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Every year, the opioid epidemic gets worse. There are more and more people dying from an overdose, and the numbers continue to rise. Opioid overdoses used to be almost completely attributable to heroin users, but these days, deaths due to prescription opioid painkillers are on the rise. One such medication is fentanyl. Fentanyl is a powerful medication used for treating...

Anyone who is suffering from addiction to opioid drugs knows how hard it is to give them up. One fear that keeps many opioid addicts from seeking help to get clean and sober is the fear of going through withdrawals. The symptoms of withdrawal can be unpleasant, painful, and even dangerous for those addicts who have been using opioids for...

If you have been prescribed opioid painkillers for a medical condition, you may be concerned about becoming dependent on or addicted to the medication, and for good reason. It’s reported that more than 2 million people misused prescription opioid drugs in 2017 alone, and more than 20,000 Americans overdose and die from these pain relievers every year. With numbers like...

Living with an opioid addict is definitely challenging. Addiction isn’t a condition that only affects the person taking the drugs, it affects everyone who is around that person. It has the potential to tear families apart – and it does so in many cases. People who care for someone who is addicted to opioids is likely to feel a range...

There isn’t any demographic among Americans that is unaffected by the current opioid epidemic. An increasing number of Americans are losing their lives due to opioid addiction and overdoses each year. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that the current state of the epidemic follows the same path that it has been for the last two decades...

Opioids are powerful pain relievers that are Schedule II Controlled Substances. That means that these drugs have a high likelihood of being abused and causing dependence or addiction. Opioid painkillers are primarily used to treat both acute and chronic pain. Acute pain is like that following a surgical procedure while chronic pain is considered to be pain that is ongoing....