Prescription Painkillers

Author by : Rosa Waters
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Description : Just because a drug is legal, doesn't mean it's safe to abuse it. Abusing prescription painkillers like OxyContin™, Percocet™, and Vicodin™ is no safer than trying much harder drugs. These drugs are being vastly abused and represent one of today's largest drug epidemics. Discover the real consequences of taking prescription painkillers to get high. Learn about the damage these pills can do to your body and how you can develop an addiction to painkillers. Find out about the downside of prescription painkillers!


Prescription Painkillers

Author by : Marvin D Seppala
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Description : The definitive book about the impact of prescription painkiller abuse on individuals, communities, and society by one of America's leading experts on addiction. In recent years, the media has inundated us with coverage of the increasing abuse of prescription painkillers. Prescription Painkillers, the third book in Hazelden's Library of Addictive Drugs series, offers current, comprehensive information on the history, social impact, pharmacology, and addiction treatment for commonly abused, highly addictive opiate prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin®, Vicodin, Percocet, and Darvocet.Marvin D. Seppala, MD, provides context for understanding the current drug abuse problem by tracing the history of opioids and the varying patterns of use over time. He then offers an in-depth study of controversial issues surrounding these readily available drugs, including over-prescription by physicians and adolescent abuse. Also included is a straightforward look at the leading treatment protocols based on current research.


Painkillers Prescription Dependency

Author by : Ida Walker
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Publisher by : Simon and Schuster
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Description : Statistics on drug use show that abuse is decreasing. That's the good news. But there's bad news as well: the abuse of prescription drugs is increasing. Among the most abused prescription medications are painkillers, something many people have in their medicine cabinets. In Painkillers: Prescription Dependency, you will find out what pain really is—and what it isn't—as well as the history of pain. The book also provides up-to-date information about painkillers and how they are abused. Special attention is given to OxyContin, which has expanded addiction to new groups of people. Treatment methods are also covered—but the best route is never to become addicted!


Get Smart About Prescription Painkiller Abuse

Author by : Anonymous
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Description : Learn the basic facts behind the dangers of prescription painkiller abuse, including the history of opiates, their medical use, signs of addiction and dependence, addiction treatment options, prevention tools for parents, and much more.With prescription painkiller abuse affecting nearly every corner of society, what are the basic facts we need to know about these seemingly safe and legal medications? In this Get Smart Quick Guide, expert resources and information come together in an engaging and accessible e-book short. Topics include:What prescription painkillers are and where the entire class of opiates comes fromThe history of their use and abuseChanging cultural, social, and legal factorsDefinitions of normal use, abuse, and dependence, with information on prevention and advice for parentsHow the drugs work, including their health effects and what makes them so addictiveIntervention and effective treatment methodsRelapse prevention tools for recovering dependents and addicts


When Painkillers Become Dangerous

Author by : Drew Pinsky
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Description : The coronavirus pandemic joined other crises already in process--including America's epidemic of opioid addiction. Added stress and anxiety and reduced access to timely treatments only adds to the problem. Here's practical information about painkillers from treatment professionals. A timely guide to the misuse and abuse of prescription painkillers that sorts the facts from the fiction for legitimate users and their loved ones. If you are concerned about a loved one's use of pain medications, you need to read this book, When Painkillers Become Dangerous Whether prescribed by a physician as OxyContin or purchased on the street as "hillbilly heroin," painkilling drugs are extremely effective in eliminating physical, emotional, and psychological distress. The problem is that these drugs are also incredibly addictive. Misuse of and addiction to prescription pain medications has become America's latest, complex, and alarming drug abuse trend. In fact, an estimated 2.6 million people currently use prescription pain relievers non-medically-a dangerous practice that could quickly reach epidemic proportions. Best-selling author Drew Pinsky, M.D., and five other leading experts offer practical, plainspoken, and much-needed information about addiction to painkilling drugs. They will help you understand:How addiction to painkilling medication developsWhat to do if a family member is addictedWhat happens in addiction treatmentWhy addiction is a family disease


Treating Doctors As Drug Dealers

Author by : Ronald T. Libby
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Publisher by : Unknown
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Description : "The medical field of treating chronic pain is still in its infancy. It was only in the late 1980s that leading physicians trained in treating the chronic pain of terminally ill cancer patients began to recommend that the "opioid therapy"(treatment involving narcotics related to opium) used on their patients also be used for patients suffering from non terminal conditions. The new therapies proved successful, and prescription pain medications saw a huge leap in sales throughout the 1990s. But opioid therapy has always been controversial. The habit-forming nature of some prescription pain medications made many physicians, medical boards, and law enforcement officials wary of their use in treating acute pain in non terminal patients. Consequently, many physicians and pain specialists have shied away from opioid treatment, causing millions of Americans to suffer from chronic pain even as therapies were available to treat it. The problem was exacerbated when the media began reporting that the popular narcotic pain medication OxyContin was finding its way to the black market for illicit drugs, resulting in an outbreak of related crime, overdoses, and deaths. Though many of those reports proved to be exaggerated or unfounded, critics in Congress and the Department of Justice scolded the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for the alleged pervasiveness of OxyContin abuse. The DEA responded with an aggressive plan to eradicate the illegal use or "diversion" of OxyContin. The plan uses familiar law enforcemet methods from the War on Drugs, such as aggressive undercover investigation, asset forfeiture, and informers. The DEA's painkiller campaign has cast a chill over the doctor-patient candor necessary for successful treatment. It has resulted in the pursuit and prosecution of well-meaning doctors. It has also scared many doctors out of pain management altogether, and likely persuaded others not to enter it, thus worsening the already widespread problem of underrated untreated chronic pain"--Cato Institute web site.


Pain Killer

Author by : Barry Meier
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Publisher by : Random House
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Description : A Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times reporter exposes the roots of the opioid epidemic at the hands of Purdue Pharma and Raymond and Mortimer Sackler in Pain Killer, a “timely, compelling, important” (The Seattle Times) story of corporate greed and government negligence. “Groundbreaking . . . Pain Killer is the shocking account of the origins of today’s opioid epidemic, the creators of this plague, and the way to help stop it.”—Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic Between 1999 and 2017, an estimated 250,000 Americans died from overdoses involving prescription painkillers, a plague ignited by Purdue Pharma’s aggressive marketing of OxyContin. Families, working class and wealthy, have been torn apart, businesses destroyed, and public officials pushed to the brink. Meanwhile, the drugmaker’s owners, Raymond and Mortimer Sackler, whose names adorn museums worldwide, made enormous fortunes from the commercial success of OxyContin. In Pain Killer, Barry Meier tells the story of how Purdue turned OxyContin into a billion-dollar blockbuster. Powerful narcotic painkillers, or opioids, were once used as drugs of last resort for pain sufferers. But Purdue launched an unprecedented marketing campaign claiming that the drug’s long-acting formulation made it safer to use than traditional painkillers for many types of pain. That illusion was quickly shattered as drug abusers learned that crushing an Oxy could release its narcotic payload all at once. Even in its prescribed form, Oxy proved fiercely addictive. As OxyContin’s use and abuse grew, Purdue concealed what it knew from regulators, doctors, and patients. Here are the people who profited from the crisis and those who paid the price, those who plotted in boardrooms and those who tried to sound alarm bells. A country doctor in rural Virginia, Art Van Zee, took on Purdue and warned officials about OxyContin abuse. An ebullient high school cheerleader, Lindsey Myers, was reduced to stealing from her parents to feed her escalating Oxy habit. A hard-charging DEA official, Laura Nagel, tried to hold Purdue executives to account. In this updated edition of Pain Killer, Barry Meier breaks new ground in his decades-long investigation into the opioid epidemic. He takes readers inside Purdue to show how long the company withheld information about the abuse of OxyContin and gives a shocking account of the Justice Department’s failure to alter the trajectory of the opioid epidemic and protect thousands of lives. Equal parts crime thriller, medical detective story, and business exposé, Pain Killer is a hard-hitting look at how a supposed wonder drug became the gateway drug to a national tragedy.


The Truth About Oxycodone And Other Narcotics

Author by : Kristi Lew
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Publisher by : The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
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Description : The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that prescription painkillers are one of the most commonly abused drugs by teens, after tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana. Readers get the facts about narcotics, including opioids and opiates, the class of chemicals that includes oxycodone. The misuse of narcotic painkillers has more than tripled since 2001, according to the CDC. This frank narrative explains how opioid painkillers work on the body and brain, how to spot the symptoms of abuse and overdose, and how to fight addiction. Detoxification and rehabilitation programs and what it takes to recover are also examined.


The Truth About Painkillers

Author by : Anonim
Languange : en
Publisher by : Drug-Free World
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Painkillers History Science And Issues

Author by : Victor B. Stolberg
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Publisher by : ABC-CLIO
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Description : This accessible, easy-to-read book provides readers with different perspectives on the subject of painkillers, examining their history, production, uses, and dangers. • Documents the risks of painkiller use and explores the various issues centered around the production, distribution, and regulation of painkiller medications • Examines painkillers from a variety of perspectives, including medical, historical, economic, and social • Includes primary source documents such as guidelines, policy documents, and study findings on the topics covered that provide readers with more in-depth information and help students hone their critical thinking and analytical skills • Examines the social dimensions of the use and abuse of painkiller drugs and considers the future of this particular type of drugs


Chronic Pain And Prescription Painkillers

Author by : Grace Ferguson
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Publisher by : Mason Crest
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Description : Prescription opioids such as oxycodone and hydrocodone are highly effective for treating chronic pain, but they also have severe side effects, including significant potential for abuse. The misuse and abuse of prescription painkillers has become a serious global problem, affecting the health and economic welfare of societies worldwide. Fueling the problem of prescription opioid abuse are pill millsmedical operations run by unethical or untrained physicians or pharmacists that over-prescribe narcotics or dispense them for illegal purposes. Although governments have implemented measures to crack down on prescription painkiller abuse, the problem continues to spread. This book explores the issue of chronic pain and the development of opioids. It examines the marketing and promotion of opioids by pharmaceutical companies, as well as other drivers of the opioid epidemic. It evaluates the steps taken by legislative bodies to balance the problem of chronic pain and prescription opioid abuse, and discusses how prescription opioids can be used safely. Each title in this series includes color photos throughout, and back matter including: an index and further reading lists for books and internet resources. Key Icons appear throughout the books in this series in an effort to encourage library readers to build knowledge, gain awareness, explore possibilities and expand their viewpoints through our content rich non-fiction books. Key Icons in this series are as follows: Words to Understand are shown at the front of each chapter with definitions. These words are set in boldfaced type in that chapter, so that readers are able to reference back to the definitions--building their vocabulary and enhancing their reading comprehension. Sidebars are highlighted graphics with content rich mate


Overcoming Prescription Drug Addiction

Author by : Rod Colvin
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Publisher by : Addicus Books
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Description : This newly revised third edition delves into the most widely abused narcotic in the U.S.—prescription drugs. The book offers help to those suffering from this type of addiction as well as their families. The topics discussed include dynamics of addiction and the newest treatment options, who is at risk for addiction, why more teens are abusing prescription drugs, the symptoms of withdrawal, and methods of intervention for family members. Personal stories from addicts who describe their journeys into recovery are also included.


The Association Of Lifetime Nonmedical Use Of Prescription Painkillers And Heroin Use

Author by : Anonim
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Description : Background Heroin and prescription painkiller use are both major public health concerns within the United States. Although the rate of prescription painkiller overdose is decreasing, the rate of heroin-related overdose is increasing. There are concerns that this increase is due to individuals progressing from nonmedical pain reliever (NMPR) use to heroin. Methods Data were obtained through a nationwide survey on drug use. The sample was representative of the United States in regard to age, gender, and race/ethnicity. Correlations between heroin and NMPR were found using both bivariate analysis and multivariable analysis after adjusting for previous drug use and demographic characteristics. Results Of the 55,160 subjects included in the analysis, 840(1.5%) reported having used heroin at least once in their life. Out of the entire sample, 4664(8.5%) reported previous NMPR use. The odds of heroin use were 3.5 times higher for those who had used NMPR than those who had not used NMPR (95% CI=2.9-4.4). Discussion These results indicate that the current increase of heroin may be due, at least in part, to individuals progressing from NMPR to heroin.


Not As Prescribed

Author by : Harry Haroutunian
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Publisher by : Simon and Schuster
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Description : The leading clinical expert on substance misuse and abuse, Dr. Harry Haroutunian of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, provides caregivers and loved ones with vital information needed to understand and address addiction issues in older adults. Drug and alcohol problems are booming in older adults. Dramatic lifestyle changes, along with growing health problems, have led many to turn to alcohol, prescription painkillers, and marijuana to medicate their physical and psychological pain. You may think, Dad is just enjoying cocktails and retirement, or Mom still has pain and needs her pills. Maybe so, but consider that an estimated 17 percent of people age sixty and older struggle with misuse of alcohol and prescription drugs alone. Older adults are now hospitalized as often for alcohol-related problems as they are for heart attacks. In this book, Dr. Haroutunian, physician director of the Professionals Program at the Betty Ford Center, provides you with the information needed to understand the dynamics of addiction in older adults. You’ll learn toclearly distinguish between the signs of aging and the signs of addiction, many of which overlapidentify the indications of drug misuse and its progression to addictionunderstand the unique treatment needs of older adultsget the help you—as a caregiver or loved one—need to cope with your loved one’s addictionThis essential guide can help you transform stress and chaos into understanding and compassion.


Prescription Painkillers

Author by : Rosa Waters
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Publisher by : Mason Crest Publishers
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Description : Presents a brief history of painkillers, discussing common prescription analgesics, how to recognize if someone is addicted to painkillers, and the damaging effect they can have on the body.


Everything You Need To Know About The Opioid Epidemic

Author by : Rajdeep Paulus
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Publisher by : The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
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Description : When someone visits a doctor because of an injury and walks away with a prescription for pain relief medication, that small piece of paper could lead to a serious addiction. For readers looking for the lowdown on opioids, this book delivers the facts, including how opioids affect the brain and why something as innocent as a painkiller can lead to a heroin addiction. This practical guide includes tips for coping with pain without resorting to opioids, and resources for those who are facing opioid addiction. Readers will also learn about the history of opioids and what led to the national opioid crisis.


Prescription Drugs

Author by : Simon Pierce
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Publisher by : Greenhaven Publishing LLC
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Description : Since prescription drugs can be obtained legally and found in medicine cabinets in young adults’ own homes, there is a perception that they are not as dangerous as other types of drugs. However, abuse of prescriptions can have hazardous—sometimes even deadly—consequences, which readers discover in great detail. Enlightening charts and sidebars augment the discussion of prescription drug abuse, and a list of websites provides resources for those who may already be struggling with this addiction.


Heroin Opioid And Painkiller Abuse

Author by : Bethany Bryan
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Publisher by : The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
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Description : Opioids include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids like fentanyl, and prescription pain relievers like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine. Because some people can obtain prescriptions for prescription painkillers, it can be easily obtained and easily abused. In fact, since 2010, opioid use has continually increased in the U.S. and Canada, leading some local governments and organizations to declare an opioid epidemic. This book examines the dangers of opioid abuse and the physical and legal consequences opioid abusers face. It also provides support for those who want to seek treatment or have loved ones with opioid addictions.


Heroinandprescriptionpainkillers

Author by : Hazelden
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Description : Heroin and Prescription Painkillers


Oxycodone

Author by : Jackie F. Stanmyre
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Publisher by : Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC
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Description : Prescription drugs are a growing problem in our society. Oxycodone is a painkiller that is commonly abused, even by people who use it for the right reasons. This book details the benefits, side effects, drawbacks, and staggering costs of this highly addictive narcotic. It also contains sidebars on how the drug quickly took over the lives of celebrities, on how emergency workers are being armed with antidotes to combat the increase in people overdosing, as well as the signs that someone you know has become addicted.


Painkillers Heroin And The Road To Sanity

Author by : Joani Gammill
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Publisher by : Simon and Schuster
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Description : Recovery from prescription painkiller or heroin addiction can feel impossible, with low numbers of people sustaining recovery. But there is hope. With guidance from those in long-term recovery, along with new approaches to treatment, a healthy, drug-free life is possible. Recovery from prescription painkiller or heroin addiction can feel impossible, especially considering that those who have gone through typical twenty-eight-day treatment programs often experience relapses and sometimes even fatal overdoses. But there is hope.In Painkillers, Heroin, and the Road to Sanity, recovering addict and prominent interventionist Joani Gammill offers a radically effective approach for those struggling with opiate addiction, sharing sometimes controversial tips that have worked for others who are in long-term recovery. Gammill examines the science behind the low numbers of people sustaining recovery from the disease of opiate addiction. Tapping the pioneering work of treatment professionals whose new approaches are changing the way we think about opiate addiction, she offers practical steps for creating a realistic and effective recovery plan.Gammill affirms that recovery from opiate addiction is a process, not an event. This honest and trustworthy guide reveals that, although it may not happen in one detox or treatment experience, a healthy, drug-free life is possible.


Coming Clean

Author by : Cathryn Kemp
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Publisher by : Hachette UK
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Description : WINNER OF THE BIG RED READ PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION IN 2013. Cathryn Kemp was a successful travel journalist who was struck down by a life-threatening illness, pancreatitis. After four years of operations and mis-diagnoses she left hospital with a repeat prescription for fentanyl, a painkiller 100 times stronger than heroin. Within two years she was taking more than ten times the NHS maximum, all on prescription. Her family struggled to understand; her boyfriend left her, she hit rock bottom. Discovering she had only six months to live if she didn't give up the drugs she sold everything she owned and checked into rehab. In the addiction treatment centre she was told that she was unlikely to recover from 'the highest level of opiate-abuse in the clinic's history'. To everyone's amazement, she proved them wrong. This is an extraordinarily poignant, vivid and honest memoir. Based on the twenty-four diaries that the author kept during this period, we travel with Cathryn through her hospital agony, descend with her into the hell of addiction and cheer her as she pulls herself out and upwards. It is a love story, a horror story, a survival story, and one that shows only too clearly the very real dangers of the over-prescription of painkillers and tranquillisers. There is also a resource section for sufferers and their loved ones.


Heroin And Prescription Painkillers

Author by : Hazelden Publishing
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Description : Heroin and Prescription Painkillers


Coming Clean

Author by : Cathryn Kemp
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Publisher by : Hachette UK
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Description : 'A brave, heartfelt and extraordinary book' Corinne Sweet, author of Overcoming Addiction, psychologist and broadcaster What if the drugs that were meant to cure you slowly started to kill you? After falling dangerously ill with acute-on-chronic pancreatitis, Cathryn Kemp left hospital with a repeat prescription for fentanyl, a painkiller 100 times stronger than heroin. Within two years she was taking almost ten times the NHS maximum daily dose - all on prescription - and her life began to spiral out of control. Cathryn discovered she had just three months to live, unless she gave up the drug she clung to so desperately. After selling everything she owned and checking into rehab, Cathryn was told by the doctors that recovery was highly unlikely. Yet to everyone's amazement, she proved them wrong. Coming Clean is a poignant, vivid and honest memoir of a woman's struggle with, and subsequent victory over, her demons. It is a love story, a horror story, a survival story, and one that shows the very real dangers of the over-prescription of painkillers.


Prescription Narcotics

Author by : Paul R. Sanberg
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Publisher by : Chelsea House Pub
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Description : Explores the use of prescription narcotics, the risks and consequences of addiction, and current treatments.


Prescription Painkiller Overdoses

Author by : National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (U.S.). Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention
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Description : "Prescription painkiller overdoses were responsible for more than 15,500 deaths in 2009. While all prescription painkillers have contributed to an increase in overdose deaths over the last decade, methadone has played a central role in the epidemic. More than 30% of prescription painkiller deaths involve methadone, even though only 2% of painkiller prescriptions are for this drug. Six times as many people died of methadone overdoses in 2009 than a decade before. Methadone has been used safely and effectively to treat drug addiction for decades. It has been prescribed increasingly as a painkiller because it is a generic drug that can provide long-lasting pain relief. But as methadone's use for pain has increased, so has nonmedical use of the drug and the number of overdoses." -p. 1


Dealing With Opioid Misuse

Author by : Derek Miller
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Publisher by : Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC
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Description : Opioids are some of the most frequently abused and most dangerous prescription painkillers. The United States is currently in the midst of an opioid crisis, and teens who abuse opioids are unlikely to receive help or treatment for the problem. Provide your readers with the latest information about this pressing issue, as well as essential prevention and treatment strategies. Readers seeking help for themselves and others who may be afflicted by this epidemic will appreciate access to this volume.


Opium For The Masses

Author by : Jim Hogshire
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Publisher by : Feral House
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Description : "Contrary to general belief, there is no federal law against growing P. somniferum."—Martha Stewart Living "Regarded as 'God's own medicine,' preparations of opium were as common in the Victorian medicine cabinet as aspirin is in ours. As late as 1915, pamphlets issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture were still mentioning opium poppies as a good cash crop for northern farmers. Well into this century, Russian, Greek, and Arab immigrants in America have used poppy-head tea as a mild sedative and a remedy for headaches, muscle pain, cough, and diarrhea. During the Civil War, gardeners in the South were encouraged to plant opium for the war effort, in order to ensure a supply of painkillers for the Confederate Army. What Hogshire has done is to excavate this vernacular knowledge and then publish it to the world—in how-to form, with recipes."— Michael Pollan First published fifteen years ago, Opium for the Masses instantly became a national phenomenon. Michael Pollan wrote a lengthy feature ("Opium, made easy") about Jim Hogshire in Harper’s Magazine, amazed that the common plant, P. somniferum, or opium poppies, which grows wild in many states and is available at crafts and hobby stores and nurseries, could also be made into a drinkable tea that acts in a way similar to codeine or Vicodin. With Opium for the Masses as their guide, Americans can learn how to supplement their own medicine chest with natural and legal pain medicine, without costly and difficult trips to the doctor and pharmacy.