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Red Ribbon Week in October – Drug Free America

October 23 – 31, 2018 “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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Meth Use is Increasing, Especially Among Opioid Users

Meth is back and it’s cheaper and purer than ever before. With national attention focused on the country’s epidemic of heroin and prescription painkiller abuse, law enforcement and health care professionals are seeing a massive resurgence of methamphetamines on the street. To complicate matters, a staggering number of people dependent on opioids appear to also […]




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International Overdose Awareness Day – August 31

August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day, a time for people to share the story of someone they’ve lost to drugs and support others who are struggling because of a recent loss. The day of awareness is entering its 17th consecutive year, having gotten its start in Melbourne, Australia, in 2001.     What is […]




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Apple Watches and Fitbits to Monitor Drug Use Heart Rate. Really?

Technological advances have revolutionized the healthcare industry. From the stethoscope early on to pacemakers, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), laparoscopic surgery that’s less invasive and, well, the list goes on and on. Some experts even suggest that 3D printers will be able to replicate human organs for transplant patients, in the not so distant future. So, […]




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Will Blue-181 Be An Effective, Non-Addictive Opioid Alternative For Pain?

Researchers are racing to develop an alternative to prescription opioid painkillers that are just as effective at managing pain, though don’t come with dangerous side effects, including addiction. As the opioid crisis continues to ravage whole communities and kill an estimated 115 people a day, the stakes are incredibly high. Now, three scientists believe they’re […]




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Getting High on Xanax: A Benzo Buzz or Bummer?

The reason benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, are popular is because they work. The sedative effect suppresses neurotransmitters in the brain responsible for fear, worry and a sense of danger. The medication also boosts confidence. So, for patients that suffer from panic attacks or other anxiety disorders – around 40 million adults in the U.S. – […]




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Cocaine Laced With Fentanyl. It’s Not Just a Heroin Problem Any More.

A report put out by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found more than half of all opioid-related fatalities, in just a five month period of 2016, involved fentanyl. Heroin mixed with Fentanyl is responsible for the spike in overdose deaths since 2013 and now, much to the alarm of healthcare experts, law […]




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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 […]




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