Opioid Abuse: Symptoms & Treatment

Opioid abuse, unfortunately is more common than many realize – affecting 2.5 million Americans and causing 130 fatal overdoses every single day. The problem is that opioids are commonly prescribed to treat pain after surgeries, injuries, dental procedures, and even chronic conditions like cancer. Sadly, 21 to 29% of these patients will eventually misuse their …

Florida Drug Addictions

In Florida, drug use is now related more often than ever before to deaths, according to the most recent Florida Medical Examiners Commission report, which was released in April, 2017. The report covers data obtained in 2015. The total number of drug-related deaths in the state increased by 13.9% in the first half of 2015 …

Opioid Abuse and What It’s Doing to You or Someone You Know

It’s not easy to stand by and watch a relative or loved one suffer from drug addiction. This is especially true when you’re looking at statistics from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) like “44 people die every day in the United States from overdose of prescription painkillers.” Gaining true insights into …

A look at the Most Commonly Abused Drugs in Florida

“Florida drug-induced deaths exceed the national rate.” –CDC The veil of normalcy dissolves when drug use turns into drug addiction and abuse. In 2007, nearly 2,936 people in Florida died as a direct consequence of drug use. Family members and close friends may begin to worry about changes in behavior, demeanor, appearance and performance, leading …

What is Substance Abuse?

Many cringe when hearing the words substance abuse because of the countless lives that have been affected by this dark truth. The World Health Organization reported that at least 15.3 million persons in the world have drug use disorders. Alcohol and prescription drugs, such as opioids and benzodiazepines, are a just few examples of popular …

Opioid Addiction in Tampa

Across the nation, statistics report “Opioid addiction is driving [an] epidemic, with 18,893 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 10,574 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2014.” This staggering statistic is taken from a 2016 report released by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. More often than not, users do not make it …