Category: Opioids

Kratom: The New Opioid?

According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), 1.5 billion people throughout the world struggle with a chronic pain condition. Within the United States alone, more prescriptions are written for painkillers such as Percocet, Vicodin, and OxyContin than in all other parts of the world combined. In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared prescription painkiller abuse an epidemic, as more and more individuals grappling with... Read More

Buprenorphine Prescriptions Tripled to Fight Opioid Epidemic

The abuse of opioids has become a prevalent problem throughout the United States. In fact, many consider this form of substance abuse to be an epidemic, as it has caused devastation in the lives of countless individuals, and yet appears to be continuously growing in prevalence. It has been estimated that 80 people die from overdoses on opioid-based substances, which includes prescription painkillers and heroin, every day in the United... Read More

Drug Use on the Job

Here in the Golden State, our communities bustle with a wealth of opportunity. There are countless ways to advance professionally, working alongside leaders in a variety of industries. Here in California, we’re proud of our workforce and all they’ve accomplished, but beneath the surface of career success and economic viability lies an unfortunate truth. Californians from all walks of life suffer from the negative impact of addiction, and countless individuals... Read More

Obama Administration Focuses on Fight to End Opioid Abuse

Money does not cure drug addiction. But it can be an essential weapon in the fight. Recognizing this reality, U.S. President Barack Obama has called for more than $1 billion of new government funding to be dedicated to the battle against one of the nation’s most pernicious drug abuse problems, the ongoing opioid epidemic. The president has also made several appearances to raise awareness about the scope of the problem... Read More

Arrests Shine Light on Prescription Pill Abuse in Reno

The recent breakup of a “pill mill” ring in Reno, Nevada, has brought renewed attention on the area’s struggles to effectively address epidemic levels of prescription drug abuse. In the nearly 90 years since Reno, Nevada bestowed the “Biggest Little City in the World” nickname upon itself, the former mining town has maintained a reputation for excess. Liberal divorce laws, legal gambling, and proximity to licensed brothels has made Reno... Read More

Fentanyl Overdoses in the Bay Area

Created in 1960 by a physician named Paul Janssen, fentanyl is a powerful opioid medication used to relieve pain. Opioids, which get their name from the opium plant, are a class of medications that are very effective at relieving pain but also present a high risk for addiction. Fentanyl is one of the most powerful of these medications. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fentanyl is... Read More

Prescription Pill Abuse in Sacramento County

Heroin. Morphine. OxyContin. Vicodin. Mention the term “dangerous opioids” to most people, and these four substances are likely to be the first drugs that come to mind. Talk about dangerous opioids with someone in the Sacramento area, and it’s increasingly likely that he or she will add another drug to that list: Fentanyl. A extremely powerful synthetic opioid, fentanyl is commonly employed in medical situations as an anesthetic or to... Read More

The Importance of Leaving the City for Treatment

Stepping away from one’s everyday life poses many advantages when taking on the endeavor of becoming sober. Residential treatment, an option for care that enables men and women to fully focus on recovery in a setting that is free from the temptation of using substances, is a level of care that has helped countless individuals win the war against addiction and chemical dependency. However, for the busy professional, residential treatment... Read More

Lessons From John Lennon and His Song, “Cold Turkey”

“Temperature’s rising Fever is high Can’t see no future Can’t see no sky My feet are so heavy So is my head I wish I was a baby I wish I was dead Cold turkey has got me on the run My body is aching Goose-pimple bone Can’t see no body Leave me alone My eyes are wide open Can’t get to sleep One thing I’m sure of I’m at... Read More

Should an Addict Use Opiate Painkillers?

Consider this: you are in long-term recovery for addiction and you have been progressing quite well. Suddenly, you are involved in an accident—a car wreck, a fall at work, or a sports injury—and you are in dire need of pain management. Your doctor prescribes you opiates to ease your suffering, but you and your family members have some concerns. Should you be taking opiate painkillers? To thoroughly answer that question,... Read More

Women Prescription Drug Overdoses Skyrocket

When you think of a devastating and common cause of death among women, you probably think about breast cancer, the most common cancer among women in the United states. You probably don’t think about prescription drug overdoses. But it’s true—recent data shows that more women die from prescription painkiller overdoses than from breast cancer. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) is calling it a public health epidemic, and the growing... Read More

How Oxycontin Caused an Increase in Heroin Abuse

When Purdue Pharma released a new, abuse-resistant version of Oxycontin in 2010, many thought we had taken a solid step toward reducing the abuse of prescription drugs. As it turns out, they were correct; the new coating on Oxycontin did reduce prescription drug abuse. A study released by the drug manufacturer reported that since the reformulation of the drug, the number of addicts who abused Oxycontin fell 30% since the... Read More

What is My Risk for Getting Addicted to Prescription Drugs?

Painkiller addiction has hit the news pretty hard this year, shocking the nation with triple digit statistics about the prescription drug epidemic. If your someone who has just been prescribed pills from your doctor, you might be wondering what your chances are of getting addicted to them. The data out there is confusing with studies citing vast differences, ranging from 1% to 40%. WebMD‘s estimates roughly between 3% and 16%. Remember,... Read More

Top 10 Most Commonly Abused Drugs and Their Effects

Update: the content in this blog has been modified as of January 2014 to reflect the most recent national survey.* Although it is impossible to measure the extent of drug use, drug use is everywhere. From bathrooms and refrigerators to cars and street corners, alcohol and drug use touch every part of our culture. Recent national data* from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides a reliable estimate of which... Read More

Am I Addicted to My Prescription Drugs?

When taking a prescription drug, it’s important to consider the addictive qualities of the drug. Some kinds of prescription drugs are more addictive than others. Prescription pain relievers can be highly addictive and include drugs such as oxycodone, or “oxy,” Xanax, Valium, and Vicodin. How addictive each is depends on several factors. Warning Signs for Prescription Drug Addiction If you think you may have become addicted to a prescription pain... Read More