The Dangers of Hoarding Opioids

The Dangers of Hoarding Opioids

An opioid epidemic continues to rage in the United States, and much of the problem is fueled by prescription opioids. The rate of overdose deaths from opioids (both heroin and prescription opiates) has quadrupled since 1999, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. More than 165,000 people have died from prescription opioids during…

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Why accidental overdose is so common after relapse

Why accidental overdose is so common after relapse

Former opioid users have a lot to be proud of: they have successfully made it through a challenging withdrawal process and learned how to cope with an opioid-free life. However, people in recovery remain vulnerable to future relapse — and that relapse can be deadly. Recovering opioid users who relapse have a higher risk for…

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New California Law Targeting Doctor-Shopping for Opioids

New California Law Targeting ‘Doctor-Shopping’ for Opioids

More than two million Americans suffered from prescription opioid abuse in 2012, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Although there are many legal and institutional factors driving the current opioid epidemic, one of the most damaging is lax restrictions on patients visiting numerous physicians to get multiple prescriptions for opioid painkillers. So-called “doctor-shopping”…

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New Study Can Change How We See and Treat Depression

Throughout human history, people of all ages, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds have struggled with depression. At different points in time, we have conceptualized depression differently. In past centuries, depressed mood was seen as an affliction from God or as the manifestation of a weak will. More recently, however, we came to view depression as a…

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International Overdose Awareness Day

Take Action Now: August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day

August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day. This day of awareness takes special significance this year, as the United States grapples with an opioid epidemic of monumental proportions. This year, pledge to take action to raise education about the opioid epidemic, advocate for increased treatment access, and curb the overdose rate in our country. Together, we can…

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An Opiate Dependent baby is born every hour in the US

An Opiate Dependent Baby is Born Every Hour in the US

Over the past few years, there has been increasing awareness of the opioid epidemic raging in the United States. Now, a sobering new statistic from a large research study highlights how devastating opioid addiction truly can be: an opiate dependent baby is born every hour in the United States. This lends new urgency to calls…

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Carfentanil linked to Heroin overdoses

Carfentanil linked to Heroin overdoses

With every day, it seems that a new story emerges about the U.S. opioid epidemic. Tens of thousands of people have been affected by this epidemic, yet the rate of prescription opioid and heroin overdoses continues to climb. Now, a new opioid called carfentanil has been linked to additional opioid overdoses in the United States and Canada.…

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california legislature drug bill

California Drug Rehab Bills Cause Controversy

In the drug rehab community, all eyes are on California as a series of bills make their way through the state legislature. These bills were ostensibly passed to address mental and behavioral health care in the state, but some policy experts worry that the bills will actually have a negative impact on access to drug…

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