Prescription Drugs

Look Out: Could Benzos Be the Next U.S. Drug Epidemic?

The number of benzodiazepines prescribed to Americans has more than tripled since the 1990s.

Commonly prescribed for anxiety and insomnia, benzodiazepines — such as Valium, Klonopin, and Xanax — are under scrutiny as an increasing number of Americans are becoming dependent on them. Some critics warn that the overuse of benzos could be our next drug epidemic.  Benzodiazepines work by depressing the central nervous system. They slow brain activity related to anxiety and stress, which in […]

5 Reasons to Watch the New PBS Series Addiction

Here are five reasons you should watch the revealing new PBS series Addiction.

It will shock you. It will educate you. It will give you hope. On October 17th, the new PBS series Addiction premiers – and it could very well change your life. Not only will you hear first-hand stories from people struggling with addiction, you’ll also learn about cutting-edge work of dedicated doctors and scientists who are determined […]

Nursing Homes Turn MAT Patients Away

Nursing home patients who need MAT seem to have fallen by the wayside.

While medication-assisted-treatment (MAT) is the gold standard for people with opiate addictions, ? This practice is likely illegal under the Americans with Disabilities Act, which recognizes opioid addiction as a medical condition, and moves are underway to take legal action. As usual, stigma, not science, pervades the medical community, putting the most vulnerable at risk. Slamming the […]

Patients Find Quitting Antidepressants…Depressing

What symptoms occur when you stop taking antidepressants?

Nancy went through a rough time after losing her daughter. To deal with the depression, her doctor prescribed medication. Nearly two years later, Nancy has a new grasp on life, a mending heart, and a strong support network. She is ready to stop taking her antidepressant medication, but she’s finding it nearly impossible. She’s battling […]

This Philosopher Says Addiction Stigma Prevents Recovery

Unfounded stigmas and stereotypes can block access to addiction treatment.

Thousands of people are unnecessarily dying because we misinterpret how those struggling with addiction think, according to a philosopher, German Lopez. After a year of reporting on the crisis, Lopez claims the stigma against addiction “is the single biggest reason America is failing in its response to the opioid epidemic,” and to overcome that stigma, […]

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