War on Drugs

A Brief Lesson in the War on Drugs

Since the war on drugs began almost 50 years ago, we have learned much about the science of addiction. Today, we know that when an adolescent is exposed to substances that produce pleasure chemically, the individual’s brain undergoes permanent changes regarding their balance of pleasure and pain. The typical response to substances that cause the […]

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Q&A with Dr. Taylor on the Opioid Takedown

On April 17th, 2019, the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force charged 60 people in 7 states as part of the largest government takedown during our National Opioid Epidemic. The charges were for illegally prescribing and distributing millions of pills such as opioids, benzodiazepines, and other drugs. Among the defendants were 53 doctors, pharmacists, nurse […]

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Opioid Takedown

On Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force charged 60 people in 7 states as part of the largest government takedown during our National Opioid Epidemic. The charges were for illegally prescribing and distributing millions of pills such as opioids, benzodiazepines, and other drugs. Among the defendants were 53 doctors, pharmacists, […]

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The Rise of Fentanyl–Laced Cocaine

The Rise of Fentanyl – Laced Cocaine While the opioid epidemic is making headlines as the nation’s leading drug crisis. It is important that the #2 drug on the rise is cocaine. Specifically, fentanyl-laced cocaine. Cocaine use is driven by several demands. One maybe occasional drug-users wanting to ‘have a good time’, others may be […]

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What’s the difference between opiates and opioids

One of the most common problems doctors see every day are patients in need of pain relief. They are usually in the kind of pain that an over-the-counter medication will not relieve and are in need of a doctor’s recommendation or prescribing pen to experience the relief they need to operate their lives as normal. […]

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The True Statistics of Opioid Addiction

Opioid addiction is an epidemic. That line appears in headlines, news stories and online conversations in modern media. Opioid dependency has become so common and widespread that we now have put it in the same leagues as smallpox and polio outbreaks of the past and it’s still gaining speed. With every year, the numbers increase and […]

How Does One Become Addicted to Opioids?

How does opioid addiction begin? Becoming addicted to opioids is not something that users typically set out to do the first time they attempt to abuse a substance. As possibly the most addictive substance available over the counter in a prescription drug form, or on the streets as the illegal drug, heroin, opioid addiction can […]