Opioid Overdoses Become Nation’s #1 Preventable Injury-Related Deaths

The average American is more likely to die from an opioid overdose than a vehicle crash. It’s the first time in our nation’s history that opioid overdoses have overtaken crashes as a leading cause of preventable death. The odds of dying from an opioid overdose are one in 96, greater than not only crashes (one in 103), but also falls (one in 114) and gun assaults (one in 285). More than 133 people die every day because of opioid overdoses. These statistics highlight how devastating the opioid epidemic has become in the U.S., and it’s a sign of how great […]

How to Properly Dispose of Unused Prescription Medication

Dispose of Unused Prescription Medication

Is your medicine cabinet full of medications you no longer use? What do you do with unused prescription pills? When they are expired or no longer needed, it’s vital to dispose of medicines properly. Today, we’ll walk through the dos and don’ts of medication disposal.   Why You Should Dispose of Unused Medicine In the wake of America’s opioid epidemic, it’s more important than ever to properly dispose of unused prescription medications. Addiction to these pills leads to tens of thousands of deaths each year, and a recent study conducted by Stericycle – a medical disposal company – indicates that friends and […]

The Relationship Between Opioid Use and Binge Drinking

Opioid Use and Binge Drinking

Binge Drinkers More Likely to Misuse Opioids Prescription opioid misuse is more common among binge drinkers, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. In their analysis, researchers discovered that the prevalence of prescription opioid misuse increased significantly with binge drinking frequency; put simply, those who drank more were more likely to misuse their opioid medications. This is of particular concern because of the dangerous interaction between the two depressants – previous studies show that about one in five opioid overdose deaths also involved alcohol. Today we will explore this study and its implications for […]

Preventing Opioid Addiction Through Prediction

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Researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering have found that computer mapping could be a powerful tool in preventing opioid addiction before it even begins. USC Viterbi researchers in the interdisciplinary USC Machine Learning Center used computer mapping to study opioid addiction, adverse effects and patient profiles. By programming computer-learning models, similar to iPhone X facial recognition software and self-driving cars, researchers filtered through patient medical history and identified patterns that could predict opioid dependency and addiction. These patterns included a patient’s prescription history and whether they had been diagnosed with other disorders that could signify a heightened risk […]

President Obama Grants Record-Setting Clemencies

SETTING CLEMENCIES During the last several decades, one of the largest criticisms of the American criminal justice system has been the excessive sentences handed down to nonviolent drug offenders. Many of those offenders were sentenced under draconian laws that required mandatory minimum sentences, some of which included life sentences, that were enacted during the nation’s “war on drugs”. In an effort to remedy what is seen by many as an injustice, President Obama reduced the sentences of hundreds of nonviolent drug offenders during his last week in office, which concluded with the commutation of 330 sentences on his last day […]

Nearly 80 People Die Every Single Day From Substance Overdoses According to the U.S. Surgeon General

Drug and alcohol addiction Drug and alcohol addiction is taking a huge toll on the health of the US population. The United States Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, has published a landmark report title “Facing Addiction in America” which provides real insight into the health of the nation. Over 20 million people in the US have a substance disorder according to the report, yet only 10 percent of these receive any type of treatment. There is still a huge stigma attached to any type of addiction which acts as a tremendous barrier for people who need to seek help. No-one […]

Tears into Determination

DETERMINATION Throughout the course of my journey in recovery there have been ups and downs, times of joy, and times of tribulation. One of the greatest joys of my recovery is the fact that my two oldest sons have joined me on this journey. I believe that because of their bearing witness to my own struggles and ultimate triumph they were able to raise their hands for help decades in their lifespan, before I had the voice to do so in my own. As I watched them struggle, surrender and rise again, the mom in me, and the treatment professional […]

Love is an Action Word

Well today is the big day! Well today is the big day! After much dreaming and planning- Spearhead Lodge officially opens today!   I feel like I am watching my child walk up the steps to the first day of kindergarten! Nervous, excited, full of pangs of joy and sadness all mixed into a great big smile and a full and grateful heart. I find my mind drifting back to the nights when my two oldest sons raised their hands and asked for help with their addiction. The phone rings and the familiar voice on the line says “Mama I can’t […]