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

    Ad·dict·ed /??dikt?d/ adjective: Physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance, and unable to stop taking it without incurring adverse effects. The concept may sound a little silly, especially when there are millions of people ...

    ... be as bad as heroin or alcohol withdrawals , but they are nonetheless very real and should be monitored. There aren't currently any known medications that help ease withdrawals from Benadryl. As with most medication used ... continue reading
  • Drinking More During the Lockdown [ Survey of 3,000 Americans ]

    Cheap Drinks - Drinking More Percentage of people who have been drinking more during lockdown as it's cheaper than going ...

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  • 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 ...

    ... predisposed to develop problem drinking are no more susceptible to developing a hangover after a night of alcohol than people who aren't predisposed. However, we found that such people appear to remember their hangovers ... continue reading
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  • Hitting the Grass Ceiling: 6 Surprising Ways Weed is Sexist

    Estrogen, testosterone and THC: What do these three things have in common? Apparently, not much. Studies reveal that THC (the active chemical in marijuana) interacts differently with these three hormones. What's the result? Men and women experience ...

    ... also affirm the importance of including both men and women in future studies on marijuana's effectiveness. Withdrawal: Women are likely to experience more severe withdrawal symptoms . Females tend to experience more ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

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

    ... Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Probuphine, the first buprenorphine implant ... , such as methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone) to relieve withdrawal cravings for opioids. Thus ... 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 ...

    ... this month from the British Columbia medical health office showed that the rate of death for those using Suboxone and methadone as part of opioid substitution treatment is about half of what it is for those using street ... 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 ...

    ... can concoct a cheap version of desomorphine from everyday products like cough medicine, paint thinner, light fluid and the phosphorus scraped off a match book - among other things. The resulting product is a drug called ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

    Shelly's knee surgery went great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular ...

    ... 'll develop some degree of physical dependence. Once you stop taking the medication, the withdrawal symptoms kick in as your body and brain try to restore balance without the medication. Like Shelly, most people react to ... continue reading
  • Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down

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

    ... it would be this: Don't jump into the arms of a prescription when all it offers is temporary relief and a painful withdrawal in the end. It's just not worth it. ” Talk to Us: Does this story sound familiar, you're not ... 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 ...

    ... aback, but it's the lyrics to Stitches' music and his on-stage cocaine-fueled antics that have local parents ... who are willing to pay up to $60 for meet-and-greets with him after local performances. The rapper has also ... 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 ...

    ... they find a down-on-his-luck farmer presumably struggling to send his young daughter to college. A deal is made and the duo begins using the farmer's barn to cook up what appears to be ecstasy . We later see the farmer ... continue reading
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

    A new study out of India has found that most men suffering from opioid addiction are also dealing with sexual dysfunction as a result. The research paper, titled “Sexual Dysfunction in Men Seeking Treatment for Opioid Dependence: A Study from ...

    ... of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh. One-hundred-fifty men in ... were addicted to opioids for at least a year and 50 healthy participants with no addiction history. After surveying ... continue reading
  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

    Prescription drugs are commonly given to people suffering from with injuries or illnesses. They're legal when you've been prescribed the medication by a legitimate medical provider. However, these drugs still can be addictive when taken as ...

    ... . The main character of the television show “House M.D.” faced issues of Vicodin addiction and withdrawal throughout the series, and you know how serious the epidemic of Vicodin abuse is becoming when it's illustrated on ... 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 ...

    ... a viable test for drivers? That's something that remains to be seen. What we do know is this quick and effective method is likely set to revolutionize the world of drug testing. Additional Reading: We're One Step Closer ... 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 ...

    ... it is to limit that access. Larry Twersky, CEO of TimerCap, LLC, noted , “Now you have a detection and a deterrent because people know that they can get caught by opening up your medication.” But Do Bottles Really Work ... continue reading
  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

    For many, getting hooked on opioids starts innocently enough. Typically, it's a way to find relief from chronic pain. But the feeling of euphoria - or “high” - that accompanies each dose is ultimately what keeps users coming back for more, ...

    ... was snorted or injected. What's the Bottom Line? Though NKTR-181 isn't yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the company plans to discuss its next steps with the agency in the near future. They're ... 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 ...

    ... minutes. Sadly, the onset of withdrawal symptoms occurs startlingly fast and can result in extreme panic attacks and projectile vomiting. Prolonged use can also lead to heart and kidney failure, as well as diminished ... continue reading
  • What's In My Baggie? Documentary Highlights the Danger of Mystery Drugs Sold at Music Festivals

    Let's face it; drug users never really know what their drug dealers are selling them. But now more than ever, users are reeling from the negative impact of “misrepresented” drugs being sold. And music festivals are by far one of the most ...

    ... 't make a whole lot of sense, does it? What's In My Baggie is meant to educate the masses and, hopefully, save lives in the process. The filmmakers are even willing to let music festival promoters air the documentary at ... 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 ...

    ... they did not exhibit the same behaviors with the new drug. Hope For the Future With fewer side effects and great pain-relieving results, this new drug could have a huge impact on the millions suffering from chronic pain ... continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

    If you think you might be addicted to benzodiazepines, you're certainly not alone. In 2011, an estimated 61,000 Americans sought treatment for benzo addiction. And that number has been climbing at an alarming rate ever since. The Benzo Specifics ...

    ... their benzo addiction, going on to lead healthy, happy and decidedly sober lives…and you can be one of them. Additional Reading: 7 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know 5 Alarming Facts About Benzo Addiction ... continue reading
  • Misery Loves Company…Especially Among Addicts

    In a healthy relationship, each individual wants what is good for the other. You want good things to happen to your friend. You hope for the best for your spouse. You do things for your friends and help them take actions that will be beneficial. ...

    ... , we worry that our friends will judge us. With a different perspective on life, our old pals may look down on us and even try to tell us that we have a problem. This isn't what they we to hear. Instead, we prefer that ... continue reading
  • 4 Loopholes We Use to Justify Staying Addicted

    Justification is the effort to prove that our behaviors are valid or reasonable, and it is human nature to do so. In the field of psychology, this human tendency is related to cognitive dissonance. Simply put, cognitive dissonance is an ...

    ... your day-to-day. There are tools that have proven successful in assisting patients in developing a new routine and feeling more in control of their addiction. The first step to overcome this pattern is to admit that help ... continue reading
  • Drugs at School: Are Zero-Tolerance Policies Really Working?

    Adopted over 20 years ago, zero-tolerance drug policies still dominate the conduct codes of most American public schools. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education reports an estimated 88 percent of schools enforce these policies. Zero-Tolerance as ...

    ... of the infraction. According to policy language, students may be suspended, expelled, forced to attend drug counseling and 12-Step meetings for possessing over-the-counter medication. Although an extreme example, it's an ... continue reading
  • New Study Reveals Cocaine Robs You of Loss

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

    ... cocaine addicts are content to repeat the same mistakes over and over again. Consequences like going to jail or losing ... .” Seventy-five participants, 50 of whom abused cocaine and 25 of whom did not, took part in the ... 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 ...

    ... s Not a Sleep-Aid As of 2016, half our nation's states have legalized marijuana for medical and/or recreational use. More and more patients are turning to marijuana to ease ailments, but a recent study shows sleep issues ... continue reading
  • Let’s Clear the Air About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

    Picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights up a cigarette. Sitting next to her, you inhale the secondhand smoke for one minute. Over the next half-hour, your blood vessels are affected by the smoke, impaired as they recover from ...

    ... the smoke, impaired as they recover from the exposure. Now picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights a joint. Sitting next to this person, you inhale secondhand marijuana smoke for 60 seconds. For the ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Miracle Cure or Dangerous Botanical?

    We all know healthcare providers and researchers are desperate to find solutions to the opioid crisis, but are they overlooking a possible cure? The answer, according to a recent article , appears to be yes. The article, which was published by The ...

    ... the “miracle cure” for addiction. While recent research seems to show ibogaine can significantly reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms and temporarily eliminate cravings, its use remains illegal in the U.S. A Story of Using ... continue reading
  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

    The closest addiction specialist is three hours away. You don't have a reliable vehicle. If you arrange for a ride or take public transportation, everyone in town will know where you went and why. If this were your situation, how likely would you be ...

    ... have a reliable vehicle. If you arrange for a ride or take public transportation, everyone in town will know where you went and why. If this were your situation, how likely would you be to get help? Now, let's add a new ... continue reading
  • Sorry – Drones Can't Legally Deliver Your Weed

    What happens when a new law is put into place? Dozens of other rulings follow suit to regulate the ramifications of the first law. As each new scenario pops up, lawmakers create another regulation to deal with it. The legislation process sure does ...

    ... sure does keep policymakers busy. It also ties up a ton of taxpayer money in more unnecessary paper pushing and rule creation. The Evolution of Marijuana Laws The legalization of marijuana is a perfect sample of this law ... continue reading
  • 15-Minutes of Narcan Internet Fame Leaves Permanent Scars

    Imagine overdosing in public, prompting police officers to administer Narcan - the powerful opiate antidote - to save your life. Now imagine this entire experience being captured on video and streamed across the Internet. Strangers witnessing your ...

    ... happened in public they can do what they want with it,” Bonner said. “They got him through the overdose and now they're prosecuting him when what he really needs is help.” The police department defended its decision to ... continue reading
  • Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine - But Why?

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

    ... also more likely to use cocaine at an earlier age, take drugs in larger quantities, have greater difficulty staying sober and are at an increased risk of relapse . But why? Well, the reason seems to come down to biology ... continue reading
  • 4 Physical Signs You're Addicted to Ritalin

    Ritalin is a stimulant drug used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. It's classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule II narcotic — meaning it's in the ...

    ... should have listened to his friends. He's addicted to Ritalin and experiencing withdrawal. Sleeping disorders are a common symptom of Ritalin withdrawal. And since part of Ritalin's purpose is to regulate sleep, misusing ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Smoking Weed Can Damage Your DNA

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

    ... Michigan's 2014 Monitoring the Future survey are out and show no significant increase in marijuana use among ... 8 th graders, 16.6 percent among 10 th graders and 21.2 percent among 12 th graders. There are two ... continue reading
  • Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Grip of Addiction

    For most people addicted to drugs or alcohol, the compulsive desire to use is complex. That urge is often triggered by certain environments, thoughts or past experiences. And while addiction is classically thought of as a physical dependence, the ...

    ... alcohol, the compulsive desire to use is complex. That urge is often triggered by certain environments, thoughts or past experiences. And ... the withdrawal symptoms. This is usually done under medical supervision and lasts ... continue reading
  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

    Naloxone History Lesson Naloxone is not a new medication. In fact, emergency responders have used the medication since the 1960s. Today, worried parents keep naloxone on hand, law enforcement officers carry the medication in case of life-threatening ...

    ... the use of opiates. When administered, naloxone blocks the effects of opiate drugs and causes an addict to experience withdrawal symptoms. Myth #2: Naloxone Prevents Addicts from Seeking Treatment Truth: There is nothing ... continue reading
  • Don’t Be Fooled: Tramadol Abuse Poses Very Real Dangers

    Ultram. Conzip. Rybix ODT. These name brands of tramadol have recently flooded the marketplace with their painkilling properties. Since its approval in 1995, tramadol has become a household name. In 2013 alone, over 43 million tramadol prescriptions ...

    ... involve difficulty breathing, irregular heartbeat, seizure, loss of consciousness and coma. Physical dependence also results in withdrawal symptoms when abusers cease taking tramadol. These include: Depression Agitation ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports an estimated 1.5 million Americans use cocaine. In 2015, our nation saw more than 6,700 cocaine-related deaths. Research indicates around 40 percent of drug-related emergency department visits involve ...

    ... , Suboxone , or Vivitrol - in conjunction with therapy - physicians are able to ease opioid withdrawal symptoms and lessen cravings. While the treatment options for opiate addiction have increased, the same can't be ... continue reading
  • The Other Side of Suboxone

    It's become a commonly prescribed medical treatment for opioid addiction . In some cases, doctors prescribe Suboxone with the intention of stabilize those struggling with continued, compulsive abuse of illicit or prescription opioids to then, one ...

    ... on the degree of physiological dependence, which itself develops as a factor of dose and duration of use. Common withdrawal symptoms may include: 1,3 Opioid cravings. Anxiety Insomnia Mood swings Abdominal cramps. Nausea ... continue reading
  • Heartbroken Parents Use Obituaries to Raise Addiction Awareness

    When a loved one passes away, you want to remember them at their best. You want others to remember them at their best. You carefully select the words for their obituary to reflect their life's contributions and all the love and affection you feel ...

    ... notes , “I need to do this because people need to understand this is a problem; we need to come together and stop some of this. If we can stop one family from having this kind of ending, we've won.” Additional Reading ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean When Someone Says They’re Dope Sick?

    Bill found John curled up on the couch; he looked miserable. Bill asked, “What's wrong with you?” “I'm sick, man. You got any?” was John's weak response. As Bill suspected, John was in withdrawal. An active heroin user, John was low on cash ...

    ... , man. You got any?” was John's weak response. As Bill suspected, John was in withdrawal. An active heroin user, John was low on cash and hadn't been able to get his fix tonight. Six months sober himself, Bill knew all ... 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 ...

    ... different reasons. When prescribed to patients who abuse alcohol or benzodiazepines, gabapentin works to prevent seizures and convulsions during the withdrawal period. Alternatively, when people who struggle with opiate ... continue reading
  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

    Alex didn't answer the phone. He missed their father's birthday party and still wasn't answering. But Allison kept dialing. It didn't seem right, but then again, things hadn't seemed “right” for a long time. Alex had all but stopped showing up ...

    ... was open as the North Carolina air blew in. How could her baby brother be in jail? Her parents retained a lawyer and were trying to get him released to a rehab. A few years later, Allison dialed the phone to wish Alex a ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • Smoking Can be a Serious Pain…in the Back

    If you have chronic back pain and are a long-time smoker, the latter may be causing the former, according to a study released by the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. A New Worry for Smokers The study, which was published in ...

    ... . Pain meds - or opioids - taken for chronic conditions can quickly escalate from regular use to dependency and addiction if not closely monitored. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for taking pain medications ... continue reading
  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

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

    ... your brain on pot: A new study has found that regular marijuana use is linked to both lower IQ scores and impaired decision making skills. It's All in Your Mind The findings from the University of California Davis Centre ... continue reading
  • The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On

    Doctor shopping has become all too commonplace for addicts desperate to obtain drugs, but a new app could help determine whether emergency room patients are faking symptoms of alcohol withdrawal in order to obtain benzodiazepine drugs like Xanax or ...

    ... most common clinical sign of alcohol withdrawal . Most patients suffering from alcohol withdrawal have a peak frequency of ... in order to validate the data and improve both the algorithms and sensors of the app, but they ... continue reading
  • Heroin's Death Toll Hits an All-Time High in New York

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

    ... able to track the spread of heroin into new areas of the city, noting that use hits the hardest among white and higher-income New Yorkers. Spikes were also seen among older Hispanic users in the Bronx. A Look at the Hard ... continue reading
  • Overdosing on Sleep Medication is a Big Problem

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

    ... basic that putting in powerful chemicals to do one thing has knock-on effects elsewhere.” One safe and alternate solution for sleep problems is professional counseling. The most effective type of sleep-related counseling ... 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 ...

    ... 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 certainly don't dream of ... 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 ...

    ... my brain processed information like I was a superhero. In fact, my 15-hour study days seemed to fly by, and I found I couldn't wait to crack open my Property textbook the next morning. Now, years into my career, I often ... continue reading
  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

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

    ... doctor about medications designed to ease the withdrawal symptoms associated with tobacco . If you experience a slip while trying to quit, forgive yourself and keep moving forward. And remember, the benefits of living a ... continue reading
  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

    Would you ever give pot to your pooch? Most of us likely think this idea is, well, barking mad, but a new bill out of Nevada could soon make medical marijuana for pets a reality. Animals and Weed Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom is sponsoring the bill ...

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

    ... deadly substance has made its way into our nation's illegal drug market. It's often disguised as heroin and can kill on contact. Just two milligrams is enough to kill 100 people. This synthetic opioid first appeared in ... continue reading
  • An Ultimate Guide to Understanding the Dangers of Spice

    “It's not bad for you, dude. It's all natural. It's just plant materials, so it can't hurt you,” a friend whispered in Dave's ear. Unfortunately for Dave, he believed his friend and they spent the next hour smoking Spice . The seizure Dave ...

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

    ... intriguing findings of their analysis is that teens are no longer the leading age group when it comes to marijuana use. And the Winner Is… As of 2014 (the most recent year included in the study), 7.4 percent of 12 to 17 ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

    Percocet is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone, landing this medication in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and work by blocking the pain signals sent to your brain. Percocet ...

    ... in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and work by blocking the pain signals sent to your brain. Percocet is among the millions of painkiller prescriptions ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

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

    ... , leading experts to consider this the fourth stage of the addiction model. By asking for help, you're showing courage and re-claiming your power. You won't be a victim to this disease any longer. Believe me, you'll gain ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Mouth: Worse Than Meth Mouth?

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

    ... 20 years was associated with greater risk of periodontal disease. What Does Marijuana Do to Your Mouth? Kim, Mark and countless others end up with marijuana mouth for several reasons . Let's take a look at three of the ... continue reading
  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

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

    ... Depression Seizures People who stop taking it abruptly can experience withdrawal symptoms including diarrhea, pain, tremors, nausea, anxiety, sweating and insomnia. Due to its interactions with brain receptors, tramadol ... continue reading
  • German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

    What happens to confiscated pot? Does it go to Mary Jane jail somewhere? Is it donated to hospitals for medical research? Does it get tossed into the high seas? In the U.S., officials turn to several different sources for disposal of confiscated ...

    ... clever. It got rid of what amounted to a pile of trash cluttering up the customs office and provided a source of electricity and heat for local residents. You could say the customs officers in Germany have taken that old ... continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

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

    ... “One of the most compelling things to come out of this is that people are taking control of their own health, and most providers would agree that's a good thing.” However, he warned of limitations: “The lack of provider ... 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 , ...

    ... 30 days of initial training, followed by daily reinforcements to successfully modify the dog's behavior. Trainers and handlers are in disagreement about the potential success of this training. Some dogs might have to be ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

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

    ... symptoms might be on the horizon, thanks to the discovery of a new drug. “Opioid withdrawal is aversive, debilitating, and can compel individuals to continue using the drug in order to prevent these symptoms,” explains ... continue reading
  • Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

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

    ... requires just over $25 million in initial funding. Stern plans to seek support from leaders across the state and the nation to gain the necessary funds. He notes the program will be financially self-sustaining in just ... continue reading
  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

    Years ago, while I was in a nine-month substance abuse treatment program, I realized that everyone around me had one thing in common - they smoked. In fact, their lives seemed to revolve around the next cigarette, so much so that they weren't ...

    ... surveyed, 159 (14.3 percent) smoked before treatment, and 87 (7.8 percent) were non-smokers before rehab. ... 7 percent smoked at least half a pack a day and more than 60 percent considered themselves highly dependent on ... 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 ...

    ... Though the forums are used to share both science and experience-based information drug use, a bulk of ... the “best” high), avoid side effects of withdrawal, and generally “maximize the experience of intoxication.” The thing ... continue reading
  • Public Restrooms Have Become Ground Zero in Opioid Epidemic

    The opioid epidemic has impacted countless families, but according to a recent article on NPR.org , people aren't the only ones affected. Public restrooms have become the newest casualty in the midst of the drug epidemic sweeping across our country. ...

    ... to use naloxone, the drug that reverses an opioid overdoses . Still, there's very little guidance on this issue. And with it being against the law to knowingly provide a space where people can use drugs, it has become a ... 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 ...

    ... fact, previous research shows that college students who practice NPS have lower overall GPAs . They also skip more classes and are more likely to use other substances. Not much of a “study drug,” now is it? How Do We Get ... 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 ...

    ... It seemed like a pretty bad deal to her. Leading a New Life Hanging out in some random bar with her sister and a group of bridesmaids was a far cry from where Jeana was just six months ago. Before she went into treatment ... continue reading
  • Are You Helping Or Enabling? 7 Ways to Spot the Difference

    There's no doubt that loving an addict is hard. It's natural for you to want your loved ones to succeed rather than suffer. While reaching out to help a loved one in need is certainly not a bad thing, there's a fine line between helping and ...

    ... one's electricity get shut off because he or she spent the money on drugs, paying the bill is enabling and diminishes the ramifications of the person's actions. Rather than pay an addict's bills or give cash that ends ... continue reading
  • 7 Signs You May Be Addicted to Tramadol

    Tramadol is an opiate analgesic prescribed for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. The drug works by changing the way your brain and nervous system respond to pain. Because Tramadol is a milder form of opiate medication, people ...

    ... . Physical dependence on Tramadol can develop over time with prolonged and increased use . If dependence has developed, you may notice the following withdrawal symptoms if you stop using the drug: 1 Sweating Panic ... continue reading
  • Religious Rehab Holds Addicts Against Their Will in Guatemala

    Thousands of drug addicts across Guatemala are receiving treatment at church-based rehabs throughout the country, but many of these patients are being held against their will and physically abused on a daily basis. Several people have reported being ...

    ... facility. He has spoken of using handcuffs or even tying patients down. “When people arrive they can be very violent, and the only way to respond to that is with violence,” he said. “It makes me uncomfortable, but it's ... continue reading
  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

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

    ... per day 529 injection room visits per day 27% of participants were women 4,564 referrals to other social and health services 488 graduates of Onsite detox program Will Safe Rooms Come to America? While safe rooms have ... 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 ...

    ... the potential dangers of combined use of opioids and benzos, since their combined daily use has ... everything right now , are they really even likely to stop and read the label? Experts say yes. However, the problem isn ... continue reading
  • Workplace Adderall Abuse: 9 Signs It’s Time to Get Help

    Colleges and universities across the country are struggling to tackle the huge rise in students using ADHD drugs like Adderall as study aid , but the problem doesn't magically disappear after graduation. Businesses across the country are finding ...

    ... turkey. The withdrawals from stimulant medications can be truly debilitating. Be safe and confident in your ... . You were hired based on your talent; let your skills and work ethic shine through. In the end, being your sober ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

    A Cincinnati woman and her incarcerated boyfriend are now facing criminal charges after she reportedly tried to smuggle a Bible laced with heroin into the prison. Tehani Teepe, 39, and Timothy King, 28, were charged with illegal conveyance of ...

    ... square of the Bible, which later proved to be heroin - enough to be broken up into 30 or 40 hits and distributed among the inmate population. The would-be smugglers now face up to five years in prison if convicted on the ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About Pink

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

    ... , to biking, to skateboarding, they did everything together. This new “hobby” they tried together would prove fatal. Ryan and Grant died within 48 hours of each other, both due to acute drug intoxication . When the boys ... continue reading
  • Ice Bugs: Don’t Scratch That Phantom Itch!

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    ... the drug, or if they've been on a drug binge, finally gotten some sleep. However, meth is addictive and has powerful withdrawal symptoms. Once it wears off, which takes anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days ... continue reading
  • Weed Gets a “Fancy” New Name: Craft Cannabis

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

    ... a country consumed with what goes into our food products. While many want organic foods, others want gluten-free meals and non-GMO practices. It looks like this trend has expanded to include drug use. The latest trend in ... continue reading
  • Watch Your Mouth: It Matters How You Use the Language of Addiction

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

    ... man as “having a substance use disorder.” Can you guess which doctor blamed the man for his hardship and recommended punishment? A recent study in the International Journal on Drug Policy is one of many highlighting the ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

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

    ... we shouldn't be having. We begin to worry we'll have an anxiety attack , which makes us more nervous…and on we go into an unhealthy spiral that creates a whirlwind of anxiety. It all boils down to our interpretation of ... continue reading
  • Does Drinking Every Day Make Me an Alcoholic?

    Every evening when you get home from work, you drink a glass of wine. Throughout the day, you look forward to this evening ritual. Although, tonight, as you swallow that first sip, you suddenly realize something. You've been drinking every day for ...

    ... of alcoholism Slamming down your first drink of the day in one or two gulps Using alcohol as a coping mechanism Finally, and most importantly, according to Koob, if there's any indication your social, personal, or ... continue reading
  • The Price Tag of Heroin in America: $51 Billion

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

    ... than $50K per user, heroin's cost blows those two diseases out of the water. The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime reported in 2016 that heroin use has reached the highest level in 20 years. They say it's the deadliest drug ... 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 ...

    ... use . He also hopes his findings can form the foundation for new studies that might lead to targeted prevention and wound management down the road. Additional Reading: Meth on the Mind - It's a Mental Downhill Slide for ... 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 ...

    ... , but my anxiety forced me to stop acting so arrogant and immature. I only drove to-and-from work and, during the day, I only drank enough to avoid withdrawal. I was “responsible.” I managed to keep this routine going ... 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 ...

    ... aspirin wears off, plus they're hard on your stomach and liver. That's why acetaminophen (Tylenol) typically has warnings on the label about combining it with alcohol . When your head starts pounding in the morning, you ... 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 ...

    ... for the Answer Opioids and alcohol. Opioids, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, slow the ... Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) - can last up to two years. Symptoms usually include a slight increase in anxiety and insomnia. ... continue reading
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

    We all know that getting enough sleep is important to your mood and overall health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. According to a recent Penn State study , squeezing in enough shut-eye can actually lower drug cravings ...

    ... Pennsylvania, to undergo assessments of relapse risk. Each of the 68 had recently completed medically-assisted opioid withdrawal and had been clean for about 10 to 14 days before starting the study. For nearly two weeks ... continue reading
  • 6 Effective Ways to Communicate Through Addiction

    As humans, we crave social interaction with one another. Communication skills pave the way for meaningful conversations, telling funny jokes or relaying our heartaches. Despite its importance, our ability to communicate is one of the first skills we ...

    ... to quit using drugs. Unfortunately, quitting is not as simple as it sounds. The physical and mental effects of withdrawal are excruciating and, in many cases, life-threatening. Imagine lying in bed for hours on end while ... 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 ...

    ... Future (MTF) survey of students in the 8th, 10th and 12th grades. For the purposes of this study, they ... to those who reported never seeing neighborhood drug sales and reported no 30-day use of illicit drugs,” Duncan ... continue reading
  • Your Brain on Drugs: Studying Cocaine's Effect on Blood Flow

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

    ... of use. Whether the mice received 30 days of chronic cocaine use or two repeated injections of the drug, Pan and his team noted a dramatic drop in blood flow speed. For the very first time, researchers were also able to ... 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 ...

    ... -up character you don't want to mess with. 4. Scarface Scarface is an iconic film about the drug trade in Miami, and it's a coked-up Tony Montana who gets the insane label. Played by Al Pacino, he rises to the top of the ... 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. ...

    ... aren't doomed to become negative statistics . How should others respond to this study? The principle for a safe and supportive environment is one that can be taken well beyond the home. In fact, experts note it's much ... continue reading
  • Take the Backdoor: Why Your Brain Can't Refrain From Cocaine

    Ted just snorted two lines of cocaine. If we could see inside his brain, we'd see some pretty alarming results. The blood vessels of Ted's brain are shrinking and blood flow is restricted, diminishing his ability to think, remember and function. ...

    ... Ted's mood as they build-up, causing a feeling of euphoria or “high.” Repeated cocaine use alters these transmitters and a tolerance quickly builds up. That means, if Ted wants to feel the same high, he has to do more ... continue reading
  • 25 Harmful Effects of Morphine

    Morphine is an effective pain reliever. It's administered frequently by healthcare professionals. It's prescribed to manage moderate to severe pain after an accident, post-surgery, or for a chronic condition. It's accepted for common use throughout ...

    ... of the heart. HIV/AIDS - Shared needles used for morphine abuse spreads this deadly disease. Death - Heroin and morphine share the top slot for most common cause of overdose-related fatalities. Is It Worth The Risk? Do ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know Inhalant Abuse

    A new study has found an unusual link between inhalant abuse and head injuries, mental illness and traumatic experiences. The findings of this new study, published in the latest issue of the journal PLOS One , came from a joint research project ...

    ... the realm of control. It's very possible to join the millions of Americans who have stopped abusing inhalants and gone on to lead sober lives. Learn more about the harmful effects of inhalant abuse . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Cocaine Could Mess With Your Brain's Ability to Recognize Sadness and Fear

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

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