Opiates

Hard Work Pays Off: Raising Heroin Awareness in NJ

Often times the one big message of successful recovery is “hard work pays off”. This week, and this month, and this year, that hard work has been raising awareness of the heroin epidemic in New Jersey, to prevent as much of the fallout from addiction as we can right now. And the hard work is …

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Ocean County DART Coalition Event May 27

Tonight is the Ocean County DART Coalition Forum “Can We Talk – Are You Listening?” at the Pine Belt Arena from 5pm to 9pm. The event is being organized by Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato, and will focus on the heroin epidemic that is sweeping through New Jersey’s communities. I will be there, along with Ryan …

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Binge Use of Alcohol and Drugs

Getting drunk or high on an intermittent basis — perhaps every weekend —  is known as binge using. There is are indications that people who binge drink stand a considerably greater chance of becoming alcoholics, especially young people, who are still forming neural connections in their brains.  Many authorities believe that this applies to certain …

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PAWS Can Smack You Upside The Head If You’re Not Ready For It

You can hang around recovery groups for a long time without hearing people mention PAWS, or Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome.  That’s too bad, because it is one of the major causes (if not the major cause) of relapse in the first couple of years. Without getting into a lot of detail here, let’s talk about PAWS for a …

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Opiate Overdose Due To Reduced Tolerance

In practically all cases, opiates kill by respiratory depression: when we OD, the part of the brain that controls breathing shuts down, and we “forget” to breathe.  This causes death by hypoxia — suffocation. I was reading again today about another addict who overdosed and died because she misjudged her tolerance for Oxycontin after leaving …

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A Guide To The Safe Use Of Pain Medication – FDA

Addiction to pain medication is the fastest-growing segment of the addiction field.  There are a variety of reasons, ranging from doctors who do not understand the potential of addiction, to drug companies who underplay the dangers of their products, to unscrupulous doctors and importers who provide a smörgåsbord of drugs to their “patients” on demand. The Food …

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Vivitrol Approved To Treat Opiate Addiction

Vivitrol, a long-acting formulation of naltrexone given by injection once a month, was approved by the FDA to treat alcohol dependence in 2006. The FDA has now approved Vivitrol to treat and prevent relapse after patients with opioid addiction have undergone detoxification. http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/news/20101014/fda-oks-drug-to-treat-opioid-addiction

Study Shows Buprenorphine Beats Methadone For Pregnancy Maintenance Treatment

An article in the December 9th issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (not available online) refers to a Johns Hopkins study regarding maintenance treatment for opiate addiction in pregnant women. First, we need to mention that, when a woman who is currently addicted to opiates gives birth, the baby is addicted as well. The child’s detox symptoms …

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