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Opioid Epidemic Linked to Childhood Emotional Abuse

Researchers at the University of Vermont have identified a link between opioid abuse in adults and childhood emotional abuse. In a recent study, 84 participants with a history of opioid abuse and childhood trauma went through a series of psychological tests and were interviewed about their childhood experiences. The results showed that those who suffered […]

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Worried About Kids Accessing Your Pain Meds? You Should Be!

More than 650,000 opioid prescriptions are dispensed every day in the US. With so many people on pain meds, there’s a good chance you might have some of these pills sitting in your medicine cabinet. And if you also have children under your roof, the big question is are your opioids safely stored where your […]

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The Protecting Our Infants Act: Here's What You Need to Know

An alarming number of newborns in the US suffer from neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). These babies are exposed to drugs in utero and experience drug withdrawal after birth. Just like adults in withdrawal, newborns suffer from fever, tremors, indigestion, muscle spasms, vomiting, diarrhea, and irritability. Infants with NAS require high-level care and stay an average […]

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5 Things To Do For Your Addicted Teen

It was a moment Tom would never forget. He was simply gathering the dirty laundry from his kids’ bedrooms. When he got to 15-year-old Laura’s room, he found a lot more than the dirty socks he was expecting. Beneath a pile of crumpled clothes, Tom discovered a bag of pills. Suddenly, his daughter’s recent behavior […]

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Elementary School Shows Love for Students With Addicted Parents

Reading, writing, arithmetic…and addiction. In West Virginia, elementary school students need more than typical classroom lessons. This state is one of the hardest hit by the nationwide opioid epidemic. Rural areas like West Virginia face crippling, widespread addiction and are seeing alarming increases in the number of infants born dependent on drugs. In fact, maternal […]

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5 Tips for Explaining Overdose Deaths to Our Children

The paramedics loaded the gurney onto the ambulance and shut the doors. As they drove away with her mother, six-year-old Cassie looked up at her grandma. “When will Mom get to come home, Grammie?” she asked. “Are they going to give her medicine to wake her up?” Cassie’s mom wasn’t going to wake up. Her two-year battle […]

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The Sad and Overwhelming Tune of Opioid Lullabies

The cries of infants born dependent on drugs can be heard across the country. But, rural areas hear them the loudest. The rural regions of the country suffer the greatest when it comes to NAS (neonatal abstinence syndrome). This syndrome is caused by a mother using certain drugs during pregnancy. Recent reports reveal that opioid […]

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Eye-Opening Mannequin Challenge Video

Videographers have taken us to locker rooms, school cafeterias, baseball fields and beyond. Teens, teams, and professionals from all walks of life have accepted the mannequin challenge and amazed us with their poses. This one’s different… The makers of this video weren’t attempting to show off their athletic moves or amaze viewers with laughter-inducing antics. […]

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Don't Let Your Teen Pay the Ultimate Price

Fourteen months ago, Becca started taking prescription opioids. She didn’t use them to help with physical pain; it was the mental pain she desperately wanted to quiet. But it didn’t work. Now, Becca’s emotional state is even worse. The opiates made her thinking even cloudier and her lows even lower. Becca’s tired of fighting the […]

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Wisdom Tooth Surgery and One Not-So-Smart Outcome

As a varsity quarterback, Brian considered himself pretty tough. Still, he was happy to take the painkiller prescription his dentist offered after he had his wisdom tooth removed. Based on his own experience, Brian’s brother had told him the recovery could be extremely painful. His brother was right. The next day, Brian was grateful for […]

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Opioid Epidemic Linked to Childhood Emotional Abuse

Researchers at the University of Vermont have identified a link between opioid abuse in adults and childhood emotional abuse. In a recent study, 84 participants with a history of opioid abuse and childhood trauma went through a series of psychological tests and were interviewed about their childhood experiences. The results showed that those who suffered […]

Read more »
Worried About Kids Accessing Your Pain Meds? You Should Be!

More than 650,000 opioid prescriptions are dispensed every day in the US. With so many people on pain meds, there’s a good chance you might have some of these pills sitting in your medicine cabinet. And if you also have children under your roof, the big question is are your opioids safely stored where your […]

Read more »
The Protecting Our Infants Act: Here's What You Need to Know

An alarming number of newborns in the US suffer from neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). These babies are exposed to drugs in utero and experience drug withdrawal after birth. Just like adults in withdrawal, newborns suffer from fever, tremors, indigestion, muscle spasms, vomiting, diarrhea, and irritability. Infants with NAS require high-level care and stay an average […]

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Hospital Volunteers Soothe Addicted Babies With the Cuddle Cure

Just three days old, baby Matthew trembles in the hospital volunteer’s arms. As she holds him close, she quiets Matthew’s cries, and he drifts into a more restful sleep. What is the source of Matthew’s tremors? He’s suffering from withdrawal. The Painful Truth About NAS Matthew is just one of the 13,000+ babies born in […]

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5 Things To Do For Your Addicted Teen

It was a moment Tom would never forget. He was simply gathering the dirty laundry from his kids’ bedrooms. When he got to 15-year-old Laura’s room, he found a lot more than the dirty socks he was expecting. Beneath a pile of crumpled clothes, Tom discovered a bag of pills. Suddenly, his daughter’s recent behavior […]

Read more »
Elementary School Shows Love for Students With Addicted Parents

Reading, writing, arithmetic…and addiction. In West Virginia, elementary school students need more than typical classroom lessons. This state is one of the hardest hit by the nationwide opioid epidemic. Rural areas like West Virginia face crippling, widespread addiction and are seeing alarming increases in the number of infants born dependent on drugs. In fact, maternal […]

Read more »
5 Tips for Explaining Overdose Deaths to Our Children

The paramedics loaded the gurney onto the ambulance and shut the doors. As they drove away with her mother, six-year-old Cassie looked up at her grandma. “When will Mom get to come home, Grammie?” she asked. “Are they going to give her medicine to wake her up?” Cassie’s mom wasn’t going to wake up. Her two-year battle […]

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The Sad and Overwhelming Tune of Opioid Lullabies

The cries of infants born dependent on drugs can be heard across the country. But, rural areas hear them the loudest. The rural regions of the country suffer the greatest when it comes to NAS (neonatal abstinence syndrome). This syndrome is caused by a mother using certain drugs during pregnancy. Recent reports reveal that opioid […]

Read more »
Eye-Opening Mannequin Challenge Video

Videographers have taken us to locker rooms, school cafeterias, baseball fields and beyond. Teens, teams, and professionals from all walks of life have accepted the mannequin challenge and amazed us with their poses. This one’s different… The makers of this video weren’t attempting to show off their athletic moves or amaze viewers with laughter-inducing antics. […]

Read more »
Don't Let Your Teen Pay the Ultimate Price

Fourteen months ago, Becca started taking prescription opioids. She didn’t use them to help with physical pain; it was the mental pain she desperately wanted to quiet. But it didn’t work. Now, Becca’s emotional state is even worse. The opiates made her thinking even cloudier and her lows even lower. Becca’s tired of fighting the […]

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Wisdom Tooth Surgery and One Not-So-Smart Outcome

As a varsity quarterback, Brian considered himself pretty tough. Still, he was happy to take the painkiller prescription his dentist offered after he had his wisdom tooth removed. Based on his own experience, Brian’s brother had told him the recovery could be extremely painful. His brother was right. The next day, Brian was grateful for […]

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Have We Forgotten the Secret to Raising Drug-Free Kids?

We place a lot of emphasis on children’s mental health. We don’t want them to feel pain, anxiety or sadness. So what do we do? We give them therapy and medication. In fact, over the past 15 years, the number of young people taking medication for anxiety or depression has doubled. Children and teens are […]

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Terrifying Facts About Teenage Prescription Drug Abuse

True or false: You would be less upset if you caught your teen using prescription drugs than you would be if you caught them with “street drugs.” Whether or not it’s personally true for you, 23 percent of teens claim it’s true for their parents. The false belief that these drugs are safer is even […]

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That’s Not Amazon: Is Your Teen Buying Drugs Online?

With three little clicks, I could get a 60-day supply of Xanax shipped to my door by the end of the week. I don’t need a doctor or a prescription – all I need is a credit card. As a parent, you might be surprised to learn what people sell online. A quick keyword search […]

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Do Teen Sports Lead to Prescription Drug Abuse?

Kyle’s knee might’ve recovered from a tackle injury, but his life sure hadn’t. When that defensive lineman brought him down, the pain was beyond intense. The doctor prescribed Vicodin to help Kyle get through those first few days. Months later, his knee was like new, but he hadn’t stopped taking the Vicodin. In fact, he […]

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Tools of the Trade: How to Spot OxyContin Paraphernalia

Tools of the Trade: Being a parent is tough, but the job becomes tougher once those teenage years roll around. Though “popular” or “trendy” drugs of abuse change, their paraphernalia items stay the same…and we can use that to our advantage. The sooner we recognize signs of drug abuse, the sooner we can intervene. Tools […]

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Going Out of Business: Teens Making Stimulant Dealers Obsolete?

Who needs a dealer? The doctor supplies the drugs and family members allow easy access. With millions of stimulant prescriptions written each year for ADHD, these drugs are now readily available in the home. In fact, researchers discovered a shocking 88 percent of teens who abuse prescription stimulants are using someone else’s medication. Flooding the […]

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Chances are You've Been Affected by Painkiller Abuse

Right now, we have an astonishing 4.7 million Americans struggling with prescription painkiller addiction. That means it’s increasingly rare to find people who haven’t been directly or indirectly affected by the epidemic. A new poll perfectly illustrates the far-reaching effects of prescription opioid abuse, revealing over 50 percent of Americans personally know someone who either […]

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Alert: Your Teen's Heroin Addiction Probably Began with Painkillers

Hoping no one will notice, Steve occasionally swipes some OxyContin from his parents’ medicine cabinet. He figures, if they were prescribed for his dad’s back pain, they must be pretty safe to take. The doctor and the government have approved them, right? What’s the big deal? Steve is among the many teens who don’t understand […]

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The Truth About Sharing Prescription Drugs

Ever had some extra prescription medication lying around…and offered to share them with a friend in need? Prescription-drug sharing is common and some might say it’s even understandable, given the high costs of prescription drugs in many parts of the U.S. But there’s nothing safe or smart about sharing your medications with others, particularly when […]

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College Students Say Stimulants, Other Drugs are Easy to Find

The drugs college students are using, and their reasons for doing them, have evolved over the years. Today, more and more students are using prescription stimulants, like Adderall, to help them with their schoolwork, instead of just to get high, new research shows. And these stimulants are way too easy for most college students to […]

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Should Kids Undergo Mandatory Drug Testing at School?

Jen, a popular eighth student and former member of the honor roll, had a secret. For months, she had been hiding alcohol bottles under her desk at school. She’d also amassed quite the stash of alcohol in her closet at home. Although Jen was consuming somewhere around two pints of alcohol every day, no one […]

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Teen Hopes Shocking Photo will Combat Drug Use at EDM Festivals

Jordan Blackburn is no different than the thousands of 20-somethings around the world who love attending music festivals. But last year, he attended one U.K. electronic dance music (EDM) concert that would change his life forever. Peer Pressure and Other Deciding Factors Jordan, along with a group of his friends, decided to “heighten” the EDM […]

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Study: Serotonin Can Increase Your Chances of Addiction

Although a lot of time has been spent studying dopamine, a “feel-good” neurological chemical, and its role in drug addiction, a new research project indicates that dopamine isn’t the only brain chemical we need to worry about. According to the results of an intensive study, scientists now believe that serotonin can also increase the risk […]

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Weekend Drug Use Usually Turns into Weekday Use

When it comes to substance abuse, most people are unable to exercise self-control. Think about how many times you’ve heard someone say “I’m only having one drink,” only to witness them drunk by the end of the night. In the same way that people lowball the amount of alcohol they end up consuming, illicit drug […]

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Mothers Find Strength in the 3 C’s of Addiction

Mother’s Day is a time for sons and daughters to express their gratitude for all that mom has done. Moms are skinned-knee nurses, Michelin-starred macaroni chefs, soccer game chauffeurs, persistently patient psychologists, best friends and experienced mentors. One of the most instinctive – yet sometimes impossible – roles mothers play is the role of protector. […]

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Mexican Farmers Growing Asinine Amounts of Opium

After legalizing marijuana in several states, the U.S. was able to cut off a massive flow of cash to Mexican drug cartels. And while the lack of funds certainly hurt, Mexican drug organizations have regrouped and shifted focus. Instead of marijuana, cartels are now focusing on other money-making drugs – namely heroin – leaving poppy […]

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Overdose Prevention: Don't Wait Until it's too Late

Drug overdose deaths have been a long-standing program in the U.S., but the issue has grown into an epidemic in recent years. Deaths from prescription drug overdoses have quadrupled since 1999, while heroin overdose deaths climbed 39 percent between 2012 and 2013. When it comes to overdose prevention, being proactive is always the best plan of action. […]

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Addicted Kids: Parents Feel Lost in Shame and Stigma

Although progress is made everyday in the field of drug addiction, addiction-related stigmas are still prevalent in our society. Even in the face of scientific evidence, some still feel addiction is merely a character flaw, a moral failing and a reflection of the household. Twisted and Tangled Feelings Unfortunately, many parents of addicts internalize these […]

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Tips for Separating Personality Disorders and Opiate Abuse

While debate continues regarding “addictive personalities,” psychologists and substance abuse professions agree certain personality disorders may be associated with opiate addiction. However, concrete evidence of the correlation is difficult, as diagnosable symptoms can be exacerbated by opiate use. Is it a mental health issue or a symptom of addiction? A Look at the Numbers Statistics […]

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NC School Program Tackles Addiction Head-On

If you remember anything at all from pre-kindergarten or kindergarten, those memories likely include your favorite nap time spot, playing with blocks or perhaps learning how to read. But for the kids in one North Carolina county, part of their school days will now be spent learning about some very adult prescription medications. Kids and […]

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Opioid Wars: An Honest Look at the Addiction Epidemic

A new documentary is highlighting the ongoing opioid addiction epidemic in Maine, but other first-hand accounts have also been filmed in an effort to show the hard-hitting reality of opioid addiction across the country. Viewers are given unprecedented access to what can only be described as an “uncomfortable” reality. The Daily Struggle to Feed an […]

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Researchers Launch Study of OTC Medicine Addiction

A new study has found that addictions to over-the-counter (OTC) medications like ibuprofen and non-prescription painkillers may not be as uncommon as many think, sparking further investigations on the subject. Medicine Cabinet Dangers Niamh Fingleton, a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen, has completed the initial phase of what is believed to be the […]

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Etizolam: What Every Parent Should Know

Hospitals around the country have seen a spike in the number of emergency room visits linked to a prescription drug known as etizolam. This dangerous and relatively little-known sedative has garnered a lot of unwanted attention lately. Firstly, it isn’t regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Additionally, etizolam is undetected by most drug tests. As if […]

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'Out of Reach' Documentary Exposes Pill-Popping Teens

A high school student from Texas is highlighting the issue of prescription drug addiction among teenagers in a startling new documentary, but says that parents are indirectly causing the source of the problem. Cyrus Stowe, 17, created the documentary “Out of Reach,” which shows his fellow classmates popping pills on camera. Several of the students […]

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Fake Graveyard Raises Awareness for Drug Overdoses

Residents of a Chicago suburb addressed the ongoing heroin and prescription drug problem in their city by setting up a fake cemetery to highlight the growing number of drug overdose deaths. One hundred fake tombstones and banners were set up on the lawn of Felicia Micelli as a lead-up to International Drug Overdose Awareness Day, […]

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Location, Location, Location: Opiate Overdose Rates Vary by State

Prescription painkillers are among the most commonly abused substances in the nation. Though these medications are meant to treat moderate to severe pain, they also create a sense of euphoria that can quickly become addictive. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 46 people in the United States die from prescription painkiller overdoses every day. […]

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Alarming Rates of Chronic Pain, Opioid Use in U.S. Soldiers

The Veteran’s Administration (VA) hasn’t received a lot of praise over the last several years. From misplaced paperwork to vets being denied the medical care they deserve, the VA dropped the ball somewhere along the line. As if that weren’t enough, the medical institution is now drawing fire for its instrumental role in creating of […]

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Meet the Real Victims of Prescription Drug Addiction

The “face” of today’s addict is very different than it was a few decades ago. Addiction used to conjure up images of the homeless, down on their luck and staggering under city bridges. Fast-forward to 2014 and the modern face of addiction has completely changed, mostly due to an opiate addiction of epidemic proportions. The […]

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