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Popular Anti-Anxiety Meds Are Highly Addictive

Millions of teenagers and adults take anti-anxiety medications like Klonopin, Ativan, Librium, or Xanax to help them with anxiety. Psychiatrists have prescribed them to people for years to help them with crippling anxiety or panic attacks. However, the FDA has only now admitted that there is a dark side to benzodiazepines. Anti-anxiety medications, it turns out, can be highly addictive.

Benzos: Popular Anti-Anxiety Meds

Benzodiazepines are drugs that have been used for decades. Medications like Xanax are used for anxiety, sleep troubles, and various types of anxiety disorders. There are also medical uses for some benzos, such as muscle relaxation for TMJ people and help with seizure disorders.

Black Box Warnings for Benzos

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has created a black box warning that must outline the risks of benzodiazepines on every bottle. The …

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Pandemic Drives Third Wave of Addiction Crisis

The pandemic has ushered in a new era of the opioid crisis, where people are relapsing or escalating their drug use. Addiction is costing more lives. Overdoses in some places have nearly doubled since last year, and there is no sense of the health crisis easing.

The Wall Street Journal published data suggesting that opioid deaths will greatly outnumber last year, which was also a record. In 2019, the United States recorded 72,000 deaths.

Opioid Use Disorder: Relapsing and Lacking Support

Many anecdotes of drug overdoses are about people who had been clean and sober for years. Feeling trapped and isolated, recovering addicts sometimes relapsed. However, they have no tolerance to drugs and maybe no reliable supplier. Addiction forces them to illicit drug deals with strangers. Many of the pills sold online and on the street also contain fentanyl, a …

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Sesame Street Offers Addiction Content

Sesame Street launched a new web series last week to help families, service providers and teachers help kids grapple with the issues of substance abuse and addiction.  The initiative, created by Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC), will help children “overcome the trauma of parental addiction.”

The content is aimed at therapists, first responders, community leaders, and others who work with children and families. Addiction is a common family problem that the series wants to destigmatize and teach people to

Sesame Street Offers Content For Kids on Addiction, Too

Not only is there content for family, but there are also special videos for kids. The activity sheets are great for families to do together with their young children. Other educational materials are age-appropriate are available in both English and Spanish.

Jerry Moe, the national director of the Hazelden Betty Ford …

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SD Family Raises Money For Addiction Coaching

 

Addiction is a disease that affects the whole family. After a pair of teens lost their father to alcoholism, they wanted to do something to honor his memory. Harrison, Kaitlin, and Lauren lost their 48-year-old father on his birthday, July 9, 2019. And now they are on a quest to pay for addiction coaching for other families struggling with addiction

Understanding Alcoholism

For the three teens, it took different experiences to understand their father was addicted to alcohol. For now 19-year-old Lauren, it was hard for her to understand that it was a disease until an intervention staged by her family when she was just fifteen.

“I think I thought when I was younger that he was choosing to drink over the family,” she told the Argus Leader. “Once he went through treatment for the first time, I …

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Fentanyl Testing Kits Reduce Harm in MA

Fentanyl testing kits are being distributed through police departments across Massachusetts to help opioid users make better decisions about their drug use and avoid an overdose.

People who have an opioid use disorder often say they started by using prescription pain medication such as Oxycontin. People who begin with pills end up needing more and more of the same drug to get high. Eventually, the prescription pad dries up, and a doctor managing pain medication may flag a person for suspected opioid misuse. This often makes people turn to the street for their prescription pills, without ever realizing the drug they take also has a deadly dose of fentanyl in it, which can lead to overdose deaths. Many people who once used pills switch to heroin as well.

Harm Reduction Through Fentanyl Testing

In Boston and other cities, a newly

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Software Provider Pushed Opioid Prescriptions On Doctors

A company that provided electronic patient records made a secret deal with the opioid prescribers to recommend opioid prescriptions to doctors.

Your medical record is just between you and your doctor, right? Not necessarily. According to an investigation by Bloomberg News, your doctor is allowed to share information with pharmaceutical companies and others involved with your treatment. For a software maker called Practice Fusion, this was a goldmine to be exploited and push unneeded treatments on patients with pain.

Millions of Prescriptions Possibly Created

The software was used by tens of thousands of doctors’offices and was designed specifically by the request of an opioid manufacturer.  Doctors used the software to get treatment plan recommendations and an alert would pop up every time a person’s medical file met certain pain criteria. The software could then prescribe a “treatment plan” including …

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Sacklers Drained Purdue Money After First Lawsuit

Purdue Pharma and three executives pleaded guilty in 2007 and taking part in misleading the public about the risks of OxyContin. The Sacklers, who own the company, began to drain money from the company shortly after, according to the BBC.

Between 2008 and 2017, the family transferred about $10.7 billion out of Purdue Pharma. The amount of money greatly exceeds withdrawals that the family made – $1.3 billion – between 1995 and 2007.

Lawsuits Threaten the Company’s Survival

In the past nine years, states, cities, and counties have started to sue Purdue for their misdeeds. At last, most of the lawsuits were added together in court. Now U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain of White Plains, New York, will soon decide to decide whether to approve a $12 billion settlement.

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Hydromorph Contin Causing Heart Damage, Infections

Four years ago, the Ontario government decided to ban the use of Oxycontin, hoping to stop the pattern of increased opioid addiction in the province. Unfortunately, like every place banning Oxy, the medical profession needed another drug to take its place. Today, it appears that the drug most used is Hydromorph Contin. And now doctors say it’s causing deadly heart infections.

What is Hydromorph Contin?

Hydromorphone Contin is chemically similar to Oxycontin, but it’s meant to be harder to abuse, and it’s formulated mostly for people experiencing severe, acute pain such as those from accidents like car crashes or cancer. The drugs itself was designed to deter abuse and prevent injection by turning into a thick, gel-like substance when exposed to water.

How Are People Getting Hurt?

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Oxycontin Patent Expiring in Canada. Now What?

In Canada, just like the United States, there is an addiction epidemic currently being fought by communities and the government. Lawsuits against drug makers are also underway. Purdue Pharma, the original manufacturer of Oxycontin, is largely blamed for the opioid epidemic. Their patent in Canada is expiring, leaving the market open to cheaper, generic versions of the drug.

Why Allow More Opioids on the Market?

Many people argue that there should be no more Oxycontin on the market period. The drug has caused devastation across North America.

Purdue Pharma certainly pushed the drug deceptively. An opioid maker without such a checkered past would be a welcome relief to sales representatives and hospitals. But a generic version would also create more opportunities for misuse and abuse. Can a regulatory body police the actions of addictive drugs effectively? There are a lot …

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JPMorgan Chase Dumps Purdue Pharma

JP Morgan Chase, the banking giant which handles accounts for Oxycontin manufacturer, Perdue Pharma, has told them to take their business elsewhere.

JP Morgan did not lend money to Purdue, but JPMorgan’s commercial bank managed the company’s cash and bill payments, according to NBC. It’s currently unknown how long the bank handled finances for the pharmaceutical giant. The company is an enormous banker in the United States. According to inside sources, the banker has dropped Purdue Pharma due to its involvement in the opioid industry, and presumably because Purdue faces nearly 2,000 lawsuits in the United States.

Banks have always made it a practice to refuse to lend credit to companies with risky ties or lousy credit. Purdue’s ongoing litigation certainly made it easier for the bank to drop them. The company has even considered bankruptcy as a way to …

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