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Big Pharma Company Files For Bankruptcy?

June 11, 2019 2:27 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Last month, we reported that Insys Therapeutics executives were facing major criminal charges. Insys Therapeutics is a part of Big Pharma, a term used to label the biggest pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers, distributers, and coincidentally some of the biggest players in the current opioid crisis. Now, Insys Therapeutics is filing for bankruptcy, amidst handling the legal fees from their major federal case. The criminal justice system has finally started fighting back against some of the biggest drug dealers in the nation, massive pharmaceutical company executives. Insys Therapeutics is best known for their product Subsys, a fentanyl spray— which was obviously an extremely addictive and dangerous product. A federal investigation ensued after Insys Therapeutics was accused of a bribery scheme that gave outrageous incentives for doctors to overprescribe their medication Subsys. This... View Article


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Pressed: Counterfeit Pills Causing Overdoses Around the U.S.

June 7, 2019 1:52 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The iconic performer Prince passed away in April of 2016 after taking a counterfeit Vicodin pill, pressed with the synthetic opioid fentanyl. Seeing as today would have been Prince’s 60th birthday, we thought we would bring attention to the dangers of counterfeit pills— just like the pills that claimed Prince’s life and many others. Prince Prince’s autopsy showed large amounts of fentanyl— a synthetic opioid that is 100 more powerful than morphine. It turns out, the Vicodin painkillers Prince was taking, were actually counterfeit. These Vicodin pills were pressed using a pill press and the lethal synthetic drug fentanyl. A two year long investigation ensued, following the abrupt overdose death of Prince. It was found that Prince was prescribed by a doctor to Oxycodone, but Prince’s doctor wrote the prescription... View Article


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Jon Snow (Kit Harington) Goes to Rehab

June 3, 2019 3:23 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Game of Thrones star Kit Harington chose to check himself into rehab, in response to overwhelming stress he felt from the messy character arc of Jon Snow. After playing the character of Jon Snow for eight years on the extremely popular HBO series Game of Thrones, Harington was hit hard with the way his character’s story ended in the Game of Thrones series finale this spring. The Rehab Kit Harington, who is just 32 years old, decided to attend a luxury rehab, Privé-Swiss— a luxurious health retreat in Connecticut, and has been there for almost a month now. Harington cites stress and alcoholism for the driving forces that landed him in rehabilitation. We believe the stress stems from an eight year run of being absolutely enmeshed with his character Jon... View Article


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Does the Legality of Purchasing Syringes Enable IV Drug Use?

May 30, 2019 5:54 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

As we know, IV or intravenous drug use is by far the most dangerous way to use drugs. IV drug use is dangerous because it is the quickest way for drugs to be absorbed into the blood stream, it is the most powerful in its effect, it is the easiest way to overdose— as potency of illicit drugs are never consistent, it can quickly lead to major health problems at the injection site, and IV drug use spreads infectious diseases. The Process of IV Drug Use Not only does IV drug use require some knowledge and skillful practice in being able to properly dissolve drugs into liquid, draw the mixture up into the syringe, tie off the area to mitigate blood flow, find a vein, and correctly insert the syringe... View Article


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Texting for Mental Health: The Crisis Text Line

May 28, 2019 5:04 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The Crisis Text Line is a not-for-profit organization that focuses on providing counseling to people in crisis. People in crisis can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting “HOME” to 741741, and counseling will be available to them 24/7. Texting the Crisis Text Line will result in a well-trained crisis counselor helping you process, evaluate, and problem-solve whichever situation you may be going through. Since August of 2013, the Crisis Text Line has exchanged well over 105 million text messages with people in crisis. What is Considered a Crisis? The Crisis Text Line urges people to reach out for any anxiety and stress-related issues. The most common crises that people text about, include: relationships, depression/sadness, suicide, isolation/loneliness, self harm, abuse (emotional), bullying, eating/body image, grief, abuse (physical), abuse (sexual), substance... View Article


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Perception vs. Reality

May 24, 2019 5:07 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Your perception is your reality. Change your perception, change your reality. Perception is your perspective, which is based upon your experience. The definition of perception, according to Merriam-Webster, is “a result of observing”, it is “a physical sensation interpreted in the light of experience”, while perspective is “a mental view or prospect”. These definitions basically underline the way you view things, according to your past experiences. Your reality is comprised of a series of experiences that shape the way you see things. Your Experiences For most of my life, I considered myself to be very sensitive to other people’s feelings— what I realized in recovery, is that I usually project my own experiences onto other people and assume how they feel. For some reason, it was easier for me to... View Article


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Progress, Not Perfection

May 23, 2019 9:13 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Recovery isn’t a test to anything besides your willingness. Recovery requires you to be willing: willing to admit powerlessness and unmanageability, willingness to try, willingness to change, willingness to take suggestions, even willingness to fail. The road to recovery isn’t going to be smooth-sailing just because you put down the drink or drugs, it requires real effort to embrace a life of sobriety to your fullest extent. Enter— a mainstream recovery phrase the Big Book of Alcoholic’s Anonymous: “We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection” The Danger of Perfection Striving for perfection is dangerous. No, I’m not just being dramatic. Striving for perfection can equate to relapse, why? Because having the pressure of doing everything perfectly will cause your slip ups to become discouraging in an overwhelming way. If... View Article


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The Gifts of Addiction Recovery

May 23, 2019 6:42 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Recovery is marked by changes. Transformative changes. Basically, in recovery, you are re-learning how to live— you are building a new lifestyle that is free from the constraints of drugs and alcohol. In recovery, you will be discovering more and more about yourself and your character, goal-setting, and taking in different coping skills and tools that will help you in your new sober life, among other things. This seems hard, but the reality of it is, if you went through addiction— recovery will pale in comparison. The best part of recovery, is that you will never again have to feel the despair and pain you felt in active addiction. Arguably the best thing you will gain from the recovery process is manageability. You will be able to gain confidence in... View Article


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Eminem’s Recovery Process Through his Albums

May 23, 2019 4:58 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s no secret that Detroit’s finest rapper, Eminem, has struggled with addiction. As the 10 year anniversary of Eminem’s album “Relapse” just passed a few days ago, we thought it was the perfect time to take a look at how Eminem has changed from “Relapse” to “Recovery” and explore his thoughts and feelings through his artistry. Eminem’s album “Relapse” was released on May 15th of 2009, and received a lot of criticism for its’ violent lyrics. “Relapse” was absolutely the most controversial, profane, violent, and chaotic album— probably of all time, across all genres of music. See how Eminem went from violence to insight, through a series of songs. Without a doubt, “Relapse” was one of Eminem’s most telling albums. Here, we will take a look at some of the... View Article


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The Company You Keep in Addiction Recovery

May 22, 2019 6:15 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

You always hear about how important it is to surround yourself with good people, but why? It seems pretty self-explanatory, you should be hanging out with people who are doing the right thing, have something interesting to say, and lift you up instead of agreeing to let you be down. Co-miserating is common in addiction recovery, but why is choosing who you spend time with more impactful than you think? Friends are an important part of recovery, and an important part of life. The relationships you nurture should grow, so why is it so easy to get stuck in friendships that don’t? The Plant Analogy Trying to grow a friendship with the wrong people is like trying to grow a dying plant: The proper roots may have been laid, the... View Article