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Welcome to our Opioid Blog Series

  • How Opioid Painkillers Affect the Mind

    When people are in intense pain, doctors are likely to prescribe opioid painkillers. These painkillers can lessen pain and make someone feel great despite an injury, but the use of these painkillers comes with a risk: the development of painkiller addiction. Studies suggest nearly 8-12% of patients who receive opioid painkiller prescriptions develop opioid-use disorders. Therefore, it’s important ...
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  • Treatment Options for Prescription Drug Abusers

    In 2015, an estimated 2 million Americans suffered from substance abuse disorders that resulted from prescription opioid drugs. In fact, studies suggest that anywhere from 8-12% of prescription opioid prescribers will develop an opioid use disorder. As a result, thousands of people become addicted to opioid prescriptions every year. Hopefully, the following treatment options can be of service to ...
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  • Signs of Painkiller Abuse

    Research conducted by Mayo Clinic states that nearly 70% of Americans are on prescription drugs and that more than 50% of the American population takes two or more prescription medications. The study found that among the most commonly prescribed medications are opioids. Opioids, however, are powerful and addictive and therefore can and are abused by the general public, yet many people do not know ...
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  • Opioid Epidemic Fueled by a Campaign of Misinformation

    Opioids & Heroin: Mixing Semantics Opium is a bitter, brown, granular powder derived from the seedpod of the poppy. People have used opium for the relief of pain for thousands of years. [1] But a quick word on terminology: Opiates are drugs derived from the opium poppy. On the other hand, Opioids are synthetic, or partly-synthetic drugs that are manufactured to work in a similar way to opiates. ...
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  • The Opioid Epidemic - America's Man-Made Scourge

    Opioids—drugs like OxyContin, Oxycodone, Vicodin, Morphine, or Fentanyl—are a class of narcotic drugs that have claimed the lives of over 190,000 Americans in the last 20 years. [1] Perhaps better known as prescription painkillers, or even by their street drug name “hillbilly heroin,” America’s opioid problem has reached epidemic proportions. [2] And, unsurprisingly, this plague is mirrored by a ...
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  • Simon Law Firm Attorneys Secure $17.6 Million Verdict

    On June 28, 2016, attorneys John Simon and Tim Cronin of The Simon Law Firm, P.C., secured a $17.6 million verdict for their client Brian Koon and his wife. Koon was prescribed over 37,000 painkillers between 2008 and 2012 – an amount that dramatically exceeds the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommended levels. At the time, Koon was under the primary care of Dr. Henry D. ...
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