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  • Warning: 3 Dangerous Suboxone Interactions to Avoid

    Suboxone is a popular, prescription-only drug that effectively suppresses opioid cravings and reduces the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Although Suboxone has assisted thousands of individuals struggling with opioid addiction , the drug is not ...

    ... dangerous effects for users. As a stimulant, or “upper,” cocaine has shown to reduce the amount of ... cocaine — even when it can't. Alcohol Much like benzodiazepines, alcohol is also classified as a depressant, affecting ... continue reading
  • Drug Use and the Pancreas

    The pancreas plays a major role in the body's digestive system. From blood sugar regulation to digestion, the pancreas is constantly hard at work. However, the pancreas can become inflamed and, over time, accumulate scarring and damage as a result ...

    ... two major functions: Produce digestive enzymes that break down foods — referred to as the “exocrine” function ... steps may include: Stopping or decreasing the use of alcohol - Avoiding alcohol is the most important ... continue reading
  • List of Street Names for Drugs

    People actively abusing legal or illicit substances can get pretty creative when it comes to devising a list of slang terms—ranging from avoiding detection from law enforcement to ensuring privacy in written and verbal communication. If you ...

    ... adults. Slang terms may refer to the brand or variety of alcohol or may be more general. Non brand-specific street ... E Eve Molly Lover's Speed Peace STP X XTC Uppers - Back to List - Mescaline Mescaline —Found in ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... prone to like “downers” like alcohol. It seems like ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Liver Disease

    The Function of the Liver The liver plays an extremely important role in the body. It ensures the removal of toxins and has numerous other functions, including: Fat metabolism: The liver cells — or hepatocytes — are able to process dietary and ...

    ... or her what other medications you're on in the case of possible drug interactions. Alcohol and the Liver When alcohol reaches the liver, it is broken down ... heart rate. Pain in right upper quadrant (abdominal region below ... continue reading
  • Warning Signs of Drug Abuse

    Drug abuse continues to be a major concern in the United States. According to the report by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2013: Half of all Americans regularly drink alcohol with about 25% binge-drinking in ...

    ... to become high. Using a legal substance like alcohol in excess or with high regularity. Even one use can qualify ... these marks in areas of large muscles like the upper thigh. People abusing crystal meth can develop sores ... continue reading
  • Addiction in Its Simplest Form (Short Animation)

    This short animation created by Andreas Hykade breaks down what drug addiction looks like in its simplest form. It's remarkably catching and has created a buzz around the web. The bird-like creature is caught up and will not let go of the golden ...

    ... caught up and will not let go of the golden nugget. The golden nugget represents any drug of choice - alcohol, cocaine ... be aimless? These are some of the questions an addict or even a first-time substance user asks. It's a ... continue reading
  • Weed: The Vocabulary Killer

    Have you ever struggled to recall a word or phrase? You know the perfect term exists for what you are trying to describe, but you can't extract that word from your brain. You might even have a perfect visual, but the verbal communication center in ...

    ... also nearly doubled. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), which provides this ... to see a massive number of people facing negative consequences down the road in the form of verbal memory problems. ... continue reading
  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

    Heather always feels awkward at parties. She's quiet and shy. She never knows what to say and finds it hard to interact with people in these intimidating settings. To help her “loosen up,” she tries smoking pot before going to a party. Once ...

    ... it difficult to approach anyone while at a bar or club. To overcome this inhibition, he snorts cocaine ... Alcohol: Of course there's always plain old booze . Alcohol increases chemicals in the brain that slow things down ... continue reading
  • 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 regularly can begin to break down the enamel on teeth. Alcohol and Tooth Decay The process goes like ...

    ... The process goes like this: the sugar in alcohol combines with the bacteria in your mouth to form plaque. Plaque that builds up eventually softens the enamel and a cavity, or a hole, will develop. Once that hole appears ... continue reading
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  • 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 marijuana) interacts differently with these three hormones. What's the result? Men and women experience ...

    ... as quickly. Sex Drive: THC's interaction with estrogen is a downer for a woman's libido. For males, on the other hand, ... your experience with marijuana - for better or worse. Additional Reading: Weed: The Vocabulary ... 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 ...

    ... to forget. Along with grief, I am also drowning in guilt. “How do I make people understand that my heart has shut down in an effort to protect my sanity? Mother's Day is now a day I desperately want to forget. Along with ... 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 ...

    ... to have provided a positive impact. In 2011, Denmark recorded 285 drug overdose deaths. In 2012, the number was down to 210 - the lowest in 19 years. Canadian Supervised Injection Site The safe room concept is not a new ... 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 ...

    ... U.S. Postal Inspection Service, they managed to track him down when he traveled from his home in France to Austin, ... world beard-growing championship. (Can't make this stuff up!) He was arrested by U.S. authorities when he ... 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 ...

    ... hopes his findings can form the foundation for new studies that might lead to targeted prevention and wound management down the road. Additional Reading: Meth on the Mind - It's a Mental Downhill Slide for Users Image ... continue reading
  • 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 Mad Decent producers Yellow Claw, Waka Flocka Flame, and LNY TNZ, the 3-minute video shines a ...

    ... follow a couple of shady dealers looking for a “safe” place to set up their drug lab. They hit pay dirt when they find a down-on-his-luck farmer presumably struggling to send his young daughter to college. A deal is ... 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 ...

    ... state health officer. Taking on the Dangers Here are just a few of the reasons why California has taken up arms against E-cigs: They're Toxic : E-liquids contain nicotine, flavoring agents and toxic chemicals that have ... continue reading
  • Cocaine and the Ultimate Battle of Neurons

    Sean was ready to give up. His brother, Tony, seemed to be a lost cause. After years of cocaine use, Tony had been through three rehab programs and countless relapses. Each time, Sean hoped for the best, only to have his hopes crushed by cocaine . ...

    Sean was ready to give up. His brother, Tony, seemed to be a lost cause. After years of cocaine use, Tony had been through three rehab programs and countless relapses. Each time, Sean hoped for the best, only to have his ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

    One of the hardest parts after hitting rock bottom is asking for help. This is the ultimate lesson in humility; it forces you to toss your ego aside and admit that you're not perfect. Eye of the Beholder I had a mental image of an alcoholic , and I ...

    ... family, I mistakenly thought that asking for help would tarnish that image. Looking back, I should've sucked it up and not cared so much about what other people thought. It probably would've changed the course of my life ... continue reading
  • 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 breathalyzers to blood tests, most people are familiar with the process…but all that's about it ...

    ... change. The new instructions for drug testing might simply be: touch this. Just a simple touch…really? No more giving up some small sample of yourself for a drug test? Yep, all you'd need to provide is a fingerprint. Of ... 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 ...

    ... 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 to the Plate In the midst of an opioid epidemic and mental health crisis, we ... 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 ...

    ... clinical assessment A treatment and recovery plan - including medications when appropriate Treatment and recovery support for up to one year after release The hope is to improve the odds for inmates, by providing better ... 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 ...

    ... 12 steps. Once the patient goes through alcohol detox , they have two therapy sessions, then ... between the therapist and the patient, and it allows us to dig down and get to the heart of the problems that drive long-term ... 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 ...

    ... as a freshman after heroin took over her life. She was 23 now, and it felt like she was waking up from a long sleep. She sipped on her sixth Diet Coke while the bridesmaids got progressively drunker. They were ordering ... continue reading
  • When Does a Moderate Drinker Turn into an Alcoholic?

    Although there are many factors which bring a person from being a moderate social drinker into an alcoholic, new research has found that a large part of the change could come down a tiny segment of genetic material. Going Over the Edge The study ...

    ... that a large part of the change could come down a tiny segment of genetic material. Going Over ... eventually had their BDNF levels restored to normal and their alcohol consumption went back to a moderate amount. Will this ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

    A craving is an intense desire to use a particular drug and experts consider this the second stage of addiction. This overwhelming urge to use is so powerful, it hijacks normal thinking and behavior and leads to irrational acts - regardless of the ...

    ... Stage 2 after trying to numb my emotions with alcohol . In addition to my parents' recent divorce, ... conviction . Causing a near-fatal car accident was the wake-up call I desperately needed and I finally saw the writing ... continue reading
  • Listen To Your Gut: It Could Save Your Liver

    Do you know what's swimming around in your gut? Bacteria. What else is in there? Antibiotics. And no , not prescription meds like doctors give you for an infection. Your body actually produces natural antibiotics that kill the bacteria roaming ...

    ... passes through the liver, the bacteria eventually end up there, too, and increase the damage the liver is already suffering as it breaks down the alcohol. The Results Researchers examined this effect by manipulating ... continue reading
  • History of Drug Abuse

    History of Substance Abuse Rehabilitation As drugs have been abused for hundreds of years all over the world, their effects have been felt for just as long. As drugs have been abused for hundreds of years all over the world, their effects have been ...

    ... , the water wasn't particularly healthy, and the weak alcohol content in beer killed off a lot of harmful organisms ... . Without control, drugs ran rampant through middle and upper society. The poor were no better off; in ... continue reading
  • 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 travel-related accidents. And while the public is well aware of drug- and alcohol-related driving ...

    ... a catalyst for travel-related accidents. And while the public is well aware of drug- and alcohol-related driving dangers, the same cannot be said for the airline industry. Holiday travelers instinctively assume airline ... continue reading
  • 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 users feel “high.” When someone uses marijuana, THC quickly travels into the bloodstream, through ...

    ... were recently published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence . In both males and females, effects ... Craft's team administered to female lab rats ended up being the lowest dosage anyone in the scientific community ... continue reading
  • Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics, Study Finds

    The face of heroin in the US is changing. As the drug becomes more commonly abused among new racial, geographic and socioeconomic groups, the profile of those users is also evolving. The change is, in part, because heroin is becoming more ...

    ... of the population, particularly among whites, middle/upper-class people and in rural areas, said Dr. Shannon ... on Drug Use and Health). These participants were broken down into three groups: The first group had used ... continue reading
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  • The 25 Best Sources for Drug Addiction Research

    1. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) : Aims to bring effective substance abuse prevention to every community; works to improve accessibility to and quality of substance abuse prevention services. 2. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment ...

    ... Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) : Provides information about the social and economic costs of drug and alcohol abuse and these substances' impact on people's lives. 13. National Center on Substance Abuse and Child ... continue reading
  • 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 people who drink alone are more likely to struggle with alcoholism as they enter adulthood. Researchers ...

    ... higher in the teens with early symptoms of alcohol abuse . The solitary drinkers also drank more ... were much more likely to develop serious alcohol problems, including alcohol dependence, by age 25. If these findings ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

    ... inch long rods that are implanted under the skin in the upper arm. For six months, it provides a constant, low ... , preventing that person from feeling the “reward” or euphoric high of consuming the drug. In further tests ... 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 ...

    ... is “we want what we can't have.” In this 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 device). And though they can be a nuisance at times, it turns out they might be the key to lowering ...

    ... roads. To do this, they examined the number of alcohol-related crash deaths in the 18 states that require mandatory ... lives lost resulting from drunk driving.” Backing Up the Data Other studies have found similar results ... continue reading
  • 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 good for your liver. That's the old news. So, what's the new scoop? Turns out the latest research ...

    ... 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 good for your liver. That's the old news. So, what's the new scoop? Turns out the latest research ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... -depressive disorders). This use peaked around age 20, with about 10 percent of Gen Xers using these drugs. Millennials Alcohol: Alcohol hasn't lost its appeal over the decades. Millennials also saw a peak of 80 percent ... 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 ...

    ... as a way to attract more young, professional and upper-income customers. “You don't know what's in there ... ever bargained for. “One substance will go down, but another will go up. And unfortunately, I think (heroin abuse) ... continue reading
  • An Analysis of Drug Sentencing Trends in the US

    The United States justice system tries drug offenses on a daily basis, primarily through state courts. Because the vast majority of drug offenses are state cases rather than federal cases, individuals convicted of these crimes are largely tried and ...

    ... New Jersey with 4 months median prison sentence. On the upper end of the scale, are West Virginia with 5 months, ... next highest states. Regardless of where you live or what kind of sentencing standards your state adheres ... continue reading
  • 7 Crazy Ways Addicts Fund Their Drug Habits

    It's no secret that drug addiction can drive people to do things that are completely out of character. When addiction takes hold, scoring drugs to avoid withdrawals is a 24/7 job. And there's no glamour in that kind of career path. Little girls ...

    ... the “gifts” for drugs. Talk about Bad Santa! Low-Down, Dirty Moves Dog lovers prepare to cringe. Some addicts have ... compensated not with money but with drugs. If you or someone you love is struggling with drug addiction , ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... Out It's Not 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 ... 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 ...

    ... . One attendee also claimed the show was shut down because a bouncer had a bag of white powder ... . Local cops aren't planning to press charges against Stitches or the girl on stage, as the baggies weren't confiscated ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

    We're an anxious nation. According to data from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States. (The fact that we have an association devoted to anxiety says something about us, ...

    ... the adrenaline rush we need to either flee dangerous situations or stay and fight. Here's where the issue gets ... creates a whirlwind of anxiety. It all boils down to our interpretation of anxious feelings. If we accept ... continue reading
  • Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down

    “It's the worst mistake I've ever made. I wish I had never gotten that prescription filled.” That's the regret Kelly says sums up her experience with Xanax . At the age of 20, Kelly says she didn't realize what she was getting into when her ...

    ... that prescription filled.” That's the regret Kelly says sums up her experience with Xanax . At the age of 20, ... about the Xanax prescription, he either didn't believe her or didn't care. At this point, Kelly admits she ... continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, revealed medical marijuana users take fewer other medicines - such as opiates. Researchers monitored the use of prescription medication by participants enrolled in ...

    ... alternative to opioids but participants also reported cutting down on other medications, such as: Anti- ... makes my pain manageable, without inebriating me or forming another dependence.” Researchers want to continue their ... continue reading
  • The Price Tag of Heroin in America: $51 Billion

    If you're hooked on heroin, you'll spend an average of $150 a day to support your habit. That's nearly $55,000 per year. Heroin abuse comes with a pretty hefty price tag, unfortunately personal financial burden isn't the only cash-flow issue left in ...

    ... cost for diabetes treatment is over $248 billion, but that breaks down to just $11,148 per person. At more than $50K per ... Reading: Chicken vs. Egg - Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Are We Creating a Generation of Addicts With ADHD Medication?

    Jack During his freshman year, Jack's grades started slipping. He found it hard to keep up. He knew several classmates who used uppers for extra boosts when they needed them. In hopes of finding an endless supply of energy (and improving his ...

    ... He found it hard to keep up. He knew several classmates who used uppers for extra boosts when they needed them ... not try something else to make them feel happy, or relaxed or outgoing? Simply put; when drugs are the first ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Cancer Risk

    Despite the declines in the death rate over the last 20 years, cancer continues to be one of the most prevalent public health issues in the US. According to the National Cancer Institute 1 : More than 68 million people will receive a cancer ...

    ... smoke to more easily enter the cells in the upper digestive tract. This has been discussed as a possible ... the risk increases when khat use is combined with alcohol and/or tobacco 13 . Other Cancer Risks The above shows ... continue reading
  • 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 now addictive drugs have the power to hijack the brain's natural dopamine balance. Take a look at how ...

    ... 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 dopamine ... 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. ...

    ... 3-4 cannabis cigarettes a day is associated with the same degree of damage to bronchial mucus membranes as 20 or more tobacco cigarettes a day,” the Swedish research team adds. A Look at Use Among Teens In the meantime ... continue reading
  • 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. It's All in Your Mind The findings from the University of California Davis Centre for Neuroscience ...

    ... , a faculty member at The University of Texas at Dallas. “Eventually, however, the structural connectivity or 'wiring' of the brain starts degrading with prolonged marijuana use .” Supporting Data Other recent studies ... continue reading
  • Your Brain on Drugs: Studying Cocaine's Effect on Blood Flow

    Stimulant drugs like cocaine can cause serious blood flow problems within the brain. When there is an insufficient flow of rich, oxygenated blood to the brain, it can result in aneurysm-like bleeding and strokes. Researchers have developed a new ...

    ... flow of blood, no matter the frequency of use. Whether the mice received 30 days of chronic cocaine use or two repeated injections of the drug, Pan and his team noted a dramatic drop in blood flow speed. For the ... continue reading
  • Heroin's Death Toll Hits an All-Time High in New York

    New York City has a serious heroin problem on their hands and new data released by the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reveals just how deep the issue goes. In fact, more people died from unintentional heroin overdoses in New York ...

    ... Specific When it comes to heroin abuse and overdose rates, the biggest jump by far was in Queens. Believe it or not, 81 residents of Queens died at the hands of heroin last year - that's 28 more deaths than Queens ... continue reading
  • 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 massive number of people on prescription painkillers. Abuse of morphine, an extremely powerful and ...

    ... all the people managing temporary pain after accidents or surgeries and you have a massive number of ... much. This is often the result of tolerance build-up, which prompts people to take more than prescribed. Fortunately ... 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 ...

    ... of long-term meth use are far from glamorous or beneficial. Meth robs people of their physical and mental ... they were desperately seeking pleasure, but what they ended up getting is nothing short of a nightmare. long- ... continue reading
  • The Fear of Dealing with Addiction in the Public Eye

    Addiction has an insidious way of creating shame and dealing with it can heighten feelings of personal and professional embarrassment. For many, dealing with an addiction by seeking professional help is a private matter. However, for others, seeking ...

    ... a person's capabilities and potential. For example, the merit of a lawyer is judged by his or her problem-solving skills and intellectualism, much like a judge is characterized by their skills of discernment and ... continue reading
  • Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms

    It's common knowledge that injecting drugs like heroin poses a huge risk for transmission of the HIV virus. In fact, around 30 percent of all HIV infections worldwide (outside sub-Saharan and African areas) occur through this method. But a new study ...

    ... Use Researchers at Yale and Boston University teamed up with Russian collaborators for this ground-breaking project ... system) than those who either regularly abused the drug or didn't use it all. Symptoms that Accompany HIV ... continue reading
  • 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 into the prison. Tehani Teepe, 39, and Timothy King, 28, were charged with illegal conveyance of ...

    ... became suspicious after noticing a stain on a 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 - as a way to better function in their daily lives. But with more users, the likelihood of abuse also ...

    ... a counterfeit pill made to look like Xanax has been popping up nationwide. And while it claims to be the real deal, ... tempted to buy prescription medications from street dealers or shady websites. The only way to protect ... continue reading
  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

    A crushing avalanche is crippling Appalachian communities, but it's not the mountainous disaster you might think. This avalanche is a deadly onslaught of opioids . In 2014, the seven Appalachian states accounted for more than a fifth of nationwide ...

    ... of fighting the opioid epidemic. All of this adds up to increased drug use and staggering rates of overdose. ... and stop the escalating avalanche. Additional Reading: Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy? Image ... continue reading
  • Weed Gets a “Fancy” New Name: Craft Cannabis

    We've become a country consumed with what goes into our food products. While many want organic foods, others want gluten-free meals and non-GMO practices. It looks like this trend has expanded to include drug use. The latest trend in marijuana is ...

    ... Shop owners now see that cannabis users are willing to pay extra money for marijuana that has specific tastes or potency. And thanks to some pretty slick branding practices, shop owners are making their way to the bank ... continue reading
  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

    For years, tramadol was thought of as a safe alternative to opiates . It was viewed as less habit-forming and easier to tolerate than its “stronger” counterparts like oxycodone. Doctors handed out free samples of Ultram (tramadol's brand name), ...

    ... directed not to prescribe tramadol to anyone suffering from depression or at risk for addiction. But this wasn't enough. ... are also in place. Tramadol can only be refilled up to five times within a six-month period after ... continue reading
  • 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 the high seas? In the U.S., officials turn to several different sources for disposal of confiscated ...

    ... of what amounted to a pile of trash cluttering up the customs office and provided a source of electricity and ... is another man's power.” Additional Reading: True or False? Test Your Legal Marijuana Knowledge Image Source: ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

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    ... withdrawal symptoms - are often enough to make many people give up and return to opioids for relief. But this could soon ... implications for patients that may wish to decrease or stop their use of these medications.” The ... continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

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    ... t receiving treatment. Clearly, whatever we're currently doing (or not doing) isn't working. We need some new ... ideas which receive $10,000 each, and 40 runner-up ideas (20 from citizen scientists and 20 from professionals ... continue reading
  • 15-Minutes of Narcan Internet Fame Leaves Permanent Scars

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

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    ... of their life on social media. (Teens in particular spend up to nine hours a day using these sites.) That's ... that reading about others abusing them starts to seem “normal” or “okay” too. When the truth is, it's deadly. ... continue reading
  • 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 away. Mary Jane is smooth and easygoing. Right? Not so fast… It's a common claim, but a recent ...

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  • New Jersey Brings Mobile Recovery to the Streets

    Residents of Morris County should watch for a new vehicle roaming its at-risk areas. Hope One, a mobile recovery access center, is officially bringing addiction treatment to the streets. The goal of the program is to remove barriers that prevent ...

    ... health issues to look out for the truck. The folks requiring services will be brought to a treatment facility or program, and not jail. We're here for you.” The Morris County Sheriff's Office Community Services Unit has ... continue reading
  • Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

    Imagine you're getting your wisdom teeth removed and at the end of the procedure, your dentist hands you a prescription for a pain reliever - maybe Vicodin or Percocet . For many people, this wouldn't pose a problem. For thousands of others, ...

    ... and at the end of the procedure, your dentist hands you a prescription for a pain reliever - maybe Vicodin or Percocet . For many people, this wouldn't pose a problem. For thousands of others, however, getting hooked on ... continue reading
  • 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' pain and suffering. Whether their cats are dealing with arthritis or their dogs are suffering from pain ...

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  • Drinking Heavyweights

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

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    ... the tool.) You don't pour out your deep, dark secrets or work through any steps. Here's how it works: First, the ... site tests to see if you have a bias towards alcohol. If you do, you can spend 15 minutes each day for ... continue reading
  • Underage Drinking Across the United States

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    ... ahead of time. “What to Do If Your Teen or Young Adult Has a Problem with Drugs” . This ... great resource and provides information on every type of drug, alcohol and substance abuse problem. In addition, if you suspect ... continue reading
  • Released from Prison…and Still Addicted

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    ... without the tools to avoid returning to drugs and alcohol. Often times, relapse occurs, violations result - and ... - recommending low-level offenders to either treatment or fines, rather than lengthy prison sentences. Now, ... continue reading
  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

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    ... world selling counterfeit and unlicensed medicines had to be closed down . As a result, experts warn would-be buyers ... sugar-coated placebos, made from expired ingredients or, even worse, toxic concoctions . Additional ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage III

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    ... seek help . It's created by a particular event or from a slow decline over time. Either way, ... it gave me clarity and much-needed perspective - both with alcohol and with life. It helped me to break free from denial ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Genetics and the “Morning After”

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    ... by providing a natural curb on excessive drinking, or negatively should some drinkers feel compelled to drink ... , letting down family members due to abandoned plans, may help them to manage their alcohol consumption.” ... continue reading
  • Drug Prevention | Abuse

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    ... followed up with continued support. Drug prevention programs seek to involve the family, community or ... This includes underage use of legal drugs such as alcohol and tobacco, illicit street drugs, inhalants and the ... continue reading
  • Dangerous Additives: What's Really in Your Cocaine?

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    ... .4 percent in their 2000+ cocaine seizures for 2013, down from 45 percent in 2005. Here we will highlight some ... in the user. Crack cocaine can cause irregular or aggressive behavior, and has been linked to increased ... continue reading
  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

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    ... shortage in the supply. Thousands of drug dealers set up shop, doling out pills on street corners, in abandoned ... than those associated with other drugs abuse. Alcohol, methamphetamine and marijuana make for great examples ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... system is more likely to suffer from a panic attack or other anxiety symptoms. Get the rest you need. Keep ... medication) well worth the effort? Additional Reading: Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Eyes to Mouth: Just How Big is Your Wine Glass?

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    ... common scenario was the focus of a new and pretty interesting study. If you drink wine - especially in restaurants or clubs - you'll want to read on. Wine Sales Increase with Glass Size Research conducted over a four ... continue reading
  • Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine - But Why?

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    ... relapse . But why? Well, the reason seems to come down to biology. A Look at the Biology Researchers at the ... she said. “Is it the fact that estrogens are there or not, or is it the fact that they're fluctuating in this ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

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    ... assume if the number of meth labs are down, meth use must also also down. Unfortunately, that's not the case. ... much more appealing than the risk of cooking it up stateside. Some areas are being hit particularly hard with ... continue reading
  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

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    ... . It might feel like everything you built up has now come crumbling down, but relapse after heroin addiction is actually ... relapse. You may feel like you've somehow failed or that you're beyond hope. Therapy will help you ... continue reading
  • Misery Loves Company…Especially Among Addicts

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    ... prospect of dealing with these things tends to bring up a multitude of irrational fears. Here's a look ... . With a different perspective on life, our old pals may look down on us and even try to tell us that we have a ... continue reading
  • Watch Your Mouth: It Matters How You Use the Language of Addiction

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    ... linguistic attitude is to remember that our culture is made up of millions of voices. And your individual voice does ... can show them love and understanding - or push them further down the dark path of addiction. Additional ... continue reading
  • Ambien: Sweet Dreams or Total Nightmare?

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    ... . After fully waking up, Nicole was extremely confused - clueless as to how she woke up on Kate's couch ... She turned off the stove, grateful she hadn't burned down the house. She then called her doctor to inform him she ... continue reading
  • Sorry – Drones Can't Legally Deliver Your Weed

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    ... stay busy establishing new laws in an attempt to keep up with an ever evolving world. Staying a Step Ahead California ... to stay a step ahead of issues by laying down these rules. The delivery decision will be disappointing ... continue reading
  • Fixing the Addiction Counselor Crunch: One University’s Plan to Help

    Seventy-seven percent of counties across the country are currently suffering from severe shortages of behavioral health professionals. By 2025, the expected demand for treatment will create a shortage of over 15,000 workers. The lack of experts in ...

    ... clear we have a problem on our hands. With opioid and alcohol abuse on the rise, our nation is dangerously imbalanced. As ... of the program. Those obtaining this certificate or completing the minor will qualify to apply ... continue reading
  • We’re One Step Closer to a Marijuana Breathalyzer

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    ... difficult to capture. Unlike the ethyl alcohol measured with an alcohol breathalyzer , THC has a complex ... marijuana intoxication. (It's legal to use recreationally or medicinally, but it's still illegal to drive under ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

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  • What Does Ecstasy do to Your Mind and Body?

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  • Meet the Silent Generation: Adult Children of Alcoholics

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    ... a totally different person now than he was while she was growing up. She was happy for him - and for her entire family ... Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? If you or someone you know is an adult child of an ... continue reading
  • Smoking Can be a Serious Pain…in the Back

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  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

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    ... of naloxone takes effect much quicker than the nasal spray. If the signs and symptoms indicate a life-or-death emergency, giving the medication via syringe is a better option. Myth #4: Naloxone is Expensive As with most ... continue reading
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