Tag: overdose

Selling Narcan Over the Counter  Naloxone (Narcan) has recently been released in limited proportions for sale over the counter in select pharmacies and states. Selling Narcan over the counter is a bold move in what many are looking at as part of the war against drugs, specifically the war against the opioid epidemic sweeping across

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The Prince and the Fentanyl Overdose  On what would have been Prince’s birthday today, instead,  headlines scream “How did Prince get his hands on Fentanyl?” In the meantime, people in recovery laugh and say obtaining the drug that killed Prince back in April is as easy as buying a pack of cigarettes. Fentanyl overdose isn’t

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I Fell In Love With a Recovering Heroin Addict  We can’t choose who we fall in love with. Three years ago, I knew nothing about addiction, even though I was suffering from alcohol addiction myself, it just hadn’t been brought to light quite yet. I definitely knew nothing about heroin addiction, and would never think

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Opioid Use is Rampant Opioid abuse has become an all-American epidemic, unique to our country and widespread enough to be called a public health outbreak. Abuse covers all ages, races, classes, and genders, however, the most typical victim is a non-Hispanic Caucasian male in his mid-30s. In emergency rooms, nurses are not surprised when new

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Addiction Knows No Boundaries I could smell the sickness from a mile away. It was pungent and unsettling, and it stirred in me the thick layer of obscuring dust that had quietly settled over the past 8 years of my life. It was hard to be around, and so I avoided it. It was hard

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The rates of crystal meth abuse have steadily been climbing throughout the country over the course of the past several years. Crystal meth is typically smoked, snorted, or injected directly into the bloodstream. Overdose can result from any method of consumption, contrary to popular belief. Many individuals who use crystal meth regularly believe that they

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Don’t Give Kids Codeine! We’ve been warned about giving children medicines with codeine for decades. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued their first in 1997. That’s almost twenty years ago. Fast forward to 2013 when the FDA issued a warning about giving children codeine. The European Medicines Agency issued a similar warning in April of

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A Worried Mother & an Addicted Son Barbara Theodosiou isn’t a household name. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find many people outside of a particular community who know her name. That doesn’t change the fact that she’s fighting a life or death battle. “There is no peace for me. Ever again. This is a

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What is Methadone? Of all the drugs out there, street and prescription, none are as misunderstood as methadone. People, even those who’ve had firsthand experience with this synthetic opioid, simply don’t understand what methadone is, how it works, and the inherent dangers it brings with it. Lighthouse has written about methadone before and we’ll write

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Do Opioids Serve ANY Purpose? The overprescription of powerful opioid painkillers has led to hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths and millions of unsuspecting addicts. No one can argue that point. It’s as cut and dry as saying the sky is blue or grass is green. There is, however, a debate currently raging across the

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