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  • The Science Behind Addiction

    Throughout human evolution, activities that brought a release of dopamine were the ones that also kept us alive or contributed to reproduction, but ...

    Throughout human evolution, activities that brought a release of dopamine were the ones that also kept us alive or contributed to reproduction, but now addictive drugs have the power to hijack the brain's natural ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    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 ... Learn more

  • Hitting the Grass Ceiling: 6 Surprising Ways Weed is Sexist

    Estrogen, testosterone and THC: What do these three things have in common? Apparently, not much. Studies reveal that THC (the active chemical in ...

    ... a spike in testosterone shortly after smoking, increasing sex drive. However, this only lasts about an hour, and in high doses, lasts only 20 minutes. After these time periods, testosterone levels dip lower than normal ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... refreshing water may wake you up, but it doesn't speed up the process. But you will smell nicer. Take two and call me in the morning: Popping a couple of aspirin before you hit the mattress to sleep it off won't fend ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... . Stitches has developed a small, but loyal fan base who are willing to pay up to $60 for meet-and-greets with him after local performances. The rapper has also become notorious for one of the most outrageous on-stage ... Learn more

  • Flawed Research: Proof That Social Drinking Was Never Healthy

    Most of us have heard stories about the potential health benefits of drinking alcohol: light-to-moderate drinkers had fewer heart attacks than ...

    ... heart disease. But does alcohol really live up to the hype? A new study is calling these old claims into question and it seems there's a proverbial fly in the ointment, so to speak. Let's dig into the facts. Clues ... Learn more

  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

    One in 20 Americans are popping pills that have been prescribed for someone else. And the CDC reports that most misused prescription opioids are ...

    ... it is to limit that access. Larry Twersky, CEO of TimerCap, LLC, noted , “Now you have a detection and a deterrent because people know that they can get caught by opening up your medication.” But Do Bottles Really ... Learn more

  • Alcohol Poisoning: You Can Save a Life in Less Than 10 Steps

    Last night Kerry got drunk…and then kept drinking. By the end of the night, he couldn't even stand up on his own. His friends carried him to the ...

    ... you're in danger of choking on your own vomit. If worse comes to worse, you can fall into a coma and die . What Are the Signs of Alcohol Poisoning? Since it's a potentially life-threatening situation, you need to ... Learn more

  • Mirror, Mirror: Aging Early Courtesy of Alcohol

    $2.1 billion. That's how much we spent on anti-aging skin care products in 2013. And that's just in the United States. Guess how much Americans ...

    ... we're dehydrated , our skin is dry from the inside out. This makes it wrinkle more quickly. Fine lines and wrinkles appear, which continue to grow deeper with time. Alcohol also depletes our body of vitamin A, which ... Learn more

  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

    Millions of Americans suffer daily from chronic pain. Factor in all the people managing temporary pain after accidents or surgeries and you have a ...

    ... they did not exhibit the same behaviors with the new drug. Hope For the Future With fewer side effects and great pain-relieving results, this new drug could have a huge impact on the millions suffering from chronic ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... a Sleep-Aid As of 2016, half our nation's states have legalized marijuana for medical and/or recreational use. More and more patients are turning to marijuana to ease ailments, but a recent study shows sleep issues ... Learn more

  • Let’s Clear the Air About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

    Picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights up a cigarette. Sitting next to her, you inhale the secondhand smoke for one minute. ...

    ... smoke, impaired as they recover from the exposure. Now picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights a joint. Sitting next to this person, you inhale secondhand marijuana smoke for 60 seconds. For the ... Learn more

  • Eyes to Mouth: Just How Big is Your Wine Glass?

    Pam and Stephanie met for dinner after work on Friday. Each drank wine with their meal. They had been to this restaurant many times before and ...

    ... drank as much. After all, it looks like such a small amount of liquid in that big goblet. We look at our glasses and think 'I haven't had very much. It won't hurt if I order another.' It's this type of thinking that ... Learn more

  • Sorry – Drones Can't Legally Deliver Your Weed

    Sorry – Drones Can't Legally Deliver Your Weed

    What happens when a new law is put into place? Dozens of other rulings follow suit to regulate the ramifications of the first law. As each new ...

    ... would need to be made. Businesses didn't sell marijuana . They didn't deliver it to customers, and they certainly weren't considering getting their products to consumers via drones. Today, with new marijuana laws in ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 's 2014 Monitoring the Future survey are out and show no significant increase in marijuana use among teens ... 8 th graders, 16.6 percent among 10 th graders and 21.2 percent among 12 th graders. There are two ... Learn more

  • Unchain My Heart: The Real Impact of Booze

    Anyone who has experienced alcohol abuse first hand knows how heartbreaking it can be. The emotional and relational damage left in its wake is ...

    ... blood throughout your body. The result of all that pressure is a strained heart, strained blood vessels and potential organ failure. Stroke: When your blood cannot reach your brain, you suffer a stroke. High blood ... Learn more

  • Is Alcohol Wreaking Havoc on Your Sexual Performance?

    Alcohol is often viewed as an aphrodisiac, but this label is far from the truth. While drinking may lower social inhibitions and increase the ...

    ... mental effects is to abstain from using. When the body is free of alcohol, adverse signs and symptoms no longer contribute to poor sexual performance. It's also important to mention that multiple studies have shown ... Learn more

  • 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 drinking habits , avoid making them based on these myths. Myth #1 It's safe to drink more and more over time because your body develops a tolerance to alcohol. Truth: Tolerance is a warning sign, not a ... Learn more

  • The Truth About This Vegetable’s Alcohol Antidote Reputation

    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 ...

    ... The powder offered the same nutritional equivalent to a tomato, the extract contained only fat-soluble components, and the lycopene is the red-pigment antioxidant that gives tomatoes their color. The results of the four ... Learn more

  • We’re One Step Closer to a Marijuana Breathalyzer

    What does Mary Jane's breath smell like? Inquiring scientific minds are about to find out. A recent breakthrough has pushed potential manufacturers ...

    ... Technology were up to the challenge. Using a new technology called PLOT-cryo, researchers were able to capture and analyze THC molecules in the vapor phase. How Will This Test Improve Driver Safety? Why is this a ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... next thing you know - you've got an alcoholic beverage. Palcohol comes in an assortment of flavors including vodka, rum and tequila, to name just a few. Although it won't be available for sale until next year - at the ... Learn more

  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

    This is your brain on pot: A new study has found that regular marijuana use is linked to both lower IQ scores and impaired decision making skills. ...

    ... brain on pot: A new study has found that regular marijuana use is linked to both lower IQ scores and impaired decision making skills. It's All in Your Mind The findings from the University of California Davis Centre ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... “smart drug” will affect healthy brain function down the road, but do agree that it has mild side effects and low abuse potential. But they do urge caution in acquiring this drug, as many have bought it off the internet ... Learn more

  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

    Would you ever give pot to your pooch? Most of us likely think this idea is, well, barking mad, but a new bill out of Nevada could soon make medical ...

    ... was adamantly clear that animals don't get high from ingesting these products. “It has truly been a miracle and I don't say that lightly,” said Kelly Conway, the owner of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who uses the ... Learn more

  • Proof that Alcohol and College Exams Don't Mix

    For decades, the night after big college exams has served as a standing invitation to kick off some serious alcohol-soaked partying. Often there is ...

    ... according to data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). A student with a GPA in ... University of Portland study supports the NIAAA conclusions and takes the data a step further. Students ... Learn more

  • Let's Talk About the Elephant Tranquilizer in the Room

    It's 10,000 times more potent than morphine. It's 100 times more powerful than fentanyl . What is it? Carfentanil. Designed as a ...

    ... deadly substance has made its way into our nation's illegal drug market. It's often disguised as heroin and can kill on contact. Just two milligrams is enough to kill 100 people. This synthetic opioid first appeared ... Learn more

  • The World’s First Whiskey-Powered Car Just Aced Its Test Drive

    You've probably watched this scene in a movie or on TV: Someone runs out of gas, but manages to get on the road again by pouring alcohol in the ...

    ... ( drinking alcohol ). Even from the beginning, alcohol and cars were linked. Henry Ford's Model T was ... byproducts. Professor Martin Tangney, Celtic Renewables founder and president, explained , “What we developed was ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... wheezing. She quickly set down her wine glass and reached for her inhaler. The medicine started working ... person who lives with this condition must weigh the options and decide what's best for their health. As for Tracy ... Learn more

  • An Ultimate Guide to Understanding the Dangers of Spice

    “It's not bad for you, dude. It's all natural. It's just plant materials, so it can't hurt you,” a friend whispered in Dave's ear. Unfortunately ...

    ... it can't hurt you,” a friend whispered in Dave's ear. Unfortunately for Dave, he believed his friend and they spent the next hour smoking Spice . The seizure Dave suffered a little while later certainly proved his ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 will ... Learn more

  • German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

    German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

    What happens to confiscated pot? Does it go to Mary Jane jail somewhere? Is it donated to hospitals for medical research? Does it get tossed into ...

    ... clever. It got rid of what amounted to a pile of trash cluttering up the customs office and provided a source of electricity and heat for local residents. You could say the customs officers in Germany have taken that old ... Learn more

  • You’re Fired: Police Departments Weaning K9’s Off Marijuana

    You’re Fired: Police Departments Weaning K9’s Off Marijuana

    Jobs change with technology, and work tasks evolve with those advancements. New policies and developments often put people out of work. It turns out, ...

    ... days of initial training, followed by daily reinforcements to successfully modify the dog's behavior. Trainers and handlers are in disagreement about the potential success of this training. Some dogs might have to be ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 when they were out drinking together last weekend. He called Chris to ... Learn more

  • Teens Who Drink Solo Are in More Trouble Than We Thought

    Have you found yourself knocking a few back when no one else is around? A recent study calls solitary drinking into question, finding that young ...

    ... the need to pour a glass when no one's around. Are you feeling guilty about your need to drink and thus hiding it from others? Are you trying to cope with negative external factors? Are you simply just bored? Whatever ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... it Make a Difference? At a time when consumers want everything right now , are they really even likely to stop and read the label? Experts say yes. However, the problem isn't reading prescription labels, per se, it's ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... incidents per 100,000 residents. Compare that number to wet counties, who have about 40 incidents per 100,000, and you can clearly see there's a problem. By the University of Kentucky's figures, meth lab seizures in the ... Learn more

  • Alcohol Might be Causing Your Bathroom Misery

    Anyone's who had a urinary tract infection (UTI) knows that it's irritating at best and extremely painful at worst. While dehydration and bacterial ...

    ... to avoid UTIs. In fact, the only foolproof method is to avoid drinking altogether. In the end, your body (and bladder) will thank you. Learn more about what you can do to help an alcoholic loved one . Image ... Learn more

  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

    A Cincinnati woman and her incarcerated boyfriend are now facing criminal charges after she reportedly tried to smuggle a Bible laced with heroin ...

    ... square of the Bible, which later proved to be heroin - enough to be broken up into 30 or 40 hits and distributed among the inmate population. The would-be smugglers now face up to five years in prison if convicted on the ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... biking, to skateboarding, they did everything together. This new “hobby” they tried together would prove fatal. Ryan and Grant died within 48 hours of each other, both due to acute drug intoxication . When the boys ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... meth use. What made these wounds refuse to heal and why did meth users want to scratch them? Now, ... of IL-6, which delays the body's inflammatory response and ability to heal. His goal, then, is to see how ... Learn more

  • Want Healthy, Clear Skin? Say No to Alcohol!

    Drinking too much alcohol too often has negative effects on the body, something anyone with nasty hangover experience can validate. Most people are ...

    ... that alcohol consumption also negatively affects the body's largest organ—the skin—in three distinct ways. Alcohol and Its Effects on Skin First, alcohol is a hepatotoxin, says Dr. David Colbert, founder of New York ... Learn more

  • Guess What’s in Your Marijuana?

    Cannabis, or marijuana , is a complex plant that has psychoactive and medicinal elements. It contains more than 480 naturally occurring ingredients, ...

    ... it actually lacks any noticeable psychoactive effects and works in concert with THC to decrease ... heat. Though it lacks the strong psychoactive and medicinal qualities of THC and comprises less than one percent of cannabis ... Learn more

  • From Snort to Synapse: We Map Out Cocaine's Trip in Your Brain

    The powder is perfectly lined on the table. With no straw handy, you roll up a Washington and seconds later, the snow is gone. Inhaled into your ...

    ... studied this coke trip under the microscope; they tell us a single dose of cocaine changes your brain's reward center. And that's partly why it's so easy to get hooked. In the end, the high you feel from snorting a ... Learn more

  • Imagining Life Without My Daughter Pushed Me to the Edge

    Imagining Life Without My Daughter Pushed Me to the Edge

    Lisa's mom, Jane, was at the end of her rope. For the third time in eight weeks, she had to go pick up her drunk daughter. Jane was exhausted and ...

    ... off dangerous levels of blood alcohol. She began to imagine a peaceful existence, one without 2 a.m. drunk phone calls and rushed trips to the city (an hour away) to pick up a grown woman too drunk to stand up or walk ... Learn more

  • 5 Smart Ways to Prepare for Your Friend’s Intervention

    Krista is worried about Becca. They've been friends for years, so Krista can tell when something is “off” with her friend. And lately, something ...

    ... can tell when something is “off” with her friend. And lately, something seems off. Krista has noticed Becca being a ... charged situation. That makes it easy to get off track and leave out a lot of the things you'd planned ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... it, do our hangovers actually influence the time to the next drink? A recent study tackled this question…and the answer may not be what you'd expect. A Surprising Conclusion “Our main finding is that hangovers ... Learn more

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

    Meet Bill. Bill smokes marijuana every day - a lot of it. From blunts and bowls to bongs and wax, there's barely a waking moment Bill isn't ...

    ... . We notice the reduction in blood flow is greatest in this part of Bill's brain. That can't be good - and researchers agree. Our tour of Bill's brain is based on the results of a recent study . Experts examined the ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 long ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... in the U.S. each year, including 900 babies. Those who died lost an average of 14.2 years off their life, and the lost productivity cost the U.S. economy $6.6 billion. Even worse, all of these statistics are likely an ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... If you know someone who uses E-cigarettes, educate them about the dangers of these products. Suggest that they quit and offer support in doing so. But if they insist on continuing to smoke, you can at least urge them to ... Learn more

  • Big Surprise: What Age Does Our Alcohol Consumption Peak?

    Most people associate an age-related life crisis with middle-age, but all the uproar and uncertainty of our 20s can apparently do a number as well. ...

    ... amounts of alcohol. Recent studies have shown that light drinking can increase the risk of both mouth and breast cancer. And if you've ever had a sleepless night after drinking, it's worth pointing out that alcohol ... Learn more

  • Fake Xanax is Here…And It’s Deadly

    We're feeling the anxiety these days and an increasing number of people are turning to drugs like Xanax - a mild sedative used to treat anxiety - ...

    ... like a 2mg Xanax pill . It even bears the fake “XANAX” label, along with boasting a similar size, shape and color. Some of these fake pills are so good, in fact, even forensic scientists can't tell the difference just ... Learn more

  • Underage Drinking Across the United States

    Underage Drinking Across the United States

    Using alcohol in ways that are illegal and irresponsible is both risky and dangerous to those who partake in such behavior, but especially so when ...

    ... information, we used the 2017 FBI Crime in the United States Report to see how many liquor law and drunkenness violations were committed by underage drinkers across the US. To find out the answer, look through our ... Learn more

  • Dark Web Oxy Dealer Could Get 20 Years in Prison

    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 ...

    ... for questioning immediately upon arrival. Security asked Vallerius for the passwords to his devices - cell phone, iPad, and laptop - as part of a routine inspection at the border. It was there that officials were able ... Learn more

  • Study: Drug Forums Aren’t Very Helpful if You Want to Get Clean

    Libraries. Encyclopedias. Professors. Doctors. Pre-Internet, these were our top sources of information. If we wanted answers, this is where we ...

    ... helpful bastions of information they're billed to be. Though the forums are used to share both science and experience-based information drug use, a bulk of site visitors are seeking advice on how to optimize drug use ... Learn more

  • New Study: Amphetamine Abuse and This Old Heart

    It's called speed for a reason. Amphetamines, like Ritalin or Adderall, accelerate your heart rate. They send your nervous system into overdrive. ...

    ... causes a premature onset of these issues. Imagine feeling like you're 75 on your 30th birthday. You lack the energy and physical abilities you should have at that stage in life. You're also at high risk for the common ... Learn more

  • Home Alone: Binge-Drinking and Motherhood

    Not too long ago, I had dinner with one of my high-school friends - someone I hadn't seen in several years. I remember thinking she had a ...

    ... study of 1,250 adults, those with children living at home were the most likely to drink heavily and/or binge drink. And in a Today.com survey conducted in 2014, more than one-third of the respondents claimed to have ... Learn more

  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

    You've just taken an opioid painkiller . The medication travels to your brain, making the pain sensations stop. The same opiates also make you feel ...

    ... U.S., a whopping 44 people die each and every day as a result of respiratory arrest brought ... given opioids, their breathing remained normal. What does this mean and why is this discovery considered to be huge? Simply put ... Learn more

  • Mouth, Throat Cancer: Two More Reasons to Stop Drinking Right Now

    What would you do if you knew moderately drinking alcohol over the course of your lifetime would double your risk of getting cancer? Would you stop ...

    ... found that those who drank four or more drinks per day were more than twice as likely to get mouth and/or throat cancer as those people who did not consume any alcohol. That makes you think twice about that extra glass ... Learn more

  • Are Instagram Booze Memes Driving More Women to Binge Drink?

    Instagram, home of selfies and highly-filtered vacation pics, has generated another popular trend: booze memes. The colorful images, which ...

    ... number increased by even more, from 2.8 per day to 3.4. The US has seen a similar trend. Between 2007 and 2012, heavy drinking by Americans increased by 17.2 percent, due in part to a rise in binge drinking by women ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... a specific religious doctrine. It simply means that you are adhering to the belief that if you put in the work and do the right things, then good things will happen to you. There is a great deal of uncertainty in the ... Learn more

  • Shocking Stories Reveal Serious Dangers of Flakka

    There's a whole new synthetic drug “craze” sweeping the nation courtesy of a drug known as Flakka. The Drug Enforcement Agency had no reported ...

    ... Flakka is safe or “isn't that bad,” it'd be a good idea to do some research into the ugly and often brutal results of this synthetic. For example, here are three recent, real-life examples out of Florida that just ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... size had increased significantly over the past few months - so had his drinking, time in front of the TV and general feelings of sluggishness. To prevent a full beer-belly look, Mike got in the habit of exercising. As he ... Learn more

  • Before You Crank the Engine, Take a Deep Breath and Blow

    If you've ever been convicted of a drunk driving offense , you're probably more than familiar with a car breathalyzer (also known as an interlock ...

    ... driving offense , you're probably more than familiar with a car breathalyzer (also known as an interlock device). And though they can be a nuisance at times, it turns out they might be the key to lowering drunk driving ... Learn more

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

    Mellow. This is the word many people associate with marijuana. Take a few tokes and you'll feel relaxed. As it takes effect, your stress just melts ...

    ... , “Our findings provide some support for the common claim that cannabis is used to reduce stress and relieve tension and anxiety . At the same time, our finding that participants in the higher THC group reported small ... Learn more

  • Would You Give Medical Marijuana to a Chronically Ill Pet?

    Medical marijuana isn't just for humans anymore. All around the country, pet owners are turning to pot as a way to alleviate their furry friends' ...

    ... they yet aren't allowed to write prescriptions for it. And, in states where marijuana is illegal, vets are cautious ... marijuana made on the health of their animals and believe, if given the opportunity, it could help ... Learn more

  • Intoxicated Pilots Gamble with the Lives of Holiday Travelers

    Now that the holiday season is upon us, the roadways and skies are crowded with travelers. This massive surge of activity serves as a catalyst for ...

    ... found in many over-the-counter cold and flu medications and in sleep aids. Toxicology reports also ... NTSB attributes the increase to greater marijuana use and potential confusion about marijuana policies. The study's ... Learn more

  • 5 Genius Minds Who Dabbled in Drugs

    For hundreds and thousands of years, human beings have experimented with drugs. Some people used illicit substances to celebrate the gods; some used ...

    ... along the way. Bill Gates Bill Gates is known around the world for his work in the computer industry and for co-founding Microsoft. He's also consistently ranked as being one of the wealthiest people in the world ... Learn more

  • Do Women Pay a Higher Price for Smoking Weed?

    Tetrahydrocannibinol, better known as THC, is the most potent component of marijuana. It's the chemical that causes feelings of euphoria and makes ...

    ... makes users feel “high.” When someone uses marijuana, THC quickly travels into the bloodstream, through the lungs, and on to the brain. This process is completed within a few minutes, but the high can last for several ... Learn more

  • Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier

    The abuse of ADHD medication is commonly associated with black-market Ritalin or Adderall on campus to aid last-minute cramming sessions. However, a ...

    ... should be concerning to those who understand how drug dependence works.” The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has seen a steady increase in ADHD diagnoses over the years. In 2011, roughly 11 percent of ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... ” is hazardous, the combination of the two can be a recipe for disaster. In short, combining drugs and alcohol either masks effects, which increases the risk of consuming too much, or the combination causes a “double ... Learn more

  • 7 Not-So-Subtle Signs a Friend is Struggling with Alcoholism

    I have a girlfriend I'm worried about - let's call her Candace. She chugs cocktails, can't hold down a job and causes drunken scenes like it's ...

    ... in trouble or drinking to the point of dependency? Luckily, there are some common red flags that accompany alcoholism and, if you know what to look for, these signs can help you determine whether or not your friend has ... Learn more

  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

    Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

    I used to live in a neighborhood blanketed in liquor stores, dive bars, and convenience stores that sold beer until two in the morning - even on ...

    ... night. All of these elements served as around-the-clock triggers for me. The urge to walk to the corner deli and buy a 12-pack of cheap beer was often too hard to ignore, so I relapsed a lot. Home Sweet Home? I ... Learn more

  • My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

    My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

    In prison, many of the women I met struggled with substance abuse issues. Although alcohol and drugs were no longer in endless supply in there, many ...

    ... s beneficial to bring your struggles to light. Find a support group, share your story with others who understand and can provide some helpful insight. Working alone is possible, but it's so much easier to lie to yourself ... Learn more

  • Tooth and Consequences: Alcohol Can Wreck Your Smile

    People who consume alcohol excessively and regularly are at great risk to develop tooth decay and periodontal disease. Even having a few drinks ...

    ... periodontal disease. Even having a few drinks regularly can begin to break down the enamel on teeth. Alcohol and Tooth Decay The process goes like this: the sugar in alcohol combines with the bacteria in your mouth ... Learn more

  • What Does Ecstasy do to Your Mind and Body?

    The night started off exactly like the last few Saturdays…Chloe entered the club with her girlfriends. Soon after, each of them took a bundle of ...

    ... than they were before. The drug's stimulation gave her a boost of confidence, a sense of well-being and a feeling of closeness to the strangers surrounding her. Once those feelings kicked in, Chloe knew the “love drug ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... off the red cap of the cartridge. Screw the naloxone cartridge into the barrel of the syringe. Tilt head back and spray half of the naloxone (1cc) into each nostril. Injectable Naloxone : Pry the orange top off the ... Learn more

  • The Use and Abuse of Date Rape Drugs

    Although Bill Cosby has been making headlines for his alleged use of date rape drugs, sexual assault cases involving these substances have been a ...

    ... server. If possible, try to attend parties with a group of friends so you can watch each other's drinks and leave as a group. People who abuse date rape drugs often say the effects are “paralyzing.” The symptoms kick ... Learn more

  • 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? ...

    ... During your dental checkups, the dentist or hygienist will be able to determine whether you're brushing and flossing properly and, if not, give you tips to beef up your oral health regimen. This expert input is extremely ... Learn more

  • New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

    New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

    Breathe on this. Spit on that. Provide a urine sample. You know the drill. The methods of drug testing are relatively common and well-known. From ...

    ... no way to fool this test. The subject's identity and substance use are both captured in the sample. This eliminates ... hospitals, and treatment centers In emergency situations, due to the quick results and determining ... Learn more

  • Want to Feel Better from Anxiety & Depression Fast? Try These 8 Techniques!

    The stresses of everyday life can take their toll physically, emotionally and psychologically. However, ignoring these issues will not make them go ...

    ... Whether it's career- or family-related, taking a few minutes to unwind can make all the difference for your mood and state of mind. It's important to remember that everyone needs a little “me time” once in awhile. Go for ... Learn more

  • Life After Prison: 6 Things I Love About My Sobriety

    6 years ago, my life hit rock bottom: my parents unexpectedly got divorced, I hated my job (especially my “Boss from Hell”), and my live-in ...

    ... the dark circles under my eyes seemed to disappear. Cutting out alcohol made me look the best I had in years! And as an added bonus, I have an easier time maintaining my weight, as I don't overload my body anymore with ... Learn more

  • 7 Things You Don’t Realize About Teenage Drug Abuse.

    It's difficult to convince adolescents of the harmful and potentially deadly effects of drug abuse. After all, teens have an exaggerated sense of ...

    ... that teen pregnancy accounts for more than $9 billion per year in costs to taxpayers for increased health care and foster care. Not to mention, teen mothers are more likely to drop out of school, have health problems ... Learn more

  • Will Diplo’s New Anti-Drug Video Impact EDM Culture?

    Mad Decent label head Diplo just put the EDM drug culture on blast, releasing a dark music video for the track “Techno.” Teaming up with fellow ...

    ... . A deal is made and the duo begins using the ... and death currently ingrained in EDM culture is definitely a step in the right direction. Learn more about the dangerous side effects of drug abuse and addiction ... Learn more

  • Why Do Binge Drinkers Have a Hard Time with Healing Wounds?

    The term binge drinking applies when a pattern of alcohol consumption results in the rapid increase of blood-alcohol content that meets or exceeds ...

    ... white blood cells are in charge of destroying bacteria and debris, a deficiency of these specialized cells interferes ... about alcohol abuse signs, symptoms and treatment options . Image Source: deathtothestockphoto. ... Learn more

  • Warning: Even Moderate Drinking Can Increase Your Cancer Risk

    Based on tons of research, we already know that heavy drinking can put you at a higher risk for various diseases and disorders. But what about ...

    ... “safe drinking level” may still increase the risk for cancer. Dr. Jürgen Rehm, of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada shared his recommendations based on this study: “People with a family ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 12 percent (nearly triple that of Gen X and Millennials). To their credit, this generation lived through ... trend when amphetamines were frequently prescribed as a treatment for depression . Sedatives: At their peak use ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... is, that while it may seem that drugs are making you feel better, they're actually causing long-term damage, and you're likely better off without it. So before you reach for that bottle or that pipe, don't forget about ... Learn more

  • The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On

    Doctor shopping has become all too commonplace for addicts desperate to obtain drugs, but a new app could help determine whether emergency room ...

    ... emergency room, but also elsewhere in the hospital, and this gives clinicians a much easier way to assess ... you or someone you know struggles with alcohol or drugs, learn more about the signs and symptoms of addiction . Learn more

  • Alcohol: The Breast Cancer Risk in a Bottle

    Can drinking alcohol cause breast cancer? That's the question multiple experts, research teams, scientists, and medical oncologists have set out to ...

    ... consumption, things like cirrhosis of the liver, alcoholism, and DUIs tend to stand out. Breast cancer is ... defined as no more than 1 drink per day for women and 2 drinks per day for men. If you or someone you ... Learn more

  • What's In My Baggie? Documentary Highlights the Danger of Mystery Drugs Sold at Music Festivals

    Let's face it; drug users never really know what their drug dealers are selling them. But now more than ever, users are reeling from the negative ...

    ... they can't put the test kits into people's hands then at least have people there that can spread the education and awareness,” said Chambers. Learn more about the dangerous side effects of drug abuse and addiction . Learn more

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

    Adopted over 20 years ago, zero-tolerance drug policies still dominate the conduct codes of most American public schools. In fact, the U.S. ...

    ... be suspended, expelled, forced to attend drug counseling and 12-Step meetings for possessing over-the-counter medication. ... Reading: What Every Parent Needs to Know about Adderall Addiction Image Source: pixabay.com Learn more

  • This is NOT a Drill: Alcohol Causes 7 Kinds of Cancer

    Everyone knows a can of beer isn't as good for you as a glass of orange juice. And, it's common knowledge that excessive amounts of alcohol aren't ...

    ... meta-analysis completed by the reporting research group, Bagnardi and colleagues, whose findings were published in Addiction Journal. Just the Facts According to this study, alcohol caused 5.8 percent of cancer ... Learn more

  • Got 15 Minutes to Spare? Why Not Spend it Reducing Impulsive Drinking?

    Do you want to cut down on drinking? Would you like to be able to say “no” more often? Guess what? There's an app for that. Well, there's an ...

    ... to choose non-alcoholic drinks in the future. Additional versions have been developed for treatment of anxiety, depression and other issues. The goal is to redirect negative thought patterns so you can make healthier ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... of stimulant addictions is that doctors are now so quick to diagnose ADHD when other conditions are causing the problems. Interestingly enough, ADHD prescriptions have risen 29.2 percent from 2010 to 2015 and sales of ... Learn more

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Ryan Kelley is a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician and the former managing editor of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS). During his time at JEMS, Ryan developed Mobile Integrated Healthcare in Action, a series of in-depth articles on Community Paramedicine programs across the country that go beyond transporting patients to emergency rooms and connects specific patients, such as repeat system users, the homeless and others with behavioral health issues and substance use disorders, to definitive long-term care and treatment. In his current capacity as Medical Editor for American Addiction Centers, Ryan works to provide accurate, authoritative information to those seeking help for substance abuse and behavioral health issues.

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