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Opioid Addiction: Impact on Pregnant Mothers & Newborns

Opioid Addiction: Impact on Pregnant Mothers & Newborns

Pregnancy is a time of hope and anticipation, but for pregnant mothers struggling with opioid addiction, it can be fraught with fear and uncertainty. The opioid epidemic has had devastating effects on individuals and families across the globe, and pregnant women and...

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Fatal Fentanyl Mixtures: The Top 5 Deadly Drug Combinations

Fatal Fentanyl Mixtures: The Top 5 Deadly Drug Combinations

The opioid crisis has brought into focus the danger of fentanyl, an incredibly potent synthetic opioid responsible for countless overdose deaths. However, what often remains less discussed are the perilous combinations of fentanyl with other drugs that escalate the...

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Signs a Loved One is Super Speedballing

Signs a Loved One is Super Speedballing

The super speedball is fairly recent concoction that is highly addictive and very deadly. Known on the streets as speedball, powerball, or over and under, the original speed ball contained heroin, a depressant, and cocaine, a stimulant. Now the synthetic opioid,...

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: April 22, 2023

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: April 22, 2023

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 22, 2023! This day was established to provide access to people looking to dispose of prescription drugs in a safe and simple manner. Part of the day is used to provide education to communities about prescription drug...

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What is Tianeptine?

What is Tianeptine?

Tianeptine, also known as Stablon, Coaxil, and Tatinol, is a medication that is primarily used to treat major depressive disorder (MDD). It is a tricyclic antidepressant, which means that it works by increasing the levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain,...

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The Fentanyl Epidemic Rages on in Arizona

The Fentanyl Epidemic Rages on in Arizona

Fentanyl is still wreaking havoc among communities around the United States. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), synthetic opioid-involved death rates had a 56% increase from 2019-2020 (excluding...

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History of the Opioid Epidemic

History of the Opioid Epidemic

Addiction is known to affect a large population worldwide. Though there are various causes of addiction, abusing prescribed medications has become a global issue. Many patients who consume prescribed medications such as opioids continue to use them even after the...

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How Bad Is the Opioid Epidemic in the US?

How Bad Is the Opioid Epidemic in the US?

What started in 1999 as a problem quickly became a opioid epidemic in the United States causing as many as 64,000 deaths per year in this country. Due to the huge death toll, the country's life expectancy fell for two consecutive years, making the opioid crisis the...

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What is the Opioid Epidemic?

What is the Opioid Epidemic?

The death rates from the intake of opioids are increasing at alarming rates. Research has shown that about 140 deaths occur daily in the US related to drug overdose; of this approximate 140, about 91 are due to misuse of opioids. Excessive intake has caused more...

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Opioids Deaths for New Moms in Utah

Opioids Deaths for New Moms in Utah

In shocking news coming out of Utah this past month, new and expecting mothers have been found to be some of the most vulnerable to opioid misuse and death from overdoses. Utah has been struggling with a massive and deadly opioid crisis, that has steadily gotten worse...

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Substance Abuse and Addiction in the Elderly

Substance Abuse and Addiction in the Elderly

Unfortunately, the elderly are one of the most neglected population. Aging can be tough on not only the person who is getting older, but their families as well. Older people can suffer from not only declining physical health, but poor mental health as well as the...

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Why You Should Fear Carfentanil

Why You Should Fear Carfentanil

Carfentanil is a terrifying substance that can occasionally be found in hospital clinics as well as on the streets. Deadly powerful with an ever-widening availability, carfentanil has the power to take the already-lethal Opioid Crisis to a disaster-level epidemic of...

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From the Frontlines of the War on Addiction

From the Frontlines of the War on Addiction

There’s a new ally in the War on Drugs, one that could be the change that we all want to see in the world: a tiny inhaler in the pockets of police officers. What’s in the tiny inhaler is Narcan, a branded form of Naloxone, a narcotic that’s been proven effective...

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The Real Criminals of the Opioid Epidemic

The Real Criminals of the Opioid Epidemic

If the Sackler family isn’t on your radar, they might be soon: in a major and very different approach to fighting the War on Drugs, the Massachusetts Attorney General has implicated the Sacklers as a responsible party in the American Opioid Epidemic. How is this...

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How Rural Areas Became Drug Hubs

How Rural Areas Became Drug Hubs

The rural United States has suffered a variety of drug epidemics, and the Opioid Crisis is just the most recent. One of the earliest drug epidemics was smoking tobacco - tobacco is one of the original cash crops, and it has been enjoyed throughout the world since it...

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A Guide to Opioids

A Guide to Opioids

At the end of the 1970s, President Nixon established the Drug Enforcement Administration, initiating what we call The War on Drugs. This war, though, has cost far more than expected, lasted for longer than Nixon himself could have imagined, and ultimately done more...

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Drug Use by Race and Gender

Drug Use by Race and Gender

When someone says, ‘drug addict,’ who comes to mind? Someone you know? Someone you saw passing by? Or a statistic? Anyone can become addicted to drugs, and drugs don’t discriminate against any person. People, however, can discriminate against people, and limit access...

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Human Toll of the Fentanyl Epidemic

Human Toll of the Fentanyl Epidemic

Fentanyl is a very powerful opioid, much stronger than heroin and morphine. Fentanyl is often abused to mimic the effects of heroin and similar substances, but its potency cannot be compared. The fentanyl epidemic is sweeping the nation and hitting the Valley and...

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4 Ways to Support a Loved One during Opioid Recovery

4 Ways to Support a Loved One during Opioid Recovery

The opioid epidemic continues to sweep the nation, and it is as present as ever here in Arizona. During this past year, there have been over 1,500 deaths and nearly 10,000 overdoses related to opioid usage in the state. Drug addiction is a very serious problem and...

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Morphine: What You Need To Know

Morphine: What You Need To Know

When people are in severe pain following surgery, or are suffering from chronic pain due to terminal medical conditions, they'll often receive a prescription for a painkiller called morphine. Morphine is classified as an opioid analgesic. When taken in high doses, it...

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The 5 Most Addictive Drugs on the Planet

The 5 Most Addictive Drugs on the Planet

Addiction is a compulsive, substance-seeking behavior found in individuals who show signs of withdrawal when use is stopped. There has been an ongoing debate over which drugs are considered the most addictive. According to a panel of experts, how addictive a substance...

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