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  • Doctor Shopping…at the Local Vet's Office?

    The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic ; each day, 91 people die of an opioid-related overdose . It has gotten so bad that some people are willing to do whatever it takes to get high - even taking medication that's prescribed to ...

    ... prescribed to human patients to help alleviate their pain. Substance abusers seek these drugs - and others - when they ... enforcement officials, that will discuss the consequences of humans taking pet medications, in hopes ... continue reading
  • Drugs at School: Are Zero-Tolerance Policies Really Working?

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

    ... many psychologists, educators, independent researchers and substance abuse professionals are now giving zero-tolerance drug ... Although an extreme example, it's an extreme consequence for a child who brings a Tylenol pill to ... continue reading
  • The 10 Most Insane Drug Addict Movie Characters

    Insanity is a hard thing to define, but there are a number of characters in films who are definitely nuts in some way. Here's a quick rundown: 1. Francis Begbie Francis Begbie from Trainspotting was played by Robert Carlyle. A violent, intimidating ...

    ... not, it's still a haunting insight into the consequences of addiction. 10. Jason Patric and Jennifer Jason ... real life there's nothing funny about behavioral or substance abuse addictions. If you or someone you know needs ... continue reading
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  • 4 Loopholes We Use to Justify Staying Addicted

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

    ... substance-driven behaviors . Loophole #1 I've already ruined everything. As addicts, we try to avoid, or not acknowledge, the consequences ... health disorder are also affected by substance abuse. A co-occurring diagnosis isn ... continue reading
  • Ruthless Drug Dealer Ordered to Pay for His Client’s Funeral

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

    ... More than 20,000 people in 2016 died from using these substances. In New York City, fentanyl-laced cocaine caused 37 ... frightening number of users are left to suffer the consequences. One such customer was a 17-year-old ... continue reading
  • New Study Reveals Cocaine Robs You of Loss

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

    ... t register as “significant.” Seventy-five participants, 50 of whom abused cocaine and 25 of whom did not, took part in the ... negative consequences. What Does it All Mean? “This study shows that individuals with substance ... continue reading
  • You’re Not a Victim: 5 Ways to Break Out of This Role

    When struggling with substance abuse , it's tempting to feel like the victim. Things are rough. Your life is probably in shambles. Your loved ones have likely distanced themselves from you. Things are falling apart. The question is - how do you ...

    When struggling with substance abuse , it's tempting to feel like the victim. Things are rough. Your life ... you can help them this week. Focus on Long-Term Consequences Victims are focused on their short-term needs. I want ... continue reading
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  • Do You See an Enabler in the Mirror? (Look Out for These 6 Warning Signs!)

    If you're experiencing any (or all) of these responses to your teenager's addiction, you may actually be causing more harm than good. Being a good parent means wearing many hats. You are both the compassionate protector and the discerning ...

    ... your concern to you child, you're allowing the circumstance of addiction to control you. No matter the consequences of sharing, you must feel free to express yourself. Acting Out of Fear More than any other emotion ... 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, ...

    ... . Drinking and Overeating Binge drinking without eating carries some dangerous and decidedly unhealthy consequences. One of those consequences comes in the form of overeating. It's not uncommon for people to stumble ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... brings them back from the brink of death. Opponents argue that naloxone prevents users from feeling the consequences of their actions; that it does little in helping them turn their lives around and make some much ... 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 ...

    ... serious. As its use becomes more acceptable, secondhand marijuana smoke becomes harder to avoid and the health consequences must be considered as policies are put in place. Additional Reading: Smoking Around Kids is More ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage III

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

    ... . It helped me to break free from denial and stop blaming others for my problems. If I hadn't received such severe consequences, who knows where I'd be now? So, if you've hit your personal low , don't be discouraged. Use ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

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

    ... use is so powerful, it hijacks normal thinking and behavior and leads to irrational acts - regardless of the consequences. This is where we find ourselves in Stage 2 of the progression through addiction. It's a Slippery ... 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 ...

    ... the struggle to see connections clearly. The series attempts to reveal some of the true compromises and consequences that many have missed while the war was raging. The first of these shocking events in the series ... 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 ...

    ... illegal, vets are cautious of even bringing it up to their patients - not only because of the legal consequences, but also because there's so little evidence-based information. Despite the lack of proof, some pet owners ... 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 ...

    ... more than a psychological or physical reliance on substances or behaviors; it's a physical, emotional ... back. Aside from the life-shortening, physical consequences of our destructive behaviors, active addiction also steals ... 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 ...

    ... office, trying to pass it off as a legitimate urine sample. “People can basically use it to avoid consequence with their employers and probation officers,” Powell said. “If it's your job or you're going to probation ... continue reading
  • “But It's Legal Now!”: How to Talk to Kids About Marijuana

    Barry Lessin, MS, is a licensed psychologist who has been serving the Philadelphia region for over 40 years. In his practice, he helps youth and families avoid the harms of drug use and build stronger relationships. He's also co-founder, along with ...

    ... initiatives with the goal of empowering families to increase access to effective substance use disorder treatment and reduce the harmful consequences of oppressive drug policies. I asked him to explain how we should ... continue reading
  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

    It looks like our nation has found a “bullet” deadlier than the traditional calibers. As of 2015, heroin is killing more people than guns. This shift in statistics has happened rather quickly. In 2007, gun homicides outnumbered heroin deaths 5 ...

    ... those restrictions had unintended and devastating consequences. As addicted Americans continued in ... part because too many people still do not get effective substance use disorder treatment. That is why the President has ... 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 ...

    ... it may be causing in your life. Harmful consequences may include [3]: 3 Health issues. Relationship ... addiction. Because the drug can become habit forming, abusing the drug occasionally can quickly escalate into a serious ... continue reading
  • 5 Things About Kratom You Need to Know

    Recently, a drug called kratom, has come into the center of national controversy.Also referred to as 'ketum' or 'kakuam', taking kratom produces opiate-like effects. Kratom is legal in the U.S. and many people begin taking the drug to help with ...

    ... body? Here are 5 pieces of information about the mind-altering substance. #1. Kratom Has a Long History of Use Kratom ... cause a slew of negative health consequences, including respiratory depression, hallucinations, nausea ... continue reading
  • Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

    The primary psychoactive component of marijuana (cannabis)—what deliver the “high” in other words—is the substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). 1 THC's powerful, mind-altering effects derive from its interaction with and activation of the ...

    ... method, THC (as well as any other cannabinoid substance present) will make its way into the bloodstream and ... with it the same psychoactive qualities and potentially adverse consequences no matter how it is used. In less ... 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 ...

    ... to recognize pot as a harmless drug without consequences. The Federal Law According to the DEA, weed ... a Schedule I drug, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical benefits. In other words, it's ... 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 ...

    ... also confirmed that marijuana has long-term negative consequences on the brain, particularly when used during adolescence ... . Learn more about the signs and symptoms of marijuana abuse . Image Source: Flicker/DankDepot continue reading
  • Weed: The Vocabulary Killer

    Have you ever struggled to recall a word or phrase? You know the perfect term exists for what you are trying to describe, but you can't extract that word from your brain. You might even have a perfect visual, but the verbal communication center in ...

    ... nearly doubled. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), which provides this ... going to see a massive number of people facing negative consequences down the road in the form of verbal memory problems ... 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 ...

    ... are People Drawn to Spice? But despite these negative consequences, Spice is more popular than ever - often coined ... “last resort.” So what makes Spice an alternative drug of abuse to so many? Here's a look at five factors ... 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 ...

    ... impairment in memory, judgment and motor coordination. And the consequences don't stop there. Using meth comes with a few ... Additional Reading: The Damage Done - 6 Long-Term Reminders of Meth Abuse Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... be, can be helpful in focusing on the present and developing faith that things will work out in the future. Additional Reading: The Strangest Hallucinogenic Substances on Earth Image Source: pixabay.com, deviantart.com continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

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

    ... on track while avoiding opiate withdrawal Methadone is regulated and never cut with other drugs or dangerous substances dealers often use on the streets Suzanne spent a year in the program, slowly tapering her dosage ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

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

    ... out the sound. I walked in weird routes to avoid bars and liquor stores . I avoided anyone who drank or used substances. I stayed away from anything that might cause a relapse and it worked…for awhile. I'd stay sober for ... 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 ...

    ... mice who haven't received the drug, as well as others who have been injected with a combination of other substances. Based on Martinez's preliminary studies, meth has been found to cause an overproduction of IL-6, which ... continue reading
  • Portrait of the American Overdose: Do You Fit the Profile?

    Overdoses from illicit drugs and prescriptions painkillers claim a total of 45,000 lives in the US each year. Who are the people typically among these tragedies? You might be surprised. Statistics show that the profile many Americans envision when ...

    ... drop, they take a “normal” dose of the drug, which has a high potential for causing an overdose. Mixed Substances: Taking more than one type of drug at a time also increases the risk of overdose. For example, combining ... continue reading
  • Detoxing from OxyContin: What to Expect

    What makes OxyContin so addictive? Why does the body develop dependence on OxyContin? And if you're addicted to Oxy, how do you break the vicious cycle? Here, we will explore what the drug is, what detoxification looks like and how to identify and ...

    ... own, this is not advisable. Always seek professional treatment when discontinuing use of an addictive substance. Medicine for OxyContin Withdrawal Withdrawal symptoms can be treated with a variety of medications. Mild ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates

    Suicide is tragic no matter what the circumstances. When compared to the general population, however, reports indicate the heartbreaking act is a staggering 120 times more prevalent among adult alcoholics. As if that weren't enough, alcohol abusers ...

    ... 2000 and 2009 involved a combination of alcohol and prescription medication 2 percent of these multiple-substance suicides also included recreational drugs Only 1 percent of these suicides only involved alcohol Avoiding ... 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 ...

    ... joints in a day to overdose on marijuana . That's a lot of joints. Crime Rates When it comes to what substance will put someone at risk for getting hurt or hurting others, alcohol is considered to cause the most harm . A ... continue reading
  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

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

    ... the decision to take action; the initial, often traumatic physical and mental adjustment to life without the substance; the gradual establishment of a “new normal”; and somewhere in there, work on the difficulties that ... 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 ...

    ... 's easy to see why the number of fentanyl deaths are skyrocketing. Just a dusting of the powdery substance can be lethal. Even accidental exposure can cause death. Voluntarily consuming a dose of fentanyl is like walking ... 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 , ...

    ... 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 are on the scene. Since possessing a ... continue reading
  • Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine - But Why?

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

    ... Calipari is now expanding her current research to determine whether birth control pills can help female substance abusers , since the medication can help stabilize the fluctuations experienced through the female hormonal ... 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 ...

    ... reduce the risk of overdose, death, and criminal activity. Myth #2 - Methadone is Just Another Addictive Substance People on a stable dose of methadone are physically dependent on it, but not necessarily addicted to it ... 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 ...

    ... could be deadly, agencies are now instructing officers to wear gloves and masks when handling any type of substance to protect their skin and lungs. After interception, they're advised to bring the evidence directly to a ... continue reading
  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

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

    ... recipients and uncovered just 321 positive tests overall. In more than one of these states, not a single substance abuser was discovered through drug testing. Do Taxpayers Need a New Plan? There's already a huge stigma ... 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 ...

    ... of the opioid crisis makes for an even more relevant argument, particularly among those who believe preventing substance abusers from getting pregnant is one of the only ways to stop the cycle of babies being born ... continue reading
  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

    Katrina was arrested in 2006 in South Florida for selling a small amount of heroin . Recently kicked out of a rehab for fraternizing with men, she was living between the couches of different “friends,” most of whom were on drugs or associated ...

    ... clearly have positive intent, but they raise important questions: Are police qualified to determine who has a substance use problem and who is dealing for other reasons? And should we really be asking them to take ... 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 ...

    ... online. Unrestricted: W-18 is not (yet) widespread. Due to its obscurity, it's not even listed as a controlled substance under U.S. law or “on the DEA's radar as a drug of concern.” No Antidote: Because of its potency ... continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

    Opioids are used by millions of Americans. It seems that every day a news article is being shared on television or the Internet about opioid misuse, addiction, and unfortunately, overdose. With new information emerging each year from research and ...

    ... (MAT) for long-term treatment. Both methadone and buprenorphine have demonstrated success in helping treat substance use disorders. They are usually preferred over other medications for opioid withdrawal because they can ... continue reading
  • Injecting Drugs: 9 Hidden Dangers

    Did you know that injecting drugs into your body can increase your risk for a number of health problems? Additionally, did you know that injection-related injuries not only include bruising, scarring, and venous injury, but also infectious diseases ...

    ... black tar heroin had visible wounds, difficulty speaking, vision problems, and trouble swallowing. When PWIDs inject the substance under the skin or into the muscles, it can cause wound botulism. In the long run, wound ... continue reading
  • The Strangest Hallucinogenic Substances on Earth

    It's a funny old world as the saying goes, and nowhere is that saying more true than in the world of hallucinogenic substances. You've got a wide range of plants that produce hallucinogens, including fungi, cactuses, and weeds , but you've also got ...

    ... old world as the saying goes, and nowhere is that saying more true than in the world of hallucinogenic substances. You've got a wide range of plants that produce hallucinogens, including fungi, cactuses, and weeds , but ... continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

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

    ... standard doses of these benzos taken as prescribed can help to relieve anxiety and insomnia , abusing these medications can actually cause these symptoms. Developing a Dependence After prolonged use, the body develops ... continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

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

    ... parts of the country. If you or someone you love is abusing Opana , it is crucial to seek professional help as the consequences of continued abuse are severe and life-threatening. Additional Reading: The Fight Against ... 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 ...

    ... , with almost 9 percent of high school seniors abusing and approximately 35 percent of college students in the same category. And unfortunately, this misuse does have consequences : Over 19,000 people have suffered from ... 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 ...

    ... test offers the benefit of authenticity. There's no way to fool this test. The subject's identity and substance use are both captured in the sample. This eliminates dishonest practices, like using someone else's urine to ... 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 ...

    ... . As if that wasn't strong enough, carfentanil has also made its way into the illegal drug market. This deadly substance is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl. With such a high level of toxicity, it's no surprise that ... 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 ...

    ... decision. Earlier this month, Florida State Rep. Kristin Jacobs, a Coconut Creek Democrat, filed legislation to add kratom to the controlled substance list. House Bill 183 would add kratom to the schedule of controlled ... continue reading
  • 15 Warning Signs That Your Kid May Be Using Drugs

    Kids are a source of worry for every parent. You look after them for years, and you hope that they end up turning our alright. While there are hundreds of books and articles on how to raise your kids, few really work that well, and it's all down to ...

    ... about it. Rapidly changing grades are one of the common consequences of drug addiction or use. If you kid goes from ... social activities is another potential sign of drug abuse. Again, interests change throughout your kid's ... continue reading
  • The Forefathers of Modern Illicit Drugs

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

    ... years later, the Coca-Cola company ran into controversy after it was discovered cocaine was an addictive and dangerous substance. A glass used to 9 mg of its primary secret - now illegal - ingredient. Albert Hofmann - ... continue reading
  • Big Pharma: Are They Advertising Addiction?

    Pharmacological companies do not have a good rap. They've been known to bury bad news, which has had an effect on people's health, and therefore their lives. Whether it's not testing drugs properly, as with the case of thalidomide (caused defects in ...

    ... will control the drug market for up to twenty years. After all, why would a doctor prescribe an addictive substance when he or she could prescribe a nonaddictive alternative? That assumes, of course, there are no other ... 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 ...

    ... 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 created in labs and meant to ... 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 ...

    ... . Under normal circumstances, our body's metabolism would be able to detoxify the substance in order to avoid its potentially harmful effects. However, once this threshold has been breached, the drug's side effects ... 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 ...

    ... as recently as 2010, but that number soared to 670 in 2014. While many of the young users say the substance is “relatively harmless,” recent studies and reports are proving that's far from the case. Just the Facts About ... continue reading
  • Buckeye State Goes After Pharmaceutical Giants

    An estimated 200,000 Ohioans are addicted to opioids . State officials lay much of the blame at the feet of Big Pharma. State Attorney General Mike DeWine claims several industry leaders “helped unleash a health care crisis that has had ...

    ... that has had far-reaching financial, social, and deadly consequences in the State of Ohio.” Ohio Sues Big Pharma ... labels, FDA approvals and efforts to develop abuse-deterrent products. They say they're actively involved ... continue reading
  • True or False: Ready to Put Your Fentanyl Knowledge to the Test?

    Fentanyl. This potent opiate has added a whole new level of danger to the opioid crisis, causing a staggering number of overdoses and deaths. Part of its overall threat is the lack of public knowledge and awareness. So, how much do you know about ...

    ... he returned to police HQ to complete the paperwork. While there, a fellow officer pointed out a white powdery substance on Green's shirt. Thinking nothing of it, he simply wiped it away. An hour later, he was unconscious ... 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 ...

    ... % success rate. 7 This means that while it may be more effective than other forms of treatment for substance addiction, ibogaine will not help everyone . Yes, some studies have found that ibogaine might effectively treat ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    Drug and alcohol addiction can batter anyone Of course, some are more susceptible than others, and writers are notorious for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, ...

    ... the time. Of course, the drug mentioned in The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde involved a white powdery substance. Philip K. Dick Anyone who knows sci-fi will recognize this writer; if you've read his books, you'll ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk About the Elephant Tranquilizer in the Room

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  • An Ultimate Guide to Understanding the Dangers of Spice

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  • Who Manufacturers All these Crazy Semi-Legal Designer Drugs?

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  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

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  • Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain

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  • Drug Abuse: The Oral Health Kryptonite

    It's February and we've all celebrated Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day and even President's day. So, that's basically it for February, right? Well…actually it isn't. February is also National Dental Health Month, making this a great time to promote ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • Shocking Report: Smoking Weed Can Damage Your DNA

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    ... . 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 . Image Credits: Jeff Chiu/Instagram continue reading
  • Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Grip of Addiction

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    ... , yoga or aerobic workouts can also help with the depressive symptoms classically associated with PAWS . Related Reading: Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain Photo Credit: Google/scholieren.com continue reading
  • 5 NFL Players Who Tackled Their Addictions

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    ... . “It's such a bad word, addiction, alcoholism, but it really isn't. That's my truth.” Help is Here : If you or someone you know struggles with alcohol or drug abuse , call and speak to a recovery professional today. continue reading
  • Will Diplo’s New Anti-Drug Video Impact EDM Culture?

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    ... 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

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    ... “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 addiction . continue reading
  • Does Methadone Treatment Suppress Testosterone in Opioid Addicts?

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    ... that the rate of death for those using Suboxone and methadone as part of opioid substitution treatment is about half of what it is for those using street heroin . Learn more about the symptoms and signs of drug abuse . continue reading
  • Progressive Ways Some States Are Reducing Nonviolent Drug Offender Incarcerations

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    ... minimum sentencing for drug offenders was repealed in 2009. This helped keep nonviolent drug offenders in drug abuse treatment programs and out of prisons. At the same time, Michigan was creating laws that would result ... continue reading
  • How Kids Get Hooked on Drugs at Such a Young Age

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    ... drinking during the day and only keeping a small amount of alcohol in the house. It also means seeking drug abuse treatment if another drug is affecting your ability to work or generally live life. A child of an addicted ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely?

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    ... pain medication: ” Contact a medical provider to discuss your options for inpatient or outpatient therapy for drug abuse or misuse. ” Taper the medication until the body no longer requires it to function correctly. ” Use ... continue reading
  • Will the Nation’s First Safe Injection Site Make a Positive Impact?

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    ... on its property last year, many people began asking one very important question: Just how safe can a safe injection site really be? Additional Reading: Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms Image Source: iStock 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. ...

    ... for promiscuous behavior and transmission of STD's. Talk to Us: Have something to share? Curious what others are saying about ecstasy abuse? Head to the DrugAbuse.com Community Forum and sound off. Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • The Damage Done: 6 Long-Term Reminders of Meth Abuse

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    ... pleasure. Here are 6 long-term effects of meth abuse: Cognitive Damage Because meth use releases a surge of ... to becoming sick more frequently and other physical consequences that can include liver damage, heart disease, ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Tamper-Resistant Painkillers Aren’t Helping

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    ... these really work in deterring those from prescription drug abuse? The Truth About Tamper-Resistant Pills A recent ... opioids, such as heroin - an unintended consequence of this technology. “Regulations requiring tamper ... continue reading
  • Why are We Seeing More Drug-Dependent Newborns?

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  • Addiction in the Medical Field: Balancing Healing and Hiding

    Medical professionals work hard to heal the sick, but underneath those white lab coats and cartoon scrubs, many are secretly struggling with the disease of addiction. Working in the healthcare field can feel like a pressure cooker at times. The ...

    ... must first be willing to acknowledge their disease and actively seek help. With the massive spike in drug abuse among practitioners, state medical boards have been forced to address the issue. As a result, most states ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

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  • 4 Long-Term Effects of Smoking Marijuana

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  • CDC Issues Urgent Call for More Needle Exchange Programs

    The controversy over needle exchange programs is nothing new. It's been debated for decades. What's new is the CDC's latest report that shows a change in trends. According to the recent report , new HIV infection numbers are growing and we don't ...

    ... approved requests from 15 states and counties asking for federal HIV funds to be used for syringe programs. It's a start… Additional Reading: IV Drug Abuse - 3 Potentially Deadly Spots to Shoot Up Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... , which in turn may have exacerbated the severity of insomnia.” As of 2014, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found 22.2 million Americans used marijuana in the previous month. A study from the British medical ... continue reading
  • Fake Xanax is Here…And It’s Deadly

    We're feeling the anxiety these days and an increasing number of people are turning to drugs like Xanax - a mild sedative used to treat anxiety - as a way to better function in their daily lives. But with more users, the likelihood of abuse also ...

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  • New Bone Loss Study Points the Finger at Marijuana

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    ... to continued increase in marijuana use across the country. A survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in 2014 found that 22.2 million Americans used marijuana in the previous month. As of late ... 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 ...

    ... - if Kim, Matt and Kristin had known the way things would turn out, would they have even bothered taking the risk to get high? Additional Reading: You've Gotta Dig In: Brain Health and Drug Abuse Image Source: iStock 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 ...

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  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

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

    ... get more Getting opiates from someone other than the doctor Hiding the fact that you're taking it or how much you're taking Additional Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There's Good News and Bad News Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

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  • Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

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

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  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

    You've worked hard to build a new life. Brick by heavy brick, you laid the foundation for a life of sobriety . You were happily on the path to recovery, but somewhere along the way you got off course. You relapsed on heroin. It might feel like ...

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