Drug Addiction

A Day at the Pool Becomes a Night at the Morgue

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

Heroin became a widely used drug in the 1960s, it seemed to drop off of the radar for a while, then returned with a vengeance via black tar heroin from Mexico. Today’s nationwide opiate addiction started with heroin then essentially exploded due to pharmaceuticals such as OxyContin, which was approved by the FDA in 1995. […]

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American Doctors: Take The Pledge

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

The expression “it takes a village” is often bandied about; it is used to indicate how difficult it will be to accomplish a task. Today, the United States is in the grip of a very dangerous epidemic.  In order to turn the tide on opioid addiction, it will take far more than a village, it […]

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New Steps to Treat America’s Opiate Addiction

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

A recent article in the Chicago Tribune reported that the federal government intends to increase access to methadone and buprenorphine. These are drugs currently taken by hundreds of thousands of Americans to fight opiate addiction. These medications help control drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms. The government has spent $94 million to allow health centers to […]

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Opiate Addiction and Newborns

by Beth Tesmond, MHS, CADC, MISA, Addictions Program Coordinator

We write often about the epidemic of opiate abuse throughout our country. The mass addiction, broken families, the death toll rising. But one key group of victims that has seemingly gone by the wayside until now: babies, those unfortunate infants born to mothers who are opiate addicted and therefore, are brought into this world with […]

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Finally, Action is Taken

by TK Staff

On Tuesday, March 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took an important step in combatting the deadly prescription painkiller epidemic in the United States. In a first-time move, our nation’s top federal health agency issued guidelines for the dispensing of morphine-like, addictive drugs, such as Vicodin and OxyContin. The agency directed the guidelines […]

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Physicians Continue to Prescribe After Opioid Overdose

by Beth Tesmond, MHS, CADC, MISA, Addictions Program Coordinator

Abuse of control prescription drugs now exceeds abuse of all illegal drugs combined, except marijuana. Many of those in the addiction field believe that oxycontin is at the very heart of the vast opioid drug addiction epidemic currently seen in the United States. Not only is it highly addictive, but it is vastly over prescribed. […]

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The Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana

by TK Staff
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Marijuana has been around for many decades; conversely, synthetic marijuana is fairly new. That is only the beginning of what separates these two similarly named, yet decidedly different, recreational drugs. Marijuana is grown in soil—synthetic marijuana is created in a lab. Importantly, marijuana is a relatively benign drug, whereas its synthetic counterpart has the power […]

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The Dangers of Ignoring Mental Health & Addiction History in Prescribing Opiates to Women

by Timberline Knolls Staff

According to a CDC report released earlier this month, 6,631 women died of opioid overdoses in 2010, five times more than a decade ago. The rate surpassed the increase seen in men over the same time period. In a NY Times article about the study, researchers hypothesized that it might be because conditions associated with […]

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Prescription Drug Abuse in the Workplace

by TK Staff
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In June we celebrate the fifth annual National Employee Wellness Month which focuses on how engaging employees in sustainable lifestyle change helps to improve employee health and productivity, lower health care costs and create a workplace culture of health. A startling statistic shows that more than 70 percent of substance abusers hold a job, according […]

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