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  • Drug Arrests Across America

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

    ... places we've covered so far, their data doesn't distinguish arrests by drug type. Instead, they are simply described with a vague term like “drug/narcotics.” Boston, MA From January to October of 2014, there were 3,480 ... continue reading
  • Ill Inventory: Drug Theft and Loss in the United States

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

    ... opioids were their drug of choice. Fatal Overdoses for Each Type of Drug In 2015, all of the above states experienced considerable drug theft and loss. But does that necessarily correlate with fatal overdoses? To ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse Across Generations

    Substance abuse—both of alcohol and/or illicit drugs—has always maintained a consistent presence in American culture. As new drugs have been developed over the decades, their popular use has gone hand in hand with sweeping societal changes. From ...

    ... viewed at various points in time, the general picture of drug and alcohol use has changed markedly over the ... 1963-1982 and Millennials born from 1983-2002. All responses with birth years falling outside of 1923-2002 were ... continue reading
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  • Instagram, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

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

    ... 779. Other mentions of general terms, such as “drugs” and “tripping,” combined to be the fourth-ranked substance in our categories with 6,488 posts. Here, we get a picture of which substances were most prevalent at which ... continue reading
  • You’ve Gotta Dig In: Brain Health and Drug Abuse

    While battling chemical dependency , your brain is robbed of a lot of its essential nutrients - and that causes damage. By eating the right “brain power” foods, you can repair this damage and prevent further deterioration. Mood, memory, ...

    ... your brain rely on these nerve cells to transmit signals for all your thoughts and actions. Sources : Fish, fish oils, ... . Eating high quality proteins provide your brain with the ingredients needed to create these “happy” ... continue reading
  • Decade of Drug Overdose

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains a publicly accessible database on causes of mortality, which is used here to shed light on the drug overdose epidemic currently ravaging the nation. Using the CDC's data from 10-plus years as ...

    ... Prevention maintains a publicly accessible database on causes of mortality, which is used here to shed light on the drug overdose epidemic currently ravaging the nation. Using the CDC's data from 10-plus years as well as ... 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 ...

    ... drinks, too. Before she knows it, there are pictures online of her doing some really embarrassing things. Did ... Drugs, Different Outcomes Heather and Dave share a common story. Alcohol, pot, benzos, cocaine…they're all ... continue reading
  • Let’s Play: How Much Do You Really Know About Drug Schedules?

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

    ... dependence. They are accepted for medical treatment in the U.S. Schedule III drugs include: Tylenol with Codeine (painkiller) Suboxone/Buprenorphine (used for treating opiate addiction) Anabolic steroids (variations of ... continue reading
  • How Drug Addiction Hurts Relationships

    Many of the discussions surrounding addiction tend to focus on the physical and psychological effects of substance use. The effects of drug addiction, however, expand beyond these issues and further encompass one's social health and well-being. ...

    ... abuse and addiction can damage social health. All types of relationships - family, friendships, and romantic ... . We can help provide you with options for finding an appropriate drug addiction treatment program. Be sure ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse: The Oral Health Kryptonite

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

    ... dentist twice a year in order to make sure all's well within our mouths. During your dental checkups, the ... and illegal drugs can cause - and quickly advance - the decay of tooth enamel. With continued drug abuse, people ... continue reading
  • Mother of Newborn Arrested After Failing Drug Test

    There has been an enormous amount of debate and passion as of late - all of it spurred on by one question: what should happen to mothers who give birth to addicted children. Alabama came up with its own solution that involves jail time and bringing ...

    ... all of it spurred on by one question: what should happen to mothers who give birth to addicted children. Alabama came up with ... its own solution that involves jail time and bringing criminal charges for using drugs ... 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 ...

    ... to be ecstasy . We later see the farmer's pretty daughter in a club, mixed in with scenes of the dealers cooking up several batches of “bad” drugs. In a cruel twist of fate, the daughter gets her hands on some of those ... continue reading
  • Health Insurance for Drug and Alcohol Rehab

    If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, it can feel overwhelming. Getting help through an addiction treatment program is a way to start the road to recovery, but the cost may seem out of reach. While you may be ...

    ... the ability to go to a doctor, hospital, or other type of provider without having to get a referral. 1 If you ... leader in providing alcohol and drug treatment and is in-network with many leading insurance providers in ... continue reading
  • Counterfeit Prescription Drug Operations Thrive in the US

    Prescription drugs continue to remain big business in the United States. Last year alone, the total retail sales for prescription drugs filled at American pharmacies topped $259 billion. But as legal sales continue to rise, it's perhaps not too ...

    ... Despite this, a recent WKYC report noted that $75 billion worth of counterfeit drugs were unknowingly purchased last year. And with prescription drug prices continuing to rise, many consumers will continue to shop on the ... continue reading
  • What We Learned From SAMHSA's 2015 Prescription Drug Study

    The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides national and state-level data on the prevalence, patterns and consequences of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug use in the U.S. It's sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health ...

    ... . Applying the Data So, what does this all mean? The abuse of prescription drugs has become an epidemic in this country and consequences are on the rise, especially with the growing number of unintentional overdoses. By ... continue reading
  • The AMA to Drug Companies: It’s Time You Stop Lying to Consumers

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

    ... a statement , “Taken together, these policies would bring much needed transparency to drug pricing and provide a clear benefit to consumers struggling with exorbitant costs. There seems to be no logic - or warning - to ... continue reading
  • What You Need to Know About ‘Zombie Drug’ Krokodil

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

    ... homemade version of a synthetic drug called desomorphine. As the name deso-morphine suggests, the chemical ... drug” is a serious public health issue with a far reach. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction ... continue reading
  • San Francisco Mayor Proposes Drug Distribution to Homeless

    For San Francisco, the statistics related to opioid abuse are staggering: The Department of Public Health estimates there are 11,000 people addicted to heroin in San Francisco. It is estimated that thousands of these individuals are homeless. The ...

    ... . That means people can't feel the effects of opioid drugs or overdose if they do happen to relapse. The mayor' ... dollars would come from the city's general fund, with $900K reimbursed to the city by Medi-Cal each year ... continue reading
  • Who Are You Without Your Drug of Choice?

    Addiction is the ultimate identity thief. It doesn't set up false bank accounts or hack your email - it steals your identity from within. Spinning in a cycle of chemical dependency , those battling with drugs and alcohol often don't realize one ...

    ... email - it steals your identity from within. Spinning in a cycle of chemical dependency , those battling with drugs and alcohol often don't realize one important truth: Your true identity is buried beneath the substance ... continue reading
  • Why are We Seeing More Drug-Dependent Newborns?

    Drug addiction not only impacts the chemically-dependent, it has serious ramifications on their friends and loved ones. While no one wants to watch someone they care about struggle with addiction, the unborn children of drug-dependent women don't ...

    ... watch someone they care about struggle with addiction, the unborn children of drug-dependent women don't get the ... withdrawal from drugs. Frighteningly, the number of NAS diagnoses has climbed to an all-time high across ... continue reading
  • If Old Drug Ads Told the Truth

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

    ... paints a pleasant picture of children playing ... drug seeking and drug using behavior all are part of a growing number of substance use disorder diagnoses - and, all are issues that we, as a nation, are impacted with with ... continue reading
  • 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 looked. Fast-forward to modern times. With access to pretty much everything now at our fingertips, we've ...

    ... idea, right? Who could complain about all these these sites providing helpful information and community ... It's typically based on their personal experiences with drugs, which could drastically vary from what someone else ... continue reading
  • Introducing the Drug That Can Kill With a Single Dose

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

    ... large animals (think elephants and hippos). And to top it all off, there's also U-4770 mixed in, which is ... made its way into some drug users' lives. “You don't know what you're getting with these things,” said Richie ... continue reading
  • Six Colossal Drug Abuse Meltdowns and How to Spot the Warning Signs

    It's no mystery that celebrities, as well as the everyday Joe, can have problems with drugs. Because celebrities are in the limelight, though, we often see the drug abuse meltdown of famous people more prominently. The following six meltdowns were ...

    ... During this time, she was also in a custody battle with her ex-husband Kevin Federline for the rights to her two ... ongoing by Hollywood, but he has allegedly passed all recent drug and alcohol tests. He does not respond to ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction is Killing a Huge Number of Inmates

    It's common knowledge that a vast majority of the U.S. prison population is suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Despite having months, years or even decades to work on themselves and overcome the chains of chemical dependency, almost none of ...

    ... than 10 percent of people who are incarcerated with a drug problem ever receives residential treatment. What's ... disturbing. The scientists noted that about 6 percent of all the prisoners (2,874) died within the first five ... continue reading
  • Drug Trafficking Across Borders

    Data on drug seizures at the U.S. border indicate an alarming volume of trafficking taking place in recent years. Since 2009, heroin seizures at the southwestern border have almost tripled, while meth seizures quintupled through 2014. Worse yet, ...

    ... tripled, while meth seizures quintupled through 2014. Worse yet, cocaine and marijuana remain two of the most commonly seized drugs along our southern borders, equating to millions of pounds seized by U.S. Border Patrol. continue reading
  • State Sentencing: How Drug Sentencing Varies Across the U.S.

    We took a look at drug sentencing statistics from a 2013 report by the United States Sentencing Commission on sentences handed down in federal ...

    We took a look at drug sentencing statistics from a 2013 report by the United States Sentencing Commission on sentences handed down in federal courts. continue reading
  • Global Drug Prices

    The cost to get high can have a profound effect on the percentage of people active in substance abuse. The cheaper a drug is, the more accessible it ...

    The cost to get high can have a profound effect on the percentage of people active in substance abuse. The cheaper a drug is, the more accessible it is. continue reading
  • Rise or the Study Drug

    In the United States, a Schedule II drug is one that has some accepted medical use, but at the same time a high potential for abuse that may lead to severe psychological and physical dependence. Cocaine, morphine and methadone are all Schedule II ...

    In the United States, a Schedule II drug is one that has some accepted medical use, but at the same time ... physical dependence. Cocaine, morphine and methadone are all Schedule II substances. Imagine, then, opening Twitter ... continue reading
  • Ruthless Drug Dealer Ordered to Pay for His Client’s Funeral

    Opioid abuse is killing thousands of Americans each year. Every day, nearly 100 lives are lost to the opioid epidemic. Many of these fatalities are caused by a deadly drug that's secretly added to baggies of heroin (or cocaine) as a cheap way for ...

    ... from Chandler. When authorities searched Chandler's home, they found nearly 644 grams of fentanyl, along with drug paraphernalia, blending equipment, and a handgun. Is Chandler's punishment a new trend that the courts ... continue reading
  • An Uncomfortable Truth: Drug Abuse Raises STD Rates

    A new study claims that swingers play a major role in the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) but, in addition to the sex, it's their drug abuse that is ultimately contributing to this increase. Linking Drugs and STDs Researchers at the ...

    ... that heavy alcohol consumption could weaken immune responses to HPV. If you or someone you know struggles with drug or alcohol misuse, help is available and recovery is possible. American Addiction Centers (AAC) operates ... continue reading
  • The 10 Most Insane Drug Addict Movie Characters

    Insanity is a hard thing to define, but there are a number of characters in films who are definitely nuts in some way. Here's a quick rundown: 1. Francis Begbie Francis Begbie from Trainspotting was played by Robert Carlyle. A violent, intimidating ...

    ... that the character is based on a real-life drug dealer of the same name. 3. Nino Brown Nino Brown is the central ... is a moray eel, you know the guy has an issue with drugs. Whether he's insane or not is a good question, ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

    It's well-documented that heroin and prescription painkiller abuse are two of the biggest drug problems in the U.S., but a new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration highlights just how serious the problem is. Shocking Death Rate Chuck ...

    ... it's too Late… If someone you know is abusing prescription drugs , encourage them to talk with their doctor about the over-the-counter or all-natural alternatives to manage their condition. But if the problem has become ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Intervention

    Addiction and Drug Abuse Drug abuse is one of the most serious health risks in the United States. People of all ages can fall into a destructive habit of using illicit or prescription drugs. Over time, the human body builds up a tolerance to the ...

    ... many cases, people become physically and mentally dependent on drugs to function, and their whole lives begin to revolve ... able to conduct an intervention with the necessary detachment. All friends and family members have ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol in the Community

    Half of Americans are concerned about increased substance use in their community due to the economic impact of Coronavirus, a survey reveals. There was no way that Americans could anticipate, let alone be prepared for, the aftermath of the global ...

    ... more isolated and exacerbating their anxiety and depression—all of which are components that lead to a ... to Get Help for Drug or Alcohol Misuse If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol or drug misuse, help is ... continue reading
  • Positive Workforce Drug Tests Increase for the First Time in a Decade

    A shocking new report released by Quest Diagnostics reveals that the percentage of positive drug tests among American workers has increased for the first time in over a decade. Increased stress in the workplace, a lack of job security, and the trend ...

    ... lack of job security, and the trend of longer workdays can all play a role in increased substance use . As a result, ... continues to be the most commonly detected illicit drug, with positivity in the combined U.S. workforce ... continue reading
  • Progressive Ways Some States Are Reducing Nonviolent Drug Offender Incarcerations

    The United States has some of the highest incarceration rates in the world. In 2008 alone, the United States had placed one out of every 48 working men behind bars; that's a lot of people to support with tax money. In fact, about $75 billion was ...

    ... to the particular crime. However, not all states are on board with these changes. In states such as Delaware ... which individuals convicted of felony, theft, or drug charges are considered low-risk offenders. They are ... continue reading
  • Dangers of IV Drug Use: What You Need to Know About Track Marks

    Certain drugs can be injected into the muscle, under the skin, or directly into a vein. The later is the most popular method, as the intense effects of the drug occurs very quickly. Those that use this method will begin to show marks on their body ...

    ... ; they also carry a social stigma due to the health risks that are associated with this drug sub-culture . The use of unsanitary needles can lead to serious skin infections, such as cysts, abscesses and ulcers. Sharing ... continue reading
  • Lethal Drug Combinations

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

    ... when it comes to the danger of simultaneous drug use, not all combinations are created equal — a select number of ... immediately. Addiction to one drug can easily lead to experimenting with other drugs at the same time, ... continue reading
  • Five Reasons Spice is a Dangerous “Last Resort” Drug

    Spice is one of the newer drug is in town and its wreaking havoc among the homeless, military personnel, students, prisoners and those on probation or parole. This designer drug mimics marijuana , but can be 100 times more potent, experts warn, with ...

    ... “hit” of Spice. When users blow all their savings on “expensive” drugs like OxyContin or even heroin, the notion ... than most other drugs. But this effect comes with a price. The danger is that this drug has yet to be ... continue reading
  • Mirror Mirror: Landmark Study Paints a Portrait of Synthetic Drug Users

    Use of synthetic psychoactive drugs like “ bath salts ” and “Flakka” has been growing in the U.S. and across the world in recent years. The unregulated substances, many of which are sold in bodegas or head shops as “legal highs,” are ...

    ... and one of the lead researchers. Of all the people surveyed, 1 percent reported having used a synthetic drug. “However, we're pretty confident that use of new drugs was severely underreported, as the research subjects ... continue reading
  • Three Lethal Drug Combinations That Can Kill You

    We all know that certain drugs can cause dangerous interactions when taken together, but some people either don't take the threat seriously or they're simply uninformed when it comes to specific chemicals and substances. Most Dangerous Drug ...

    ... the rules of science always apply. Don't risk your life with lethal drug combinations; it's never worth it. If you are afraid that ... levels from some household health brand names for addiction rehab and treatment: Blue ... continue reading
  • Acid Drug Abuse

    D-lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD, acid, blotter) belongs to a group of drugs known as hallucinogens. Like other hallucinogens such as peyote (mescaline) and psilocybin (magic mushrooms) , LSD produces images, sounds, and other sensations that may ...

    ... , it was sold as an experimental drug for psychiatry under the brand name Delysid. Possession and use of LSD ... aspirin in a regular strength tablet (325 milligrams). With such small amounts involved, it can be difficult or ... 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 ...

    ... that side-steps all the concerning effects. Scientists engineered a drug based on the ... behaviors with the new drug. Hope For the Future With fewer side effects and great pain-relieving results, this new drug could ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Treatment Center

    Drug abuse treatment centers vary in a number of important ways. Finding the center that best meets your individual needs is paramount to a lasting recovery. The toll-free Drug Abuse Helpline at can assist you in finding a drug abuse treatment ...

    ... . They believe the cost is not covered by insurance. This is not always the case. Check with a number of drug abuse treatment centers to determine what costs may be covered by your specific medical insurance. If your ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Effects

    Learn More About the Effects of Illicit Drugs Alcohol Bath Salts Cocaine Crack Crystal Meth DMT Ecstasy Flakka Kratom Hashish Heroin Inhalants LSD Ketamine Marijuana Meth Methoxetamine (MXE) Mushrooms Peyote PCP Spice Steroids Stimulants Long-term ...

    ... drug is combined with an overwhelming urge to use the substance. Drug Withdrawal Treatment If you're struggling from a drug ... medical detox program. While not all substances will produce life-threatening withdrawal ... continue reading
  • Facing Reality: 8 Shocking Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics

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

    ... , can lead to long-term damages, and can be life-threatening when combined with alcohol. Read on to learn 8 shocking statistics about drug and alcohol abuse. 1. Those who abuse prescription opioids are 40% more likely ... 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 ...

    ... trends for three types of drug offenses: drug possession, drug trafficking, and drug communication facility. ... and Texas all had 2 months as their median sentence followed by California with 3, and New Jersey with 4 months ... 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 ...

    ... peak use, around age 20, almost 10 percent of all Boomers abused sedatives. That's roughly three times the ... 22, making it the top drug choice for this generation. Marijuana: As with the previous two generations, marijuana ... continue reading
  • What Can I Do if My Mother or Father Is an Alcoholic or Drug Abuser?

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

    ... the effects of the parent's mood swings and violence. It all makes for tragic listening, but here are a few of your ... How to Help Someone With Addiction Drug and Alcohol Rehab Programs Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers ... continue reading
  • Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain

    Drug addiction is a chronic brain disease, and it can cause you to compulsively seek out drugs even though you're aware of the harmful results taking them can cause. Initially, your choice to take drugs is voluntary. So, if someone offers you drugs, ...

    ... paranoid and anxious during the time the drug is active. The problem with drugs like these is that they are not ... learning abilities will all be influenced . When all of these sections are altered, a drug user can be ... continue reading
  • IV Drug Abuse: 3 Potentially Deadly IV Injection Sites

    The dangers of intravenous drug use are well documented. Although most available information focuses on the very high risk of overdose and the diseases associated with sharing needles (both very real dangers), injecting drugs can also be incredibly ...

    ... Use How to Get Help for Substance Misuse If you or someone you love is suffering with drug misuse, help is available and recovery is possible. To learn more about rehab programs and treatment options, contact a caring ... continue reading
  • Facts about Krokodil (the “Zombie Drug”)

    Desomorphine (dihydrodesoxymorphine) is an injectable opioid derivative of codeine . On the street and online, the drug is known as: Krokodil. Crocodile. Croc. Krok. Russian Magic. Poor Man's Heroin. The name “krokodil” is thought to either ...

    ... online, the drug is known as: Krokodil. Crocodile. Croc. Krok. Russian Magic. Poor Man's Heroin. The name “krokodil” ... spread rapidly across Russia, with at least 100,000 people having injected the drug in 2011 . Krokodil ... continue reading
  • Mental Health and Drug Abuse

    Chronic drug abuse and mental health disorders are closely related. Individuals who have psychiatric disorders, such as PTSD, bipolar disorder, or depression, may be more likely to abuse substances, and people who abuse substances may be more likely ...

    ... Ongoing substance use despite the problems it causes. All mental illnesses have their own set of symptoms ... Mental Health and Drug Abuse Problem Treatment for co-occurring disorders begins with a comprehensive intake and ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Signs

    Some drug abuse signs are obvious and others are subtle. Drug abuse takes a toll on the body both physically and psychologically. Physical drug abuse signs may be exhibited in an array of physical symptoms including an increase in blood pressure and ...

    ... heart rate and increased blood pressure are some of the drug abuse signs affiliated with the repeated use of cannabis. The drug abuse signs associated with the use of cocaine are agitation, insomnia, depressions, fatigue ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Help

    Drug abuse help is available for everyone. Whether it is for yourself or someone close to you, there is a drug abuse help center with a program to suit you. Our website provides confidential help, free of charge and provides you with a team of ...

    ... addiction recovery process. Our counselors can connect you with a drug abuse help provider in your state, close to ... . Providing us with more details will give us a correspondingly more accurate picture of your addiction ... 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 to ...

    ... and well-known. From breathalyzers to blood tests, most people are familiar with the process… but all that's about to change. The new instructions for drug testing might simply be: touch this. Just a simple touch… really ... 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 ...

    ... day of deliveries, addicts are generally compensated not with money but with drugs. How to Find Help for Drug or Alcohol Misuse If you or someone you love is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction , call our toll-free ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... him. Charles Dickens Writer of the most famous Christmas novel of all time, Dickens wasn't so much food, glorious food as ... How to Help Someone With Addiction Drug and Alcohol Relapse Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Rehabs ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

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

    ... a loved one thinks you might have a problem with alcohol or drug misuse, help is available. Professional drug and alcohol abuse programs can start anyone suffering with addiction on the path to recovery and a life free ... continue reading
  • DMT Drug Abuse

    DMT (dimethyltryptamine) is a hallucinogen capable of inducing a psychedelic “trip,” which typically ranges from 30 to 45 minutes in duration 1 . DMT is a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substance Act and has no recognized medical use in ...

    ... to the DMT trip when not using the drug. Feeling out of touch with reality. Lying about drug use to friends and family. Extreme preoccupation with using DMT. Using DMT with other drugs. If you're abusing DMT and need ... continue reading
  • State Sentencing: How Drug Sentencing Varies Across the U.S.

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The United States has 5% of the world's population - and 25% of its prisoners. The average cost to house a minimum-security prisoner for one year is $21,006. By comparison, the average cost of putting a K-12 ...

    ... year is $10,615. Nearly half of all U.S. prisoners are jailed for drug-related offenses. This isn't politics. These are facts ... In a strange irony, New Mexico - a state with a connection to meth that was popularized via “ ... continue reading
  • Prescription Drug Abuse Problem

    For some time now, the abuse of illicit substances such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin has been a persistent national problem. In more recent years, however, our country has seen an alarming rise of prescription drug abuse - now ...

    ... million nonmedical users of prescription-type drugs (2.5% of the entire population, ages 12 and up), with a majority of those (4 ... critical for all prescription drugs to avoid abuse and misuse, especially for those with a ... continue reading
  • Drug Recovery | Programs

    Understanding Drug Recovery Programs Drug recovery is an ongoing process of denial and acceptance. The body is denied its cravings for drugs, and the mind begins to accept the reasons why drug abuse occurred in the first place. Drug recovery ...

    ... of all the skills attained to achieve a long lasting recovery. The combination of a relapse prevention plan, alumni support and aftercare provide individuals with the necessary skills to maintain their recovery. Drug ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction Quiz

    The drug addiction quiz is designed to provide you an idea of whether a drug addiction or drug abuse problem exists. The drug addiction quiz is not perfect and the drug addiction quiz should only be seen as a guide. Take the drug addiction quiz ...

    ... type of treatment for drug use? Yes No If you answered yes to more than five of the questions on the drug ... bring a copy of the drug addiction quiz with you or call us at with the answers to the drug addiction quiz. If you ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Centers

    Treatment can be provided on an outpatient, intensive inpatient or residential basis, depending on the type of center. Drug abuse centers are places where health, confidence, and optimism can be restored to people who have lost these positive ...

    ... with staff; other times input can be obtained through ongoing self-evaluation during therapy sessions. Drug Abuse Center Options Drug treatment center types ... insurance will cover some or all of the cost will need to ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs. Reward

    According to the latest Census in 2015, the United States has a total population of 321 million people. In the same year, 57 million prescriptions for gabapentin were written. Gabapentin , or its brand name Neurontin , is an anti-seizure medication ...

    ... for gabapentin were written. Gabapentin , or its brand name Neurontin , is an anti-seizure medication which also ... in large quantities It doesn't show up in a drug screen With all this in mind, debate should be had as to ... continue reading
  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

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

    With Obama out of office, Republicans are looking to nix the limits his administration imposed on drug testing the unemployed. Instead, they want to make it easier for states to enact drug ... small number of drug users . A ... continue reading
  • Teen Drug Abuse: The Warning Signs

    It is never easy to find out your teen is using drugs. Communication is a powerful tool for reducing and preventing teen drug abuse. Talking to your teens about drug use can help them make the decision not to use in the first place or to stop using ...

    ... (i.e., valuable items which may be pawned for drugs). Finding hidden stashes of drugs or alcohol. Of course, not all of the signs listed above will point directly to drug abuse. Some signs on their own may be indicators ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... herself, she has “dabbled with drugs.” However, she has endlessly relapsed on drugs and even shaved her head ... the Guinness World Records as the most awarded female act of all time, was repeatedly in and out of rehab. She ... continue reading
  • Prescription Drug Helpline

    Prescription drug abuse is a serious concern that impacts the health and well-being of the people abusing the drugs, as well as their family and friends. Consistent abuse of prescription drugs like opioid painkillers (e.g., oxycodone), stimulants ...

    ... ask you some questions as well, such as: What types of drugs are you using? How long have you been using ... a treatment program, it takes courage to begin the process with a call to a helpline. You can rest assured, however ... continue reading
  • How to Treat MXE Drug Addiction

    Methoxetamine, also known as MXE, M-ket, or Mexxy, is a synthetic drug with effects similar to that of the dissociative anesthetic ketamine . It can be inhaled through the nose, injected, or taken orally 1 . It is, in fact, so similar to ketamine, ...

    ... . Often this involves rewarding an individual's drug use with the family's attention. The aim of CRAFT ... and via a number of different therapeutic approaches. The type of treatment most appropriate for a person will depend ... continue reading
  • What Could Illicit Drug Synthesis Expose You To?

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

    ... risks associated with the most common types of drugs. The Hazards ... DRUG_REPORT_2016_web.pdf https://www.dea.gov/druginfo/all_fact_sheets.pdf http://time.com/3398086/the-worlds-deadliest-drug-inside-a-krokodil-cookhouse ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Recovery Program

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

    ... holistic approaches and exercise programs like yoga. Yoga seems to go hand in hand with meditation techniques and helps drug abuse patients relax and gain focus on their recovery issues. In addition art therapy ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Program

    A drug abuse program is normally located within a drug treatment center. These centers are licensed and approved facilities that are staffed by experienced physicians, trained therapists, qualified nursing staffs and numerous other support staff. ...

    ... dependencies but is less likely to work with addiction. Outpatient rehabilitation is the least intense drug abuse program. This type of treatment is geared for drug and alcohol abuse but will not overcome addiction ... continue reading
  • 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 invulnerability: “Nothing bad will ever happen to me, regardless of what anyone says, thinks they ...

    ... happens when we realize we aren't so invincible, after all? When the blissful ignorance of youth fades away, we ... Misuse If you or a loved one is struggling with drug or alcohol misuse, help is available and recovery is ... continue reading
  • Neighborhood Watch: Drug Sales Drive Drug Use

    Community prevention organizations have known for many years that one of the best predictors of drug use is what's known as “perception of risk.” In general, the higher the perceived risk for a particular drug, the fewer teens and young adults ...

    ... with neighborhood drug sales. “The clear association between open drug selling and lower disapproval toward drug use may help explain drug ... on December 16, marijuana usage across all three grades had actually dropped from ... continue reading
  • The 20 Countries With the Harshest Drug Laws in the World

    United States drug laws are often considered harsh, but the penalties for carrying or trafficking drugs in other countries, particularly those in Central America, South America and Southeast Asia, can be much more severe. Here are twenty countries ...

    ... looking for a specific type of rehab treatment, substance-related info. or additional guides, below are some of our most popular and recommended. How to Help Someone With Addiction Drug and Alcohol Intervention Private ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... on the NFL Network's “Top 100 Players of All-Time” list, was once busted for cocaine and marijuana ... in NFL history, Lawrence Taylor admits to having struggled with drugs early on in his rookie season—”coke was the only ... continue reading
  • MXE Drug Abuse

    Methoxetamine, also known as MXE, is a drug similar to ketamine and known for its hallucinogenic and dissociative properties 1 . MXE (sometimes called “Mexxy,” “M-ket,” “Special M,” or “legal ketamine”) is commonly sold on the ...

    ... risk for death increases when it is combined with other drugs . Many reported cases of fatal intoxication involved ... of all ages may be at risk of abusing drugs like MXE 8 . Taking steps to prevent teen drug abuse may ... continue reading
  • Peyote Drug Addiction

    Peyote (“buttons,” “mesc,” “cactus”) is a cactus plant consumed for its hallucinogenic properties and ability to alter a user's thoughts, feelings, and perceptions 1 . The top of the cactus plant that protrudes from the ground (the ...

    ... of peyote 2 . Symptoms can persist long after a person has used the drug. HPPD is more common among people with prior mental health issues, but all hallucinogen users are at risk, even after one-time use 2 . Peyote abuse ... continue reading
  • The Five Most Famous Drug Cartels

    It should come as little surprise that the five most famous drug cartels are centered in Mexico. After all, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, known as “The Godfather” for controlling all drug trafficking in Mexico as well as that along the country's ...

    ... all drug trafficking in Mexico as well as that along the country's border with the United States, started it all with ... under their own names or others, despite casualties, captures and incarcerations. With strong leaders ... continue reading
  • Prescription Drug Addiction: Treatment and Rehab

    Many prescription medications have the potential to become drugs of abuse, if they are misused. Misuse of prescription drugs means taking them other than prescribed. This includes taking a larger dose, using them more frequently, or taking them for ...

    ... detoxification . 15 Individuals often enter detox with prescription drugs still in their system, and over the ... of aftercare. Types of Therapy for Prescription Drug Addiction Therapy for prescription drug abuse can take ... continue reading
  • The Rise of Drug Deaths in America

    This year, drug overdose deaths surpassed firearm deaths for the first time, making the issue of addiction and drug abuse an even greater concern for Americans . The public is aware of the numbers associated with overdose deaths; however, big ...

    ... , and Gettysburg. Now the battles are named fentanyl overdose, tramadol addiction, and oxycodone abuse ... misuse or abuse . Taking The Fight to Addiction With fatal drug overdoses continuing to rise as a leading cause of ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... ) : Provides firm research on substance abuse to help public officials and community leaders effectively deal with drug problems. 22. Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) : Provides access to research on such topics as ... continue reading
  • A Decade of American Drug Use

    In the nation's ongoing drug crisis, grim statistics abound. Each day, approximately 115 Americans die of opioid overdoses. Methamphetamine use is on the rise, reviving a scourge public health officials once thought to be improving. Simultaneously, ...

    ... an 11.7 percent decline for Americans aged 35 to 49. Minors experienced the most significant reduction, however, with rates of drug use declining 23.5 percent among those aged 12 to 17 years old. Health researchers have ... continue reading
  • Drug Overdose Signs and Symptoms

    Drug abuse always carries the risk of serious side effects, including overdose. Whether you abuse alcohol, an illegal drug such as cocaine, or medications prescribed by a doctor—such as opioid painkillers—addiction development will always be a ...

    ... drug overdose can vary depending on the type of drug taken, and whether the drug was taken in combination with other substances. Common signs and symptoms of a drug ... A person may not exhibit all or even most of these ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Assessment

    Drug abuse is a serious problem that can lead to legal problems , financial problems and health problems . Long-term drug abuse destroys your relationships and your body. Sadly, many people don't realize they are abusing drugs because they only use ...

    ... your doctor. Don't be embarrassed to ask your doctor for help with drug addiction. Doctors are trained to be nonjudgmental and to help patients with all sorts of problems. Doctors also know about the physical effects of ... continue reading
  • Drug Use | Myths

    There are many myths associated with drug use and abuse. Debunking these myths is the first step in understanding how drug use affects society and how we can tackle the problems associated with it head-on. Below are just a few of the myths that need ...

    ... to identify the risk factors associated with drug use and abuse so that all of the issues can be addressed. Risk Factors of Drug Use There are many known risk factors associated with drug use and abuse. They are divided ... continue reading
  • 10 Ways Drug Abuse Hurts You and Those Around You

    Most of us have heard countless times that drug abuse isn't beneficial—the word “abuse” is in the name, after all. But a lot of people don't realize just how dangerous it can be, both to the person using and the people that person loves and ...

    ... that drug abuse isn't beneficial—the word “abuse” is in the name, after all. But ... with diseases that will stay with them for the rest of their life. It Hurts Your Job No matter the type of drug you take, abusing that drug ... continue reading
  • Political Parties on Drug Use

    A recent Pew Research Center survey indicated that 86 percent of Americans believe the country is more politically divided than ever before. Polarized viewpoints surrounding topics like immigration and foreign trade are broadcasted daily on ...

    ... to a Pew Research Center analysis of legislative data . And with more than 46 percent of all incarcerations in America resulting from drug-related crimes, our survey results reflect a shift in attitude toward evolving ... continue reading
  • America’s Drug Awareness

    For the first time in a decade , the CDC reported that death rates in the United States have increased. While news outlets trumpet the increased violence rampant in many areas of the country, the public is largely unaware of a silent contributor - ...

    ... how difficult they believe it is to get various types of substances. The majority of respondents (around 8 in ... picture of how familiar Americans are with certain aspects of drug abuse - and how unfamiliar they are with ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Statistics

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

    ... in the United States. Annually, more people die from prescribed opioid pain relievers than all illegal drugs combined. Legal access, combined with a culture of implicitly trusting a doctor's opinion, have led to a sharp ... continue reading
  • Sexual Abuse Treatment

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

    ... the abuse happens over a course of time. Types of Treatment for Sexual Abuse Treatment for sexual ... may assume that all men are going to hurt her, so she avoids potential romantic relationships. Working with a therapist ... continue reading
  • Dual Diagnosis: The Link Between Addiction and Mental Health Disorders

    If you're suffering from a mental health issue, you may find yourself turning to drugs or alcohol to help you cope with the symptoms. Similarly, if you regularly abuse drugs or alcohol, you may find yourself with symptoms of a mental health disorder ...

    ... drugs or alcohol to help you cope with the symptoms. Similarly, if you regularly abuse drugs or alcohol, you may find yourself with ... These terms all mean the same thing: that you're suffering from a drug or alcohol ... continue reading
  • The 12 Most Expensive / Luxury Rehabs in the US

    You don't need to be a millionaire to go to rehab, but a person with a little extra money to spend and the desire to get sober can choose from many expensive or luxury rehabs in the United States. Southern California, specifically picturesque ...

    ... , adults and senior adults aged 65 and over, all gender-specific and based on the 12-Step recovery ... Me If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, help is available and recovery is possible ... continue reading
  • The Surgeon General Finally Gives Addiction Its Own Label

    A new Surgeon General's report finds drug and alcohol addiction to be one of America's most pressing public health concerns. “It's time to change how we view addiction,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wrote in his landmark report last month. ...

    ... realm? Would it significantly impact all those who were struggling with substance abuse behind bars? Substance ... in state and federal prisons for convictions related to drugs, and more than 2 million inmates - or ... continue reading
  • The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

    Buprenorphine, the generic name for Suboxone, is a medication used to treat opiate dependence - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an essential part of a person's recovery plan, mainly due to its accessibility. Users can attain it ...

    ... seemed to have started once the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cracked down on both Walgreens ... at all.” Interestingly enough, DEA spokesman Rusty Payne says the agency is not the one to blame with limiting ... continue reading
  • Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC Answered

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

    ... Picture someone smoking pot. What do they look like? Most importantly, how old are they? Did you drum up an image of a teen experimenting with drugs ... usage is also changing. Among all ages, fewer people view smoking ... continue reading
  • Recovery Roundtable: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone?

    Suboxone is a medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction . It's widely used as a replacement for methadone and can be prescribed in the comfort of a doctor's office, whereas methadone can only be ...

    ... is due, in large part, to the legal hoops all prescribing physicians must jump through. Some of those include: ... as well as address emotional problems associated with their drug use . Additional Reading: Warning: 3 ... continue reading
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