Narcan Parties: The Real Truth

The amount of falsehoods that circulate about drug use and the misconceptions people have toward addicts can be disheartening. For instance, a myth that has been circulated by law enforcement is that heroin addicts will seek out drug dealers who have had previous customers overdose on fentanyl. This isn’t true; heroin addicts may want what they’re buying to be of …

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Does Overdose Happen To Men and Women?

                  Addiction is non-discriminatory. Addiction can happen to anyone, male, female, or otherwise defined. Anyone who is genetically predisposed to addiction can develop it. Anyone who isn’t predisposed to addiction could still develop a chemical dependency. Men and women who did not suspect that they would be affected by addiction have fallen …

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Opioid Use Disorder Has More Than Doubled

Opioid Use | Lakehouse Recovery Center

Within the past decade, opioid use disorder, both non-medical and prescription opioid use, has more than doubled. A new report from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) found that among adults…

  • use of non-medical prescription opioids has increased by 161%
  • use of prescription opioids has increased by 125%

Director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) Dr. Nora Volkrow explained that the increase in opioid abuse disorder has resulted in a number of public health issues, including a rise in overdose deaths and newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome.

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Drug Overdose Deaths Highest Ever in U.S.

Drug Overdose Deaths | Lakehouse Recovery Center

Deaths from drug overdose remains a problem in the United States, despite the many efforts to reduce drug use, and it’s getting worse. A record high was set, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with 47,055 drug overdose deaths in 2014. Opioid use has been on the rise since the mid 1990’s when opioid prescriptions increased drastically. Law enforcement took action by shutting down pill mills and persecuting doctors who were overperscribing. This led opiate addicts to resort to heroin, a cheaper and more easily accessible alternative. Between 2007 and 2013, the number of heroin users almost doubled, according to Insight Crime. President Obama has taken steps to decrease the amount of heroin overdoses, including increasing access to addiction treatment and expanding training for doctors who prescribe prescription painkillers. However, Dr. Ted Cicero doesn’t believe that Obama’s efforts are going to help much. He explained, “At some point, heroin use will peak and then start to drop off, but for the foreseeable future, heroin is going to be a big problem.”

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