Tag Archives: Opioid Addiction

Comparing the Dangers of Alcoholism to Painkiller Addiction

Comparing the Dangers of Alcoholism to Painkiller Addiction
As the opioid addiction epidemic has garnered national attention, it can be easy to forget that alcohol addiction is still highly prevalent and as deadly as ever. While the dangers of drinking alcohol are fairly well known, withdrawal from alcohol can also be deadly, as evidenced by the recent tragic death of actor Nelsan Ellis. Every ...
The Dangers of Mixing Methadone and Benzodiazepines

The Dangers of Mixing Methadone and Benzodiazepines
Legal medications like methadone often serve as a replacement for other opioids in drug treatment programs. Generally, doctors don’t prescribe benzodiazepines, like Xanax or Valium, with methadone because they both inhibit the same area of the brain that tells your lungs to keep breathing while you sleep. It’s common for people who mix the two ...
Understanding the National Heroin Epidemic and Its Tie to Prescription Drugs

Understanding the National Heroin Epidemic and Its Tie to Prescription Drugs
The Connection Between Heroin Abuse And Opioids The United States is currently facing the worst drug crisis in American history. Over the past decade, drug overdoses have overtaken motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of accidental deaths in the country. In 2014 alone, 47,055 U.S. citizens died of a drug overdose. While many illicit and ...
Summing Up Heroin and Opioid Abuse in the Hardest Hit Areas of California

Summing Up Heroin and Opioid Abuse in the Hardest Hit Areas of California
Opioid Abuse in California Opioid abuse is a nationwide issue, and each state has unique challenges when it comes to curbing this worrisome trend. Opioids, primarily in the form of pain medication obtained through a prescription, are extremely habit-forming and put users at a high risk for physical dependence and painful withdrawal symptoms. In the U.S., ...
Silicon Valley California Seeing Increased Drug Usage Crime

Silicon Valley California Seeing Increased Drug Usage Crime
The United States is facing a drug problem on a national scale. Over the past several years, drug overdoses have become the leading cause of accidental deaths in the country, overtaking motor vehicle crashes’ long-held number one spot. The reasons for this epidemic are many, and while prescription opioid painkillers and heroin are most often ...
Opioid Prescription Painkiller Use and Its Link to Depression

Opioid Prescription Painkiller Use and Its Link to Depression
When it comes to treatment for opioid painkiller abuse, Americans coping with mental health issues like depression typically face a more challenging road to recovery. Behavioral health counseling can help drug users to manage their addiction and depression simultaneously, but solutions that ignore the interactions between substance abuse and depression may not properly treat a ...