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Is Kratom legal in Ohio?

Is Kratom legal in Ohio? Kratom is a substance often labeled as an “herbal supplement.” It has been around for years and is used to treat a number of conditions. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2021 an estimated 1.7 million Americans reported using Kratom. In fact, economists are estimating that the Kratom industry in the U.S. is worth 1.3 billion dollars and will only continue to grow. Although not FDA-approved for any uses medical or otherwise, Kratom remains legal in many states nationwide, including Ohio.

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How long does Meth stay in your system?

Methamphetamine (meth) is a powerful and highly addictive stimulant drug. In 2020, an estimated 2.6 million people reported using meth. An estimated 1.5 million people have a meth use disorder. And an estimated 23,837 people died from an overdose that involved meth. The DEA classified meth as a Schedule II Stimulant, which means it is only legally available through a non-refillable prescription. The only legal meth product that exists is called Desoxyn, a medication prescribed to help with obesity weight loss or treating symptoms of ADHD. Like many other powerful stimulant drugs, meth can cause a whole host of negative symptoms that can have lasting effects on the body and brain.

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What medications can you NOT take with Suboxone?

What medications can you not take with Suboxone? Can you take Xanax with Suboxone? Suboxone is a prescription drug commonly used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan to treat opioid use disorder. This type of medication treatment can be effective, but with long-term use, Suboxone can increase the risks of developing mental health side effects and other co-occurring conditions. Unfortunately, it can have some interactions with other substances and medications. When on Suboxone, it is generally recommended not to take any other drugs such as alcohol, opioids or benzos because it could either enhance or decrease the effects of either substance.

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Are you Addicted to Xanax?

Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan and Valium are some of the most popularly prescribed benzodiazepines in the U.S. In fact, Xanax is the number one psychiatric medication prescribed by medical providers. In 2013, Xanax accounted for more than 48 million prescriptions filled. This benzo is often prescribed to help treat symptoms of anxiety, panic disorder and sleep disorders. Xanax is a short-acting benzos that works quickly in the body to reduce distressing symptoms and can be very effective with short-term use. Why is Xanax so addictive? And how do I know if I am addicted to Xanax?

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Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care

There has been an increasing uptick in mental health conditions over the past few years following the Covid-19 pandemic. Because of these rising figures, advocates are calling for mental health care to be integrated into general health care practices. Millions of people in the U.S. have physical, mental health or substance use illnesses. Some even have a combination of two or three conditions. Unfortunately, treatment for each of these conditions falls under separate healthcare entities. This makes it much more challenging to navigate multiple healthcare systems. It also makes it more difficult to accurately diagnose and treat physical and mental disorders.

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Is a Klonopin Addiction dangerous?

Klonopin is the brand name of a benzodiazepine prescription medication clonazepam. It is often known to be a hypnotic sedative and muscle relaxant with amnesic prosperities. The FDA-approved medication is used for treating generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder as well as certain types of seizure disorders. This drug is a long-acting benzos whose effects can last anywhere from 18 to 50 hours. This classification of benzos is a central nervous system depressant. It slows down brain activity, slows down respiratory breathing and can result in short euphoric highs followed by an intoxicating state of mind. It also makes this substance highly addictive resulting in Klonopin addiction.

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How to help someone with Drug Addiction and Depression

Substance use disorder and mental health conditions have a close relationship and often have major effects on each other. This condition is referred to as co-occurring disorder or having a dual diagnosis. Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders affecting an estimated 280 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. The combination of drug addiction and depression affects millions more. In fact, major depressive disorder is the most commonly diagnosed mental health condition among those who experience a dual diagnosis.

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How to help a Heroin Addict

Synthetic opioid substances such as fentanyl have long been the leading cause of overdose deaths in the United States. But before fentanyl, there was heroin. Heroin is another powerful semi-synthetic opioid substance that was created to be stronger than its own predecessor, morphine. Heroin is a Schedule I controlled substance and isn’t legal in any context and was created purely for recreational use. Some of the names heroin is also known as include Big H, black tar, hell dust, smack and thunder.

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Mental Health Misconceptions

Mental health can affect anyone and everyone. It does not discriminate. Over the past years, mental health has become the forefront of behavioral health care. From the global pandemic, global warming and increased world violence, mental health is beginning to receive more attention and concern. Mental health disorders include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and depression.

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Buprenorphine is an Anti-Craving medication for Drug Addiction

FDA approved medications such as suboxone (buprenorphine), methadone and naloxone are popular treatments often used in detox and residential addiction treatment programs. These medications have also been approved for use in adolescents over the age of 16. In fact, buprenorphine is an anti-craving medication for drug addiction and is often considered the gold standard for care when used to treat and reduce symptoms of opioid use disorder.

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