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Painkiller Prescription Monitoring: More Harm Than Good?



You might remember last week when we talked about the severity of the opioid epidemic. More than 33,000 overdose deaths a year is enough evidence that the opioid addiction epidemic is not over, far from it. In nearly every state, similar-looking laws have started to appear that allow health professionals to see if a patient […]

Opioids, Restrictions on Prescriptions, and a Medical Field in Uproar



If you read our blog regularly, you’ll know that the opioid epidemic is a major problem in the US, and that many people who abuse opioids often end up in the arms of heroin. However, the story doesn’t end there. The effects that heroin and opioid addiction is having on the nation is starting to show […]

2015 Drug Overdose Statistics Are Staggering



According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose deaths have increased 137% since 2000. More than 50,000 Americans fatally overdosed in 2015. That’s up 5,000 from the previous year. Which states have the highest drug overdose death rates?

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Opiate Painkillers: America’s New Gateway Drug



Opiate painkillers may be more of a gateway drug than marijuana. They are easy to get and they are basically legal, right? Even if you are taking them when you don’t have a prescription. That thinking is leading more and more people down a dark path. “Contrary to everything I was ever taught about drug addiction twenty-five years ago, the opioid analgesics, led by OxyContin, are now the gateway drugs to all other addictive drugs, particularly heroin.”

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Opioid Painkillers Make Pain Worse: The Drug That Lies



Prescription painkillers make your pain worse, especially if you take them for an extended period. The medical community has recognized that opioids can cause abnormal pain sensitivity: opioid-induced hyperalgesia. Read my detective story about how I saved myself and reduced my pain level by throwing away my opioids. It might save you too.

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Heroin Addicts and Prescription Abusers Crave the Same High



I didn’t believe it until I researched it. All of these prescription painkillers like Oxycontin, Vicodin, Opana, Ultram, Demerol, are remarkably similar to Heroin. They all come from the same damn plant! Scientists have just synthesized different components, tweaking them here and there, usually making them stronger. It’s amazing that so many drugs come from one little flower…

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Is Medicare Part D the New Doctor Shopping?



Doctor shopping is a tactic used by pain pill abusers to hide their opioid addiction. Now it appears, based on a new Inspector General report from HHS, that Medicare Part D and compound prescriptions are being used in a scam to obtain addiction opioids without raising the red flags in the pharmacy databases.

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Addiction, Painkillers, and Retirement: My Mom the Opioid Abuser



When I think about addiction, I should reflect on my personal experiences. You see, I’m in recovery. Often I do think about my journey, but when the topic of conversation flutters around Opioid addiction, or I read another news article about the rise of Opioid abuse, I think of my mother. She is an addict that was in denial for years — more than a decade — about her addiction. She would hoard Vicodin and Hydrocodone, continually ask her doctor for a new script…

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