Category: prescription drugs

Opioid Prescription, no benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines

The first benzodiazepine was chlordiazepoxide and it was introduced in 1960 to treat insomnia, general anxiety disorder (GAD), seizures, and alcohol withdrawal and panic attacks.  Benzodiazepines work by enhancing the effect of the neurotransmitter GABA. The drugs contain chemicals that aid in …

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Declaration of the Opioid Crisis as a Public Health Emergency

Declaration of the Opioid Crisis as a Public Health Emergency

On Thursday Oct 26th, President Donald Trump declared the Opioid Crisis a Public Health Emergency. How did we get here? In 2016, according to the CDC, more than 64,000 people died from opioid-related drug overdoses. In particular, the offenders are …

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Understanding the Opioid Addiction Epidemic

Everyone knows there is an Opioid Epidemic, but what continues to surprise me is the abundance of legally prescribed opioid use. From my own experience and from the voices of clients, it happens frequently that people are offered and even …

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Healthcare for Drug Addiction

The Nation’s Prescription Drug & Heroin Epidemic – The State of the Union

President Obama’s final State of the Union earlier this week made mention of our nation’s prescription drug and heroin epidemic. He insinuates that he will be tackling drug addiction in the upcoming year prior to leaving office, although does not …

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8 Rights of Medication Administration

A recent article on CNN (found here) claims that 40% of parents incorrectly measured the dose prescribed by their doctor while administering medication to their children. Remember, if it is yourself or someone else, the 8 Rights of Medication Administration …

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Rise in Overdoses

People are starting to notice a problem. It’s hard not to notice the “heroin crisis,” when celebrities like Philip Seymour Hoffman overdose. It’s hard for parents to ignore when news reports tell us that high school students are helping each …

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National Prescription Take Back Day

English: The Seal of the Drug Enforcement Administration (Photo credit: Wikipedia)   It’s that time again. National prescription take back day is this Saturday. Think of it as spring cleaning that could save a life. Many individuals begin their addictions …

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Common Substance Addictions Afflicting Americans Each Day

Most Common Substance Addictions Afflicting Americans Each Day

Drug abuse has plagued the United States for centuries, and it continues to endanger the lives of children and adults alike. Fortunately, there is a way out for those who have developed a dependence on drugs and alcohol. If you …

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