Category: Addiction

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The Increasing Frequency of Addiction and Co-Occurring Disorders

How Common Are Co-Occurring Disorders? Individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders are presenting in increasing numbers in a variety of treatment settings. Why is that? The increase can be traced by several reasons; first, there is an increase awareness of co-occurring disorders in addiction treatment. To some extent new information and a … Continued

Prevention

Access to Naloxone & Reducing Stigma Vital to Saving Lives

Study Shows Naloxone Availability Vital to Saving Lives In the nation’s capital, emergency room visits involving a suspected Heroin overdose fell by 67.5% between 2017 and 2018. Alongside the District of Columbia, ten states (a majority on the eastern half of the US) saw declines in their Heroin-related ER visits. These encouraging numbers come as … Continued

Prevention

How Are Opioids and Sleep Disorders Related?

Can Opioid Addiction Negatively Affect Sleep Habits? According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), individuals that have a Substance Use Disorder are 5 to 10 times more likely to also have a co-morbid sleep disorder. Long-term substance abuse physically changes the brain’s sleep architecture, disrupting both sleep patterns and quality. This causes people … Continued

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Current Opioid Lawsuits Miss the Real Problem in America’s Addiction Crisis

The Root of the Problem That Current Opioid Lawsuits Missed On Thursday, May 2, five defendants from the Insys Therapeutics pharmaceutics company were found guilty of racketeering in Boston. The federal jury returned its verdict 15 days after deliberation began, but eventually convicted founder John Kapoor as well as four co-defendants from Insys. US attorney … Continued

Teen

America’s Foster Care Children and the Opioid Epidemic

Foster Care Numbers, Opioid Addiction on the Rise The number of children in foster care is steadily increasing in America. The American Psychological Association reported a 10% of a national increase in children admitted to foster care between 2013 to 2016. This indicated worrisome trends directly related to neglect via drug abuse by a parent. … Continued

Prevention

How Mindfulness Can Encourage Recovery From Addiction

Why Does Mindfulness Matter When Treating Addiction? Mindfulness is a powerful word denoting wellbeing and stress management. Mindfulness can aid in reducing stress and feelings of anxiety that can serve as reinforcements of chemical dependencies and addiction. ‘Very Well Mind’ notes mindfulness is “the practice of becoming more fully aware of the present moment—non-judgmentally and … Continued

Epidemic

Are Purdue Drug Reps the Real Perpetrators of the Opioid Crisis?

The Deceptive Marketing of OxyContin by Purdue Pharmaceuticals The start of the American Opioid Epidemic can be traced back to the early 1990s and Purdue Pharmaceutical’s influence over the prescription of Opioid medications. During that time, pain specialists in the United States began to argue that the nation faced an epidemic of untreated chronic pain. … Continued

Prevention

5 Signs Your Teen Is Using Opioids and 5 Factors That Put Them at Risk

How to Recognize Signs Your Teen Is Using Opioids Historically low rates of Opioid (and drug) use among teens is a promising sign that prevention efforts are working. Between 2013 and 2018, Vicodin® use fell by 58% among 8th graders, 75% among 10th graders, and 67% among 12th graders. Moreover, teens are also reporting that prescription Opioids are … Continued

Prevention

International Women’s Day: Removing Gender Stigma and Improving Access to Treatment

International Women’s Day: How Opioid Addiction Disproportionately Affects Women and Mothers International Women’s Day, celebrated March 8 around the world, is an opportunity to further educate and empower women, as well as discuss topics that disproportionately affect them. The stigma of Opioid addiction, prescription drug misuse, and fatal overdose all affect women differently than men, … Continued

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The 5 Most Addictive Opioids

What Are the 5 Most Addictive Opioids? The social and economic consequences of addiction in the U.S. are among the gravest public health issues today. For the first time in American history, people are more likely to die of an Opioid-related overdose than from a motor vehicle accident. In 2017, 70,237 Americans died from a … Continued