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What is the Difference Between Opiate and Opioid Drugs?

Opiates and opioids — we’ve used and heard these terms used interchangeably, but are they the same? If not, what is the difference between opiate and opioid drugs? With all the many news reports about the opioid crisis, you may have wondered which drugs or medicines these were. It’s important to have an understanding of …

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What Have We Learned From Our 100-Year History of Opiate Addiction?

Due to widespread overprescribing of opioid pain medications in the U.S. since the 1990s, more people are being exposed to narcotics and becoming addicted to them. This has resulted in the current opioid epidemic and escalating drug overdose deaths. But this problem is not new. “A similar thing happened just over 100 years ago, and …

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What Happens to Your Body When You Are Addicted to Heroin

Heroin addiction has been a societal problem in the United States for decades. Heroin addiction is on the rise in rural areas across the country, and law enforcement officials as well as healthcare providers are scrambling to address what is seen as an epidemic. The social issues related to heroin addiction are often focused on …

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‘Chasing The Dragon’ Shows Ugly Reality of Opiate Addiction

Just how addictive are opiates such as prescription painkillers and heroin? Consider Melissa’s story. After regaining consciousness in the hospital after a heroin overdose, the young mother unhooked her IV from its pole, walked out and went straight to her dealer, still in her hospital gown. “And he sold me heroin, the same heroin that …

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