By David Heitz It’s a startling story just emerging this month. Opioid users, primarily in the Atlanta area but also in Ohio and Alabama, are buying a drug that looks like concrete mix. In fact, it’s a dangerous mix of opioids, police say, and includes the dangerous elephant tranquilizer fentanyl. It can be injected, smoked…

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Opioid addiction represents a nationwide epidemic responsible for tens of thousands of deaths each year. And while no group–be it men or women, young or old–are spared, few groups have felt the effects of the rising tide of the epidemic like veterans. According to a 2011 study, patients of the Veterans Health Administration are twice…

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There are a number of important factors that we know can contribute to a person developing an addiction. For instance, we know that things like one’s environment, one’s social circumstances and simply one’s physical access to drugs can be hugely influential in whether or not a person becomes addicted. However, we still know very little…

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We all know that nobody is immune to becoming an addict. The nation’s opioid crisis has proven that. But why is it that people in the nursing profession – those providing frontline care to the sick and among the most admired professionals in America – appear to be even more susceptible it? Perhaps the more…

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Pain and anxiety often go hand in hand. Unfortunately, the medications used to relieve them should not. That’s why the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently mandated sweeping changes to the warning labels of opioid painkillers and anxiety medications, also known as central nervous system depressants. The FDA now requires box warnings, the most serious…

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On This Page: Effects Treatment   Many people often want to better understand drug abuse causes. Outside of the physical realm, like the increased tolerance that leads to addiction – one may ask, what makes a person turn to drugs in the first place? The answer to this question can vary from person to person.…

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Prescription drug abuse is a growing dilemma in the United States, especially among teens and young adults. When a person takes a prescription drug for a non-medical reason, it can become a serious problem, many times resulting in the need for prescription drug abuse rehab. In fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse states that…

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Opioids (painkillers), depressants and stimulants are three of the most common types of prescription drugs that are abused. Some of the most popular opioids include drugs like oxycodone, morphine and fentanyl. Popular depressants include Xanax, Valium and Ambien. For stimulants, you may have heard of drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin – some of the…

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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step,” the famous Chinese proverb says.   And it’s true: every journey — even a hard one — has its own beginning. There are as many roads that lead to drug abuse and addiction as there are people — uniquely individual stories, histories, choices, intentions and happenstances…

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