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Wellness Treasure: David Sherman, MD, FASAM
Board-Certified Addiction Medicine located in New Port Richey, FL
Board-Certified Addiction Medicine located in New Port Richey, FL
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Overdose Death Rates Are on the Rise

In the current drug market, heroin is being replaced by synthetic drugs. These illicit drugs are causing a rise in opioid-related deaths in the United States. In 2017, 70,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses. In 2017 alone, deaths from fentanyl, a specific synthetic opioid, increased by more than 45 percent. These steep increases in drug-related overdoses are causing the United State’s average life expectancy to go down.

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Is Subutex Right for Me?
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Subutex is the brand name for buprenorphine, a medicine that helps to treat addiction. Before a doctor prescribes Subutex, he or she will review your medical history. The physician will then work with you to create a personalized treatment plan to meet all of your needs. Your doctor will determine if Subutex is an appropriate treatment for your struggle with opioid dependency.

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Dr. David Sherman, MD, FASM, is a board-certified addiction medicine physician at Wellness Treasure, located in New Port Richey, Florida. Contact or visit him online to schedule an appointment today.
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How to Safely Give Your Child Opioids
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Occasionally, your child might need pain medication after a procedure or surgery. Though prescription opioids are great at managing pain, they can be very addictive. Here are three tips to keeping your child safe when he or she needs prescription pain medication. Tip #1: always keep them in a cabinet locked away from children. Tip #2: safely dispose of it after use. Tip #3: give opioids precisely as prescribed.

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Fentanyl Is Being Disguised as Other Drugs
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Fentanyl is prescription pain medicine, but recently illicit laboratories are creating fake versions of the drug. Fentanyl is stronger than other illegal drugs, making it much more dangerous. Prescription drugs bought illegally, are being laced with, or disguised as, fentanyl. There have been incidences of people overdosing on fentanyl pills that were labeled as Xanax. These disguised drugs have been popping up on the streets and the internet, thus causing numerous accidental fentanyl overdoses.

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Risks of Opioid Addiction on Pregnancy
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Opioid addiction during pregnancy can place a considerable risk on the mother and fetus. Opioid use can lead to pregnancy complications. Approximately 4% of all pregnancies are complicated by opioid use. Mothers with opioid dependence are more likely to have preterm deliveries, babies with low birth weight, and stillbirths. They are also more likely to have children with neonatal abstinence syndrome, a medical condition with symptoms similar to opioid withdrawal.

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Common Forms of Naloxone
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Naloxone is a medication that is used to treat opioid addiction. This treatment comes in the form of four brand name drugs. Suboxone can either be in the form of a tablet, that is placed under the tongue, or film that is placed inside the cheek. Bunavail comes in the form of film as does Cassipa. Zubsolv comes in the form of a tablet.

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Medications Used in Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
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Medication-Assisted Treatment, or MAT, uses a combination of medication, behavioral therapies, and counseling techniques to manage alcohol or opioid dependence. The two most common prescriptions used in MAT treatment are Suboxone and Vivitrol. Suboxone is made up of two components: buprenorphine and naloxone. Naltrexone is an active ingredient in Vivitrol.

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Dr. David Sherman, MD, FASM, is a board-certified addiction medicine physician at Wellness Treasure, located in New Port Richey, Florida. Dr. Sherman also uses therapy, and intensive counseling to support patients through their recovery. Contact Dr. Sherman, or visit him online, at Wellness Treasure to schedule an appointment today.
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How Alcohol Affects Your Health

Drinking too much alcohol has seriously, negatively affect your health whether it be on a single occasion or overtime. Alcohol can interfere with your brain, causing changes in behavior, coordination, mood, and the ability to think clearly. It can damage the heart, leading to high blood pressure or stroke. It can also affect your liver, causing fibrosis or alcoholic hepatitis. Alcohol can increase your risk for developing head, neck, liver, and esophageal cancer.

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Do Rehab Programs Work?

The Center for Disease Control estimates that 90% of people who need drug rehab do not receive it. Yet many who seek formalized treatment suffer relapses. The problem with assessing rehab success rates is that there’s no one definition of rehab, and no standardized way to measure rehab success rates. Those seeking rehab should be wary of treatment programs that claim to cure addiction, and of rehab success rates.

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Opioid Addiction and Children: Is There a Connection:

Unfortunately, opioid addiction affects people of all ages. The over-prescription, and under-regulation, of opioid medications has resulted in a nation-wide opioid epidemic of which children are not immune. One study has shown that, from 2009 to 2011, there was an increase in the rate of neonatal abstinence syndrome. Another found that the legitimate prescription opioid use, before high school graduation, was connected with a 33% increased risk of opioid misuse. One study suggested, however, that daily participation of adolescents in exercise and sports could protect against heroin and nonprescription opioid use.

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