Are your teens or young adults home for holiday break? With the stress of school or campus life behind them for a few weeks, this can be a great time for you to talk to them about substance misuse. Drug use, overdose deaths, etc., are serious and scary topics. But using scare tactics during your discussion aren’t likely to be effective. So, where do you start? A … Continue reading Talk to your teens about drugs – especially over the holidays!
The recent surge in drug overdose deaths shocked even some of the most jaded observers of American addiction: 100,306 dead from April 2020 to April 2021, the first time the toll topped six figures in a 12-month period, according to provisional data from the National Center for Health Statistics. New data released yesterday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) point to one potential culprit: illegally manufactured fentanyl , a … Continue reading Fentanyl and COVID-19 May Have Made the Opioid Epidemic Even Deadlier
Lawsuit claims the retail giant inadequately screened for questionable prescriptions. he Trump administration sued Walmart Inc. WMT -1.36% Tuesday, accusing the retail giant of helping to fuel the nation’s opioid crisis by inadequately screening for questionable prescriptions despite repeated warnings from its own pharmacists. The Justice Department’s lawsuit claims that Walmart sought to boost profits by understaffing its pharmacies and pressuring employees to fill prescriptions quickly. That made it difficult … Continue reading US Sues Walmart Alleging Role in Fueling the Opioid Crisis
I don’t need to tell parents with young adults that the holiday season will be here before we know it. That would not be considered breaking news. However, I do have an important message that I hope will help you and your family enjoy time together this holiday season and for years to come: The holidays provide an excellent opportunity to talk to your young … Continue reading 💊🎄This Holiday Season, Talk to Your Young Adult about the #1 U.S. Health Crisis: Opioids
For Immediate Release:September 10, 2020 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to 17 website operators for illegally selling unapproved and misbranded opioids online in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Misbranded opioids include those offered for sale without a prescription, as well as opioids that lack adequate directions for use. The opioids offered for sale include products such … Continue reading FDA Warns Website Operators Illegally Selling Opioids to Consumers
While tapering patients taking prescription opioids off of the medication is associated with a lower risk of overdose if the patient stops taking the drug, it can also lead to increased risks of overdose if it leads to the patient switching up dosages, according to a new JAMA study. Why it matters: This is yet another obstacle to solving the opioid epidemic, and shows how the best intentions can … Continue reading FOR DOCTORS & THOSE OF YOU TRYING TO GET OFF OPIOIDS BY YOURSELF: You can INCREASE Your Chance of Accidental OVERDOSE!
Addiction take your God given personality away from you and turns you into a monster… even a monster who would harm your own beloved pets in order to get drugs! It doesn’t get much lower than that. Perhaps today will be the day that you choose detox and get better! ~NationalAddictionNews.com People are hurting their pets in order to get their hands on opioids prescribed by … Continue reading Addicts Are Hurting Their Pets to Get Access to Opioids
At the retail end of the global heroin trade, local heroin rings repackage pounds of the drug into single-serve doses and push the product to its final destination: the user. From there, the next stop is often a hospital emergency room or a morgue, as an epidemic of heroin-related overdoses and deaths continues its creep across the country. In Virginia, an intensive crackdown on heroin … Continue reading When heroin kills, the appeal grows — and policing the drug becomes harder
Access and accountability are still huge barriers in the growing treatment industry. The Trump administration, Congress and states are pouring billions of dollars into addiction treatment to fight the opioid crisis, but accountability for the burgeoning industry hasn’t kept pace with those efforts — leaving patients vulnerable to ineffective care, fraud and abuse. Interviews with patients in recovery and nearly two dozen advocates, officials and … Continue reading “I’m trying not to die right now”: Why Opioid-Addicted Patients are Still Searching for Help
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent. It is a schedule II prescription drug, and it is typically used to treat patients with severe pain or to manage pain after surgery. It is also sometimes used to treat patients with chronic pain who are physically tolerant to other opioids. In its prescription … Continue reading What is Fentanyl?
Choose the right time to talk. When talking to your child be sure your child is sober or has not been using drugs before talking about drugs and alcohol. Voice your suspicion. Begin by expressing your concerns without making accusations. “Susan, I suspect you may be smoking pot occasionally. I love you and I’m concerned about you. Is there something going on that we need to talk about?” Be specific. Explain … Continue reading Talking To Your Teen About Addiction
A NOTE TO MY READERS: You can live in denial or live in good health. The choice is yours if you make the decision to contact a board certified medical doctor who can safely detox you off of your opioids. This MUST be done under strict medical supervision in a hospital or detox center. NEVER NEVER do this on your own! ~NationalAddictionNews.com Opioid use appears … Continue reading Opioid use may increase risk of DANGEROUS heart rhythm disorder
Most government-funded initiatives to address the overdose epidemic in the United States have targeted opioids specifically. They have neglected other drugs that are increasingly implicated in overdoses, such as cocaine and methamphetamine. This is the finding of an issue brief by a drug policy expert at Rice University. The is Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at the … Continue reading Drug Overdose Epidemic is Far Beyond Opioids
Rachael Pomerleau, 40, had taken opioids before, having had procedures like wisdom teeth removal and gallbladder surgery. But during the tumultuous two years that her children, now ages 7 and 8, were born, opioids took over her life, she told HuffPost. She was put on bed rest as a result of complications with the pregnancy of her daughter. A few months after her daughter’s birth, she became pregnant … Continue reading Doctors and Policymakers Struggle To Keep Up As Opioid Use Surges among Women
Older male doctors in the South and in rural western states are prescribing the most sedatives and opioids to seniors, according to a new University of Michigan (U-M) study. And those receiving the drugs are more often than not less educated, from areas with lower incomes and at higher risk for suicide. States with the highest intensity of prescribing were Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia, Florida … Continue reading Seniors In The Deep South And Rural Western States Prescribed Most Benzodiazepines And Opioids
Many admit overprescribing of opioid medications helped create epidemic In the early 1990s, the number of painkiller prescriptions filled at U.S. pharmacies increased by 2 to 3 million every year. Around 1996, they jumped by 8 million, as doctors quickly became part of a painkiller prescription-writing bonanza. The makers of Oxycontin launched a marketing campaign with a video promotion called, “I Got My Life Back,” … Continue reading OPIOID CRISIS: What role have doctors played in creating the opioid crisis?
New studies published in the British Medical Journal examine life expectancy trends in high income countries The United States is among 14 high-income countries with declining life expectancy rates, according to new research recently published in the British Medical Journal. The research features findings from two separate observational studies, one pointing to the ongoing opioid crisis in the U.S. as a key contributor to recent declines, and another … Continue reading US sees drop in life expectancy, largely due to opioid crisis among young adults
Kratom, a legal herbal supplement derived from a plant, affects the same opioid brain receptors as morphine and appears to have properties that expose users to the risks of addiction, abuse and dependence. Chester County officials have linked kratom use to the accidental overdose deaths of two men there earlier this year. Police in Chester County, Pa., are sounding the alarm after two men died … Continue reading Kratom kills 2 in Pennsylvania. Will There be More Deaths Elsewhere?
A new study finds doctors who were informed of their patients’ deaths from prescription opioids were less likely to prescribe the drugs for new patients. The doctors also issued fewer high-dose prescriptions over the next three months, compared with doctors who did not receive a letter informing them of patient overdose deaths, according to The Washington Post. In total, there was almost a 10 percent reduction … Continue reading Doctors Told of Patients’ Opioid Overdose Deaths Less Likely to Prescribe the Drugs
A typical scenario is going to your doctor with some type of pain, anxiety, or mood issues. He (or she) gives you a few brief moments to describe what’s going on and then offers you Vicodin, Klonopin, and/or an antidepressant. The entire scenario exists in the space of about 30 seconds. You happily leave the office, after you pay your bill, and zoom over to … Continue reading How Much Time Did Your Doctor Spend Informing You About The Probability of Addiction, Organ Damage & Premature Death BEFORE He Gave You Your First Opioid, Benzo, or Antidepressant?
As this is only a brief overview of opioid addiction, it is one that everyone needs to know and understand. If it isn’t you, yourself, it could be a child, a spouse, a relative or a friend. In these dark times of doctors causing addiction, we need to be vigilant to keep our eyes and ears open, as it could mean life or death! A … Continue reading 11 BIG Signs of Opioid Addiction Everyone Should Know
NEVER Blindly Trust Your Doctor. Be 99% Of Your Own Medical Care By Working Together As A Team Where YOU Do Your Due Diligence And Research, Research, Research! ~ NationalAddictionNews Story at-a-glance Drug overdoses are the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50. Opioids are responsible for nearly two-thirds of these deaths, but benzodiazepine (“benzos”) overdoses are also on the rise … Continue reading This Common Drug Combo Raises Your Risk of Lethal Overdose Fivefold
I am placing this warning here today for obvious reasons; however, I am (personally) completely against trading one addiction for another by the use of methadone and suboxone! They are both addictive and will destroy body organs, with the same potential for overdose. Once detoxed, the craving are gone, so there is no need for these dangerous drugs except to bring more money to Big … Continue reading Hepatitis C and HIV Infections Surge Among People With Opioid Use Disorder
Addicted to prescription drugs? SUE YOUR DOCTOR! In 2010, it was found that roughly 100,000 Americans die each year from prescription drugs alone. When it comes to opioids, the number of deaths is in the tens of thousands while a quarter of patients who were given a short-term prescription transitioned to long-term use. Now, according to a recent Harvard University analysis, doctors who prescribe these pain-killers are being … Continue reading HARVARD INVESTIGATION SHOWS DOCTORS ARE PAID HUGE SUMS TO PRESCRIBE ADDICTIVE OPIOIDS
Mothers: DON’T do this to your child! They must never suffer because of your addiction! Summary: Robin Adams tells of the challenges and joys of adopting a baby affected by his birth mother’s opioid use. Note: This is one of a series of stories by people whose lives have been affected by the use of opioids. Fighting the nation’s opioid crisis is one of HHS’s main priorities. The drug … Continue reading The Opioid Crisis: A Child’s Fight and a Mother’s Gain
I recently attended a symposium examining how medical schools can prepare future doctors to deal with the continuing opioid crisis. I joined over 90 educators from 30 medical schools at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University to discuss devising a curriculum based on a successful model that Brown has created. The curriculum on opioids is designed to accomplish two objectives: First, teaching medical … Continue reading Dr. Marc Siegel: The opioid crisis has a solution — Here it is
IN 2018, MORE THAN 2 MILLION AMERICANS WILL SUFFER FROM ADDICTION TO PRESCRIPTION OR ILLICIT OPIOIDS Opioids killed more people last year than either car accidents or gun violence. This crisis of addiction can affect any American, from all-state football captains to stay-at-home mothers. As a result, Americans across the country are feeling the weight of the crisis next door. Share your story below by uploading a video about … Continue reading Over 2 MILLION Americans Will Suffer From Addiction to Opioids in 2018; Too Many Will Needlessly Die Prematurely
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The doctor’s “brusque and indifferent” prescribing of diamorphine led to the deaths of at least 456 patients between 1989-2000. A British doctor is making headlines once again, after a report released Wednesday (June 20) concluded that her policy of over-prescribing a powerful pain medication led to hundreds of patient deaths. Jane Barton, who is now retired, was found guilty of serious professional misconduct in 2010 … Continue reading Report states: Overprescribing Doctor Linked To Hundreds Of Deaths
Increased regulation of opioids has led to a growing number of sales online, through an underground network of websites known as the “darknet,” Newsweek reports. In 2014 the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) changed the designation of opioids such as oxycodone and hydrocodone from Schedule III to Schedule II, which means doctors have more limitations on prescribing them. Researchers analyzed darknet sales for opioids in the … Continue reading Increased Opioid Regulation Leads to Growing Illegal Sales Online
INSYS THERAPEUTICS PAID MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO DOCTORS. THE COMPANY CALLED IT A “SPEAKER PROGRAM,” BUT PROSECUTORS NOW CALL IT SOMETHING ELSE: A KICKBACK SCHEME. Selling drugs is a relationship business. It’s best to do it in person. That is why, on a summer evening in 2012, Alec Burlakoff was out for dinner with Steven Chun, the owner of Sarasota Pain Associates. Burlakoff was … Continue reading The Pain Hustlers
Scientists have shown that CBD actually blocks the opioid receptor in the brain, leaving no more doubt that cannabis should be a primary treatment for addiction. As the opioid epidemic rages on, those professing to seek “solutions” are willfully ignoring one of the most promising treatments – medical cannabis. When the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) was being debated in 2016, amendments to study … Continue reading First Of Its Kind Study Shows Undeniable Evidence Cannabis Can Cure Opioid Addiction
Whistleblower Joe Rannazzisi says drug distributors pumped opioids into U.S. communities — knowing that people were dying — and says industry lobbyists and Congress derailed the DEA’s efforts to stop it. In the midst of the worst drug epidemic in American history, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to keep addictive opioids off U.S. streets was derailed — that according to Joe Rannazzisi, one of … Continue reading Ex-DEA agent: Opioid crisis fueled by drug industry and Congress
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