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

Has racial segregation shaped America’s current opioid crisis?

Has racial segregation shaped America’s current opioid crisis?

The current opioid epidemic in the United States claimed over 52,000 lives in 2015, of which over 33,000 deaths involved an opioid. The epidemic has not impacted people from all ethnic backgrounds equally – white Americans have suffered significantly higher overdose deaths than African-Americans and Latinos. This is in stark contrast to the disproportionately high number of African-American drug users impacted during the crack cocaine epidemic during the ‘80s and ’90s. Read more

Children’s poor academic performance linked to pregnant mother’s opioid addiction, finds study

Children’s poor academic performance linked to pregnant mother’s opioid addiction, finds study

The opioid epidemic that has affected millions of Americans is now extending its reach to the newborns too. Opioid addiction in pregnant women is causing a rise in the number of children born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). A group of researchers in their study titled “Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and High School Performance” aimed to examine the prolonged impact of opioid addiction on children by looking at the school outcomes of those who had been detected with NAS at the time of their births. The scientists closely analyzed how children exposed to the addictive properties of substances while still in womb were at a greater likelihood of showing poor performance in school. Read more

Importance of evidence-based treatment in curing loved ones’ opioid addiction

Importance of evidence-based treatment in curing loved ones’ opioid addiction

Discovering that a loved one is suffering from an addiction can be devastating. Family members not only find it difficult to cope with the condition but they are also left wondering what to do. Multiple sources of advice, such as treatment groups and counseling programs, often have divergent views on treatment options. More importantly, much of this counseling may not be backed by sufficient scientific research. In many U.S. states, a very high level of education or professional qualification is not a prerequisite for becoming an addiction counselor. Even an associate degree can warranty certificate for an addiction counselor.  Read more