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  • The 20 Countries with the Harshest Drug Laws in the World

    United States drug laws are often considered harsh, but the penalties for carrying or trafficking drugs in other countries, particularly those in Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia, can be much more severe. Here are twenty countries ...

    ... , and drug offenses are no different. The ... drugs. Unlike many other South Asian countries, Cambodia does not mandate the death penalty for drug trafficking. Indonesia Indonesian drug laws are harsh. If you are caught with ... continue reading
  • Who Manufacturers All these Crazy Semi-Legal Designer Drugs?

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

    ... of drug can cause extreme hallucinations. There been many reports of people with no history of ... the DEA in 2004. This company tried to circumvent the law by claiming that the chemicals were for research purposes only and ... continue reading
  • The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

    Buprenorphine, the generic name for Suboxone, is a medication used to treat opiate dependence - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an essential part of a person's recovery plan, mainly due to its accessibility. Users can attain it ...

    ... the country? Round and Round The Suboxone uproar seemed to have started once the U.S. Drug ... writes: “I asked him if it was true that Wal-Mart no longer fills buprenorphine prescriptions, and he said yes, that's true. ... continue reading
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  • The Financial Toll of Addiction

    If you've ever known someone who has suffered from addiction or have been that person yourself, you'll know how much of an emotional toll it can have on you and your loved ones. It can put a strain on your relationships and affect both your personal ...

    ... ; something no one wants for their children. Addiction is heavily associated with poverty, ... law enforcement costs, and lost productivity in 2006. In 2007, similar problems relating to illicit drug use cost the country ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... smoke for years, secondhand marijuana smoke has never really been considered a “threat.” No one's been telling us to avoid it because no one had completed the research to determine its adverse effects . Now we know ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... vulnerability assessment “demonstrates what parts of the country we're very concerned could have an event ... County, IN opened eyes to the rising rates of injection drug use in our nation. At that time, Congress changed ... 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 ...

    ... govern the laws for how marijuana dispensaries can deliver MJ. Decades ago, no one would have ... the geographic location of the vehicle during delivery.” With these laws in place, it looks like marijuana dispensaries ... continue reading
  • Does Methadone Treatment Suppress Testosterone in Opioid Addicts?

    A new study out of McMaster University in Canada has found that common treatments for opioid addiction reduce the level of testosterone in men, but not in women. The research project, published in the journal Scientific Reports , collected data from ...

    ... the testosterone level of men not using opioids. No changes were noted among women. Low testosterone in men ... about half of what it is for those using street heroin . Learn more about the symptoms and signs of drug abuse . continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... head and liver. Toads have long been associated with witchcraft and hallucinations since the first millennia AD, ... s legal to catch these creatures as long as there is no intent to milk them for their venom. Of course, ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know Inhalant Abuse

    A new study has found an unusual link between inhalant abuse and head injuries, mental illness and traumatic experiences. The findings of this new study, published in the latest issue of the journal PLOS One , came from a joint research project ...

    ... on inhalant abuse may be hard to find, there are plenty of inpatient rehab facilities in your area with medical staff who are trained to address this issue. Licensed medical staff will address existing physical damage to ... 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 ...

    ... commodity in life, our time is forever fleeting, and no one can stop its steady march. Every minute, day ... promises us happiness, but simply supplements our discontent with short-term escapes. As we begin to lose our ... 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 ...

    ... . Prevalent in hemp varieties of cannabis , it actually lacks any noticeable psychoactive effects and works in concert with THC to decrease any of its psychoactive effects. If taken by itself, CBD is a pain reliever that ... 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 ...

    ... a negative effect on the animals, but said there's no way to know for sure unless vets can test out the ... as a cure-all, but rather as an aid to assist with ongoing therapies. Canna grinds up an entire hemp plant to make ... continue reading
  • Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC Answered

    Close your eyes. Picture someone smoking pot. What do they look like? Most importantly, how old are they? Did you drum up an image of a teen experimenting with drugs? A college student? If so, your image needs some updating. The Centers for Disease ...

    ... you drum up an image of a teen experimenting with drugs? A college student? If so, your image needs ... most intriguing findings of their analysis is that teens are no longer the leading age group when it comes to marijuana ... 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 ...

    ... had just divorced, I loathed every second at my law firm and I'd just lost the most important ... it gave me clarity and much-needed perspective - both with alcohol and with life. It helped me to break free from denial ... continue reading
  • Do Women Pay a Higher Price for Smoking Weed?

    Tetrahydrocannibinol, better known as THC, is the most potent component of marijuana. It's the chemical that causes feelings of euphoria and makes users feel “high.” When someone uses marijuana, THC quickly travels into the bloodstream, through ...

    ... of THC are worse when a woman is ovulating. During this time, there's a very clear spike in drug sensitivity that occurs when estrogen levels have already peaked and are beginning to decline. Craft believes this spike is ... continue reading
  • The Damage Done: 6 Long-Term Reminders of Meth Abuse

    Methamphetamine is an extremely toxic and vile drug that produces an initial rush of euphoria and a massive boost of energy. After that first encounter, users can quickly find themselves chasing that same “good” feeling over and over again, but ...

    ... cognitive abilities. The Real Effects of Meth The cruel irony is that most meth addicts began using the drug because they were desperately seeking pleasure, but what they ended up getting is nothing short of a nightmare ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Tamper-Resistant Painkillers Aren’t Helping

    Prescription 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 Human Services. ...

    ... Health and Human Services. Of this segment, many have zeroed in on extended-release opioids over instant-release drugs since they contain more of the active ingredient and can be altered to release the pain killer all at ... 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 ...

    ... dependencies on the drugs. To combat the upward trend, state and federal laws of the late ... effect by President Obama before the end of his term. The bill, with a total sticker price of $6.3 billion, includes $1 billion ... 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, ...

    ... bulimia. In fact, college students all over the country have come forward to warn others about picking up ... binge only at night…first on alcohol, then food. With an empty stomach, however, there is nothing to absorb the ... continue reading
  • Surviving Mother's Day One Breath at a Time

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

    ... at my house - grandmothers, aunts, mothers-in-law, sons and daughters celebrating the beauty of parenthood , ... 's Day is now a day I desperately want to forget. Along with grief, I am also drowning in guilt. “How do I make ... continue reading
  • Should People Who Abuse Alcohol Qualify for Liver Transplants?

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

    ... especially over those who've not ruined theirs with excessive drinking ? This is a controversial issue, ... However, selection committees in transplant programs around the country claim to be objective about who is placed on ... 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 ...

    ... ? Doctors are unsure how chronic use of this “smart drug” will affect healthy brain function down the road, but ... result, experts warn would-be buyers that there is no way of being sure they are getting authentic modafinil ... continue reading
  • Legalizing Marijuana Decreases Fatal Opiate Overdoses, Study Shows

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

    ... an “opiate epidemic.” As experts scramble to come up with a plan that combats the nation's dependence on ... coverage levels, how to get your insurance company to pay for drug and alcohol rehab and also how to pay if you don ... 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 ...

    ... private contractors for assistance with their disposals. Over the years, local law enforcement agencies have used everything from large steel drums to crematories and hospital incinerators for drug disposal . However in ... continue reading
  • Progressive Ways Some States Are Reducing Nonviolent Drug Offender Incarcerations

    The United States has some of the highest incarceration rates in the world. In 2008 alone, the United States had placed one out of every 48 working men behind bars; that's a lot of people to support with tax money. In fact, about $75 billion was ...

    ... that lean more liberal politically tend to repeal laws that place nonviolent people in cells next to ... Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) has shown that participants were less than half as likely to be taking drugs when ... 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 ...

    ... bodegas or head shops as “legal highs,” are created in labs and meant to mimic the effects of drugs like marijuana or LSD. Though their potential dangers are widely reported, little is actually known about who is using ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About Pink

    After a simple search online, Ryan Ainsworth and Grant Seaver ordered a bag of U-47700, a.ka. “ pink .” The powder arrived from Shanghai at their friend's house, as planned. What happened next was not planned. The two 13-year-old best friends ...

    ... countries. Pink now officially joins drugs like fentanyl in the deadly market of opioid abuse. The drug ... believe you have encountered the drug, contact your local law enforcement agency immediately. Additional Reading ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

    We're an anxious nation. According to data from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States. (The fact that we have an association devoted to anxiety says something about us, ...

    ... widespread problem. It has even trickled down to kids, with anxiety disorders affecting about 12 percent of our nation's ... one prescribed anti-anxiety medication in the country. Over 50 million Xanax prescriptions are ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

    With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers and law enforcement. While all eyes have been focused on this front, we may have ignored another battle that needs greater ...

    ... s street price is fairly low and its purity is high, making it much more appealing than the risk of cooking it up stateside. Some areas are being hit particularly hard with ... severely strain the country's already ailing ... 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 ...

    ... ; my palms sweat; I could barely make eye contact with the person I was speaking to. But the more I ... You're Not Alone There are millions of alcoholics in this country; many have been in the position you're in right now ... continue reading
  • Teen Drug Abuse: The Warning Signs

    It is never easy to find out your teen is using drugs. Communication is a powerful tool for reducing and preventing teen drug abuse. Talking to your teens about drug use can help them make the decision not to use in the first place or to stop using ...

    ... that as a parent, you remain aware of the warning signs of drug use so you can give your children the help they need in a ... Slurred or rapid-fire speech. Laughing for no apparent reason. Being unusually loud and obnoxious ... 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. ...

    ... of 3-4 cannabis cigarettes a day is associated with the same degree of damage to bronchial mucus membranes ... Monitoring the Future survey are out and show no significant increase in marijuana use among teens. According ... continue reading
  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

    With fatal overdoses increasing each year, the need for action has never been greater. Despite funneling billions into the anti-drug movement, the addiction problem remains unsolved. Acknowledging that fact, several countries are looking to “safe ...

    ... with clean, sterile, and safe locations to use drugs. At its core, safe rooms seek to prevent fatal overdoses and decrease transmitted diseases. Countries ... addicts and drug abuse are shaped by law. Though individual ... 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 ...

    ... quickly caught on to the health risks associated with e-cigarettes, California has officially become the first ... to help traditional cigarette users quit, there is no scientific evidence to prove this. If anything, recent ... continue reading
  • Disguising Danger: 7 Marijuana Edibles Side Effects Shockers

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

    ... these days. Unfortunately, the dangers of these drugs can be far worse than traditional marijuana . ... least, you'll want to be proactive by getting familiar with the dangers these confections pose. And on that note, let ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

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

    ... more so, I had to learn how to deal with the personal and professional stigma society places not only on ... get help. But, despite the variety of options, there's no “right” way or one-size-fits-all approach to staying ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

    One of the hardest parts after hitting rock bottom is asking for help. This is the ultimate lesson in humility; it forces you to toss your ego aside and admit that you're not perfect. Eye of the Beholder I had a mental image of an alcoholic , and I ...

    ... point in my life, I had definitely developed a problem with wine, but the thought of telling anyone about it never ... to ask for help . Treatment is going to be hard, no doubt about it, but when you're ready to get clean ... 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 ...

    ... overdose. Over 2 million Americans are currently struggling with an opioid use disorder . More than half of ... public. Additional Reading: Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

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

    ... new guidelines argue for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as Motrin, Advil and Aleve ... provide a lot of relief. It's pretty remarkable with that combination.” Some dentists have even come to find ... continue reading
  • New Study: Amphetamine Abuse and This Old Heart

    It's called speed for a reason. Amphetamines, like Ritalin or Adderall, accelerate your heart rate. They send your nervous system into overdrive. Guess what else it speeds up? The aging process. That's right. Pumping your system full of amphetamine ...

    ... : As your heart and arteries become less effective, blood no longer travels through the body as it should. In many ... many people experience a few of these symptoms with normal aging, amphetamine use causes a premature ... 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 ...

    ... , she'd gone from being the family member who used drugs to the family caretaker. It seemed like a pretty bad ... . Leading a New Life Hanging out in some random bar with her sister and a group of bridesmaids was a far cry ... continue reading
  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

    The closest addiction specialist is three hours away. You don't have a reliable vehicle. If you arrange for a ride or take public transportation, everyone in town will know where you went and why. If this were your situation, how likely would you be ...

    ... sit down in front of your computer at home and meet with the doctor. What do you think? Did your odds of ... to.” The Cure for Rural America? Across the country rural areas have been hit particularly hard by the opioid ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

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

    ... With massive increases in opiate-related overdose deaths and criminal incarceration related to drug ... heroin is cheaper and easier to obtain because laws and policies surrounding prescription opiates have strengthened ... continue reading
  • Shocking Threats Swirl Around Tramadol Abuse

    Though Tramadol hasn't yet achieved the publicity other opioids have in the states, it sure is making waves abroad. Earlier this month, it was revealed that tramadol, an addictive synthetic painkiller believed to be as powerful as morphine , is ...

    ... . And it's no longer just the tramadol abusers who are facing danger; doctors in several countries are now being harassed and attacked by patients seeking the drug. Tom Black, a senior doctor with more than 20 years ... 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 ...

    ... are unknowingly buying heroin that's laced with the deadly drug. This has become a common practice among ... impact on what has become a growing problem in our country, officials remain optimistic. But in the meantime, one ... 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 ...

    ... Researchers Warn: Save Your Memory With changes in marijuana laws and potential increases in nationwide usage ... impression that marijuana is a safe recreational drug, this research directly challenges that notion.” ... 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 ...

    ... legal marijuana use in some parts of the country has led to explosive growth in the ... with both methods of marijuana intake—carrying with it the same psychoactive qualities and potentially adverse consequences no matter ... 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 ...

    ... proof of the long-term harm marijuana can cause. Make no mistake; the weed problem isn't solely among teens. In ... users currently meet the criteria for addiction. With the recent University of Lausanne study in mind ... continue reading
  • The Siver Lining for Meth-Exposed Newborns Starts Here

    Thousands of pregnant women in the U.S. are abusing meth during pregnancy. In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at federal facilities are methamphetamine users. The result is hundreds of thousands of babies at risk. ...

    ... are they beyond hope? Recent research offers an emphatic no . A New Hope A previously conducted study followed meth ... a huge part in determining outcomes. Simply put; with the right home life, these kids can make normal ... 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 ...

    ... disorder. Dangers of Tobacco There is ultimately no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure. ... about medications designed to ease the withdrawal symptoms associated with tobacco . If you experience a slip while trying ... continue reading
  • 3 Thank-You's I Owe to My Old Addiction

    Life doesn't always go as planned. Especially when you find yourself in a maximum-security state prison on your first-ever offense. When Life Takes an Unexpected Detour At 27 years old, I seemed to have everything in front of me: a promising future ...

    ... how it led me to where I was. Developing a New Outlook After years of being clean, I can now look back with a different perspective; one where I can appreciate how my substance abuse led me to the life I have today. I've ... continue reading
  • Teens Are Smoking and Drinking Less

    National, state, and large urban school district surveys are conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) every two years among high school students across the nation. Known as the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), the survey ...

    ... results will be unique, thanks to variables like legalizing marijuana and the synthetic drug epidemic. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, take action today. Our toll-free helpline can connect you to ... 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 ...

    ... . Next thing you know, you're struggling with a physical and psychological addiction . Signs and ... be a Fatal Mistake If you're addicted to benzos - no matter how physically durable or mentally prepared you may be - ... continue reading
  • A Closer Look at the History and Use of Cocaine

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

    ... Cocaine is a white powder with a bitter and numbing taste. The drug causes stimulation, mild to extreme ... popular illegal recreational drug in the country. Data from the 2013 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHADA) ... 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 ...

    ... was greater on women than men. This came as no surprise to researchers, since insomnia is typically more common ... marijuana one of the most commonly used drugs in the country. A whopping 60 million Americans are already ... 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 ...

    ... worked…for awhile. I'd stay sober for months, but something bad would eventually happen, and I'd be back at that deli with a 12-pack. Is there a reason I have to stay here? I lived in a cheap part of town which made it ... continue reading
  • Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

    It's tragic. People are reaching out for help…and there's no one there. As a nation, we're experiencing a severe shortage of treatment options for those struggling with substance abuse. The National Council for Behavioral Health reported shortages ...

    ... . People are reaching out for help…and there's no one there. As a nation, we're experiencing a severe shortage of treatment options for those struggling with substance abuse. The National Council for Behavioral Health ... continue reading
  • Catastrophic Thinking: Alcohol Isn’t Your Great Escape

    Cassie's heart began to race. “Am I dying?” she thought. “What if I'm having a heart attack?” Jeff's wife was running late. He worried there had been a terrible car accident. Jeff pictured his wife lying all alone in a ditch somewhere, ...

    ... dangerous road to travel, leading nowhere good. If you are a catastrophic thinker, it's important to deal with it. You might need professional help to handle these thoughts. They may indicate other issues a counselor can ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... a relapse. You may feel like you've somehow failed or that you're beyond hope. Therapy will help you deal with these feelings and avoid sinking into a depression that can rob you of a successful life in sobriety . Do a ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

    Permanent brain damage due to an opiate overdose is a very real, life-altering consequence of opiate abuse . The dramatic increase of opiate-related deaths is now demanding public attention, but the consequence of permanent brain damage remains ...

    ... , OxyContin, Fentanyl) are depressants, meaning the drugs slow down your breathing and heart rate. As ... s head back, pinch the nose, and seal their mouth with yours. Breathe out two short breaths, then one long breath ... 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 ...

    ... The significantly higher blood THC … values with alcohol possibly explain increased performance impairment ... last year in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found that teens that combined the two substances were ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

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

    ... , landing this medication in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly prescribed ... experienced any of these symptoms? If you or a loved one struggle with Percocet abuse or chronic use, you're not alone. As of ... 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 ...

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  • 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 ...

    Three years ago, I lived with a boyfriend who was a functioning addict. He was in law school at the time, so he ... popped up in the news. Last August, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published a notice of intent ... 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 ...

    ... to pay up to $60 for meet-and-greets with him after local performances. The rapper has also become notorious ... more attention from local law enforcement. Additional Reading : Will Diplo's New Anti-Drug Video Impact EDM ... continue reading
  • I’m a Millionaire and I Need to Go to Rehab. Where Do I Go?

    You've realized you have an issue, whether it's a heroin or coke addiction or a sex addiction, so you need to find somewhere nice to attend rehab. Naturally, you want somewhere that's a little more exclusive to avoid running into someone who might ...

    ... . You will be allowed a lot more freedom than with other treatment centers, and the idea is that by ... the UK. There you can experience absolute privacy, as no more than three clients are treated at the Cottage at once ... 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 ...

    ... failure, so rescue breathing is crucial when dealing with an overdose. Tilt the head, lift the chin ... Laws to encourage seeking medical help. The Good Samaritan Laws provide limited immunity for minor drug violations, drug ... 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 ...

    ... and Experimental Medicine at the University of Edinburgh With cannabis use on the rise, researchers are feeling ... marijuana use across the country. A survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in ... continue reading
  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

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

    ... reports on opioid abuse. But, the dangers of these drugs shouldn't be overlooked. While we've been focused ... number one prescribed psychiatric medication in the country, with over 50 million prescriptions written each year ... 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 ...

    ... up. Perspective From the Front Lines In a recent interview , Hesch described one of the many problems he has with the safe injection site scenario. “As a critical care nurse…my main job is to watch over people who are ... continue reading
  • Inmates Receive Federal Funding to Re-enter Society Sober

    After years in prison, freedom is just around the corner. Tom served his time and will rejoin society soon. But what are his options? With no job and no money, Tom's likely to return to his previous lifestyle. He'll be surrounded by triggers and ...

    ... just around the corner. Tom served his time and will rejoin society soon. But what are his options? With no job and no money, Tom's likely to return to his previous lifestyle. He'll be surrounded by triggers and find it ... continue reading
  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

    Years ago, while I was in a nine-month substance abuse treatment program, I realized that everyone around me had one thing in common - they smoked. In fact, their lives seemed to revolve around the next cigarette, so much so that they weren't ...

    ... , they remain very high among people with other addictions,” Campbell said. “This increases ... and may contribute to difficulty maintaining abstinence from other drugs.” Among the 1,113 participants surveyed, 159 (14 ... 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 ...

    ... Applying the Data to Modern Marijuana Use Marijuana laws are changing rapidly across the nation and ... percent of U.S. adults reported they've tried the drug. With marijuana use so prevalent, (including the growing use of ... 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 ...

    ... its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at ... carry a long-term success rate of only 5-10 percent. With that in mind, you can clearly see the benefits of using ... continue reading
  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

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    ... heroin is their drug of choice (vs. 3.1 percent in the country), while 11.9 percent claim cocaine as a drug of choice (vs ... If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, take action today. Our toll-free helpline ... continue reading
  • DEA: Heroin ‘Probably’ More Dangerous Than Marijuana

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  • The Dangerous (and Deadly) Effects of Spice

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    ... and other plant materials that are used are coated with chemicals. These chemicals, when smoked, produce effects ... find their way around these laws by changing the makeup of the drug. While law enforcement does what it can ... 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 ...

    ... put others at risk, whether they realize it or not. But a few simple steps can be taken to help with this issue - mainly by the doctors who prescribe the medications. A few of those ideas include: Doctors can prescribe ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

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    ... overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA ... continue reading
  • Do You See an Enabler in the Mirror? (Look Out for These 6 Warning Signs!)

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    ... adolescence is also a common age to experiment with drugs, make many mistakes, and feel naively ... you're allowing the circumstance of addiction to control you. No matter the consequences of sharing, you must feel free to ... continue reading
  • In the Rooms: 11 Benefits of Seeking Online Support in Recovery

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    ... you if you're reluctant to go to in-person meetings, no matter what your reasons. Going online allows you to seek support without having to be face-to-face with people, which may be extremely hard if you're an introvert ... continue reading
  • 21 Powerful Tips to Get and Stay Sober

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    ... . 10. Use the 24-hour plan. If a lifetime of sobriety seems overwhelming, start with a smaller goal. Decide that for today, you will not drink or use, no matter what. [ebook_insert] 11. Don't put too much pressure on one ... continue reading
  • 5 Things About Kratom You Need to Know

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    ... S. and many people begin taking the drug to help with withdrawal from certain drugs, like heroin. What you may not ... and alertness eventually made its way to Western countries. Today, kratom use is continuing to grow ... 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 ...

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  • 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 ...

    ... According to the DEA report, 38 percent of law enforcement agencies now consider heroin their greatest concern ... Unintended Fallout With all the opiate pill reformulations and stricter prescription drug policies, heroin ... continue reading
  • 10 Things to Look for in Faith-Based Treatment Centers

    Spirituality is at the center of many people's lives. Faith is a powerful catalyst for change for many individuals battling addiction. Secular treatment centers that lack a spiritual component may not necessarily be effective for people with strong ...

    ... that while some faith-based treatment centers appeal to you, they may not be covered by your insurance. With a little research, however, it is possible to find an affordable faith-based treatment center that meets your ... continue reading
  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

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

    ... a pill-dependent nation. By 2013, nearly 36.5 million Americans were taking anti-anxiety drugs and about one-fifth of Americans who struggle with an anxiety disorder have a substance abuse disorder. So What's Our Plan B ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... not only helps aid animals with arthritis and other ailments, it's also the same drug prescribed to human patients to ... form of doctor shopping is new, veterinarians and law officials are already aware of it and trying to ... continue reading
  • Would You Give Medical Marijuana to a Chronically Ill Pet?

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    ... country, pet owners are turning to pot as a way to alleviate their furry friends' pain and suffering. Whether their cats are dealing with ... issue. Just last year, a proposed law was defeated by the Nevada legislature that ... continue reading
  • How to Stay Productive at Work While Still in Recovery

    We live in a very competitive society when it comes to finding a job and keeping it. Even for a person that's never tasted a drop of alcohol, it's still a challenge to find a good job and get accepted into a workplace. It becomes even worse when ...

    ... as long as 5 minutes, 3 times a day can help you control your stress levels dramatically. Communicate your feelings with your loved ones instead of bottling them up inside of you, and don't push yourself too far too soon ... 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 ...

    ... . It's in these situations - when Xanax is mixed with other drugs or alcohol - that an overdose is most likely. What ... Xanax, or more likely, combined it with other substances, there's no time to waste. Call 911 immediately ... 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 ...

    ... 10,211 mothers prone to heavy drinking while pregnant A comparison group consisted of 47,68 mothers - women with no alcohol-related diagnoses Each group was matched based on maternal age within race and the year of the ... continue reading
  • Is There Ever a Good Time to Use Benzos?

    Carol had a severe panic disorder. It started when she was assaulted at age 34. She'd tried many medications, but only Xanax helped. She worked closely with her doctor and never abused them, but over time she felt the negative cognitive effects of ...

    ... when she was assaulted at age 34. She'd tried many medications, but only Xanax helped. She worked closely with her doctor and never abused them, but over time she felt the negative cognitive effects of benzos making her ... continue reading
  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

    Alex didn't answer the phone. He missed their father's birthday party and still wasn't answering. But Allison kept dialing. It didn't seem right, but then again, things hadn't seemed “right” for a long time. Alex had all but stopped showing up ...

    ... dead. Allison lived with the fear that all families of people who use illegal drugs feel. When is ... the call going to come? When is he not going to make it out alive? The phone continued to ring, but no ... 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 ...

    ... those who started smoking at a younger age. With pot smokers experiencing deficits in decision-making brain volume ... millions of pre-teens and teenagers are still using the drug. These studies show that what many view as “ ... continue reading
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