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Heroin Vaccine in Preclinical Development

Opiant Pharmacueticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company developing therapies to treat substance use and eating disorders, has announced that it has recently licensed a heroin vaccine that will potentially stop people from becoming addicted to the drug. Opiant is also the maker of Narcan (brand name for naloxone), a nasal spray that can reverse the effects of an[…]

Purdue Pharma Stops Marketing Opioids to Doctors

Purdue Pharma, an opioid manufacturer, has announced that it will no longer market its product to doctors, amid reports by Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) that the company tops the list of major donors to opioid advocacy groups. Sen. McCaskill’s crusade comes 5 years after the U.S. Finance Committee called for an investigation into the prescription[…]

FDA Declares Kratom an Opioid

The Federal Food and Drug Administration declared Kratom an Opioid. Kratom, derived from plants, is a psychoactive, meaning it can affect users’ mood, thoughts and behaviors. In the tropical forests of Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, and other regions of Southeast Asia, the leaves are chewed to treat ailments such as depression, anxiety, hypertension, opioid addiction, alcoholism[…]

Vance Johnson Speaking at Chris Christie’s 2nd Annual Candlelight Vigil

Futures’ own Vance Johnson will be joined by several NFL players and other speakers at Governor Chris Christie’s 2nd Annual Candlelight Vigil. This candlelight vigil will show support of the people, families, and loved ones impacted by substance use issues, and honor the lives taken by addiction. This call to action for eliminating the stigma surrounding[…]

Explaining a Parent’s Addiction to a Child

As a parent, your primary goal in life is to keep your children safe and provide a stable, nurturing environment for them to grow up in. That is why it is particularly troubling when you find yourself caught in the grip of alcoholism or substance abuse. You want to keep your kids as far away[…]

The Dangers of Crash Dieting

Numerous weight loss programs claim to be a “quick fix” while promising to instantly rid your body of any unwanted fat without exercise. These plans, also known as crash dieting, are nothing more than extreme ways to lose weight, such as starvation and minimal intake of nutrients, accompanied by a very heavy cost to your[…]