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Top Opioid Prescribing Counties Across The U.S.

The US Opioid Epidemic The opioid epidemic in the United States has reached unprecedented levels after it was declared a national emergency in 2017. It’s estimated that over 11.4 million…

To Reduce Opioids or Not? California Doctor Fights

How serious are the effects of the opioid epidemic in this country? According to official mortality statistics, the death count from opioid use has been on the rise. The numbers…

Fentanyl Cause of Higher Rates of San Diego Overdose Deaths

Prescription drug abuse peaked in 2010. With pill mills dotting the country, illegal pharmacies more than willing to supply those who wanted them with prescription opioids like OxyContin and Vicodin,…

Opioids = #1 Cause of Overdose Death in San Diego

Opioids are causing a wipeout. San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan recently announced that opioids were the number one cause of overdose in San Diego for the first time,…

Are Fentanyl Test Strips the Way Out of Opioid Overdose in CA?

One of the biggest issues driving the spiking rates of opioid overdose death rates in California and across the country is fentanyl. Microscopic amounts of this drug can be overwhelming…

Opioid Abuse Among Pregnant Women

By: Dr. Lawrence Tucker Prevalence of Opioid Abuse During Pregnancy Over the past 3 years, there has been a dramatic increase in substance abuse rates among women of childbearing age….

How Is Liquid Methadone Abused?

Methadone is an opioid medication with a long half-life that can be used to treat opioid dependence and addiction to shorter-acting opioids, such as heroin, fentanyl, or prescription pain relievers…

What Is Methadone Tapering?

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reports that in 2016 around 2.5 million adults in the United States struggled with addiction involving an opioid drug, such as a prescription painkiller (e.g.,…

What Is Gray Death? How Is It Abused?

A new street drug named gray death is turning up in some areas of the United States. Gray death is most often injected but can be snorted or taken orally….

Can You Get Addicted to Heroin after One Hit? What are The Effects?

Many highly addictive drugs have developed a reputation for causing addiction to develop quickly. In fact, for some drugs, it is claimed that addiction can happen after just one hit….

What Are the Differences between Oxycodone and Fentanyl?

Oxycodone and fentanyl are both classified as opioid medications. Other opioids include heroin, morphine, codeine, and more. Natural opioids are derived from the poppy plant, and the synthetic opioids were created to…

How to Do an Intervention for a Long-time Heroin User

When someone takes heroin, it is converted to morphine. It then binds to receptors in the brain that are specialized to respond to naturally occurring neurotransmitters that resemble morphine in…

Is Suboxone Addictive? Why Is It Used for Opioid Withdrawal?

Opioid tolerance, dependence, and addiction all arise due to changes in the brain that occur from chronic opioid abuse. According to a report published in Addiction Science & Clinical Practice,…

Mixing Fentanyl with Other Drugs: What Are the Risks?

As an extremely powerful synthetic opioid drug that is between 50 and 100 times more potent than morphine, per the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), fentanyl is a prescription…

Orange County & San Diego Hit Hard by Fentanyl Overdose Deaths in 2016

Orange County and San Diego County, both in California, are among the top 15 counties in the country that were hardest hit by fentanyl overdose deaths in 2016, according to…

Huge Fentanyl Shipment Stopped near CA Border

Before it could even make it over the border and into the US, Mexican authorities seized the largest cache of fentanyl on record at the end of last month. Almost…

Drug Overdose Deaths Caused by Fentanyl Skyrocket in San Diego

San Diego residents are struggling with opiate abuse and addiction, and it shows in the number of people lost to opiate overdose. Specifically, fentanyl is increasing the cause of drug…

Are There Alternatives to Methadone Treatment?

Methadone was created in Germany in 1939 as a less addictive alternative to morphine, although it wasn’t approved for use until 1947. The use of methadone as a painkiller spread…

Effects of Heroin Use on Pregnant Women

Heroin is an opioid drug that is typically injected into the body by people who abuse it, though it can also be smoked or snorted. It has no medicinal purposes….

Effects of Suboxone Use by Pregnant Women

Suboxone consists of both buprenorphine (which can decrease opioid cravings, lessen withdrawal from opioids, and diminish other opioids’ effects) and naloxone (which may deter a person from snorting or injecting…

Heroin Abuse and Treatment

Heroin classifies as an opioid – in particular, a synthetic form of morphine. It binds to opioid receptors in the brain that are responsible for controlling a person’s perception of…

Subutex and Effects of Use

Subutex is an opioid-derived medication that is routinely used in the treatment of addiction to other opiates, such as heroin and prescription opioid pain relievers. Released in 1982, this form…

How Long Does Methadone Stay in Your Body

A person who is questioning the duration of methadone’s activity in the body is likely to be currently taking this drug or planning on doing so. For this reason, it…

Can Non-Opioid Agonists Prevent Drug Abuse, and What Are the Risks?

While opioid drugs, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, are widely prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain, lawmakers and regulatory agencies both agree that this has led to an opioid…

Can Opioid Agonists Prevent Drug Abuse, and What Are the Risks?

A narcotic is referred to as an opioid agonist when it acts directly on the brain’s opioid receptors. This class of drugs begins with morphine, a painkiller derived from opium,…

Methadone Abuse and Detox

Methadone, also known by the brand name Dolophine, is a synthetic opioid drug that is often used for withdrawal management from opioids, oftentimes meaning heroin. Opiate or opioid drugs are…

Suboxone Abuse and Medical Detox 

Before discussing Suboxone, it is important to clarify a few terms. The term medical detox is a term that is no longer commonly used by the majority of professional organizations that research and develop…

How Long Do the Withdrawal Symptoms from Fentanyl Last?

Fentanyl is a powerful opioid painkiller with a high addiction potential. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, it is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. Discontinuing fentanyl…

Fentanyl Abuse

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have declared that the abuse of opioid painkillers is contributing to a national epidemic, resulting in increased deaths due to drug overdose. This is…

The Dangers of Methadone

Methadone has been used to treat heroin addiction since the 1960s. Since the early 2000s, it has been used as an alternative medication to treat chronic pain. Believed to be…

The Dangers of Suboxone

The opioid addiction epidemic in the US continues to be an issue of major concern for people from all walks of life. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug…

What Are the Withdrawal Symptoms of Suboxone?

According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused prescription opioids and over 8,000 used heroin. An estimated 2.0 million Americans have an opioid…

I’m Addicted to Heroin, but Afraid of Being Dope Sick

Heroin is a highly addictive opiate derived from morphine, which is a naturally occurring substance that can be found in the seedpods of poppy plants. According to the National Institute on…

Identifying Oxycodone Withdrawal Symptoms in Pain Management Patients

For purposes of this article, pain will be used according to the definition used by the International Association for the Study of Pain: “Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience that is associated with…

Using Suboxone Detox at Home: Is It Safe?

Suboxone is the brand name of a drug containing buprenorphine, a medication designed to help those addicted to opioids achieve recovery. Opioids like heroin, morphine, and OxyContin are highly addictive….

Quitting Heroin for Long-Time Users

Heroin is a drug made from the seed pod of the poppy plant. It can be found as a white or brown powder, or a black sticky substance known as black tar heroin….

What You Should Know about Opioid Detox

Opioids – also commonly referred to as opiates – are medications that are primarily used to relieve pain. Common drugs in this class include hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, and codeine. These medications work by…