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  • The Great Debate: Alcohol vs Marijuana

    You may have had the debate yourself—what's worse? Alcohol or marijuana? With new studies coming out, more laws legalizing the recreational, and medicinal use of marijuana, the conversation seems to come up again and again. Even though we may all ...

    ... alcohol even during the first few weeks of pregnancy can cause long-lasting effects on a child . According to the CDC , ... during pregnancy, it's hard to tell what the effect of marijuana use is, since there are not many ... continue reading
  • Record-Breaking Number of Overdoses Traced Back to Bad Heroin

    A dangerous batch of heroin circulating throughout the city of Chicago has caused a record-breaking 74 overdoses in the span of just three days. When the numbers began to climb at such an astonishing rate, medical professionals began to suspect a ...

    ... . Combined with heroin, it's a concoction that can be deadly. As an opiate, fentanyl produces a state ... also one that sets in quickly. Effects are felt almost instantly and collapse occurs in a matter of seconds. Simply ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... pitcher Dwight Gooden was well known for his baseball career in the late 80s, but soon tested positive for cocaine use. He entered rehab in 1987 but later relapsed and was suspended from playing in the 1995 season. 10 ... 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 ...

    ... noticing a stain on a square of the Bible, which later proved to be heroin - enough to be broken up into ... any means necessary. Back in 2007, several instances occurred where prisoners got friends to hide drugs inside the ... 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 ...

    ... 's barn to cook up what appears to be ecstasy . We later see the farmer's pretty daughter in a club, mixed in with ... right direction. Learn more about the dangerous side effects of drug abuse and addiction . Instagram ... continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

    In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid OxyContin for treating chronic pain. The drug netted a quick $45 million in sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the ...

    ... chronic pain. The drug netted a quick $45 million in sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the incredibly powerful drug accounted for a whopping 30 percent ... continue reading
  • Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens

    During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders - and almost all were battling some type of chemical dependency. For those with substance abuse problems , incarceration did ...

    ... who were released came right back in a few months later - almost like a revolving door. Virginians Call for Treatment ... across Virginia and involved telephone interviews taken last December. It was conducted by the Center ... continue reading
  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

    In recent years, opioid abuse has received a lot of attention - and for good reason. In 2014, 19,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids ; that's up 16 percent from 2013. But notice the wording; it's important: “Overdoses ...

    ... drugs, relying on the combined effect to produce the desired sensation. The effects on breathing and heart rate are ... trouble falling asleep at a decent hour. Decades later, benzos are being prescribed at an alarming rate ... 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 ...

    ... With no straw handy, you roll up a Washington and seconds later, the snow is gone. Inhaled into your nostril, this ... result, your body feels effects from head to toe. Some of those effects include: Dilated pupils A ... continue reading
  • 20 Genius Minds and the Drugs they Were Addicted To

    Intelligence doesn't preclude people from taking drugs any more than fame does. When those who are under stress need to relax, some turn to drugs or drink as an escape from reality. Others do it because they believe it enhances their creativity or ...

    ... grunge scene. Let's be honest: how many people can understand all the lyrics to Smells Like Teen Spirit? ... the evidence of his addiction in front of him. He would later say that he doesn't even remember writing some of his ... continue reading
  • 5 Genius Minds Who Dabbled in Drugs

    For hundreds and thousands of years, human beings have experimented with drugs. Some people used illicit substances to celebrate the gods; some used drugs to “communicate” with the other side. As time went on, people began using drugs for a ...

    ... letter written to his fiancée, Freud said: “I expect (cocaine) will win its place in therapeutics by the side of morphine … I take very small doses of it regularly against depression and against indigestion and with the ... continue reading
  • Legalizing Marijuana Decreases Fatal Opiate Overdoses, Study Shows

    According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. In an effort to relieve that constant pain, the number of opiate prescriptions has nearly doubled over the last decade. Today, opiates like ...

    ... 's dependence on opiates , a new study published last week in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine indicates medical ... severe pain. It's that pain-relieving effect that decreases the number of fatal opioid overdoses ... 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 ...

    ... noted among women. Low testosterone in men has side effects including mood swings, fatigue and erectile dysfunction. At ... before starting treatment. The very notable side effect leaves some health officials worried that ... continue reading
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Ritalin Recovery

    His paper was due tomorrow and Darren had barely started (if you count typing his name and the title of the paper as “started”). What Darren had really started to do was panic. He knew he'd have to stay up all night to finish, but he was already ...

    ... “boosts,” his tolerance and dependence on the drug increased, along with the side effects. Before long, Darren's roommate was worried. Patrick could see Darren was spiraling out of control with a Ritalin addiction, but ... 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 ...

    ... with one unexpected side effect: a congenital heart problem. This is an issue he feels could've been exacerbated by ... for abuse,” the potential benefits and side effects of ibogaine remain unknown. Is Ibogaine an ... continue reading
  • 5 Movies That Will Make You Never Want to Do Drugs Again

    Hollywood has a knack for glamorizing controversial subjects and drug use is certainly one of them. Yet for every Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or Trainspotting , there are also those films that will make you never want to touch drugs again. Here ...

    ... Caouette develops a frightening dissociative disorder. The scary and surreal imagery used to illustrate his drug-induced delirium will stick long in your mind. Learn more about the symptoms and side effects of drug use . 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 ...

    ... of “Stitches” has earned a name for himself as of late, but for all the wrong reasons. The joker-like face ... , Duarte can be heard declaring that she is “going to f*ck that b*tch up.” Mere moments later, Stitches simply ... continue reading
  • The Forefathers of Modern Illicit Drugs

    While illicit drugs are a major concern in today's society, many of them didn't start off as recreational. On the contrary, many started off with medicinal and anesthetic purposes. Here's a look at some of the forefathers of modern illicit drugs, ...

    ... decided to re-examine it and discovered LSD's effects upon absorbing a tiny bit through his fingertips. ... a doctorate based on his study of eugenol. Nagayoshi later became a professor of chemistry and pharmacy in 1893, ... continue reading
  • Did the DEA Really Abandon Its Plan to Ban Kratom?

    Several years ago, when I was living with my ex-boyfriend, I stumbled upon a package he received. The receipt said it was a bottle of kratom - a word I had never heard of before. A cursory Google search didn't pull up much either, beside the fact it ...

    ... alcohol, since it provides a milder painkilling effect than synthetic substances, such as methadone. On ... - just one month later. The DEA now says it will instead open an official public comment period to last until Dec. 1, ... continue reading
  • History Channel Explores “America's War on Drugs”

    No one gets a closer view of America's war on drugs than the officers and drug traffickers who stand on opposite sides of the battle line. What really goes on behind the scenes in each camp? What kind of power struggles wage? Who's really behind the ...

    ... than the officers and drug traffickers who stand on opposite sides of the battle line. What really goes on behind the ... acid and the psychedelic counterculture, and the negative effect of NAFTA on the drug scene in America. ... 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 ...

    ... , he just didn't seem like himself. The last time Allison could recall seeing the “old Alex” was at her wedding ... few months later when she got the call. Alex had been arrested for heroin possession . She sat up late with ... continue reading
  • Druggie: The New Makeup Shade Making Ugly Waves

    Approximately 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, with drug overdose deaths continuing to rise. In fact, since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled. As most of us know, drug addiction destroys lives ...

    ... yet companies still manage to make light of this killer epidemic. Why??? What's on Trend? The latest company to act socially irresponsible is makeup retailer Sephora. Up until recently, the cosmetic guru carried and sold ... continue reading
  • The Five Most Famous Drug Cartels

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

    ... kidnappings worldwide and is known for its extreme widespread violence. This cartel's most prominent period was in the late 1990s when it hired a private army, now Los Zetas; when the pair's partnership dissolved in 2010 ... continue reading
  • DEA: Heroin ‘Probably’ More Dangerous Than Marijuana

    With 23 states and Washington D.C. legalizing medical marijuana and four states legalizing it for recreational use, it's quite possible we'll see a day when marijuana is considered “legal” throughout the U.S. However, the Drug Enforcement ...

    ... pot on equal footing with heroin. In fact, federal judge Kimberly Mueller declined to change its status last April. However, recent comments from new DEA administrator Chuck Rosenberg seem to show the organization is ... continue reading
  • The Surgeon General Finally Gives Addiction Its Own Label

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

    ... . “It's time to change how we view addiction,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wrote in his landmark report last month. “Not as a moral failing, but as a chronic illness that must be treated with skill, urgency and ... 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 ...

    ... -free meals and non-GMO practices. It looks like this trend has expanded to include drug use. The latest trend in marijuana is “craft cannabis.” Like craft beer, this weed is considered an artisan product, carefully ... continue reading
  • Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

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

    ... as being more effective than narcotics. The American Dental Association has gotten on board, too, when last October it issued a statement, recommending that dentists consider over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ... continue reading
  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

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

    ... that have implemented these policies,” the Center for Law and Social Policy said in an issue brief last year. “Consequently, operating costs far exceed the fiscal savings from denying benefits.” So, what do you think ... continue reading
  • Should People Who Abuse Alcohol Qualify for Liver Transplants?

    Three years ago, one of my uncles - a long-time alcoholic - was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He was told he didn't qualify for a new one, so he continued to drink - all the way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and Liver ...

    ... - all the way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and Liver Disease In 2015, more than 21,000 ... second chances - especially since a liver transplant can save those who've made a conscious decision to ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, and 65 percent of this population meets the medical criteria for ...

    ... 48 percent of the inmates who tapered off. One month later, 18 percent of the tapered group self-reported they had ... opiate addiction, criminality and the combined effect both can have on an already overpopulated prison ... continue reading
  • Two Groundbreaking Tobacco Laws in the Works

    We've come a long way, baby. Fewer Americans than ever before are smoking cigarettes, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting last November that the smoking rate dropped from 20.9 percent in 2005 to an all-time low of 17.8 ...

    ... with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting last November that the smoking rate dropped from 20.9 percent ... approved, Hawaii's cigarette bill would go into effect at the beginning of 2016. Smokers Beware ... 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 ...

    ... toxicity. If this effect holds true in humans, the researchers believe the vaccine could extend the window of ... Additional Reading: The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues , Opioid side effects Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... ' drug sales will hopefully reduce peer approval, and subsequently illicit drug use,” Duncan said. Additional Reading : Your Brain on Drugs: Studying Cocaine's Effect on Blood Flow Image Credits: Instagram/themathhattan 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 ...

    ... or not, 81 residents of Queens died at the hands of heroin last year - that's 28 more deaths than Queens saw in 2012. ... opiate antidote, naloxone saves lives by reversing the effects of heroin. Learn more about the dangers ... continue reading
  • Crack Cocaine’s Effect on the Brain (Simple Animation)

    “Crack is whack” - that much is widely understood and accepted. But, what exactly is crack? How is crack different from cocaine? Is it possible that crack gets a bad rap, or is it as lethal as it seems? AsapSCIENCE breaks down what we need to ...

    “Crack is whack” - that much is widely understood and accepted. But, what exactly is crack? How is crack different from cocaine? Is it possible that crack gets a bad rap, or is it as lethal as it seems? AsapSCIENCE ... 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 ...

    ... bottom . If only I'd known that several days later, things were about to get exponentially worse - that ... The term “rock bottom” refers to the very lowest level you can reach, and it's used to describe a point in your life ... 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 ...

    ... chemicals to do one thing has knock-on effects elsewhere.” One safe and alternate solution for sleep ... helping to establish healthy sleep patterns. Over the last few years, thousands of therapists have been trained in ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

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

    ... originally designed to alleviate or at least lessen the effects of chronic pain, are now officially responsible for ... and anti-insomnia medications. Before it's too Late… If someone you know is abusing prescription drugs ... continue reading
  • Childhood Traumas Haunt Many into Adulthood

    It's a widely accepted theory that some people are more susceptible to addiction than others. Many of those “at-risk” are labeled as such due to specific genetic or neurological issues. However, a recent study indicates that traumatic ...

    ... indicates that traumatic experiences during childhood can play a major role in predicting whether ... adverse experiences weren't the catalyst for later addiction, but rather the effects of multiple types of stress added ... continue reading
  • Closing Candy Land: Our Vets are Stuck in the VA’s Revolving Door

    Across our nation, the brave men and women who defended its freedoms are suffering. The burden they bear isn't regret, loss, emotional trauma or illness…even though all of these things may be present. No, the cargo many of them carry is the weight ...

    ... For nearly 60 percent of our veterans returning from the last ten years of war, chronic pain is the most common ... relief, veterans generally aren't warned about the side effects of this opioid drug and they don't ... 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 ...

    ... aren't. Legalities aside, there's no denying that addiction can make people do crazy things. Here's a look at seven ... they make off with the bags and their contents. Later, they sell the expensive bags (and anything else of ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... a reputation for drug use, he has definitely done his share, but has since come clean. His reflections on the ill effects of drug use in his music are touching. 16. Elton John In the early 1980s, in the midst of the AIDS ... continue reading
  • Counterfeit Prescription Drug Operations Thrive in the US

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

    ... worth of counterfeit drugs were unknowingly purchased last year. And with prescription drug prices continuing ... risks that simply aren't worth it. Learn more about the dangerous and unwanted side effects of drug abuse . 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 ...

    ... how dangerous Flakka can be - for both the user and those around them. Example #1 Last April, a ... cop punched Crowder and brought him to the ground. Crowder later declared that he was the mythical god Thor. Example #2 ... continue reading
  • Fixing the Addiction Counselor Crunch: One University’s Plan to Help

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

    ... unmet need for treatment in our society. Graduates of one program won't completely meet the need, but it's a start. Additional Reading: Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects… Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Intoxicated Pilots Gamble with the Lives of Holiday Travelers

    Now that the holiday season is upon us, the roadways and skies are crowded with travelers. This massive surge of activity serves as a catalyst for travel-related accidents. And while the public is well aware of drug- and alcohol-related driving ...

    ... age of airline pilots increases. It also implies the problem could be spurred on as more and more drugs are introduced to ... Learn more about the mental and physical side effects of drugs . Photo credit: Christophe Launay ... 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 ...

    ... Narcan (generic name naloxone) to reverse the effects of his heroin overdose . After he regained ... was taken to jail for heroin possession. The police later tweeted the humiliating video of the bus scene, which ... continue reading
  • Pregnant & Court-Ordered to Take Vivitrol: Is My Baby Safe?

    It's a question many women might be asking themselves, as more and more females of childbearing age are ordered by drug courts to take Vivitrol - the injectable form of naltrexone. An opioid-antagonist, Vivitrol blocks the brain receptors that bind ...

    ... choose the medication. Vivitrol and Pregnancy One glaring issue, however, is that little is known about the effects of Vivitrol on pregnant women or fetuses. In a recent article published by Drug and Alcohol Dependence ... continue reading
  • An Uncomfortable Truth: Drug Abuse Raises STD Rates

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

    ... the participants had engaged in group sex over the last six months and half of that population had not ... for HPV. It's suggested that heavy alcohol consumption could weaken immune responses to HPV. If you or someone you ... continue reading
  • Robert Downey Jr.'s Incredible Comeback from Addiction

    A great Hollywood comeback story, Robert Downey Jr. is now one of the most bankable and highly paid actors in show business, starring in blockbuster comic book films like Iron Man and The Avengers as Iron Man—a role he continued in 2019's ...

    ... a name for himself as a young actor in the mid to late 80s. After a season in the cast of “Saturday Night Live,” ... underwrote Downey's liability insurance so that the actor could star in 2003's The Singing Detective . From ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Drew Barrymore Former child star Drew Barrymore's drug abuse in her teenage years found her controversial fame, including two trips to rehab that motivated her to get back on track with her career. 2. Mary-Kate Olsen “Full House” actress ...

    ... in the '80s for his role in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade , shocked the world when his 1993 death exposed him as ... alcohol overdoses leave millions of fans in mourning. Could we have saved these stars? What do these ... continue reading
  • Methadone Programs: A Bad Treatment Plan for Addicted Parents?

    When it comes to the negative effects of substance abuse , addiction casts a wide net. Addicted parents, in particular, are faced with a unique set of challenges, as an opiate dependency ultimately affects the whole family. For thousands of parents ...

    ... ten years later. Another 14 (9.7 percent) met the criteria for recovery after 5 to 10 years. Ten could not be located ... The Snowball Effect of Methadone While opiate addiction clearly has far-reaching negative effects, a ... continue reading
  • Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics, Study Finds

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

    ... to point out that this is a statistic that could very easily shift. There are increasing reports of crossover ... for many Americans, these restrictions came too late, going into effect long after they were hooked on opiates ... 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 ...

    ... facade that everything was fine and naively believed I could overcome it myself. Of course, I didn't ... to come to you. The bottom line is that it's never too late to ask for help . Treatment is going to be hard, no doubt ... continue reading
  • Vivitrol's New and Controversial Role in Prisons

    When I was in prison, the majority of inmates struggled with substance abuse. And because the prison system did very little (if anything at all) to rehabilitate us, it wasn't unusual for those who were released to almost immediately overdose or ...

    ... almost immediately overdose or return to prison a few months later with a new drug offense. Thankfully, the prison ... to be working,” Feinstein said. Arguments on Both Sides Despite the success of these programs, there are ... continue reading
  • Don't Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance - It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

    You may have heard about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine. What you may not have heard about, however, is the ultra-potent concentrated version of it: carfentanil . What We Know About Carfentanil Developed in the mid-1970s as a ...

    ... ingested. “If a person just gets it on their hand and accidentally touches their eye, touches their mouth, that could prove to be fatal for them,” said Dr. Neil Capretto . What's more, thousands of people are unknowingly ... 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 ...

    ... of 300 milligrams of cocaine. One-to-two hours later, the participants were asked to complete a facial recognition ... latest data from the Netherlands' study could explain why cocaine users, though they might feel good, can ... 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 ...

    ... function down the road, but do agree that it has mild side effects and low abuse potential. But they do urge caution in acquiring ... or from abroad, as the mystery pills could be sugar-coated placebos, made from expired ... continue reading
  • A Dangerous Trio: Skipping Dinner, Binge Drinking and Overeating

    In today's culture, binge drinking is becoming more and more prevalent. This is especially true on college campuses, where a lot of partying takes place and many students spend their nights at clubs and bars, rather than in the dorm studying. Today, ...

    ... consequences,” the study's leader wrote. The Drunkorexia Trend Another concerning issue is that unintended weight gain could lead to the development of an eating disorder at some point, such as bulimia. In fact, college ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About the Probuphine Implant

    Probuphine is the very first breakthrough buprenorphine implant. What is buprenorphine, you ask? It's a common prescription for opioid addiction treatment and it prevents withdrawal symptoms. The Probuphine implant looks like four matchstick-size ...

    ... to take your medication. You also can't lose it and it can't be stolen. Since the implant disperses ... the surgeon during both implantation, and explantation six months later. Will the patient's insurance pay for the ... continue reading
  • Does Your Personality Put You at Risk for Addiction?

    Are certain personality types more prone to substance abuse? Although it certainly seems so, this question has been the focus of debate for some time. It used to be believed that addiction could be explained by way of the two contrasting personality ...

    ... seems so, this question has been the focus of debate for some time. It used to be believed that addiction could be explained by way of the two contrasting personality types: Type A and Type B . Type A personalities are ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

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

    ... into work hungover and unfocused. I counted down each day until the clock hit 5pm, because that's when I could blissfully slip away from reality. Thankfully, this daily routine only lasted for a couple of weeks, as my no ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

    After falling off a ladder, Suzanne was rushed to the hospital and examined from stem to stern. Her pelvic bone was fractured and she'd sprained her wrist, but the pain in her left shoulder was unbearable. Suzanne dislocated her shoulder and ...

    ... she had been wrong. For the first time in a very long time, Suzanne had hope - hope that a methadone program could do for her what it had done for her neighbor. A Whole New World Living in a large city, Suzanne was able ... continue reading
  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

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  • German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

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    ... 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 adage, “one man's trash is another man's ... continue reading
  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

    During the four years I spent behind bars, I encountered hundreds of women - all with a unique personal story and background. I remember wondering to myself, “How did all these women end up in prison?” Some of them had traumatic childhoods, some ...

    ... into consideration to develop targeted prevention programs, especially since early-life contact with the penal system could lead to a host of negative outcomes, including: Recurrent contact with the justice system Social ... continue reading
  • The AMA to Drug Companies: It’s Time You Stop Lying to Consumers

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    ... from their doctor, even though lower-cost alternatives might be available. Consumer knowledge of drug costs could help curb this overspending. #2 - Increase affordable access to naloxone The AMA correctly pointed out ... continue reading
  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

    Every generation has its trends. From hairstyles, to music, and yes, even drugs. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has been studying the drug habits of Americans for decades. Their survey results reveal patterns of drug use among ...

    ... eight percent of Boomers and Gen Xers. As the opioid epidemic rages on, this is a trend that could spell disaster for thousands of Millennials. Additional Reading: Who Are You Without Your Drug of Choice? Image Source ... continue reading
  • Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs?

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    ... ” stance to substance abuse. Bringing back harsh minimum sentencing means people struggling with chemical dependency could serve more time than violent, dangerous offenders. What Does This Mean for Users? Often times ... continue reading
  • Driving Just Got a Little Safer – Thanks to This Device

    Steve saw the flashing lights in the mirror; his heart skipped a beat. He was on his way home from his friend's house, where he and three others spent the afternoon shooting cocaine . “Just play it cool,” he told himself. “You've faked your ...

    ... car with Steve's information, and came back moments later with something else in his hands. Steve acted ... willing to admit it.) Scientists hope this new development can help to curb this dangerous situation. The goal is ... continue reading
  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

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

    ... of the garbage days later. If little Aiden or curious Spot get their paws on the patch, it could be deadly. Fact ... t learn very much about were the potential side effects of fentanyl, including anxiety, dizziness, dry ... continue reading
  • Dual Diagnosis: The Link Between Addiction and Mental Health Disorders

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

    ... your mental health condition more complicated. On the flip side, if you abuse drugs, you are putting your ... you receive an accurate diagnosis of your co-occurring disorders so they can be treated properly. How Do I Treat ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

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    ... champ, so why let them go to waste? A short 30 days later, Shelly's oxycodone ran out. She didn't need them any more ... , she panicked. “I must be addicted! What can I do? I can't tell anyone; I'd be too ashamed. I ... continue reading
  • Supervised Heroin Shooting Galleries: Coming to a Public Housing Site?

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    ... in Vancouver, offers a common room space where residents can inject. The room's door is monitored via camera; ... as a harm reduction measure is highly debated. On one side, there are people who think it's simply “enabling” ... continue reading
  • True or False: Ready to Put Your Fentanyl Knowledge to the Test?

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    ... by almost 75 percent. True or False: Fentanyl can't be absorbed through your skin, so it doesn't ... of it, he simply wiped it away. An hour later, he was unconscious. The brief contact with the fentanyl transferred ... continue reading
  • My Confusing Experience Following the Kratom Trail

    Three years ago, I lived with a boyfriend who was a functioning addict. He was in law school at the time, so he looked for anything he could get his hands on to sharpen his focus, then allow him to relax after hours of intense studying. He chewed ...

    ... each night so he could unwind. His need for constant mood alterers was getting on my last nerve, and I ... pain reliever or a mood enhancer. Kratom's listed side effects included nausea, insomnia and loss of appetite, but ... 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 ...

    ... 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 app has only been tested on 80 patients so far. The scientists ... 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 ...

    ... shaped by law. Though individual states could authorize safe rooms, the federal government would ... the Controlled Substances Act. To learn more about the damaging effects of drug abuse , call our helpline today at 1-888 ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

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    ... than men. In the end, this causes the drug's effects to be felt more quickly and powerfully. Your Body, Your ... about any potential dosage or side effect concerns. It's always best to err on the side of caution when it comes ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

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    ... of Percocet Long-term use or abuse of Percocet has many adverse side effects. Among them are serious psychological problems that can include: Depression: Researchers found taking opioids for 90 days or more significantly ... 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 ...

    ... pain than other prescription medication and had fewer side effects. Most commonly, marijuana was used as ... , Assistant Professor Douglas Bruce, believes cannabis could eventually be used to treat many other conditions ... continue reading
  • Teen Drug Abuse: The Warning Signs

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    ... , you remain aware of the warning signs of drug use so you can give your children the help they need in a timely manner. If you ... . Health Problems There are many health issues that occur as a result of drug use such as: ... continue reading
  • How Edie Falco Portrays Addiction and Lives Recovery

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    ... the stage and screen since beginning her career in the late '80s. But she is arguably best known for ... I'm always there for two minutes and I leave, because I can't live in that world anymore. It's too dangerous.” When The ... continue reading
  • Will the Nation’s First Safe Injection Site Make a Positive Impact?

    It's no secret that intravenous drug use poses major risks. While other forms of drug use carry a risk of HIV and Hepatitis C transmission, people who inject drugs by far have the highest risk. To put that in perspective a little better, the U.S. ...

    ... flack. After InSite had a record number of overdose fatalities occur on its property last year, many people began asking one very important question: Just how safe can a safe injection site really be? Additional Reading ... continue reading
  • Released from Prison…and Still Addicted

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    ... returning to drugs and alcohol. Often times, relapse occurs, violations result - and the cycle begins all ... and investing in treatment and aftercare services, we can reduce the harms of drug abuse while improving public ... continue reading
  • Mother of Newborn Arrested After Failing Drug Test

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

    ... -Parker must give a negative drug test before she can be released from jail and, by court order, ... but it doesn't guarantee that the charge will be dropped. Last July, 26-year-old Mallory Loyola became the first person in ... continue reading
  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

    The specifics of every person's addiction journey are different, but for most people, the path to recovery follows a similar trajectory: a “bottom” followed by the decision to take action; the initial, often traumatic physical and mental ...

    ... with support when you need it. You can always add to your sober community later, but it's good to enlist some ... that days, weeks or even months have passed since you last thought about drinking or drugs. When you're not ... continue reading
  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

    With the opioid epidemic claiming nearly 78 lives each and every day, President-elect Trump has his work cut out for him in the drug arena. One of his stated policies involves increasing access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose from ...

    ... prescription painkillers. But there are people on both sides of the fence regarding this medication's prevalence ... their high and can make them violently ill (which is a deterrent in itself). Naloxone can start to wear off ... 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 ...

    ... of happiness and energy by increasing the naturally occurring “happy chemical” ( dopamine ) in the ... close to absolutely no one. Additional Reading: Drunk in the Moment - We Can't Drink Reality Away Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Welcome to a New Tramadol Nightmare

    People seeking safe opiate detox in Alaska were recently left out in the cold - in more ways than one. Only two state facilities currently offer detox services to Alaskans - and both of them were recently shut down, thanks to one of the DEAs newer ...

    ... translated to in Alaska was a shutdown of detox programs. The physician's assistants that were administering tramadol could no longer legally do so. They didn't have the newly required DEA-certification, which meant they ... continue reading
  • Ruthless Drug Dealer Ordered to Pay for His Client’s Funeral

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

    ... they're buying drugs that are laced with fentanyl…and the results can be catastrophically deadly. Increase in Overdoses Linked to Fentanyl Last year, fentanyl and other synthetic opioids took over the number one cause ... 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 ...

    According to the latest Census in 2015, the United States has a total population of 321 million people. In ... of the drug's side effects mimic the effects of commonly abused narcotics, the brain can be fooled into thinking ... continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

    “Yeah, I was feeling uptight before he was about to pick me up for our date, so I popped a Xanax,” said my friend. I cringed. It seemed like everyone I knew was using benzos to calm down, chill out, get through a first date, or ace a ...

    ... us who are prone to like “downers” like alcohol. It seems like you can pop a benzo and twenty minutes later…everything is fine! The fact that it can kill you is widely known, but maybe that hasn't convinced you yet? How ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 21.5 million Americans aged 12 and older met the criteria for substance use disorder in 2014. Of these, 1.9 million were addicted to prescription opiate pain medications and 586,000 ...

    ... of the drug is needed to achieve the initial effect. 2,3 Tolerance fuels addiction as you continue to ... and ultimately become physically dependent on the drug. Dependence occurs when the brain and body begin to need the ... continue reading
  • The Fear of Dealing with Addiction in the Public Eye

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

    ... of creating shame and dealing with it can heighten feelings of personal and professional ... mind: Public opinion is fleeting; your personal life will last a lifetime. Learn more about helping a drug-addicted loved ... 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 ...

    ... percent of the cannabis plant. THC doesn't naturally occur in its active form, but rapidly converts from THC acid ... small amount of the CBN can have a significant, sedating effect. Cannabigerol Recent studies have reported ... continue reading
  • Ice Bugs: Don’t Scratch That Phantom Itch!

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    ... meth comes with a few more not-so-awesome side effects: severe paranoia and delusions. And as a result ... antibacterial drugs. Left untreated, however, these sores can lead to abscesses, ulcers and septicemia. Just Make ... continue reading
  • States Move to Ban Synthetic Urine

    More and more states are moving to ban an increasingly popular mechanism used to defeat drug tests. Synthetic urine, otherwise known as fake pee, has come under fire with lawmakers , who say the liquid gives drug users a way to sidestep screening ...

    ... pass it off as a legitimate urine sample. “People can basically use it to avoid consequence with their employers ... 's bill, the “Urine Trouble Act” is the latest legislation to take a stand against the synthetic liquid and ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Signs

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    ... Most drug abusers avoid friends and family, at least when they are obtaining, using or recovering, and that can be an almost constant cycle. They may also demonstrate extreme mood swings and are involved in more domestic ... continue reading
  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

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    ... susceptible. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, take action today. Our toll-free helpline can connect you to the best addiction treatment centers to fit your needs. We're available around the clock ... continue reading
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