Intervention

How Colleges Are Prepping for Overdose with NARCAN Nasal Spray

By | 2017-07-05T16:44:53+00:00 July 9th, 2017|

In a collaborative effort with one of the country’s largest health-focused foundations, the developer of NARCAN nasal spray, a medicine used to reverse opioid overdoses, is being distributed to colleges across the United States at no cost to the institutions. And given the current opioid epidemic that’s ravaging the country, it’s sure to be a powerful force in fighting opioid abuse. NARCAN Being Distributed for Free to Universities Across the Country A recent press release distributed by Adapt Pharma states that the they are currently expanding their efforts to make NARCAN nasal spray even more [...]

Are We Really in the Middle of the Deadliest Drug Crisis Ever?

By | 2017-06-08T06:35:48+00:00 June 29th, 2017|

A deadly drug crisis has swept across the United States in recent years – is this a statement of fact or fiction? From Reefer Madness to laced Halloween candy, there have been many drug scares in the United States. Many of these crises have been overblown, hyped up by the media and over concerned parents. However, the reality is that we may really be in the middle of the deadliest drug crisis ever – it just may not look like what you would expect. Just as truth is stranger than fiction, reality may be more [...]

The Ugly Truth About Crystal Meth

By | 2017-06-08T06:29:00+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|

Crystal meth can sometimes get buried when we talk about the most dangerous drug threats in America. We talk a lot about alcohol, which is and has been the top threat in addiction treatment ever since addiction treatment has existed. The headlines all seem to go towards prescription painkillers and heroin, the two sides of the same coin that have generated the ongoing opioid crisis. And there is no doubt that those headlines are warranted. Opioids have killed thousands upon thousands of people, just in the last few years, and is one of the biggest [...]

Alcoholic hepatitis symptoms and how you can prevent further damage to your liver

By | 2018-08-22T15:14:42+00:00 June 20th, 2017|

Symptoms and Treatment for Alcoholic Hepatitis Alcoholic hepatitis is a serious condition that is related to drinking alcohol. You can think of it as a warning from your liver that it has had enough abuse. Alcoholic hepatitis symptoms will most commonly be associated with those who have been drinking heavily for many years. Often, alcoholic liver disease is what will cause a family to intervene on a loved one’s drinking. Alcoholic hepatitis refers to a diseased, inflamed liver that is specifically caused by heavy drinking for a long time. If your doctor diagnoses you with alcoholic [...]

How Increasing Liquor Tax Can Decrease Drunk Driving

By | 2017-06-08T06:23:48+00:00 June 19th, 2017|

Drunk driving killed an estimated 28 people a day in 2015. In total, about 300,000 people get behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol every single day. A grand total of 28.7 million people drove drunk in 2013, or about 1 in 12 Americans. Getting a DUI is a decent deterrent to driving drunk, as it punishes people harshly for putting themselves and everyone around them at risk. People who get a DUI may face jail time, revocation of their driver’s license, and steep fines for their actions. Yet those [...]

Why Crack Actually, Truly is Whack

By | 2017-06-08T06:22:56+00:00 June 18th, 2017|

It was in 2002 that late songstress Whitney Houston used the now-infamous phrase “crack is whack” in response to allegations that she was addicted to the substance. Out of context, it sounds like Houston had created a ready-made anti-drug slogan against crack cocaine addiction. But in actuality, she was making a haughty claim about her choice of drug. The full context of the quote goes like this: "Let's get one thing straight: crack is cheap. I make too much money to ever smoke crack… We don't do crack. We don't do that. Crack is whack." We [...]

Let the Healing Begin: 11 Tips to Overcoming Emotional Abuse

By | 2017-09-18T18:05:12+00:00 June 16th, 2017|

Emotional abuse and substance abuse have a complex and oftentimes co-occurring relationship. In fact, 40-60% of domestic violence cases are suspected to have either been exacerbated by or stemmed directly from situations involving substance abuse. And since physical abuse is typically (if not always) accompanied by some form of emotional abuse, it stands to reason that drug use is directly responsible for emotional damage in a relationship as well. Beyond illicit substances typically being directly involved in incidences of this type of psychological abuse, victims are at an especially high risk of developing mental disorders [...]

Can Vivitrol Help Me Quit Using Heroin or Painkillers?

By | 2017-09-08T14:03:23+00:00 June 15th, 2017|

2,629,000 people ages 12 and older struggled with heroin and/or painkiller Substance Use Disorder in the United States in 2015, more people than the population of the entire state of New Mexico. Despite the small amount relative to the entire population, more than 2.5 million people is a significant number of people. The use of Vivitrol shots could help these individuals receive the treatment they need to get sober. Every year the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) conducts the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The survey gathers data on the presence [...]

The Opioid Risk Tool (ORT) is a useful way to monitor opioid risk assessment.

By | 2017-11-09T20:33:42+00:00 June 14th, 2017|

The Opioid Risk Tool (ORT) is a Useful Way to Monitor Opioid Risk Assessment Fortunately, new tools like the Opioid Risk Tool have helped to monitor the risk for opioid addiction. There’s no denying that the opioid problem in our country has gotten out of hand. Before we discuss the tool, what it is, and how it works, let’s talk about the opioid epidemic. Some say that it’s gotten out of control, and experts believe that to be true. However, with the right intervention, it may be possible to change directions. In fact, this [...]

Is There a Possibility That Lyrica Can be Abused?

By | 2017-11-09T19:21:25+00:00 June 13th, 2017|

Is There a Risk of Lyrica Abuse or Addiction? Dr. Richard Bruce Silverman, a chemistry professor at Northwestern University, discovered Pregabalin and the FDA approved it in 2004 for treatment of fibromyalgia pain, neuropathic pain, and generalized anxiety disorder. Nobody is certain how it works as an effective means to stop partial seizures. The original intention of Pregabalin was that it would be approved for epilepsy but was only found to be effective for partial seizures. Pregalin is a drug that was FDA approved for convulsions as well as pain caused by nerve damage from diabetes or [...]

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