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  • Drug Arrests Across America

    The Current Drug Landscape An estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or over used an illicit drug in 2013. That's 9.4% of the population. 1 The number was similar in 2012 (9.2%), and in that year the FBI reports that there were 1.5 million drug ...

    ... once a year and provides fresh facts about drug and alcohol use across America at the state level. But even ... have been falling since 2012, with an average of 7.8 a day this year, 9 in 2013, and 10.4 in 2012. Cocaine ... continue reading
  • Effects of Smoking During Pregnancy

    In the U.S., there are an estimated 42 million people (nearly 18% of the total population) who currently smoke 1 . Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death in the U.S. In fact, smoking accounts for nearly 1 in ...

    ... last 3 months of their pregnancy 6 . Approximately 50-60% of women who quit during pregnancy will start again within ... If you are abusing any other substances like alcohol that may also cause potential harm during your ... continue reading
  • AmeRxica’s Most Medicated

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 54 million people have used prescription medication non-medically - effectively more than 20 percent of the population aged 12 and older. When our doctor puts pen to paper and hands us a ...

    ... as a “date rape drug” and is often diluted with alcohol to create an increased sense of euphoria. GHB is also ... opioid use. That's an average of 91 deaths every day. We found that certain states had a higher controlled ... continue reading
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  • Sentencing by State 2

    have led to overcrowded facilities, skyrocketing prison costs, and major social, economic, and political impacts. Currently, nearly half of all inmates in federal prisons are serving sentences for drug offenses. Many are fathers and mothers who miss ...

    ... 17 million per year to battle drug and alcohol abuse. Although treatment programs have proven somewhat ... 85 per year, which breaks down to $83.89 per day. This reduces the money available to put toward crime-reduction ... continue reading
  • DEA: Heroin ‘Probably’ More Dangerous Than Marijuana

    With 23 states and Washington D.C. legalizing medical marijuana and four states legalizing it for recreational use, it's quite possible we'll see a day when marijuana is considered “legal” throughout the U.S. However, the Drug Enforcement ...

    ... I'd rather be in a car accident going 30 miles an hour than 60 miles an hour. But I'd prefer not to be in a car ... which he stated that pot is less harmful than alcohol and that marijuana legalization should move forward in ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse: The Oral Health Kryptonite

    It's February and we've all celebrated Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day and even President's day. So, that's basically it for February, right? Well…actually it isn't. February is also National Dental Health Month, making this a great time to promote ...

    ... Dental problems like gingivitis and cavities affect between 60 to 90 percent of all school-aged kids ... Let's face it; no one likes rotten teeth! Additional Reading: Tooth and Consequences: Alcohol Can Wreck Your Smile Image ... continue reading
  • The Dilaudid Dilemma

    Every day, physicians across the nation prescribe painkillers to help patients cope with pain. The types of painkillers prescribed are as varied as the type and intensity of pain levels; however, more potent painkillers - like opioids - are ...

    ... other central nervous system depressants (such as alcohol, Valium, and Xanax) could increase the ... from prescription opioid overdoses - roughly 38 people each day. Today, approximately 50 percent of opioid overdose deaths ... continue reading
  • Instagram, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The Growth of Concerts and Music Festivals One of the most notable trends in music today is the growth of the music festival. As artists look to supplant revenue lost from declining sales of recorded music, music ...

    ... Ship!, an EDM festival, 60.12 percent of substance-related posts were about alcohol, making it the most- ... what moves me for those 12 hours. Music is my drug. No need for all that other shit.” - EDC attendee Enjoy Yourself ... continue reading
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  • Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC Answered

    Close your eyes. Picture someone smoking pot. What do they look like? Most importantly, how old are they? Did you drum up an image of a teen experimenting with drugs? A college student? If so, your image needs some updating. The Centers for Disease ...

    ... most intriguing findings of their analysis is that teens are no longer the leading age group when it comes to marijuana ... averages to 7,000 new marijuana users each day. The perception of marijuana usage is also changing ... continue reading
  • Surviving Mother's Day One Breath at a Time

    Mother's Day - those two words once brought memories of cards and flowers, crabs and beer. It's a time when families come together in the name of celebrating motherhood. For me, this day hosted three generations laughing and loving. Our time was ...

    ... down in an effort to protect my sanity? Mother's Day is now a day I desperately want to forget. Along with grief, I ... Breathe Again Yes, grief has changed this mother. Most days I wake and the tears fall as reality creeps ... continue reading
  • Golden State Gives No-Go for Booze-Cannabis Combo

    Alcohol is legal in California. Now, recreational use of marijuana is, too. Does that mean Californians will be allowed to sit at their favorite bar stool and consume a cocktail and cannabis? Nope. Why Not? The question has definitely come up among ...

    ... cannabis can offer both substances to customers. The short answer: no. The long answer: While a person can hold licenses ... Act (MAUCRSA), he or she cannot offer both alcohol and marijuana to customers at the same location. ... continue reading
  • Does Drinking Every Day Make Me an Alcoholic?

    Every evening when you get home from work, you drink a glass of wine. Throughout the day, you look forward to this evening ritual. Although, tonight, as you swallow that first sip, you suddenly realize something. You've been drinking every day for ...

    ... cause concern, such as: A family history of alcoholism Slamming down your first drink of the day in one or two gulps Using alcohol as a coping mechanism Finally, and most importantly, according to Koob, if there's any ... continue reading
  • Catastrophic Thinking: Alcohol Isn’t Your Great Escape

    Cassie's heart began to race. “Am I dying?” she thought. “What if I'm having a heart attack?” Jeff's wife was running late. He worried there had been a terrible car accident. Jeff pictured his wife lying all alone in a ditch somewhere, ...

    ... substance abuse. In fact, about 20 percent of Americans with an anxiety or mood disorder also have an alcohol or substance abuse disorder. What they don't know, however, is that substances actually make the anxiety worse ... continue reading
  • Should People Who Abuse Alcohol Qualify for Liver Transplants?

    Three years ago, one of my uncles - a long-time alcoholic - was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He was told he didn't qualify for a new one, so he continued to drink - all the way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and Liver ...

    ... the most advanced form of ALD. Who Gets to Decide? This begs the question: Should people who are alcohol-dependent qualify for new livers, especially over those who've not ruined theirs with excessive drinking ? This is ... continue reading
  • States Scramble to Prevent Sale of Powdered Alcohol

    Palcohol, a new form of powdered alcohol , hasn't even made its way to U.S. shelves yet, but some states are already taking immediate steps to ban the product from seeing the light of day. Early Intervention in Colorado Palcohol, marketed by ...

    ... , a new form of powdered alcohol , hasn't even made its way to U.S. shelves yet, but some states are already taking immediate steps to ban the product from seeing the light of day. Early Intervention in Colorado Palcohol ... continue reading
  • No Surprise: Study Finds Avoiding Alcohol is the Only Hangover Prevention

    You've tried it all: chasing drinks with water, drinking only beer, drinking only clear liquor, or binging on late night fries. But you still wake up with a pounding headache, nausea, dry mouth and that feeling you were run over by a mack truck. ...

    ... may be an inevitable after-effect of drinking too much, no matter what “tricks” you use to avoid them. ... next day, if they had one. Almost all of them did. After estimating the students' peak blood alcohol concentration ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

    According to statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of substance-related emergency room admissions involve a combination of both drugs and alcohol. Poly-Drug Abuse Although ...

    ... human body cannot handle the powerful effects of certain combinations. Although mixing any alcohol and drug combination is dangerous, no one should pull the trigger on these three combinations. Additional Reading: Mars ... continue reading
  • Study Shows Alcohol Boosts THC Levels in Your Blood

    With four states legalizing recreational marijuana and several others considering the possibility, driving while high on pot is becoming a much bigger concern for motorists. More Danger Behind the Wheel Plenty of marijuana users routinely get behind ...

    ... 't use either substance. They were also 50 percent more likely to be involved in a car crash. Those who only used alcohol were 40 percent more likely to get a ticket and 24 percent more likely to be in a car crash than ... continue reading
  • The Great Debate: Alcohol vs Marijuana

    You may have had the debate yourself—what's worse? Alcohol or marijuana? With new studies coming out, more laws legalizing the recreational, and medicinal use of marijuana, the conversation seems to come up again and again. Even though we may all ...

    ... you would have to smoke between 238 and 1,113 joints in a day to overdose on marijuana . That's a lot of joints. Crime ... fetal alcohol spectrum disorders ( FASDs ). According to the CDC there is no known amount of alcohol ... continue reading
  • Busting 6 Alcohol Myths: Fact or Fiction?

    Our beliefs guide our actions. We base our decisions on what we know to be true. But, what if the 'facts' we believe aren't true after all? Get Your Facts Straight Some people can enjoy a drink without any problems; others aren't so lucky. Binge ...

    ... brandy, 1.5 fl oz shot of distilled spirits.) Myth #4 You'll get more drunk if you drink several types of alcohol. Truth: Mixing things up with a glass of wine, then a beer, then a shot does not affect how drunk you get ... continue reading
  • Alcohol and Injuries: Together Like Bread and Butter

    “It's not that tall,” Josh thought. “I can jump it. Easy.” An hour later, Josh was in the ER getting treated for burns thanks to a drunken attempt at leaping over a raging bonfire. When you've had a few drinks, your inhibitions decrease and ...

    ... the body's responses. Your coordination and response times are…not so great. What's the result? Under the influence of alcohol, you think you can do more than you normally can, when the truth is you can do less than you ... continue reading
  • The Truth About This Vegetable’s Alcohol Antidote Reputation

    Ahhh, the good ol' tomato. They make a mean spaghetti sauce. They're full of antioxidants, which makes them great for homemade facials. They're even good for throwing at bad performers. What else can you use tomatoes for? Allegedly, to counteract ...

    ... . What Does This Mean for You? The study authors noted to achieve the same level of “botanical” defense from alcohol exposure, you would need to eat four medium-sized tomatoes or one third cup of tomato sauce daily. That ... continue reading
  • The Harmful Effects of Drugs and Alcohol

    It should come as no surprise that drugs and alcohol can have negative effects on your life. Although sometimes it may be difficult to imagine, the abuse of these substances can change everything from your body to your bank account. This can include ...

    It should come as no surprise that drugs and alcohol can have negative effects on your life. Although sometimes it may be difficult to imagine, the abuse of these substances can change everything from your body to your ... continue reading
  • Facing Reality: 8 Shocking Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics

    It's no secret that drugs and alcohol can have detrimental consequences on your mind, body, and life. They are indiscriminate in who they affect; anyone who abuses alcohol or drugs is at risk for developing an addiction. Although sometimes glorified ...

    It's no secret that drugs and alcohol can have detrimental consequences on your mind, body, and life. They are indiscriminate in who they affect; anyone who abuses alcohol or drugs is at risk for developing an addiction. ... continue reading
  • He Drinks Everyday. Is My Husband an Alcoholic?

    Janette isn't sure what to make of her husband's behavior. Does he simply like the taste of barley and hops…or is he addicted to alcohol ? Here's her story. Drinking Patterns Our fridge is always well-stocked with beer. I guess that's not ...

    ... him unwind. He seems to drink more after a stressful day. Does he put drinking before other responsibilities? Other than spending a lot of money on alcohol, I'd have to say no. He still works hard and takes good care of ... continue reading
  • Inmates Receive Federal Funding to Re-enter Society Sober

    After years in prison, freedom is just around the corner. Tom served his time and will rejoin society soon. But what are his options? With no job and no money, Tom's likely to return to his previous lifestyle. He'll be surrounded by triggers and ...

    ... rejoin society soon. But what are his options? With no job and no money, Tom's likely to return to his previous lifestyle ... opioid use disorder and scheduled for release within 60 days. The inmates will receive: A case ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

    For centuries, people have debated one age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? While both sides of this argument have their valid points, the question itself has evolved, making its way into other areas of society, including the ...

    ... lurking at the bottom of that pill bottle. Addiction develops rapidly; suddenly one or 2 pills per day no longer keeps the debilitating withdrawal symptoms at bay. Patients find themselves taking more and more, running ... continue reading
  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

    During the four years I spent behind bars, I encountered hundreds of women - all with a unique personal story and background. I remember wondering to myself, “How did all these women end up in prison?” Some of them had traumatic childhoods, some ...

    ... mothers prone to heavy drinking while pregnant A comparison group consisted of 47,68 mothers - women with no alcohol-related diagnoses Each group was matched based on maternal age within race and the year of the child's ... continue reading
  • Location, Location: “Dry” Counties Have Higher Meth Abuse Rates

    You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who would suggest that alcohol is a gateway drug to meth, but it looks like bans on alcohol sales have unintentionally had that effect. Research out of the University of Kentucky in Louisville has produced some ...

    ... to experience significantly higher rates of meth use than their “wet” counterparts. The Link Between Alcohol Sales and Meth Abuse In areas where no alcohol can be sold, the rates of meth use are twice as high , with 80 ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    Drug and alcohol addiction can batter anyone Of course, some are more susceptible than others, and writers are notorious for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, ...

    ... for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or ... is a minefield. Robert Louis Stevenson In just six days, Stevenson wrote 60,000 words. The reason was cocaine , and he ... continue reading
  • History Channel Explores “America's War on Drugs”

    No one gets a closer view of America's war on drugs than the officers and drug traffickers who stand on opposite sides of the battle line. What really goes on behind the scenes in each camp? What kind of power struggles wage? Who's really behind the ...

    ... covert LSD experiments to the rise of the cocaine cowboys, no stone's left unturned as we're taken on a journey ... the CIA, mafia, and foreign drug traffickers back in the 60's. The goal was to protect us from communism, but ... continue reading
  • If Old Drug Ads Told the Truth

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Through the late 19th century and mid-20th century, many of today's illicit drugs of abuse were available legally in the United States. Products containing cocaine, heroin, or amphetamine were readily available for ...

    ... available for over-the-counter purchase - no prescription required. We collected 10 vintage ... Poor's Paregoric Stickney & Poor's Paregoric syrup contained 46 percent alcohol as well as 1.8 “grains of opium to each fluid ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Michael Phelps Eight-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps has not only plunged into the water, but into drugs. In 2009, he lost his endorsement contract with Kellogg's after a photo emerged of him taking a hit of marijuana . 2. Dock ...

    ... Van Dam was suspected from the WWE for thirty days for marijuana and Vicodin possession . 16. Rasheed ... Theo Fleury was big on goals and big on drugs and alcohol. His last NHL stop was with the Chicago Blackhawks, who ... continue reading
  • 6 Common Sense Tips to Avoid Alcoholism

    Our society is soaked in alcohol. So many activities are drenched with it. This can make it tough to cut back, and easy to overdo it. The good news is, you can take several steps to keep your alcohol consumption in check. Try out the following six ...

    ... felt obligated to finish everything off over the next few days. The overall result: Jeff drank a great deal more ... her from drinking too much alcohol. She also made it a policy to always say “no” to drinking contests. ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Drew Barrymore Former child star Drew Barrymore's drug abuse in her teenage years found her controversial fame, including two trips to rehab that motivated her to get back on track with her career. 2. Mary-Kate Olsen “Full House” actress ...

    ... of six prescription drugs. 14. Jason Cook “Days of Our Lives” actor Jason Cook was arrested ... . He couldn't speak at ceremonies without the help of alcohol. 21. Ed Harris Ed Harris had a slight drinking problem ... continue reading
  • California: 5 E-Cigarette Dangers We Can't Ignore

    Many people see e-cigarettes as a harmless alternative to nicotine cigarettes. E-cigarette companies like NJOY have even hired on celebrity endorsers including Bruno Mars, while several other stars were seen puffing away on e-cigs during the 2014 ...

    ... Marketing : Despite initially being touted as a method to help traditional cigarette users quit, there is no scientific evidence to prove this. If anything, recent studies have found that E-cigs are preventing people ... continue reading
  • The Forefathers of Modern Illicit Drugs

    While illicit drugs are a major concern in today's society, many of them didn't start off as recreational. On the contrary, many started off with medicinal and anesthetic purposes. Here's a look at some of the forefathers of modern illicit drugs, ...

    ... Albert Hofmann is perhaps one of the greatest modern day scientists. Ranked first on The Telegraph's list ... an addiction to drugs or alcohol, please call to speak to a treatment advisor, any time, day or night, who can ... continue reading
  • Curing Alcoholism: We’re Finally Putting MDMA to the Test

    It seems ironic that one of the first drugs I used on my way to full-blown addiction is now being used in a study to cure alcoholism. Last week, UK researchers from Imperial College of London broke the news they were about to begin the world's first ...

    ... drinkers - which they class as five bottles of wine a day - relapse at a rate of 90 percent within three years ... like the 12 steps. Once the patient goes through alcohol detox , they have two therapy sessions, then receive ... continue reading
  • What Can I Do if My Mother or Father is an Alcoholic or Drug Abuser?

    One of the most common issues we hear about is that a parent has become an addict and the children don't know what to do about it. Sometimes, they're scared of being taken away from the parent if the authorities find out. Sometimes they want the ...

    ... If your parent beats you while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, you need to seek help. It ... using [drug]? How much do you reckon you get through in a day? Where do you get it from? How do you feel when on it ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Ozzy Osbourne Rockstar Ozzy Osbourne has long struggled with addiction. In fact, his heavy alcohol and drug abuse led to him being fired from Black Sabbath in 1978. 2. Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain got to know his wife Courtney Love while they used ...

    ... Winehouse has much going for her but turned to drugs and alcohol due to stress and her sad life story. 6. Anthony ... Harrison allegedly managed an arrest on his wedding day. 20. Louis Armstrong Jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong ... continue reading
  • Drunk in the Moment: We Can’t Drink Reality Away

    It's a typical scenario: You had an awful day at work, so you hit the town with a group of friends, intent on drinking and dancing the night away. As you're downing a sixth shot of tequila in what will undoubtedly be an eight-shot series, you turn ...

    ... everyone around you seems to be having a blast. The next day, however, you're right back where you started from - ... that suggests people are momentarily happier when drinking alcohol, but in the long-term, drinking never ... continue reading
  • 5 Lies We’re Told About High-Functioning Alcoholics

    https://drugabuse.com/7-crazy-ways-addicts-fund-their-drug-habits/When you hear the term “alcoholic,” people automatically think of someone who drinks too much and whose life is falling apart as a result. But not all problem drinking can be ...

    ... he's still stricken with the craving, withdrawal and tolerance that comes with a serious dependency to alcohol.No one can drink heavily and maintain major responsibilities over long periods of time. Before too long, the ... continue reading
  • Will a Killer Hangover Delay Your Next Drink? (Hint: Probably Not)

    Headache. Dizziness. Nausea. Fatigue. Hangovers are the absolute worst. Many of us have been there - and even vowed to ourselves we'd never drink again. But even if we wholeheartedly believe the promise when we make it, do our hangovers actually ...

    ... to rate their likelihood of drinking later the same day. The researchers analyzed data culled from 2,276 drinking ... Experimental Research. Additional Reading: No Surprise - Study Finds Avoiding Alcohol is the Only Hangover ... continue reading
  • Your Spouse May Be a Weapon Against Alcoholism. Learn what study says

    We all know what to avoid when it comes to succeeding in sobriety (like hanging out with the wrong crowds and the wrong environments), but what actions can we proactively take to decrease our chances of becoming addicted to alcohol ? Well, according ...

    ... and the wrong environments), but what actions can we proactively take to decrease our chances of becoming addicted to alcohol ? Well, according to this recent study , getting married tops the list. The Perks of Saying “I ... continue reading
  • 12-Step Thinking: Let's Talk About AA and the C-Word (Uncovering Alcoholics Anonymous)

    No, not that c-word! To be clear, we're talking about the word cult here. If you're familiar with the world of addiction recovery, then you're no doubt acquainted with Alcoholics Anonymous—or AA as it is more commonly known. And if you've had more ...

    ... familiar with the world of addiction recovery, then you're no doubt acquainted with Alcoholics Anonymous—or AA as it is ... guideline for navigating life without drugs or alcohol. The group and its founding principles serve ... continue reading
  • Date Rape Drugs: It’s Not Just Roofies Anymore

    Rape is a serious criminal act, with the potential for severe and lasting repercussions on the victim's life. Rape involves sexually taking advantage of another person without their consent, and this includes having sex with a person who is ...

    ... . Consent must be clear, and a lack of a stated “no” or “stop” does not constitute consent. A person who is not ... for up to 8 hours 5 . When consumed with alcohol , Rohypnol's effects are enhanced to dangerous levels. Both ... continue reading
  • Lethal Drug Combinations

    What are the Deadliest Drug Combos? Combining drugs (“polysubstance abuse”) is both common and potentially dangerous. There are various reasons why individuals use substances in combination. For some, the activity is done haphazardly, without ...

    ... overdose because of their cocaine intake. In fact, users are no less vulnerable and may be more so due to the ... eases the jitters associated with stimulant use. Although alcohol is a depressant, it is commonly known to ... continue reading
  • More Proof that Boozing is Bad for Your Sexual Health

    We've all heard a story or two about someone acquiring a sexually transmitted disease after an alcohol-fueled night,right? But, as it turns out, the alcohol itself could be contributing to a higher rate of the human papillomavirus infection (HVP). A ...

    ... those who drank more than 9.9 grams of alcohol per day had a significantly higher risk of acquiring the HPV infection ... & Infection also found that women who drink alcohol have a greater risk of developing persistent HPV ... continue reading
  • I Did What??? The Anatomy of a Blackout

    What happened last night? If you've ever had to utter those words after a night on the town or had to rely on your friends to fill in the missing puzzle pieces of your limited memory reel, chances are you've experienced a blackout. And trust ...

    ... . It's often referred to as “time traveling,” because no matter how hard you try, you'll never be able ... . Females have fewer enzymes in the gut to break down alcohol before it's absorbed and they also have less water in ... continue reading
  • The Damage of Drinking During Early Pregnancy: 3 Myths Debunked

    Most of us are well aware that drinking throughout one's pregnancy can cause harm to an unborn baby. But with slightly more than half of all pregnancies in the U.S. being unintended , many women are simply unaware that they're pregnant for a few ...

    ... untrue: Drinking during any point in pregnancy carries high risks : For most women, alcohol consumption in the first two weeks carries little to no risk. “It tends to have all or nothing effect,” explained Pat O'Brien, a ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates

    Suicide is tragic no matter what the circumstances. When compared to the general population, however, reports indicate the heartbreaking act is a staggering 120 times more prevalent among adult alcoholics. As if that weren't enough, alcohol abusers ...

    ... is tragic no matter what ... alcohol or drug addiction, while concurrently suffering from suicidal thoughts, there are special rehab centers that specialize in this very issue. Trained staff members are on hand 24 hours a day ... continue reading
  • Attorney General Nominee Thinks Booze Is Safer Than Pot?

    President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general made serious waves during her confirmation hearing on Jan. 28. Despite statistics and data to the contrary, Loretta Lynch stated “alcohol is safer than marijuana.” Butting Heads with the ...

    ... a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol.” However, Lynch made it clear that she didn't agree with the President's stance on the legalization of marijuana or ... continue reading
  • Want to Make Your Asthma Worse? Here’s How…

    Tracy's romantic evening took a turn for the worse. She was enjoying a lovely Italian dinner with her boyfriend when she suddenly started wheezing. She quickly set down her wine glass and reached for her inhaler. The medicine started working, but ...

    ... beers altogether, since these usually contain sulfites. Another option is to carefully limit alcohol intake. Drink only one type of alcohol per day, to minimize chances of an attack. Drink in low volumes, which will also ... continue reading
  • Meet the Silent Generation: Adult Children of Alcoholics

    Twenty-eight million children in the U.S. today have alcoholic parents. One in eight Americans is an adult child of an alcoholic (ACoA). That means you're likely to know quite a few of them…but it's just as likely you don't know this about them. ...

    ... family - but his current sobriety didn't fully heal the past. No matter how much he was there for the grandkids, he still hadn ... they're also conquerable. Learn more about the effects of alcohol abuse . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Drunk You, Sober You: More Alike Than You'd Think

    Laura feels uncomfortable in social situations. She likes to have a few beers to loosen up. She prefers “drunk Laura” to “sober Laura” when trying to socialize. She thinks she's a lot more fun and likeable. Tom blew up at his friend Chris ...

    ... this true? Based on a recent study, researchers say no. The View is Different Out Here To study this phenomenon, researchers asked participants to consume alcohol , measured their personalities at two points during the ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Genetics and the “Morning After”

    It's true - hangovers are just plain awful. But new research has found that those who are genetically predisposed to alcoholism may actually hold onto the painful memory of them more than the average joe. Let's dig in… Family History Impacts How ...

    ... it appears that people who are predisposed to develop problem drinking are no more susceptible to developing a hangover after a night of alcohol than people who aren't predisposed. However, we found that such people ... continue reading
  • 5 NFL Players Who Tackled Their Addictions

    Drugs and alcohol have become a major part of NFL culture. From March 2013 to March 2014, NFL players were arrested 27 times on drug charges, and several players have also received lengthy suspensions for positive drug tests, including Cleveland ...

    ... 30-day rehab shortly after his second arrest and has remained sober. I wouldn't trade those 30 days for ... senior year of college, but heroin, cocaine and alcohol were his primary drugs of choice. He overdosed several ... continue reading
  • Ill Inventory: Drug Theft and Loss in the United States

    Every year, countless people become reliant on pharmaceuticals. And every year, drugs go missing. Despite extensive efforts to curb addiction and abuse, America's war on drugs is far from over. Guidelines for improving opioid prescribing practices ...

    ... second in the country for prescription drug abuse, there is no doubt that its law enforcement is on high alert. As ... .wi.us/news-releases/doj-drug-take-back-day-oct-17-2015 http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016 ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

    When it comes to this nation's chemical dependence, few drugs have achieved the notoriety and reputation of opioid drugs. In fact, things have spiraled so far out of control that opiate addiction is now considered an epidemic. Despite leaving a ...

    ... take a dose, the effects last for about three days, greatly decreasing the chance of a relapse. 2 “ ... It turns out that claim is likely false. “There's no way your brain chemistry can heal while on buprenorphine,” says Dr ... continue reading
  • K2 Knowledge

    For the last few years, the use of synthetic cannabinoids - also known as K2, Spice, Fake Weed, and over 500 other street names - has been on the rise. In a single three-day period in 2016, at least 130 people in New York overdosed on K2 . In 2015, ...

    ... other street names - has been on the rise. In a single three-day period in 2016, at least 130 people in New York overdosed on K2 ... is that symptoms often peak four to seven days after quitting, and most people are through ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

    When the book Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus hit book shelves back in 1992, it was a huge hit. By highlighting the differences in men and women, the book's theory is still solidly ingrained in our culture. Though gender equality has come a ...

    ... at the University of California - Irvine, in a 60 Minutes report. “How did it happen that for 20 ... anti-inflammatory medications (NSAID's) for at least 22 days per month were 86 percent more likely to have hypertension. ... continue reading
  • The 9 Most Expensive Drugs in America

    Each year, Americans spend nearly $100 billion on illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. These figures do not even account for the billions of dollars that are spent on prescription drugs each year—about $374 billion according ...

    ... $25 million a day on advertising to draw in new and young users. #2 Alcohol Alcohol is the second ... has a reputation as a “rich man's drug.” At approximately $60 per gram, it is one of the most expensive party drugs , ... continue reading
  • Party Culture and Substance Use

    Three out of five college students actively drink alcohol, and more than half of them practice binge drinking - or drinking enough to significantly raise blood alcohol content (BAC) levels in a short span of time. Typically, this means four drinks ...

    ... , or 60 posts per ... alcohol/fact-sheets/underage-drinking.htm http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/binge-drinking.htm https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/special-populations-co-occurring-disorders/college-drinking ... continue reading
  • America’s Pill Mills

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  • Drug Abuse Centers

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  • Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

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  • Drugs at School: Are Zero-Tolerance Policies Really Working?

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  • 5 Alarming Facts About Benzo Addiction

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  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

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  • Can’t Sleep? Try Putting Down the Marijuana (Seriously)

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  • Let’s Clear the Air About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

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  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

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  • Closing Candy Land: Our Vets are Stuck in the VA’s Revolving Door

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  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

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  • German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

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  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

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  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

    Years ago, while I was in a nine-month substance abuse treatment program, I realized that everyone around me had one thing in common - they smoked. In fact, their lives seemed to revolve around the next cigarette, so much so that they weren't ...

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  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

    Methadone maintenance has been around for years as an effective treatment for opioid dependency . Yet, its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging anyone from using it as a ...

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  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

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  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

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  • Political Parties on Drug Use

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  • Legalizing Marijuana Decreases Fatal Opiate Overdoses, Study Shows

    According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. In an effort to relieve that constant pain, the number of opiate prescriptions has nearly doubled over the last decade. Today, opiates like ...

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  • What Are the Current Substance Addiction Trends Among Teens Today?

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  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

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  • The Rise of Drug Deaths in America

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  • Drug Abuse Statistics

    Statisticians analyze numerical information on subjects as varied as medicine, politics and even commercial retail sales - allowing researchers to investigate trends and test new ideas. As the phenomenon of substance abuse stubbornly continues to ...

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  • Workplace Adderall Abuse: 9 Signs It’s Time to Get Help

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  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

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  • The 12 Most Expensive / Luxury Rehabs in the US

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  • Let’s Talk Truth: Exactly How Long Do Drugs Stay in Your System?

    If you throw back a beer on Friday night, it's out of your system by Monday morning. But, what about other drugs? Most drugs linger a bit longer than alcohol. In fact, some of them stick around for a long time. This slower processing can surprise ...

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  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

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  • What Does it Mean to be Dope Sick?

    Bill found John curled up on the couch; he looked miserable. Bill asked, “What's wrong with you?” “I'm sick, man. You got any?” was John's weak response. As Bill suspected, John was in withdrawal. An active heroin user, John was low on cash ...

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  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

    Every generation has its trends. From hairstyles, to music, and yes, even drugs. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has been studying the drug habits of Americans for decades. Their survey results reveal patterns of drug use among ...

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  • Over-the-Counter Drugs of Abuse

    It is a common misconception that only illegal drugs are dangerous. There are many different over-the-counter (OTC) drugs with psychoactive, or mind-altering properties that may lead to a number of serious medical and mental health consequences if ...

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  • The Cost of Drugs in the NFL

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Athletes playing in professional sports leagues often seek every available opportunity to gain a competitive edge. With so much pressure placed on winning, performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) such as steroids ...

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  • Sexual Abuse Treatment

    What Is Sexual Abuse? Sexual abuse can be defined as a form of sexual violence , including: Rape. Unwelcome touching. Molestation. Forced intercourse. Sexual abuse can occur at any age and is not biased towards race, gender, religion, or sexual ...

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  • Drug Abuse Recovery Program

    No one expects to become addicted to drugs. Drug abuse isn't planned. It does occur however, and finding a drug abuse recovery program becomes an absolute necessity. When recreational or prescription drug use turns into uncontrollable drug abuse ...

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  • Injured on the Job, Now I’m Addicted to Painkillers… What Do I Do?

    Addiction to prescription drugs is one of the most common substance abuse problems in the United States. Many people associate drug abuse with poverty and the purchase of illicit substances on a street corner. However, prescription drug abuse is ...

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  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

    If you think you might be addicted to benzodiazepines, you're certainly not alone. In 2011, an estimated 61,000 Americans sought treatment for benzo addiction. And that number has been climbing at an alarming rate ever since. The Benzo Specifics ...

    ... a Fatal Mistake If you're addicted to benzos - no matter how physically durable or mentally prepared you may be ... . The acute phase lasts anywhere from seven to 90 days, while post-acute withdrawal syndrome can last up to ... continue reading
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