The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience. It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community. This post is by Lisa of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Lisa (Steering Through Mental Health)
Naltrexone (brand names include Vivitrol and ReVia) blocks opioid receptors just like Narcan (naloxone), which is used to treat opioid overdoses. Both drugs prevent any opioids in the vicinity From being able to latch onto opioid receptors and do their opioid thing. While Narcan and fast- and short-acting, naloxone works more slowly and is longer-acting. … Continue reading Naltrexone – An Opioid Blocker That Gets Around
The world likes to get judgy when it comes to medications, particularly those that are viewed as addictive or otherwise "bad" in some way. The judginess grows exponentially when it comes to medication use in pregnancy. Obviously, it's a problem if a medication has a negative effect on a developing fetus. However, in the real… Continue reading Mental Illness and Medication Use in Pregnancy
"Drug-seeking". "Med-seeking". They're labels with very negative connotations that are often tossed around quite freely by health care providers when it comes to people taking medications with the potential for abuse. They tend to be applied most readily to those taking pain medications or certain psychiatric medications. The notion of people being drug-seeking is heavily… Continue reading Needing Medication Doesn’t Make Someone “Drug-seeking”
I recently watched Heroin(e), a Netflix-produced documentary that follows three women (a fire chief, a drug court judge, and an outreach ministry worker) combatting the opioid epidemic in Huntington, West Virginia, the "overdose capital of America". The outreach worker with the Brown Bag Ministry initially anticipated that she would be providing food and the words… Continue reading What Exactly Is the Opioid Epidemic?