Drug Trends

Purdue Pharma Opioid Lawsuit Settles for $270 Million

April 15th, 2019|

“Purdue is very pleased to have reached an agreement with Oklahoma that will help those who are battling addiction now and in the future.” ~ Dr. Craig Landau, Chief Executive, Purdue Pharma In March 2019, Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin, reached a huge settlement, ending the opioid lawsuit brought by the State of Oklahoma.  Purdue agreed to pay $270 million deal, a decision motivated by a corporate desire to avoid a public trial and what was sure to be an enormous amount of unflattering revelations and negative press.   The $270 million is

Modafinil – The Ultimate Smart Drug?

March 27th, 2019|

Most people agree that life can be tough. In fact, being an adult can be downright exhausting! We have demanding jobs. We have families to take care of. There are always bills to pay. Stress. Traffic. Difficult people. AGGGHHH!!!! Yes, indeed, the experience of being a human can be enough to make you mad. So, what if we told you there was a magic pill that you could make you more productive, effective, efficient, and capable of managing your daily life? You would probably ask, “Where do I get me some of that?!” This

Why Don’t ERs Offer Addiction Treatment?

January 23rd, 2019|

“Research shows that people who have had an overdose are more likely to have another. Emergency department education and post-overdose protocols, including providing naloxone and linking people to treatment, are critical needs.” ~ Dr. Alana Vivolo-Kantor, Ph.D., Behavioral Scientist, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control In 2017, over 72,000 Americans died because of fatal drug overdoses. And for every death, there are estimated to be at least 30 overdoses where the victims survived.  Importantly, when you factor in other health problems such as infections, disease, injuries, and self-harm resulting from substance abuse, it

Review of The National Survey on Drug Use and Health

October 15th, 2018|

Review of The National Survey on Drug Use and Health “SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health contains annual data that provides critical information which helps us understand important concepts around mental health and substance misuse across the nation.” ~ Alex Azar, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary The ongoing drug epidemic has been called the worst public health crisis in American history.  Overdose death rates continue to rise, killing a record number of people every year. But before an effective solution can be found, the problem must be clearly defined.  This

3 Signs Your Son or Daughter is Abusing Drugs or Alcohol

September 15th, 2018|

“It’s not the addict I hope will be grateful for my love. It’s my child. My child is the one who needs to see my strength. My devotion. My resolve. My child needs me to face down what has become his worst enemy. Not help it. My child is the one I want to see live beyond tomorrow.” ~ Sandy Swenson It can be difficult to know whether your son or daughter is abusing drugs or alcohol – particularly when college and work takes them out of your daily life. If you are concerned that

15 Drugs You Should Never Mix With Alcohol

September 14th, 2018|

Mixing alcohol and drugs is never a good idea. Whether they are over-the-counter prescription meds or illegal drugs, taking them with booze can have fatal consequences. 15 Drugs You Should Never Mix With Alcohol There’s a reason why prescription medication packages are marked with a “DO NOT MIX WITH ALCOHOL” label—it’s dangerous. Mixing medicine and alcohol can have all kinds of negative side effects. Unfortunately, many people overlook this. Maybe they’re having too much fun at a party and decide to pop a few pills while they’re already drunk. Maybe they

Cocaine and Your Brain: What are the Risks and Side Effects?

August 20th, 2018|

Cocaine use has a detrimental effect on your brain. It is associated with many of the same risks and side effects as other addictive drugs. Some people believe that cocaine can be used casually and without any long-term adverse effects. Cocaine and Your Brain: What are the Risks and Side Effects? Let us take a moment to dispel that myth: cocaine is dangerous, and the immediate pleasure it produces is certainly not worth the impact it can have on your brain and body. In fact, cocaine affects the chemical reactions of the brain, making

Cold Medicine and Cough Syrup Addiction and Abuse Resource Guide

July 15th, 2018|

Cold medicines sold over the counter (OTC) are largely considered to be safe. Those who are sick can take these medications without causing harm to their body. When taken like the instructions suggest, the dosage is safe.  When used correctly, OTC cold medicines are effective in the management of cold or flu symptoms. Prescription cough syrups function in a similar manner to OTC cough syrups. The only difference is that they contain stronger active ingredients. Some of these ingredients may have a higher potential for abuse. It’s possible to develop a psychological and physical

Meth Mouth – An Inevitable Tragedy Promised To All Crystal Meth Addicts

April 20th, 2018|

Meth Mouth – A Devastating Consequence Of Crystal Meth Addiction You can typically spot a chronic meth user a mile away because they have been afflicted with a condition known as “meth mouth.” Meth mouth is a common term used to describe the unfortunate dental condition that develops among those who abuse methamphetamines (also called “ice” or “crystal meth.”) Blackened teeth from severe and advanced tooth decay, broken or missing teeth, rotten teeth, dental and gum disease are just a few of the most obvious characteristics of meth mouth. In this article, we will

The A-B-C’s of GHB

April 10th, 2018|

What is GHB? Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is a natural-occurring chemical found in the brain that serves as a central nervous system depressant. It is also manufactured synthetically for its feel-good properties as a recreational drug and prescribed for a few legitimate medical purposes. GHB is a highly addictive and dangerous, volatile substance that should be avoided unless prescribed by a doctor in extreme cases. When sold on the streets, GHB is a clear, odorless, tasteless liquid considered by many to be a necessary ingredient for a proper night of partying. Sometimes, it is sold as