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  • Warning: Even Moderate Drinking Can Increase Your Cancer Risk

    Based on tons of research, we already know that heavy drinking can put you at a higher risk for various diseases and disorders. But what about moderate drinking levels? Can it really hurt to knock back one drink a day? According to a recent study, ...

    ... for breast cancer falls well within the accepted definition of moderate drinking. Women may also want ... cancer. Dr. Jürgen Rehm, of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada shared his recommendations ... continue reading
  • Substance Abuse FAQs

    What is addiction? There are a plethora of definitions for addiction, but all encompass the concept of a strong compulsion to engage in a behavior that has no real survival benefit in today's age , acquired from prior positive experience engaging in ...

    ... addiction, but also encompasses process addictions, such as gambling, shopping, or working. Other definitions: In 7 Tools to Beat Addiction , Peele characterizes addiction ... are engaged in an addiction.” Addiction is a ... continue reading
  • He Drinks Everyday. Is My Husband an Alcoholic?

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

    ... know if he's crossing the line. What's Your Definition of Alcoholic? My husband holds down a full-time job ... blew it off. His response was, “What, you think I'm an alcoholic because I like to have a beer now and then? I'm ... continue reading
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  • The “Hitting Rock Bottom” Myth

    The spread of myths is an incredibly problematic issue in the world of substance abuse, addiction, and recovery. Misinformation around addiction can result in missed opportunities for treatment, worsening conditions, and significant injury. Consider ...

    ... myth begins on a problematic note because there is no concrete definition for “rock bottom.” It will not be consistent from person to ... treatment, so why would someone with an addiction wait until “rock bottom” to receive ... continue reading
  • What is Addiction?

    Addiction is defined as a chronic, yet treatable medical disease that's characterized by the repeated, uncontrollable use of substances. When a person has an addiction, they continue using alcohol, medications, or illicit drugs regardless of the ...

    ... for Further Study.” 3 What is the Definition of Addiction? Addiction can be defined as both a brain disorder ... whether or not a person meets the diagnostic criteria for an SUD. If you or a loved feel you've experienced ... continue reading
  • The Use and Abuse of Date Rape Drugs

    Although Bill Cosby has been making headlines for his alleged use of date rape drugs, sexual assault cases involving these substances have been a problem in the U.S. for decades and continue to be a growing trend. What's more, many young adults and ...

    ... Rape Date rape drugs are typically used in the commission of a sexual assault. Although there are different definitions for the term “sexual assault,” it is widely accepted that these assaults occur when anyone is forced ... continue reading
  • Big Surprise: What Age Does Our Alcohol Consumption Peak?

    Most people associate an age-related life crisis with middle-age, but all the uproar and uncertainty of our 20s can apparently do a number as well. In fact, a new study found that peak alcohol consumption takes place at the tender age of 25…before ...

    ... Alcohol When we're talking about drinking, the definition of “light” and “heavy” consumption truly depends ... 2 diabetes, but higher intakes are associated with an increased risk. Debunking the Myths Other research projects ... continue reading
  • Imagining Life Without My Daughter Pushed Me to the Edge

    Lisa's mom, Jane, was at the end of her rope. For the third time in eight weeks, she had to go pick up her drunk daughter. Jane was exhausted and she certainly wasn't looking forward to seeing Lisa go through the detox process again. She wanted to ...

    ... Jane got angry and her brain began working overtime. The Definition of Insanity “Are you just going to sit there ... a.m. drunk phone calls and rushed trips to the city (an hour away) to pick up a grown woman too drunk to ... 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 ...

    ... using substances while at work, interferes with attention/concentration Illegal activities at work, especially selling or sharing drugs with other employees Learn more about the side effects of drug abuse and addiction . 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 ...

    ... harms of marijuana use. The NIAAA reports that 3 in 10 marijuana users currently meet the criteria for addiction. With the recent University of Lausanne study in mind, these percentages indicate we're going to see a ... continue reading
  • I Did What??? The Anatomy of a Blackout

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

    ... and bloodstream, increasing the likelihood that memory-related activities will be disrupted. And finally, just like addiction, blackouts don't discriminate. They occur not only in alcoholics , but in social drinkers, as ... continue reading
  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

    When you think about the drug trade in America's big cities, it seems like it might be easier for teenagers to abuse drugs like prescription painkillers. With the massive amount of drugs flowing in and out of large cities, there's certainly no ...

    ... and rural areas are more likely to abuse prescription painkillers than teens living in big cities. Small Town Addiction Sociologists at Penn State looked at the 2011 and 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a ... 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 ...

    ... of informational materials and providing IV drug users with “risk reduction” supplies in the form of things like condoms and bleach. Additional Reading: Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Grip of Addiction . continue reading
  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

    With his heart pounding, Officer Harrison approached the warehouse. His dreams of fighting crime never included this scene. He wasn't chasing a fugitive; he wasn't even trying to arrest anyone. The other officers had already taken the dealers down ...

    ... revealed that the “ black box ” is the FDA's strongest warning, and it cautions about the risk of abuse, addiction, overdose and death . Fact Three: Abusing fentanyl or mixing it with other drugs can be deadly. Gary was ... continue reading
  • Ambien: Sweet Dreams or Total Nightmare?

    Kate bolted out of bed at the sound of her doorbell. It was 3am; she couldn't imagine who would be at the door. She rushed to the foyer to find her best friend, Nicole, standing on her porch, dressed in her PJs. In a crazed, trance-like state, ...

    ... our brains differently, a sleepy 30 percent of our nation continues to struggle with insomnia and wait for those healthy solutions. Learn more about treatment options for Ambien abuse and addiction . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Turns Out Abusing ADHD Meds Won’t Get You on the Dean’s List

    Lindsay felt overwhelmed. With three finals and a term-paper deadline looming in her near future, she didn't know how she would survive, much less get good grades. She decided she needed a boost. She asked around until she found someone willing to ...

    ... grades, chances are they'll have the opposite effect. Hit the books the old fashioned way - without risking your health. Additional Reading: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Adderall Addiction Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Pop Quiz: Let’s Test Your Benzo Knowledge

    In 2013, 13.5 million adults filled a benzodiazepine prescription in the US. These drugs are used to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia and seizures. They are also highly addictive and frequently abused. How much do you know about this class of ...

    ... benzos? Click Here for the Answer Experts advise those who have a history of alcoholism or drug addiction to avoid taking benzodiazepines. The elderly also face increased risk under the influence of benzos, including ... 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 ...

    ... - and they have twice as many people living below the poverty line. Dr. Carl R. Sullivan III, addiction services director at West Virginia University School of Medicine, points out that many employees in this region are ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... 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 people from getting ... 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, ...

    ... NSAIDS), such as Motrin, Advil and Aleve, to relieve pain , rather than narcotics. Preventing Pain Relief and Addiction “Most patients get along just fine without opioids,” said Dr. Paul Moore , a dentist and a professor ... continue reading
  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

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

    ... on heroin. It might feel like everything you built up has now come crumbling down, but relapse after heroin addiction is actually quite common. So common, in fact, it's almost expected . Relapse is often considered a ... continue reading
  • What You Need to Know About Secondhand Drinking

    Lisa Frederiksen likens the public's understanding of secondhand drinking to 30 years ago when doctors proved that lung cancer in nonsmokers was a direct link to secondhand cigarette smoke. Frederiksen, author, speaker, consultant and founder of ...

    ... that is behind the causes of people's harmful drinking patterns or their harmful secondhand drinking coping skills.” Addiction impacts many lives, and it's important to know when help is needed. Many people have lost a ... continue reading
  • Does Methadone Treatment Suppress Testosterone in Opioid Addicts?

    A new study out of McMaster University in Canada has found that common treatments for opioid addiction reduce the level of testosterone in men, but not in women. The research project, published in the journal Scientific Reports , collected data from ...

    A new study out of McMaster University in Canada has found that common treatments for opioid addiction reduce the level of testosterone in men, but not in women. The research project, published in the journal Scientific ... 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 ...

    ... troubling when prisoners are released back into society and they still don't have the tools to cope with addiction triggers. In short, they're bound to go right back to abusing once released from prison. A new study ... continue reading
  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

    In 2010, I was arrested for a “DUI with Enhancements” and reckless driving. I was barely twenty-one and hadn't faced any real consequences of my substance abuse . I didn't put up a fight. After the police finally got me to pull over, I ...

    ... .” That memory is one that I will never forget. Do you or a loved one have experience with active addiction and the legal system? Feel free to share your thoughts or experiences in the comments section below. Additional ... 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 ...

    ... alternate funding routes. Some of these “jobs” are legal; some aren't. Legalities aside, there's no denying that addiction can make people do crazy things. Here's a look at seven of the most outrageous methods ever used ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction | Health

    Drug addiction not only adversely affects the addicted individual, it can have a detrimental effect on the family and community. If you or a loved one is fighting a drug addiction, help is available. Call our confidential toll-free Helpline at . ...

    ... always someone available to help, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Signs and Effects of Drug Addiction Addiction hurts the abuser both mentally and physically, but it also hurts all those who come in contact with the ... 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 ...

    ... related to peer disapproval and neighborhood drug sales. Dr. Dustin T. Duncan, a CDUHR researcher and an assistant professor of population health at NYU Langone Medical Center, said his team found a “strong association ... 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 ...

    ... the show was shut down because a bouncer had a bag of white powder inadvertently dumped on his head. An Unhealthy Atmosphere For most parents, scenes like the one that went down at Stitches' performance are beyond ... 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 ...

    ... , are found in many over-the-counter cold and flu medications and in sleep aids. Toxicology reports also showed an increase in use of all kinds of drugs that could inhibit a pilot's ability to perform his job, including ... 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 ...

    ... use is known to cause among women. What's more, according to Craft, it can take several months of THC abstinence for the menstrual cycle to return to normal. Learn more about helping an addicted loved one Google Images continue reading
  • Alcohol: The Breast Cancer Risk in a Bottle

    Can drinking alcohol cause breast cancer? That's the question multiple experts, research teams, scientists, and medical oncologists have set out to answer. And what they've found might surprise you. When most people think about the adverse effects ...

    ... into context. Though alcohol consumption isn't the only factor that increases the development of breast cancer, an ounce of prevention can make the difference of a lifetime.Keep in mind: Drinking alcohol does not mean ... continue reading
  • Why Do Binge Drinkers Have a Hard Time with Healing Wounds?

    The term binge drinking applies when a pattern of alcohol consumption results in the rapid increase of blood-alcohol content that meets or exceeds the legal limits of intoxication. Experts have known for decades that the effects of binge drinking ...

    ... that slowed the healing process, each one brought on by the use of alcohol . Binge drinking caused: An inadequate number of white blood cells at the injury sites A problem with the animals' natural, involuntary ability ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning: You Can Save a Life in Less Than 10 Steps

    Last night Kerry got drunk…and then kept drinking. By the end of the night, he couldn't even stand up on his own. His friends carried him to the car, drove him home and put him to bed on his couch. They thought he'd just sleep it off and have a ...

    ... care. Save a Life - Follow These 9 Steps If you notice these symptoms, take these life-saving steps. Call for an ambulance. Try to keep them awake. Try to keep them in a sitting position. Give them water (if they are ... continue reading
  • Mirror, Mirror: Aging Early Courtesy of Alcohol

    $2.1 billion. That's how much we spent on anti-aging skin care products in 2013. And that's just in the United States. Guess how much Americans spent on cosmetic surgery that year? $12 billion. Clearly, we want to look young and beautiful. Who ...

    ... appear, which continue to grow deeper with time. Alcohol also depletes our body of vitamin A, which plays an important role in keeping our skin firm and youthful. Aging Eyes Alcohol can cause premature aging to our eyes ... continue reading
  • The Siver Lining for Meth-Exposed Newborns Starts Here

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

    ... and depressed - even as preschoolers. But the question is, are they beyond hope? Recent research offers an emphatic no . A New Hope A previously conducted study followed meth-exposed newborns for several years and found ... continue reading
  • Mouth, Throat Cancer: Two More Reasons to Stop Drinking Right Now

    What would you do if you knew moderately drinking alcohol over the course of your lifetime would double your risk of getting cancer? Would you stop drinking right now or try to moderate how much you drank each day? Researchers from the Cancer ...

    ... is dangerous to our health, is that many people likely underestimate how much they actually drink. In an online poll, results showed that most people did not actually know the true size of one standard alcoholic ... 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 ...

    ... of Kentucky in Louisville has produced some serious and shocking findings - including data that illustrates counties with an alcohol ban in place (“dry” counties) tend to experience significantly higher rates of meth use ... continue reading
  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

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

    ... white-collar professionals are turning to cognitive enhancing drugs to yield greater productivity. In an analysis recently published in European Neuropsychopharmacology , researchers from the University of Oxford and ... continue reading
  • Are Instagram Booze Memes Driving More Women to Binge Drink?

    Instagram, home of selfies and highly-filtered vacation pics, has generated another popular trend: booze memes. The colorful images, which generally cater to women, often depict wine bottles or clinking champagne glasses with pun-ny phrases like ...

    ... women, Withnall says about 16 percent of middle-aged women in the country are dependent on alcohol, while an estimated 33 percent are misusing it. Wine memes may contribute to harmful drinking patterns, she says, by ... continue reading
  • Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier

    The abuse of ADHD medication is commonly associated with black-market Ritalin or Adderall on campus to aid last-minute cramming sessions. However, a recent study indicates the abuse of ADHD drugs begins much earlier than college. The Dark Side of ...

    ... . Assumingly, if pre-adolescents are regularly using ADHD medication, then the risk of misuse will be an issue long-before college. As this large (and impressionable) sector of the population continues using and misusing ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

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

    ... if women become addicted to opiate painkillers , they are more likely to relapse. Women are at an even higher risk of relapse during periods of hormonal fluctuation or menopause. Antidepressants: Women absorb and respond ... continue reading
  • Guess What’s in Your Marijuana?

    Cannabis, or marijuana , is a complex plant that has psychoactive and medicinal elements. It contains more than 480 naturally occurring ingredients, including at least 65 unique chemical structures called cannabinoids found in the actual plant. What ...

    ... propelled reaction called decarboxylation. Not much is known about THCA, but experts have found that is an effective therapeutic agent that has been used to reduce pain, relieve nausea and stimulate appetite. Cannabidiol ... continue reading
  • Busting 6 Alcohol Myths: Fact or Fiction?

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

    ... . Truth: Time is the only thing that will make you sober again. Your body has to process the alcohol. It typically takes about an hour to process one unit (12 fl oz of beer, 8 fl oz malt liquor, 5 fl oz wine, 2 fl oz ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk About the Elephant Tranquilizer in the Room

    It's 10,000 times more potent than morphine. It's 100 times more powerful than fentanyl . What is it? Carfentanil. Designed as a tranquilizer for elephants, this deadly substance has made its way into our nation's illegal drug market. It's often ...

    ... are finding that even multiple doses of naloxone aren't always capable of bringing someone back from an overdose when carfentanil is involved. With overdoses mounting, the DEA scrambled to issue a warning to both ... 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 ...

    ... It's certainly possible. Though experts suggest additional research on the subject is needed, it's definitely an issue we're already losing sleep over. Additional Reading: Voices From Both Sides of the Medical Marijuana ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • Total Alcohol Abstinence vs Moderation: Which One Wins in the End?

    Sara knew she drank too much . After years of struggling, she decided she needed help. She admitted she was dependent on alcohol and started seeing a counselor. Sara explained to her therapist that she didn't think she could quit drinking ...

    ... drinking problem was under control two years later - the limiter or the abstainer? If you chose Reagan, you're right. An Epic Battle There are experts and ex-addicts on both sides of this fence. To say it's a long-held ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

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

    ... . 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 through your intestines. This is ... continue reading
  • Drinking More During the Lockdown [ Survey of 3,000 Americans ]

    Big Night In: 1 in 4 Americans admit they have been drinking more since lockdown as it's cheaper than going out, survey reveals We've all heard the saying “Go hard or go home” on a night out on the town but what if instead you choose to go hard ...

    ... alcohol in bars and restaurants once they have reopened. A big night out comes with additional stresses, such as keeping an eye on your wallet, phone and keys, and how you will make your way home afterwards. In fact, 34 ... 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 ...

    ... incoming payments, and monitor outgoing deposits from accounts controlled by Vallerius. Facing life in prison on an indictment, Vallerius and his attorney tried to keep his laptop out of evidence. When that failed ... 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 ...

    ... treatment centers In emergency situations, due to the quick results and determining what substances have caused an overdose Routine drug monitoring in doctor's offices Can this method detect specific level of impairment ... continue reading
  • You’re Fired: Police Departments Weaning K9’s Off Marijuana

    Jobs change with technology, and work tasks evolve with those advancements. New policies and developments often put people out of work. It turns out, people aren't the only ones affected by those changes. Due to new marijuana guidelines , ...

    ... dogs. The Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission removed marijuana detection from canine certification standards. An Obsolete Skill? Other police departments aren't making changes. Some point out that the ... continue reading
  • We’re One Step Closer to a Marijuana Breathalyzer

    What does Mary Jane's breath smell like? Inquiring scientific minds are about to find out. A recent breakthrough has pushed potential manufacturers one step closer to the creation of a marijuana breathalyzer. And, surprisingly, it works by measuring ...

    ... tests before, mainly because the levels are so difficult to capture. Unlike the ethyl alcohol measured with an alcohol breathalyzer , THC has a complex chemical structure that makes testing a person's breath much more ... 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 ...

    ... with a combination of other substances. Based on Martinez's preliminary studies, meth has been found to cause an overproduction of IL-6, which delays the body's inflammatory response and ability to heal. His goal, then ... continue reading
  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

    One in 20 Americans are popping pills that have been prescribed for someone else. And the CDC reports that most misused prescription opioids are obtained from family members - many of them stolen from medicine cabinets. We Need Solutions This abuse ...

    ... As for those who note that drug seekers can get their pills elsewhere, they may be right. But is that really an excuse not to try? If tamper-proof bottles stop only some of our loved ones from developing or continuing a ... continue reading
  • Will a Killer Hangover Delay Your Next Drink? (Hint: Probably Not)

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

    ... of Public Health. “The pain of hangover is temporary, and may be considered a nuisance rather than an important negative consequence. Some studies show that younger drinkers don't consider hangovers to be a negative ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Genetics and the “Morning After”

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

    ... curious as to whether hangovers - described as unpleasant effects felt the morning after drinking alcohol - had an impact on people who already had a genetic predisposition to drink too much. To arrive at his conclusion ... continue reading
  • 4 Hangover “Cures” You Need to Ignore

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

    ... get you back out is simply not true. It's just as effective as the practice from which the saying originated: An ancient therapy for rabies was to place a bit of hair from the rabid dog onto its own bite wound. Yeah - ... continue reading
  • Your Spouse May Be a Weapon Against Alcoholism. Learn what study says

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

    ... little spousal monitoring by preventing the other from developing bad habits. It also helps by creating an awareness of problem drinking patterns. Research also shows that divorced and single people typically drink more ... 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 ...

    ... the Maid of Honor, being the only one sober while everyone else got drunk wasn't a lot of fun. An Attitude of Gratitude When two of the bridesmaids started talking to some sketchy looking dudes, Jeana made the executive ... 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 ...

    ... or their dogs are suffering from pain and inflammation, more and more people are looking to marijuana as an alternative medication. Cannabis and Sick Pets The cannabis plant is a complex botanical with more than 400 ... continue reading
  • Wait…Marijuana Can Increase My Risk of Alzheimer's??

    Meet Bill. Bill smokes marijuana every day - a lot of it. From blunts and bowls to bongs and wax, there's barely a waking moment Bill isn't high. Meet Bill's Brain As we travel through Bill's cranium, we see the blood flow (in nearly all areas of ...

    ... their team. They didn't suspect “just how much marijuana use affected brain blood flow.” Raji stated in an interview, “Prior papers have suggested that marijuana can damage the brain. What surprised [us] was how low ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

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

    ... daily use has increased. The Little Black Box FDA guidance says a black box warning is appropriate when: “ There is an adverse reaction so serious in proportion to the potential benefit from the drug (e.g., a fatal, life ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

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    ... overall with 4.47 per 100,000 minors and the Midwest had the fewest with 2.57 violations. Underage drinking is an epidemic and it's important for all of us to take this problem seriously. If you or a loved one has ... continue reading
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  • Buzzkill: Mary Jane’s Not as Relaxing as You Think

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    Drug abuse articles can provide you with an incredible amount of valuable information. The drug abuse articles provided on this website offer you insight into drug abuse denial, warning signs of teenage drug abuse, drug ... continue reading
  • A Closer Look at the History and Use of Cocaine

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  • This is Your Brain…When You Blackout on Alcohol

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