Illegal Pills: An Overlooked Threat

A Joint Project by National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, and the Partnership For Safe Medicines. This Article was Originally Posted to opioidlibrary.org. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY For less than $500, an individual with ill intent can purchase a pill press and a counterfeit pill mold that allows them to turn …

The Importance of Prevention in Addressing the Opioid Crisis

From the Blog of Dr. Lora Volkow Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse June 27, 2019 As our communities, healthcare systems, and government agencies join in the effort to reverse the epidemic of opioid overdoses and solve the opioid crisis, it is not enough to focus all our resources on treating people who are already …

The Opioid Issue: Part 1

Part One: Dangerous Prescriptions The opioid crisis seems to hit everyone, everywhere, regardless of socioeconomic class, geography, age, profession, or religious affiliation. Overdosing on drugs, especially opiates and heroin, is now the most common cause of death for Americans under fifty years of age. I spent forty years embroiled in active addiction. It started innocently …

Addressing the Opioid Crisis Means Confronting Socioeconomic Disparities

FROM THE BLOG OF DR. NORA VOLKOW, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE October 25, 2017 The brain adapts and responds to the environments and conditions in which a person lives. When we speak of addiction as a chronic disorder of the brain, it thus includes an understanding that some individuals are more susceptible …

High-Achieving and Religious Students At-Risk Youth For Substance Abuse?

New research shows high-achieving kids are more likely to drink and use drugs during their teen years and develop addictions by adulthood. DO YOU ASSUME THAT since your kid gets good grades and goes to a good school that they're not drinking or doing drugs? Think again. That's the takeaway from two new studies suggesting …

COUNTERFEIT OXYCODONE WARNING!

COUNTERFEIT PAIN PILLS CONTAINING DANGEROUS SYNTHETIC OPIOIDS! Originally posted July 18, 2017 National Institute of Drug Abuse https://www.drugabuse.gov/ Health and safety agencies in Iowa have issued an advisory to warn Iowans of counterfeit pain pills containing dangerous synthetic opioids. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s (DCI) laboratory analyzed pills made to resemble the prescription pain …

The Role of Science in Addiction

SPECIAL REPORT From the New England Journal of Medicine May 31, 2017 By Nora D. Volkow, M.D, and Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. Opioid misuse and addiction is an ongoing and rapidly evolving public health crisis, requiring innovative scientific solutions. In response, and because no existing medication is ideal for every patient, the National Institutes …

Fentanyl Becomes Deadly Force

Some Excerpts taken from an article By Eric Scicchitano The Daily Item July 10, 2017 Fentanyl The deadly heroin and opioid epidemic is expected to become even deadlier with the increasing presence of Fentanyl in America. According to the DEA, Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, and substantially more potent than …

America’s Fentanyl Crisis

Every day 91 Americans fatally overdose on an opioid drug. It may be a prescription analgesic or heroin–4 to 8 percent of people who misuse painkillers transition to heroin–but increasingly it is likely to be heroin’s much more potent synthetic cousin fentanyl. In the space of only two years, fentanyl has tragically escalated the opioid …

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