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Heroin
16
Feb

Study Debunks Claim that Addiction Treatment Centers are Unsafe for Communities

In the United States we a have been faced with over a decade long opioid epidemic, first with prescription painkillers and now skyrocketing heroin use rates. Every day, over forty people succumb to opioid overdoses, which has resulted in demands for greater access to the life saving opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone. While efforts to...
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20
Jan

Interagency Effort to Address Prescription Opioid and Heroin Abuse

Addressing the opioid crisis in the United States has become a top priority among government officials on multiple levels, including President Obama. The prescription opioid epidemic and subsequent, concurrent heroin scourge cuts people’s lives short everyday; the crisis is tearing families apart and is bogging down both emergency health and mental health services. While it...
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13
Jan

Child-Welfare Agencies Strained from Opioid Epidemic

Addiction, left untreated, has the power to take everything from a person – including one’s life. It is a disease that does not discriminate about who it affects. It is not uncommon for people who abuse drugs and alcohol to lose their friends, family, and livelihood; what’s more, for those active in addiction who happen...
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08
Dec

The Link Between Teenage Prescription Opioid Use and Heroin

The scale of the prescription opioid/heroin epidemic in the United States has left no demographic safe. Whether rich or poor, educated or uneducated, old or young; opioid abuse has affected millions of Americans, and in a number of cases has cut lives short. Efforts to educate the public about prescription drugs has become a top...
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03
Nov

Heroin is Cheaper and Easier to Obtain

The connection between prescription opioids and heroin use is ever apparent, despite a lack of research to date to support the relationship. Over the past few years the federal government along with state lawmakers has implemented several strategies to curb the prescription opioid epidemic, many of which have shown great promise in the fight to...
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28
Oct

Genetic Variations Impact Methadone Overdose Risks

Methadone is a synthetic opioid used to treat pain and addiction. Over the years many heroin addicts have turned to methadone as an alternative to heroin. Some addicts manage to slowly step themselves down off of methadone towards abstinence; however, a number of others use methadone for years – what’s known as methadone maintenance. While...
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13
Oct

Grassroots Networks Help Heroin Addicts

The opioid abuse epidemic, while formidable, sadly lacks the power to discriminate; meaning, thousands of teenagers and young adults will be exposed to prescription drugs and/or heroin, and some will become addicted. This means that many parents will learn that their child is struggling with opioids – a terrifying realization for any parent. Naturally, countless...
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15
Sep

Report Finds Teen Marijuana and Heroin Use On The Rise

Teenage substance abuse is a major concern in the United States, minimizing adolescent exposure to mind altering substances that can disrupt the course of one’s life is of the greatest importance. As the nation continues the fight against the opioid epidemic in America and comes to terms with the growing marijuana tolerance in several states,...
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10
Sep

Long Waits for Federally Funded Treatment

All across the country people are abusing heroin at an unprecedented rate, and many people who seek help for their addiction may find that they have to wait in line – a line which continues to get longer. The majority of people who seek substance abuse turn to state and federally funded rehabilitation services. In...
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13
Aug

Lack of Funding for Treatment is Contributing to the Heroin Crisis

With, what appears to be, an ever growing opioid crisis facing America, the need for increased access to substance use disorder treatment is crucial. Reports indicate that in many areas of the country, the use of prescription opioids and heroin is having a far reaching effect – leading to an increase of overdose deaths and...
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