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Opioids and Opiates: Understanding the Key Differences

  We hear the term all the time- “opioid epidemic”- but people often get the keyword “opioid” confused with “opiate”, and honestly it is a completely understandable mistake. The two seem pretty much interchangeable in a lot of situations. However, there are a few differences that it helps to be aware of. So what are . . . . Continue Reading

Pop-Up Safe Injection Site Hits Vancouver

Vancouver is testing a new operation to combat the drug overdose epidemic: pop-up safe injection sites. The small operation consists of a couple of people trained in CPR, chair, clean needles and Narcan (aka naloxone). Just recently, Vice reported that a “harm reduction tent” had been set up for a week now in downtown Vancouver. . . . . Continue Reading

Prescription Painkillers: Public Enemy Number 1 for Overdose

  You might ask why I say prescription painkillers are Public Enemy Number 1, but the answer may be a little more than you expected. If you really need a reason, let’s just say that according to recent research, opioid overdoses are a leading cause of death in the United States! By that count, over . . . . Continue Reading

Hallucinogens and Opiate Addiction Treatment

What are Hallucinogens? Hallucinogens are a class of drug – hallucinogenics – that are compounds found in some plants and mushrooms and that have been used for centuries, mostly for the purpose of religious rituals. Almost all hallucinogens contain nitrogen and are classified as alkaloids. Many hallucinogens have chemical structures similar to those of natural . . . . Continue Reading

8 Things I Learned From Quitting Methadone

I was a patient of a methadone program for only 8 months but, it left a lasting effect on me. I don’t necessarily regret having gone through what I did; it makes for a powerful story to share and has shaped who I am today. My only regret was not informing myself before deciding to . . . . Continue Reading

Methadone Rehab for Women

Methadone Rehab for Women: Physical Dependence Physical dependence is a medical condition that occurs when you have been taking certain medications over a period of time. You will know if you are physically dependent when you either suddenly stop taking the medication or drug, if you miss a dose, or try to take less than . . . . Continue Reading

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