Link Between Nerve Pain Drugs & Suicide

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Nerve pain medications were recently linked to an increased risk of self-harm. Self-harm can be either intentional or unintentional. The study looked at suicidal thoughts and behavior, unintentional overdoses, head and body injuries and traffic accidents. Stabbing, tingling, burning or prickling are a few sensations felt by people living with nerve pain. Neuropathy — another term for nerve pain — … Read More

Drug Companies To Pay for Addiction Treatment

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In response to the opioid crisis taking place in his state, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has put forward an Opioid Action Plan that would provide about $20 million annually to help communities in Minnesota fund opioid prevention, treatment and recovery strategies. Known as the “Penny-a-Pill” plan, this initiative enacts a one-cent fee for each unit of dispensed opioids by pharmacies. … Read More

New York Tries To Tax Prescription Opioids Again

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The state of New York passed a bill on April 1 creating a tax on opioid medications. This bill was the second bill that taxed opioids. The first bill was declared unconstitutional because it affected other states. According to New York governor Andrew Cuomo, this tax is intended to help reduce the severity of the opioid epidemic in the state … Read More

Could Maine Be First State to House Supervised Injection Sites?

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Officials in Maine held a public hearing on April 1st of this year for a bill proposing the creation of two supervised injection sites. The bill launched speculation into whether Maine will be the first state to house supervised injection sites. Supervised injection sites are places where recreational and illegal drugs can be used under supervision. These sites would have … Read More

Brazil to Allow Drug Users to Be Committed Involuntarily

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In May 2019, lawmakers in Brazil passed legislation forcing rehab for people who use drugs. The move to require rehabilitation at private or religious treatment centers is part of broader legislation aimed at curbing drug trafficking and drug use in the country.  The policy changes include harsher penalties for traffickers, which raises the maximum penalty from five to eight years … Read More

What are the Long-Term Effects of Adderall Use?

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Adderall is a prescription drug used primarily for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Adderall is a combination of active ingredients, which are dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. This medication is classified as a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. There are potential long-term effects of Adderall to be aware of, and the risk of these effects and their severity tends to increase … Read More

How Long Does Heroin Stay in Your System?

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With a half-life of approximately three minutes, heroin can leave the system in about a half hour. However, the chemicals it breaks down to can be detected for months in some cases. After using heroin, it typically takes four to six hours before the substance will be registered by most drug tests. From the time of usage, it will be … Read More

Lessons to Learn From 2019 Drug Trends in Florida

Drug trends in Florida appear to be similar to those seen in other states. There are several state agencies and task forces that not only collect data about substance misuse in the Sunshine State but also make policy recommendations to lawmakers to expand treatment resources and stem the flow of illicit substances. According to several recent reports, there are several … Read More

National Prescription Take Back Day 2019

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day occurs twice a year and is a day that is designated for people to drop off and dispose of prescription drugs that are expired or are not needed any longer. The next National Take Back Day will be held on October 26, 2019. This is the 18th National Take Back Day. National Take Back … Read More

Overdoses Rise as Benzodiazepine Prescriptions Increase

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Benzodiazepines are psychoactive drugs that can treat anxiety and insomnia. Benzodiazepines are among the most widely prescribed medications, especially among older adults, in the United States. These medications are intended to be short-term treatments because there are risks associated with long-term benzodiazepine use, including addiction and dependence. Benzodiazepines work by increasing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) which is a … Read More