Methadone vs. Buprenorphine for Opioid Detox

Methadone and buprenorphine/naloxone are two of the primary medication options for treatment of people affected by opioid addiction. Both medications belong to a treatment approach called opioid substitution therapy. In a study published in January 2014 in the journal Addiction, researchers from six U.S. institutions compared the effectiveness of methadone to the effectiveness of buprenorphine/naloxone.…

Adderall a Dangerous Study Aid

A prescription drug designed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder has become one of the most commonly abused prescription medications in the United States. Adderall, or the “study drug,” is becoming increasingly popular among college students and the consequences of abuse can be severe. While Adderall is an approved prescription medication, 30 to 40 percent of…

a woman holding painkillers

5 Surefire Signs of Painkiller Addiction

You may not fit the stereotype of the “typical addict,” but if you’re using prescription painkillers beyond the scope of your doctor’s recommendations, you may need to take a second look. Prescription drug addiction can sneak up on anyone – soccer moms, high-profile executives and even grandma or grandpa – often without their knowledge. Here…

Propofol Addiction

Until the high-profile death of music legend Michael Jackson, it is possible that many of us would never have been familiar with the medication Propofol, even though it is possible we may have received it in conjunction with a number of medical procedures. Unfortunately, Michael Jackson’s death and the subsequent trial of his personal physician…

Prochlorperazine (Compazine) Abuse

Prochlorperazine is a genetic medication available as  Compro and Procomp and possibly generic alternatives. This medication is often used to control  severe nausea and vomiting, as well as treating the symptoms of schizophrenia. Prochlorperazine is effective for the short-term treatment of generalized non-psychotic anxiety. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved prochlorperazine for…