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  The heroin epidemic in the United States has some nasty side effects beyond overdose rates. Because of increasing rates of heroin use, hepatitis C is currently spreading across the United States at a break-neck pace. Unfortunately, we’re in the midst of several wars. We’re fighting painkillers, heroin, synthetic drugs like spice and bath salts,

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Is Heroin on its Way Out? The heroin epidemic is beginning to come to an end! You heard it first from Lighthouse Recovery Institute…well, actually, you heard it first from VICE News. They recently published a wonderful and thought provoking article – one centered around the idea that the heroin epidemic currently ravaging America may

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Relapse Isn’t the End of the World! There’s a saying in the rooms of recovery that goes a little something like “relapse is a part of recovery.” While I don’t love this saying – it oversimplifies the problem and solution – it’s often true. Take it from me, a chronic relapser, that relapsing on drugs

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The Importance of Non-Addictive Painkillers Since the beginning of the opioid epidemic, the search has been on for non-addictive painkillers. The New York Times covered early options, like “abuse-deterrent” pills. Unfortunately, new forms of opiates that prevented users from injecting pills didn’t solve the problem. Opiates are extremely addictive, whether swallowed, injected, or snorted. But

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Athlete or Addict? I recently stumbled across a heart wrenching Sport’s Illustrated article that detailed the downward spiral many young athletes take into addiction. The article itself touched briefly on statistics about athletes and addiction, as well as how drug cartels are targeting athletes, but more compelling were the stories of numerous student athletes derailed

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A Very Strange Story Amy C. Gagnon and David S. Yeomans were arrested in mid-June for trafficking in heroin, possession of a Class B drug, and conspiracy to violate Massachusetts’ drug laws. Ms. Gagnon, of New Hampshire, and Mr. Yeomans, of Massachusetts, are an interesting pair. Yeomans is a stock boy at a small grocery

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Tramadol Abuse…the Next Epidemic? The seemingly innocuous painkiller Tramadol is, according to a recent report from The Economist, the most popular recreational drug in Egypt. It’s used by hundreds of thousands of people and is bought and sold more frequently than marijuana, cocaine, or heroin. There seem to be a few major reasons for this

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OxyContin is Still Being Abused In 2009, at the height of the “OxyContin craze,” Perdue Pharma took a large step to combat prescription pill abuse. They came out with a reformulated, abuse-deterrent version of their blockbuster drug. Supporters of this new OxyContin were quick to label it “abuse-proof” and praise Perdue Pharma. While Perdue certainly

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New Jersey Laws Target Opioids & Overdose In the fight against heroin and prescription painkillers, few states have battled as hard as New Jersey. Often regarded as New York’s younger sibling, New Jersey has been in the limelight frequently over the past decade thanks to a skyrocketing number of opioid addicts. Consider that upwards of

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#junkiefam #junkiesofiggg In a strange twist of social media, heroin addicts are using Instagram to share pictures of their addiction. With hashtags like those above getting thousands of posts, this isn’t a fad. It looks like using social media to document addiction is here to stay. The Daily Mail, and other news outlets, have run

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