Tag Archives: Opioid Epidemic

If You Think There Might Be a Problem, There Already Is
Opiate abuse cases range in severity, complexity, and duration. Family members often struggle when they think a loved one is using opiate drugs, but they don’t know how or when to bring up the subject of considering outpatient treatment. A substance use disorder is described clinically as a medical condition that produces significant impairments in health management, social function, and self-control. A drug abuser may know their drug of choice threatens life and security, but not be physically or mentally able to face opiate withdrawal without specialized help and support delivered in opiate treatment centers. In a perfect world, all initial substance use disorders ...

President Trump Announces the Opioid Crisis is Now a Public Health Emergency
From the East Room of the White House today, President Trump declared that the Opioid Crisis in America is now a “Public Health Emergency.” Citing the toll that the crisis has taken on the young and the old, the rich and the poor, and those in both urban and rural communities, the President asserted that the current generation can be the “generation that ends the epidemic.” In his speech, the President recounted how the opioid epidemic came to be, its ties to prescription drug use, and how it has affected the lives of millions of Americans and caused tens of thousands ...

How to Talk to Teens About Prescription Pills
All parents inevitably have to have a talk with their children concerning drugs. As children grow older, they are more likely to encounter different types of drugs through friends and schoolmates, and it’s important that they understand the risks of experimenting with alcohol and other drugs. The dangers of most illicit drugs are well-known, but many teens don’t recognize the inherent dangers of prescription medications. Since prescription pills are legal, many people across all age default to assuming they are safe. Starting the Conversation About Prescription Drugs When it’s time to talk to your teen about the dangers of prescription pills, refer to ...

The Latest News on the Opioid Epidemic in America
We are in the middle of our worst opioid epidemic ever. This current epidemic had its start in the 1990’s when big pharma companies really pushed the sale and prescriptions of their drugs. Their aggressive marketing techniques (that included TV commercials and incentives for doctors to prescribe) are at the root of it. This is according to a recent study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The number of prescriptions has increased from 76 million in 1991 to over 200 million in 2013. America has become the biggest consumer of opioids worldwide. This correlates to the increase in opioid-related deaths. ...