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Fentanyl & Carfentanil Deadly for Law Enforcement

It’s a well-established fact that fentanyl and carfentanil, two of the most deadly opioids known to man, are killing people by the thousands. Fentanyl is an opioid medication used for surgery and chronic pain, and it is 50-100 times more powerful than morphine. Carfentanil, its Read More »

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The American Opioid Epidemic

  Between 2000 and 2014, American rates of death from opioid overdose have tripled from three deaths per 100,000 people to nine per 100,000. That adds up to 28,647 deaths in 2014. While the number of heroin overdoses has made a rapid climb, the majority Read More »

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Pharmaceutical Incentive Programs: Feeding Addictions

  Plenty of companies offer incentive programs, or what are essentially performance-based payments. Realtors receive bonuses for closing deals on expensive homes. Journalists receive bonuses for winning a Pulitzer Prize. Heck, even the NFL doled out more than $121 million last year through its incentive Read More »

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Vivitrol for Opioid Dependence

  People do recover from opioid dependence. Vivitrol can provide the extra push addicts need. So, how does Vivitrol work? Opioids such as methadone produce a limited buzz to control cravings. Anyone who is trying to get clean knows that a ‘buzz’ will often lead an Read More »

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Death by Overdose

Death by Overdose, these words are scary to hear today. With prescription drugs and heroin quickly flooding schools throughout the United States we tend to hear this more and more. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse there was over 25,000 Deaths from Prescription Read More »

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How Opioids Work

Opioid drugs can be found as both prescription medications such as vicodin or illicit street drugs such as heroin. Opioids look like chemicals in the brain and body, attaching to nerve cells called opioid receptors. There are three types of opioid receptors: mu, delta, and Read More »

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Teen opioid use

There is a dangerous trend plaguing our nation’s youth. Parents do not know how to handle it, many unsure on where to turn. In the United States there is an estimated 2.1 million people suffering from an opioid dependency, according to the Nations Institute on Read More »

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What Are Opioids

Opioids come in three different forms: natural, semi-synthetic, and synthetic. These are all narcotics that derive from the opium poppy or are made synthetically in laboratories for pharmaceutical purposes. Opioids are often abused and affect the brain receptors that are responsible for the release of neurotransmitters. This Read More »

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