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Opioids and the Brain: NIDA Researchers Use Brain Imaging to Study Addiction Treatment

Opioid addiction hijacks the brain’s normal chemical balance, making it nearly impossible for a person to feel pleasure, or even be functional, without the drug. Addiction essentially changes the structure and function of the brain. Now, researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) are using brain imaging to see if different medications – […]




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Drug Deactivation Bags Dispose of Opioids & Prescription Medications

The epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose, largely a result of prescription painkillers, is still one of the country’s most pressing issues, though it might not always be in the headlines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that of the more than 70,000 drug overdose deaths in 2017 alone, 68 percent involved […]




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What is Phenibut and Why Did the FDA Issue a Warning About its Dangers?

Using dietary supplements, such fish oil, multivitamins and other over-the-counter health-related products, is a daily habit for many Americans. In fact, dietary supplements are big business. According to the FDA, there are an estimated 75,000 different products sold as dietary supplements, purchased by more than 150 Americans, generating profits of $40 billion a year. Supplements, […]




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SBIRT – Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment for Substance Use

The prevalence of addiction in the United States, from tobacco use to alcoholism, and the opioid epidemic to other illicit drug abuse, takes a costly toll on the nation’s physical, emotional and financial wellbeing. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates the price of substance abuse-related issues, such as lost work productivity, crime and […]




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Search “Medication Disposal Near Me” and Google Maps Will Show You Where

In early 2019, Google reported that searches for “medication disposal near me” reached an all-time high in January. This represents a spike in public awareness about the dangers of leftover, unused medications that, in many cases, are addictive and even deadly. While that’s good news, more works still needs to be done to raise awareness. […]




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Why is China Refusing to Stop the Flow of Fentanyl Into the United States?

At the end of January 2019, officials at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection declared a seizure of fentanyl powder and pills – 254 pounds in total – the largest in history. It was enough of the deadly synthetic opioid to kill an estimated 100 million Americans. The haul came through Mexico, in a truck […]




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The Gabapentin High – Misuse and Abuse of Neurontin Painkiller on the Rise

The medication Gabapentin (Neurontin) is considered a safe, non-addictive alternative to opioid painkillers. Recently, though, law enforcement and health care professionals witnessed a spike in the number of arrests and hospital visits associated with gabapentin abuse. “We started hearing from pharmacists about people trying to get early refills. That’s usually a sign that something is […]




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Red Ribbon Week in October – Drug Free America

October 23 to 31, 2019 “Life is Your Journey, Travel Drug-Free”   Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign that takes place every October to promote a drug-free America, and is now in it’s 25th year. The movement was born out of the tragic death of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena who […]




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Opioid Addiction Therapy Drug Patent For Purdue Pharma?

The stark reality of the opioid crisis in America is that more than 115 people die every day as a result of prescription painkillers, heroin and fentanyl. To put that tragic statistic into context, more people die in one year from opioid overdoses than American lives lost during the entirety of the Vietnam War. So, […]




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September is Pain Awareness Month: Understanding Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is one of the leading causes of long-term disability in the United States. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more than 76 million Americans, about one in four people, suffer from pain that lasts longer than 24 hours, and millions more deal with acute pain. The month of September, Pain Awareness […]




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