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Important News

Hydrocodone Is Now Schedule 2: How will it affect you?

As of October 6th, 2014 Hydrocodone is now a Schedule 2 narcotic. Prescription medications containing hydrocodone such as Norco, Vicodin and Lortab will officially be classified as Schedule II narcotics by the DEA under The Controlled Substances Act. This re-scheduling by the DEA is an effort to curb rampant abuse and subsequent overdose deaths caused […]

CNN: Painkillers kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined

(CNN) — The autopsy results aren’t in yet, but police believe heroin played a role in the death of Academy Award winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. Using heroin can kill you, but it may not be in the way you think. If Hoffman did die from using heroin, his death was atypical in some aspects. Here’s […]

Boston.com: How to fight rising heroin and opiate use

With the very recent and tragic death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the once vague connection between heroin use and prescription opiate painkiller abuse has never more clear. Though tragic, it’s heartening to see so much news shining the spotlight on these issues that have been at the forefront of our efforts here at Withdrawal Ease. […]

FDA Recommends Schedule 2 Classification on Hydrocodone

New York Times: FDA Recommends Schedule II Classification for Hydrocodone Hydrocodone has become the FDA’s latest target in an effort to stem the tide of prescription painkiller abuse. More people are currently dying of opiate overdoses than car crashes. Over the past 5 years, it has quickly become one of the most urgent health concerns […]

U.S. News: Pharmaceuticals Kill More Than Cars

“More Americans now die from drug overdoses than in car accidents, according to a new government report.” Ugh. This is getting kind of scary. It’s not the breadth of the problem that I’m surprised about. It’s the short time it took to get to this level! Read the full story at the link below.

‘Rapid Detox Ineffective’: NIDA

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) performed several rigorous trials on “Rapid Detox” or anesthesia assisted detox and found no significant difference in symptoms. It’s not a big surprise to me that it does not work as well as advertised; it’s really the extent to which is does NOT work is really a surprise […]

Online Prescription Monitoring Now Live In Texas

Although many other states have similar legislation or pending legislation, one thing is clear: “Doctor Shopping” is on its last legs. I know that many of the folks that visit this site are forced (or seemingly so) to seek out multiple prescriptions in order to feed their physical dependencies. Until recently, this type of oversight […]

TIME Magazine: Opiate Dependency Being Treated With Outdated Tactics

Another article in TIME Magazine starts to shed light on what we’ve been talking about for years here….opiate dependency is a completely unique pathology that needs to be treated differently than other addictions. Many people truly are simply physically dependent but its the Withdrawal that’s stopping them from getting their lives back. Antiquated rehab “tough […]

The Crackdown Begins In Florida

I’m glad the governor finally started to address the pill mills but that only treating a symptom of what is a much larger issue. How are we going got diminish “demand”?! If there’s demand, there will always be a way to get these pills. I’ve attached a link to the full story behind the new […]

Painkiller Addiction Jumps 100% in 4 Years – NY Times

Pretty shocking but telling statistics from a short New York Times Article published a couple of days ago. Some Highlights: 1. People looking for treatment for pain killer addiction has increased 400% in the last 10 years 2. Over 1.2 million people sought emergency medical attention for narcotic abuse last year 3. In many states, […]

NY Times Article: Obama Wants Doctors To Be Certified To Dispense Opiates

This is an interesting article in the Times about new legislation to try and curb opiate abuse. From what I gather, doctors will be required to take some sort of short course (perhaps similar to Suboxone) in order to be able to write scripts for drugs such as Dilaudid, Oxycontin and other highly potent painkillers. […]

What’s in a LOGO? Withdrawal-Ease: A Proud Member of The Better Business Bureau

I equate the Better Business Bureau seal to the Good Housekeeping seal…it exudes trust. On the internet these days, it hard to know who to really trust because there are companies that have now profited (profiteered might I say?) from selling their “Everythings’s OK with this Site!” logo for outrageous prices that many e-commerce sites […]

Darvocet Is Off The Market – What Does This Mean for People Taking Darvocet?

Darvocet is Off The Market – What Does This Mean For You? Here’s a link to an article on the Darvocet decision. So what does this mean for people taking Darvocet? Not much really; there will be plenty of other opiates to fill its place if you’re suffering from chronic pain. To tell you the […]

FDA Votes To Take Vicodin and Percocet OFF The Market – What Does This Mean For You?

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/06/30/acetaminophen.fda.hearing/index.html OK. Well, not really sure how to react to this decision but it seems like politics as usual in Washington…The FDA has voted to take Vicodin and Percocet off the market which may be a good decision but it’s for the wrong reason. The FDA panel narrowly voted to advise that manufacturers take Vicodin […]