Is Kratom a naturally occurring painkiller or a dangerous addictive drug?

18 Nov

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On September 30th, 2016 the DEA placed Kratom on the Schedule 1 list of dangerous chemicals alongside, heroin, LSD, marijuana and Ecstasy. There are differing opinions on the true danger of this substance and on whether or not it has any possible medical potential. Currently it is illegal in many countries and scientific studies on its possible medicinal uses have yet to be conducted. To learn more about this substance CLICK HERE.

Cornerstone bolsters client safety with Narcan

12 Oct

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We have all heard about the opioid epidemic that is gripping the nation. Overdose deaths stemming from heroin and other opiate abuses have surpassed automobile related fatalities for the first time in our history. It is past time to take action against this frightening trend.

Cornerstone will continue the fight against opioid abuse through our service to addicted individuals and will now also enlist the aid of a new medication called Narcan. Narcan is a nasal spray medication that can save the life of a person who has overdosed on opioids. This medication was approved by the FDA in 1971 and has been used to reverse opiate overdoses in emergency rooms and ambulances for decades. It is non-abusable and works within minutes to restore breathing in people overdosing on opiate drugs such oxycodone and heroin.

Cornerstone staff will be fully trained on when and how to administer this life saving medication in the rare case of an opioid overdose within our treatment system.

California Governor Jerry Brown signs overdose law

30 Sep

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California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a new overdose law into effect which will increase naloxone access to pharmacies and individuals who need it. Pharmacists can now furnish this life-saving medication to an addict’s family members – those who may be in contact with someone at risk of an opiate overdose – or directly to the individual who is requesting it. The law will also require education and training for both the pharmacist and the consumer whenever this medication is distributed. To learn more – CLICK HERE.

How bad has the opioid epidemic truly become?

29 Sep

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Did you know that drug overdoses now kill more people in this country than automobile accidents? The mere fact that this national crisis can be labeled as an ‘epidemic’ and where the Surgeon General has personally sent a letter to each and every physician warning them not to prescribe opiate medications to patients too easily should give you some gauge on the severity of this problem.

Cornerstone has been fighting the overwhelming tide of this epidemic even before it swelled to its extreme proportions. We understand addiction and are ready to help. To learn more about this crisis read on here.

Why do some people become addicted to drugs and not others?

8 Sep

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There is no single prerequisite or contributing factor that will signal if someone will become an addict. It takes a group of influencing factors working together (in most instances) to create the addicted person and the more of these prerequisites a person has the greater the chance that addiction becomes an issue for them.

A few examples of these contributing factors are:

  • The Individual’s Biology. Addiction is a disease and therefore the genes someone is born with will make up for about half of their possible predisposition to becoming an addict. Other factors include a person’s gender, ethnicity, and the possible presence of some form of mental disorder may also increase risk for drug use and addiction.
  • The Individual’s Environment. One’s environment can include a whole host of different influences, from a person’s family and friends to their economic status and general quality of life. Other contributors such as peer pressure, physical and sexual abuse, early exposure to drugs, stress, and lack of parental guidance can greatly affect a person’s likelihood of drug use and addiction.
  • The Individual’s Development. Genetic and environmental factors interact with critical developmental stages in a person’s life to affect addiction risk. Although taking drugs at any age can lead to addiction, the earlier that drug use begins, the more likely it will progress to addiction. This is particularly problematic for teens. Because areas in their brains that control decision-making, judgment, and self-control are still developing, teens may be especially prone to risky behaviors, including trying drugs.

These are only a few of the contributing factors that can lead to drug addiction. If you or a loved one need help with addiction call us today.

Increase in Marijuana poisonings in Colorado since retail legalization

25 Aug

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While many have touted the benefits of marijuana legalization in Colorado there is a negative side as well. Marijuana, post legalization, now comes in a myriad of forms that can, and have already, caused harm to. You can now purchase anything from soda, cookies, chocolate bars and gummy bears all made with marijuana and all infused with the potential to get users high. What happens when an unsuspecting child comes across a bunch of candy or soda that contains marijuana? Take a look into the negative side of Marijuana legalization: Click Here!

Cornerstone: Helping Opioid Addicts since 1984

10 Aug

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Cornerstone has been helping opioid addicts since our inception in 1984. We understand the disease of addiction and understand the added difficulties in recovery when it comes to opioid street drugs and prescription drugs. The opioid epidemic has been out of control in this country for years and only recently have we seen some action taken by our government to fight back against this rising tide of addiction. Cornerstone is well versed in the use of Suboxone in opioid detoxification and in long term Suboxone maintenance. Our affiliated addiction medicine physicians can prescribe Suboxone when it is deemed necessary and understand the intricacies of long term maintenance. If you or a loved one suffers from opioid addiction to any of the following substances please reach out to us today: