Opioid Deaths

IS INVOLUNTARY TREATMENT THE NEXT TOOL IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC?

Civil commitment, or involuntary commitment, allows health professionals, members of law enforcement and relatives to petition a court for the treatment of a person who has mental illness and is seen as a danger to themselves or others. 37 states and Washington, D.C. have civil […]

OVERCOMING THE OPIOID USE CYCLE: CHRONIC PAIN, MENTAL HEALTH AND RECOVERY

You’ve no doubt heard about the ongoing opioid epidemic that is happening in our world right now. It’s hard to avoid as this drug crisis is covered regularly in newspapers and magazines, on news programs and addressed by lawmakers. But what do you really know […]

NEW RESEARCH OPENS THE DOOR FOR NON-ADDICTIVE OPIOID DEVELOPMENT

Opioids are incredibly effective in relieving even the most severe pain, but their addictiveness and death toll call for a safer way to treat pain. In 2016 alone, more than 60,000 Americans died from overdoses, more than the number of Americans who died […]

How the Opioid Epidemic Affecting Children, Losing Custody

We typically examine addiction by exploring how it affects the addicted person, but as anyone who has struggled with addiction–either personally or within their family–will tell you, the addict isn’t the only person affected.

In 2015 the opioid epidemic caused approximately 20,000 deaths […]

THIS IS WHAT PREDICTS CHRONIC OPIOID USE, ACCORDING TO A WVU STUDY

Four factors can predict the likelihood of chronic opioid use, according to research from West Virginia University.

The study, led by Nilanjana Dwibedi, assistant professor in the WVU School of Pharmacy, is the first of its kind to investigate the risk of developing chronic opioid use […]

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