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Posted on October 17, 2016 in Addiction

Drug Abuse: A Grave Mistake

An image that has gone viral is one of a man lying in an open casket. Standing before him are three people   — his wife, his young son and daughter. They are smiling. He is not. The 26-year-old Ohio man died in September as a result of heroin addiction and drug overdose. Although Mike Settles entered treatment and was discharged from an inpatient program in December of the previous year, believing that he had kicked the habit, what began as prescription drug abuse took a sharp downturn. When using opiates to treat dental pain, which he declared that he could manage without spiraling out of control once again, he experienced a relapse that signaled the end of his life.

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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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