Ohio State Provides Grant Funding for Opioid Addiction Research
Ohio State University has announced its intention to provide a $1 million grant to the Opioid Innovation Fund. This fund will be broken up among eight teams that have been awarded between $100,000 and $45,000 to research and combat the opioid epidemic. One team created a project that will map the data associated with opioid overdoses in Franklin County and a campaign based in social media that will work to reduce the stigma associated with opioid addiction and overdose by educating people on what opioid addiction does to an individual, how to administer naloxone, and how to recognize an overdose.
According to William Martin, the Dean of the College of Public Health at Ohio State, we should all be working together to fight the opioid crisis. “In public health,” he said in a press conference on Thursday, March 22, 2018, “we never do our work alone and today more than ever we need to work together.” Beyond these grants, the university plans to provide even more support in the future to those working to stop the opioid crisis in its tracks.
What Is an Opioid Overdose?
An overdose occurs when a person takes a large dose of opioid drugs and their body reacts unfavorably to it. Sometimes, people take too much on purpose in order to harm themselves, while other times, an individual may simply use too much accidentally. According to the National Library of Medicine, one can recognize an opioid overdose via these symptoms:
• Slowed, shallow breathing or no breathing at all • Fatigue, tiredness, sleepiness • Confusion, delirium • Extremely small pupils also known as pinpoint pupils (because they look like the head of a pin) • Nausea, vomiting • Unconsciousness • An inability to be awoken, even if one shakes them or shouts their name
An individual who overdoses on opioids can experience severe side effects, even if they are revived. Some people experience brain damage or lung damage as a result of not being able to breathe for a long time. Some individuals also experience seizures or infections, which can be caused by impurities in the drug. Finally, those who are not revived in time could die from an opioid overdose.
Getting Treatment for Opioid Addiction
The old belief that one needs to hit rock bottom before getting treatment is untrue. This is why you should not wait for someone to overdose or experience a severe side effect of their addiction before getting them help. If you have a friend, family member, spouse, or other loved one who is struggling with opioid abuse, treatment should happen as soon as possible in order for them to have the safest, easiest recovery possible.
Treatment often begins with detox where patients can be weaned off the drug or stabilized on a safe, ultra-managed medication like buprenorphine or methadone. Afterwards, the individual can enter rehab for specialized addiction treatment and they can learn to cope with the trials of recovery. This is the best, safest way for the person you love to stop abusing opioids and start their life anew.
Call Us Today
When you call 800-481-6320, we will be happy to help you find rehab centers in your area that will allow your friend or family member to begin treatment safely. We can even verify their insurance to ensure that the program will accept their plan.
According to SAMHSA, there are a number of barriers that women tend to encounter in treatment. Some are unique to women while others are just generally more common for women. For instance, women suffer from a myriad of issues pertaining to their roles as mothers, caregivers and the foundation for a household. Often times, challenges….
The aftereffects of emotional trauma can take any number of forms, affecting different people in different ways. Anyone who’s gone through a traumatic event or period well knows how jarring it can be emotionally and even physically. While it may seem like a person has recovered, signs of emotional trauma may still be apparent in….
Drug and Alcohol Abuse among Teenagers Drug and alcohol abuse is a common activity for teenagers to engage in and unfortunately it leads to thousands of deaths every year. Many teenagers try drugs due to peer pressure or because they think it will be a fun and enlightened experience. However, even one instance of abusing….
If you have never been to inpatient rehab, you probably do not know what to expect from it. There are a lot of things that are standard across all inpatient rehabs such as detoxification, withdrawal, counseling, and medication. Fortunately, that is not all there is to it. Many people find things they would not expect….
The National Highway Traffic Safetey Administration (NHTSA) has designated December to be National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, which is an effort to combat drunk and drugged driving to help reduce accidents and associated fatalities. According to a release from the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Gil Kerlikowske, 1 out of….
Because there are several different classes of prescription drugs, different treatment types need to be employed for different addiction syndromes. Also no two patients are guaranteed to have the same reaction to any one treatment type; therefore, different options must be available. According to the NIDA, treatment for prescription drug addiction “must take into account….
Addiction to drugs or alcohol can cause widespread problems for the user, but also for the family members who love the individual. The addiction quickly spirals out of control and what was once considered a loved one’s problem, is now very much your problem too. For families who have seemingly tried everything to get their….
Casual drinkers, social drinkers and moderate drinkers can all fall prey to alcohol’s effects when the number of drinks consumed gradually increases over time. When withdrawal symptoms or “hangover” drive a person to drink as a means of relief, it’s likely a physical dependency is at work. Once a person starts drinking as a way….
Heroin is one of the most destructive addictions in the whole world, destroying lives and sometimes taking out everything in its path. Heroin addiction treatment is estimated to be one of the most difficult types of addiction treatment to provide and heroin rehab can become a lifelong process for the recovering addict. Faced with a….
So you’ve started rehab, and your counselor has asked that you keep a journal—but why? What’s the point? Will it really help with the counseling itself? Often times patients are asked to keep track of their recovery by journaling their efforts, their goals and their struggles alongside their achievements and their emotions. This is a….