Horizon Blog

Warning Signs of Pain Pill Abuse

November 22nd, 2017

If you are worried that a loved one may be abusing prescription opioids, check this list for some common warning signs: Changes in physical appearance. Changes can include looking pale or sickly, gaining or losing weight, skin issues, appearing tired and/or disheveled. Issues with prescriptions. Warning signs include visiting multiple doctors, finishing a Rx early, […]

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What’s in Your Medicine Cabinet?

July 15th, 2017

When’s the last time you looked through your medicine cabinet? If you look right now you’ll probably find band aids, cotton balls, eye drops, and over the counter meds.  But what about controlled substances such as pain meds? Maybe there’s an old bottle of hydrocodone from having your wisdom teeth removed or some leftover Percocet from […]

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Combating opioid abuse from a health plan’s perspective

March 20th, 2017

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, prescription painkillers and heroin are claiming the lives of 91 Americans every day. Despite significant community-wide efforts, Western New York is also struggling, with over 70 opioid-related overdoses suspected since the beginning of 2017. To help increase awareness of the issue, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New […]

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Why the Cost of Narcan is on the Rise

March 5th, 2017

What does it cost to save a life? Today, advocacy groups, medical professionals, and even government leaders are asking this question of the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture forms of the life-saving drug naloxone. Used as an injectable (brand name Evzio), or as a nasal spray (marketed under the name Narcan), naloxone is the life-saving antidote […]

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Fentanyl Laced Heroin: What you need to know

January 29th, 2017

Fentanyl is a powerful opioid medication often used to treat late stage cancer patients and those recovering from surgery.  Fentanyl has made it’s way onto our streets and is often hidden in counterfeit pills or mixed with heroin without the user’s knowledge.  In addition, some drug dealers are using an illicit version of fentanyl, to increase the potency of […]

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The dangers of abusing opiates during pregnancy

October 25th, 2016

Did you know that the abuse of heroin or other opiates during pregnancy has shown to increase the likelihood of prenatal obstetric complications by 600%? Opiates such as heroin, prescribed painkillers, and anti-withdrawal drugs such as methadone, can all have serious and detrimental effects on existing and future pregnancies.  If you are pregnant, or are […]

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How Do You Know If Someone Is Addicted to Heroin?

June 3rd, 2016

Heroin abuse and addiction has become a major issue in Western New York and around the country. Users and addicts come from all walks of life, so heroin is going to affect many families. What can you do if you suspect a loved one or friend is addicted? Here are the some of the signs […]

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