How to Quit Oxycodone: Talking Opioid Detox and Withdrawal

Lily never planned on becoming addicted to oxycodone. Instead, she’d planned on running a marathon. But her life took an unexpected turn when she tripped during a morning jog and injured her knee. The pain was intense, and her doctor prescribed oxycodone to manage that pain. Unfortunately, the oxycodone wasn’t enough to control Lily’s agony. …

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How to Ensure You Have a Successful Suboxone Taper

Suboxone withdrawal is worse than heroin withdrawal. No one has ever been able to successfully taper off Suboxone. Tapering off Suboxone is something that’s shrouded in both mystery and myth. While the thought of stopping the medication certainly generates a bit of anxiety, the unknowns and “what ifs” are truly the drivers of fear. What …

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Missed Shots: The Dangers of Injecting Drugs Outside the Vein

Tracy was aiming for a vein, but she missed. Instead of entering her bloodstream, the heroin went directly into the fatty tissue around the vein. It hurt, but she figured it was no big deal. She was wrong… 4 Dangers of Missing the Vein With IV Drug Use Injecting a drug (often called “shooting up”) …

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Stop NIMBY Thinking to Prevent Opioid-Related Deaths

How do we prevent opioid-related deaths? Opioid-related overdose deaths continue to rise. But the public doesn’t want to deal with the problem in their city. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that overdose deaths rose nearly 30 percent in 2021. The pandemic has only exacerbated the opioid crisis. And the crisis …

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Rabbi Surprises Congregation By Discussing His Opioid Addiction

80 members of Temple Sinai gathered for a Zoom call to hear their spiritual leader’s announcement. They thought Rabbi Perice might have called the meeting to share that he and his wife were having a baby. Or that they were buying a home. Or maybe that he was leaving his post. Instead, he disclosed to …

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Suboxone Drastically Reduces Illicit Use in Treating Opioid Addiction

10.1 million. That’s the estimated number of Americans aged 12 or older who misused opioids in 2019. There were an estimated 75,673 opioid overdose deaths that occurred from April 2020 through April 2021. What are we doing about these alarming statistics? The FDA has approved three drugs to treat opioid dependence. Buprenorphine – sold under …

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Insurance Discrimination When Paying for Suboxone Treatment

Tina and Melinda are both addicted to opioids. Both of these women are paying for suboxone treatment for their opioid use disorder. Tina has private insurance. Melinda has Medicaid coverage. Which of these two women is more likely to get an appointment? Will providers discriminate when it comes to the method for paying for suboxone …

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