• Florida Sues Pharmacies Over Opioid Sales

    Walgreens customers can now purchase Narcan nasal spray without a prescription.

    Walgreens customers can now purchase Narcan nasal spray without a prescription.

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    The state of Florida is suing two of the nation’s largest drugstores, Walgreens and CVS, for allegedly contributing to the opioid crisis, reports the Associated Press. The lawsuit argues that these pharmacies have contributed to the opioid crisis in the U.S. by way of inflating the supply and demand for opioids in the state. This […]

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  • 5 Reasons to Watch the New PBS Series Addiction

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

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

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    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 […]

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  • Infographic: The No. 1 Date Rape Drug is 100% Legal

    Did you know alcohol is the most commonly used date rape drug?

    Did you know alcohol is the most commonly used date rape drug?

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    In the wake of sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the conversation has abruptly moved away from the misconduct allegations and towards the question of whether Kavanaugh drank too much (or even lied about it before the Senate Judiciary Committee). Earlier this summer, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford wrote a confidential letter to […]

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  • Mass. General Becomes First ER in State to Offer MAT

    Sixty-six doctors say their emergency departments should offer some form of MAT.

    Sixty-six doctors say their emergency departments should offer some form of MAT.

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    Massachusetts General Hospital is the first emergency department to offer buprenorphine to patients with opioid use disorder who want to start treatment immediately.   Doctors who want to prescribe buprenorphine, likely as a key part of a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) plan for opioid use disorder, can now opt to complete an eight-hour course—which includes listening to people who are on MAT and how it […]

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  • Can They Handle the Truth? How to Admit an Addiction to Your Kids 

    Despite your best efforts, addiction affects every aspect of your life – including parenting.

    Despite your best efforts, addiction affects every aspect of your life – including parenting.

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    He was supposed to be their leader. Their provider. Their hero. Gary’s kids looked to him to protect and guide them. He wanted to be the type of father they could love and respect – look up to. If they knew the truth, his image would be shattered. If he told them about his addiction, how […]

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  • Can They Handle It? Admitting an Addiction to Your Boss

    Those struggling with addiction often fear negative consequences at work.

    Those struggling with addiction often fear negative consequences at work.

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    Linda lived in a nearly constant state of anxiety. Every day, she worked so hard at her job – but her efforts were as much about hiding her addiction as completing her workload. She couldn’t afford to lose this job. She was convinced her employer would boot her if they knew about her struggle with […]

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Fentanyl Seizures Around the U.S. Skyrocket 

Fentanyl. Two milligrams of this stuff can kill an adult. That’s less than a pinch of salt. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that’s up to 50 times more powerful than heroin. In recent years, fentanyl has become more prevalent across the nation, adding to the already staggering death toll of the opioid epidemic. Its increasing presence is easily seen […]

Overdoses Happen…Even at Treatment Facilities

Treatment centers aren't immune to on-site drug abuse and overdoses.

More than 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016, according to data from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention – a number double what it was a decade ago. And while overdoses can occur anywhere, sometimes they happen where you’d least expect…like inside a treatment facility. It’s More Common Than You Think A Sarasota facility recently made headlines when eight […]

It’s True – Women Do Experience Addiction Differently

Ever wonder how addiction impacts women differently than men?

Women experience a wealth of unique health challenges, many of which remain under-treated or poorly addressed. Addiction is no exception, according to Dr. Lipi Roy, a physician specializing in addiction. In a recent Forbes article, Dr. Roy points out the main gender differences between men and women as they apply to substance use disorder treatment. […]

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, […]

Here’s How the NIMBY Attitude Crushes Recovery Expansion

NIMBY, or Not In My Back Yard, often prevents the opening of new treatment centers.

They were all set to expand their counseling services into a full residential treatment facility. The county originally bought the building with plans to demolish it, but the team worked hard to restore it to its’ former beauty. The services provided at their recovery residence were already making a great impact on the lives of […]

Walmart is the Latest Pharmacy Chain to Limit Opioid RX’s

Walmart's policy caps new opioid prescriptions at a seven-day supply and limits dosages.

What happens when over 100 Americans a day die from opioid-related substance abuse? Policies change. The outcry becomes so loud it can’t be ignored, and everyone – including retailers – is forced to stand up and take notice of the opioid epidemic. The latest addition to nation-wide policy changes is taking place at the Walmart […]

The Opioid Crisis Cost Our Nation $115B in 2017

Think the opioid crisis isn't impacting you or your family? Think again...

The CDC estimates more than 62,000 Americans lost their lives to drug overdose in 2017. The emotional cost to individuals and families across the nation is impossible to quantify. The financial toll, however, can be estimated. The current opioid crisis is taking enormous amounts of money away from individuals, local governments, healthcare providers, and federal […]

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