Opioid Overdose

Not So Sunny in the Sunshine State: Opioid Addiction in Florida

In the field of medicine, opioids are used as pain relievers. This class of drugs is legitimately available by prescription for people who need immediate pain relief after a serious accident or for those that suffer from chronic pain. Familiar names include oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), [...]

6 Myths About Opioid Use Disorder

The United States may represent fewer than 5% of the world’s population, but we consume more opioids than any other country: approximately 30% of the world’s supply.(1) It’s no wonder why addiction was declared a national emergency. Opioids, including prescription opioids, heroin and fentanyl, killed [...]

What Is the Difference Between Opioids and Opiates?

The terms "opioid" and "opiate" are often used interchangeably, but now that use has reached epidemic levels and was declared a national emergency, it’s useful to understand the difference between the two and how they affect the end-user, especially if that person is you or [...]

Could kratom be the antidote to the opioid epidemic?

As the opioid epidemic rages on, more people are searching for ways to wean themselves off of opioids. One natural substance that has reportedly shown promise among those suffering from opioid addiction is kratom. Is kratom an opioid? Kratom, or Mitragyna speciosa, is a plant [...]

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New study finds that duration, not dosage, poses greater risk for opioid misuse

As a nation ravaged by an opioid epidemic, much of the discussion is centered around how dosage leads to addiction, but a recent Harvard Medical School study published in the British Medical Journal suggests otherwise. The study found among surgery patients with no history of [...]

2019-11-26T15:57:37+00:00February 21st, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Heroin Vaccine on the Horizon?

Is a vaccine for heroin addiction possible? When detoxing and treating opioid addiction, a few medications are likely to come into play. Buprenorphine is one such drug, most commonly prescribed in the form of Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone). The drug can be used for either [...]

DIY Detox Can Be Dangerous

People caught in the grips of an opioid use disorder know that if they do not stop, then they will die. Most opioid addicts have lost friends to the disease, succumbing to overdose. They see the daily headlines of the ever-growing death toll associated with [...]