How Does Cocaine Affect the Body?

Cocaine and the Body How does cocaine affect the body? In many, often serious and even life-threatening ways. And, cocaine’s deleterious effects can occur with a single episode of use or, of course, over the long-term in addiction. One of the most basic physical health risks involved in cocaine use is the development of a cocaine addiction, or what is medically …

What Is the Opioid Crisis? 

What Is the Opioid Crisis? You’ve undoubtedly heard of the opioid epidemic. There are more than 2 million Americans who are dependent upon or addicted to prescription pain medications or street drugs. Opioid drugs are used to help in the reduction of pain, and there are a variety of opioids including oxycodone, morphine, hydrocodone, fentanyl, and heroin. During the year …

What Is Kratom?

What Is Kratom? If you travel West across the globe, it’s unlikely you’ll hear much of anything positive about kratom. In the United States in 2016, the CDC reported that poison control centers were receiving 10 times as many calls as they had in 2010 for kratom exposures. In the same year, the FDA banned kratom, and public controversy ensued when …

What Are Opioids?

Opiates are derived from the opium plant and come in natural and synthetic forms. Many prescription painkillers are opiates, as well as heroin. Oftentimes those who are prescribed pain pills to help manage pain become addicted to the pills, finding it very difficult to stop using them. Common types of opiates include: Hydrocodone – This is a widely prescribed pain …

Heroin vs. Fentanyl and the Danger of Unknown Drugs

When we think of the dangers of drug addiction, we don’t have to look too far to find real-life examples. Some of these examples are famous. Sadly, they seem to serve as cautionary tales of the dangers of heroin, fentanyl, and other drugs. For example, in November, 2017, the music artist Lil Peep died of an accidental overdose to Xanax …

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or a Drug

Police routinely stop drivers they suspect of drinking too much and give them tests to detect the presence of alcohol in their bodies. Police also stop drivers who may be driving under the influence of a drug. Did you know that police can also issue tests to determine that? A number of counties in the state of Michigan are doing …

The End of an OxyContin/Oxycodone Era?

Recently, the pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma announced that it would stop marketing its drug OxyContin (oxycodone) to doctors. Could this move be a welcome step in fighting the opioid/opiate epidemic? Or, more cynically, could it be a move that appears to fight the epidemic in word but not in deed? As you may have heard, Purdue and other pharmaceutical companies …

Oh, Canada: Opiate/Opioid Addiction in Canada

Many people know about the opioid/opiate epidemic in the United States. They might not know about a similar epidemic in Canada, an epidemic that is just as deadly. How deadly? In 2017, Canada reported at least 2,816 deaths due to opiate/opioid abuse. This number is especially startling when you consider that the population of the country is about 35.1 million …

Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drug Blues

Millions of people around the world struggle with allergies. Many allergy sufferers use allergy medications in the forms of pills or shots. But how much do we really know about such drugs? How should we sell them? Many people use over-the-counter (OTC) medications to treat their allergies. These medications don’t require doctors’ prescriptions. But even without prescriptions, it seems as …

Dual Diagnosis – A Dangerous Combination

Dual Diagnosis is becoming more prevalent as time progresses. The combination of drug addiction and mental illness has affected more people now than ever before. More than 7.9 million people have been reported to have Dual Diagnosis in a 2014 national drug survey. Dual Diagnosis is when one is suffering from both a mental illness and substance abuse disorder. Sadly, …