August 30th is designated as Grief Awareness Day – a day dedicated to helping others learn how to cope with grief after a significant loss. Sorrow and grief can take on many forms and can be the result of different types of losses. It can be anything from the death of a loved one, the loss…Read more
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Get Treatment Supports International Overdose Awareness Day
Get Treatment supports International Overdose Awareness Day – a global event that takes place on August 31st aimed at raising awareness combat the stigma of drug overdose-related death. This day is also used as a day of remembrance and acknowledgement of the grief endured by family members and friends of those who have passed or…Read more
Percocet Withdrawal Timeline
Percocet is the brand name for a prescription opioid painkiller medication made from a combination of oxycodone (OxyContin) and acetaminophen (Tylenol). The medication is usually prescribed to treat pain. However, it also induces feelings of relaxation and calmness, and also helps to reduce anxiety, leading some people to continue taking it in order to feel good…Read more
Can Drinking Alcohol Cause Depression?
Some people say they drink alcohol to “drown their sorrows” after a bad breakup, job loss, or other major life stress. And yes, because alcohol makes you sleepy, a few beers or glasses of wine can seem to relax you and relieve anxiety. A drink once in a while when you’re stressed out or blue…Read more
Fatal Opioid Overdose Rates Among U.S. Teens Rising
The rate of drug overdose deaths among adolescents ages 15 to 19 in the United States increased 19% from 2014 to 2015, according to a new federal report. The new numbers come from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, which looked at drug overdose deaths among teens from 1999-2015. More specifically, the rate of overdose…Read more
Americans Don’t Know What to do When They Recognize the Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse
In 2015, almost 19 million Americans ages 12 and above misused prescription medications. There is no denying this country is currently facing the deadliest and most concerning drug overdose epidemic in its history. Last year alone, drug overdoses claimed the lives of more than 59,000 people. Opioid addiction, in particular is the main culprit, with more…Read more
Opioid Deaths may be Much Higher than Previously Thought
Opioids have already created the deadliest and most alarming drug overdose epidemic in U.S. history, but now it turns out that the actual number of opioid deaths is thousands more than previously estimated. A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine reveals that opioid deaths in 2014 were actually 24 percent higher than previously reported. Heroin…Read more
What are the Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning?
Although many people enjoy moderate drinking, defined as one drink per day for women or two for men, drinking excessively can lead to an overdose. An alcohol overdose, also known as alcohol poisoning, occurs when a person’s blood alcohol content (or BAC) is high enough to cause impairments that may cause self-harm or damage to others.…Read more
Just Accidentally Breathing in Fentanyl can Cause an Overdose
Although many people had not heard of the drug fentanyl until it killed musician Prince in April 2016, fentanyl overdoses claim thousands of lives annually. With the opioid epidemic worsening, the number of people losing their lives to this dangerous synthetic opioid continues to rise. Synthetic opioid overdoses, including those from fentanyl, rose by 72% from 2014…Read more
More than 1 in 3 Americans Using Prescription Opioid Painkillers
A health crisis that currently kills 78 Americans a day is only becoming more concerning. A new federal study reveals that, on average, more than a third of Americans used prescription opioid painkillers in 2015. Researchers reviewed data collected from more than 51,000 adults during face-to-face interviews for the National Survey on Drug Use and Health,…Read more
How Long Does Opiate Withdrawal Last?
Opioid addiction is a rapidly growing epidemic in the United States and abroad. In the United States alone, there were more than four times as many unintentional overdose deaths from prescription pain relievers in 2014 as there were in 1999. In fact, deaths from opioid overdoses now outnumber those from car accidents. With the seriousness…Read more
How is Prescription Drug Abuse Linked to Heroin Use?
Every 19 minutes someone dies of a prescription overdose. It has been noted that unintentional poisoning deaths from prescription opioids quadrupled from 1999 to 2010 and now outnumber those from cocaine and heroin combined. Even more concerning is the fact that many people who are hooked on pain meds are now turning to heroin as…Read more
Why is OxyContin so Addictive?
OxyContin has long been a substance that has been looked at as “safe” since it is a prescribed medication, however, many that struggle with addiction and those who love them now know all too well the highly addictive properties of this pill. In recent years, the opioid epidemic in the U.S. has steadily gotten worse,…Read more
Alcoholism Linked to Aldosterone Hormone, Study Shows
A new study conducted by scientists at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has revealed that a particular hormone in the body could make some people more susceptible to alcoholism. Aldosterone is a hormone produced in the adrenal glands that may contribute to alcohol abuse and addiction. This study reveals that alcoholism may…Read more
Lamar Odom Reveals Son’s Death Accelerated Drug Addiction
Lamar Odom revealed in a letter on The Player’s Tribune on Thursday that his cocaine abuse became significantly worse after his 6-month-old son, Jayden, died suddenly in the summer of 2006. In the letter, which was accompanied by a video, Odom showed a raw and vulnerable side of himself, speaking honestly about how his cocaine…Read more
Opioid Abuse Among Older Americans has Doubled
A new report reveals that opioid abuse among older Americans (aged 50 or older) doubled from 2002 to 2014, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Opioid abuse involves the misuse of heroin and any other illegal opiate, as well as the nonmedical use of prescription painkillers, such as oxycodone, (Oxycontin,…Read more
Get Treatment for Meth Addiction
Over the years, methamphetamine has become increasingly popular as the drug of choice for both dealers and addicts alike. In fact, according to research from the United States Sentencing Commission, meth produced more drug offenses than any other narcotic in 27 states, including much of the Midwest, West and the South. Meth is usually injected,…Read more
Study Reveals Risks of Brain Deficits Associated with Fetal Alcohol Exposure
Fetal alcohol exposure occurs when a pregnant woman drinks alcohol. Alcohol use during pregnancy can lead to a variety of problems that affect fetal development. Research shows that binge drinking – meaning four or more drinks on one occasion for women, and regular heavy drinking, put the fetus at risk of developing serious problems. A…Read more
Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of an Opioid Overdose
With the current opioid epidemic ravaging the U.S., it is more important than ever for every citizen to recognize the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose. Opioid overdose is a very dangerous condition that can result in permanent physical and mental damage or even death if medical treatment is not administered right away. Opioids…Read more
Linkin Park Frontman Chester Bennington Commits Suicide at 41
Lead singer Chester Bennington of notorious American rock band, Linkin Park, has committed suicide at the age of 41. According to information told to TMZ by sources of Law Enforcement, Bennington hanged himself at a Palos Verdes Estates private residence in Los Angeles County, California. Bennington’s body was discovered Thursday morning before 9 A.M. and…Read more