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

Top 10 countries with drug addiction

Top 10 countries with drug addiction

Drug addiction is not confined to a specific country, but is spread across the world. With people discovering more and more substances for abuse and getting addicted, drug abuse kills almost 200,000 people worldwide each year, according to the United Nations. Read more

Drugged driving: A menace on US roads

Drugged driving: A menace on US roads

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drugged driving is responsible for nearly 18 percent of all motor vehicle deaths in the United States. It further states that motor vehicle accidents are the nation’s leading cause of death in those under 30. As per some studies, the rate of drugged driving has significantly increased as compared to drunken driving. The risk of accidents further increases in cases where the driver mixes both alcohol and drug. Read more

Opana's rising popularity among US drug users

Opana’s rising popularity among US drug users

Opana is an opioid painkiller manufactured by Endo Pharmaceuticals and based in the United States. The drug was marketed in 2006. It was designed to be effective over a 12 hour period following ingestion. Abusers of the drug began crushing the pills and snorting the powder which provided a dose designed to work over 12 hours to release its effects all at once. In 2012, Endo reformulated the drug, applying a coating that made the pills difficult to crush. Read more