How Opioids Develop Addiction

The opioid epidemic is severely affecting the nation. Many people nationwide are overdosing or developing an addiction to these prescription opioid medications. Addiction cannot be spotted as easily as we would like to think. Anyone can be addicted to opioids and people can attain them through different methods such as doctor prescription or buying them …

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What is Addiction?

As of 2014, 1.9 million Americans, 12 years of age or older, have had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain relievers. We know that people are becoming addicted to opioids, however, what do we really know of the symptoms and signs of the medical illness, addiction? Watch this video in which Jim Reyser, the …

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Opioid Abuse and Your Health

Opioids are a class of drug. Prescription opioids include oxycodone, codeine, morphine; illegal ones include opium and heroin. Opioids are very addictive. They trigger a temporary euphoria in the brain, which sets up a dopamine reward reaction. Users need to take more and more opioids to reach same level of pleasure, which can lead to dependency …

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Opiate Abuse and Withdrawal

In 2010, over 12 million people in the United States reportedly used prescription painkillers, also known as opioid pain relievers, for non-medical use. Opiate abuse can lead to rough withdrawal symptoms and even alternative drug abuse once a person stops using the drug.   Abuse: Many people who abuse opiate pain relievers tend to become dependent on …

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People in Recovery for Opioid Dependence show Regulation of Reward Systems

Patients in recovery from dependence of opioid prescription pain medication show signs that the body’s   natural reward systems are normalizing. Researchers Scott C. Bunce, PhD, of Penn State University College of Medicine, Hershey, and colleagues found evidence of “physiological re-regulation” of disrupted brain and hormonal responses to both drug- and nondrug-related. For the study, researchers …

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Our own Dr. Chavoustie Listed as Author in Publication

Dr. Steven E. Chavoustie, one of our Principal Investigators for our Women’s Health Studies was listed as an author in the following publication: Buprenorphine Implants for Treatment of Opioid Dependence: Randomized Comparison to Placebo and Sublingual Buprenorphine/Naloxone. Dr. Chavoustie and the other authors on this publication evaluated the safety efficacy of buprenorphine implants (BI) versus …

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Opiate Withdrawal: Taking One Step at a Time

  Withdrawal can be a particularly hard phase when overcoming opiate addiction, but recovery is possible. According to researchers, 9% of Americans experience opiate dependency at some point in their lives. Addicts are often unable to control themselves or stop using opiates. Additionally, experts say that the number of people abusing opiates may be greater …

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