Dr. Mehmet Oz discussed the mushrooming addiction to heroin and to the prescription painkiller Zohydro on the March 26 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.
Dr. Oz's guest was neurosurgeon and CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Drs. Oz and Gupta are extremely concerned about the addictive pain medication Zohydro because it's five times stronger than any other painkiller on the market.
"It has 50 milligrams of hydrocodone — five times more than Vicodin," said Dr. Oz.
Dr. Gupta said there's a huge potential for abuse with such a powerful drug. He said Americans consume 80% of the painkillers on the market, and said there have been numerous deaths from accidental overdoses.
Dr. Oz said Zohydro could be a gateway drug to heroin because the pills can be crushed and snorted in powder form, just like heroin. He pointed out that four out of five heroin users started off being addicted to prescription drugs.
Alarming New Demographic: Suburban Moms Addicted to Heroin
On a separate segment of his show, Dr. Oz's guest was consumer and investigative reporter Elisabeth Leamy, who uncovered a startling new phenomenon: Suburban moms addicted to heroin.
Leamy, author of Save Big: Cut Your Top 5 Costs and Save Thousands, confirmed that most heroin addictions start off as addictions to prescription painkillers. Since 2007, heroin addiction has doubled in the United States, with middle-class suburban moms now comprising a significant portion of drug buyers.
Sober coach Seth Jaffe told Dr. Oz the slippery slope to heroin addiction begins when a mom seeks the high she used to get from painkillers but wants a cheaper alternative without going through a doctor.
"Heroin abuse is hell disguised as heaven," said Jaffe, who said doctors need to understand how prescription meds could contribute to drug addiction down the line.
Tabatha Coffey Shares Simple, Inexpensive Haircare Tips
Celebrity hairstylist Tabatha Coffey shared simple haircare tips to look your best without spending a fortune. Coffey, author of Own It: Be the Boss of Your Life — at Home and in the Workplace, recommended the following treatments for different hair types:
- Keratin conditioner for dry hair. Tabatha said keratin moisturizes and strengthens hair.
- Dryer sheets for frizzy hair. Dryer sheets eliminate static and frizz.
- Velcro rollers for flat hair. Velcro rollers add volume and body hair without damaging hair.
Health Benefits of Gluten-Free Superfood Kaniwa
Dr. Oz said his newest superfood is the gluten-free supergrain kaniwa. He usually has kaniwa for breakfast with some milk, and said cooking it is easy: Simply boil it for 20 minutes like oatmeal. Dr. Oz said kaniwa's health benefits include the following:
- Kaniwa packs more protein than than brown rice or quinoa
- Contains more iron than buckwheat or bulgur
- Has more fiber than wild rice or millet.