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Opioid Crisis Stats for 2019

In 2019, an estimated 11.4 million people misused opioids and among these 2.1 million people were addicted. Around 10% of misuers were only misusing heroin while around 5% were misusing both heroin and legal opioids. Among the misuers, around half generally obtained legally prescribed opioids from friends or family members, while 36% had their own legal prescription for an opioid medication. Most reported their reason for misusing opioids was to...


More States Setting Prescribing Limits with Opioids

According to some estimates, more opioids are prescribed for acute pain sufferers than what those patients actually use. In an attempt to curb issues with excessive use, addiction, and abuse related to powerful painkillers, more states are setting prescribing limits. Some of these restrictions also apply to the length of time opioids can be prescribed in certain situations. Mid-Level Practitioner (MLP) Restrictions Nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and optometrists are among the...

Avoiding the Slippery Slope of Opioids - Opiate Detox Institute

Avoiding the Slippery Slope of Opioids

Whether you're taking a prescription medication for chronic pain or for temporary pain that resulted from an injury, it's possible to become addicted to these medications, which occurs when your brain and body are no longer able to stop taking the medication without suffering from severe withdrawal symptoms. If you've recently been prescribed opioid medications, it's important that you are aware of the slippery slope that leads to addiction. Understanding Opioids Opioids...


Becoming Familiar with Addiction Signs

If you suspect that someone you care about has been using heroin or other types of opioids, there are a few signs that you might notice after spending some time with them. You can use this information to discuss next steps with a qualified professional. All in the Eyes When you talk to your loved one, try to look at the eyes. When someone has been using heroin, then the eyes can...

Signs of Heroin Use - Opiate Detox Institute

Signs of Heroin Use

Heroin is a drug that often takes over the body and mind like a thief in the night. Use of the drug often begins slow and steady, but as the body develops a resistance to the drug's impacts, the person needs more and more to get the same high that only a small amount did in the beginning. If you suspect that someone you love is using heroin, there...


Common Signs Of Heroin Use

Opiates are among the most addictive drugs that a person can use with heroin being at the top of the list of those drugs. Sometimes, you might not realize that someone else is using heroin because they hide the marks on the arms from the needles or try to maintain a normal life while overcoming the feelings that are associated with using heroin. After some time of using the drug,...


New Study Questions Value of Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain

Long-term opioid use is sometimes prescribed for patients with chronic pain, such as headaches, back pain and arthritis. One-third of Americans deal with chronic, non-cancer-related pain. As opioid medications were increasingly used to manage chronic pain, the rate of overdose deaths related to opioids has also increased. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 64,000 Americans died of a drug overdose in 2016. This is five times...


5 Non-Opioid Alternatives for Chronic Pain Sufferers

In 2017, prescriptions for opioids dropped 12 percent. This is believed to be the most dramatic drop in opioid prescriptions in nearly a quarter century. Additionally, more doctors are exploring alternatives to powerful pain medications because of the risks that come with even short-term use of such painkillers. This is definitely good news given the fact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers opiate abuse and misuse...


An Awareness of Opioid Dependency

Thanks to public awareness campaigns, more people are aware of the opioid addiction crisis in this country. Even so, many people each year still fall prey to opioids and find themselves dependent on these substances. You can help yourself or a loved one overcome an addiction to opioids by learning how prevalent this problem truly is and how addiction to these drugs can be treated today. Opioid Addiction Statistics Studies show that...