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The Opioid Crisis and Addiction Treatment in Florida

By now, most Americans are all too familiar with the opioid epidemic sweeping through the country. In the 1990s, the FDA approved several highly addictive and dangerous prescription opioids were approved and providers began…

Getting Naloxone and Overdose Training in Tampa

Opioid overdoses are a national tragedy and have garnered a great deal of media attention in the past few years. More than 67,000 people died from opioid overdoses in the…

Pregnancy and Addiction: Drug Rehab Options for Pregnant Women

Addiction can affect people in a variety of circumstances, including women who are pregnant. Despite addiction being a complex condition associated with distinct brain and behavioral changes, some people instead…

Back to Work: Help for Those in Florida Impacted by Opioids

The opioid crisis ravages individuals, families, and communities. It causes loss of lives and loss of livelihoods. In light of how hard Florida has been stricken, the U.S. Department of…

Watch Out, Tampa Retail Stores, Thieves Are Afoot

Bands of thieves are targeting big box stores in the greater Tampa Bay area. The spoils – mainly tools and household repair and maintenance items – are not for their…

‘Sunshine State’ Deemed Gateway to Opioid Epidemic

Tourists flock to Florida typically for the weather, beaches, and its many attractions. However, a recent item from ABC News adds a twist. It claims that, going back 10 years,…

Miami Becomes Latest City to Sue Drug Companies over Opioid Overdose Epidemic

Proactively addressing the opiate epidemic is an expensive proposition, and many cities and counties are looking for someone to foot the bill. Miami is joining a number of local governments…

Fentanyl Patch ‘Tapering Off’ Guide (+ Timeline)

Fentanyl is a potent opioid narcotic. It is similar to OxyContin and heroin, although it is much more intense. This narcotic medication is typically 50-100 times more powerful than morphine…

How to Successfully ‘Taper Off’ Suboxone (+ Timeline)

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), there were around 2.5 million Americans struggling with opioid addiction and abuse in 2014. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports…

Combining Opiates and Vivitrol: What Will Happen?

Vivitrol is an opioid antagonist medication (naltrexone) that is designed to address cravings and abuse of opiate drugs and alcohol. Opiate antagonist drugs counteract the effects of opiate drugs and are…

Opioid-Induced Constipation – Is it Treatable?

Opioid drugs can cause several side effects, especially when taken in large doses. Many people who take opioid drugs for a long time, whether they take them for chronic pain…

Is Codeine an Opioid?

The drug codeine, which is used in prescription cough medications, is an opioid. Though it is considered less potent than oxycodone or hydrocodone, it has contributed to the opioid addiction…

Dealer Charged with Attempted Murder When Buyer Overdoses on Fentanyl

In St. Lucie County, a woman was arrested last month on several drug-related charges, including attempted murder, when she allegedly gave a man who ultimately overdosed straight fentanyl, an opiate…

Does Clonidine Help with Opioid Withdrawal?

Opioid drugs are associated with significant physiological dependence. Once dependence develops, withdrawal from opioids can be extremely unpleasant. For many, this can present a considerable hurdle to early recovery. Medically…

How to Help a Heroin Addict Detox

Heroin is an addictive drug that is derived from morphine. An opioid, it works in a very similar manner as prescription pain medications, such as Vicodin and Oxycontin. The drug…

Should Florida Have a Mandatory Minimum Sentence for Selling Opioids on the Black Market?

Across the country, the trend has been to decriminalize drug use and abuse, providing access to treatment over jail time for those whose actions are clearly motivated by an ongoing…

Alleged Drug Dealers Source Oxy Pills in Florida for Ohio Drug Ring

Two people were charged this month on charges of running a painkiller trafficking ring that sourced its pills in Florida and then brought them into Ohio for resale. A total…

Illicit Drugs Mixed with Fentanyl

Around 50-100 times more potent than morphine, fentanyl is a powerful and dangerous opioid drug that is manufactured both licitly as a pain reliever and illicitly, when synthesized as a recreational…

Fentanyl Withdrawal

Manufactured in clandestine laboratories or diverted through fraudulent prescriptions or pharmacy thefts, fentanyl is a powerful opioid drug that is commonly abused for the mellowing feelings and intense rush of…

Fentanyl Patch Abuse

An extremely potent opioid drug – up to 100 times as powerful as morphine and heroin, according to the journal The Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders – fentanyl is a prescription…

Risk of Combining Xanax and Heroin

Both heroin and Xanax are types of central nervous system depressant drugs. This means that they interact with some of the autonomic and life-sustaining functions of the body, such as…

Rapid Opiate Detox

In 2014, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported that around 2.5 million American adults (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder involving an opioid drug. Opioids…

Half of America Knows Someone Who Struggles with Opiate Addiction

Prescription painkillers are dispensed daily to patients struggling with acute or chronic moderate to severe pain. Only a small percentage of this number are taking these drugs in service of…

Risks and Dangers of Snorting and Smoking Heroin

Heroin is an illegal opioid substance that comes from the poppy plant. It acts in similar ways on the body as other opioid drugs, like prescription painkillers. According to the National Institute…

The Dangers and Risks of Snorting vs Smoking Oxycodone

Oxycodone is a prescription opioid painkiller that is intended for relief of moderate to severe pain.1 Many people use oxycodone safely for legitimate medical purposes as prescribed by a doctor;…

Understanding the Side Effects of Suboxone

Suboxone, which contains both buprenorphine and naloxone, is prescribed to treat dependence on and addiction to opiate drugs, including heroin and prescription painkillers. Buprenorphine is in a class of drugs…

How Long Does Vicodin Detox Last?

Overview – What are the signs of abuse, effects, and withdrawal timeline for Vicodin? SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS: Anxiety Constipation Nausea and vomiting WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS: Extreme sweating Runny eyes and nose…

Detox Timeline for Opana

Overview – What are the signs of abuse, effects, and withdrawal symptoms for Opana? SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS: Dry Mouth Vomiting Increased Heart Rate Facial or throat swelling WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS: Excessive…

Detox Timeline for OxyContin

Overview – What are the signs of abuse, effects, and withdrawal timeline for OxyContin? SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS: Clammy skin Blue coloring around the fingernails or lips Nausea and vomiting WITHDRAWAL…

Morphine Abuse and Withdrawal Timelines

Opiate drugs, also known as narcotic drugs, include heroin, opium, morphine, Vicodin, OxyContin, and many others. Opioid drugs come from the poppy plant or are synthesized from substances found in the…

Suboxone Detox Timeline

Overview – Detox from Suboxone WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS: Agitation Anxiety Vomiting Insomnia ABUSE SYMPTOMS: Exhaustion Slurred speech Confusion Odd bleeding or bruising Detox Timeline: Symptoms Start After 2 days Subside after…

Codeine Addiction, Side Effects, & Treatment Options

Codeine is an opioid or narcotic drug. It’s found in cough syrups as a cough suppressant, and it still sometimes used for pain relief. It can be used to induce…

Heroin Facts and Treatment Options

Heroin is an illegal street drug that is used for the recreational high it produces. Like prescription opioids, heroin binds to the opioid receptors in the brain, which are neuron receptors…

Can Heroin Withdrawal Be Done Safely at Home?

Heroin is an extremely addictive opiate drug. Although it has been illegal in the US since 1924, this drug is widely available and less expensive here than it is in…

Hydrocodone Abuse, Side Effects, Withdrawal & Treatment

An effective painkiller, hydrocodone is commonly prescribed for legitimate medical reasons. However, as an opioid, it has a high potential for abuse and addiction. This article will discuss the uses,…

Hydrocodone Withdrawal Symptoms and Timelines

Hydrocodone is a powerful opioid painkiller that is prescribed to treat pain after surgery or serious injury. Doctors typically do not prescribe hydrocodone for long-lasting chronic pain, but sometimes, people…

Vicodin Abuse: Side Effects, Withdrawal, & Treatment

Vicodin is a prescription opioid painkiller that has a high potential for abuse. Read on to learn more about how Vicodin works, what addiction looks like, and treatment options for…

Opioid Abuse & Treatment Options

What Is Opana? Is It Addictive?

Many types of natural, synthetic, and semi-synthetic opiates are produced and used in the US for a wide range of medical reasons. Nevertheless, these drugs are often as addictive as…

Prescription Drug Abuse & Treatment

Oxycodone (OxyContin) Addiction, Side Effects, & Treatment

OxyContin is known generically as oxycodone and is a prescription opioid. The medication is used to treat long-term pain for people with chronic pain, acute pain, and diseases, such as…

Can Suboxone Be Abused?

Since 2002, Suboxone has been prescribed to help individuals recover from opioid addiction. This popular medication, which comes in the form of a small piece of film that dissolves under…