Humanity has a complicated relationship with all types of opioids. It’s a longterm relationship, one which stretches back thousands of years. Opium, an analgesic (painkilling) drug, has permeated societies around the globe since ancient times. In war-torn Afghanistan, the opium trade helps fund the Taliban. Even our popular culture has taken note; on the cable
In the news, there are stories of terrible suffering from the epidemic of opioid addiction afflicting the nation. But there are hopeful stories, too. For example, the fire department in one hard-hit community opened up their stations to those experiencing substance use disorder. They applied their responsibility as first responders to the crisis and gave
Let me tell you a story… Once upon a time, in a beautiful land of 182 acres of prairie located just south of the Twin Cities, stood a young man ready to return to his world. After a few months of treatment he was going home to his family, his job, and his restored health.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines prescription drug abuse as the intentional use of medication without a prescription in a different way than prescribed, or for the feeling it causes. This is a growing problem in the United States. According to the 2013 Monitoring the Future Study, found that as a