Purdue Pharma and America’s Opioid Epidemic

To understand America’s opioid epidemic, you first need to define opioids. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, opioids are a drug class that include illegal drugs, such as heroin as well as synthetic drugs, such as fentanyl. Included in this class are...

Opiate Addiction Explained

People rarely distinguish between opioid and opiate addiction today. Initially, opiates were produced with parts of the poppy plant to make potent painkillers. Opioids are synthetic drugs made in a lab and they have the same characteristics and effects as the opiate...

What is Oxycontin?

Most of us have heard about the opioid crisis and about drug abuse issues in this country. What many people don’t realize, however, is that Oxycontin is still one of the opioid drugs most frequently abused by users in the United States. With the emergence of more...

The Effects of Benzodiazepines Withdrawal

Benzodiazepines, often called benzos for short, are prescribed for a variety of conditions, including anxiety, insomnia, panic disorders, muscle spasms, seizures, alcohol withdrawal and more. While they do have positive uses, it is also possible to abuse this type of...

Types of Addiction and Treatment

Addiction is a challenging condition that affects people of all ages, all over the world. There are many different types of addiction, all of which don’t discriminate by race, gender or any other factor. Just about anyone can fall victim to addiction in their...

How Does Someone Become an Alcoholic

How does someone become an alcoholic? This question gets asked all too often at the end of the process of becoming one instead of at the beginning. Most ask only after the addiction has taken hold, a person’s life has suffered disruption, and alcohol’s devastating...

Recreational Drugs Affecting Our Youth

Recreational drugs have always been a problem in one form or another. Today, youths face threats from drugs that differ from anything society has seen before. Adolescents are especially vulnerable because many drugs can impact their mental and physical development. Of...