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Difference Between Opioids And Opiates

Opioid vs. Opiate – Is There A Difference Between Opiates And Opioids?

The terms “opiate” and “opioid” are frequently used interchangeably, however, there are differences between the two. The term opiate is used to classify substances that are naturally derived from the opium poppy plant. The term opioid, on the other hand, is used to classify any substances that interact with opioid receptors in the brain. These …

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Is The Thomas Recipe Safe?

Is The Thomas Recipe, An ‘At-Home” Heroin And Opioid Detox, Safe?

The Thomas Recipe is an at-home detoxification method which uses a variety of over-the-counter medications and supplements in combination with a benzodiazepine drug in an attempt to treat symptoms of withdrawal. Using the Thomas Recipe can endanger a person’s health, life, and their chance of a successful recovery. This method is not based on scientifically-grounded …

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How To Safely Taper Off Suboxone

How To Get Off Of Suboxone For Good By Tapering Safely

Suboxone is an approved, opioid replacement therapy (ORT) medication used to treat opioid dependence. Someone using Suboxone should not attempt to stop using the drug on their own, as sudden removal of this medication can result in potentially fatal withdrawal symptoms. Studies report people may continue to use Suboxone because they fear experiencing painful withdrawal. …

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Dangers Of Using Adderall With Opioids

The Dangers Of Using Adderall With Opioids

Using Adderall with opioids (both prescription and illicit) can result in dangerous and unpredictable effects. Often, formal addiction treatment is necessary to address Adderall and opioid abuse adequately. The Dangers Of Mixing Adderall (Amphetamines) With Prescription Opioids Or Heroin Adderall and opioids are two of the most commonly misused substances in the United States. Adderall …

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Dangers Of Plugging Opioids And Other Drugs

The Dangers Of Rectally Administering (“Plugging”) Opioids And Other Drugs

Plugging is commonly associated with drug misuse, which means the person may suffer from a substance use disorder (SUD). This route of administration can be dangerous because it bypasses the body’s natural defenses against overdose. The Dangers Of “Plugging” Prescription Opiates “Plugging” is another name for rectal administration, or inserting drugs into the anus. Opiates, …

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How To Get Help For Teenage Heroin Abuse

Teenage Heroin Abuse And Addiction – How To Get Help

Of all opioids, heroin is the leading cause of opioid overdose in teenagers. Many teenagers start using heroin as a result of being addicted to prescription opioids, another leading cause of opioid overdose. In 2016, 3.6% of people ages 12 to 17 reported misusing opioids over the past year. Opioid addiction is a serious threat …

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Elderly Opioid Abuse

Senior Citizen Opioid Abuse And Addiction On The Rise

Senior Citizens And Opioid Abuse Statistics Prescription opioids are a major contributor to the rise in opioid-related overdose fatalities, especially for the elderly. Many people over the age of 65 suffer from chronic pain, and opioids are the go-to prescription medication. Due to the addictive qualities of opioids and the prevalence of prescriptions, many elderly …

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Effect Of Opioids On Oral Health

The Effects Of Opioid Use And Addiction On Oral Health

Due to the rising number of opioid related deaths, oral health issues related to opioid use and addiction are often overlooked. Opioid use can lead to poor oral health and disease because of certain side effects, neglect, and cravings for sugary foods. If you are struggling with an addiction to opioids it is important to …

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Taking Vitamins To Ease Opiate Withdrawal

Taking Vitamins And Supplements To Ease Opiate Withdrawal

Can Vitamins Ease Opiate Withdrawal? Opiate withdrawal can be painful and potentially debilitating, and many people are likely to turn to whatever might help this uncomfortable process. While there are always benefits from taking vitamins and supplements, the effectiveness of taking vitamins to ease opiate withdrawal hasn’t been studied enough to reach a definitive conclusion. …

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Suboxone Vs Subutex Vs Zubsolv: Which Is Best?

Suboxone Vs. Subutex Vs. Zubsolv: Which Is Better For Treating An Opioid Addiction?

Suboxone, Subutex, and Zubsolv are made up of the synthetic opioid buprenorphine used to opioid dependence and addiction. The main differences between Suboxone, Subutex, and Zubsolv are their chemical formulas. All three drugs  differ in addiction potential, cost, and available dosages. Suboxone and Subutex were first approved by the FDA in 2002 as a way …

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