The opioid crisis is a severe public health issue. In 2015, over 12 million people in the United States misused prescription opioids and young adults; aged 18-25 are at the highest risk for drug abuse of prescriptions . In October 2017, President Trump announced a new action to address the opioid crisis. This declaration confirms [...] Read More
Contributor: Marissa Hatcher, MSW, CADC, Timberline Knolls Addictions Program Coordinator Everyone experiences pain, whether it be physical or mental. When pain becomes too intense to handle, as humans, we attempt to find a solution to cope which often leads to all too common road to addiction. Some examples of coping with physical or mental pain [...] Read More
OxyContin is a drug that is typically used for pain management and relief with moderate or severe pain. Since its introduction to the U.S. in the 1930s, most individuals prescribed this report it working better than any other prescription pain medication . With this painkiller, it is also easy to build tolerance and become addicted. [...] Read More
The military culture can sometimes be characterized by rampant drinking, excessive prescription medication abuse and a “don’t ask don’t tell” approach when it comes to addiction. Wartime saw many doctors and medics desperate to treat soldiers for pain from combat injuries and prescription opiates were the easiest and quickest way to do so. This ended [...] Read More
Contributor: Megan Wilson, BS, CADC Timberline Knolls Residential Center There is no question that opioids are negatively affecting countless individuals across the country, particularly when it comes to abuse and addiction. However, for many people, opioids are pain medications needed to help effectively deal with chronic pain, which may be the result of injury or [...] Read More
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