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Posted on November 5, 2015 in Drug Addiction

One Nation Under Suboxone: ‘Give Heroin Addicts Their Meds,’ Feds Tell Drug Rehab Programs

“With my medication … I will be fine,” croons the English singer and songwriter, Lloyd Cole, in the tongue-in-cheek song, “Antidepressant,” on his 2006 album by that name.

Now, more and more of those seeking treatment for heroin or opioid addictions may be joining Cole’s chorus, thanks to groundbreaking federal policy changes that will award addiction treatment centers for providing medical aid to heroin addicts in the form of medications like Suboxone (buprenorphine).

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New Street Drug 15 Times More Potent Than Heroin

Posted on October 24, 2014 in prescription drug abuse

New Street Drug 15 Times More Potent Than Heroin

All opioids carry inherent risks when abused, from illicit heroin to the OxyContin you may be prescribed by your doctor. Prescription drug abuse is at epidemic levels in the U.S., and when users can’t get high using their typical opioid of choice, previous experience shows that they’ll switch to other prescription opioids or even heroin. In this climate of widespread opioid addiction, new dangerous opioids like acetyl fentanyl pose immense risks to the population’s health. Experts have warned emergency physicians to be on the lookout for what appears to be ordinary opioid overdose, but might actually be attributed to acetyl fentanyl, a drug that’s five to 15 times more potent than heroin. Finding out more about this substance and its dangers helps you understand why public health officials are concerned about the upsurge in overdose cases.

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Women’s Heroin Anonymous Group Proves Recovery Is Possible

Posted on September 26, 2014 in Addiction Recovery

Women’s Heroin Anonymous Group Proves Recovery Is Possible

Heroin is a powerfully addictive drug, and breaking free from its grip can be especially challenging. When heroin addicts attend Alcoholics Anonymous and other support groups that focus on alcoholism recovery, they sometimes feel like they don’t belong. At times, it seems, there’s a certain stigma attached to heroin addiction. For recovering heroin addicts, whether being rejected at AA meetings is real or imagined, the result is the same. They may stop going to meetings, setting themselves up for a high risk of relapse.

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Make It Easier for Heroin Users to Help OD Victims, Researchers Say

Posted on September 15, 2014 in Drug Addiction

Make It Easier for Heroin Users to Help OD Victims, Researchers Say

Heroin is, in many respects, the classic opioid substance of abuse. Among other risks, users of this powerful drug regularly face the possibility of overwhelming their systems and experiencing a potentially lethal overdose. In a study published in July 2014 in the International Journal of Drug Policy, researchers from Sweden’s Malmo University used a small-scale project to examine how heroin users respond to other users in the midst of a drug overdose. These researchers concluded that, despite generally good intentions, a number of factors can significantly interfere with a heroin user’s ability to help another overdosing user.

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Severe Nasal Damage Can Come From Snorting Heroin

Posted on March 14, 2014 in Drug Abuse

Severe Nasal Damage Can Come From Snorting Heroin

Heroin is a well-known opioid drug commonly associated with IV (intravenous) use, a technique that introduces drugs directly into the bloodstream. However, some heroin users snort the drug through their nostrils instead of injecting it into a vein. In a study published in late 2013 in the journal Substance Abuse, researchers from four French universities sought to determine if heroin snorters experience the same damaging changes in nasal health found in people who snort the stimulant drug cocaine.

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Posted on October 13, 2008 in celebrity drug addiction, celebrity substance abuse

Tim Montgomery Indicted on Federal Heroin Trafficking Charge

I used to represent N.C. State University, running cross country and track- and I distinctly remember the thrill of seeing both Tim Montgomery and Marion Jones (as well as several other elite athletes) practicing on the track. These were people we looked up to. But not anymore. It now seems that there aren’t any “clean” athletes left. As many of us already know, Jones is finishing out her jail time, and as she finishes hers, Montgomery may very well be beginning his.

According to a report by Associated Press Writer, Steve Szkotak:

Disgraced former Olympic track star Tim Montgomery, once dubbed “the world’s fastest man,” was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for dealing heroin to an informant.

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Posted on September 15, 2008 in prescription drug abuse

Can't get your Hands on Heroin? Try Diazepam.

I am of course suggesting Diazepam in jest, but the fact is that this prescription drug is taking the underground drug market for a ride.  If you have ever heard of, or taken Valium, then you know what Diazepam is.  While it is commonly used to treat anxiety, insomnia, seizures, alcohol withdrawal, and muscle spasms, it has recently come into favor as a recreational drug.

Themedguru.com is reporting that:

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Posted on September 12, 2008 in Alcohol and Drug News

One of the Worst Things You Will Ever Hear

What is incomplete in a story that involves a 22 year-old female…a heroin addict…who’s pregnant?

-The robbery of a 71 year-old army veteran, who survived a stroke 5 years ago: that’s what.

Yes, lower yourself down a notch, western civilization; you have managed to slip lower than ever before. According to LDNews.com a certain model citizen by the name of Erin Vanmatre decided to rob 71 year-old Harry Kopenis for money to buy heroin. Luckily a pregnant junkie is no match for a septuagenarian and his wheelchair bound friend, who caught the would-be robber, and held her until police arrived.

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Posted on July 23, 2008 in Alcohol and Drug News, Alcohol and Drug Treatment

Heroin Addicts Clean Up With The Help Of A New Drug

Heroin addiction is a deadly disease that affects drug users of all ages. Recent research has revealed that a drug known as buprenorphine may help heroin addicts stay clean according to a U.S. study. Over a 24-week period, 126 detoxified heroin-dependent patients were placed into a study that compared three different types of drug groups. The first group was given naltrexone, which is a standard treatment for drug abuse, the second group was given buprenorphine and the third group was given a placebo and was used as a control for the study. Throughout the duration of the study, researchers compared heroin abstinence, prevention of relapse, and reduction of HIV risk behavior among the three different groups.

The results determined that the patients that had been given buprenorphine were far more effective in all three categories. The group taking the buprenorphine lasted almost twice as long in both heroin relapse and time until first heroin use compared to those in the group who had been given the naltrexone. They also had more than twice as many continuous days of abstinence compared to the placebo group. As far as the HIV risk, the results determined that there was no significant difference between the groups as the behaviors in all three groups had diminished.

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