Buprenorphine/Naloxone Combo Limits Risk For Buprenorphine Misuse

Buprenorphine/Naloxone Combo Limits Risk For Buprenorphine Misuse

Buprenorphine is a relatively mild opioid-based medication commonly used to help people addicted to stronger opioid drugs or medications. Although buprenorphine is designed for sublingual (under-the-tongue) use, some people abuse the medication by crushing and inhaling it. In a study published in July 2014 in the journal Addiction Biology, researchers from Columbia University assessed the […]

How Does Stigma Affect Addicts And Those Stigmatizing?

How Does Stigma Affect Addicts And Those Stigmatizing?

People are stigmatized when others view them in a generally negative light on the basis of certain narrowly perceived characteristics or attributes. Another term, negative stereotyping, refers to the same phenomenon. Many individuals affected by drug or alcohol addiction experience significant stigma as a result of their substance-related problems. In a study published in July […]

Heroin A Growing Problem In Wisconsin

Heroin A Growing Problem In Wisconsin

The abuse of heroin has been an increasing problem across the U.S. for the last several years. As prescription narcotic painkillers, which are similar to heroin, become more difficult to access, addicts have been turning to the street drug. The availability and lower price of heroin has led to widespread use in small towns, suburbs, […]

Can Medicated Treatment For Opiate Addiction Be Successful?

Can Medicated Treatment For Opiate Addiction Be Successful?

Opiates are drugs that are highly addictive and nearly impossible to stop using without assistance from trained professionals. Opiates include heroin, but also many prescription painkillers and abuse of these medications is on the rise among all populations. Opioid treatment for addiction is complex and multi-faceted. It includes therapy and traditional types of addiction counseling, […]

Zohydro – Much-Needed Pain Relief Or Dangerous Path To Addiction?

Zohydro – Much-Needed Pain Relief Or Dangerous Path To Addiction?

The FDA’s approval of a new medication is often welcomed, especially by those who would benefit from its use. However, one recently-approved drug, Zohydro ER, is drawing criticism from a coalition of concerned groups, including addiction specialists and emergency room professionals. Critics contend the prescription medication, which is expected to hit the market in the […]

Black Tar Heroin Addiction 101

Black Tar Heroin Addiction 101

Heroin is one of the most dangerous illicit drugs. It is highly addictive. It is easy to overdose when using heroin. It also causes numerous health problems for those who use it repeatedly. As if the drug itself is not bad enough, there is a cruder and more harmful variation on this drug finding its […]