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The US Food and Drug Administration has tightened restrictions on two opioids, codeine and tramadol, that are widely-used to treat colds, coughs and pain in kids. Children under 12 should receive no codeine or tramadol at all, the new ruling says. Teenagers 12 to 18 years should be screened for…

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We’ve advised readers many times about the dangers of drug-combining – taking two or more drugs that, in combination, create life-threatening side effects. The most common dangerous combination is opioids and benzodiazepines. Both classes of drugs depress the central nervous system (CNS),…

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‘The poor man’s methadone’ More and more opioid addicts these days are turning to a common type of over-the-counter (OTC) anti-diarrhea drug to help stave off withdrawal symptoms, or just to get high. Why anti-diarrhea drugs? The common active ingredient in Imodium A-D, Ultra A-D oral,…

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After nearly a decade and a half of war in Afghanistan, it's clear that the country is suffering like never before. Separate from the war, and yet closely connected to it, the country's opium trade is flourishing, making the drug overlords rich, but taking a terrible toll of addiction and suffering…

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 THREE TYPES OF OPIOID DRUG—RECEPTOR INTERACTIONS Not all opioids are the same. There are three types of opioids that are classified by the effect that they have on the endorphin receptors. They are the full agonist, the partial agonist and the…

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 OPIATE DRUGS, OPIOID DRUGS, ENDORPHINS AND ENDOPHIN DOWNLOADS Before understanding how buprenorphine, an opioid, works, it is necessary to understand the way that all opioids and opiates work in our bodies. OPIATE DEFINITION An opiate is a…

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It's been 6 months since Tennessee rolled out its controversial drug testing program for welfare applicants, and the results were, like the whole program itself, controversial. Out of 16,017 applicants for the state's Families First cash assistance program, 279 people were chosen to be drug…

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Over the past 20 or 30 years, heroin, PCP, cocaine, crack, crystal meth and pills of all kinds have each had their turn as the top "drug epidemic" news of the day. However, in the past few years, one of the earlier drugs of abuse has made a startling comeback. Heroin, so prevalent in the 1940s…

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If you’re taking a prescription opioid painkiller or using heroin or any other illicit opioid, you might want to think twice before also taking a benzodiazapine tranquilizer like Xanax or Valium along with your opioid. Combining benzodiazapines with opioids has become more and more popular with…

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