Adrian Heredia in Alcohol Abuse
May 9, 2019

The Painkiller Epidemic

Prescription Drugs For the last two decades, doctors have been handing out painkillers almost with abandon. Not only was severe, life-ending pain treated with these addictive substances, but also chronic, moderate pain like knee pain and low-back pain.


Sue Birkenshaw in opioid abuse
June 19, 2017

Deadly Fentanyl Can Now be Found Just About Anywhere

There’s one thing you can be sure of when it comes to the illicit drug market: It always changes. A drug that someone has been using for years could be replaced with a markedly different substance without warning.


Sue Birkenshaw in opioid abuse
November 25, 2016

Who’s Getting Into America’s Painkillers?

Recent reports show a dramatic increase in opioid overdose deaths, including children and toddlers who get their hands on prescription pills.


Karen in Prescription Drug Abuse
October 10, 2016

DEA Demands Reduction in Opioid Manufacturing

In early October 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration released a statement announcing a mandate to reduce manufacture of opioid medications by 23 to 34 percent. Will this change prevent pain patients from getting the medication they need?


Americans Smoking Less But Using More Painkillers

An analysis of statistics issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently revealed more Americans are using painkillers than tobacco.


Sue Birkenshaw in Drug Abuse
August 10, 2016

The Drugs Most Commonly Abused by Athletes

Athletes can be susceptible to drug addiction, using them to enhance their performance or to continue playing after injury. What are the most common drugs abused and what effect does abuse have on athletes and their career?