young man sitting on couch talking to therapist who is explaining the challenges of recognizing painkiller addiction

Recognizing Painkiller Addiction

Most opioid addiction begins with prescription painkiller use that spirals out of control before a person recognizes what has happened. Many people falsely believe that painkillers are safe because a physician prescribes them, but nothing could be further from the truth. Individuals who rely on prescription painkillers for long-term pain management may develop a dependency,…

a person putting pills into their hand suffering from prescription drug abuse

Recognizing Prescription Drug Abuse

Most people acquire prescription drugs legally from their doctor for legitimate reasons, take them as prescribed, and stop taking them when no longer needed. However, many people begin to misuse them for their psychoactive effects. The misuse of prescription drugs involves taking them other than how they were explicitly prescribed. The most commonly abused prescription…

Opioid Death following Successful ER Treatment for Overdose

Opioid overdose deaths have declined slightly in the last few years, in part because of the availability of Naloxone. Commonly administered in emergency rooms or by first responders when an opioid overdose is suspected, Naloxone is a medication that can quickly reverse an opioid overdose by attaching to opioid receptors, reversing and blocking the effects of other opioids in the system.