Category: Opioids

How Rural Areas Became Drug Hubs

January 11, 2019

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 was first produced and exported by colonizers […]

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A Guide to Opioids

December 4, 2018

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 harm than good. Since the problem was focused on keeping people from […]

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Drug Use by Race and Gender

November 27, 2018

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 to drugs for some people, and not others. One result of this very […]

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Human Toll of the Fentanyl Epidemic

November 12, 2018

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 abuse of the substance is at an all-time high. On top of […]

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Beating Opioid Overdose: All You Need to Know about Naloxone Kits

November 6, 2018

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist, which helps fight and counter the effects of opioid overdose. To understand the importance and effectiveness of Naloxone, one must first realize the health risks associated with opioid overdose. Opioids, such as heroin, methadone, and morphine, are commonly used and abused for recreational purposes by both younger generations and adults […]

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Morphine: What You Need To Know

September 3, 2018

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 can cause respiratory distress and even death. Once users become addicted, and start […]

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The 5 Most Addictive Drugs on the Planet

July 31, 2018

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 is can actually be measured. To determine addictiveness, experts compare the effect of […]

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