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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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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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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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Sheep ‘Act Like Heroin Addicts’ After Eating Poisonous Plant


Posted on July 11, 2014 in Heroin

Sheep ‘Act Like Heroin Addicts’ After Eating Poisonous Plant
Addiction can seem like a very human problem. You don’t see dogs dying of liver failure because they couldn’t keep out of your liquor supply, so we’re generally inclined to think we’re the only members of the animal kingdom who struggle with these types of issues. However, rats are widely used in addiction research because they can become addicted to drugs like cocaine in much the same way humans do, and there are many other cases of animals struggling with what seems like an addiction. A recent story from Australia tells about a group of self-destructive sheep addicted to a poisonous plant. This finding reveals some interesting parallels with human addiction, but it’s also important to note the areas where the parallel doesn’t quite work. It might make a click-worthy story, but did the sheep really act “like heroin addicts” as the headline claims?

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Local Communities and States Respond to Heroin Epidemic

Posted on April 22, 2014 in Heroin

Local Communities and States Respond to Heroin EpidemicLocations around the country are seeing increases in heroin use with repercussions including more overdose deaths, more new heroin addicts and more babies being born already addicted to drugs. The use of heroin, once thought to be an inner city problem, has expanded to include rural and suburban areas. No one is immune to the impact of this drug. In response, local communities are mounting defenses and preparing preventative measures. Hoping to curb the growing tide of heroin deaths and other consequences, local groups are fighting back. 

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The Frightening Heroin Resurgence

Posted on March 18, 2014 in Heroin

The Frightening Heroin ResurgenceProgress has been made in the war on drugs. Marijuana use is, not surprisingly, soaring, but overall cocaine and hallucinogen use is down, and alcohol and tobacco use is down among adolescents. The country is even starting to see some positive movement in terms of prescription drug abuse. But the big surprise has been the resurgence of heroin.

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A Dangerous Trend: The Return of Heroin Addiction, This Time in Teenagers

Posted on March 29, 2013 in Heroin

A Dangerous Trend: The Return of Heroin Addiction, This Time in TeenagersA relatively old opiate is making a comeback, as news outlets from Chicago to Portland, Maine, report increased rates of heroin abuse. While previous use has occurred primarily in communities with low socioeconomic status, current trends show suburban young people, specifically high school to college-aged youths, abusing heroin. Post-graduate young professionals are also using the drug with more frequency than in years past. Young people living in comfortable environments are seemingly using their security as an excuse or a reason to try expensive drugs recreationally and socially. Clearly, financial security does not protect users from the debilitating physical effects of prolonged heroin use, regardless of age or environment.

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The Long-Term Effects of Using Heroin

Posted on March 15, 2013 in Heroin

The Long-Term Effects of Using HeroinHeroin is one of the most addictive substances on the planet. In fact, according to some experts, it is not just in the top ten, but number one. Heroin causes tolerance and withdrawal more quickly than any other drug. This cycle leads to addiction in a matter of just a week or two of regular use. Because the withdrawal symptoms are so severe, ceasing to use heroin is a nearly insurmountable task.

The importance, however, of quitting cannot be overstated. Heroin takes a devastating toll on a person’s body, mind, and life. Very quickly, it alters the chemistry of the brain and makes permanent changes to it. Without help, coming clean from heroin is next to impossible, but with the right care and the support of loved ones, it can be done. The harm caused cannot be fully reversed, but the odds of returning to health and a normal lifestyle are good.

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