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Grandparents Are the New Parents: Opioid and Pandemic Perils
Nov 9, 2020

Opioid addiction knows no bounds. People of all ages, walks of life and occupations may struggle with substance abuse. Many of them are parents of school-age children and, for various reasons, can’t take care of their offspring in a responsible, healthful way. Some may have lost rights to or abandoned them. Others may be away […]

How to Grieve After Losing a Loved One to Overdose
Oct 21, 2020

Anytime a person loses a loved one, it hurts. Death is an inevitable part of life, and yet we all tend to be caught off guard when it happens to someone we care about. A car accident. Old age. Cancer. It all hurts just the same. Nevertheless, losing someone to an overdose presents a unique […]

As COVID-19 Numbers Mount, Opioid Abuse Does Too
Oct 15, 2020

There’s no doubt about it. We are enduring many pains, hardships and sorrows during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The count of those who have contracted the disease continues to tick up. The number of people who have succumbed to it does too. But the misfortunes don’t stop there. Others indirectly relate to this vicious scourge. […]

Meth Overdose: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment Options
Apr 28, 2017

Individuals who use meth report feeling a euphoric “rush,” an intense pleasurable feeling that only lasts a couple of minutes, then fades as quickly as it started. Thus, individuals use repeat doses to maintain the high.1 Similar to other substances, taking too much meth, using it in combination with other substances, or ingesting adulterated meth […]

Percocet Addiction and Misuse: Signs, Withdrawal Symptoms, and Treatment
Apr 13, 2017

What is Percocet, and What is Percocet Used For? Percocet is a brand name for a prescription pain-relieving drug comprising acetaminophen and oxycodone, the latter of which is an opioid with a high potential for dependence and addiction.1 Given this potential, Percocet is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance by the U.S. Drug Enforcement […]

Cocaine Overdose Signs, Symptoms & Treatment
Apr 10, 2017

Symptoms of Cocaine Overdose One of the most infamous drugs in the world, cocaine is a powerful stimulant that can be highly addictive. Synthesized from the coca plant, a plant native to South America, cocaine is popular throughout the globe due to some of the short-term effects that accompany its use. Cocaine can bring on […]

Can You Overdose on Suboxone?
Mar 23, 2017

Suboxone is an opioid medication that combines buprenorphine, a long-acting partial opioid agonist, and naloxone, a drug that temporarily reverses the effects of opioid drugs on the brain. That being said, people who do not have a high opioid tolerance may still be able to experience some euphoria by taking Suboxone, and some medications can […]

Spice Overdose and Side Effects 
Dec 28, 2016

What is Spice? Spice is not naturally made marijuana, which is why it is also called “fake weed” or “synthetic marijuana.” Manufacturers of Spice (mainly in Asia, but also in the US) make their phony products look like organic marijuana. These illicit manufacturers create different chemicals in a lab and then spray them on plant […]

Opioid Overdose Symptoms, Risks, and Treatment
May 3, 2016

If you or someone you love struggles with opioid misuse, it’s important to recognize the symptoms and signs of opioid overdose, understand opiate overdose treatment, and learn about the potential long-term effects of opioid overdose. What Are Opioids? Opioids are a class of drug that includes illegal substances like heroin, and legal painkillers—oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone […]

Benzodiazepine Overdose: What to Do for Benzo Overdose
May 3, 2016

However, benzodiazepines carry the potential for misuse, addiction, and deadly overdose, especially when they are used in combination with other substances, including opioids, alcohol, and certain other illicit and prescription drugs.2,3 In 2020, over 12,000 people lost their lives to drug overdose involving benzodiazepines.3,4 This page will provide you with information about benzodiazepine overdose, including […]

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