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  • 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 ...

    ... . It's job is basically to let good stuff in and keep bad stuff out. So how does it respond to cocaine ... us a single dose of cocaine changes your brain's reward center. And that's partly why it's so easy to get hooked ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

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

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

    ... not-so-awesome side effects: severe paranoia and delusions. And as a result of that intoxicated mental ... hours to a couple of days, the cravings are more intense and drive the user to do whatever it takes to get more of ... continue reading
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  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

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

    ... . In the U.S., a whopping 44 people die each and every day as a result of respiratory arrest brought on by ... pills, suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea or heroin abuse, thousands die each year from opioid overdose. A ... 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 ...

    ... Tribune that cannabis helped her overcome a substance abuse issue. She'd become dependent on several ... is that people are taking control of their own health, and most providers would agree that's a good thing.” However ... 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 ...

    ... also one that sets in quickly. Effects are felt almost instantly and collapse occurs in a matter of seconds. Simply put; most ... reported rises in statewide heroin overdose deaths for the past four years. Heroin overdose ... continue reading
  • Dangers of IV Drug Use: What You Need to Know About Track Marks

    Certain drugs can be injected into the muscle, under the skin, or directly into a vein. The later is the most popular method, as the intense effects of the drug occurs very quickly. Those that use this method will begin to show marks on their body ...

    ... can lead to serious skin infections, such as cysts, abscesses and ulcers. Sharing Needles Can Spell Disaster Shared and recycled needles create an environment that's ripe for infection. Not only is there a high risk of ... continue reading
  • Meet Cocaine and Her Wicked Step-Child, Crack

    What's the difference in cocaine and crack? If you're like a lot of people, you know there is a difference between the two…you just don't really know what that “difference” is. Let's take a look at what makes these two drugs similar, but ...

    ... it can also be melted or injected. Crack: People who abuse crack usually smoke it. When heated, it makes a crackling ... results in frequent and high-dose use, creating a deadly cycle of addiction and wreaking havoc on ... continue reading
  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

    According to recent statistics gathered during a detailed research investigation - a project aptly dubbed The National Heroin Threat Assessment - the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA) reports that the availability and abuse of heroin is ...

    ... from 2,402 in 2007 to 8,260 overdose deaths in 2013. During this same time, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports the amount of heroin users has also nearly doubled among the ... 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 ...

    ... Examining the Maternal Link to Early Incarceration Recent research examined the correlation between a parent's substance abuse history and whether or not their children ended up behind bars. This study , published in the ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

    Shannon was feeling even more anxious than usual, so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as prescribed, but she figured an extra one wouldn't hurt. Feeling calmer, she decided to drive over to her ...

    ... someone you know and love is currently taking or abusing Xanax , you'll want to watch for the following seven ... much Xanax, or more likely, combined it with other substances, there's no time to waste. Call 911 immediately ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

    Quick reflexes and sharp thinking - these are two of the most important qualities of a safe driver. If someone is sharing the road with you or if you're a passenger in their car, you want them to possess these traits, right? Well, if they're taking ...

    ... both. Recent research shows that benzodiazepines - like Xanax and Vailum - increase the risk of traffic accidents by ... relaxing effect isn't so desirable behind the wheel. For safe driving, you must be able to turn the ... 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 ...

    ... ton of taxpayer money in more unnecessary paper pushing and rule creation. The Evolution of Marijuana Laws The legalization ... has an active alarm system. Vehicles used for delivery must have a dedicated, active GPS ... continue reading
  • Supervised Heroin Shooting Galleries: Coming to a Public Housing Site?

    Vancouver is facing an unprecedented number of opioid overdoses, prompting the government's housing partners to launch a new effort in hopes of curbing this deadly trend. The goal is to get intravenous drug users to use in designated supervised ...

    ... there are people who think it's simply “enabling” substance abuse. On the other side, there are people who ... told to avoid enabling someone who's struggling with an addiction - that the person should be allowed to hit ... continue reading
  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

    Tom fell off a ladder and hurt his back. His doctor gave him a prescription for Percocet , a powerful opioid painkiller. He only took a couple and now he's got ten pills left over in a bottle sitting in his medicine cabinet. If this scenario (or a ...

    ... it's safe, it's a terrible idea. Opiates are very potent painkillers and, when misused, can result in overdose . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that more than three out of five overdose deaths ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... as well. Interestingly enough, however, there are different types of cannabis, and marijuana users have reported experiencing different highs and medicinal effects for each. This is largely due to the different chemical ... 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 ...

    ... nearly 78 lives each and every day, President-elect Trump has his work cut out for him in the drug ... serving only to further perpetuate the cycle of addiction. Spotlight on the Advocates Advocates of the medication ... 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 ...

    ... cocaine has quietly made landfall in the US. Cocaine-related deaths spiked in 2006 at 7,500 and then slowly declined for several years. However, since 2010, these numbers have started to climb again, reaching over 6,700 ... 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 ...

    ... the brain - particularly regions important in memory and learning and known to be affected by Alzheimer's.” Dr. Daniel Armen, study co-author, sees these results as a warning for marijuana users , stating, “Our research ... 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 ...

    ... body's metabolism would be able to detoxify the substance in order to avoid its potentially harmful effects. ... Stimulants, such as cocaine and meth , produce a very brief sense of euphoria. For instance, the sensation of ... 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. One of those consequences comes in the form of overeating. It's not uncommon for people to stumble in the door at 3 a.m. and quickly raid the kitchen, sitting down to three bowls of cinnamon flavored cereal ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... Children : E-cigarette cartridges and other related products don't have child resistant caps. A recent CDPH report found there has been a significant rise in calls to poison control centers for kids who were accidentally ... continue reading
  • Hitting the Grass Ceiling: 6 Surprising Ways Weed is Sexist

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

    ... especially important to consider as more states legalize the drug for medical use . The results also affirm the importance of including both men and women in future studies on marijuana's effectiveness. Withdrawal: Women ... 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 ...

    ... it: carfentanil . What We Know About Carfentanil Developed in the mid-1970s as a tranquilizer for large animals such as elephants and hippos, carfentanil is 10,000 times more potent than morphine. A lethal dose in humans ... continue reading
  • Let’s Clear the Air About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

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

    ... Now picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights a joint. Sitting next to this person, you inhale secondhand marijuana smoke for 60 seconds. For the next 90 minutes, your blood vessels are affected by the ... 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 ...

    ... has been fortified with a mix of chemicals (such as creatinine), salts, and yellow coloring. It typically retails for about $17 to $40 at head shops, truck stops, and on the internet. Going by names such as “Monkey Whizz ... 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 ...

    ... who have been injected with a combination of other substances. Based on Martinez's preliminary studies, meth has ... can form the foundation for new studies that might lead to targeted prevention and wound management down the ... 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 ...

    ... I was on a cycle of alcohol at night, Xanax all day for about a year. I'm lucky to be alive right now. The ... - or at least not for long. Xanax doesn't smell. You can take it in the bathroom at work and never get caught. It ... 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 ...

    ... is the mother of four and has struggled with alcohol , cocaine, and meth problems for years. Family Court Judge ... makes for an even more relevant argument, particularly among those who believe preventing substance abusers ... continue reading
  • A Sober Bridesmaid Reflects on Her Sister’s Bachelorette Weekend

    “Is it really my job to wash the vomit out of your hair?” Jeana swore under her breath as her sister's drunk bridesmaids took turns puking. She'd already herded these girls out of a bar where they were getting out of control, paid off the cab ...

    ... ideal way to spend a Saturday night, but it was a lot better than begging strangers for money to buy heroin. The bridesmaids would wake up sick, and she would wake up ready to meet the day. All in all, she realized, not ... 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 ...

    ... one wrote, “My son suffers the disease of addiction and naming a makeup after a derogatory label that has ... steam, with the following statement via Twitter: “Thanks for sharing, we have forwarded all of the feedback to ... 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 ...

    ... examined the brains of nuns who used the “centering prayer” in order to achieve “oneness with God ... and developing faith that things will work out in the future. Additional Reading: The Strangest Hallucinogenic Substances ... 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 ...

    ... iPod's built-in accelerometer to measure tremor frequency for 20 seconds on each hand, initial studies reported ... or someone you know struggles with alcohol or drugs, learn more about the signs and symptoms of addiction . continue reading
  • Do Safe Injection Sites Violate the Hippocratic Oath? One Nurse Says Yes

    Michael Hesch is a conscious sedation nurse. His job is to intravenously infuse fentanyl and other medicines during surgical procedures. If and when safe injection sites open in the United States, professionals like Hesch may be asked to work with ...

    ... will build up on the valves of the heart.” Hersch also pointed out that these infections can last for months - and that's in a hospital setting where the patients are being treated properly. When asked if working at ... continue reading
  • Buzzkill: Mary Jane’s Not as Relaxing as You Think

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

    ... use of medicinal cannabis ) this type of research is critical. It's important for marijuana users to have all the facts and fully understand the risks involved. These researchers recommend further study on the subject ... 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 ...

    ... Baer of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency told NBC News . “You can buy one of these cocktails for $10-20 on the street and lose your life in a few seconds.” Learn More about the most common lethal drug combinations . ... continue reading
  • 9 Mind-Blowing Facts About W-18

    Just when we thought things couldn't get any worse than fentanyl … The street-drug market has a new player - and it's even deadlier than previous killers. W-18 won't deliver a great high; it will, however, deliver death. Introducing W-18 Here are ...

    ... and sold online. Unrestricted: W-18 is not (yet) widespread. Due to its obscurity, it's not even listed as a controlled substance ... naloxone would help. In fact, the BC Center for Disease Control says, “Due to the strength ... continue reading
  • 8 Tips for Coming Out of the Addiction Closet

    To many, the term “alcoholic” carries a very negative connotation - one that implies being a loser or a failure. It's no mystery, then, why admitting such a thing is feared by so many. But “coming out” doesn't have to be a burdensome ...

    ... freer one, in the process. Here are 8 tips to keep in mind when coming out of the addiction closet. Tip 1: Embrace First and foremost, you must admit to yourself that you have a problem over which you have no control. By ... 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 ...

    ... , but loyal fan base who are willing to pay up to $60 for meet-and-greets with him after local performances. The rapper has also become notorious for one of the most outrageous on-stage gimmics of all time: giving out ... 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 ...

    ... of synthetic drug users, NYU's Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) examined the ... and cocaine, in order to quickly pick up on potential drug epidemics.” Additional Reading: What Are the Current Substance Addiction ... continue reading
  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

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

    ... of secondhand smoke exposure. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that children can still suffer ear infections and respiratory issues including shortness of breath and frequent asthma attacks. There is ... 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 ...

    ... Do to Your Mouth? Kim, Mark and countless others end up with marijuana mouth for several reasons . Let's take a ... , maybe they should. Learn more about the history and statistics of marijuana abuse . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • The AMA to Drug Companies: It’s Time You Stop Lying to Consumers

    Transparency: The condition of being free from pretense or deceit; readily understood; characterized by accessibility of information. According to the American Medical Association (AMA), Big Pharma lacks transparency. Consumers don't really know ...

    ... the U.S., and it's still illegal in almost every other country. Perhaps that's for a good reason. ... the rising costs. The AMA plans to support legislative and regulatory efforts that will make access to this life-saving ... 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 ...

    ... with the new drug. Hope For the Future With fewer side effects and great pain-relieving results, this new ... If proven effective, particularly by reducing the risk of abuse and overdose , we might have a “miracle” drug ... continue reading
  • New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

    Breathe on this. Spit on that. Provide a urine sample. You know the drill. The methods of drug testing are relatively common and well-known. From breathalyzers to blood tests, most people are familiar with the process…but all that's about it ...

    ... touch…really? No more giving up some small sample of yourself for a drug test? Yep, all you'd need to provide is ... and treatment centers In emergency situations, due to the quick results and determining what substances ... continue reading
  • You’re Fired: Police Departments Weaning K9’s Off Marijuana

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

    ... agencies taught their dogs to sniff out heroin, crack, cocaine, meth and marijuana. However, there's no way for the dogs to indicate a specific substance or the amount present. They simply alert their handlers when drugs ... continue reading
  • 10 Tips for Staying Sober This Holiday Season

    With the holidays just around the corner you may be wondering how you can stay sober with parties, dinners, and social gatherings. Whether you are newly sober or 5 years into your recovery, it can be difficult to gear up for sobriety during the ...

    ... to cope with feelings such as: Stress. Anxiety. Anger. Loneliness. Depression. However, it is 100% possible for you to attend events and not drink. Here are a few tips to help you navigate sobriety during the holidays ... 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. ...

    ... with prolonged use, a link is created between the pleasure center and the habitual area of the brain - a link that totally ... it's time rethink our assumptions and treatment options for cocaine addiction. If it's not an ... 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 ...

    ... of prescription medications. Thanks to those varied biological responses, we now know how and why these drugs affect genders differently. The Quest for Sleep A prime example of male vs. female biology is seen when using ... continue reading
  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

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

    ... soon make medical marijuana for pets a reality. Animals and Weed Democratic Sen. Tick ... Center for Animal Pain Management. While the idea of legal medical marijuana for pets is controversial, it could provide a catalyst for ... 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 ...

    ... any drug off the street, buyers may not be getting what they bargained for - a counterfeit pill made to look like Xanax has been popping up nationwide. And while it claims to be the real deal, these pills are really cut ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

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

    The opioid crisis has been making headlines for years, but there's another drug epidemic that has been flying under the radar: Abuse of ADHD drugs. ADHD drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin, increase levels of the brain ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Truth: Exactly How Long Do Drugs Stay in Your System?

    If you throw back a beer on Friday night, it's out of your system by Monday morning. But, what about other drugs? Most drugs linger a bit longer than alcohol. In fact, some of them stick around for a long time. This slower processing can surprise ...

    ... Friday night use be detected? Meth stays in your blood for 1 to 3 days after use and can be detected in your urine for up to 5 days post-use. It's likely Joe and his friends just played their last game. Coke-Laiden Pink ... continue reading
  • Shooting Up: How Far Would You Go For a Fix?

    IV drug users can quickly find themselves in desperate situations. They often lack clean needles, pure water and other supplies needed to shoot up, prompting many of them to improvise. And for a large segment of the population, improvising means ...

    ... alcohol, but that doesn't make the needles sanitary. Sadly, this practice is the culprit for infections and diseases like AIDS and Hepatitis C. The Binky: Needles might be hard to come by in prison, but that certainly ... continue reading
  • Would You Give Medical Marijuana to a Chronically Ill Pet?

    Medical marijuana isn't just for humans anymore. All around the country, pet owners are turning to pot as a way to alleviate their furry friends' pain and suffering. Whether their cats are dealing with arthritis or their dogs are suffering from pain ...

    ... Though some hear personal stories of marijuana's effectiveness, they yet aren't allowed to write prescriptions for it. And, in states where marijuana is illegal, vets are cautious of even bringing it up to their patients ... 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 ...

    ... route? The Dangerous Quest for Productivity As it turns out, more and more white-collar professionals are ... , but do agree that it has mild side effects and low abuse potential. But they do urge caution in acquiring this ... 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 ...

    ... to have deep conversations and get to know someone. If you're using substances to reach a social comfort ... connect. Continued use leads to reliance, then addiction …and this cycle does not encourage intimacy. Quite the ... 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 ...

    ... classified tramadol, making it a Schedule IV controlled substance. What does this mean? The drug now ... and self-reported to the DEA. What Happens Now? The Ernie Turner Center in Anchorage and the Gateway to Recovery Center ... continue reading
  • German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

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

    ... . It got rid of what amounted to a pile of trash cluttering up the customs office and provided a source of electricity and heat for local residents. You could say the customs officers in Germany have taken that old adage ... 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 ...

    ... are often enough to make many people give up and return to opioids for relief. But this could soon change… According to the results of a recent study, help for intense withdrawal symptoms might be on the horizon, thanks ... continue reading
  • Can’t Sleep? Try Putting Down the Marijuana (Seriously)

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

    ... 's states have legalized marijuana for medical and/or recreational use. More and more patients are turning to marijuana ... As of 2014, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found 22.2 million Americans used marijuana ... continue reading
  • An Ultimate Guide to Understanding the Dangers of Spice

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

    ... friend whispered in Dave's ear. Unfortunately for Dave, he believed his friend and they spent the next hour smoking Spice . ... sprayed onto the plants. The resulting substance is very potent and has effects that are up to ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

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    ... substances. I stayed away from anything that might cause a relapse and it worked…for awhile. I'd stay sober for months, but something bad would eventually happen, and ... by yoga studio and a meditation center. I also wanted ... continue reading
  • Police Are Gearing Up to Face Down a Couple of Killers

    Guns won't help. A bullet-proof vest won't cut it. No badge, baton, hat, or handcuffs will stop the threat. The latest danger faced by law enforcement officials is a class of drugs that can kill on contact. Standard-issue equipment is no longer ...

    ... and other local law enforcement agencies also decided to stop performing roadside tests of substances they suspect to be illicit drugs. While the Houston Forensic Science Center ... from danger. For their sake (and the public ... 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 ...

    ... we're taken on a journey through the last five decades, exploring truths and revealing secrets. Drug Conspiracies and Alliances With so many parties vying for power in this war, it's hard to sift through the struggle to ... 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 ...

    ... overdose, death, and criminal activity. Myth #2 - Methadone is Just Another Addictive Substance People on a ... 3 - Methadone is Worse for You Than Heroin Methadone is a non-toxic medication, and studies have shown that ... continue reading
  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

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

    ... have been prescribed for someone else. And the CDC reports that ... abuse is taking its toll - more than 16,000 Americans die from a prescription drug overdose each year. From 1997 to 2012, the rate of kids hospitalized for ... continue reading
  • First Responders Worry About Accidental Fentanyl Exposure

    Fentanyl. It's known to be 50 times more potent than heroin, and a speck the size of a few grains of salt can kill. By now, you've probably heard of this beast and the toll it's taken on so many lives around the country. A whopping 5554 people ...

    ... special agent in charge of the Tennessee Bureau Investigation. For those who come into contact with fentanyl , the onset ... to wear gloves and masks when handling any type of substance to protect their skin and lungs. After ... 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 ...

    ... what many view as “harmless” recreational marijuana use could have permanent cognitive implications for adulthood and beyond. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of marijuana abuse . Image Source: Flicker/DankDepot 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 ...

    ... out against the prevalence of drugs and death currently ingrained in EDM culture is definitely a step in the right direction. Learn more about the dangerous side effects of drug abuse and addiction . Instagram Image continue reading
  • What's In My Baggie? Documentary Highlights the Danger of Mystery Drugs Sold at Music Festivals

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

    ... it was actually bath salts. A blanket term for research chemicals known as “synthetic cathinones,” bath salts ... and awareness,” said Chambers. Learn more about the dangerous side effects of drug abuse and addiction . 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. ...

    ... a little better, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports: Injection drug users represented 8 ... site really be? Additional Reading: Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • IV Drug Abuse: 3 Potentially Deadly IV Injection Sites

    The dangers of intravenous drug use are well documented. Although most available information focuses on the very high risk of overdose and the diseases associated with sharing needles (both very real dangers), injecting drugs can also be incredibly ...

    ... circumstances. Feet: The veins of the feet are popular injection sites for many. Not only are these veins easy to locate, the feet are inconspicuous, and the injection site is easy to conceal. However, injecting into the ... 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 ...

    ... . Last year alone, the total retail sales for prescription drugs filled at American pharmacies topped $259 ... sold unapproved prescription medications and seizing $41 million of these illegal substances. Despite this, a ... 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 ...

    ... a syndrome referred to as excited delirium,” said Jim Hall, an epidemiologist at the Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities at Nova Southeastern University. “This is where the body goes into ... 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 ...

    ... he could unwind. His need for constant mood alterers was getting on my last nerve, and I was curious to see if ... Reading: Trading Dependencies - There's Nothing “Mild” About a Kratom Addiction Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Smoking Can be a Serious Pain…in the Back

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

    ... in JAMA Internal Medicine . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also names smoking as the ... opioids - taken for chronic conditions can quickly escalate from regular use to dependency and addiction if not closely ... 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. ...

    ... for small-time recreational purposes. What may get lost in the shift, however, is the information about the potential harm ingested marijuana smoke can cause. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of marijuana abuse ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Tamper-Resistant Painkillers Aren’t Helping

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    ... drug abuse has become an epidemic. Nearly 5 million Americans, or 1.9 percent of the population, use pain relievers - or opioids - for non-medical purposes, according to a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department of Health and ... continue reading
  • The Thief: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Us

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

    ... addiction also steals the quality, purpose and value of our time. 4. Gratitude Addiction rewires the pleasure centers ... Once addiction steals everything else, the only remaining thing to steal is our hope for renewal and ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk About the Elephant Tranquilizer in the Room

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

    ... What is it? Carfentanil. Designed as a tranquilizer for elephants, this deadly substance has made its way into our nation's ... fresh air if you inhaled it. Wash your mouth and eyes with cool water if it was ingested. If ... continue reading
  • Public Restrooms Have Become Ground Zero in Opioid Epidemic

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

    ... Still, there's very little guidance on this issue. And with it being against the law to knowingly provide a ... the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program at Boston Medical Center. Should We Make Restrooms Safer for Everyone? ... continue reading
  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

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    ... to determine who has a substance use problem and who is dealing for other reasons? And should we really be ... a Team Effort The Rutgers Center for Alcohol Studies in New Jersey offers training for police officers in how to ... 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 ...

    ... his way home from his friend's house, where he and three others spent the afternoon shooting cocaine . “Just play it ... would carry out would pay for itself.” The National Institute on Drug Abuse tells us 10 million people ... 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 ...

    ... state health officials said both of these conditions for a black box warning are met in this case and believe incorporating such a warning will make both clinicians and patients generally aware of the dangers. Will it ... 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 ...

    ... and those on probation or parole. This designer drug mimics marijuana , but can be 100 times more potent, experts warn, with an addiction ... .” So what makes Spice an alternative drug of abuse to so many? Here's a look at ... continue reading
  • Study Shows Alcohol Boosts THC Levels in Your Blood

    With four states legalizing recreational marijuana and several others considering the possibility, driving while high on pot is becoming a much bigger concern for motorists. More Danger Behind the Wheel Plenty of marijuana users routinely get behind ...

    ... and several others considering the possibility, driving while high on pot is becoming a much bigger concern for ... surrounding their substance use, including lost employment and legal trouble. Although abuse of marijuana ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... . That means that you would have to smoke between 238 and 1,113 joints in a day to overdose on marijuana . ... Crime Rates When it comes to what substance will put someone at risk for getting hurt or hurting others, alcohol ... continue reading
  • New Bone Loss Study Points the Finger at Marijuana

    “We have known for a while that the components of cannabis can affect bone cell function, but we had no idea up until now of what this might mean to people who use cannabis on a regular basis.” - Prof. Stuart Ralston , Centre for Genomic and ...

    ... recent report from the Centers for Disease Control. Their data revealed that “middle aged and older adults are ... A survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in 2014 found that 22.2 million Americans ... 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 ...

    ... of the most dangerous drugs out there. Its psychotic effects can last for years, even after you've stopped using. It makes you wonder - if Kim, Matt and Kristin had known the way things would turn out, would they have ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

    Fifty times stronger than heroin , the synthetic opioid fentanyl is flooding the drug market - and heightening the danger of overdose. In search of cheaper mixes and stronger highs, dealers now lace heroin and cocaine with this potent drug. We've ...

    ... are skyrocketing. Just a dusting of the powdery substance can be lethal. Even accidental exposure can cause ... the death chamber with Dozier and asking the guard to “make that a cocktail for two.” Additional Reading: The ... continue reading
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

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

    ... , recruited 68 people from the Caron Treatment Center in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, to undergo assessments of ... disturbance is a risk factor in drug addiction recovery. And with the number of opioid-related overdoses ... continue reading
  • What Does Ecstasy do to Your Mind and Body?

    The night started off exactly like the last few Saturdays…Chloe entered the club with her girlfriends. Soon after, each of them took a bundle of ecstasy. Not long after washing down her dose with water, Chloe felt the familiar effects of the drug. ...

    ... come down, she will have trouble sleeping, feel anxious, and crave more of the drug. The Same…but Different? Chloe ... Its hormonal effects also raise the chances for promiscuous behavior and transmission of STD's. Talk to Us ... 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 ...

    ... consequences. The Federal Law According to the DEA, weed is classified as a Schedule I drug, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical benefits. In other words, it's in the same category as heroin ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2013 across the nation. That's two times the amount of overdose deaths a ...

    ... accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose ... foreign substances in your body. Although signs and symptoms vary depending on the type of drug abused and the ... 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 ...

    ... and 680 poison control center calls were the result of Spice use. These numbers are ten times higher than those for the same time period in 2014. And ... substances, the DEA has made them illegal to possess, sell, and buy ... 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 ...

    ... use of “high-quality organic ingredients” and becoming known for a commitment to gluten-free, vegan ... containers and colorful labels. Additional Reading: When Does Medical Marijuana Use Morph into Full-Blown Addiction? ... continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    $6.5 million is up for grabs. The state of Ohio recently launched its Opioid Technology Challenge, calling on healthcare providers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. The goal is to generate ideas that can be developed into solutions to curb the ...

    ... initiative is in response to the staggering addiction and overdose statistics we're currently experiencing across ... The challenge is open for two categories of participants - the general public and professionals. A panel ... continue reading
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