More than 30 percent of overdoses involving opioids also involve benzodiazepines, a type of prescription sedative commonly prescribed for anxiety or to help with insomnia. Benzodiazepines (sometimes called "benzos") work to calm or sedate a person, by raising the level of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA in the brain. Common benzodiazepines include diazepam (Valium), alprazolam (Xanax), … Continue reading Benzodiazepines and Opioids
Prescription Opioids Side Effects In addition to the serious risks of addiction, abuse, and overdose, the use of prescription opioids can have a number of side effects, even when taken as directed: Tolerance—meaning you might need to take more of the medication for the same pain relief Physical dependence—meaning you have symptoms of withdrawal when … Continue reading The Basic Bare Bones Facts About Opioids & Abuse – From the CDC
Insys Therapeutics of Chandler, Arizona, is reportedly having to fork out $225 million in fines to the federal government for bribing doctors to prescribe as much fentanyl and other opiates as they could get away with – including to patients who didn’t even need them. Described as the “driving force” behind America’s ongoing opioid epidemic, the shady … Continue reading Opioid Big Pharma Giant Ordered to Pay $225 Million DOLLARS After Being Caught BRIBING DOCTORS to PRESCRIBE MORE DEADLY FENTANYL PILLS TO PATIENTS!
A new study finds that cold weather snaps are followed by a marked increase in fatal opioid overdoses. A research team led by Brandon Marshall, an associate professor of epidemiology at Brown University's School of Public Health, found a 25 percent increase in fatal opioid overdoses after periods of freezing temperatures compared to days with … Continue reading Cold Weather Increases the Risk of Fatal Opioid Overdoses
One of the largest murder cases in Ohio history, involving a doctor accused of killing 25 patients, will hinge on his colleagues' cooperation and what they can offer up at trial, legal experts say. And what those former co-workers reveal may help shed light on something that has so far eluded investigators: a motive. A … Continue reading Case Against Ohio Doctor Charged with Killing 25 Patients May Hinge on Former Colleagues
In yet another sign that our healthcare system is fraught with problems that Democrats have made worse and not enough Republicans see fit to address, federal prosecutors have charged dozens of pharmacists and doctors in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Alabama for illegally distributing opioids — even as an opioid epidemic sweeps the country. … Continue reading Big Pharma bust: Largest opioid arrest in U.S. history ensnares dozens of physicians, pharmacists who created addicts
Normally, I would never post a video like this due to it's graphic nature; however, it tells the story, so forgive me please. If this brings awareness or shock to get help, it's worth it. I feel that you need to see this because it is the literal face of addiction. Shock has value. Please … Continue reading Drug Addiction Documentary! Language & Video Feed NOT Suitable for Children, Extremely Graphic, but you need to watch it.
The man whose company makes Oxycontin once referred to people addicted to his product as “scum of the earth,” “criminals” and victimizers. Opioid maker Purdue Pharma is being sued by a number of states — and has already settled with several for record amounts — for its role in the ongoing opioid epidemic facing the U.S. that … Continue reading Ex-Purdue Pharma CEO Richard Sackler Called Opioid Addicts ‘Scum,’ ‘Criminals’ in Emails
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take … Continue reading Tomorrow is the DEA National TAKE BACK Day – Dispose of Your DANGEROUS Medications properly and safely. Get them OUT of your home!
Federal take-down includes suspects in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Alabama. Federal authorities said Wednesday they have charged 60 people, including a doctor accused of trading drugs for sex and another of prescribing to his Facebook friends, for their roles in illegally prescribing and distributing millions of pills containing opioids and other … Continue reading 60 People Charged (Including a Doctor) in Illegal Prescription Opioid Crackdown