Blog

Here’s why opioid-dependency should be treated by a physician, not a psychiatrist

Opioids are prescription drugs that are used for the treatment of short-term and chronic pain. During the early 1980s, opioids became the drug of choice for short-term pain management, and they were believed to be well-tolerated. Early marketing done by pharmaceutical companies had guaranteed that opioids were not addicting and were generally safe to use. …

Here’s why opioid-dependency should be treated by a physician, not a psychiatrist Read More »

Serious Consequences of the Coronavirus for Opioid Dependent Patients

Dr. Waismann, in his podcast “Addictive World”, alerts the general public and authorities as Opioid dependent patients are likely, more than others, to develop life – threaten secondary effects of the coronavirus.He explains how to manage this situation before opioid-dependent patients will soon become along with the elderly population, the most serious groups of patients …

Serious Consequences of the Coronavirus for Opioid Dependent Patients Read More »

Can this Revolutionary Opioid Addiction Treatment solve the opioid crisis?

Opiate abuse is unquestionably a major health concern in the world today, reaching epidemic proportions, with annual treatment costs in the billions of dollars. The social impact in relation to crime, family life, and lost productivity is immeasurable.While opiate dependency classified as a psychiatric illness, it has a strong medical component that is largely ignored …

Can this Revolutionary Opioid Addiction Treatment solve the opioid crisis? Read More »

In-Depth Look at the Laws Regulating Opioid Possession

Heroin was first derived from the opium poppy flower in the late 19th century by drug manufacturer Bayer. The same company later distributed the drug as a cough suppressant and pain reliever. In 1914, the federal government put the first heroin restrictions in place that limited the distribution of the drug. Nowadays, state laws vary in the severity of sentencing depending on state legislation. In 1986 lawmakers did enact a mandatory minimum sentencing guideline for drug offenses in an effort to crackdown on organized illegal distributors. Many states such as Kentucky have adopted some of these methods of harsh drug sentencing and carry some of the most extreme consequences. States like California, on the other hand, have some of the most lenient sentencing which focuses more on small fines and shorter jail time for drug possession to emphasize rehabilitation.

Signs of an Opioid Overdose

There is a delicate line that all people balance on when they take prescription opioids in order to manage their pain. What would normally bring patients relief can sometimes get out of hand and instead take people’s lives down a darker path that can feel inescapable once an addiction to the opioids has developed.  It is important to know the signs of both an opioid overdose and opioid abuse in order to help yourself, a friend, or a loved one seek help or treatment.