Opiates & Heroin Info

Our Future in Danger: Children and Opioid Poisoning

By |2019-06-07T15:59:24+00:00June 7th, 2019|

The opioid epidemic that has broken out in the United States in the last several decades has recently taken a turn for the worse; opioid poisoning is now affecting increasing numbers of children and youth. According to a recent study from the JAMA Network, pediatric hospitalizations for opioid poisonings increased by nearly two hundred percent from 1997 to 2012. In other words, children and youth became nearly twice as likely to be hospitalized for an overdose from opioid medication. Clearly, there is a rising problem in children and opioid poisoning, but how does this relate [...]

Legislation Passes Allowing Needle Exchanges in Idaho

By |2019-04-22T16:11:45+00:00April 22nd, 2019|

In March 2019, Governor Brad Little signed into law legislation that will allow needle exchanges in Idaho.  Earlier this year, the original bill passed by a wide margin, 47 to 20 in the State House and 22 to 11 in the State Senate.  The new law will take effect on July 1st. “While substance abuse prevention and treatment remain vital, it is also essential that the health consequences of injection drug use be mitigated by needle exchange programs.” ~ Al Lamberti, former Sheriff, Broward County, Florida This newest step aimed at addressing the ongoing [...]

The Justice Department Claims that Drugmaker Indivior Lied About Popular Opioid Treatment

By |2019-04-14T19:00:14+00:00April 13th, 2019|

If you’ve been following the news lately, then you’ve probably read some unsettling news. The Justice Department has recently brought charges against Indivior, the maker of Suboxone. There’s a lot of disagreements against whether Suboxone, the popular opioid treatment, actually works. This opioid treatment is currently being used by many doctors and rehab centers to treat opioid addiction. These charges come just as the government has been taking legal action against many opioid drugmakers. Many people believe that prescription opioids and opioid treatment have been driving the rise in addiction rates and have become [...]

FDA Approves New Non-Opioid Drug for Use in Reducing Symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal

By |2019-04-18T17:08:36+00:00October 10th, 2018|

If you live in the United States, you’ve almost certainly heard of the opioid crisis. It’s been addressed by presidential candidates, doctors, and celebrities. It was the cause of death of about 42,000 U.S. citizens in 2016. Its effects are present in every state and amongst every demographic. The push for treatment and recovery options for opioid addicts is stronger than ever before because so many people are suffering. Thankfully for those trying to get help for themselves or those they love, the U.S. FDA recently approved a new drug. This new drug is [...]

Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms and Side-Effects: Must Know Info

By |2018-12-28T16:15:59+00:00October 1st, 2018|

Heroin withdrawal symptoms are said to be one of the hardest things any addict will ever face. This is compared to other drugs that cause addiction. Decades ago, use of the drug would be unheard of in the mainstream. There is a stigma that only homeless junkies would ever get involved in such a dangerous street drug. Sadly, the prescription opioid epidemic has caused average people to turn to heroin because it’s easier and cheaper to obtain. The cause of addiction with opioids are due to how it works within the body. It doesn’t [...]

The Ugly Truth About Opiate Withdrawal

By |2018-11-16T15:34:12+00:00September 1st, 2018|

The Ugly Truth About Opiate Withdrawal The thought of having to endure withdrawal is terrifying if you are addicted to opioid substances like heroin, Hydrocodone, Morphine, Oxycodone, or Fentanyl. You may be ready to kick your habit, but you’re terrified of what will happen if you do. This is what keeps you hooked even though you want to quit. Opioid Withdrawal – It’s A Necessary Evil If You Want To Kick Your Habit You know that if you stop suddenly using your drug of choice, your system will react in violent protest. Basically, your body [...]

Opiate vs Opioid: The Differences That Make a Difference

By |2018-12-29T02:05:22+00:00May 16th, 2018|

Opiate vs opioid – opioid vs opiate: Are there really any differences? As it turns out, there are a few important distinctions between the two terms. And in today’s environment, with the continuing opioid epidemic, it behooves all of us to learn all we can about everything involved in what some are calling the greatest public health emergency in American history. First Things First – What Is the Definition of an Opiate? An opiate is a drug that has been refined or extracted from natural plant matter – the fibers or sap of [...]

Dealing with Suboxone Withdrawal: WARNING this drug may cause dependence

By |2018-11-16T15:35:50+00:00March 15th, 2018|

Suboxone is a prescription medication FDA-approved to treat opioid addiction. It is combined with the drugs buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is known as a partial agonist which relieves the symptoms of a powerful opiate withdrawal. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist which reverses the effect of opioid drugs. Dealing with Suboxone Withdrawal: WARNING this drug may cause dependence While the drug for opiate withdrawal has shown effective through a variety of studies, Suboxone withdrawal symptoms can make it hard to stop. Suboxone is often a long time treatment for those recovering from addictive opioids like [...]

How Addiction Experts And Governmental Agencies Are Working To Stop The Opioid Epidemic

By |2018-12-29T02:16:40+00:00March 6th, 2018|

Experts Are Seeking New Treatment Options Fight Opioid Addiction The U.S. opioid epidemic is in full swing and the problem is escalating. Millions of Americans are addiction to opioids and there has been an exponential increase in the number of opioid related deaths in recent years. More than 64,000 people died of a drug overdose in 2016 and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that approximately sixty-six percent of these deaths involved an opioid. To counteract the problem of opioid addiction, experts are seeking new treatment options in 2018. [...]

Naloxone Short-Term Savings: Alarming Overdose Rates Following Its Life-Saving Benefits

By |2018-12-29T02:20:59+00:00February 22nd, 2018|

Thousands of opioid users are saved from overdose each year thanks to the reversing effects of Narcan (naloxone). What is this miracle drug and how does it work? Have you ever seen someone overdosing on heroin? It is a terrifying sight, like something out of your worst nightmare. If someone smokes, snorts, or injects too much heroin, their breathing slows or stops entirely, decreasing or cutting off the supply of oxygen to the brain. When someone is overdosing, they are usually nonresponsive or passed out entirely. Without immediate medical intervention, their risk of sudden [...]