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Fentanyl Epidemic
Drug overdoses have increased 30% since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The increase in lethal and near-lethal drug use has devastated our society. What’s the cause of most overdoses? More than any other addictive substance, it’s synthetic opioids—particularly fentanyl. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid, similar to morphine, but a hundred times more potent....
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There’s no shortage of problems spawned by the pandemic. One deserves more attention than it’s getting, even now. Those suffering from addiction to opioids are worse off than they were in January. While we still don’t know the true cost nationwide, it’s worth talking about the problem, and what (if anything) we can do to...
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Detox from Substance Use
Ever wondered about the term “detox?” What does it mean? What does it involve? Is it as bad as the horror stories you see online? This post will discuss the ins and outs of detox. What it is, how the process works, and what to realistically expect. Too many people view detox as a horrible...
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Teenage Drug Abuse
Early Prevention and Detection are Key to Combating Teen Addiction Just about every teen spends time on social media these days. It’s mostly harmless…but there’s a disturbing parallel to social media use. Teens who spend a lot of time on social media are much more likely to abuse drugs or alcohol. How much more? 5...
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Medication Assisted Treatment for Addiction
Curious what “MAT” stands for? In addiction treatment circles, we’re not talking about a padded square we put on the floor for exercise. We’re talking about “Medication Assisted Treatment.” What does that mean? According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): “Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of FDA- approved medications...
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Pain Relief Research
Two Drugs Are Coming to Help – Without the Opioid Addiction Risk Since the population of America is aging at an exponential rate – the number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to more than double by 2060 – and in keeping with the osteoarthritis/non-narcotic chronic pain relief theme of our last blog...
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