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Fentanyl is Present In Majority of Opioid Deaths

Posted on: May 25th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Fentanyl is Present In Majority of Opioid Deaths

The highly potent opioid known as fentanyl has been a cause for concern recently as more and more overdoses have occurred as a result of the drug. Many dealers have been lacing their illegal drugs with fentanyl without the user’s knowledge. As a result, many have unknowingly ingested a powerful sedative and ended up overdosing.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that has caused an alarming increase in death rates and addiction. The opioid is most commonly found laced in combination with cocaine, methamphetamines, and other illegal drugs sold on the street. Dealers may be adding traces of opioids in order to make their drugs more addictive to the people buying them.

New statistics have shown that fentanyl was involved in nearly half of all opioid-related deaths in the year 2016. Many of the deaths were due to opioid or heroin overdose but some of them involved other drugs as well. Fentanyl was a factor in many overdose deaths involving non-opioids such as cocaine, benzodiazepines and antidepressants.

It is important for the public to be educated about the dangers of fentanyl in order to prevent overdose deaths from continuing to increase. Fentanyl is a very powerful drug that is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. A small amount of fentanyl laced with any drug can cause the user to overdose if they have no tolerance for opioids and are not aware it is in their drug.

Someone overdosing on fentanyl might have trouble breathing, have a slow or erratic pulse and lose consciousness. Certain medications can help to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose so it is important to get help immediately to prevent an overdose from becoming fatal. When people know more about fentanyl and its effects it can be possible to reduce overdoses and potentially save lives.

Norco Addiction & Detox

Posted on: May 3rd, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments
Norco Detox

Norco Detox

Norco Detox – Drug companies have produced many options for people with chronic pain to be able to deal with the pain and continue with their lives in the midst of a healing process. This is undoubtedly a good thing, but it also creates dangers. Painkillers that contain opioids can have a very high risk of dependency, where a user becomes unable to function without the drug, and are at a high danger of death or serious health problems from an overdose.

Norco is a drug that contains both hydrocodone, a narcotic, opioid painkiller and acetaminophen (Tylenol) , a more mild pain reliever that can increase the narcotic’s effectiveness. When used under strict instructions of a healthcare professional monitoring use, it can be very effective to treat moderate to moderately severe pain, but still carries a risk of becoming habit-forming. However, when taken recreationally, it can be very dangerous. The concern for norco abuse and addiction is the primary reason that, in 2014, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) increased control for Norco from Schedule III to Schedule II, meaning drugs with a recognized medical purpose, but a high potential for abuse and dependence.

Effects on the Brain: A functioning brain has “opioid receptors” that cause the brain to release endorphins, chemicals produced naturally in the body. Endorphins make pain less severe and help you feel happy and relaxed. Norco works by producing synthetic “endorphins” when you need an extra boost to dull more severe physical pain. Eventually, your brain will get used to receiving endorphins from the outside source, and stop producing them naturally. This means the user will have to start taking more and more of a drug in order to have the same feelings, because without it feels impossible to have any good feelings at all. The person addicted has to keep taking more and more in order to get the same effects, or even just to feel “normal.”

Dangers of Abuse: Some people may falsely assume that a drug made in a lab and prescribed by a doctor is safe compared with an illicit street drug. However, if misused, or taken outside of medical supervision, there can be serious dangers. An overdose can result in serious, permanent brain damage and even death.

Because it exhausts and then depletes the body’s natural reception of endorphins, Norco misuse can have serious psychological effects, including:

  • Depression
  • Malaise, or an undefined sense of unease and discomfort
  • Mental cloudiness and confusion
  • Anxiety

There are also some serious side effects to physical health, that become more likely and more severe the more of the drug is taken:

  • Inadequate breathing
  • Hearing loss
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Dizziness
  • Sleep apnea
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Sweating
  • Nausea

Warning Signs: Misuse and dependency of Norco can be very dangerous, which is why it should never be taken without the strict instructions of a doctor.

However, even if Norco is being used as part of a health care and pain relief agenda, there is still the danger of developing dependency. If you are a Norco user, watch out for these signs suggesting your behavior is abusive or addictive:

  • Taking more or a higher dose of Norco than the doctor prescribes.
  • “Doctor shopping,” going to multiple doctors or lying to your health care providers to get pills you don’t really need.
  • Mixing Narco with cocaine, heroin, or alcohol to get a more intense high.
  • Taking it for recreational purposes, or without a prescription.

Norco Detox and Recovery: Although not an easy process, recovery from Norco addiction is possible. Addiction has both a physical and a mental element, and so your recovery will deal with both of these aspects.

Physical healing and recovery comes first, through the detox process. Before doing anything else, it’s necessary to have a long enough period of sobriety that the drugs are flushed from your system, so the body can do the work of repairing itself. Withdrawl from Norco can be a painful and sometimes even dangerous process, so it is highly recommended that you seek out a rehab center rather than attempting detox on your own. There will be some unpleasant side-effects to withdraw, for a period of time that will vary based on the intensity of the addiction. However, in the end, you will be able to finally start living a life of freedom again.

After Norco detox comes the life-long work of recovery, to address the causes of addictive behavior and stop the cycle of abuse and dependency. Through group and individual therapy, you will learn how to gain a new perspective on life, and start over from a place of caring for yourself.

Required Opioid Seminars for Parents?

Posted on: April 23rd, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Required Opioid Seminars for Parents?

With the opioid epidemic causing issues of abuse and overdose throughout the country, people are looking for answers in order to minimize and prevent addiction. Fighting the opioid epidemic can be possible through a combination of treatment for existing issues and preventative education so that people are aware of the dangers of the drug. Some high schools are now providing required seminars to educate kids about the addictive nature of opioids.

One superintendent of a high school in New Jersey was heart broken by the deaths of at least half a dozen students at the school who overdosed on opioids. Even parents of children in the school have experienced fatal overdoses as well. In order to take action he made it a requirement for seniors to attend an opioid seminar before they could graduate.

These types of seminars are designed to help people learn how to identify signs and signals that someone is addicted to opioids. It can also provide them with information about the dangers of overdose and the risky nature of abusing these kinds of drugs. Students and parents alike can benefit from being educated about these issues especially when it is directly affecting the community.

Making the seminars a requirement is a tactic to help prevent poor attendance which has been a problem in the past for educational opioid seminars. School officials are hoping to reach more people within the school and the general community so that they know about these issues and will be able to take action if they notice someone might be struggling with an addiction.

Opioid abuse is a problem that is plaguing the whole country and when people are more educated about these drugs it can help to reduce the number of incidents of addiction and fatal overdose.

Can Doctors Curb the Opioid Crisis?

Posted on: April 12th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Can Doctors Curb the Opioid Crisis?

The rates of opioid abuse and overdose have skyrocketed over the past several years and the problem has reached epidemic proportions. The concern about the opioid crisis has led to many theories as to how we as a country can reduce and minimize the level of abuse and prevent more opioid-related deaths. One issue being discussed is the role that doctors can play in either enabling or preventing abuse of prescription painkillers.

Unfortunately many physicians are influenced by drug companies to prescribe their products even those that are highly addictive and dangerous like opioids. Drug companies often give out gifts, donate money and work to persuade doctors to give patients their medication. This trend is at least part of the reason why prescription drug abuse has become such serious problem in the U.S.

Preventing abuse can start in the hands of a doctor who has at least some control over whether a patient will end up using opioids. Physicians need to be much more cautious about when and how often they hand out prescriptions to addictive painkillers. They also need to be more aware of the types of patients that are asking for these drugs and carefully screen people before they are able to receive opioids.

It is important for physicians to find out whether a patient has a history of addiction or abuse, a mental illness or any other vulnerability to developing a dependency. They also need to minimize the dosage, the length of time the patient uses the drug and always provide alternative kinds of pain treatment whenever possible. The less access that people have to opioids the harder it will be for them to abuse and ultimately overdose on these powerful drugs.

Although the role of the physician is only one aspect of the opioid crisis, doctors have the power to do all they can to help reduce rates of addiction.