Tag Archives: opioid dependence

Opioid Crisis Documentaries

The opioid crisis in the U.S. has led to great suffering. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are more than 115 fatal overdoses every day due to opioids. People become hooked on addictive prescription painkillers. They may start using heroin or turn to fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. The risks they face […]

Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale

The assessment of the stages of withdrawal from opiates requires a clinician to administer a test with an 11-item measurement tool. The clinical opiate withdrawal scale rates the severity of symptoms that patients typically present. Taking the Test Clinicians can assess a client in either an inpatient or an outpatient setting. The combined scores provide […]

Opiate Addiction on the Rise

Opiates are powerfully addictive, both physically and psychologically; the withdrawal process is severe. Symptoms of withdrawal include suicidal ideation, cold sweats, immobility, insomnia, severe diarrhea, abnormal body temperature and heartbeat, and clinical depression. Professional help is needed. Abuse of prescription drugs is rising among American young adults even as use of other drugs seems to […]