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Ibudilast: The Cure for Meth and Opiate Addiction?

Ibudilast: The Cure for Meth and Opiate Addiction?

  Methamphetamine and opiate addiction are some of the most difficult addictions to kick. Meth relapse rates are enormous, and medical treatments for opiate addiction involve substituting one opioid for another, thereby only switching the addiction rather than treating it. There seems to be a potential light at the end of the tunnel, as a drug called Ibudilast has just passed the preliminary safety test in a move towards treating meth addiction in a new way: by … Read entire article »

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NFL Players’ Prescription Drug Abuse

NFL Players’ Prescription Drug Abuse

  Among modern sports, American football is decidedly one of the most fierce and dangerous at any level; from Pop Warner all the way up to the National Football League. The NFL is the most popular professional sport in the U.S. and therefore the most profitable, earning an estimated $9.5 billion in revenue from 2011-2012 (Gaines, 2012). Perhaps the barbaric nature of football is an inherent key to its success. Just as the Ancient Romans would pack … Read entire article »

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Detoxing from Heroin without the Use of Suboxone or Subutex May Benefit Long Term Recovery

Detoxing from Heroin without the Use of Suboxone or Subutex May Benefit Long Term Recovery

  Detoxing from heroin or other opiates is a physically and emotionally painful process. The cravings, cold sweats, the aches and pains – the list goes on and on. Nevertheless it’s all part of what kicking the drugs takes. No matter what setting a person detoxes in, it is neither a pleasant nor comfortable experience. With the aid of drugs like Suboxone, detox is supposed to be a more comfortable and easily managed experience. It has even … Read entire article »

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The Potential of Probuphine

The Potential of Probuphine

Suboxone.  Subutex.  Methadone.  Vivitrol.  Naltrexone.  Rehabs.  Detox facilities. These are just a few of the countless ways that many of the approximately 2.3 million opioid addicts in the USA have tried to maintain a program of sobriety or maintenance.  Unfortunately, some of these have proved to be just as addictive as the drugs they’re supposed to help addicts wean themselves off of.  Some have led to misuse regardless of their physical addiction potential, while others simply … Read entire article »

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Facts About Promethazine

  Promethazine is a type of phenothiazine antihistamine, and it works by changing the actions of chemicals in the brain, including histamine.  Promethazine has numerous uses, such as treating allergy symptoms, preventing motion sickness, treating nausea, and vomiting or pain after surgery.  It may also be used as a sedative or sleep aid. Promethazine was first made available in the United Kingdom in 1951. What are the street names? The street names that are associated with promethazine include lean, purple sprite, sizzurp, purple drank, drank, and promo, among others.  Usually promethazine is offered in combination with codeine in the form of a cough syrup.  The cough syrup cocktail containing promethazine and codeine is mentioned by literally dozens of prolific hip-hop artists including Kanye West, Three 6 Mafia, DJ Screw, E-40, UGK,  D12, Eminem, Lil’ … Read entire article »

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The Subutex Story: The Substitution Becomes the New Addiction

  The use of Subutex continues to mushroom in the U.S. and worldwide.  Countries as diverse as Georgia, Singapore, and France (among others) have reported on its growing use and misuse since the early 2000s.  Subutex, the brand name for buprenorphine hydrochloride, is a semi-synthetic opioid, like oxycodone or hydrocodone. Unlike those drugs, which are full agonists, buprenorphine is a partial agonist, meaning that there is a ceiling-effect to the “high” beyond which more pills will not increase the effects of the drug.  The problem is that physical dependence on Subutex happens even without the draw to have more and more pills, and the interactions with other medications is not supervised nor has it been researched adequately given its potential risk for dependency, addiction, and misuse. Subutex was developed and designed to work … Read entire article »

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Drug and Alcohol Problems on the Rise

  As it turns out, more and more Americans are making appointments with their doctors to seek treatment for drug- and/or alcohol- related problems.  As a result, the number of drug and alcohol problems diagnosed by medical professionals has increased substantially over the last decade.  There was a 70% increase that was measured between 2001 and 2009, according to researchers.  The number of reported doctor visits by patients seeking treatment for drug or alcohol abuse increased from 10.6 million between 2001 and 2003 to 18 million between 2007 and 2009. A sharp increase in the use of narcotic painkillers is partially to blame, according to the new research.  The authors of the study say that the increase is attributed largely to patients receiving prescriptions for painkillers, which is becoming a national trend. … Read entire article »

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An Addict’s Will to Change

An Addict’s Will to Change

  I had fifteen months clean before I relapsed on May 11, 2011.  My run lasted a little over a year.  I thought I would only use one time so I could escape from the immediate situation and the hell inside my head, but heroin doesn’t work that way – certainly not for me.  One night turned into a year and I still feel like I just woke up from some awful fever dream. The first few … Read entire article »

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Ravers Kill Dolphins

  A recent disturbing toxicology report on two deceased dolphins was leaked this week showing that two dolphins had buprenorphine (Suboxone or Subutex) in their systems.  The dolphins lived at Connyland Zoo in Switzerland; the zoo rented out part of their property for a rave against the advice of animal rights advocacy groups.  The dolphins died in November of 2011, Shadow just after the rave and Chelmers two days later (Batt, 2012).  Before passing, Shadow appeared, “disoriented and distressed” (Australian Times, 2011). Buprenorphine causes respiratory depression and drowsiness, and dolphins are conscious breathers.  It is likely that they were unable to breathe (Batt, 2012). Buprenorphine is a synthetic opiate that is used medically for individuals addicted to heroin and to control pain in non-addicts.  Opiate individuals take buprenorphine in high doses marketed as Suboxone … Read entire article »

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OPIOID DEPENDENT BABIES

OPIOID DEPENDENT BABIES

  The United States saw crack cocaine addiction reach epidemic rates in the 1980s; among those dependent were newborns whose mothers abused crack during their pregnancy. Three decades later, the United States faces a new drug epidemic; and once again, babies reach the world in withdrawal. Prescription opioid analgesics are America’s growing D.O.C.; by 2007, the number of pills prescribed had risen 600% in 10 years. Opioid analgesics are derived from the opium poppy (used as a … Read entire article »

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