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Two Campaigns to Combat Opioids Deep in the Heart of Texas

Local and federal authorities are stepping up. They are putting out the word about the dangers opioids pose and managing the risks. Federal Campaigns for Opioid Awareness in Texas KFDM/Fox...

‘Take Back’ Opioids: New Initiative in DFW

It’s a new plan of attack in the battle against opioids. And you don’t have to go far or to any trouble to join in. That’s because it comes from...

Are Prescription Drugs Driving the Opioid Crisis in TX?

Methamphetamine has long been considered the primary drug of choice plaguing communities in East Texas, but the fact is that opioids have been a longstanding problem as well. Connie Caldwell...

What Drugs Are Used To Treat Opioid Addiction?

Opioid addiction is one of the biggest public health problems currently facing the United States, with nearly 400,000 people dying as a result of opioid overdose during 1999–2017.1 Assured by...

Are They or Aren’t They? Texas Sheriffs Talk Fentanyl-Laced Flyers

At the end of last month, sheriffs from Harris County spread warnings to the public that flyers distributed in the community might be laced with fentanyl. This was in response...

What Are The Signs of Opioid Abuse?

Opioids make up a class of drugs that bind to opioid receptors in the brain, blocking pain sensations and inducing relaxation as central nervous system depressants. There are many prescription opioids...

What Are the Signs of Heroin Abuse?

Heroin is one of the strongest and most instantly addictive substances that is known to exist, according to Seattle’s KUOW. The drug was responsible for almost half of the drug-related deaths...

What Are the Long-Term Effects of Heroin?

Much attention has been given to societal effects of the ongoing opioid epidemic in the United States. More than 1 million people could fall victim to it by 2020, warns USA...

Long-Term Use of Suboxone

Suboxone, which might be prescribed to treat someone’s opioid dependence, has both buprenorphine and naloxone in it.1 If it is still contributing to intended treatment objectives and it is still beneficial...

Methamphetamine vs. Opiates: Which Is the Bigger Threat in Texas?

It is true that there is an epidemic of opiate-related deaths caused by overdose sweeping the country. It is a significant and real problem, and in every state and every...

Physical Impact from Fentanyl Abuse: Dangers of Use

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid in the same class of drugs as very powerful painkillers like heroin, methadone, morphine, OxyContin, Vicodin, Lortab, Dilaudid, etc.1,2 Fentanyl is extremely potent and considered to be nearly...

What is Fentanyl Made Of?

What is Fentanyl? Main Ingredients, Cutting Agents, and Adulterants: Fentanyl (brand names include Abstral, Actiq, Duragesic, and Subsys) is a synthetically manufactured opioid drug.1,2 In its various formulations, fentanyl is indicated for...

Fentanyl-Laced Pills Infiltrating Texas Black Market

Texas officials are sounding the alarm as more and more fake painkillers and other counterfeit medications have been identified in street busts. Essentially, nothing can be trusted to be what...

$6.9M Worth of Heroin Seized in TX Drug Bust

A simple traffic stop in Fayette County resulted in the unexpected seizure of almost $7 million worth of heroin. Early this month, deputies pulled over a pickup truck on Interstate...

Facts about Naloxone

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist, approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to manage opioid overdose.1 By competitively blocking opioid receptors, naloxone can prevent opioid agonist drugs like heroin,...

More info on Methadone Withdrawal

Suboxone is becoming the maintenance drug of choice for facilities across the country because of the side effects of methadone. Although methadone has proven to be an effective treatment, it...

Fentanyl Patches

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid analgesic that’s typically used to manage acute, severe pain.1 It may also be used to treat chronic pain when a doctor determines a patient is...

Opioid Withdrawal

Opioid is an umbrella term for any substance that binds to opioid receptors in the body’s central nervous system.1,2 The body’s natural opioids are endorphins, which are involved in regulating...

Opioid Addiction: Long and Short Term Effects

The opioid class is a category of synthetic and semisynthetic drugs derived from the opium poppy. For the most part, these legal and illegal drugs are derived from morphine, which is synthetized...

Methadone Withdrawal Symptoms and Timelines

Methadone is a synthetic opioid agonist drug widely used for detoxification and withdrawal management in cases of opioid addiction as well as for the maintenance treatment of opioid addiction.1 As...

Understanding the Risks of Smoking Heroin

Taking heroin in any form can be dangerous, even on the first try. Generally, heroin is ingested via smoking, snorting, or injecting it directly into the veins. People smoke heroin...

Heroin Overdose Dangers

Heroin is highly addictive illegal opioid drug.1 As a potent opioid, heroin attaches to opioid receptors in the brain and central nervous system, delivering a euphoric, pleasurable “rush.”2  Heroin blocks...

Fentanyl Withdrawal Timeline

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that’s 50–100 times potent than heroin or morphine.1 The United States Drug Enforcement Administration lists fentanyl as a Schedule II controlled substance, indicating that although the drug...

Mixing Alcohol and Vicodin

Vicodin is a prescription painkiller that combines an opioid (hydrocodone) with an analgesic/fever-reducer (acetaminophen) to help manage moderately levels of pain.1 This medication is commonly prescribed after surgical procedures or injury,...

Opioid Drugs and Grapefruit Juice

The opioid/opiate class of drugs includes illicit substances like heroin and prescription painkillers such as codeine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone. Many of these drugs have a very strong potential for abuse and...

Opiate Addiction

Opiates are a class of substances that includes illicit drugs like heroin as well as several synthetic prescription opioids such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. Prescription opioids are commonly prescribed to...

Dangers of Smoking and Snorting OxyContin

What is OxyContin? OxyContin is a branded, extended-release tablet form of the opioid painkiller oxycodone.1 Especially when misused, OxyContin’s rewarding, euphoric effects contribute to its high rate of abuse. Oxycodone...

Subutex vs. Suboxone

Opioids like heroin are some of the most addictive substances in the world.1,2 Ceasing use of drugs like heroin after becoming addicted can be incredibly difficult—for some, it may seem...

OxyContin Withdrawal

Prescription opioids like OxyContin (a brand name version of the drug oxycodone) are powerful medications used to treat moderate to severe pain.1 Even when used as prescribed by a doctor,...

Dangers of Snorting Opana

Opana is a brand name for the semisynthetic opioid painkiller oxymorphone, which is used to control moderate to severe pain.1 As an opioid, Opana is a schedule 2 drug per...

Dangers of Injecting Opana

Opana, a brand name of oxymorphone, is an opiate analgesic painkiller. This drug is prescribed to control severe chronic pain that requires constant management in cases where other painkillers are insufficient. Opana is...

Opana Addiction and Treatment Options

  Opana is a brand name for oxymorphone, an opioid painkiller medication, which is used to control moderate to severe pain.1 Although Endo Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Opana has discontinued...

Vicodin Detox and Withdrawal Management

Vicodin is a Schedule II controlled substance that consists of two medications—the primary active component is a synthetic opioid painkiller (hydrocodone) and the other is a fever-reducing analgesic medication that does not...

Methadone Treatment

For decades, methadone has been a first-line treatment for managing opioid addiction. A long-acting opioid agonist, methadone has many therapeutic benefits, but also some inherent dangers—including a risk of respiratory...

Guide to Fentanyl: Addiction Signs, Symptoms, and Withdrawal

In 2016, fentanyl gained the infamous title of America’s deadliest drug with 18,355 attributed deaths in the U.S. that year compared to 15,961 deaths attributed to heroin.1 The number of opioid-related...

Treatment for Vicodin Addiction and Risks of Abuse

Vicodin is a previously-available brand name prescription formulation of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. This prescription painkiller combines an opioid, hydrocodone, with the antipyretic/analgesic, acetaminophen.1 Acetaminophen is widely available in many over-the-counter pain...

OxyContin Addiction and Side Effects

OxyContin is the brand name for an extended release form of the drug oxycodone, which is one of several synthetic/semisynthetic narcotics manufactured as an alternative to morphine. The Rise of...

Suboxone Withdrawal: How to Stop Taking Suboxone

What is Suboxone? Suboxone is a specially-formulated combination medication designed for induction and maintenance treatment of opioid dependence. The addition of naloxone to this combination therapeutic was made to deter...

Depression and Opiate Addiction: The Connection

It is not uncommon for clients in recovery to report that their addiction began with depression. Rather than seek out therapeutic treatment and antidepressants – or when antidepressants were ineffective...

The Risks of Snorting Heroin

Heroin is a narcotic opiate. It comes as either a white or brownish powder as well as a black sticky substance referred to as “black tar heroin.”1,2 The drug can...

Suboxone Treatment and Abuse Potential

 History of Suboxone Suboxone was initially marketed by the British company Reckitt Benckiser as a pain reliever for chronic pain. It proved to be very effective in small doses; however, because...

Heroin Withdrawal Timeline

Heroin use in the United States has been rising since 2007.1 What Is Heroin? Heroin is an illegal, highly addictive opioid drug that’s processed from the seed pod of certain...

Helping a Loved One with Heroin Addiction

Heroin is an opioid drug that’s made from morphine, which is a natural substance taken from the seed pod of opium poppy plants.1,2 It can be a white or brown powder...

Is There Really a Heroin Epidemic in the US?

Over the past couple years, the focus has shifted slightly from the devastating effects of opiate painkiller abuse and addiction to the equally deadly issue of heroin use and dependence...

Texas Heroin Addiction Treatment, Rates and Statistics

Although the opioid epidemic has largely missed Texas, heroin, an opioid, still has a hold on some members of the community. Learn about how and why Texans are using heroin,...

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