Seattle Students Profit From Revised Drug Policies

Seattle drug policies keep kids in school longer. Seattle school superintendents recently announced some changes in drug policies designed to keep more kids in school while providing better education on the effects of substance misuse. The recent policy changes appear to be working; Seattle Weekly reports a 20 percent decrease in the number of suspensions … Read More

Technology in Addiction Treatment

Technology has improved the lives of millions of people. It has also disrupted nearly every industry, including addiction treatment and behavioral health. Virtual communication is available to most people in the form of small handheld digital devices, and there are apps for just about anything you could want. While many of these applications are used … Read More

How to Taper Off Ativan Safely

Suddenly stopping Ativan use can cause have severe consequences. Ativan is the brand name for the drug lorazepam. It is in the drug class of benzodiazepines, a common type of tranquilizer. The medication treats anxiety, acting as a calmative on the brain and central nervous system. Ativan works to stimulate the natural production of the … Read More

Is a Vaccine for Heroin Addiction in the Making?

What if there were a vaccine to help people overcome heroin addiction? Scientists are working on creating such a vaccine. Heroin addiction is increasing across America. Research shows that heroin use has been on the rise since 2007. Heroin is highly addictive, and prescription opioids are often the gateway to heroin use as heroin is … Read More

Oregon Suicides Increase Almost 30 Percent, CDC Finds

The rate of suicide increased across nearly all states from 1999 to 2016. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that from 1999 to 2016 the suicide rate in Oregon increased by 28.2 percent. Is substance misuse factoring into the statistic? What other factors are at play? Where can a person go for … Read More

What Does Crack Do to Your Brain?

Prolonged crack use can cause alterations in brain activity that can lead to the development of a substance use disorder. Addiction can develop shortly after using crack. Some people may even find themselves hooked after just one dose. The incredible high that it gives almost immediately after consuming it can cause intense cravings for the … Read More

Why It Is Easy to Accidentally Overdose on Fentanyl

Fentanyl, in its legal form, is a powerful drug used to relieve pain. However, the illicit use of fentanyl carries a high risk for overdose, sometimes with deadly consequences. Fentanyl Overdose in America Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is much stronger than heroin. Stat News reports that while 30 milligrams of heroin can cause … Read More

Are There Any Medical Uses for Ecstasy?

When ecstasy became associated with raves, its use skyrocketed. Ecstasy is the common name for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), a synthetic, mood-altering drug. Ecstasy, also called Molly or MDMA, is considered a popular nightclub drug, but it was used briefly in the 1970s as a psychotherapy aid. By 1985, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration labeled MDMA as … Read More

Alternatives to Dilaudid: A Non-Addictive Options

Dilaudid Alternatives for Opioid Abuse
Studies show that combining acetaminophen and ibuprofen is more effective for pain relief than opioids. The search for a non-addictive opioid for pain relief has begun. Opioids have been effective for managing chronic pain, but opioids are highly addictive. More than two million people are addicted to opioids and more than 130 people die in … Read More

Are Ativan and Xanax the Same Drug?

Ativan and Xanax are similar medications used to treat anxiety. Are Ativan and Xanax the Same Drug? Ativan and Xanax are two different drugs but they are both benzodiazepines, a class of drugs often used for managing psychiatric illness. Both drugs treat mental disorders by enhancing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter, thus … Read More