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Guide to Fentanyl

Fentanyl is the driving force behind the third wave of the opioid epidemic. In the late 1990s, the aggressive and misleading marketing of opioids by big pharmaceutical companies led to this highly addictive medication being prescribed widely for the treatment of chronic pain. The dangers of opioid painkillers are now well-known, but the opioid epidemic…

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Guide to Synthetic Opioids

This guide to synthetic opioids will highlight the many hazards of this fiercely addictive class of entirely manmade opioids.  CDC data shows that synthetic opioids aside from methadone were involved in over 36,000 overdose deaths in the United States in 2019. This makes synthetic opioids responsible for more fatalities than any other kind of opioid,…

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Buprenorphine: Opioid Addiction Medication

Buprenorphine is one of the medications approved by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) for the treatment of opioid use disorder.  Medication assisted treatment, commonly abbreviated to MAT, is a research-based treatment protocol involving the use of medications in tandem with behavioral interventions like psychotherapy and counseling. This combination of therapies can be effective…

Guide to Opioid Overdose

Opioid overdose, a potential problem for people dealing with opioid addiction, can occur for a variety of reasons and can even be fatal.  This class of drugs includes prescription painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone, as well as heroin and fentanyl.  Opioid painkillers are prescribed to manage pain following surgery or injury. Opioids are also commonly…