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Drug Spotlight FAQ: Kratom

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Kratom and kava bars became a hot topic in August 2016 when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that it intended on listing kratom as a Schedule 1 drug. The question of whether it fits under this definition—having “high potential for abuse” while also having no existing research to prove acceptable medical use—sent the […]

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Opioid Overdoses Continue to Rise in 2017

Heroin and Fentanyl overdoses are on the rise in Ohio

For many people, a new year symbolizes new beginnings and habits. But for some addicts in Ohio, 2017 has meant a rise in deaths for those still struggling with opioid abuse. In February, The New York Times reported the Dayton, Ohio, coroner’s office handled 25 deaths—18 deaths were from drug overdoses. In January, the same […]

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Pet Meds Can Fuel Opioid Addiction

Drug addiction is driving some people to use pet meds for themselves, authorities say. Ketamine, tramadol, and Valium are some of the drugs they seek out from veterinarians, who prescribe the medicine to help the animals in their care. “They’ve gotten very sophisticated in how they obtain drugs and go about their activities,” said Jim Arnold, chief […]

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Next Steps after Loved One Refuses Drug Treatment

Trying to get a loved one to choose drug treatment is always stressful

Many times, family members and close friends of addicts become just as affected by addiction as the person they are trying to “save.” After cycles of empty threats, detachment, and giving in to sympathy, they may start to feel defeated in their attempts to resolve the core issue of their loved one’s addiction. But these […]

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Rehab Myths That May or May Not Be True

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The idea of walking into a treatment center to get professional help for a drug or alcohol addiction can be numbing for some people. The desire to get better may be overwhelmed by the “what if’s” and other questions as they grapple with the unknown. And it doesn’t help that the battle going on in […]

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Consider an Out-of-State Rehab and Go to Palm Beach Institute

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For people struggling with substance abuse, enrolling in any drug treatment program is a big step, and even more daunting if it’s at an out-of-state rehab. An addict may find themselves in a place where they know no one, everything seems expensive, and their initial thought is, “I want to go back home.” Even so, […]

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Six Disturbing Facts About Carfentanil

Carfentanil, a powerful elephant tranquilizer, has recently been found in trace amounts in illegal drugs, most commonly heroin. The potent drug has been linked to a spike in drug overdose deaths in the past year. Here are some carfentanil facts that illustrate why law enforcement officials and healthcare professionals are concerned that carfentanil-laced drugs will […]

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Sex, Drugs, and Ozzy: Opiate Abuse Up Among Baby Boomers

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As the general US adult population ages, more people will find themselves battling addiction in their golden years. Who the “typical addict” is and what he or she looks like is rapidly changing, and the issue is far more complex than older people using their post-retirement free time just to get high. It is estimated […]

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