The Stigma of Opioid Dependence & Heroin Addiction: Medical Conditions or Behavior Choices?
The Stigma of Opioid Dependence & Heroin Addiction: Medical Conditions or Behavior Choices?

The Stigma of Opioid Dependence & Heroin Addiction: Medical Conditions or Behavior Choices? The opioid epidemic is at an all-time high, as rates of opioid abuse continue to rise in…

Chronic Pain and Opioid Addiction
Chronic Pain and Opioid Addiction

Chronic Pain and Opioid Addiction What affects more lives than heart disease and diabetes combined? You probably guessed cancer, but it is, in fact, chronic pain. Chronic pain affects 133…

Is Buprenorphine Safe for Long-term Use?
Is Buprenorphine Safe for Long-term Use?

Is Buprenorphine Safe for Long-term Use? The chief of the addiction section of Oregon’s Health and Science University (OHSU) has some strong convictions about buprenorphine and whether it offers safe…

What to do After Naloxone is Administered
What to do After Naloxone is Administered

What to do After Naloxone is Administered The opioid epidemic has swept across America and has claimed tens of thousands of lives. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse,…

Risks of Mixing Opiates and Alcohol
Risks of Mixing Opiates and Alcohol

Risks of Mixing Opiates and Alcohol Opiates and alcohol. It may seem obvious mixing the two is a recipe for severe, irreversible consequences. Independently, each has the ability to take…

10 Famous Celebrity Overdoses
10 Famous Celebrity Overdoses

10 Famous Celebrity Overdoses No one is immune to a drug overdose. Just like ordinary Americans, celebrities have been struck by drug overdoses as well. There have been many celebrity…

Rehabs in Scottsdale Work to Help Heroin Addiction
Rehabs in Scottsdale Work to Help Heroin Addiction

Rehabs in Scottsdale Work to Help Heroin Addiction Taking heroin results in a flush of dopamine rushing to the brain, causing a tremendous amount of pleasure and, more importantly for…

The Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS)
The Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS)

The Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS) For patients receiving medically assisted opioid treatment, assessing the withdrawal levels is critical. Developed in the 1930’s, the clinical opiate withdrawal scale has been…

Access to Naloxone is Increasing - Is That Enough to Help The Opioid Crisis?
Access to Naloxone is Increasing - Is That Enough to Help The Opioid Crisis?

Access to Naloxone is Increasing There were over 60,000 fatal drug overdoses in America during 2016. The use of an overdose treatment drug known as naloxone has been the topic…

Opioid Overdose Memorial Controversy
Opioid Overdose Memorial Controversy

The Controversy Surrounding the Opioid Overdose Memorial  If you have been keeping an eye on the news, you already know how tragic the opioid epidemic has become in recent years,…