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Opioid Epidemic and Healthcare Systems: The Cost of Drug Abuse to Society

The problem of addiction has reached epidemic proportions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that the total economic cost of opioid abuse alone per year in the...

New Jersey Expands Role of Paramedics for Opioid Victims

Take note! There’s a new development in addiction medicine, which the Washington correspondent for Stat News calls “a potential paradigm shift” and a “bold program”. And New Jersey is the...

Any Increased Risk for Overdose if You Mix Opioids & Amphetamines?

Opiates or narcotic drugs are the class of drugs that include prescription pain medications, such as Vicodin (acetaminophen and hydrocodone), morphine, OxyContin (oxycodone), codeine, and the illicit drug heroin. Opiate drugs are...

What Are the Effects of Taking Heroin with Cocaine?

The practice of mixing heroin and cocaine is often referred to by users as “speedballing” or “taking a speedball.” A speedball can be any combination of a prescription central nervous...

Is It Safe to Mix Sleeping Pills with Prescription Opiates?

Mixing prescription medications is a common problem, and many people are unaware of just how dangerous it can be. While there is often an assumption that medications given by prescription...

What Is Carfentanil?

In 2015, more Americans died from an opioid overdose than any other year on record, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes. More than 33,000 people were killed...

Why Does Heroin Cause Constipation, Weight Loss, Dry Mouth & Vomiting?

Heroin is an opiate drug that is classified by the United States Drug Agency as a Schedule I controlled substance, meaning that it has no recognized medicinal purposes, is not...

Declare National State of Emergency to Fight Opioid Crisis

When New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie, a governor who has dedicated the last year of his governorship to getting the opiate epidemic under control, was appointed chair of Trump’s Commission...

Comparing Heroin to Fentanyl-Laced Heroin

Heroin is a widely abused, potent opioid drug synthesized from morphine. In the 19th century, heroin was developed as a replacement for morphine, but doctors soon found that heroin itself...

OxyContin (Oxycodone) : Difference Between Smoking & Snorting

What is OxyContin? OxyContin is a long-acting formulation of oxycodone, designed to treat pain for about 12 hours, but it can vary depending on the dose. This medication helps manage...

Prolonged Use of Vicodin: Health Concerns

Addiction to opioid medications is an epidemic in the United States. As prescribing practices to treat pain changed in 1999, more and more people received prescriptions for potent opioid drugs,...

Is Fentanyl Replacing Heroin ? Leading Cause of Overdose Death in NJ?

Opiate addiction has been the primary cause of drug overdose deaths across New Jersey for years now. First, it was painkiller use and abuse that was causing the issue, and...

How NJ Is Fighting Back against Opiate Addiction

Across the northeast, states have been hit hard by opiate use and abuse. Fentanyl, heroin, and prescription painkillers have taken a significant toll on the area, and New Jersey has...

Christie to Lead Opiate Crisis Task Force, Cuts Budget

In what has turned out to be one in a long line of reversals and mixed messages, Trump has done two significant things that have the potential to greatly impact...

What Are the Possible Health Risks of Long-Term Heroin Abuse?

Heroin is an addictive, Schedule I narcotic drug synthetized from the opium poppy. The drug was initially created in 1874 to be a safer, less addictive alternative to morphine; however,...

What Are the Phases of Heroin Withdrawal?

People who are hoping to stop using heroin often hesitate because they have experienced the beginning symptoms of withdrawal and become nervous, wondering if the whole process is as uncomfortable...

Comparing the Short-Term and Long-Term Effects of Opana Abuse

Opana is the brand name for oxymorphone, which is an opioid analgesic prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. It is chemically similar to morphine, which makes it a choice...

What Are the Side Effects of Morphine Withdrawal?

Morphine was developed from synthesizing opium, to alleviate moderate to severe pain. Although it is rarely prescribed, it is still used in some instances. It is a powerful narcotic medication...

Comparing the Addictiveness of Suboxone and Subutex

Since 2000, the United States has suffered an opioid addiction epidemic. Although narcotic drugs like heroin and morphine have been problematic for many people for several decades, the development of...

What Is Methadone? What Are the Phases of Withdrawal?

What Is Methadone? Methadone is a synthetic narcotic with a long half-life, which is intended to ease people off opioid dependence if they suffer from opioid addiction. Beginning in 1964,...

Dilaudid Vs Demerol

Dilaudid Dilaudid is the brand name for a potent opioid prescription painkiller, generically known as hydromorphone. Demerol is also a powerful opioid painkiller, with the generic name meperidine. Both of...

Opium & Heroin : Effects, Overdose & Treatment

What is Opium? Opium is a plant-based, naturally occurring narcotic that is derived from the sap of unripe bulbs of the poppy plant. This plant has been used as a...

What’s the Difference between Taking Oxycodone Whole and Crushed?

As a powerful opioid painkiller, oxycodone (best known by brand names like OxyContin and Percocet) has been widely prescribed to cancer patients and others experiencing severe pain. Not only does...

What Are the Mild and Severe Side Effects of OxyContin Use and Abuse?

OxyContin is the brand name for the powerful semisynthetic opioid oxycodone. It’s used to treat moderate to severe pain mainly in the form of either immediate-release or controlled-release tablets. Due...

What Drugs Are Known to Interact with Tramadol?

What is Tramadol? Tramadol, known by trade names like Ultram, is an opioid painkiller most often used to treat moderate to severe pain. It was first launched in Germany in...

What Are the Steps to Vicodin Detoxification?

Vicodin became one of the most commonly prescribed pain medications in the US and subsequently became one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs in the nation. As an addictive...

Frequently Asked Questions about Hydrocodone Addiction & Rehab

Hydrocodone is a semisynthetic opioid best known for its use in painkillers like Vicodin. It was synthesized from codeine and is now commonly prescribed for moderate to severe pain and...

Frequently Asked Questions About Fentanyl Addiction & Treatment

Fentanyl is a highly potent synthetic opioid used to treat severe and chronic pain. It’s also used for anesthesia and sedation prior to surgeries and other invasive procedures. Its high...

Frequently Asked Questions about Codeine Abuse & Recovery

Codeine is one of the most commonly used opioids in the world. It’s in the same class of intoxicants as heroin, but is found in common cough medicines and other...

Most Addictive and Dangerous Opiates

Drugs derived from the opium poppy are commonly used in medicine to manage pain and get people through surgery, along with other uses. However, they are also often used as...

What Are the Most Addictive Prescription Opiates?

The most common prescription opioids come in four categories: hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine, and fentanyl. The differences between these types of opioids are rooted in their chemical structure, which affects things...

Fentanyl Strikes NJ: Drug Overdose Deaths Triple on the Shore

New Jersey has been hit hard by the drug epidemic sweeping the country, and nowhere has been harder hit than down at the Shore. First attributed to high rates of...

Is Hydromorphone a Viable Option for Heroin Addiction Treatment?

Heroin addiction is notoriously difficult to overcome, and a heavy focus in addiction treatment research is dedicated to finding new treatment options to help people stop using heroin safely and...

The National Fight against Opiate Addiction & What It Means for NJ

Article Overview: Opiate addiction has reached epidemic levels across the country, and New Jersey has been hit hard. Drugs like prescription painkillers, heroin, and now fentanyl have all been increasingly...

$24K Heroin Seized in NJ Drug Bust

An ongoing drug investigation taking place across Essex County recently yielded seven arrests, according to the Office of the County Prosecutor. Additionally, hollow-point ammunition, drugs (including just under 125 grams...

Heroin Packets Found in NJ Kindergartener’s Lunchbox

When a teacher in Trenton, New Jersey, noticed that one of her kindergarten students was playing with something from his lunchbox, she thought it was a candy wrapper and told...

How Is Heroin Made ?

What is Heroin? The illicit drug heroin comes from the opium poppy, a flower originally found in parts of Asia and now grown and processed in places like India, the...

What Is the Difference between Prescription Opiates & Benzodiazepines?

What are Prescription Opiates? Prescription medications are designed to help people overcome very serious medical or psychiatric problems that they may not be able to handle on their own without...

Choosing Methadone or Suboxone in Treating Heroin Addiction

When it comes to heroin addiction recovery, therapy can work wonders. A trained therapist can help people with addictions to understand their cravings and work through trauma and underlying mental...

29 Heroin Packets Found in NJ Kindergartener’s Lunchbox

When a teacher in Trenton, New Jersey, noticed that one of her kindergarten students was playing with something from his lunchbox, she thought it was a candy wrapper and told...

The Best Steps to Kicking a Heroin Addiction

Heroin addictions can be effectively treated. In fact, thousands of families across the United States have banded together to reach out to the people they love and provide real help....

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