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Immunotherapy Shows Promise in Treating Heroin Addiction

Posted on July 6, 2015 in Heroin

Immunotherapy Shows Promise in Treating Heroin AddictionSome future treatments for heroin addiction may be based on immunotherapy (the purposeful activation of the human immune system), recent research from a Norwegian institution indicates.

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Teens and the Changing Face of Heroin Addiction

Posted on March 24, 2015 in Heroin

Teens and the Changing Face of Heroin AddictionThe long fingers of heroin addiction have stretched well past the inner cities of the U.S. and now grasp at every corner of the country. The newest and most troubling face of heroin addiction is the high school student.

Heroin use and addiction isn’t restricted to the “bad” kids, either. Athletes, straight-A students, cheerleaders and everyone in between are susceptible to heroin addiction and impacted by this terrible drug. The statistics and news stories are overwhelming evidence that America’s teens are getting lost in heroin. 

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Heroin Overdose Deaths Triple in North Carolina

Posted on March 18, 2015 in Heroin

Heroin Overdose Deaths Triple in North CarolinaHeroin is the opioid drug of abuse well known for its potential to trigger non-fatal or fatal episodes of opioid overdose. Broadly speaking, the rate of overdose death related to heroin use has been rising across the U.S. for the last several years. In a study published in October 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, a team of American researchers used a comparison with the rate of prescription opioid overdose-related death to chart the changes in the rate of heroin overdose-related death over a seven-year period ending in December 2013.

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Mexican Drug Cartels Fueling, Exploiting America’s Heroin Epidemic

Posted on October 28, 2014 in Heroin

Mexican Drug Cartels Fueling, Exploiting America’s Heroin EpidemicNo outside force can impose illegal drugs on reluctant consumers. Drug dealers set up intricate networks to deliver supplies to areas that promise high profit margins, but perpetual demand is what allows them to benefit so handsomely from the misery of others. Put 1,000 drug peddlers in prison and a thousand more will rush in to take their place, which is one reason so many view the war on drugs as a futile enterprise. 

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Deaths by Heroin Double, CDC Says

Posted on October 26, 2014 in Heroin

Deaths by Heroin Double, CDC SaysAnecdotal evidence supports the notion that heroin use has been rising and that addiction to prescription opioids is the key factor driving this phenomenon. Because of high costs and reduced access to legal drugs like oxycodone and hydrocodone, addicts hooked on these substances are turning to an interchangeable street drug to satisfy their urges. Heroin has a longstanding bad reputation, but the desperation-inducing capacity of opioid dependency is so powerful that sufferers will try anything if they believe it will quench their thirst, according to addiction experts and law enforcement officers working on the drug war front line.

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Vaccine for Heroin May Hold Promise, But Research Support Lacking

Posted on October 23, 2014 in Heroin

Vaccine for Heroin May Hold Promise, But Research Support LackingIt has long been a dream of medical researchers to find a remedy for drug and alcohol addiction that could make things easier for addicts trying to stay on the straight and narrow. While it is accurate to say that addiction is a disease and not just a matter of willpower, all of the responsibility for staying clean and sober does ultimately rest on the shoulders of those with substance abuse problems. There is no “cure” for addiction, but if there were some kind of assistance that could lighten a recovering addict’s load, or aid her in her efforts to overcome her chemical dependency, her chances of finding future peace and happiness could be improved dramatically.

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Heroin Study Shows Importance of Multi-Faceted Treatment

Posted on October 6, 2014 in Heroin

Heroin Study Shows Importance of Multi-Faceted TreatmentDifferent drugs each have their own set of side effects and potentially lethal ramifications. Heroin is no different. The drug, also known as diamorphine, is an opioid analgesic drug that was originally synthetically created in 1874.

Since then, heroin began to be illegally created and sold on streets all over the globe. The heroin compound is inactive until it enters a person’s bloodstream, where it’s converted to morphine. This is the substance that leads to a transcendent state of relaxation, euphoric feelings, and ultimately very dangerous ramifications. 

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Drug Maintenance Therapy for Heroin Addiction: The Pros and Cons

Posted on September 21, 2014 in Heroin

Drug addiction is a medical problem that requires a medical solution. Moral judgments about the behavior of addicts are commonplace, but to stop substance abuse once and for all we must move beyond such considerations and recognize addiction for what it is — a disease.

The idea of addiction as something sinful and shameful may limit our ability to respond to it practically and effectively. With heroin addiction, for example, research has shown that people who are treated with drug maintenance therapy have a better rate of recovery than those who rely only on professional counseling, in-patient/outpatient services and peer group meetings. And yet, because one drug is being replaced with another in this style of treatment, many people have rejected it — including treatment professionals — who might be expected to be more open-minded. This is the product of a reactionary attitude that lumps all drugs together as if they were all equally bad, which is unfortunate and, in this instance, illogical.

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Vivitrol Key Weapon in Heroin Battle

Posted on August 26, 2014 in Heroin

Vivitrol Key Weapon in Heroin BattleWith the use of heroin increasing every day around the country, in suburbs, rural areas and cities alike, those who treat the addicts are eager for better treatments. Heroin use has been on the rise thanks to the epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse. Crackdowns on misuse of these pills has led addicts to seek a similar, cheaper and more accessible high in the street drug heroin. Now there are hundreds of thousands of addicts hooked on this terrible drug and desperate for help. For many, another drug called Vivitrol may be the answer. 

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Ibogaine to Treat Heroin Addiction

Posted on August 13, 2014 in Heroin

Heroin addiction is a terrible disease and one that requires serious and dedicated treatment. Many types of treatment have been used to try to help these addicts kick the habit, but success is always limited. The hold that heroin has on its users is powerful. Researchers and addiction caregivers are always interested in new treatment techniques that may be able to help. Some have turned to a hallucinatory drug, ibogaine, in a controversial ritual designed to help cure heroin addicts. 

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