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  • Get the Facts on Substance Abuse

    Substance abuse is a major issue in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 40.3 million people aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder (SUD) in 2020—with 28.3 million struggling with an ...

    ... to be dangerous, such as heroin and crystal meth, prescription drugs are often viewed in a more ... you understands. For this reason, SUD support groups can help recovering patients find comfort in their peers. Depending on ... continue reading
  • What Could Illicit Drug Synthesis Expose You To?

    For the 44 million Americans aged 12 and older who used illicit drugs in 2014, the associated health risks are grave. But there's another risk that accompanies illegally manufactured substances - the exposure to hazardous chemicals. Clandestine drug ...

    ... the United States, the results are mixed. The good news: As you can see from the graph, since 2002, the proportions of the U. ... /health/what-to-do-when-someone-overdoses-on-drugs https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/epidemic/ ... continue reading
  • Why is Meth So Addictive?

    According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health, 4.9% of Americans aged 12 and older reported using methamphetamine in their lifetime. 1 Meth is an extremely addictive drug with limited medical use. It creates an intense high that can ...

    ... can lead to overdose, which can be fatal. Symptoms of overdose include: 4 Dangerously high body temperature. Convulsions. Stroke. Heart attack. Death. Long-Terms Effects of Meth Chronic, long-term methamphetamine use can ... continue reading
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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 ...

    ... mind, you can clearly see the benefits of using methadone, as it has the potential to reduce the risk of overdose, death, and criminal activity. Myth #2 - Methadone is Just Another Addictive Substance People on a stable ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

    A judge in New York recently ordered a woman who's addicted to drugs not to get pregnant. While no one would argue that someone with an extreme drug problem should get pregnant, there are complex issues involved in ordering someone not to conceive ...

    ... and has struggled with alcohol , cocaine, and meth problems for years. Family Court Judge Patricia Gallagher ... and more drug use. What Do You Think? Every day, about 92 people die from an overdose. And in rural areas of ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance Clinics: Everything You Need to Know

    If you're addicted to opiates, a methadone clinic can provide ongoing medication maintenance to help you quit them. Committing to a methadone maintenance program for at least 1 year will likely change your life for the better and help you commit to ...

    ... 2 weeks of treatment are the most dangerous. If you are not completely honest about other drugs you are using, you could be placing yourself at risk for an accidental overdose . It is especially important to be honest ... continue reading
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  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

    After suffering an embarrassing panic attack at the mall, Kara visited a psychiatrist. He prescribed medication to help Kara with her symptoms - within a couple of months, this “solution” turned into an addiction. Now Kara has anxiety issues as ...

    ... the anxiety to eat away at you, munch on foods that allow you to eat away at your anxiety. With the proper, natural nutrition, your brain and body will function well and you can avoid unnatural prescription pills . Try ... continue reading
  • Overdosing on Sleep Medication is a Big Problem

    According to a recent survey , 69 percent of primary care patients complain of insomnia and other sleep issues. To solve the problem, doctors often prescribe sleeping pills or hypnotic medications. However, many people end up using these drugs for ...

    ... destructive cycle has created a sleeping pill epidemic, with overdose numbers skyrocketing. There are several sleep-inducing medications on the market today. They include benzodiazepines, antidepressants, melatonin-like ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

    With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers and law enforcement. While all eyes have been focused on this front, we may have ignored another battle that needs greater ...

    ... , which affect the user's breathing and can cause instant overdose and death , meth has a lower potential for overdose. But don't misunderstand; it does occur. Methamphetamine death is usually caused by stroke or heart ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

    The opioid crisis has been making headlines for years, but there's another drug epidemic that has been flying under the radar: Abuse of ADHD drugs. ADHD drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin, increase levels of the brain chemical dopamine and provide ...

    ... turning to substitutes - like crystal meth . Though there has been little research into this issue, there is one recent study that compared d-amphetamine (Adderall) with methamphetamine. Using 13 participants who were ... continue reading
  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

    A drug overdose occurs when the body has been overloaded with either prescription medication or an illicit substance. Under normal circumstances, our body's metabolism would be able to detoxify the substance in order to avoid its potentially harmful ...

    ... the heart. The effects of cocaine and meth focus on the central nervous system, increasing the production of ... meth, a toxic mix can cause an overdose in a first-time or long-time user. Overdose is most common among meth ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Facts About Meth in the Gay Community

    As one of the most popular drugs in the gay community, users mistakenly believe that crystal meth leads to fun and enhances their life experiences. Due to that train of thought, this drug has become somewhat of an epidemic among the gay ...

    ... executive director of SunServe. “If you know you're not going to win, it's hard to take it on, but we have to start ... most pressing concerns are based on data that indicates crystal meth can potentially help promote a ... continue reading
  • Naloxone Kits: Are Pharmacies Set to Combat Opiate Overdoses?

    Mike was at his apartment and using heroin with a group of friends. Since Mike's regular dealer was out of town, he'd picked up the batch from someone different. After shooting up, Mike immediately noticed a difference in the way he felt. Something ...

    ... local hospital. An opioid overdose reversal drug such as naloxone could have immediately reversed the ... drugs and those who may be at risk of overdosing on a prescribed medication. This model of pharmacy-based naloxone ... continue reading
  • Meth on the Mind: It’s a Mental Downhill Slide for Users

    Kim felt dizzy; she was confused and her speech was severely slurred. Her sister thought she'd had a stroke. Kim couldn't focus, had no energy and seemed very sleepy. It's no surprise her sister was worried, but Kim certainly wasn't suffering from a ...

    ... of rational thinking Delusions What's on Your Mind? Meth is one of the most dangerous drugs out there. Its psychotic effects can last for years, even after you've stopped using. It makes you wonder - if Kim, Matt and ... continue reading
  • New Study Reveals Cocaine Robs You of Loss

    A new study has found that cocaine abuse affects brain circuits so drastically that some users can't even recognize personal loss in their lives. Researchers were able to conclude that the brain circuits responsible for predicting emotional loss ...

    ... abuse affects brain circuits so drastically that some users can't even recognize personal loss in their lives. Researchers ... a potential antidote for cocaine addiction could soon be on the way. Researchers at the ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

    Permanent brain damage due to an opiate overdose is a very real, life-altering consequence of opiate abuse . The dramatic increase of opiate-related deaths is now demanding public attention, but the consequence of permanent brain damage remains ...

    ... or communicate Continued oxygen deprivation can then lead to severe retardation, a vegetative state, and death The Importance of Rescue Breathing If you find someone who has overdosed on opiates , and is not breathing ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2013 across the nation. That's two times the amount of overdose deaths a ...

    ... Stimulant Overdose While overdosing on stimulants (cocaine, speed, methamphetamine) is not as deadly, statistically speaking, as overdosing on depressants, it is still very dangerous. Overdosing on stimulants can cause ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About Pink

    After a simple search online, Ryan Ainsworth and Grant Seaver ordered a bag of U-47700, a.ka. “ pink .” The powder arrived from Shanghai at their friend's house, as planned. What happened next was not planned. The two 13-year-old best friends ...

    ... up the powder, then snort the drug through a nostril. How Can You Protect Your Teen From Pink? According to a press release on pink from CBS affiliate KUTV, here's what you need to know: What To Look For: White, chalky ... continue reading
  • 4 Hangover “Cures” You Need to Ignore

    The lights are too bright. The noises are too loud. Your head's spinning. Your stomach's in turmoil. No, it's not the flu. You have a hangover. You had a few too many yesterday, and now you're paying for it. Beware the Miracle Remedy So, what can ...

    ... liver. That's why acetaminophen (Tylenol) typically has warnings on the label about combining it with alcohol . When your head starts pounding in the morning, you can take some ibuprofen if needed. Just know that it only ... continue reading
  • Watch Your Mouth: It Matters How You Use the Language of Addiction

    Dr. Kimball was asked to read a brief story. It told of a man having a difficult time complying with court-ordered addiction treatment. From start to finish, Dr. Kimball referred to this man as “the addict.” Dr. Jeffries read the same story, ...

    ... to the man as “having a substance use disorder.” Can you guess which doctor blamed the man for his hardship and ... punishment? A recent study in the International Journal on Drug Policy is one of many highlighting the ... continue reading
  • Introducing the Drug That Can Kill With a Single Dose

    Just when we'd thought we'd heard it all, an even more lethal drug concoction popped up on our radar. It's just the latest killer in the opioid epidemic ravaging our country. Dubbed “gray death” by authorities, this high-potency cocktail is ...

    ... mixture and, though it varies in consistency, gray death can be injected, snorted, swallowed, or smoked. So, ... lives. “You don't know what you're getting with these things,” said Richie Webber, who overdosed on fentanyl- ... continue reading
  • Sober Living Homes – Halfway There: Everything You Need to Know

    When in recovery, choosing a safe living environment is very important. Sober living homes are one option that allows you to recover in a safe place with others in similar situations. They help you to transition back into the community after ...

    ... go to meetings with can be the make-it-or-break-it factor in whether or not you stay sober. Who Can Live in a Sober ... of living in a sober living home can vary based on location; however, the rates are typically similar ... continue reading
  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

    You've worked hard to build a new life. Brick by heavy brick, you laid the foundation for a life of sobriety . You were happily on the path to recovery, but somewhere along the way you got off course. You relapsed on heroin. It might feel like ...

    ... of your biggest triggers so you can know what to avoid in the future. This first step is essential to get you back on the right track. Make a Plan of Attack Once you've identified what causes you to stumble, make a plan ... continue reading
  • 7 Really Smart Ways to Save Money on Suboxone

    A couple of weeks ago, I saw a Facebook post from an acquaintance of mine lamenting about the exorbitant price of Suboxone. I'd known her to have a problem with opiates in the past, but it seemed like she was doing all the right things to get her ...

    ... overall cost of Suboxone - and we've got seven tips to help you do just that: Pharmaceutical Manufacturer's Copay Cards: Patients can get discounts on out-of-pocket brand-name product costs, such as Bunavil and Zubsolv ... continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

    “Yeah, I was feeling uptight before he was about to pick me up for our date, so I popped a Xanax,” said my friend. I cringed. It seemed like everyone I knew was using benzos to calm down, chill out, get through a first date, or ace a ...

    ... cycle. An Acceptable Coping Mechanism? Benzos like Xanax are “socially acceptable” drugs. You can go to work on Xanax . You could never get away with that on alcohol - or at least not for long. Xanax doesn't smell ... continue reading
  • What is Molly? 5 Things You Didn’t Know About MDMA

    On the street you'll hear her referred to as Molly—as if she were a real person and not a drug. Molly is a street name for MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), a popular rave drug used at nightclubs and music festivals to alter mood and ...

    On the street you'll hear her referred to as Molly—as if she were a real person and not a drug. Molly is a street name for MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine ... do not occur from an overdose on the drug itself, but ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

    An opioid epidemic has swept the nation. Every day in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Over the course of a year, that number grows to 18,250—which is enough to fill every seat at Madison Square ...

    ... in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Over the course of a ... with dependence to opioids. NAS is serious—children can be born with birth defects and developmental problems. ... continue reading
  • The Siver Lining for Meth-Exposed Newborns Starts Here

    Thousands of pregnant women in the U.S. are abusing meth during pregnancy. In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at federal facilities are methamphetamine users. The result is hundreds of thousands of babies at risk. ...

    ... meth during pregnancy. In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at federal facilities are methamphetamine ... followed meth-exposed newborns for several years and found that home environments can make ... continue reading
  • Researcher Gets $431,700 to Study the Effects of Meth on Wounds

    It's widely known that meth use can lead to a multitude of health problems: rotten teeth, memory loss, a weakened immune system. Nobody knows this better than Luis Martinez, microbiologist and associate professor of biomedical sciences at the New ...

    ... did meth users want to scratch them? Now, Martinez will be able research the impact methamphetamine has on wounds - ... about the devastating effects of meth use . He also hopes his findings can form the foundation for new ... continue reading
  • The Damage Done: 6 Long-Term Reminders of Meth Abuse

    Methamphetamine is an extremely toxic and vile drug that produces an initial rush of euphoria and a massive boost of energy. After that first encounter, users can quickly find themselves chasing that same “good” feeling over and over again, but ...

    ... and makes it impossible to feel pleasure. Although some PET scans of former meth users show that these dopamine receptors can slowly regrow, the impact on cognitive abilities damaged by the drug is often permanent. This ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Mouth: Worse Than Meth Mouth?

    Kim is 38-years-old; she had been smoking weed since college. Her dentist could tell. Kim had a bad case of gingivitis. Her gums were swollen and red. Her long-term use of marijuana had wrecked her dental hygiene. If nothing changes, Kim's mouth ...

    ... milk almost every day. He also liked to snack on cheese. These top sources of calcium might have kept his ... . Missing teeth. Painful gums. Clearly, meth isn't the only drug that can ruin your mouth. Still, most marijuana ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Smoking Weed Can Damage Your DNA

    Scientists are finding “convincing evidence” that marijuana can damage DNA and even cause certain forms of cancer. These revelations are more than alarming, considering that Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, Washington and the city of Washington, D.C. ...

    ... Survey: As marijuana use has declined, the perceived risk of harm in using marijuana has also decreased, which could signal a future spike in usage. Among high school seniors, only 36.1 percent say that regular use puts ... 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 ...

    ... case, when members of a community can't legally purchase alcohol, they set out to buy it on the black market and often find themselves in much deeper trouble with illicit drugs like methamphetamine. If we're to learn a ... continue reading
  • Crack Cocaine’s Effect on the Brain (Simple Animation)

    “Crack is whack” - that much is widely understood and accepted. But, what exactly is crack? How is crack different from cocaine? Is it possible that crack gets a bad rap, or is it as lethal as it seems? AsapSCIENCE breaks down what we need to ...

    ... or is it as lethal as it seems? AsapSCIENCE breaks down what we need to know about this illicit drug in Your Brain on Crack Cocaine . Or, in their own words: “Is it really as whack as it's portrayed to be?” Cocaine comes ... continue reading
  • A Sober Bridesmaid Reflects on Her Sister’s Bachelorette Weekend

    “Is it really my job to wash the vomit out of your hair?” Jeana swore under her breath as her sister's drunk bridesmaids took turns puking. She'd already herded these girls out of a bar where they were getting out of control, paid off the cab ...

    ... grew up. As she listened the girls talk about where their friends from college were now, she reflected on what she missed out on. Jeana dropped out of college as a freshman after heroin took over her life. She was 23 now ... continue reading
  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

    With fatal overdoses increasing each year, the need for action has never been greater. Despite funneling billions into the anti-drug movement, the addiction problem remains unsolved. Acknowledging that fact, several countries are looking to “safe ...

    ... seek to prevent fatal overdoses and decrease transmitted diseases. Countries operating on a “zero tolerance” policy ... are shaped by law. Though individual states could authorize safe rooms, the federal government would ... continue reading
  • Record-Breaking Number of Overdoses Traced Back to Bad Heroin

    A dangerous batch of heroin circulating throughout the city of Chicago has caused a record-breaking 74 overdoses in the span of just three days. When the numbers began to climb at such an astonishing rate, medical professionals began to suspect a ...

    ... than morphine. Combined with heroin, it's a concoction that can be deadly. As an opiate, fentanyl produces a state of ... faced with enough opiate overdose cases that the drug is now kept on-hand. (Chicago leads the nation ... continue reading
  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

    I had just started studying for the Bar Exam when I realized the extent of legal information I'd have to retain wasn't humanly possible. Terrified of failing, I sought outside help in the form of a small white pill: Adderall . Within minutes of ...

    ... by as much as 10 percent, through its influence on a neurotransmitter called glutamate. Questions About Safety But is ... market or from abroad, as the mystery pills could be sugar-coated placebos, made from expired ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... 25 percent lower rate of prescription painkiller overdose deaths on average after implementation of a medical marijuana ... drug and alcohol rehab and also how to pay if you don't have insurance. Blue Cross Blue Shield Aetna ... 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 ...

    ... where are we headed? The series takes a peek at what lies in store: “Five decades into the War on Drugs, a move to legalize marijuana gains momentum, mega-corporations have become richer and more powerful than any nation ... continue reading
  • What You Need to Know About ‘Zombie Drug’ Krokodil

    Krokodil (Crocodil) is a homemade version of a synthetic drug called desomorphine. As the name deso-morphine suggests, the chemical is in the opiate family and closely mimics the effects of heroin and morphine. Pure desomorphine is a very addictive ...

    ... easier to smuggle in narcotics from Middle Eastern poppy farms. Around 2002, it was discovered that you can concoct a cheap version of desomorphine from everyday products like cough medicine, paint thinner, light fluid ... continue reading
  • Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs?

    In 1971, President Nixon declared the “War on Drugs,” labeling drug abuse as “public enemy number one.” The creation of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) followed soon after; they were charged with enforcing federal regulations and ...

    ... The new administration is taking different standpoints on drug policies. On one hand, the Trump administration has ... truly plan to halt our nation's rising overdose and dependency rates. Additional Reading: The Surgeon ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet , has reached epidemic levels in the United States. But a recently published study highlights a strange trend: Non-medical use of opiates has decreased, ...

    ... Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is the Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit, which guides medical professionals on how they can recognize symptoms of opioid misuse and reduce the risk of death ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Could Mess With Your Brain's Ability to Recognize Sadness and Fear

    Cocaine is a stimulant drug with a reputation for making people more social, but in reality, it tends to make users paranoid and insufferable. And according to a new study , this may be in part because people who use cocaine are less capable of ...

    ... fear. Researchers found that the subjects who were on cocaine were 10 percent less likely to recognize negative ... to when they were sober. In other words, they could tell if someone was extremely angry or slightly sad, but ... continue reading
  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

    Most of us know that exposure to secondhand smoke can produce serious consequences for unborn children, including low birth weight, heart defects and learning disorders. But the potential ramifications of secondhand smoke certainly don't stop at ...

    ... due to inherent issues in using statistical estimates of populations. Clearing the Smoke If you're ready to quit smoking , there are plenty of ways you can do it. Although some try to quit cold turkey, most people have ... continue reading
  • Dark Web Oxy Dealer Could Get 20 Years in Prison

    Frenchman Guy Vallerius - aka the “OxyMonster”- is accused of selling the illicit drugs oxycodone , cocaine, and methamphetamine over the dark web. In May, Vallerius plead guilty to charges of conspiracy and money laundering; he's facing at ...

    ... selling the illicit drugs oxycodone , cocaine, and methamphetamine over the dark web. In May, Vallerius plead ... was set to compete in the world beard-growing championship. (Can't make this stuff up!) He was arrested by U.S ... continue reading
  • Don't Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance - It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

    You may have heard about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine. What you may not have heard about, however, is the ultra-potent concentrated version of it: carfentanil . What We Know About Carfentanil Developed in the mid-1970s as a ...

    ... just gets it on their hand and accidentally touches their eye, touches their mouth, that could prove to be ... have already seen a noticeable uptick in heroin overdoses, which they attribute to the growing prevalence of ... continue reading
  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

    With Obama out of office, Republicans are looking to nix the limits his administration imposed on drug testing the unemployed. Instead, they want to make it easier for states to enact drug screening requirements for various forms of public ...

    ... $336,297. The data didn't improve as time went on. In 2015, a survey of the 10 states that implemented ... fiscal savings from denying benefits.” So, what do you think? Should welfare recipients undergo drug testing in order ... continue reading
  • Do You See an Enabler in the Mirror? (Look Out for These 6 Warning Signs!)

    If you're experiencing any (or all) of these responses to your teenager's addiction, you may actually be causing more harm than good. Being a good parent means wearing many hats. You are both the compassionate protector and the discerning ...

    ... the Addict's Needs While it's natural to love your child and feel compelled to “help” however you can, addiction quickly takes priority over yours and others' needs. For this reason, the other important parts of your ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

    Shannon was feeling even more anxious than usual, so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as prescribed, but she figured an extra one wouldn't hurt. Feeling calmer, she decided to drive over to her ...

    ... us wouldn't recognize the signs of a Xanax overdose if we saw them. This can be a fatal mistake. It's in these ... exhibits any of the above symptoms, you've got a potential overdose situation on your hands. Whether they've ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

    Withdrawal. It's a huge hurdle on the path to recovery. Those struggling to leave opioids behind know they'll eventually have to face the intimidating mental and physical effects of withdrawal. It's a powerful and frightening thought. Some of the ...

    ... therapeutic target for managing opioid withdrawal. The findings of Dr. Trang and his team could have important implications for people on opioid therapy and those attempting to stop opioid use .” The team behind the ... continue reading
  • Overdosed

    The United States is experiencing an epidemic of drug overdose deaths: every year, nearly 44,000 lives are tragically lost, with more than half of the fatalities caused by prescription drugs. We've analyzed the latest government data to find out why ...

    ... more than at any other time in history. What can be done to curb the rate of prescription drug ... more likely to die from drug overdoses than women, but the gender gap differs depending on the type of drug involved. Heroin ... continue reading
  • Rapper’s Shocking On-Stage Antics are Cause for Concern

    A Florida rapper by the name of “Stitches” has earned a name for himself as of late, but for all the wrong reasons. The joker-like face tattoos are enough to take most people aback, but it's the lyrics to Stitches' music and his on-stage ...

    ... young women on stage to do the drug, passing a mirror between them as they snort lines of cocaine. At this point, Stitches' wife, Erica Duarte, loses it . As the four girls take turns snorting drugs , Duarte can be heard ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been taking pain killers for an extended time, particularly after the pain that originally prompted their use has subsided, you might well wonder whether you're addicted to pain killers. Though many people take pain killers following a ...

    ... body has adapted to expect the drug and now believes it needs the drug to work properly. Over time, you can become addicted to opioid-based pain killers such as Vicodin , morphine , or OxyContin . Opioids, which come ... continue reading
  • Portrait of the American Overdose: Do You Fit the Profile?

    Overdoses from illicit drugs and prescriptions painkillers claim a total of 45,000 lives in the US each year. Who are the people typically among these tragedies? You might be surprised. Statistics show that the profile many Americans envision when ...

    ... with pain pills can have similar effects. Are You at Risk? Do you or a loved one fit any of these profiles? If so, you should be concerned about a potentially deadly overdose. The good news is, overdoses are 100 percent ... continue reading
  • 5 Movies That Will Make You Never Want to Do Drugs Again

    Hollywood has a knack for glamorizing controversial subjects and drug use is certainly one of them. Yet for every Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or Trainspotting , there are also those films that will make you never want to touch drugs again. Here ...

    ... , there are also those films that will make you never want to touch drugs again. Here are five ... Park takes its name from a popular hangout for heroin users on Manhattan's Upper West Side, where much of the film's ... continue reading
  • Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine - But Why?

    Women are generally more vulnerable to cocaine addiction than men, according to a recent study published in the journal Nature Communications. They're also more likely to use cocaine at an earlier age, take drugs in larger quantities, have greater ...

    ... further understand female subjects, as most research on addiction has been conducted in male subjects,” ... cyclical pattern? If the latter is the problem, we can start to do hormonal replacement therapy and see if that ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

    Concerns over the risks of combining benzodiazepine and opioid prescriptions has 41 state health officials petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place a new black box warning on both drugs' labels to warn patients and doctors of the ...

    ... Drug Administration (FDA) to place a new black box warning on both drugs' labels to warn patients and doctors of the potential ... a drug overdose , found that the risk of death from drug overdose significantly increased in ... continue reading
  • Counting Dangerous Sheep: Why You Should Stop Popping Sleeping Pills

    Here's a question for you: How much sleep do you get every night? As adults, the Centers for Disease Control tells us we require seven to eight hours of sleep per night to maintain good health. Of course, we don't always get these hours. All kinds ...

    ... Well, sleeping pills pose a ton of health risks and put you at risk of addiction , which is especially concerning when we ... pose the risk for serious side effects and overdose. Today, doctors are prescribing fewer of those ... continue reading
  • The AMA to Drug Companies: It’s Time You Stop Lying to Consumers

    Transparency: The condition of being free from pretense or deceit; readily understood; characterized by accessibility of information. According to the American Medical Association (AMA), Big Pharma lacks transparency. Consumers don't really know ...

    ... prices of drugs in direct-to-consumer ads Did you know direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs ... 12-month period. This would (hopefully) put a damper on the prices of prescription drugs , which have a tendency ... 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 ...

    ... under the influence. But, is this true? Based on a recent study, researchers say no. The View is ... you may be fooling yourself. It's possible you're playing some internal psychological game that others can't perceive. You ... continue reading
  • Let’s Play: How Much Do You Really Know About Drug Schedules?

    Have you ever heard someone mention a Schedule I or Schedule II Controlled Substance? Most of us have seen these labels, but what exactly do they mean? Let's break down this drug scheduling system to get a better understanding of controlled ...

    ... The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) schedules drugs based on: Accepted medical use in the U.S. ... for abuse than Schedule I or II. However, their abuse can lead to moderate or low dependence. They are accepted for ... continue reading
  • Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

    It's tragic. People are reaching out for help…and there's no one there. As a nation, we're experiencing a severe shortage of treatment options for those struggling with substance abuse. The National Council for Behavioral Health reported shortages ...

    ... health counselor were unsuccessful. These alarming numbers don't even touch on the drastic wait times faced by those wanting to receive residential treatment (which can stretch up to a year and a half). Doctors Step Up ... continue reading
  • The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On

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  • Shooting Up: How Far Would You Go For a Fix?

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  • Does Your Personality Put You at Risk for Addiction?

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  • Your Brain on Drugs: Studying Cocaine's Effect on Blood Flow

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    ... wider range of blood flow speeds. Cocaine on the Brain Doctors and researchers are always searching ... damage. Other experiments reveal that even thinking about cocaine can change cerebral blood flow. Looking at the brain ... continue reading
  • Dangers of IV Drug Use: What You Need to Know About Track Marks

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    ... the use of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines and opiates. Usually found on the forearms, fresh track marks ... a bacterial infection, common blood-borne viruses can also be contracted from using unsterile needles. The ... continue reading
  • Smoking Can be a Serious Pain…in the Back

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  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

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  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

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  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

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

    For as long as she could remember, people told Sue that marijuana helped you sleep. So once she started having problems catching z's, she decided to give weed a try. Sue smoked pot every night for nearly three months, but for some reason, the ...

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  • Turns Out Abusing ADHD Meds Won’t Get You on the Dean’s List

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    ... ADHD medications have to get on board. Researchers say doctors must make it clear that selling these medications is illegal, as is using drugs that are not prescribed to you. They can also help educate students about ... continue reading
  • Before You Crank the Engine, Take a Deep Breath and Blow

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  • Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC Answered

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  • Wait…Marijuana Can Increase My Risk of Alzheimer's??

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  • Drugs on Mars and Venus

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    ... . This means there are a few extra ways a person can acquire them - for instance, through a doctor's prescription ... the images and information found on this page freely. When doing so we ask that you attribute this page by ... continue reading
  • How Kids Get Hooked on Drugs at Such a Young Age

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  • Buzzkill: Mary Jane’s Not as Relaxing as You Think

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  • Everything You Need to Know Inhalant Abuse

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  • You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

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  • Who Are You Without Your Drug of Choice?

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    ... can find out. When you're ready to start the journey, try these three steps: Step #1 - Discover What Brings You Joy Try new things. Revisit old interests. Either in a treatment setting or on your own, explore what makes ... continue reading
  • Help, I’ve Been Arrested for DUI – What Can I Do to Stay Out of Jail?

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  • Here’s What You Need to Know About the Probuphine Implant

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  • Hooked on Benadryl: It’s Much More Than a Harmless Dependency

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    ... dopamine release. However, tolerance can develop in as little as few days, meaning you have to take more ... How do you know if you or a loved one may be addicted? Find out here . Your Brain on Diphenhydramine According to ... continue reading
  • Would You Give Medical Marijuana to a Chronically Ill Pet?

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    ... a “mind-bending” psychoactive response (giving you that “high” feeling), and cannabidiol (CBD ... effects marijuana made on the health of their animals and believe, if given the opportunity, it could help many more. ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

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    ... on them for support. Tip #4: Forgive yourself. You're not weak for getting freaked out or wanting to use when you go to certain places. You're ... . If you're sure you need to leave a place, get out as fast as you can. Side ... continue reading
  • Are You Helping Or Enabling? 7 Ways to Spot the Difference

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    ... convince yourself that the problem will just go away on its own. You may say things like, “He's just going ... feeling of being needed. If you find yourself enabling your loved one, you can attend support groups such as Al ... continue reading
  • 6 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know

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    ... American Addiction Centers accepts many insurance plans and can work with you on a manageable payment plan. Related Reading Benzodiazepine Abuse Benzodiazepine Overdose The Effects Of Benzodiazepine Use Finding Help For ... continue reading
  • 3 Thank-You's I Owe to My Old Addiction

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    ... can appreciate how my substance abuse led me to the life I have today. I've Realized Who My True Friends Are When you're ... . Even though I had a great life, I focused on what everyone else had that I didn't. The constant ... continue reading
  • What Can I Do if My Mother or Father is an Alcoholic or Drug Abuser?

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    ... what's happening and ask that person's advice on how to proceed. In general, that person will be shocked but should provide good advice or refer you to someone who can help. In extreme cases, someone may call Child ... continue reading
  • Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain

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  • Am I Addicted to Oxycodone? How Can I Quit Safely?

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    ... companies started off by manufacturing painkillers that were based on opium, and the main focus of the research was ... much more comfortable. In addition, they can really guide you to making the right choices. Quitting isn ... continue reading
  • Study: Drug Forums Aren’t Very Helpful if You Want to Get Clean

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  • The Strangest Hallucinogenic Substances on Earth

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  • Three Lethal Drug Combinations That Can Kill You

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  • Pop Quiz: Which of These Scenarios Can Land You in Jail?

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  • Am I Addicted to Klonopin? How Can I Quit Safely?

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  • Psychedelic Drugs and Prayer Have Similar Effects on Brain

    When it comes to “out-of-body” experiences, plenty of people have reported having them during both religious awakenings and while tripping on psychedelic drugs. Although these two experiences may seem completely opposite to each other, one ...

    ... for some people. Relinquishing control to a higher power, whatever you may believe that to be, can be helpful in focusing on the present and developing faith that things will work out in the future. Additional ... continue reading
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