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Loss of Tolerance Kills Hundreds of Opioid Addicts Every Year

Cory Monteith’s death, along with many other similar tragedies, brings up a point that is rarely mentioned: the extremely rapid reduction in tolerance to opioid drugs such as heroin, Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin and others, especially when combined with other depressant drugs such as alcohol.

Tolerance begins to drop immediately when the drugs leave the system, and in a matter of days can decrease remarkably. An addict who has been abstinent – for whatever reason – can easily OD on even a fraction of the amount he or she was using at the end of the last run. Since many relapses involve alcohol as well, the danger becomes even greater.

We’d rather you didn’t use again, but if you do, don’t make the common mistake that has killed thousands!  And pass this information on.  Cut the dose way back – WAAAAY back – if you decide to use again. There is no hope for eventual recovery if you’re dead.


Drug-overdose antidote is put in addicts’ hands

Such giveaways may have saved more than 10,000 lives since the first program was started in 1996 in Chicago, according to a survey by the Harm Reduction Coalition, a national group that works to reduce the consequences of drug use.

Opponents say that making the antidote so easily available is an accommodation to drug use that could make addicts less likely to seek treatment.

OK…most of my readers know more about this issue than the so-called “authorities.” What do you think? Will making it available to addicts and their families make folks more likely to get high? I say horsefeathers!

Please read the article before you comment. I’d like to get some reasoned thoughts here, not just knee-jerk reactions.

Drug-overdose antidote is put in addicts’ hands