For years, the national focus has been on the opioid epidemic—the escalating addiction and overdose death crisis driven by prescription painkillers, heroin, and illicit fentanyl. Meanwhile, methamphetamine has made a dramatic comeback. In December, the Salt Lake Tribune reported, “the number of methamphetamine-related fatal overdoses in Utah more than doubled in the past five years… Continue Reading Methamphetamine Addiction Remains Large Problem in Utah
“Poisonings are the leading cause of unintentional injury and death in the United States. The death rate from unintentional poisoning, particularly drug overdose involving opioids, has continually increased over the past 22 decades,” wrote Mollie Cummins, Guilherme Del Fiol, et al. in a recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA),… Continue Reading Enabling Health Information Exchange at Poison Control Centers
First responders and members of the military are frequently exposed to traumatic events in the course of their duties. They suffer intense stress caused by what’s known as vicarious trauma, the emotional residue resulting from witnessing life-threatening injuries caused by fires, traffic accidents, violent crimes, or combat. And of course, law enforcement officers and military… Continue Reading Trauma and Addiction of Military Personnel and First Responders
Between 2017–2018, the number of drug overdose deaths decreased by four percent in the United States. According to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 67,367 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in 2018. It was the second-highest number of fatalities in this century, following the peak of 2017. … Continue Reading Overdose Deaths on the Rise Again Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Both legal and illicit substances carry the potential for abuse, as do many prescription medications. The prevalence of addiction may make you wonder how to stop drug abuse. The only way to prevent an addiction is to avoid all psychoactive substances. When you do begin exhibiting signs of dependency, early treatment is the best way… Continue Reading How to Stop Drug Abuse
With nearly half of all Americans having a family member or close friend with a substance abuse disorder, it’s common to wonder how to help an addict. Because addiction is a chronic condition, you must learn how to cope with and manage your symptoms throughout your lifetime to maintain sobriety. Since addiction is a progressive… Continue Reading How to Help an Addict
These are very uncertain times. The stock market crashing is creating anxiety for many, fearing we are about to enter another Depression. The COVID-19 virus is spreading further each day, causing worry about both ourselves and our loved ones. As the virus spreads, we are being asked to isolate ourselves. Places are closing down and… Continue Reading It’s Time to Get Anxiety Treatment
When you have a problem or need in life, what do you do? If you’re like most people, you contact a specialist. It shouldn’t be any different for a substance use disorder. You need an addiction specialist if you’re struggling with addiction. You are probably wondering — what is an addiction specialist? This is an… Continue Reading What Is an Addiction Specialist?