Opioid Addiction and Dependence: Signs and Symptoms

Opioid drugs are synthesized from morphine, which occurs naturally in some varieties of the poppy plant. Highly addictive and very dangerous, these drugs include prescription painkillers like hydrocodone, oxycodone and codeine as well as the illegal opioid heroin. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that 2.1 American adults are addicted to prescription opioid painkillers […]

Opioid Addiction: Treatment Options

People who are addicted to opioid compounds require professional treatment to overcome the powerful lure of these drugs. First responders sometimes develop an opioid addiction because of the intensity of their work, which can often lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. Opioids become a way to deal with the unpleasant symptoms of PTSD. Addiction can develop […]

Opioids and Addiction

Every year, addiction impacts the lives of millions of Americans. While alcohol abuse leads the trend, opioid dependence is growing at a startling rate. In order to understand this trend, it’s important to look at the availability and use of opioids, both legal and illegal, and how opioids interact with your body’s functions. What Are […]

What Are Opioids?

Opioids are frequently prescribed medications that effectively relieve many different types of pain. With proper use, opioids like morphine have a long history of helping to reduce severe pain after surgery. They are also used to relieve the pain people experience with cancer. However, opioid drugs are narcotics and can be unhealthy or even dangerous […]

Naloxone: The Anti-Overdose Drug

In 2014, the U.S. Attorney General called on all first responders to carry the anti-overdose drug naloxone. This drug can help individuals experiencing an opioid overdose avoid serious health complications and death. When they receive naloxone in a timely manner, people who have overdosed on opioid painkillers or heroin can be saved from serious or […]

What is Heroin?

Heroin is an illegal opioid drug that’s listed on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, which means that it carries a high risk of dependence and has no medical value. Processed from morphine, which occurs naturally in some varieties of the poppy plant, heroin stimulates the release of unnaturally large amounts of dopamine, a […]

What is Hydrocodone?

Hydrocodone is an opiate painkiller that’s prescribed for the moderate to severe pain that accompanies certain injuries and surgeries. It’s derived from morphine, which occurs naturally in some varieties of the poppy plant, and its effects include euphoria followed by a period of drowsiness and depressed respiratory and heart rate. According to the National Institute […]

Substance Abuse in the Military

Military service is fraught with stress. Serving for long periods away from home and being subjected to dangerous conditions can take a toll on mental health. Many people serving in the military are subjected to traumatic and life-threatening situations. As a way to cope with the stress of the job, some military service members may […]

Signs of Drug & Alcohol Intoxication in Firefighters

Firefighters – Blazes Are Not the Only Battles Firefighters experience stress, trauma, injury and death regularly while working. They aren’t immune to the suffering and carnage they hear and see. Firefighters are also constantly trying to balance their own safety against rescuing lives and property. In addition, firefighters have the pressure of keeping their fellow […]