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Watch Out: Scams in Opioid Rehab Plague South Florida

The message of a recent news item posted by Pew Trusts is clear. It resonates in the headline: “Opioid Treatment Scam May be Coming to Your State.” Where has this...

Florida: Among States with the Highest Toll from Opioids

“Every eight minutes someone dies from a drug overdose. Most of the time it’s from an opioid, like heroin or illicit fentanyl, but also opioids like oxycodone or hydrocodone –...

Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk for Opioid Addiction Awareness

She’s not only walking the walk, but also talking the talk. According to a news clip on WPTV West Palm Beach, Jessie Grieb, a young woman from South Carolina, is...

Is Marco Rubio Responsible for the Nation’s Heroin Epidemic?

Recently, The Palm Beach Post released a series of stories that delved deep into the role that Florida played in the development of the opiate addiction crisis in the US....

Why Are Military Veterans More Prone to Opioid Abuse?

Active duty members of our armed forces are more likely to encounter dangerous situations that can lead to injury. From time in combat to carrying heavy equipment or using ill-fitting...

Florida Woman Arrested for Fentanyl Trafficking in Hollywood

It’s a case that hit close to home. Hollywood police arrested a local woman this month on charges of possessing and trafficking large amounts of heroin mixed with fentanyl. Also,...

Fentanyl-Laced Marijuana Hits Florida

First, fentanyl was found in heroin, then it started showing up in cocaine. Next, they found it in counterfeit pills sold on the street – pills made to look like...

Can I Quit Heroin Cold Turkey?

The term cold turkey probably comes from the observation that when individuals abruptly discontinue use of heroin or another opioid, they often exhibit goosebumps on their skin that resembles the skin of...

Suboxone Abuse and Withdrawal Symptoms

When buprenorphine was approved for prescription use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002, the drug had been widely used in Europe to help people struggling with heroin addiction....

Who’s Responsible for the Opioid Crisis?

There is a great deal of conjecture and debate about who is responsible for the opiate addiction epidemic that is plaguing this country. Some point the finger at doctors who...

OxyContin Addiction and Side Effects

OxyContin is an analgesic opioid painkiller that contains oxycodone as its active ingredient. Synthesized from thebaine, a constituent of the poppy plant, oxycodone is the substance in OxyContin that makes...

Dangers of Mixing OxyContin with Alcohol

Two of the most widely abused drugs in the US are alcohol and prescription opioid painkillers like OxyContin. Because they are both widely available, through both legal and illegal means, the...

How Long Does Opana Stay in Your System?

Opana is the brand name for oxymorphone, an opioid that is manufactured and distributed for the treatment of moderate to severe levels of pain. Opana is known for being twice as...

Opana Detox and Withdrawal Timeline

Treating an Opana addiction can be a complicated and time-consuming process, but one that is necessary for rehabilitation and overall health. Withdrawal from Opana (or, in its generic form, oxymorphone) puts a...

Rehab for Opiate Abuse

Opioid abuse is one of the most serious public health crises facing America today, as the dangerous consumption of legal and illegal drugs has crippled towns, neighborhoods, and cities across the...

What Are the Side Effects of Opana?

Opana, or oxymorphone in its generic form, is a potent prescription opioid drug, and its use should be closely monitored by trained medical personnel. Opana can be highly beneficial when...

The Most Addictive Prescription Opioids 

Opioid drugs are a class of analgesic medications that bind to opioid receptors in the brain, block pain sensations, and slow down some of the autonomic functions of the central...

What Is Opana (Oxymorphone)?

A painkiller designed to treat moderate to significant pain, Opana contains the active ingredient oxymorphone, which is an opioid narcotic. Coming in both an immediate-release and extended-release formulation (Opana ER),...

Influx of Federal Funds Will Help Florida Fight Heroin Epidemic

As overdose deaths spike across South Florida, federal funds are coming in to help the area fight the problem. Overall, the federal budget currently provides for $27 million to prevent,...

Dangers of Snorting Heroin

Heroin is a Schedule I narcotic, making it among the most dangerous, addictive drugs a person can take. Neither prescribed nor regulated for any medical purposes, heroin is habit-forming. Taking...

The Rapid High of Injecting Heroin

Heroin is well-known for creating an intense high, particularly if it’s injected directly into the veins. It’s also known for being highly addictive and wrecking havoc on both the body...

Suboxone vs. Methadone

Opioid addiction in the United States has reached epidemic levels. Thousands of people every year overdose on these drugs. If they are fortunate enough to survive the overdose, in too...

Why Is Fentanyl So Dangerous to Mix?

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid painkiller. It is derived from morphine but about 100 times more powerful. The drug was originally developed to treat people with severe pain – those...

Heroin & Prescription Opioid Overdose

A drug overdose occurs when someone takes a specific drug that is greater than the dosage that is recommended or typically used by other individuals. It can also occur when...

Will 800 Die of Opiate Overdose in South Florida This Year?

According to projections based on data from South Florida medical examiners, the number of people who lose their life to opiate overdose in Palm Beach County, Broward County, and Miami-Dade...

The Risks of Snorting Dilaudid

Dilaudid is a prescription narcotic drug that is used to treat severe levels of pain, such as post-surgical pain or kidney stones. Also known by its generic name hydromorphone, this...

How Long Does Fentanyl Stay in Your System?

In 2012, 169,868 people who sought addiction treatment cited opioids like fentanyl as their primary substance of abuse, per the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Since so many people abuse...

What Are the Dangerous Side Effects of Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a prescription narcotic pain reliever. It is manufactured from opiates that are derived from opium poppy plants. In most cases, fentanyl is used to treat severe forms of...

What Are Opiates?

Both heroin and prescription painkillers stem from the pods of opium poppy plants. The sap-like residue that dries on the surface of these pods is harvested and synthesized into morphine....

The Difference between Vicodin and Percocet

Vicodin is a combination of hydrocodone (an opioid painkiller) and acetaminophen. The average dose of Vicodin in oral tablet form contains 500 mg of acetaminophen and 5 mg of hydrocodone. This drug has been the...

Is Hydrodocone the Same as Vicodin?

Hydrocodone is an opioid pain reliever. The base of this drug is synthesized from morphine, which comes from the opium poppy flower. In high doses, it can be lethal. The Drug...

Methadone Withdrawal and Detox

Methadone is a synthetic analgesic painkiller that is similar to morphine, but used primarily in the treatment of heroin addiction. Since the 1990s, however, methadone has been prescribed more frequently to...

Understanding Methadone Abuse

Methadone is a synthetic opioid painkiller used primarily in the treatment of opiate addiction, especially heroin addiction. However, in the past two decades, methadone has increasingly been prescribed to treat chronic...

Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) and the Potential for Addiction

A person’s use of hydromorphone or Dilaudid may begin safely, after developing a pain condition or using the medication for pain relief after surgery. Because of this medication’s classification as...

Finding Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction

Fentanyl is a powerful narcotic painkiller prescribed to people with serious chronic pain or end-of-life pain, such as those in the final stages of bone cancer. This painkiller is an opioid,...

Tapering off OxyContin and Withdrawal Timelines

OxyContin is an oxycodone-based opioid prescription medication designed to release slowly into the bloodstream to treat people with moderate to severe chronic pain. This painkiller stays in the body for at...

Finding Rehab for OxyContin Addiction

OxyContin is a long-release oxycodone-based opioid painkiller that is prescribed to help people with moderate to severe chronic pain. This prescription narcotic is designed to stay in the body for at least...

Heroin Withdrawal Timeline

The chronic use of heroin or any opioid drug will Heroin is a seriously addictive drug. Like all of the opioid drugs heroin use will inevitably result in some level...

Medications Used for Heroin Treatment

According to an article in The New York Times, an estimated 2.5 million Americans were dependent on or abused opioids in 2012. This abuse was mostly in the form of painkillers, although...

Finding Rehab for Heroin Abuse

Heroin is an illegal, addictive narcotic drug synthetized from the opium poppy. Although heroin was once used as a medication to treat pain, the drug is now deemed a Schedule I controlled substance,...

Length of Suboxone Withdrawal

Withdrawal, in general, is the term that refers to the physical and emotional changes people go through when they attempt to stop taking an addictive substance. These symptoms can mimic...

How Long Does Suboxone Stay in Your System?

When the Food and Drug Administration approved Suboxone in 2002, the combination of long-acting buprenorphine and overdose-halting naloxone seemed like a miracle treatment for people who needed to overcome addictions to opioid...

Understanding How Suboxone is Abused

Suboxone is a prescription medication designed to treat people who struggle with opioid addiction, such as addictions to oxycodone or heroin. The medication is a mix of buprenorphine, a partial opioid...

3 Things That May Help to Beat Opiate Addiction

Opiate addiction is an ongoing problem in the United States. Areas of the country that previously had few, if any, incidents of opiate abuse, much less deaths due to opiate...

Physicians Are Leading Source Of Prescription Opioids

Physicians continue to dole out prescriptions for extremely high risk drug users Latest data released from the CDC and JAMA confirm concerns over high volume prescription drugs. Most people assume...

Heroin Drug Abuse Continues to Explode

Heroin drug abuse continues to explode. One cannot help but notice the media attention since the passing of  the great Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Today the Huffington Post ran an article...

Heroin Addiction Epidemic

Heroin Addiction Epidemic Continues To Effect Major Cities As reported on sacbee.com(1) , Americans are fighting an explosive rise in heroin use and heroin addiction. States are trying to shift...

Oxycontin Addiction and Dependence

Understanding Oxycontin addiction and dependence is a critical element in helping people break free from this powerful drug.  Oxycontin was developed to be used for people who suffer from terminal...

Detox and Treatment for Methadone

Methadone addiction is a growing problem in the United States.  The opiate-based drug made its first appearance in the US in 1947 as a pain reliever. It soon became an...

The Effects of Heroin

The worst effect of heroin is the actual addiction. Addiction is a chronic disease that is prone to relapse. It is characterized by chemical/molecular changes in the brain and in...

The History of Heroin Addiction

Heroin addiction has plagued much of the world for over a hundred years. First developed in the nineteenth century, it was meant to be a more potent alternative to medicinal...

Drug Addiction Treatment and Suboxone

Suboxone is a powerful but dangerous substance which is sometimes used during drug addiction treatment for other opiates. While some people have had great success using it during drug rehab,...

Should You Use Methadone Treatment for Drug Rehab?

Methadone is a powerful drug rehabilitation tool that may help opiate addicts take control of their cravings. However, it is an extremely habit-forming substance itself, and many drug rehab patients...

Finding Relief from Oxycontin Addiction

Oxycontin is a powerful painkiller which can quickly take hold of an addict’s life. Although clinical studies have shown it to be useful for pain relief in cancer and other...

Drug Addiction Treatment for Opiates

Opiate addiction is a potentially deadly disease, but drug addiction treatment gives addicts the chance to turn their lives around before it’s too late. Even the most desperate heroin and...

Clinical Rehab for Heroin Addiction

Heroin is one of the most dangerous and habit-forming substances currently abused. However, thousands of heroin addicts make lasting recoveries each year with the help of clinical drug rehab. Medical...

Morphine, Heroin and Methadone: Treating Opioid Addiction with Opioids

Opioids are among the most widely used drugs in the world and have held this position for the better part of the last two thousand years. Derived from various parts...

England’s Heroin Experiment

For most of the last 90 years the United Kingdom was the only country that allowed its physicians to dispense heroin to patients as a means to alleviate withdrawal and...

Methadone: Risks and Benefits

The use of methadone as a treatment for addiction to heroin or other opiates has exploded since its introduction to the US in 1947. (1) Originally intended as a cheap...

Opiate Addiction: A Human Problem for 6,000 Years

Opiate addiction is thought by many to be a modern problem caused by disintegration of traditional cultural values. However, this type of thinking is not grounded in reality. Addiction to...

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