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

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. “Get your loved [...]

A Guide to Drug Paraphernalia: Types, Laws, and Identification

An episode from the classic 1960’s television program, “Dragnet” had a perfect example of drug paraphernalia. In the show, a young man overdosed on LSD using a sugar cube. This one of a kind look at the drug culture of the era sparked debate and discussion on the issue of drug paraphernalia. Officer Friday might not be so shocked to see where the culture is today on the topic. The availability of drugs is prevalent among teenagers and older Americans. But another area of concern is the area of drug paraphernalia. The mere presence [...]

Review of the DEA’s Latest Drug Threat Assessment

If you are struggling to understand just how widespread the drug problem in America is, the DEA’s 2017 Drug Threat Assessment can help highlight the biggest issues we as a nation are facing. Released just this past October, this summary is an invaluable tool that takes an in-depth look at the drug situation. What is the National Drug Threat Assessment? The NDTA is a comprehensive evaluation of the drug threat in America. This annual assessment strategically focuses on two areas: The threat from both domestic and international drug traffickers The [...]

60 Minutes Opioid Report: Whistleblower Drops Bombshells

A recent joint investigation conducted by the CBS news program 60 Minutes and The Washington Post has made a bombshell claim about the relationship between Congress and the cabal of huge pharmaceutical companies known as Big Pharma. If the contained claims are accurate, then this report sheds new light on the factors behind the continuing and worsening opioid epidemic that is plaguing nearly every community in the United States. Identifying the Architects of the Opioid Epidemic “This is an industry that's out of control. What they wanna do, is do [...]

CDC Exposes HUGE Increase in Opioid (Pain Medication) Overdoses: Now Killing More People Than a Common Cancer

Are Opioids the Killers No One Saw Coming in 2016, 2017 and 2018? Opioid overdoses have been a concern for quite some time. In fact, a few years ago, they went so far as to call it an epidemic. In looking at some of the more recent facts and figures, it’s clear that we have a crisis on our hands. According to an article on U.S. News & World Report’s website, O.D. deaths have risen 21% in the last year. That is an alarming jump, and it’s more than the last four years combined. [...]

The Ugly Truth About Pill Mills In the United States

The term “pill mill” can describe a doctor, pharmacy, or clinic. Often, the drugs are given for non-medical reasons. Prescription opioids are very popular at pill mills. In recent years, states have taken measures to close these businesses. However, the current laws may not being doing enough. Learn more about what pill mills are, how they work, and how to spot one in your community. What Are Pill Mills? The definition of a “pill mill” is a business where narcotics are prescribed in large numbers. This term was coined by [...]

Lawsuits Against Drug Manufacturers Exploding Across the US

Every day, it seems as another location joins the growing list of cities, counties, and states who are pursuing lawsuits against drug manufacturers and distributors. Local governments are trying to combat the worsening opioid epidemic in America, while at the same time, hold these corporate entities responsible. In 2016, there were more fatal drug overdoses in America than any other year on record – an estimated 64,000 deaths. That number is correct, it represents a 22% one-year increase over 2015. And the driving force behind this ongoing tragedy is prescription opioids. Right now, there are [...]

Reel Recovery: A New Film Festival Focused on Helping Others Get Clean

Stories are powerful tools for creating change. A story is never just a story - it can inspire others, share a vision, and make hard to grasp realities easier to understand by making them more personal. This is true nearly everywhere. More recently, storytelling through film has been introduced as a means of sharing the stories of individuals caught up in the opioid crisis and other forms of addiction in the United States. “Recovery isn’t a cult or a dogma, it is a process unique to each individual, which is why it is an [...]

New Fingertip Drug Test: How Does it Work?

Many people have participated in a drug test in one way or another. Maybe you submitted to a urine test during drug rehab, or maybe you just had to comply with the company’s mandatory annual drug test. Either way, drug testing is an important part of continuing to battle against the drug epidemic in this country. Drug testing has been around for a long time. But along with new technology has come a new, non-invasive method of drug screening: the new fingertip drug test. The concept is simple enough: the fingerprint drug test screens [...]

How Life Changing Liver Transplant Rules are Being Changed for Addicts

Some people have views about alcoholics and whether they should receive liver transplants or not. Many of these views are based on little knowledge on the real facts of alcoholism and liver transplants. On a case by case basis, it’s hard to deny anyone lifesaving surgery. The reality is, that’s what the decision makers for liver transplants have been doing. Alcoholics have been denied their right to receiving liver transplants for years. The liver transplant waiting list by state will demonstrate why the guidelines are so strict on who should receive the procedure. The [...]

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