Washington State’s Complicated History with Kratom

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There is a stimulant extracted from trees in Asia that is having a negative effect on communities in Washington state. Kratom has caused so many problems that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified it as an opioid that is not safe for medicinal use. Is kratom a dangerous drug or is it an … Read More

What Are the Symptoms of Codeine Withdrawal?

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There are many prescription medications that the public categorizes as safer and less threatening than others. Opiates, like Oxycontin, are infamous for leading to substance dependency. It can be easy to think that, by comparison, something as common as cough syrup with codeine in it could never be addicting or fatal like those other notorious … Read More

How to Identify Librium Addiction

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Librium is frequently prescribed to people that deal with anxiety or insomnia. It can be an effective tool to help with these disorders, but there is a darker side to Librium. It can be habit-forming. Why are people who misuse Librium at a high risk for substance use disorders? How can you tell if you … Read More

Dangers of Ambien Addiction

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Many Americans cannot sleep. The latest research from the University of Pennsylvania states that 1 in 4 people in the United States will develop insomnia this year. The good news is that 75 percent of insomniacs will recover without developing a debilitating long-term chronic case of the disorder. Ambien is a widely used medication to … Read More

Pros and Cons of Using Methadone in Addiction Treatment

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There are few medical treatments that do not come with pros and cons. The largest pro would be the successful treatment of a disease or condition. The cons, on the other hand, can be severe side effects, high cost and even dependency. When evaluating treatment protocols for substance use disorders, the risk of dependency has … Read More

Is It Safe to Take Hydrocodone During Long-Term Addiction Recovery?

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The American Academy of Pain Medicine says that 100 million Americans deal with some form of chronic pain every year. Millions more will have an emergency or elective surgery. Acute and chronic pain management is an important part of disease and health. However, taking pain relief medication is not a simple concept if you are … Read More

Why Ecstasy Misuse May Be Riskier than You Think

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Despite the name, the “party drug” ecstasy is a stimulant that can damage the delicate nerve cells in the brain. The drug dates back to 1914 when Merck Pharmaceuticals created methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). The drug was used widely until 1986 when studies showed it damaged brain cells. MDMA — sometimes known on the street as E, … Read More

10 Things You Should Know About Amphetamines

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In the spring of 2018, WebMD came out with a stern warning suggesting that the United States is about to experience widespread amphetamine misuse. As the nation struggles to handle the opioid epidemic, amphetamine addiction is spreading. What are the 10 most important things you need to know about amphetamine addiction? How can the drug … Read More

Dilaudid Overdose: What to Do

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Dilaudid is a highly addictive pain reliever. WebMD flags the drug as having a high probability of overdose because it is an extremely powerful medication. Like other opioids, it is both extremely effective and severely addictive. Also like other opioids, Dilaudid carries the potential for misuse. Could you identify a Dilaudid overdose if you saw … Read More

Is Kratom Legal in the US?

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As the substance use disorder epidemic continues to run rampant through the United States, many new substances are being introduced to the public through the guise of legal substances that are sold in tobacco stores or smoke shops. As these substances continue to appear, the government and law enforcement continue to evolve legislation to protect citizens … Read More