Santa Rosa Jail offers free Vivitrol shots to inmates to encourage sober living after release

Santa Rosa Jail offers free Vivitrol shots to inmates to encourage sober living after release

In the wake of an increasing number of people being incarcerated for opioid addiction, Santa Rosa County Jail has initiated a program to give free Vivitrol treatment to the inmates at the time of their release. Grant-funded through the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse, the program aims at helping the inmates kick their addiction and lead a sober life once they leave the prison.

The risk of overdose and drug-related death usually increases once an individual addicted to substances is released from prison. It is primarily because individuals using opioids experience a decrease in tolerance level when out of the captivity. Hence, while it is essential to offer a recovery treatment during their imprisonment, it is also important to provide them with equivalent facilities after their release so that they continue being sober. Read more

Substance abuse among nurses: Risk factors and treatment

Substance abuse among nurses: Risk factors and treatment

Substance use disorder (SUD) is rampant across the length and breadth of the United States, afflicting millions of people regardless of their culture and occupations, including the world of nursing. According to the official journal of the American Nurse Today (ANT), approximately 10-15 pertcent of the nursing population or one in 10 nurses is struggling with a drug or an alcohol addiction or are in recovery. Compared to the general population, nurses develop dependence and addiction to substances because of easy access to drugs. Read more

Family’s role crucial in rescuing patients during opioid overdoses

Family’s role crucial in rescuing patients during opioid overdoses

Family is the biggest support system for any individual, binding the loved ones in an inseparable bond, dealing with tough times, amplifying happy times, and offering love and care when one needs the most. A recent study further highlighted the role of the family in saving lives of patients in case of opioid overdoses. This can be made possible due to increased access to an antidote that can reverse the fatal effects of opioids. Read more

Hooked to addiction treatment medication- Suboxone

Hooked to addiction treatment medication- Suboxone

The desire to get high often compel people to do ludicrous things that often leave others baffled, to say the least. The increased experimentation and use of drugs often lead to a dependence on drugs.

In a bid to try a range of drugs, people start abusing a variety of substances, such as paint thinners, snake venom, mothballs, hand sanitizers and mouthwash. The length to which some individuals can go to seek euphoria is truly mind-boggling. Read more

Taking opioids with anxiety medications increases risk of overdose, finds study

Taking opioids with anxiety medications increases risk of overdose, finds study

The growing use of prescription opioids and the subsequent risk of overdose and addiction has become a growing public health concern in many countries. Recently, California-based researchers  pointed out the risk of overdose if opioids are taken concurrently with benzodiazepines, widely prescribed medications to treat anxiety and sleep. Read more