Naloxone, oral naltrexone and Vivitrol (injectable naltrexone) are three medications used to treat people recovering from opioid addictions or people experiencing an opioid overdose. These medications produce their benefits by counteracting the primary effects of opioid drugs and medications in the body and brain. While naloxone, naltrexone and Vivitrol all have well-established suitability as treatments, […]
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hospitals see 700,000 drug overdose patients every year, with 100 people dying of overdoses every day. Prescription opioids, or painkillers, as well as sedatives make up a large portion of these preventable deaths, and a recent study stated that more than 10 percent of older teens […]
In the eyes of many, Americans have gone too far in the use of prescription painkillers. Maybe the pharmaceutical industry has just gotten too good at relieving pain. Either way, there is an epidemic in this country of people addicted to painkillers. Too many people, people who have been given legitimate prescriptions for painkillers, are […]
In any addictive situation, it is often the children who are most overlooked. They bear the brunt of the emotions of the adults in their lives while struggling to deal with their own. In the midst of each addictive cycle, it is easy for them to get a little more lost. This is never more […]
A 2012 DEA report revealed that in 2010, US pharmacies dispensed enough Vicodin to give 24 tablets of 5mg each to every single person in the country. The current epidemic in prescription drug abuse is partially to blame on Vicodin, since it’s the most widely prescribed drug in the country. Despite accounting for only 4.6 […]
The use of drugs like heroin for recreational purposes is often a topic of hot debate; but some of the horror stories hitting the news lately have forced a few pauses as well as the question: are the drugs themselves really so bad, or is it the substances employed to cut them? It seems unfathomable, […]
California Doctor Charged With Murder After Three Patient Deaths From Overdoses of Prescription Drugs
According to ABC News, a 42 year old doctor paid little attention to the medical histories of her patients and her disregard has resulted in three deaths from prescription drug overdose.
Addiction Psychiatrist Dr. David Sack discusses the Amy Winehouse tragedy and why it can be challenging to get a loved one into treatment for addiction.
Fatalities in the U.S. linked with opioid drug use, such as prescription painkillers, have been sharply increasing for the past decade, despite increased federal and state initiatives to cut down on opioid abuse. However, recent information is also drawing attention to a powerful, but lesser-known cause of fatalities – methadone prescriptions – which have recently […]
Criminal Liability for Failing to Aid in Drug Overdoses