Narcan: Saving Lives or Enabling Addiction?
People are overdosing in the streets, at the mall, at home in front of their children. They are mothers, fathers, sons, daughters. Every race, every socioeconomic class, and every region has been affected by the opioid epidemic. With 33,000 deaths attributed to opioid overdoses in 2015 alone, everyone is looking for a solution. Many believe … Continued
The Road from Painkillers to Heroin: An All Too Common Path
Posted in: Heroin
July 5, 2016
The amount of people who are addicted to prescription painkillers continues to grow, with an estimated 2.1 million people currently misusing opioids in the United States. And for many, the transition from prescription drug misuse to heroin addiction is an easy one. Studies have shown that addicted individuals amongst the younger set commonly begin misusing … Continued
How Heroin Affects the Brain
Addictive substances — including heroin and prescription pain killers — send dopamine levels surging in the small localized area of the brain called the nucleus accumbens, which is the main reward center that is responsible for the reinforcing effects of substances of abuse and simply just “feeling good.” Addicted persons and first-time users get the … Continued