2020 was a crazy year and while COVID-19 did slow down our everyday lives, it did not slow down addiction across the country.
Benzodiazepines are most often prescribed for so-called panic disorders and anxiety. While there may be some who find these drugs temporarily relieve symptoms, they are extremely addictive and the risk of using them cannot be overstated.
One of the strangest things in our country is the attitude towards teenagers experimenting with drugs as though it is some cultural norm. I have heard stories from nonaddicts who tried weed, alcohol , cocaine, or hallucinogens when they were in their teens.
The opiate epidemic has been going on far too long. Dealers are putting Fentanyl in the most unsuspecting street drugs, one of which is marijuana. The idea behind lacing cannabis with Fentanyl would be to get the addict to experience a more potent, more euphoric high.
The idea of comparing health crisis issues is not new. The opioid epidemic has been compared several times to the HIV epidemic, the flu, and countless others. I want to compare the opioid epidemic to the most recent health crisis, COVID 19.
Dogs have always been a part of our lives for as long as we can remember. Humans have learned to adapt dogs to various uses over the years. Dogs are most commonly used for companionship, hunting, service roles for people with disabilities, and of course using their powerful noses to find things.
Purdue Pharma filed for bankruptcy late Sunday, September 15, 2019. Lawsuits from all over the United States claim Purdue Pharma started the opiate and opioid epidemic we currently are experiencing. Purdue Pharma are known for being the makers of OxyContin and MS Contin.
I wrote a blog recently about the presence of heavy metals such as lead in THC oil cartridges recently. I am aware of THC being used in cases where a patient is terminally ill or in cancer treatment and to treat epilepsy.
Marijuana use and potency has evolved over the years. In the 1960s, Marijuana had an average THC level of about 1%. THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is the actual psychoactive substance in Marijuana that produces the “high” that users shoot for.
Vivitrol (Naltrexone) is used to assist people with an opiate addiction in order to help them quit abusing opiates. Someone struggling with opiate addiction would go to a doctor once a month and have the Vivitrol administered via injection.