Category: Awareness

Prevention

New Study Shows that Opioid Overdoses Are Higher in States With Legalized Medical Marijuana

States with Legalized Medical Marijuana See Rise in Opioid Overdoses One of the main arguments for the legalization of marijuana across the United States has been the idea that the drug can help combat the Opioid Epidemic. By giving doctors an alternative to the prescription of Opioids for treating chronic pain, many believe that the … 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

Addiction

Research Shows ‘Safer’ Opioid Tramadol More Likely to Cause Addiction

Mayo Clinic Investigates: Is Tramadol Safe? According to new research performed by Mayo Clinic, the historically “safer” synthetic Opioid Tramadol poses the same high risk for prolonged use, just like any of the other most common prescription Opioid medications. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) currently classifies Tramadol as a Schedule IV drug, which means it’s considered … 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

Crime

Doctors, Nurses Caught Stealing Prescription Opioids

Fentanyl and OxyContin Fuel Demand for Stolen Prescriptions As huge corporations continue to face legal repercussions in federal court for their role in the Opioid Crisis, doctors and nurses are being punished in criminal courts for stealing prescription Opioids. In another instance of medical malpractice, 19 patients were infected by medical technician Kristen Parker after … Continued

Crime

Johnson & Johnson Identified as “Kingpin” of Opioid Crisis in Oklahoma Lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson’s Alleged Role in the Opioid Epidemic After securing a hefty financial settlement from Purdue Pharma in March, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is targeting a much bigger pharmaceutical competitor in the upcoming Opioid lawsuit: Johnson & Johnson. This is not a first for the healthcare conglomerate – Johnson & Johnson has been cited … Continued

Prevention

Opioid Medicines in the UK Will Now Carry Addiction Warning on Label

The Health Secretary’s Attempt to Reduce Opioid Addiction Opioid painkillers issued in the United Kingdom will soon have to carry a prominent warning on their label about the risk of addiction in an effort to tackle growing concerns around prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. Secretary of State for Health of the United Kingdom, Matt Hancock, proposed … Continued

Epidemic

Casa Mia Recovery Program Keeps Addicted Moms and Babies Together in Texas

Recovery House Helps Addicted Moms and Newborns Heal The heartbreak of babies suffering Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome while their mothers battle Opioid addiction is a growing concern. Infants born with Opioids in their system and expectant mothers who abuse Opioids create a cycle of separation and frustration for moms. Mothers feel guilt of exposing their children … 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