Opiates & Heroin Info

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

Why are Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths Still Rising in 2018?

August 15th, 2018|

“The epidemic of deaths involving opioids continues to worsen. Prescription opioid misuse and use of heroin and illicitly-manufactured fentanyl are intertwined and deeply troubling problems.” ~Dr. Thomas Frieden, former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Opioid overdoses kill 131 Americans a day. Let that number sink in for a moment. Every day, there is a new headline about some new manifestation of the ongoing opioid epidemic. Unfortunately, it’s far too easy become numb to the almost-unbelievable numbers—hundreds of thousands of lives lost and over a TRILLION dollars in economic impact. It’s

3 Gateway Drugs That Anyone Should Be Wary Of

August 10th, 2018|

The concept of a gateway drug is not new. 3 Gateway Drugs That Anyone Should Be Wary Of Most people have heard of the idea but may not know which substances qualify as gateway drugs. It is important for everyone to be wary of gateway drugs. Part of this means understanding the risk factors of addiction and the slow progression toward physical dependence. This brief guide addresses three of the most common gateway drugs that anyone should be wary of: Alcohol Marijuana Prescription medication. These are the three most common gateway drugs. They are

An In-Depth Guide About Heroin Withdrawals and Detox

July 12th, 2018|

Heroin withdrawal can be a scary process. Maybe you’ve heard stories from opiate addicts that have gone through it. People who detox from opioids often experience intense nausea, stomach cramping, severe anxiety and insomnia among other symptoms. It’s no wonder, then, that the prospect of withdrawing can be quite intimidating. The mere thought of going through withdrawals is enough to deter some heroin addicts from quitting. An In-Depth Guide About Heroin Withdrawals and Detox However, once someone is able to overcome the symptoms of heroin withdrawal, they’ll have jumped over one of the biggest

Understanding Why Heroin is So Addictive and How to Help an Addict

July 9th, 2018|

You may have read stories about heroin addiction, and you wonder why is heroin so addictive? A common belief about this drug is that it is in a class of drugs all by itself.  Heroin has the status of superpower. Understanding Why Heroin is So Addictive and How to Help an Addict Dangerous and powerful, heroin is considered to be one of the most addictive of all drugs.  Even the name comes from a German word meaning “heroic, strong.” To give so much credit to a powdery substance might seem to be a bit

True or False: Opioids Are No Better Than Over-the-Counter Medicines for Treating Pain?

May 10th, 2018|

True or False: Are opioids more effective in treating pain than over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications?  Luckily, the answer here is a solid “false.” If you are suffering from chronic or acute pain, OTC pain medications Tylenol and Advil may be just as effective as a prescription painkiller for helping to relieve your pain. Opioids Are the Number #1 Solution for Pain – But Evidence Does Not Support It Currently, prescription opioid medications are the number one solution for chronic pain in America. When people go to the doctor complaining of aches and pains, doctors

28 Telltale Signs of Heroin Addiction

February 1st, 2018|

Smack. Dope. Mud. Horse. Skag. Junk. Black tar. Heroin comes with many street names. It is a highly addictive drug. Over the past three years, heroin overdose deaths have been rising. According to the Center for Disease Control and prevention (CDC), there has been a 39% increase of heroin related deaths in the past decade. There are various reasons for the increase, one of them is the failure to address telltale signs of heroin use. Heroin addiction comes with a stigma and if a user doesn’t match it, they could go under the radar.

Subutex: This Opioid Replacement Therapy is Highly Effective As a Treatment For Opioid Addiction

December 21st, 2017|

Subutex: This Opioid Replacement Therapy is Highly Effective As a Treatment For Opioid Addiction By now, most Americans know that opioid addiction is ravaging the country. Millions of Americans are addicted to opiates like heroin, Morphine, and Codeine, and synthetic opioids like Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and Fentanyl. Opioid Addiction Has Taken America By Storm And The Individual Addict Still Suffers The problem is so devastating, President Donald Trump recently declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency. Since then, the federal government has promised to allocated millions of dollars to solving the problem. In

Vivitrol — Your Best Chance to Recover from Opioid Addiction?

November 21st, 2017|

During the ongoing opioid epidemic, Vivitrol may just be the addiction recovery drug that America needs. According to a new study published just this month in The Lancet, Vivitrol and Suboxone are equally effective at treating opioid dependence. This was the first American research to directly compare these two very different medications. Vivitrol — Your Best Chance to Recover from Opioid Addiction? The implication is clear –both medications should be considered viable treatment options. A smaller Norwegian study published in October reached the same conclusion. Because there is a sore need for evidence-based and

What Role Do Insurance Companies Play in the Opioid Crisis? It Might Not Be What You Expect

November 12th, 2017|

Do the insurance companies feed the opioid crisis to make more money? The blame for the opioid crisis is often placed on doctors and Big Pharma. But another big suspect might have gotten away too easily: insurance companies. Many chronic pain sufferers rely on opiates to improve their quality of life. But there are many safer alternative treatments that insurance companies do not want you to hear about. Illicit drugs kill more people than prescribed opiates. However, there are many chronic pain sufferers who experience addiction and overdose too. High-risk opioids are covered. Safe