It is important that we keep the conversation going regarding Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness. As you might remember from a couple weeks ago, the President called upon Congress for $1.1 billion to fully fund efforts meant to curb the crisis taking 78 American lives every day by way of opioid overdoses. Several new...Read More
It is important to point out that there is a difference between drug use and drug abuse, albeit a fine line. And, in many cases users are often unaware that they have crossed the invisible boundary between taking a prescription narcotic as prescribed and using the drug in unintended ways. However, it is worth pointing...Read More
When people talk about the American opioid epidemic today, much of the discussion is in regard to the rise of heroin use across the country in recent years. Additionally, powerful opioid analgesics, such as fentanyl and carfentanil, have been finding their way into batches of heroin—making a dangerous drug even more dangerous. It is a...Read More
Insidious. Catastrophic. Virulent. Three ominous words often used to describe the American opioid epidemic that has been both destroying and ending lives every day of the week for nearly two decades. It has been referred to as the deadliest drug related epidemic in the history of the United States, and it is nearly impossible to...Read More
The prescription opioid and heroin epidemic in the United States has put a heavy burden on substance use disorder treatment facilities across the country. It could easily be argued that more Americans than ever are in need of addiction treatment, a service that is of the utmost importance in the fight to save the lives...Read More
The problem we face in the United States with heroin is a byproduct of over a decade of prescription opioid abuse. If you have been tuned in with major media, it would be hard to miss the ever growing reports of heroin abuse happening in major cities and the rural heartland of America. Most of...Read More
Culpability is a word that is used often when discussing the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic that has left millions of people in the grips of addiction, and steals as many as 44,000 American lives each year. The two main targets are pharmaceutical companies and doctors, simply put—drug makers and drug dealers. While it is...Read More
The American opioid epidemic is a bipartisan issue, one that affects practically everyone throughout the country in one way or another. Even if you yourself have never had a problem with prescription opioids and/or heroin, it is highly likely that you have a friend, family member or an acquaintance that has struggled with opiate narcotics....Read More
When talking about addiction, things are said at times that are not rooted in reality, but rather fear. People will often let their emotions dictate whether they will support a particular policy or not, a trend which can have a ripple effect with dire outcomes. In the past, before the country realized the true scope...Read More
Role playing is a common technique used by addiction counselors to help people new to recovery learn how to navigate their way through (seemingly) real life situations without picking up a drug or a drink. While such techniques may be effective, they require participants to imagine that they are not in a clinical setting, but...Read More
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