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Polypharmacy and Senior Citizens: Why are Physicians Prescribing Too Many Drugs to an Aging Population?

Some medical experts are worried that along with the epidemic of opioid addiction, America is facing another, less publicized healthcare crisis in the nation’s aging baby-boomer population – Polypharmacy. Most common among senior citizens, polypharmacy is the practice of a person taking more than two – sometimes in excess of 15 or 20 – medications […]


Polysubstance Abuse: Addicted to the ‘High’ Rather Than the Drugs

Until there’s a social consensus, it bears repeating that addiction is a complex and complicated disease of the brain. People develop the condition for a variety of different reasons, which makes plotting out an effective treatment approach a challenge for patients, physicians, therapists and other addiction healthcare specialists. That said, the treatment of addiction continues […]


Opioid Deaths Decrease Life Expectancy Rates (2nd Year in a Row)

With so much chaos in world politics – scandal piled on scandal piled on an accidental ballistic missile warning – it’s all too easy to overlook the fact that 2016 made history as the nation’s deadliest year ever for drug overdose deaths in the United States. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, […]


Portugal’s Decriminalization Success for Addiction and Drug Abuse

It’s easy to forget that not every country in the world approaches issues of drug abuse and addiction as if it were a war. In fact, federal and state laws on illegal drug use in the United States seem uncompassionate at best and barbaric at worst, when compared to some other developed nations. In the […]


11 Negative Side Effects of Using Marijuana

The number of states with medicinal and, now, recreational marijuana laws is – no pun intended – growing. It’s therefore not surprising that with greater availability to pot, the number of people using it has spiked. Despite new state laws and an avalanche of criticism, the Drug Enforcement Agency decided to keep marijuana listed as […]


Pain Management: 10 Ways to Treat Pain Without Opioids or Prescription Painkillers

Over prescribing prescription painkillers, such as Oxycontin, Hydrocodone, Percocet and any other number of other opioid medications created an epidemic of addiction and overdoses that communities across the nation continue to battle. While health care experts and legislators search for a solution to the issue, others are focusing on ways to manage different types of […]


Opioid Addiction Treatment Medications: Naltrexone vs. Suboxone, New Study Reports Both Effective

In the midst of the opioid overdose epidemic, a new study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) finds both Suboxone and Naltrexone equally effective in treating addiction to heroin and prescription painkillers. An estimated 300,000 people have died since 2001 as a result of opioids, making it the leading cause of death […]


CVS Health to Limit Painkillers in Response to National Opioid Crisis

In September, one of the country’s largest prescription providers, CVS Health, announced its plan to combat the epidemic of fatal opioid overdoses. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly 65,000 people died in 2016, largely because of prescription painkillers and fentanyl-laced heroin. To put the opioid-related death toll in perspective, more Americans died […]


Did Congress Collude with Big Pharma to Keep Americans Addicted to Opioids?

The Trump Administration declared the crisis of opioid and heroin overdoses a national emergency in August this year. As it turns out, though, identifying an emergency doesn’t necessarily mean the government is quick to take any action. In fact, a Washington Post investigative report shows just how the government is making the situation worse, while […]


Fentanyl Test Strips Might Prevent Heroin Overdoses

As the nation comes to recognize drug abuse and addiction as a public health issue rather than a moral failing or lack of character, harm reduction strategies have leapt to the forefront. These tactics are taking on new forms and making advances that save lives. One new strategy available now takes the form of test […]


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