Rise in IV Drug Use Sounds Alarm

As healthcare professionals and researchers have watched the opioid epidemic sweep through the country, the use of needles has also increased dramatically, bringing a host of additional problems. According to new research conducted by scientists at USC, not only is the number of people administering their drugs via needles is increasing, but the amount of time it takes someone to …

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Drugged Driving Deaths Outnumber those Caused by Alcohol Alone

Deaths caused by drunk driving used to be the biggest cause of accidental deaths in our country. However, in recent years, accidental overdoses have climbed to the top, and so has car crashes where one or both of the drivers were under the influence of drugs. The Governor’s Highway Safety Association is working with other groups to try and address …

Intervention InfoDrugged Driving Deaths Outnumber those Caused by Alcohol Alone

Rash of Heroin Overdoses Linked to W-18 Use

Among the rise of opioid-related overdose deaths throughout the U.S. in recent years, there has been a significant increase in the prevalence of synthetic compounds as well, often being added to heroin and making it more potent. New York State’s Erie County is one of many locales that has seen a number of fatal heroin overdoses recently. Experts believe they …

Intervention InfoRash of Heroin Overdoses Linked to W-18 Use

Study Helps Identify Patients Most Likely to Abuse Painkillers After Surgery

One of the most common reasons to prescribe prescription painkillers is after a surgical procedure. Sometimes these surgeries can be major, and other times they can be less invasive. However, painkillers have become part of most standard recovery protocols. One major problem with this is that sometimes patients do not stop taking their painkillers, even after the prescription runs out, …

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Viewing Opioid Addiction as a Public Health Problem

One of the most challenging barriers to overcome when it comes to handling an addiction is the stigma and misunderstandings attached to being an addict. People who have substance use disorders are often viewed as poor, uneducated, minority males who are also criminals. However, this is simply not true. In fact, according to JAMA Psychiatry, the average heroin addicts are …

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