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Harmless Plant? The Negative Effects of Kratom
Written on: 02/09/2018

If you’re in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, you may have heard to kratom. Kratom is an herb that is commonly sold as a powder or as a brewed tea, usually at cafes or “head shops” where people can buy pipes and other smoking accessories. Users of the supplement say that it’s a harmless […]

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A Tribute to the 175 Lives Taken Daily by Opioid Abuse
Written on: 02/06/2018

Opioid abuse, the opioid epidemic, the opioid crisis; whatever you want to call it, it’s affecting people in every corner of the country. Opioids and opiates are taking the lives of over 175 people in America every single day. And, while the President has declared the issue a public health emergency, the government has done […]

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The Dangers of Over the Counter Medication
Written on: 02/05/2018

It happens to all of us- that run-down, achy feeling we get right before we’re hit with a cold or the flu. This year, with the flu season being one of the worst on record, many of us are probably familiar with that unpleasant feeling. When someone starts to get sick, usually the first thing […]

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How the Opioid Problem got to Where it is Today
Written on: 02/02/2018

Almost 100 people die everyday of an opioid overdose. With people dying everyday from drugs meant to initially cure pain, it’s easy to ask the question, “how could we have let this happen?”. The opioid epidemic isn’t something that has been affecting people for the past few years. It’s a problem that started underneath the […]

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Growing Concern About Over-The Counter NSAID Painkillers
Written on: 02/01/2018

While not as concerning as the opioid epidemic, over-the-counter pain relief drugs, like Motrin, Aleve and Advil, are causing some concern in the medical community, thanks to a recent study that showed people often exceed the recommended dosage. Overuse of NSAID painkillers can cause gastric bleeding or liver disease, as well as a raised risk […]

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How 21 Million Pills Ended Up In A Town Of 3,000
Written on: 02/01/2018

Is anyone still wondering how the opioid crisis got so out of control? If you’re at all unsure, here’s a story that perfectly illustrates the opioid’s rise to fame and destruction. Williamson, West Virginia–The Town of 21 Million Opioids The small rural town of Williamson in the hills of West Virginia is in the midst […]

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Showtime’s ‘The Trade’ Examines the Opioid Crisis In Gritty Detail
Written on: 02/01/2018

The documentary (by director Matthew Heineman who also directed “Cartel”), is set in Ohio, Atlanta and Mexico, following addicts, drug producers and police—-portraits of people who are trapped in the drug crisis through addiction or career. “Gritty” is the operative word here. The documentary takes great pains to show the glamour-less truth about heroin and […]

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Florida Considering Syringe Exchange Expansion
Written on: 01/29/2018

As the United States continues to battle the opioid epidemic in every neighborhood across the country, Florida has taken some steps to reduce the wreckage caused by prescription drugs and heroin. Harm reduction is an approach that aims to minimize the damage caused by dangerous lifestyles, such as drug addiction or sex work. In Florida, […]

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New Prescription Disposal Method May Help Combat Opiate Epidemic
Written on: 01/22/2018

The opiate epidemic in the United States continues to claim the lives of parents of people from all walks of life every day. Since 1999, prescription drug overdoses have quadrupled (CDC), and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of fifty (The New York Times.) Heroin certainly contributes […]

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Boiling Point: Dealing with Stress and Anxiety in Recovery
Written on: 01/17/2018

Dealing with stress and anxiety in healthy, non-destructive ways is a key skill for navigating adulthood. For people in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, it’s even more vital, as learning how to deal with difficult feelings is one of the major ways of preventing a relapse into active addiction. When stress and anxiety become […]

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