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  • High Cost of Prescription Drug Abuse Leads to Heroin Use

    Opioid painkillers are expensive, they are tougher to get and new formulations have made them more difficult to abuse. That combination is driving down prescription drug abuse, which is really good news. The not-so-good news is that drug abusers are simply turning to a cheaper, more available drug that is easy to abuse – heroin. Read More…

  • FDA Advises Limits on Vicodin

    The battle against the illegal use of prescription medications continues. The federal government wants increased restriction and drug enforcement agencies want access to the tools to keep these drugs off the streets. Read More…

  • The Addictive Nature of Vicodin

    Vicodin is the popular brand name version of the drug Hydrocodone. The medication is used to manage pain, including ongoing or chronic pain. It is an opioid which means it is a synthetic (man-made) drug which mirrors the effects of naturally occurring opium-based drugs. Opioids are highly addictive and therefore are tightly controlled substances. Read More…

  • Physicians Pressured to Prescribe Pain Pills

    Opioid abuse is a real problem in this country, and lately, there has been a lot of finger pointing at doctors. Read More…

  • Opioid Abuse Trending Upward Across the Country

    A new study of Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Census data conducted by the Associated Press shows disturbing evidence that popular painkiller use is on the rise and spreading. Particularly alarming is the rate of increased use of opioid painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone . Oxycodone is better known by names on the market such as OxyContin and Percocet, while hydrocodone is found in the likes of Lortab and Vicodin. Read More…

  • Reasons Prescription Medicines May Be Killing Thousands of Americans Each Year

    A recent article in the Huffington Post highlighted the alarming statistic that there is an American killed by psychiatric drugs and prescription painkillers every 14 minutes. The number of people taking such tranquilizers has jumped 286 percent from the year 2000 to 2009 and will probably reach 341 percent by December 2011. Read More…

  • Opioid Overdoses Skyrocket Causing More Drug-Related Deaths

    A new report from the British Medical Journal says the number of fatalities in the U.S. from prescribed painkillers has now passed that of alcohol liver disease, HIV and multiple myeloma. The most common of these opioids are OxyContin, Suboxone and Vicodin and sadly, many believe these painkillers are harmless since they are prescribed by doctors. Dr. Michael Lowestein warns that these prescription drugs are opiates just the same as heroin and can be very dangerous if abused or used for a continuous length of time. Read More…

  • Vicodin Classification Makes the Drug Easier to Give to Patients Than Other Opiates

    Vicodin, one of the widely prescribed prescription painkillers is also the least restricted of the opiate drug category, a situation recent national news and medical reports are emphasizing.

    Vicodin in its generic form, a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen, is listed by the Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule III – the same class as many types of anesthetics or steroid drugs. In comparison, codeine and the prescription opioid oxycodone are listed as a Schedule II. At the highest restriction, Schedule I, are drugs like heroin. Read More…


  • The Pain of Addiction

    Vicodin addiction often starts innocently enough. Most people start taking Vicodin or other pain medications after surgery or an injury. But then they can’t stop. They need more to get the same pain relief. They start doctor shopping to get more pills. And the cycle continues until it takes over their lives.