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  • Arkansas Woman Drowns after Huffing Duster

    Duster, also known as canned or compressed air, is used to clean pieces of electronic equipment or other sensitive devices. Unfortunately, duster is also a product commonly abused. Known as “ huffing ,” users inhale the chemical-laden compressed ...

    ... abused by children. Inhalants are the fourth most-abused substance after alcohol, tobacco and marijuana. The number of lives claimed by inhalant abuse ... can connect you to the best addiction treatment centers to fit your ... continue reading
  • From Snort to Synapse: We Map Out Cocaine's Trip in Your Brain

    The powder is perfectly lined on the table. With no straw handy, you roll up a Washington and seconds later, the snow is gone. Inhaled into your nostril, this stimulant drug has started a trip that will change your brain…forever. What does this ...

    ... central nervous system. It's a dynamic surface that responds to various signals. It's job is basically to let good stuff in and keep bad stuff out. So how does it respond to cocaine ? Cocaine scrambles the pieces of ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... . They even wrote “To Daddy” on the pages to make the book like harmless. But the prison was already well aware that drugs were being smuggled in coloring books. The book in question was seized upon arrival; both the ... continue reading
  • Total Alcohol Consumption In 2021

  • Drunk in the Moment: We Can’t Drink Reality Away

    It's a typical scenario: You had an awful day at work, so you hit the town with a group of friends, intent on drinking and dancing the night away. As you're downing a sixth shot of tequila in what will undoubtedly be an eight-shot series, you turn ...

    ... best night ever.” Then morning rolls around. Suddenly, you hate life…and the sledgehammer that seems to be trapped somewhere just below the surface of your skull. Where Did All the Good ... better cope with alcohol addiction ... continue reading
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

    You've just taken an opioid painkiller . The medication travels to your brain, making the pain sensations stop. The same opiates also make you feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is ...

    ... , offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is opiate drugs also slow your breathing…and ... like alcohol or sleeping pills, suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea or heroin abuse, ... continue reading
  • Ice Bugs: Don’t Scratch That Phantom Itch!

    Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive stimulant that causes irreversible harm to the body. Manufactured from a toxic concoction of chemicals, it damages blood vessels in the brain, destroys teeth and causes severe impairment in memory, judgment ...

    ... , ulcers and septicemia. Just Make It Stop! The good news is, these hallucinations and delusions of “ice bugs ... s so important to seek outside help. Only treatment provides a medically supervised detox and supportive care ... continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

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

    ... alternative to prescription painkillers. An Effective Treatment Option? The study was conducted at ... their own health, and most providers would agree that's a good thing.” However, he warned of limitations: “The lack of ... 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 ...

    ... at . Long-Term Effects FFSRS, the most well-known brain map, is essentially triggered by stress-producing ... struggles with alcohol abuse, help is available. Start by learning more about the available treatment options . ... 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 ...

    ... the demographics of synthetic drug users, NYU's Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) examined the ... survey-takers. The findings, published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence , show that the drug's use steadily ... continue reading
  • California: 5 E-Cigarette Dangers We Can't Ignore

    Many people see e-cigarettes as a harmless alternative to nicotine cigarettes. E-cigarette companies like NJOY have even hired on celebrity endorsers including Bruno Mars, while several other stars were seen puffing away on e-cigs during the 2014 ...

    ... and other forms of reproductive harm. Easy Access for Children : E-cigarette cartridges and other related ... a significant rise in calls to poison control centers for kids who were accidentally exposed to e-liquids. Bogus ... 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 ...

    ... could explain why cocaine users, though they might feel good, can often rub people the wrong way without even ... study is small, it could have further implications for the research of people with mental illnesses, like ... continue reading
  • Psychedelic Drugs and Prayer Have Similar Effects on Brain

    When it comes to “out-of-body” experiences, plenty of people have reported having them during both religious awakenings and while tripping on psychedelic drugs. Although these two experiences may seem completely opposite to each other, one ...

    ... you put in the work and do the right things, then good things will happen to you. There is a great deal of ... the early stages of recovery that can be overwhelming for some people. Relinquishing control to a higher power, ... 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 ...

    ... be visible to the public during deliveries. Cannabis goods may not be left in an unattended motor vehicle unless the vehicle has an active alarm system. Vehicles used for delivery must have a dedicated, active GPS device ... 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 ...

    ... greatest in this part of Bill's brain. That can't be good - and researchers agree. Our tour of Bill's brain is based ... co-author, sees these results as a warning for marijuana users , stating, “Our research demonstrates ... continue reading
  • The Thief: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Us

    Addiction is much more than a psychological or physical reliance on substances or behaviors; it's a physical, emotional and spiritual issue that puts blinders on our perspective, corrodes our value systems, and compromises our ability to prioritize ...

    ... the hope of our recovery. However, quality treatment programs offer millions of individuals hope when there seems ... a sunset, children playing in a park or a good friend's contagious laugh, we slowly become unappreciative ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

    The opioid crisis has been making headlines for years, but there's another drug epidemic that has been flying under the radar: Abuse of ADHD drugs. ADHD drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin, increase levels of the brain chemical dopamine and provide ...

    The opioid crisis has been making headlines for years, but there's another drug epidemic that has been flying under the radar: Abuse of ADHD drugs. ADHD drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin, increase levels of the brain ... 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 ...

    ... Outcomes Heather and Dave share a common story. Alcohol, pot, benzos, cocaine…they're all frequently used ... ways. Let's take a look at some commonly abused drugs and how they impact us: Benzodiazepines: These drugs ... 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 ...

    ... 's built-in accelerometer to measure tremor frequency for 20 seconds on each hand, initial studies reported that 17 percent of those who faked an alcohol-related tremor could replicate the same frequency. However, the ... 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 ...

    ... ingredient that only amounts to about one percent of cannabis. For instance, studies have shown it to delay the progression of neurodegenerative diseases, as well as reduce cancer cell growth in mice. Terpenoids 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 ...

    ... 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 suffered a little ... continue reading
  • 7 Not-So-Subtle Signs a Friend is Struggling with Alcoholism

    I have a girlfriend I'm worried about - let's call her Candace. She chugs cocktails, can't hold down a job and causes drunken scenes like it's nobody's business. She wears the pain on her face and you can feel anger wafting off of her from across ...

    ... she drinks until she doesn't feel anymore. Whenever alcohol or drug use becomes a crutch to deal with painful ... but I do know she's going to cause a scene. For instance, one time at a wedding, she punched my boyfriend when ... continue reading
  • Buzzkill: Mary Jane’s Not as Relaxing as You Think

    Mellow. This is the word many people associate with marijuana. Take a few tokes and you'll feel relaxed. As it takes effect, your stress just melts away. Mary Jane is smooth and easygoing. Right? Not so fast… It's a common claim, but a recent ...

    ... subject, but we now know that Mary Jane isn't as mellow as we once believed. What does all this mean for marijuana users? The bottom line is you should be cautious. Turning to this drug as a source of stress-relief could ... continue reading
  • Teens Who Drink Solo Are in More Trouble Than We Thought

    Have you found yourself knocking a few back when no one else is around? A recent study calls solitary drinking into question, finding that young people who drink alone are more likely to struggle with alcoholism as they enter adulthood. Researchers ...

    ... higher in the teens with early symptoms of alcohol abuse . The solitary drinkers also drank more often ... to develop serious alcohol problems, including alcohol dependence, by age 25. If these findings hit home for you, then ... continue reading
  • Drinking Heavyweights

    1 in 10 Americans consider themselves as ' heavyweight ' drinkers, reveals survey. In our social circles, there are usually three distinct types of drinkers during boozy get-togethers: heavyweight drinkers, who can take shot after shot without even ...

    ... 10 men consider being able to consume a lot of alcohol as a sign of their masculinity, which is misguided. Moreover ... 're around drinking buddies, compared to drinking alone. For those men and women who say they are heavy ... 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 ...

    ... two every night isn't an absolute indication you're headed for trouble. In fact, there's very little data about one ... But how do you know if you're addicted to alcohol or simply just dependent on it? Koob states, “Even ... continue reading
  • Drunk You, Sober You: More Alike Than You'd Think

    Laura feels uncomfortable in social situations. She likes to have a few beers to loosen up. She prefers “drunk Laura” to “sober Laura” when trying to socialize. She thinks she's a lot more fun and likeable. Tom blew up at his friend Chris ...

    ... game that others can't perceive. You may be using alcohol in unhealthy ways to soothe nerves or to take the blame for bad behaviors. Whether alcohol reduces inhibitions or ramps up emotions already present, it's ... 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 ...

    ... California, a chance encounter shifted his focus to another well-known side effect of meth: skin lesions. While at ... also hopes his findings can form the foundation for new studies that might lead to targeted prevention ... 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 ...

    ... A nightcap can actually make you lose sleep. Research has shown that alcohol disrupts sleep and reduces your REM time, which is essential for a good night's sleep. Additional Reading: Flawed Research - Proof That Social ... 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 ...

    ... friend's house and someone lights a joint. Sitting next to this person, you inhale secondhand marijuana smoke for 60 seconds. For the next 90 minutes, your blood vessels are affected by the smoke. Time Isn't on Your Side ... continue reading
  • The World’s First Whiskey-Powered Car Just Aced Its Test Drive

    You've probably watched this scene in a movie or on TV: Someone runs out of gas, but manages to get on the road again by pouring alcohol in the tank. But is this realistic? Could a person really find a potable potent enough to turn over an engine? ...

    ... beginning, alcohol and cars were linked. Henry Ford's Model T was designed to run on ethanol as well as ... fitting locale considering the nation is world-famous for whiskey and renewable energy. The journalist behind the ... 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 ...

    ... sciences at the University of Missouri, as well as corresponding author for the study. “On average, the time ... Reading: No Surprise - Study Finds Avoiding Alcohol is the Only Hangover Prevention Image Source: ... continue reading
  • This is Your Brain…When You Blackout on Alcohol

    If you've ever found yourself in the situation where you wake up the next morning without a clue of how you got home, you might have experienced a blackout. That is right about when you start to wonder what the heck happened last night? But have you ...

    ... receptors are blocked, as well. A blackout occurs when you drink copious amounts of alcohol and can't remember anything ... guy to a drink-for-drink kind of night. Additional Reading: Alcohol Poisoning Deaths are Occurring ... continue reading
  • Shocking Stories Reveal Serious Dangers of Flakka

    There's a whole new synthetic drug “craze” sweeping the nation courtesy of a drug known as Flakka. The Drug Enforcement Agency had no reported cases involving Flakka as recently as 2010, but that number soared to 670 in 2014. While many of the ...

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

    ... scientists found that children who were exposed to secondhand smoke for at least one hour per day were more than three ... from your home and car. It's also a good idea to talk to your doctor about medications designed to ... 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 ...

    ... apparently do a number as well. In fact, a new study found that peak alcohol consumption takes place at the ... health, a higher alcohol intake has the opposite effect. For example, low to moderate alcohol intake has been ... 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 , ...

    ... the Pacific northwest have to get new jobs, too. These well trained canines were trained to detect the scent of marijuana . ... meth and marijuana. However, there's no way for the dogs to indicate a specific substance or 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 ...

    ... difficult to capture. Unlike the ethyl alcohol measured with an alcohol breathalyzer , THC has a complex ... in need of a simple but reliable roadside test for marijuana intoxication. (It's legal to use recreationally ... continue reading
  • Addiction in Its Simplest Form (Short Animation)

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

    ... nugget. The golden nugget represents any drug of choice - alcohol, cocaine, opiates, benzos, heroin and much more. Not ... help of experts at treatment centers. However, neglecting to seek treatment promises a far more ... continue reading
  • Want Healthy, Clear Skin? Say No to Alcohol!

    Drinking too much alcohol too often has negative effects on the body, something anyone with nasty hangover experience can validate. Most people are aware that prolonged use of alcohol negatively impacts the liver, kidneys and heart. However, a fact ...

    ... alcohol negatively impacts the liver, kidneys and heart. However, a fact not as well known is that alcohol ... diagnosis. We also do our best to mask potential problems, part of the reason for a $55 billion annual cosmetic ... 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 ...

    ... music world. Viewers follow a couple of shady dealers looking for a “safe” place to set up their drug lab. They ... direction. Learn more about the dangerous side effects of drug abuse and addiction . Instagram Image 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 ...

    ... problems - and thousands of unsuspecting users are paying for it with their lives. What's In My ... the education and awareness,” said Chambers. Learn more about the dangerous side effects of drug abuse and addiction . 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 ...

    ... we seek the best-kept secrets to staying young. The Damage of Drinking So, who's the fairest of them all? According to research, it's not those who consume a lot of alcohol . In fact, limiting our alcohol intake could be ... 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. ...

    ... brain that processes information and weighs whether or not it's a good idea to take the drug. This new pathway (or backdoor) means ... treatment options for cocaine addiction. If it's not an issue of self-control, treatments ... 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 ...

    ... tonight, doesn't it? Knowing Your Limit One reason the researchers identified as a cause for why lifetime alcohol consumption is dangerous to our health, is that many people likely underestimate how much they actually ... continue reading
  • Surviving Mother's Day One Breath at a Time

    Mother's Day - those two words once brought memories of cards and flowers, crabs and beer. It's a time when families come together in the name of celebrating motherhood. For me, this day hosted three generations laughing and loving. Our time was ...

    ... drowning in guilt.” - Mary Beth Cichocki Mother's Day has always been my holiday…the one day when I do for everyone else. I do the food and drinks, buy the flowers and transform my gardens into a peaceful place where all ... continue reading
  • A Living Nightmare: 5 Things Doctors Don’t Tell You About Benzos

    Written by Dean Dauphinais It's no secret that prescription drugs can work miracles when obtained legally and taken as directed. But do you know that some prescription meds can also make your life a living hell. Such is the case with ...

    ... used to treat conditions like anxiety, insomnia, alcohol withdrawal, and seizures. My psychiatrist put me ... benzos, I learned that short-term use is generally safe. Used for a few days, a week, or maybe a few months, ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage III

    Days before my rock bottom moment, I remember thinking: “Could things get any worse?” My parents had just divorced, I loathed every second at my law firm and I'd just lost the most important person in my life who'd had an unexpected and sudden ...

    ... case, it gave me clarity and much-needed perspective - both with alcohol and with life. It helped me to break free from denial and stop blaming others for my problems. If I hadn't received such severe consequences, who ... 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 ...

    ... Kim, Mark and countless others end up with marijuana mouth for several reasons . Let's take a look at three ... effects, maybe they should. Learn more about the history and statistics of marijuana abuse . Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... able to come out on the other side Xanax-free. Kelly says she's determined to find non-pharmaceutical solutions for her anxiety and recommends others do the same. “If I could give anyone out there some advice it would be ... 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 ...

    ... plans, may help them to manage their alcohol consumption.” The research, entitled “Does familial risk for alcohol use disorder predict alcohol hangover?” was published in the journal Psychopharmacology. Additional ... continue reading
  • Remaining Spiritual in Recovery

    Spirituality can be viewed as a means to connect with ourselves on a more authentic level, to feel a connection with those around us, and to connect with something greater than us as individuals. These spiritual connections help us derive a sense of ...

    ... an inherent quality in human beings that has been the basis for existential questions such as who am I, how did everything ... aside 15-20 minutes a day to practice. It is best if you can commit to setting aside at least 15- ... continue reading
  • Home Alone: Binge-Drinking and Motherhood

    Not too long ago, I had dinner with one of my high-school friends - someone I hadn't seen in several years. I remember thinking she had a picture-perfect Facebook life - a hot husband, two beautiful kids and an enormous house in Scottsdale. That's ...

    ... times a month, consuming an average of six drinks per occasion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . The increase in alcohol consumption isn't limited to young singles. In a recent study of 1,250 ... continue reading
  • Eyes to Mouth: Just How Big is Your Wine Glass?

    Pam and Stephanie met for dinner after work on Friday. Each drank wine with their meal. They had been to this restaurant many times before and ordered the same wine, so Pam was surprised to see Stephanie drinking much more than she normally drank. ...

    ... recommend “avoiding the use of larger wine glasses could reduce the amount that people drink.” These results are important for you to keep in mind. If you're trying to cut back, be wary of trophy-sized goblets ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

    I used to live in a neighborhood blanketed in liquor stores, dive bars, and convenience stores that sold beer until two in the morning - even on Christmas. My old apartment building smelled so much like pot you'd have thought a herd of skunks lived ...

    ... cycle. All of the noise, the availability of alcohol , and the social atmosphere where every event took ... out to be the best for my recovery. I reached my conclusion after considering my best friend's favorite proverb, ... 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 ...

    ... there's no glamour in that kind of career path. Little girls certainly don't dream of becoming prostitutes who trade sex for crack rocks. And you'll never find a little boy who's eager to pursue a life of crime as a way ... 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 ...

    ... an overdose. Medical personnel will even inject heroin for patrons who struggle with accessing a vein. The ... Act. To learn more about the damaging effects of drug abuse , call our helpline today at and speak to a helpful ... continue reading
  • Unchain My Heart: The Real Impact of Booze

    Anyone who has experienced alcohol abuse first hand knows how heartbreaking it can be. The emotional and relational damage left in its wake is devastating. Did you know this “heartache” is more than figurative? Believe it or not, the abuse of ...

    ... = heart. Alcohol abuse weakens the ... heart muscle. This means it can no longer contract as it should to pump blood throughout your body. As a result, your other organs don't get the blood they need for ... 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 ...

    ... exhibit the same behaviors with the new drug. Hope For the Future With fewer side effects and great pain- ... . If proven effective, particularly by reducing the risk of abuse and overdose , we might have a “miracle” drug on ... 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 ...

    ... of “last resort.” So what makes Spice an alternative drug of abuse to so many? Here's a look at five factors that ... OxyContin or even heroin, the notion of getting high for a couple dollars can quickly morph into a welcome ... 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 ...

    ... The FDA took immediate action by recommending that the suggested dose for women be cut in half. “That is a textbook example ... potential dosage or side effect concerns. It's always best to err on the side of caution when it ... continue reading
  • Before You Crank the Engine, Take a Deep Breath and Blow

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

    ... this, they examined the number of alcohol-related crash deaths in the 18 states that require mandatory interlock devices for DUI convictions and compared it to the number of alcohol-related crash deaths in the 32 states ... continue reading
  • Underage Drinking Across the United States

    Using alcohol in ways that are illegal and irresponsible is both risky and dangerous to those who partake in such behavior, but especially so when those individuals are underage. Dependency, particularly when it involves alcohol, can take years off ...

    ... life and even affect overall brain development , and the road to those dire straits can begin early for those who drink alcohol before they are legally allowed to. Because underage drinking is such a huge problem in the ... 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. ...

    ... there are ways to make bathrooms safer for everyone without having to completely shut off these spaces from the public. A model restroom, according to him, would be well-lit with stainless-steel surfaces and be stocked ... 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 ...

    ... in sick to work and is the second highest reason for visits to the doctor (second to sinus infections). The ACA ... chronic back pain with opiate medications, it's not a good idea to simply quit the meds cold turkey. If you' ... 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 ...

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  • Dangerous Additives: What's Really in Your Cocaine?

    Cocaine is one of the most lethal illegal substances. This can be explained by the extraordinary psychoactive and biological effects of the drug; cocaine is the single most powerful central nervous system stimulant. At high doses it can stop the ...

    ... purity of just 26.4 percent in their 2000+ cocaine seizures for 2013, down from 45 percent in 2005. Here we will ... regular users of cocaine . While facing substance abuse is never easy, enlisting the help of professionals ... continue reading
  • Is Alcohol Wreaking Havoc on Your Sexual Performance?

    Alcohol is often viewed as an aphrodisiac, but this label is far from the truth. While drinking may lower social inhibitions and increase the likelihood of poor impulse control, alcohol actually reduces sexual performance. Believe it or not, a great ...

    ... angiotensin, a hormone associated with erectile dysfunction . Long-term alcohol abuse can cause damage to the nervous system, which is responsible for triggering the signals that cause an erection. Studies have also ... 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 ...

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

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    ... Carfentanil's extreme potency doesn't mean it gives a “better” high; it means it will kill you. It's ... really is. There is no therapeutic level - it's not meant for human use.” What we do know is that drug dealers are ... 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 ...

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

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  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

    Experts consider recovery the fifth stage of the addiction process, and it's so much more than overcoming a dependency to drugs or alcohol. It's a complete transformation of mind, body and spirit - and an ongoing process that spans the rest of your ...

    ... going down a much happier, healthier path. The truth was, without alcohol in my life for several years at that point, I looked better and felt better about myself than I had in years. And despite the temptations and ... 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 ...

    ... In this study, our team examined sentencing trends for three types of drug offenses: drug possession, ... them the help they need. You can contact us here for more information . Can I use this information? The information ... 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 ...

    ... Finding the OxyMonster Vallerius earned the nickname “OxyMonster” for his role as a moderator on Dream Market and ... his identity, as well as $500,000 in Bitcoin and profiles/ login details for these websites. The ... 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 ...

    ... Medicine, recruited 68 people from the Caron Treatment Center in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, to undergo ... sleep deprived and cranky, you're not feeling good or very good about yourself. Negative thoughts breed even more ... 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 ...

    ... know… #1: Your Love Can't Save Us Despite what you might think, love isn't enough to heal addiction. And that's true for all addicts. This isn't a disease that can be cured with a hug. If that's all it took, we'd be able ... continue reading
  • Addiction Self-Assessment Quizzes for Drugs and Alcohol

    Drug and Alcohol Self-Assessment Quizzes Use the following self-assessment quizzes to better understand common signs, symptoms, and behavioral changes related to substance misuse and addiction. The questions used in the following self-assessments ...

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  • List of Street Names for Drugs

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    ... to ensuring privacy in written and verbal communication. If you suspect someone you love is abusing drugs, watch for repeated use of odd, unrecognized, or seemingly slang terms. Examples of these are included below ... continue reading
  • Want to Make Your Asthma Worse? Here’s How…

    Tracy's romantic evening took a turn for the worse. She was enjoying a lovely Italian dinner with her boyfriend when she suddenly started wheezing. She quickly set down her wine glass and reached for her inhaler. The medicine started working, but ...

    ... beverage. Those with asthma might do better with organic wines, which do not ... alcohol-related asthma attack. Each person who lives with this condition must weigh the options and decide what's best for their health. As for ... continue reading
  • Weed Gets a “Fancy” New Name: Craft Cannabis

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    ... are growing their own products and marketing them as better quality than your average “dank,” run-of-the- ... ” stigma and market to the type of person who pays for rare vintage wines and all-natural meals. This, in essence ... continue reading
  • Would You Give Medical Marijuana to a Chronically Ill Pet?

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  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

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  • 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 ...

    ... manner, avoiding use in a specific clinical situation) .” The state health officials said both of these conditions for a black box warning are met in this case and believe incorporating such a warning will make both ... continue reading
  • Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics, Study Finds

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    ... heroin, according to data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. But experts are quick to point out that this is a ... for stricter regulations on their distribution, and establishing drug-monitoring programs. But for ... 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 ...

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

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    ... as a glass of orange juice. And, it's common knowledge that excessive amounts of alcohol aren't good for your liver. That's the old news. So, what's the new scoop? Turns out the latest research found a causal association ... continue reading
  • German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

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  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

    I can hear the sirens blasting through my neighborhood, and it reminds me of when they were taking me away to the hospital after I passed out drunk on a city street. I put my head under the covers and pull my cat closer. The sound of sirens is one ...

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  • 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 ...

    ... was just six months ago. Before she went into treatment, she was homeless, living on the streets of the ... a Saturday night, but it was a lot better than begging strangers for money to buy heroin. The bridesmaids would wake ... continue reading
  • Want to Feel Better from Anxiety & Depression Fast? Try These 8 Techniques!

    The stresses of everyday life can take their toll physically, emotionally and psychologically. However, ignoring these issues will not make them go away, nor make life easier to deal with. Addressing stress, anxiety or depression in a healthy ...

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

    6 years ago, my life hit rock bottom: my parents unexpectedly got divorced, I hated my job (especially my “Boss from Hell”), and my live-in boyfriend walked out on me for another woman. Just when I thought my life couldn't get any worse, I ...

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  • 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. ...

    ... for small-time recreational purposes. What may get lost in the shift, however, is the information about the potential harm ingested marijuana smoke can cause. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of marijuana abuse ... 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 ...

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  • Misery Loves Company…Especially Among Addicts

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  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

    Although drugs like heroin and cocaine tend to grab flashier and more dramatic headlines in the media, arguably the biggest substance issue among young adults and college students is prescription medication. In fact, prescription stimulants are ...

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  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Might be Causing Your Bathroom Misery

    Anyone's who had a urinary tract infection (UTI) knows that it's irritating at best and extremely painful at worst. While dehydration and bacterial infections are two common culprits, you might be surprised to learn that frequent alcohol consumption ...

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  • 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 ...

    ... happened next was not planned. The two 13-year-old best friends shared many hobbies. From skiing, to biking, to ... and the Food and Drug Administration never approved it for human use. And, as the two boys tragically ... continue reading
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