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Celebrity Addiction and Recovery

 With the recent passing of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, celebrity addiction is headline news again. The actor’s overdose on heroin after over 20 years of sobriety brought the focus back to fact that drugs and alcohol don’t discriminate when it comes to ruining lives. Stars from every genre have been afflicted by addiction, and unfortunately our fascination with the trials of hitting bottom and gaining recovery mean they often sort through difficulties in the public eye.

“You’re on Coke”- Ad Campaign or Drug Reference?

 Cocaine plays an interesting role in our culture. It is frequently portrayed in the media as the drug of the fashionable, jetset crowd. Pandering to that image, Diet Coke has a new campaign targeting young people in big cities. The ads describe ambitious young go-getters who move to a cool spot to live out their dreams then state, “You’re On. (diet) Coke.

Heroin Addiction: Then and Now

 With the recent death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman due to heroin overdose, the nation has a spotlight on the problem of heroin addiction and authorities are doing their best to crack down on those found selling and using the drug. The death of Hoffman has many people talking about the current trend for heroin making a strong comeback due to addicts replacing their pain pill addictions with the less expensive and more accessible heroin.

Norco versus Vicodin

Norco and Vicodin are prescription opioid analgesics used to treat moderate to severe pain. Both drugs are comprised of a blend of hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen.  They are classified as Schedule III drugs. The government classifies Schedule III drugs as those whose abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.  They are both provided in a tablet form for oral administration.  The usual adult dosage of Norco or Vicodin is one tablet every four to six hours as needed for pain.

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