opioids

What will the Ohio opioid addiction settlement mean for treatment?
October 22, 2019

Big Pharma Pays Hundreds of Millions in Ohio Opioid Addiction Settlement

Drug makers AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, Teva and McKesson will pay a combined $260 million to Ohio’s Cuyahoga and Summit counties. The settlement…

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Opioid Addiction Leads to Another Decline in US Life Expectancy
December 3, 2018

Opioid Addiction Leads to Decline in US Life Expectancy…Again

Around this time last year, Recovery Unplugged published a piece about a decline in life expectancy to the United States that was…

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The Role of Kratom in Opioid Addiction
November 13, 2018

Examining the Role of Kratom in the Opioid Crisis

The opioid overdose crisis has reached such epic proportions that it’s been declared a nationwide epidemic, with overdose and addiction rates ravaging…

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Common Signs of Opiate Addiction
July 10, 2018

Common Signs of Opiate Addiction

Opiate addiction has been sweeping the nation in the past twenty years and has officially been declared a public health epidemic. The…

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FDA Holds Meetings on Prescription Opioids for Chronic Pain
July 9, 2018

FDA Holds Meetings on Prescription Opioids for Chronic Pain

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Scott Gottlieb issued a statement this morning reaffirming the agency’s endorsement of prescription opioids for chronic…

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Opioid Overdoses Increase in 2018
March 12, 2018

Opioid Overdoses Increase in 2018

In a bit of expected yet unwelcome news, opioid overdoses have risen in the United States. Despite all the hand wringing from…

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American Opioid Overdoses Rise in 2018

Opioid Overdoses Rise…Again

In a bit of expected yet unwelcome news, opioid overdoses have risen in the United States. Despite all the hand wringing from…

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March 7, 2018

Heroin(e) Documentary Takes Comprehensive Look at Opioid Addiction

Three days after the awards were presented, the political opinions were expressed and Frances McDormand’s statue was stolen and recovered, one of…

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The Whole Package: Dealing with Health Issues from Opioid Addiction
January 24, 2018

Dealing with Health Issues from Opioid Addiction

By the time opioid addiction takes of us or the people we love, there is a five-alarm urgency to get into treatment…

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Opioid addiction in the US
November 1, 2017

The Treatment Gap: A Look at Why So Many People Aren’t Getting Help for Opioid Addiction in the US

Last year marked another landmark year for opioid fatalities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that over 50,000 people died…

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Vivitrol Treatment in Texas
October 23, 2017

What One International Study Can Mean for Vivitrol Treatment in Texas

In a study believed to be the first that directly compares the two medications, researchers found that once-a-month Vivitrol treatment is just…

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Paul Pellinger
October 5, 2017

Recovery Unplugged CSO Paul Pellinger to Speak at Major Northeast Opioid Conference

On October 11th, addiction treatment veteran and RU’s very own Chief Strategy Officer Paul Pellinger will be speaking at the Sullivan County…

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CDC Reports Opioid Prescribing Rates Down Consistently Since 2010...Really?
July 10, 2017

CDC Reports Opioid Prescribing Rates Down Consistently Since 2010…Really?

There is a strange new conversation to be had among addiction treatment professionals, lawmakers, prevention advocates and anyone else with a stake…

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Probuphine Treatment Austin Texas
July 7, 2017

Is Probuphine Treatment Right for Me?

In May of 2016, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first-ever six-month buprenorphine injectable implant in the hopes of helping patients…

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Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center What Impact Will China’s Fentanyl Ban Have?
February 27, 2017

What Impact Will China’s Fentanyl Ban Have?

In a move that could have a significant positive impact right here in the United States, China has announced plans to ban the sale and manufacture of four popular and powerful types of the synthetic opioid fentanyl. Earlier this month, the country that has been the primary foreign source for devastating and addictive fentanyl-based drugs disclosed plans to outlaw carfentanil, furanyl fentanyl, acrylfentanyl and valeryl fentanyl. US officials are optimistic that the effects of this ban will resonate in communities all across America, where fentanyl claims an average of 700 individuals each year and shows absolutely no signs of slowing down….

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Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center Opioid Addiction: The New American Reality
February 13, 2017

Opioid Addiction: The New American Reality

Officials in Louisville. Kentucky recently reported a significant spike in opioid-related drug overdoses, citing 52 incidents in a 32-hour period, a considerable increase from the average of 22 per day that Louisville’s Metro Emergency Services handled last year. Although the state of Kentucky has been front and center in the fight against prescription painkiller addiction, these numbers are of great concern even to those most familiar with the problem. Officials at local and regional hospitals have accepted this rampant addiction as a new reality. There were 695 overdose cases through the first month of 2017, a 33 percent increase from last year….

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US Prisons Using Vivitrol to Curb Post-Release Opioid Addiction among Inmates
November 14, 2016

US Prisons Using Vivitrol to Curb Post-Release Opioid Addiction among Inmates

Addiction and incarceration have been closely linked for decades. One of the primary critics of this country’s current drug laws is that…

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Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center Insurance Giant Ends Pre-Authorization Requirement for Buprenorphine
October 25, 2016

Insurance Giant Ends Pre-Authorization Requirement for Buprenorphine

The battle against nationwide drug addiction and overdose may have just gained a powerful new ally. Connecticut-based insurance provider Cigna Corp. is ending the requirement that patients clear difficult administrative hurdles to gain access to medications used to fight opioid addiction. The decision was made after the insurer reached a settlement with the New York State Attorney General’s Office, who recently requested information from the company to address concerns about barriers to treatment. The changes are being implemented across the country, and may be a game-changer for those who have not been able to easily access quality treatment in the past….

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Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center Heartbreaking Overdose Video Further Humanizes Opiate Addiction Epidemic
September 23, 2016

Heartbreaking Overdose Video Further Humanizes Opiate Addiction Epidemic

Less than two weeks ago, photos of an Ohio couple in the throes of a heroin overdose went viral, putting an unavoidably human face on the American opioid and heroin epidemic. The photo showed the couple unconscious slumped over in their seats, drugs and paraphernalia nearby, while the four-year-old in their care sat in the backseat, perfectly conscious and alert. While the decision to display the photos met with widespread controversy, Liverpool, Ohio law enforcement insisted that the public should see what they encounter on a daily basis in an effort to bring further attention and resources to the problem. Regardless of where one may come down on their publication of the photos, they did ignite vigorous conversation and attention. Yesterday, a heartbreaking and raw video, which has also gone viral, seemed to pick up right where these photos left off, this time about 720 miles away in Lawrence, Massachusetts….

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Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center Heroin Laced with Elephant Sedatives Invading Cities in the United States
August 26, 2016

Heroin Laced with Elephant Sedatives Invading Cities in the United States

There’s no longer any need to engage in hyperbole regarding the United States heroin epidemic. No alarmist rhetoric can match the sickening and urgent realities of the situation. In what has become the most dominant public health issue of our time, it seems as though distributors and dealers just keep finding new ways to make heroin more dangerous and more addictive. The most recent example of this reality is the flooding of US markets with heroin that has been laced with elephant tranquilizers. In the latest and perhaps most alarming chapter of the American heroin saga, dealers are cutting the drug with a substance known as carfentanil to make their batches more potent….

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