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Mental Health Information
September 2016 - Vol. 20 Issue 11
Published by athealth.com

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CONTENTS:

  1. What are Opioids??
  2. Opioid Abuse
  3. Opioid Overdose
  4. Understanding the Epidemic
  5. What Science tells us About Opioid Abuse and Addiction
  6. Pain, Pain, Go Away
  7. Drugs, Brains, and Behavior the Science of Addiction
  8. The Prescription Opioid Epidemic: An Evidence-Based Approach
  9. Needle to the Grave: My Sister’s Journey With Heroin Addiction as Told Through Her Journals
  10. The Changing Face of Heroin Use in the United States

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1.  What are Opioids?
Opioids are medications that relieve pain. They reduce the intensity of pain signals reaching the brain and affect those brain areas controlling emotion, which diminishes the effects of a painful stimulus.
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)

2.  Opioid Abuse
Opioids are powerful pain killers that are highly addictive. Opioid dependence affects nearly 5 million people in the United States and leads to more than 18,000 deaths annually.
MEDSCAPE

3. Opioid Overdose
Opioid overdose is life-threatening and requires immediate emergency attention. Recognizing the signs of opioid overdose is essential to saving lives.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (SAMHSA)

4. Understanding the Epidemic
More people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than in any year on record, and more than six out of ten drug overdose deaths involve an opioid.
CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC)

5. What Science tells us About Opioid Abuse and Addiction
People who use pills for their mood elevating effects may crush them to snort or inject the drug, which not only increases the euphoria but also increases the risk for serious medical complications, such as overdose and substance use disorder.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE

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6. Pain, Pain, Go Away
Psychological approaches help people cope with chronic pain.
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (APA)

7. Drugs, Brains, and Behavior the Science of Addiction
Today our views and our responses to addiction and other substance use disorders have changed dramatically. Groundbreaking discoveries about the brain have revolutionized our understanding of compulsive drug use, enabling us to respond effectively to the problem.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE

8. The Prescription Opioid Epidemic: An Evidence-Based Approach
A comprehensive response to this crisis must focus on preventing new cases of opioid addiction, identifying early opioid-addicted individuals, and ensuring access to effective opioid addiction treatment while safely meeting the needs of patients experiencing pain.
JOHNS HOPKINS BLOOMBERG SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

9. Needle to the Grave: My Sister’s Journey With Heroin Addiction as Told Through Her Journals
Beth was highly intelligent, insightful and able to voice her experience with heroin addiction in a cogent and compelling way.
COUNSELING TODAY

10. The Changing Face of Heroin Use in the United States
Over the past several years, there have been a number of mainstream media reports that the abuse of heroin has migrated from low-income urban areas with large minority populations to more affluent suburban and rural areas with primarily white populations.
JAMA PSYCHIATRY

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