Opioid Addiction

Top 10 Reasons to Quit Opiates

Opiates are drugs that work with opioid receptors in the brain to produce calming effects on the central nervous system. There are numerous types of opiates, ranging from prescription painkillers like fentanyl, morphine, oxycodone and hydrocodone to illiciate opiates like heroin. Opiates are abused by […]

Important Opiates Addiction Facts and Statistics

Opiate is a term used to describe any drug that was originally derived from opium, a naturally occurring narcotic. The term opioid covers all kinds of opiates – both synthetic and naturally occurring – that bind with opioid receptors within the brain. These receptors delegate […]

Solving the Opioid Epidemic Requires More Than Regulation

A researcher from Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, just minutes from Guardian Recovery Network’s Delray Beach headquarters, was recently awarded a 5-year, $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate alternatives to the “one-size-fits-all” model for opioid prescriptions.

Dr. Janet […]

Gov. Christie, Guardian Recovery Network, Advocate for NJ Heroin Epidemic

Last week New Jersey Governor Chris Christie held a candlelight vigil, “Bringing Addiction Out of the Shadows and Into the Light” at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J., to remember those lost to addiction and encourage those struggling to get help.

New Jersey lost approximately 1,900 residents […]

3 States Crack Down on Opioid Epidemic with Tougher Laws

The nationwide opioid epidemic has ballooned into a serious public health crisis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate 115 people die daily in the U.S. from an opioid overdose, and more than three out of five drug overdose deaths […]

FDA Announces Plans to Develop New Tech for Combating Opioid Crisis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced a new challenge “to spur the development of medical devices, including digital health technologies and diagnostic tests that could provide novel solutions to detecting, treating and preventing addiction, addressing diversion and treating pain” in an […]

Physical and Mental Health Conditions Associated with Opioid Addiction

By now, we’ve all heard that there is a serious opioid addiction crisis in America. But what if the crisis is in your own home? The thing about painkiller addiction is that it can happen to anyone, and it may begin innocently enough with a […]

EXPERTS CRITICAL OF CONGRESS’ RESPONSE TO OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Congress is at work on next phase of its response to the opioid epidemic, but according to experts, their response is failing to deliver compared to the scope of the crisis, especially when it comes to funding for treatment.

Experts say that states need more money […]

Opioid Deaths Related to Synthetic Heroin Are Climbing

While the number of opioid prescriptions and opioid overdose deaths has fallen, fatalities from heroin and black-market synthetic heroin and opioids are on the rise, according to research from the American Action Forum, a center-right think tank based in Washington, D.C.

After growing […]

DEPRESSION TREATMENT IMPROVES OPIOID RECOVERY OUTCOMES

A recent study suggests that depression is a side effect of chronic opioid use, and adequate treatment of depression improves recovery outcomes.

According to the study published in The British Journal of Psychiatry, when patients adhered to a prescribed antidepressant and stopped using […]

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