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What You Might Not Know About Opioid Pain Pills

More than 40% of Americans say they know someone who has been addicted to prescription painkillers, and a majority say that lack of access to treatment for people with substance abuse issues is a problem, a new survey shows. The poll results released in May 2016 by the Kaiser Family Foundation also found that more …

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Why Overcoming Addiction Isn’t a Straight Path

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert FrostWhile it is safe to assume that Robert Frost was not speaking of overcoming addiction when he wrote this, recovery is more like walking through the woods on a rocky …

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Overdose Risk Increases with Family Drug Connections

Have you ever given a friend a painkiller to soothe a sore back? Maybe you gave them an anti-anxiety pill before a long flight? Even if it was not intentional, you might have inadvertently contributed to a serious substance abuse problem. This can increase your friend’s chance for a deadly overdose. It is important to …

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The Real Difference Between Opiate and Opioid

In Pennsylvania, like so many of our neighboring states, the opioid crisis has been particularly brutal. In 2017, overdose deaths rose by 16%. However, the good news is that around that time, we began to turn a corner. More people made their way into rehab, and the easy-access prescriptions became a thing of the past. Still, …

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Opioid Epidemic Statistics

Two out of every three drug overdoses in the U.S. involve an opioid. Opioid epidemic statistics are concerning. Opioids killed nearly four times as many people as drunk driving in 2017. Opioid addiction stats found that 47,000 people died from overdoses involving overdoses in 2017. Those battling addictions need to seek out an opioid addiction …

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Are Benzo Withdrawals Dangerous?

Doctors commonly prescribe Benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” to manage conditions like anxiety, panic disorders, seizures, alcohol withdrawal, as well as insomnia. When taken as a doctor prescribes, these substances are very effective and useful. If someone crosses the line and abuses these substances, there could be a high price for them to pay. The price is …

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