Understanding the Relationship Between PTSD and Opioid Use Disorder

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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health problem people can develop after witnessing or experiencing a life-threatening event. PTSD can affect anyone, but certain factors increase your risk. Veterans, for example, are more likely to develop PTSD than the general population. Unfortunately, PTSD can co-exist with various substance use disorders, including opioid use disorder.  […]

The Three Waves of the Opioid Epidemic

The opioid epidemic refers to the dramatic increase in prescription and non-prescription use in the U.S. It also encompasses the opioid-related overdoses that resulted from that increase. Between 1999 and 2018, nearly 450,000 died from an overdose involving opioids.  The opioid-related deaths came in three distinct waves: Prescription opioids Heroin Synthetic opioids The first wave […]

Opioid Misuse: What You Should Know


Opioids are safe for most people when taken as prescribed for a short period. Unfortunately, many people misuse these medications to achieve a euphoric effect. By doing so, they increase the risk of addiction, overdose, and death. Here are a few things you should know about opioid misuse. How do opioids work? Opioids affect many places […]

4 Reasons Why Sleep Worsened During the Pandemic

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Getting enough sleep is essential for your immune system to function optimally. Adequate sleep is associated with a reduced risk of infection and an improved ability to recover from illness. On the other hand, sleep deprivation can affect how effectively the body can protect itself against disease. Sleep is crucial as we continue to fight […]

A Brief History of the Opioid Epidemic

In 1775, opium made its way to the U.S. In the 1800s, people used opioids to treat everyday ailments, from coughs to chronic pain. During the U.S. Civil War, doctors commonly prescribed them to treat soldiers. By the late 1800s, opioids were available over-the-counter. Bayer brands started selling heroin for pain relief and coughing. As […]

How COVID-19 Negatively Affected Mental Health


Mental health has been a topic of interest for a while. For years, the prevalence of anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation in the U.S has been increasing. Unfortunately, the pandemic presented many challenges that can negatively affect a person’s well-being. For some, it triggered mental health issues, and for others, it exacerbated pre-existing challenges. The […]

How COVID-19 Worsened Loneliness Among Seniors

Relationships can have a direct impact on a person’s overall health and well-being. Those who maintain strong ties with others are linked to fewer health problems and may even live longer than those who report feeling lonely or isolated. Unfortunately, many seniors experience increased loneliness as they age. Seniors are already vulnerable to loneliness There […]

3 Reasons Why Opioids and COVID-19 Don’t Mix


Using opioids can be dangerous at any time, but it can be particularly hazardous during the COVID-19 pandemic. For one, COVID-19 and opioid use are a dangerous combination. Here’s why. 1. Opioids and COVID-19 can be lethal. Opioids can slow breathing. Doing so increases the risk that a person will experience a decrease in oxygen […]

6 Ways COVID-19 Affected the Opioid Epidemic

The United States has been fighting the opioid epidemic for a long time. When COVID-19 happened, much of our progress backtracked. Not only has it triggered new dependence issues for some, but it has also exacerbated existing addictions and disrupted treatment for those already seeking help. How the Pandemic Contributed to the Opioid Epidemic 1. […]

Vivera is Attending the 2021 MHA Business Summit

Vivera is excited to announce that we will be sponsoring the 17th MHA Business Summit taking place March 24-25, 2021. The MHA Business Summit is an annual event for Members and Partners to connect with other long-term care, home infusion, specialty, and other alternative site pharmacy professionals and health care executives. Due to COVID-19, the […]