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

Stereotyping of drug use: Major impediment for users

Stereotyping of drug use: Major impediment for users

In the United States, a mark of disgrace has consistently overshadowed the outlook on individuals indulging in drug use for decades. Those who earnestly wish to put an end to their addictive behavior or try silently reaching out for help in hopes to escape from the vicious cycle of addiction are left with very limited constructive options to address their problem. Read more

Are veterinarians at greater risk of drug abuse and addiction?

Are veterinarians at greater risk of drug abuse and addiction?

On the face of it, the veterinary profession may seem considerably less stressful than the general medical profession. It is commonly understood that pets are cared for by veterinarians (vets) in the same way humans get medical care from physicians. What is perhaps not as well known is that vets experience much higher levels of professional stress, depression and suicidal thoughts. Vets are prone to compassion fatigue, which is brought about by repeatedly facing emotional stress, as well as high rates of burnout. Read more

Ins and outs of drug abuse – 2: Treatment approaches to drug addiction

Ins and outs of drug abuse – 2: Treatment approaches to drug addiction

Drug addiction is a chronic illness characterized by cravings for drugs at regular intervals. The disease affects the brains and behavior of addicts. The changes that occur in the brain due to drug abuse can be harmful and long-lasting. However, a person may not be able to stop taking a substance even if he/she wants to. Read more

Drug abuse rate higher in LGBT community

Drug abuse rate higher in LGBT community

Amidst the struggle to curb the surging rate of substance abuse, studies have focused on segment-wise consumption of illicit drugs to develop a mechanism to fight the epidemic. Apart from analyzing the consumption on the basis of gender, color and creed, the studies have also taken into considerations the sexual orientations of people addicted to drugs. Read more