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  • The Effects of Spice Use

    Is Spice Harmful? “Spice” (synthetic marijuana) has grown in popularity in recent years. Synthetic marijuana is sold under a variety of names other than “Spice,” including: K2. Skunk. Moon rocks. Potpourri. Substances like Spice and K2 - ...

    ... natural and can have a number of dangerous side effects . It can also be addictive , and can produce severe ... treatment will commence after detox is completed, and can last anywhere from 1-6 months or longer, depending 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 ...

    ... can quickly morph into a welcome change. It Produces Results Users report that the highs off Spice last much longer than most other drugs. But this effect ... compounds, which can produce dangerous side effects. Additional ... continue reading
  • Who Manufacturers All these Crazy Semi-Legal Designer Drugs?

    Designer drugs have been subject of much media attention of late, as the Internet has made obtaining them easier than in the past. In many cases, it's simpler to order designer drugs online than to try to obtain street drugs. Designer drugs can be ...

    ... can result in serious side effects, from short-term behavioral side effects of long-term mental health side effects ... the DEA. The largest raid on synthetic drugs occurred in 2004, when the DEA conducted operation Web Tryp ... continue reading
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  • The Scary Facts About Designer Drugs and Legal Highs

    Read Time: 30 minutes Introduction What Are Designer Drugs and Legal Highs? The terms “designer drugs” and “legal highs” are used to refer to substances such as synthetic marijuana and “bath salts” that are engineered in a laboratory to ...

    ... that the onset of bromo-dragonFLY effects can be delayed by as much as 6 hours and then last as long as 2 to 3 ... other drugs, dangerous and sometimes deadly side effects may occur including: Intense fright or fear. Panic ... continue reading
  • Switching Depression Medications and Doing it Safely

    Hillary felt sleepy all the time. She was also experiencing daily headaches. She noticed these symptoms began when she started taking a prescribed antidepressant . Hillary decided it wasn't worth the side effects. She was tired of feeling tired and ...

    ... the side effects. She was tired of feeling tired and achy, so she stopped taking the pills. A day later, ... to do this alone. If new symptoms occur, let your doctor know right away. They can tell you if these are normal or ... continue reading
  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

    A drug overdose occurs when the body has been overloaded with either prescription medication or an illicit substance. Under normal circumstances, our body's metabolism would be able to detoxify the substance in order to avoid its potentially harmful ...

    ... . The Dangers of Overdose Side effects of an overdose can be more than harmful…they can be potentially fatal. And what ... being the most alarming symptom, is the last to occur in the opioid overdose triad . Breathing will ... continue reading
  • What is Molly? 5 Things You Didn’t Know About MDMA

    On the street you'll hear her referred to as Molly—as if she were a real person and not a drug. Molly is a street name for MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), a popular rave drug used at nightclubs and music festivals to alter mood and ...

    ... and adverse effects that you should be aware of. Some potential short-term side effects of MDMA that may occur while you ... ,” even though the symptoms usually last longer than a day and can endure for a week or longer ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

    Although opioids are effective pain relievers, they can do a number on your health and overall body systems. One of the most negatively affected body systems is your gastric system. What's more, long-term use or addiction to opiates can paralyze ...

    ... drug for opioid-induced constipation last September. The medication is called Movantik and is the first of its kind. “Supportive care products such as Movantik can lessen the constipating side effects of opioids ,” said ... continue reading
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  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

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

    ... 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
  • Disguising Danger: 7 Marijuana Edibles Side Effects Shockers

    Lots of the people who have tried marijuana have done so in the form of snacks like pot cookies or brownies. Since one of the effects of pot is an increased appetite, it's only natural that the “ganja-preneurs” are marketing more marijuana ...

    ... and the effects can last from six to 10 hours. Serious Side Effects Taken in large doses, marijuana edibles can lead to ... edibles found that respiratory insufficiency can also be a major side effect in young children. They' ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Side Effects of Ambien Sleeping Pills

    We've all been there—you can't sleep, and you're left tossing and turning in your bed. You know that getting a good night's sleep is one of the best ways to take care of yourself, but you can't seem to shut your eyes. It's debatable what's leading ...

    ... one of the best ways to take care of yourself, but you can't seem to shut your eyes. It's debatable what's leading to ... at a cost. Here's a look at five possible side effects of Ambien you'll want to consider before use. 4 ... continue reading
  • The Dangerous (and Deadly) Effects of Spice

    Natural ingredients, legal use, lower cost…it must be healthy, right? The deadly misconception above has led to a growing number of fatalities brought on by synthetic or “designer” drugs. Use of synthetic marijuana - sold under names like ...

    ... symptoms produced by cannabis. Due to these characteristics, Spice can have long-term effects on the brain. Side effects of Spice can include: Hallucinations Vomiting Confusion and Paranoia Rapid heart rate Myocardial ... continue reading
  • Voices From Both Sides of the Medical Marijuana Debate

    About eight months ago, I moved to California from Texas - two states that have very different viewpoints when it comes to legalizing medical marijuana . The drug seems to be everywhere here, smoked by people walking across the street or consumed in ...

    ... I know who have used it for pain management, they can't sing its praises enough. Their favorable attitudes towards it led ... Regardless of which side you fall on, there are potential dangers and side effects when using any ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Bath Salts Use

    Are Bath Salts Harmful? The term “bath salts” refers to a family of designer recreational drugs that contain one or more synthetic chemicals related to cathinone -a stimulant found in the khat plant, with effects similar to amphetamine. The name ...

    ... doses in order to achieve the same effects. This can increase the likelihood of dangerous side effects or a potentially fatal overdose. Dependency occurs when a user can't stop taking the drug, without experiencing ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

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

    ... give up and return to opioids for relief. But this could soon change… According to the results of a recent study, ... medication that's fairly cheap and has few side effects. The results showed this medicine was “effective ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been taking pain killers for an extended time, particularly after the pain that originally prompted their use has subsided, you might well wonder whether you're addicted to pain killers. Though many people take pain killers following a ...

    ... subconsciously preparing for pain that might not actually occur. If you are experiencing withdrawal symptoms when ... as buprenorphine, which can help you take less of the drug and experience fewer side effects. If you feel ... continue reading
  • Your Brain on Drugs: Studying Cocaine's Effect on Blood Flow

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

    ... damage. Other experiments reveal that even thinking about cocaine can change cerebral blood flow. Looking at the brain of ... , and boost tissue engineering. Learn more about the risks and side effects of drug abuse . continue reading
  • The Other Side of Suboxone

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

    ... and unusual fatigue Breathing difficulties such as slowed breathing. Withdrawal Effects In addition to these side effects, the abrupt discontinuation of buprenorphine could also lead to withdrawal. If a person has been ... 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 ...

    ... a chance encounter shifted his focus to another well-known side effect of meth: skin lesions. While at a restaurant, ... about the devastating effects of meth use . He also hopes his findings can form the foundation for ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Can it Cure My Addiction?

    What does it take to quit using heroin or other opioids? It's a question that is very much on the minds of millions of Americans. The scientific community continues to look for the best way to quit using drugs and everyone wants to know what will ...

    ... that it's still illegal in the U.S. Side Effects of Ibogaine After having ibogaine therapy, you might ... any other opioid in that same year. 6 While ibogaine can be a very rapid and successful form of treatment for ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Klonopin? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Klonopin is a brand name for the drug clonazepam . It's a benzodiazepine that affects the way chemicals in the brain work. It helps reduce anxiety, can treat seizure disorders, and may be used to treat panic disorders. Those taking it sometimes ...

    ... stopping this medication can cause you to have serious withdrawal side effects and possibly more ... benzodiazepines by using a half-life benzodiazepine. This drug will last for a shorter time in the body, but you will ... continue reading
  • 25 Harmful Effects of Morphine

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

    ... pleasant. Weight Loss - While to some this may seem like a positive side effect, it is generally a sign of poor health conditions. Effects That Can Be Lethal Collapsed Veins - Injecting morphine into veins repeatedly ... continue reading
  • The Harmful Effects of Drugs and Alcohol

    It should come as no surprise that drugs and alcohol can have negative effects on your life. Although sometimes it may be difficult to imagine, the abuse of these substances can change everything from your body to your bank account. This can include ...

    ... . Sure, you may have already heard about these side effects of abusing drugs, but how much do you really know? Understanding the full effects that these substances can have could change your life for the better. You may ... 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
  • 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
  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

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

    ... used during adolescence. A project released last December in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin found ... many view as “harmless” recreational marijuana use could have permanent cognitive implications for adulthood and beyond ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

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

    ... in assessing the risks and benefits of using the drug ;” OR “ There is a serious adverse reaction that can be prevented or reduced in severity by appropriate use of the drug (e.g., patient selection, careful monitoring ... continue reading
  • Introducing the Drug That Can Kill With a Single Dose

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

    ... concoction popped up on our radar. It's just the latest killer in the opioid epidemic ravaging our country. Dubbed “ ... the federal Drug Enforcement Agency told NBC News . “You can buy one of these cocktails for $10-20 on ... continue reading
  • Pop Quiz: Which of These Scenarios Can Land You in Jail?

    Today's drug laws seem to be in constant flux. Depending on which side of a state line you stand, you might be commended or arrested for the same act. This leaves many wondering exactly what is legal and what could put them in handcuffs. Try your ...

    ... side of a state line you stand, you might be commended or arrested for the same act. This leaves many wondering exactly what is legal and what could ... and in which state the crime occurs. However, even a single pill has ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Smoking Weed Can Damage Your DNA

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

    ... risk of harm in using marijuana has also decreased, which could signal a future spike in usage. Among high school seniors, ... vs. 26 percent in non-medical states in the last year). The Future of THC in America The upcoming ... 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 ...

    ... his home in France to Austin, Texas…where he was set to compete in the world beard-growing championship. (Can't make this stuff up!) He was arrested by U.S. authorities when he flew into Atlanta, Georgia. Special Agent ... 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 ...

    ... transitioning to chronic back pain, an effect mediated by corticostriatal circuitry involved in addictive ... meds - or opioids - taken for chronic conditions can quickly escalate from regular use to dependency and addiction ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Oxycodone? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Opiates are one of the best inventions of mankind for so many reasons. They formed the basis of modern medicine and inspired a huge range for pharmaceuticals. Plenty of drug companies started off by manufacturing painkillers that were based on ...

    ... chemical in opium called thebaine, and it's not as addictive as morphine or heroin . They figured they could create a chemical that wasn't as addictive as morphine but still retain morphine's painkilling properties. And ... continue reading
  • 4 Long-Term Effects of Smoking Marijuana

    4 states—Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington—and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana. With these changes in policy, a big question on everyone's mind is, what are the long term effects of marijuana use? How does marijuana use affect ...

    ... exposed to THC they had problems with memory and learning later in their life (NIDA, 2016). Another study found ... studies suggest that long-term marijuana use can have similar effects on the lungs as cigarette smoking, we ... continue reading
  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

    After suffering an embarrassing panic attack at the mall, Kara visited a psychiatrist. He prescribed medication to help Kara with her symptoms - within a couple of months, this “solution” turned into an addiction. Now Kara has anxiety issues as ...

    ... away at your anxiety. With the proper, natural nutrition, your brain and body will function well and you can avoid unnatural prescription pills . Try including the following in your diet: Tryptophan: This is a feel-good ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Prescription Drugs? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been using prescription drugs in a way that was not intended by your doctor, then it is possible that you are dependent on them, and dependency often leads to addiction. While addiction can be frightening, the good news is there's plenty ...

    ... chores. Those who are abusing prescription drugs may have periods of time that they can't remember, called blackouts. If you can't remember events that happened recently or conversations that you had, you may be addicted ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Effects

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

    ... use of drugs can have major effects on your body; however, you can avoid worsening adverse effects and even turn ... to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction occurs when a chemical dependency to a drug is combined ... continue reading
  • What Can I Do if My Mother or Father is an Alcoholic or Drug Abuser?

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

    ... get better. And sometimes, they're suffering from the effects of the parent's mood swings and violence. It ... was sick with the flu to the point where he or she could not function, you'd take your parent to the doctor. The ... continue reading
  • Help, I’ve Been Arrested for DUI – What Can I Do to Stay Out of Jail?

    If you've been arrested for a DUI, you might be in a lot of trouble. One factor that will affect whether or not you stay out of jail will be how much you had to drink at the time of your arrest. Complying with instructions and requests from the ...

    ... third or fourth arrest for driving under the influence in the last 10 or so years, you may be in more trouble ... can take that will help you avoid jail or reduce your sentence. The dangers of effects of alcohol use can be ... 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 ...

    ... good things will happen to you. There is a great deal of uncertainty in the early stages of recovery that can be overwhelming for some people. Relinquishing control to a higher power, whatever you may believe that to be ... 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 ...

    ... more important than ever to gain a thorough understanding of the effects of marijuana. Reduced brain blood flow could be a very harmful effect previously overlooked. Other studies “have associated weakened blood flow in ... continue reading
  • Before & After: Physical Effects of Drugs

    Drug abuse is a national issue continuing to plague Americans of all walks of life. An estimated 19.7 million Americans age 12 and older struggled with a substance use disorder in 2017. Research also shows that many people who suffer from untreated ...

    ... than on users' faces. The potentially health effects of drug abuse are revealed below in gifs ... physical changes of drug use and abuse can happen rapidly or they can occur gradually with the passing of time between ... continue reading
  • Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects…

    Spouses, family members, friends, and coworkers are often flooded with emotions as they watch someone they care deeply about struggle in the grip of addiction. But here's something you may not realize: many of the emotions a loved one feels are the ...

    ... person feel helpless. Sure, Al-Anon tells loved ones that they didn't cause the addiction, they can't control it, and they can't cure it, but that doesn't really make anyone feel less helpless. #3 Sadness There's nothing ... continue reading
  • Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain

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

    ... drugs, you can easily say you'd like to try some, or you might decline and will have no ill effect from doing so ... danger and effects of drug abuse that leads many addicts to hospitalization and death. You can build a ... continue reading
  • What Could Illicit Drug Synthesis Expose You To?

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

    ... health risks, illicit drug production can certainly have a negative effect on the planet - whether ... - and long term health effects. Amphetamines, which are sometimes prescribed to treat ADHD, can be taken orally, injected ... continue reading
  • Three Lethal Drug Combinations That Can Kill You

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

    ... of alcohol. 3 As both alcohol and benzodiazepines are associated with anterograde amnestic effects, the combined cognitive effects can make it easier to forget how many drinks you've had or how many pills you've taken ... continue reading
  • Can’t Sleep? Try Putting Down the Marijuana (Seriously)

    For as long as she could remember, people told Sue that marijuana helped you sleep. So once she started having problems catching z's, she decided to give weed a try. Sue smoked pot every night for nearly three months, but for some reason, the ...

    ... , it looks like daily marijuana use has the opposite effect: it actually increases insomnia. Tons of marijuana users claim ... over. Additional Reading: Voices From Both Sides of the Medical Marijuana Debate Image Source: ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... we've made, there's no definitive way to measure happiness or satisfaction in a laboratory. And though we can't put emotions in a petri dish or marvel at them under a microscope, one thing seems pretty clear: Booze ... 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 ...

    ... of marijuana is a perfect sample of this law-making domino effect. One of the most recent examples comes out of California ... policies govern the laws for how marijuana dispensaries can deliver MJ. Decades ago, no one would ... continue reading
  • Effects of Smoking During Pregnancy

    In the U.S., there are an estimated 42 million people (nearly 18% of the total population) who currently smoke 1 . Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death in the U.S. In fact, smoking accounts for nearly 1 in ...

    ... . Negative effects can last throughout a ... child's lifetime. Studies have found that children who are exposed to tobacco in utero have significantly higher odds of having a learning disability later ... 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 ...

    ... these products. Suggest that they quit and offer support in doing so. But if they insist on continuing to smoke, you can at least urge them to keep these products out of the reach of children and away from any items that ... 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. ...

    ... seizure and - if too much constriction occurs - death. As the effects of cocaine spread through Ted's body ... brain was recently discovered, suggesting that cocaine can actually rewire the organ and eventually circumvent Ted ... continue reading
  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

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

    ... while taking tramadol. These side effects include: Vomiting Constipation Headache Nausea Drowsiness Dizziness Difficulty Breathing Depression Seizures People who stop taking it abruptly can experience withdrawal symptoms ... continue reading
  • Get the Facts on Substance Abuse

    Substance abuse is a major issue in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 40.3 million people aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder (SUD) in 2020—with 28.3 million struggling with an ...

    ... comes with many side effects, ranging from mild physical side effects like nausea and ... it cannot tolerate, this can lead to an overdose. While some overdoses occur after continuous use, they can also happen after one ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

    A judge in New York recently ordered a woman who's addicted to drugs not to get pregnant. While no one would argue that someone with an extreme drug problem should get pregnant, there are complex issues involved in ordering someone not to conceive ...

    A judge in New York recently ordered a woman who's addicted to drugs not to get pregnant. While no one would argue that someone with an extreme drug problem should get pregnant, there are complex issues involved in ... 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
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

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

    ... Opioid Dependence: A Study from India,” appeared in the latest issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine . This project was ... Exhaustion Heavy opioid users can also experience a number of side effects related to their mood ... continue reading
  • 7 Signs You May Be Addicted to Tramadol

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

    ... the drug, higher doses are needed to achieve the same effect. For this reason, addicts will often start increasing their ... can result in side effects . Abusing the drug can cause many health problems and adverse effects ... continue reading
  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

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

    ... this medication a difficult drug to discontinue. However, carefully tapering off the drug can eliminate most of the side effects and make the withdrawal process smoother. 4. Percocet Percocet is a notoriously addictive ... continue reading
  • Bath Salts Abuse

    What Are Bath Salts? Are Bath Salts Legal? Bath salts are formed from cathinones, but because they were unscheduled - primarily because no one used them - they were legal for a while. This prompted a wave of drugs to hit the streets, many of them ...

    ... salts rehab is an option . Signs that an addiction has occurred usually involves a pattern of abuse that is destructive and carries on despite negative side effects . Usually, this might involve missing school or work, a ... continue reading
  • America’s Pill Mills

    For the past 20 years, the U.S. has been in the midst of an invisible and deadly battle. Prescription opioids. Once thought to be a safe treatment for chronic pain with little to no risk of addiction , they've now caused more than 47,000 overdose ...

    ... many of our participants feel that doctors are not thoroughly explaining side effects, dosage, and other aspects of the drug. On top ... it-happened-and-what-we-can-do-about-it/20068579.article http://www.healthline.com/ ... continue reading
  • Russian Roulette: The Hidden Dangers of Cutting Agents in Cocaine and Heroin

    In the United States, more than 47,000 people die from drug overdoses every year . To make matters worse, drug deaths have recently surpassed both automobile and firearm accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the country. There's no ...

    ... adding to the danger. Death and Other Potential Side Effects of Cutting Agents in Cocaine and Heroin The impurities and additives in illegal drugs can result in dangerous side effects. And when it comes to fentanyl — a ... continue reading
  • AmeRxica’s Most Medicated

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 54 million people have used prescription medication non-medically - effectively more than 20 percent of the population aged 12 and older. When our doctor puts pen to paper and hands us a ...

    ... to help them through school and as they transition into professional careers. Amphetamines like Adderall can have negative side effects such as insomnia, loss of appetite, and emotional liability . Between 2005 and 2010 ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • What Do Taxes and Drunk Driving Have in Common? (You’d Be Surprised!)

    Organizations in every state have implemented countless initiatives to reduce drunk driving. Maryland seems to have found one that works. They simply raised the sales tax on alcohol. In 2011, Maryland raised the state sales tax on alcohol from 6 ...

    ... programs. Mission accomplished. An additional side effect of this increase has surprised researchers, ... intervention to reduce alcohol-impaired driving.” Other states could replicate this method and likely see a reduction ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

    She's been going to the same clinic for five years. Every day, she takes a bus, walks the last two blocks from the bus stop and gets in line for her dose of methadone. Five years ago, Kathy decided she needed help to break her Vicodin addiction. ...

    ... she takes a bus, walks the last two blocks from the bus stop ... could go on forever. One missed dose and you're sick from withdrawal symptoms like vomiting, cramps, muscle pain and in some cases life-threatening side effects ... 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
  • 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 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
  • 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 ...

    ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... 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
  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

    Holly started using heroin when she was 18 - at 26, she was at the end of the line. Her whole life revolved around getting high. In the past, she had tried 12-step programs, counseling, in-patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed ...

    ... patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed nothing could help. Would she always be addicted to heroin? Was ... illegal in the U.S.) Ibogaine can cause severe side effects , including: Ataxia (loss of control ... 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
  • Meth on the Mind: It’s a Mental Downhill Slide for Users

    Kim felt dizzy; she was confused and her speech was severely slurred. Her sister thought she'd had a stroke. Kim couldn't focus, had no energy and seemed very sleepy. It's no surprise her sister was worried, but Kim certainly wasn't suffering from a ...

    ... use is pretty prevalent - and so are its side effects. Meth creates the euphoric high that its users ... of the most dangerous drugs out there. Its psychotic effects can last for years, even after you've stopped using. It ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... are working to help keep us safe. If you're sure you need to leave a place, get out as fast as you can. Side note: I never did figure out why I was afraid of grocery stores. As far as I know, I've never been assaulted ... 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 ...

    ... dose is enough to cause deadly side effects - especially in those taking it ... t tell the difference just by looking at them. That's just how good these counterfeiters have become at manufacturing Xanax dupes. Late last ... continue reading
  • Warning: This Medication May Cause…Uncontrollable Urges?

    Jim gained ten pounds in two weeks, though he'd been slim and fit his whole life. Gary lost $20K at the casino in Friday night - he'd never bought a lottery ticket up to that point. Linda had sex with three different people in one week, even though ...

    ... occasions, it can cause more serious side effects like convulsions, loss ... occur. What About the People Taking Abilify? In 2015, about 1.6 million people received prescriptions for aripiprazole. The compulsive side effects ... continue reading
  • Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About a Resurgence of Cocaine in the U.S.?

    According to the DEA's annual Drug Threat Assessment cocaine use is on the rise. It looks as if, while in the midst of an opioid epidemic, a lethal storm of cocaine has quietly made landfall in the US. Cocaine-related deaths spiked in 2006 at 7,500 ...

    ... which can be fatal. Cocaine also elevates blood pressure, which can lead to stroke or other serious side effects. ... deadly duo was responsible for 37 percent of overdose deaths last year in New York. What to Expect The DEA ... continue reading
  • Don’t Be Fooled: Tramadol Abuse Poses Very Real Dangers

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

    ... our mood and keep us balanced. It can produce a euphoric effect, making tramadol tempting to abusers to ... anxiety if the drug cannot be obtained. General side effects of tramadol abuse include insomnia and risk of seizures ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

    Methadone maintenance has been around for years as an effective treatment for opioid dependency . Yet, its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging anyone from using it as a ...

    ... rate of only 5-10 percent. With that in mind, you can clearly see the benefits of using methadone, as it has the ... several decades of use. But methadone does have side effects - as with other opioids - such as constipation ... continue reading
  • What You Need to Know About ‘Zombie Drug’ Krokodil

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

    ... high potential for abuse . The opiate epidemic of the last decade has taken a devastating toll of Russia, where ... which mimics the effects of heroin for a quarter of the price. Krokodil's Scary Side Effects The problem is ... continue reading
  • Counting Dangerous Sheep: Why You Should Stop Popping Sleeping Pills

    Here's a question for you: How much sleep do you get every night? As adults, the Centers for Disease Control tells us we require seven to eight hours of sleep per night to maintain good health. Of course, we don't always get these hours. All kinds ...

    ... are extremely addictive and pose the risk for serious side effects and overdose. Today, doctors are prescribing fewer of ... combination with alcohol; it can be a lethal combo . Sleeping pills can also cause “disturbed sleep ... 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 ...

    ... continue to make new ones. And because so little is known about the substances, they can have unpredictable, often dangerous, side effects. “Hundreds of new psychoactive drugs have come out in recent years and some of ... continue reading
  • A Closer Look at the History and Use of Cocaine

    Cocaine is a popular CNS (central nervous system) stimulant that is naturally derived from the cocoa plant, which is most commonly grown in South America's Andean region. Though its proper, chemical name is benzoylmethyl ecgonine (C17H21NO4), users ...

    ... known as crack rocks, can be smoked and provide a much more intense high. The negative side effects of cocaine are varied ... , seizure, stroke and heart attack can also occur. Additional cocaine-related concerns include the ... 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 ...

    ... events. “If they can't put the test kits into people's hands then at least have people there that can spread the education and awareness,” said Chambers. Learn more about the dangerous side effects of drug abuse and ... continue reading
  • When Does Medical Marijuana Use Morph into Full-Blown Addiction?

    In more US states, marijuana is becoming legalized and socially accepted as treatment for a range of illnesses. But, like many medicines, it can lead to misuse and dependence. So, how do you know where to draw the line? Relief Turns to Habit Joseph, ...

    ... and a study from the University of Pennsylvania last year found that rates of overdose deaths ... can take longer to set in. He also expressed concern about the drug not being labeled with warnings of potential side effects ... continue reading
  • Trading Dependencies: There’s Nothing “Mild” About a Kratom Addiction

    Mitragyna Speciosa, also known as Kratom, is a large tree in the Rubiaceae family native to Southeast Asia. It is said that Kratom affects the human brain similarly to an opiate , although there is no conclusive clinical data proving how the ...

    ... opiate addicts. The idea is that Kratom, a “mild” drug, can help wean people off these “harder” drugs. What's the drawback? ... as a tea. What are the side effects of Kratom? Respiratory depression Nervousness Agitation ... 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 ...

    ... nothing changes, Kim's mouth will only worsen. Also in his late 30's, Mark was in his 20 th year of marijuana ... Third, marijuana users often suffer from another common side effect: the munchies. With an insatiable urge to ... continue reading
  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

    “Smack” - “Junk” - “H” Heroin is a drug that goes by many names. But no matter what you call it, it's still the same potent, potentially deadly drug. While its name really isn't that important, knowing some basic facts about heroin can ...

    ... Heroin's Appeal? Heroin produces a short-term euphoric effect, binding to opioid receptors in the brain and depressing ... expensive and harder to obtain.” #5 Side Effects of Using Heroin Heroin drastically impacts the body ... 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 ...

    ... pain relief without the addictive qualities and other lethal effects of morphine. A Drug That Doesn't Take Your ... impair motor coordination as morphine does. This side effect can be especially concerning for older adults. ... continue reading
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