These programs are more common in suburbs and small towns across the country, which are paid by local government agencies. There is even a National Drug Take-Back Day where thousands of DEA-coordinated collection sites were available across the country. Now the debate is who should pay for the programs? The city of San Francisco seems . . . . Continue Reading
Opiate addiction, be it prescription or off the street heroin is a devastating and deadly affliction, and there has been a conscious effort these past few years to highlight the public health crisis and opiate epidemic caused by the overprescribing of pain medications, resulting in the tens of thousands of deaths. Prescription painkillers have become public . . . . Continue Reading
Recently there has been a bit of extra attention drawn to R&B star Robin Thicke and producer Pharrell Williams for a bit on controversy sparked over the single “Blurred Lines” that was saturating the airwaves and music video stations for a generous amount of time. They say there is no such things as bad publicity, . . . . Continue Reading
All you need is love. I am a firm believer this is the truth, the only problem is some people tend to believe that love has to be a romantic love. I believe wholeheartedly love is the essence of life, and it should be unconditional and without bias. That it is, in my opinion, . . . . Continue Reading
Addiction and depression are common coexisting conditions, and statistics show that women who struggle with substance abuse are at an even higher risk of depression. When a woman has a depressive disorder, it interferes with daily life and normal functioning, and causes pain for both the woman with the disorder and those who care . . . . Continue Reading
The first 2 questions my sponsor asked me, and the first 2 questions I always ask a sponsee are simple: Are you willing to go to any lengths for your sobriety? Are you willing to follow a few simple suggestions? The ironic thing is when you ask the first question, the person says yes, and . . . . Continue Reading
Once upon a time, the deadliest illicit substance was heroin. Highly addictive and with increasingly widespread use, it’s still a devastating drug – but it has been usurped statistically by its legal opiate cousin, prescription painkillers.
Buprenorphine is the latest drug to be approved for the treatment of opiate addiction – and the only drug FDA-approved for no other medical purpose. It is also unique because it can be prescribed by a qualified physician and taken by the patient at home, unlike methadone and other drugs that must be taken daily in the presence of medical professional.
Maybe not on its own, but if researchers and the latest studies into the effects of a drug called (+)-naloxone (read: plus nah-locks-own) are correct, then there may be a way to treat pain and block the addiction often triggered by traditional opiate painkillers.
Opiate painkillers are opioid-based medications prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. When taken as directed with a monitored exit plan that allows you to stop taking the medication when you no longer need it, they are safe. However, some who begin a legitimate prescription will end up with an addiction that can ruin their life . . . . Continue Reading