As the heroin and painkiller abuse epidemic has spread across America, it’s been followed by a concerted effort to increase availability of Medication-Assisted Treatment for the addicted. Is this really the best care we can offer them?
In Cincinnati, the 911 emergency system recorded a terrifying event – a young girl calling for help as her parents overdosed in the front seat of their car. The operator tried to calm her terror as emergency help was sent her way.…
It was just a grubby, flattened box that had obviously been driven over a hundred times as it lay in the street. But since it had once held a constipation remedy, could it have been a sign of heroin or opioid addiction in the neighborhood?
In Maryland, a recent poll showed that 58% of Marylanders are in favor of legalizing marijuana. Would they feel that way if they realized how many started with marijuana and ended up with deadly overdoses?
After months of dedicated work by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Chinese government has banned the production of four highly dangerous synthetic opioids. Learn why this may not make things much better in the U.S.
In the world of addiction treatment, there is a full spectrum of care available, a spectrum that extends from a program that tries to prevent harm as you continue to use drugs, all the way to programs with the goal of restoring the ability to live a fully drug-free life.
Walk into any average-sized middle school or high school classroom in America. You’ll probably be looking at about 25 teenagers. One of those young people has probably already misused cough medicine to get high without realizing the dangers.
The majority of parents sit down with their kids and talk about drugs and alcohol, ensuring that their kids understand the consequences. But is it even possible to overcome all the pro-drug messages that they receive every day?
A couple of intense news articles in a row raised a question in my mind – is there any good reason to drink alcohol? Is it is a defensible practice? A quick examination of the possible health risks and benefits was revealing.
The stereotypical image of a methamphetamine user is someone who is agitated, nervous, paranoid and artificially energetic, always moving from place to place in a manic manner.
In Part I of this series, we looked at the emergence of an opioid epidemic in the U.S. that was fueled by the overprescribing of painkillers by doctors in every corner of the country. Now it looks like this problem may soon take on global proportions.
Over the last several years, hundreds of thousands of American families have suffered the heartbreak of losing someone they love to a drug overdose. Now, it appears that this scourge may begin to wreak a similar havoc in other countries as pharmaceutical companies seek growing markets overseas.
Part 2 of the series: Suboxone: Salvation for the Addicted or Seriously Flawed Solution? Is Suboxone really a good solution for addiction? We look at more reasons why maybe this isn’t the best choice.
Behind the headlines about the opioid addiction epidemic, a debate has long been raging about the advisability of prescribing Suboxone for those in recovery. The desperation of this problem demands a solution. But not everyone agrees that the best solution is Suboxone.
Narconon takes a closer look at the devastating problems of opioid addiction and overdose in Ohio, and why foreign drug traffickers might have this state in their crosshairs.
The young woman was painfully thin, soaking in warm bathtub to relieve the aches of heroin withdrawal. She didn’t understand why her mother had dropped in to see her at college or how her mother knew she was using heroin.
Anyone involved in recovery from drug addiction knows that drugs in the opioid category are taking more lives than any other. What is not making headlines at this point is that cocaine is still taking thousands of lives each year.
In the last two decades, a whole new world of drug abuse and addiction with dangerous, and even deadly, consequences has opened up. The situation is such that now, no parent can afford to think that their child will be the one that never uses drugs, never becomes addicted and will never overdose.
America has experienced an unprecedented growth in the number of people using drugs and even the number of drugs available to be used. It’s more important than ever before that you be able to identify signs of drug use in your community.
Every year, Superbowl advertising minutes offer an opportunity to reach more than one hundred million people in a flash. This year, viewers were served two public service announcements revealing the dangers of leaving prescription drugs unlocked, where they could be misused by youth.
The World Health Organization recently released a comprehensive report on marijuana use around the world, including in that report a list of factors that tend to increase the risk of drug use in youth. Do you see these risk factors in your child’s life?
Kratom is a drug imported from Asia, a product manufactured from the leaves of a tree that grows in Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and other parts of Southeast Asia. It was banned in Thailand – but should it be banned in other countries, too?
The majority of parents want with all their hearts for their children to grow up drug-free, healthy and successful. But this task has never been more difficult. Narconon offers ten things parents can do right now.
In 2016, Ohio police detective Bud Lytle suddenly realized that he had been missing the signs that his daughter Taylor was addicted to painkillers.
We all see news headlines or articles on the internet about a local person lost to an overdose or a celebrity going to rehab. But it can be hard to get a grip on what’s really happening across this country. A young man who lost his bother to drugs set out to change that.
When your work is helping the addicted recover their sobriety, today’s newspapers and magazines don’t bring you a lot of good news. There are warnings of drugs currently taking lives, drug use trends to tell us where we need improvement. Here’s what we witnessed in 2016.
When someone you love is addicted and you’re looking for a recovery program, it’s an intensely stressful and traumatic time. You need something right now but at the same time, you want something that will truly enable a person to stay sober afterwards. What do you need to know to choose the right program?
It’s a story that has played out far too often: A teenager dies of an overdose but the family is blindsided. “He never used a drug before!” says mother. Maybe – maybe not. Identifying the mental, emotional and behavioral changes drug use makes in your teens could be an essential skill to save their lives.
Far too often, drug use progresses to addiction and even an overdose death without a parent realizing what the real problem was. It’s more important than ever that a parent know how to identify the mental, emotional and behavioral changes that occur when a teen begins to use drugs.
It seemed like 2016 was stealing away some of our favorite cultural icons – many, far too young. Was their current or past drug and alcohol abuse responsible for shortening their lives?
New Year’s is the time many of us make resolutions for the following year. But an addicted person has lost so much of his (or her) power of decision. Narconon has helped tens of thousands of people recover that life skill, resulting in a brighter future.
It’s never been more vital for parents to prepare children for the drug-filled environments they’re growing up in. It’s not just a matter of drugs being available – the drugs on the market have never been more deadly.
In New York City, Queens pharmaceutical distributor and its parent company. Kinray, LLC will be paying a $10 million penalty and parent company Cardinal will be yielding an additional $34 million to the DEA. Their offenses? Failing to report drugstores making excessive orders of addictive substances.
So you’re having people over for New Year’s! That’s great! Have fun! And also make sure everyone makes it home safely afterward. Now more than ever, our society is holding hosts and drinking establishments responsible for the safety of guests and patrons.
Until a few years ago, few people had ever heard of the prescription drug fentanyl. But now, not only is fentanyl popular on the illicit market, but other dangerous drugs from this family are making their way into our supplies of street drugs.
One thing is for sure: There is plenty of confusing information circulating about marijuana. One faction claims it’s harmless and even medicinal. The other faction holds the opinion that this drug is dangerous in many ways. Caught in the middle are our young citizens. Teens and young adults can hardly be blamed for thinking the substance is benign. Should parents just give in and let youth do what they want?
Every year, the Monitoring the Future survey allows us to examine trends in drug and alcohol use among our teens. In this new report, the fact that teen use of most drugs continued their decline provides a bright spot amid concerns about our national opioid epidemic.
A new study reveals the rapidly increasing number of newborns struggling with sickness and discomfort when they are no longer exposed to the opioids their mothers were consuming.
A new study has reinforced earlier research that alcohol is associated with increased risk of cancer. While the alcohol-cancer connection has been made before, this study was the first one to associate melanoma (skin cancer) with alcohol intake.
When it comes to heroin and painkiller addiction and overdoses, the Northeast United States has been very hard hit. In Hackensack, New Jersey, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office (BCPO) decided to fight back using social media tools.