s system will help you to be more prepared for the next time you experience a drug test.

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Trump Signs Opioid Bill Into Law

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Nov 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

In his second State of the Union address in 2018, President Trump acknowledged the “terrible crises of opioid and drug addiction” that has been plaguing the country for the past few years. In the address, he vowed that his administration's new policies in 2018 would help to curb the opioid epidemic in the country.

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The Most Commonly Abused Medications In America

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Oct 31, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

The term “drug addiction” is typically associated with substances like heroin, methamphetamine, or cocaine. When most people picture drug addicts, they think of destitute men and women, dressed poorly, with gaunt features and unkempt faces. The truth is, however, that most drug addicts do not fall into this stereotype. In fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) notes that OTC (Over-the-counter) drugs and prescription medication are actually the most commonly abused substances in the nation after alcohol and marijuana.

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The Rising Cost Of Opioids

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Oct 23, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Over the past 18 years, the influence of opioids has taken hold in the United States and its grip has only gotten tighter as each year passes, the epidemic has resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of American citizens. Opioids is a blanket term to refer to heroin, prescription drugs such as oxycodone and morphine and synthetic drugs like the newly popular fentanyl. While drugs like heroin have received widespread media attention since the “Just Say No” Reagan era, powerful pain-reducing prescription and synthetic drugs have become vastly more popular in the U.S., affecting far more people than heroin, especially among younger people. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 2 million Americans have an opioid use disorder while the Department of Health and Human Services estimates that over 11 million more people misuse opioids by taking medication longer and in higher doses than recommended.

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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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