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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 Scary Facts About Designer Drugs and Legal Highs

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

    ... about these drugs are: 1,2 There are no legal consequences for using them. Drug screening ... countries hosting these sites were the U.S., Germany, and the United Kingdom. 48 Faced with these numbers and conflicting laws ... continue reading
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  • Political Parties on Drug Use

    A recent Pew Research Center survey indicated that 86 percent of Americans believe the country is more politically divided than ever before. Polarized viewpoints surrounding topics like immigration and foreign trade are broadcasted daily on ...

    ... that 86 percent of Americans believe the country is more politically divided than ever before ... more split with their stance: 37 percent agreed that drug laws should be more rigid, and 45 percent said that laws should be ... continue reading
  • Drug Arrests Across America

    The Current Drug Landscape An estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or over used an illicit drug in 2013. That's 9.4% of the population. 1 The number was similar in 2012 (9.2%), and in that year the FBI reports that there were 1.5 million drug ...

    ... drug law violations, 82% of which were for possession. 2 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook These are broad, country-level ... that 74 U.S. cities have data portals, with 641 datasets available between them, about a quarter ... continue reading
  • From Bath Salts to Flakka: Searching for Designer Drugs

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The new and unfamiliar often elicits fear of the unknown. But when the new and unfamiliar is a drug - and when this drug is attributed to episodes of extreme paranoia, acts of superhuman strength, and reports of ...

    ... be the interest generated by viral videos. No major incidents correlate with its spikes in search prevalence after April, ... drug laws via their molecular tinkering efforts to create new synthetic drugs. As a result, drug ... continue reading
  • What Could Illicit Drug Synthesis Expose You To?

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

    ... are the No. 1 cause of accidental death in the country. A variety of factors can play a role in overdose deaths, such as a person's weight and body size, age, and past experience with drugs. Drugs manufactured in ... continue reading
  • America’s Drug Awareness

    For the first time in a decade , the CDC reported that death rates in the United States have increased. While news outlets trumpet the increased violence rampant in many areas of the country, the public is largely unaware of a silent contributor - ...

    ... for cocaine, the report shows that that the country has seen a decrease in availability - however, ... you know is struggling with substance addiction, it's time to get help now - today. No drug is worth your health, ... continue reading
  • Ill Inventory: Drug Theft and Loss in the United States

    Every year, countless people become reliant on pharmaceuticals. And every year, drugs go missing. Despite extensive efforts to curb addiction and abuse, America's war on drugs is far from over. Guidelines for improving opioid prescribing practices ...

    ... rise. Tennessee followed South Dakota with nearly 650 drug abuse arrests per 100,000 people. With Tennessee ranking second in the country for prescription drug abuse, there is no doubt that its law enforcement is on high ... continue reading
  • Introducing the Drug That Can Kill With a Single Dose

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

    ... stuff in their body? Playing a Dangerous Game Law enforcement officials believe that lower prices on the ... “No one should underestimate the deadly nature associated with these cocktails,” said Russ Baer of the federal Drug ... continue reading
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  • MXE Drug Abuse

    Methoxetamine, also known as MXE, is a drug similar to ketamine and known for its hallucinogenic and dissociative properties 1 . MXE (sometimes called “Mexxy,” “M-ket,” “Special M,” or “legal ketamine”) is commonly sold on the ...

    ... risk for death increases when it is combined with other drugs . Many reported cases of fatal intoxication ... may be related to laws passed in 2012 banning the drug 3 . There continue to be no federal regulations on MXE in ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... and illegal drugs can cause - and quickly advance - the decay of tooth enamel. With continued drug abuse, ... your healthy and bright smile…don't do drugs! Let's face it; no one likes rotten teeth! Additional Reading: Tooth ... continue reading
  • Counterfeit Prescription Drug Operations Thrive in the US

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

    ... The 20/20 investigation found that several of the drugs confiscated in one raid either contained impurities or were ... sites they reviewed, only three percent complied with pharmacy laws and standards. Many of the websites ... continue reading
  • Neighborhood Watch: Drug Sales Drive Drug Use

    Community prevention organizations have known for many years that one of the best predictors of drug use is what's known as “perception of risk.” In general, the higher the perceived risk for a particular drug, the fewer teens and young adults ...

    ... of marijuana and cocaine use when associated with neighborhood drug sales. “The clear association between open drug selling and lower disapproval toward drug use may help explain drug use among these teens,” said Dr ... continue reading
  • 5 Genius Minds Who Dabbled in Drugs

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

    ... transformed the course of history; each admittedly experimented with drugs along the way. Bill Gates Bill Gates is ... marijuana . Sagan was openly critical of the laws against marijuana and believed everyone should have ... continue reading
  • State Sentencing: How Drug Sentencing Varies Across the U.S.

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The United States has 5% of the world's population - and 25% of its prisoners. The average cost to house a minimum-security prisoner for one year is $21,006. By comparison, the average cost of putting a K-12 ...

    ... of pounds of drugs have been seized entering the US since 2005, are home to some of the greatest numbers of per capita trafficking sentences in the country. Interestingly, New Mexico, one of the states with the highest ... continue reading
  • Drugs on Mars and Venus

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus is one of the most iconic books of the '90s, having sold more than 50 million copies. Its core theory is that men and women often think and act in dramatically different ways because of fundamental differences ...

    ... used by women earlier than men, with some surprising gaps found in drugs one might expect men to try ... gradually more U.S. states are relaxing their marijuana laws, it's still illegal in most places. Therefore, the ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction is Killing a Huge Number of Inmates

    It's common knowledge that a vast majority of the U.S. prison population is suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Despite having months, years or even decades to work on themselves and overcome the chains of chemical dependency, almost none of ...

    ... Sarah Wakeman from Harvard Medical School notes that less than 10 percent of people who are incarcerated with a drug problem ever receives residential treatment. What's more, less than 1 percent of them ever get detox ... continue reading
  • The 9 Most Expensive Drugs in America

    Each year, Americans spend nearly $100 billion on illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. These figures do not even account for the billions of dollars that are spent on prescription drugs each year—about $374 billion according ...

    ... individual health and society as a whole when faced with funding law enforcement and the court system. All of these costs and more contribute to the financial impact of drugs on Americans. Here are the 9 Most Expensive ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

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

    ... and handing out pieces of it to his cellmates. Stamps A Florida woman was charged last October with smuggling drugs underneath the stamps affixed to the envelopes she mailed to the prison. Sarah Laurito sent her lover ... continue reading
  • 7 Crazy Ways Addicts Fund Their Drug Habits

    It's no secret that drug addiction can drive people to do things that are completely out of character. When addiction takes hold, scoring drugs to avoid withdrawals is a 24/7 job. And there's no glamour in that kind of career path. Little girls ...

    ... methods ever used to fund a drug addiction: Law Breakers Addicts in Baltimore took recycling ... with money but with drugs. How to Find Help for Drug or Alcohol Misuse If you or someone you love is struggling with drug ... continue reading
  • Drugs vs. Supplements: What's the Difference?

    Your regular doctor suggests taking a supplement to improve your overall health. And then your specialist recommends a completely different combination of drugs and supplements. It's so easy to get overwhelmed. Which one's right for you? Navigating ...

    ... for safety. Self-regulated by the manufacturer, no proof is required to demonstrate their effectiveness. The ... How to Get Help for Drug or Alcohol Misuse If you or a loved one is struggling with your drug or alcohol use, it ... continue reading
  • An Uncomfortable Truth: Drug Abuse Raises STD Rates

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

    ... drug or alcohol misuse, help is available and recovery is possible. American Addiction Centers (AAC) operates addiction treatment facilities across the country. You can contact a caring admissions navigator with AAC for ... continue reading
  • Study: Drug Forums Aren’t Very Helpful if You Want to Get Clean

    Libraries. Encyclopedias. Professors. Doctors. Pre-Internet, these were our top sources of information. If we wanted answers, this is where we looked. Fast-forward to modern times. With access to pretty much everything now at our fingertips, we've ...

    ... helpful information and community resources? Surely there's no harm in that. Not so fast… A Funny ... . It's typically based on their personal experiences with drugs, which could drastically vary from what someone else ... continue reading
  • What Can I Do if My Mother or Father Is an Alcoholic or Drug Abuser?

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

    ... first thing that you need to do is sit down and talk with your parent when he or she is sober. Be gentle but ... should get through. The reasons for alcoholism and drug abuse vary, but no one sits down and thinks, “today, I ... continue reading
  • What Drugs Cause the Most Insane Behavior?

    Many substances that are addictive cause mental changes or unusual behavior. Even if a substance does not inherently have mind-altering properties, people who are addicted to it may display strange behavior if they need the drug are unable to obtain ...

    ... be aggravated by LSD. In rare cases, LSD may cause people with no known pre-existing conditions to spontaneously develop psychosis . Though nearly any addictive drug can cause bizarre behavior during withdrawal , some ... continue reading
  • Three Lethal Drug Combinations That Can Kill You

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

    ... abuse or haven't crossed that line yet, the rules of science always apply. Don't risk your life with lethal drug combinations; it's never worth it. If you are afraid that you might cross the line, or already have ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Prescription Drugs? How Can I Quit Safely?

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

    ... Our advisors on our toll-free help line can answer any questions you have about insurance and help you connect with a drug or alcohol treatment center that'll be a good fit. Call for free at when you're ready. Addiction ... continue reading
  • The Rise of Drug Deaths in America

    This year, drug overdose deaths surpassed firearm deaths for the first time, making the issue of addiction and drug abuse an even greater concern for Americans . The public is aware of the numbers associated with overdose deaths; however, big ...

    ... overdose, 30 end up in the emergency room for misuse or abuse . Taking The Fight to Addiction With fatal drug overdoses continuing to rise as a leading cause of death for Americans there has never been a more critical ... continue reading
  • Drugs in the News

    In a world grappling with issues of substance use and abuse, drugs are bound to see their days in the spotlight of our 24-hour news cycle. Maybe it's because of another tragic celebrity overdose, forcing us to confront the fact that even our heroes ...

    ... with addictions and vices. Maybe it's because someone's drug use landed them on the wrong side of the law, or one drug ... the decade, it's been no surprise to see a rise in news about the drugs that may have helped fuel the ... continue reading
  • Dangers of IV Drug Use: What You Need to Know About Track Marks

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

    ... ; they also carry a social stigma due to the health risks that are associated with this drug sub-culture . The use of unsanitary needles can lead to serious skin infections, such as cysts, abscesses and ulcers. Sharing ... continue reading
  • Drug Recovery | Programs

    Understanding Drug Recovery Programs Drug recovery is an ongoing process of denial and acceptance. The body is denied its cravings for drugs, and the mind begins to accept the reasons why drug abuse occurred in the first place. Drug recovery ...

    ... programs are based upon the well tested 12 step program. The 12 step program, in combination with quality drug recovery treatment, creates a strong foundation towards long-term recovery. Combining the above therapies ... continue reading
  • The Harmful Effects of Drugs and Alcohol

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

    It should come as no surprise that drugs and alcohol can ... With Addiction Drug and Alcohol Relapse Drug and Alcohol Overdose Drug and Alcohol Intervention Drug and Alcohol Detoxification Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Drug ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse Across Generations

    Substance abuse—both of alcohol and/or illicit drugs—has always maintained a consistent presence in American culture. As new drugs have been developed over the decades, their popular use has gone hand in hand with sweeping societal changes. From ...

    ... to Pay for Treatment Articles Related to Substance Abuse Rehabilitation How to Help Someone With Addiction Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab Programs Alcohol Abuse Rehab Programs Rehab Programs Near Me Self-Assessment ... continue reading
  • Mental Health and Drug Abuse

    Chronic drug abuse and mental health disorders are closely related. Individuals who have psychiatric disorders, such as PTSD, bipolar disorder, or depression, may be more likely to abuse substances, and people who abuse substances may be more likely ...

    ... school. Frequent fights, accidents, or problems with the law or other authorities. Secretive or strange ... coverage levels, how to get your insurance company to pay for drug and alcohol rehab , and how to pay if you don't ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Recovery Program

    No one expects to become addicted to drugs. Drug abuse isn't planned. It does occur however, and finding a drug abuse recovery program becomes an absolute necessity. When recreational or prescription drug use turns into uncontrollable drug abuse ...

    ... holistic approaches and exercise programs like yoga. Yoga seems to go hand in hand with meditation techniques and helps drug abuse patients relax and gain focus on their recovery issues. In addition art therapy ... continue reading
  • 7 Things You Don’t Realize About Teenage Drug Abuse

    It's difficult to convince adolescents of the harmful and potentially deadly effects of drug abuse. After all, teens have an exaggerated sense of invulnerability: “Nothing bad will ever happen to me, regardless of what anyone says, thinks they ...

    ... and overall functioning in life. How to Find Help for Substance Misuse If you or a loved one is struggling with drug or alcohol misuse, help is available and recovery is possible. Professional addiction treatment in a ... continue reading
  • 20 Genius Minds and the Drugs They Were Addicted To

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

    ... Brady-Handy Photograph Collection Being the president of an entire country must be stressful; being the second one after Lincoln and ... Rehabilitation How to Help Someone With Addiction Drug and Alcohol Relapse Rehab Centers ... continue reading
  • Signs and Symptoms of Commonly Abused Drugs

    When you suspect that you or a loved one is struggling with a substance abuse problem, it's important to know some of the signs and symptoms of addiction to that drug. You can find a brief overview of the major drugs of abuse below. For a full list ...

    ... as hydrocodone and oxycodone) are the most commonly misused types of prescription drugs. Find out if you have a problem with prescription drug abuse here . Credit: Today Show Treatment for Substance Abuse and Addiction ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Help

    Drug abuse help is available for everyone. Whether it is for yourself or someone close to you, there is a drug abuse help center with a program to suit you. Our website provides confidential help, free of charge and provides you with a team of ...

    ... of professionally-trained staff to guide you through the addiction recovery process. Our counselors can connect you with a drug abuse help provider in your state, close to your home or further away if necessary. To give ... continue reading
  • 12 of the Most Addictive Drugs

    Addiction affects millions of lives in the U.S. It is a chronic disease that frequently includes cycles of relapse and remission, and it is progressive without treatment or participation in recovery work. It is characterized by being unable to ...

    ... can easily result in a fatal overdose. 23 If you think you or someone else may be struggling with drug or alcohol addiction , reach out and get help. There are effective substance misuse treatments available. If someone ... continue reading
  • 5 Movies That Will Make You Never Want to Do Drugs Again

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

    ... them all. Directed by Darren Aronofsky, the film chronicles four individuals and their struggles with addiction to drugs including amphetamine and heroin. Each character takes their own downward spiral into oblivion—the ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... his suicide. 3. Britney Spears According to Britney Spears herself, she has “dabbled with drugs.” However, she has endlessly relapsed on drugs and even shaved her head to hide the evidence of her amphetamine addiction. 4 ... continue reading
  • Lethal Drug Combinations

    What are the Deadliest Drug Combos? Combining drugs (“polysubstance abuse”) is both common and potentially dangerous. There are various reasons why individuals use substances in combination. For some, the activity is done haphazardly, without ...

    ... overdose because of their cocaine intake. In fact, users are no less vulnerable and may be more so due to the ... immediately. Addiction to one drug can easily lead to experimenting with other drugs at the same time, ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    Drug and Alcohol Addiction Can Affect 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, ...

    ... Sober Living Housing Recommended Substance Abuse Rehab-Related Articles How to Help Someone With Addiction Drug and Alcohol Relapse Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Rehabs Near Me Self-Assessment Using Insurance to Pay for ... continue reading
  • 10 Ways Drug Abuse Hurts You and Those Around You

    Most of us have heard countless times that drug abuse isn't beneficial—the word “abuse” is in the name, after all. But a lot of people don't realize just how dangerous it can be, both to the person using and the people that person loves and ...

    ... and tarnished or broken family relationships . It Hurts People You Don't Know Even people with no relationship to the person abusing drugs can be severely impacted by that person's use. Car accidents as a result of ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... . 26. Lawrence Taylor One of the most feared players in NFL history, Lawrence Taylor admits to having struggled with drugs early on in his rookie season—”coke was the only bright spot in my future,” he has said. 27 ... continue reading
  • Mixing Alcohol With Drugs

    Mixing alcohol with prescription drugs or illicit drugs (known as polysubstance use), can have dangerous health effects that many people may not realize. Since alcohol is such a commonly used substance, it's even more important to understand how it ...

    ... alcohol include cannabis , opioids, cocaine , and methamphetamine . 2,4 People may combine alcohol with illicit drugs for several reasons, unaware of the additional health risks they face in doing so. Examples include ... continue reading
  • Prescription Drug Helpline

    Prescription drug abuse is a serious concern that impacts the health and well-being of the people abusing the drugs, as well as their family and friends. Consistent abuse of prescription drugs like opioid painkillers (e.g., oxycodone), stimulants ...

    ... If your friend or family member is having issues with prescription drug abuse, a hotline may have answers to questions ... Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255. No matter the cause of distress, this lifeline can ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Statistics

    Statisticians analyze numerical information on subjects as varied as medicine, politics and even commercial retail sales - allowing researchers to investigate trends and test new ideas. As the phenomenon of substance abuse stubbornly continues to ...

    ... illegal drugs combined. Legal access, combined with a ... alcohol abuse, and other trends identified above), pharmaceutical use/abuse is exploding and looks to quickly become the largest public health issue in the country ... continue reading
  • How To Help Someone With a Crack Addiction

    People may become addicted to crack cocaine after trying it only once… Addiction to crack cocaine can be overwhelming, and all but impossible to manage alone. Crack is a form of stimulant cocaine and is sold as white or off-white crystals called ...

    ... positive impact on their long-term recovery. Crack Addiction Treatment There are currently no drugs approved for treating people with cocaine or crack addictions, but there is promising research into this field. For ... continue reading
  • Prescription Drug Addiction: Treatment and Rehab

    Many prescription medications have the potential to become drugs of abuse, if they are misused. Misuse of prescription drugs means taking them other than prescribed. This includes taking a larger dose, using them more frequently, or taking them for ...

    ... prevention. 13 It is important to remember that no single treatment approach is right for every person—what ... detoxification . 15 Individuals often enter detox with prescription drugs still in their system, and over ... continue reading
  • DMT Drug Abuse

    DMT (dimethyltryptamine) is a hallucinogen capable of inducing a psychedelic “trip,” which typically ranges from 30 to 45 minutes in duration 1 . DMT is a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substance Act and has no recognized medical use in ...

    ... 1 drug under the Controlled Substance Act and has no recognized ... drug. Feeling out of touch with reality. Lying about drug use to friends and family. Extreme preoccupation with using DMT. Using DMT with other drugs ... continue reading
  • Utah Pushes Groundbreaking Law to Change DUI Limits

    Since the 1990's, 0.08 has been the US gold standard for DUI limits. This blood alcohol content level became the norm when the federal government offered all states with higher limits a financial incentive to lower it to 0.08 percent. Naturally, the ...

    ... with the first drink. Rep. Norm Thurston, who supports Utah's bill, pointed out that many foreign countries ... only hurt their business. What Do You Think? Is this law's passage the start of a new nationwide trend? Will we ... 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
  • Infographic: Top 5 Deadliest Drugs

    The top 5 deadliest drugs may not be the first that come to your mind. In fact, several of them are legal and commonly used! View our infographic below to learn ...

    The top 5 deadliest drugs may not be the first that come to your mind. In fact, several of them are legal and commonly used! View our infographic below to learn more. continue reading
  • Golden State Gives No-Go for Booze-Cannabis Combo

    Alcohol is legal in California. Now, recreational use of marijuana is, too. Does that mean Californians will be allowed to sit at their favorite bar stool and consume a cocktail and cannabis? Nope. Why Not? The question has definitely come up among ...

    ... can offer both substances to customers. The short answer: no. The long answer: While a person can hold licenses ... not legit under current California regulations. With new laws regarding cannabis use constantly hitting the ... continue reading
  • Decade of Drug Overdose

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains a publicly accessible database on causes of mortality, which is used here to shed light on the drug overdose epidemic currently ravaging the nation. Using the CDC's data from 10-plus years as ...

    ... Prevention maintains a publicly accessible database on causes of mortality, which is used here to shed light on the drug overdose epidemic currently ravaging the nation. Using the CDC's data from 10-plus years as well as ... continue reading
  • Drug Trafficking Across Borders

    Data on drug seizures at the U.S. border indicate an alarming volume of trafficking taking place in recent years. Since 2009, heroin seizures at the southwestern border have almost tripled, while meth seizures quintupled through 2014. Worse yet, ...

    ... tripled, while meth seizures quintupled through 2014. Worse yet, cocaine and marijuana remain two of the most commonly seized drugs along our southern borders, equating to millions of pounds seized by U.S. Border Patrol. continue reading
  • State Sentencing: How Drug Sentencing Varies Across the U.S.

    We took a look at drug sentencing statistics from a 2013 report by the United States Sentencing Commission on sentences handed down in federal ...

    We took a look at drug sentencing statistics from a 2013 report by the United States Sentencing Commission on sentences handed down in federal courts. continue reading
  • Global Drug Prices

    The cost to get high can have a profound effect on the percentage of people active in substance abuse. The cheaper a drug is, the more accessible it ...

    The cost to get high can have a profound effect on the percentage of people active in substance abuse. The cheaper a drug is, the more accessible it is. continue reading
  • instagram-drug-dealers

    Social media platforms operate in a Wild West world of limited regulations, often hiding behind the shield of user privacy to avoid taking action against predatory accounts, spammers, and misinformation campaigns. This neglect and hands-off approach ...

    ... of physical and psychological harm. To illustrate this point, American Addiction Centers researched the ease of finding drugs for sale on social media outlets. Not surprisingly, it didn't take long to find other users ... continue reading
  • Rise or the Study Drug

    In the United States, a Schedule II drug is one that has some accepted medical use, but at the same time a high potential for abuse that may lead to severe psychological and physical dependence. Cocaine, morphine and methadone are all Schedule II ...

    In the United States, a Schedule II drug is one that has some accepted medical use, but at the same time a high potential for abuse that may lead to severe psychological and physical dependence. Cocaine, morphine and ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • No Surprise: Study Finds Avoiding Alcohol is the Only Hangover Prevention

    You've tried it all: chasing drinks with water, drinking only beer, drinking only clear liquor, or binging on late night fries. But you still wake up with a pounding headache, nausea, dry mouth and that feeling you were run over by a mack truck. ...

    ... may be an inevitable after-effect of drinking too much, no matter what “tricks” you use to avoid them. Hair ... they had a BAC of .1 or higher; 98 percent of those with a BAC of .2 or higher woke up hungover. Those are some ... continue reading
  • Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects…

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

    ... they've missed out on because of their addiction. Whatever the reasons, their lives can be wrought with sadness. No matter how simple or complex the perceived threats are, they are all very real to the person feeling ... continue reading
  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

    Urban and rural addicts don't seem to have a whole lot in common, according to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In gathering data for this particular study, researchers looked at addiction ...

    ... 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
  • You’ve Gotta Dig In: Brain Health and Drug Abuse

    While battling chemical dependency , your brain is robbed of a lot of its essential nutrients - and that causes damage. By eating the right “brain power” foods, you can repair this damage and prevent further deterioration. Mood, memory, ...

    ... . Eating high quality proteins provide your brain with the ingredients needed to create these “happy” ... hydrated. Additional Reading: Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Commonly Abused Drugs

    Hotlines to Call For help with any of these commonly abused drugs, or for drug abuse or addiction of any kind, call our Drug Abuse Helpline for free at . We offer support, counseling and referral services 24/7. All calls are toll-free and ...

    Hotlines to Call For help with any of these commonly abused drugs, or for drug abuse or addiction of any kind, call our Drug Abuse Helpline for free at . We offer support, counseling and referral services 24/7. All calls ... 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 ...

    ... who are funding both the welfare and drug testing programs. “Very few applicants have tested positive for drug use in states that have implemented these policies,” the Center for Law and Social Policy said in an issue ... 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 ...

    ... fuzzy world. I put my glasses on and I see the world clearly. It's possible these kind of experiences [with drugs] are not artificial or false, but really enable a person and a person's brain to experience the world in ... continue reading
  • Mother of Newborn Arrested After Failing Drug Test

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

    ... which gives law enforcement officials the ability to arrest and charge pregnant women with assault if they use an illegal substance while pregnant and the child is either harmed or becomes addicted to the drug . The bill ... continue reading
  • So-Called “Legal” Drugs and the Trojan Horse Game

    Are you familiar with the concept of a Trojan Horse? It's pretty on the outside but filled with deadly enemies inside. It creates an appearance of innocence, but is designed with trickery in mind. Legal drugs are a lot like a Trojan Horse. These ...

    ... with trickery in mind. Legal drugs are a lot like a Trojan Horse. These synthetic drugs are designed with ... the drugs “legal.” Current laws prohibit substances based on chemical components, so creators of these drugs simply ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Effects

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

    ... are numerous reasons why people begin using drugs. Some people simply begin using drugs simply to see what the drug high is like. No matter the reason, drug use can quickly become drug abuse , which eventually leads to a ... continue reading
  • Positive Workforce Drug Tests Increase for the First Time in a Decade

    A shocking new report released by Quest Diagnostics reveals that the percentage of positive drug tests among American workers has increased for the first time in over a decade. Increased stress in the workplace, a lack of job security, and the trend ...

    ... by a staggering 6.2 percent. However, states with “recreational use” marijuana laws (Colorado and Washington) saw the percentage of positive drug tests increase by double digits. Amphetamine positivity rates, on ... continue reading
  • The Fear of Dealing with Addiction in the Public Eye

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

    ... saving benefit of acquiring and sustaining sobriety - no matter who's watching. Lawyers, judges, business ... If you're a successful professional who's forced to deal with addiction publicly, it's natural for you to fear that ... continue reading
  • If Old Drug Ads Told the Truth

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Through the late 19th century and mid-20th century, many of today's illicit drugs of abuse were available legally in the United States. Products containing cocaine, heroin, or amphetamine were readily available for ...

    ... - illegal. Some counties began to pass Prohibition laws long before the establishment of the 18th Amendment. ... a nation, are impacted with with as we struggle to control a growing prescription drug abuse problem . While ... continue reading
  • Let’s Play: How Much Do You Really Know About Drug Schedules?

    Have you ever heard someone mention a Schedule I or Schedule II Controlled Substance? Most of us have seen these labels, but what exactly do they mean? Let's break down this drug scheduling system to get a better understanding of controlled ...

    ... dependence when abused Schedule I Schedule I drugs are highly addictive and have no accepted medical use. They cannot be ... the U.S. Schedule III drugs include: Tylenol with Codeine (painkiller) Suboxone/Buprenorphine (used ... 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 ...

    ... -through” received products like fast food as he drove by and delivered the drugs. Chandler's operation was shut down after a friend of J.H. worked with law enforcement to catch him in the act. The friend wore a wire and ... continue reading
  • What's In My Baggie? Documentary Highlights the Danger of Mystery Drugs Sold at Music Festivals

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

    ... dealers have “cut” or mixed the real drugs with things like baking powder, caffeine tablets, and ... law essentially says that the presence of drug testing kits means that festival venues are acknowledging active drug-taking ... continue reading
  • San Francisco Mayor Proposes Drug Distribution to Homeless

    For San Francisco, the statistics related to opioid abuse are staggering: The Department of Public Health estimates there are 11,000 people addicted to heroin in San Francisco. It is estimated that thousands of these individuals are homeless. The ...

    ... . That means people can't feel the effects of opioid drugs or overdose if they do happen to relapse. The mayor' ... dollars would come from the city's general fund, with $900K reimbursed to the city by Medi-Cal each year ... continue reading
  • The AMA to Drug Companies: It’s Time You Stop Lying to Consumers

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

    ... together, these policies would bring much needed transparency to drug pricing and provide a clear benefit to consumers struggling with exorbitant costs. There seems to be no logic - or warning - to these price spikes ... continue reading
  • Date Rape Drugs: It’s Not Just Roofies Anymore

    Rape is a serious criminal act, with the potential for severe and lasting repercussions on the victim's life. Rape involves sexually taking advantage of another person without their consent, and this includes having sex with a person who is ...

    ... prescribed in certain countries to treat insomnia 4 . In the US, however, this drug is illegal due ... If someone offers to buy you a drink and you accept, go with them to the bar and grab it yourself rather than trust them ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

    When the book Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus hit book shelves back in 1992, it was a huge hit. By highlighting the differences in men and women, the book's theory is still solidly ingrained in our culture. Though gender equality has come a ...

    ... . Let's take a look at three other common drugs that highlight these biological differences. Opioid Painkillers : Biological differences are seen with administration of prescription pain medications. For example, opioid ... continue reading
  • Watch the Fahrenheit With Your Fentanyl

    Fentanyl is an opiate (narcotic) pain reliever typically prescribed to people for severe, ongoing pain or after surgery. This medication is 50 times stronger than heroin and, needless to say, it can be very addictive. Fentanyl can be delivered in ...

    ... your skin, which results in increased absorption of the drug. It's a process that can quickly be fatal ... other parts of your body (especially if you fall asleep with it on) can also raise your overall body temperature. To ... continue reading
  • Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs?

    In 1971, President Nixon declared the “War on Drugs,” labeling drug abuse as “public enemy number one.” The creation of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) followed soon after; they were charged with enforcing federal regulations and ...

    ... with drugs. The War on Drugs continued well into the 1980's, when Nancy Reagan famously created the “Just Say No” movement through the Drug ... seek help from law enforcement and partners. By recharging the drug war, those ... 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 ...

    ... friends,” most of whom were on drugs or associated with the drug trade. She was selling drugs and sex for money to get ... heroin and crack user who had many run-ins with law enforcement before she quit using. “They aren't ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

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

    ... family and friends, it's a health hazard that shows no sign of slowing down. In addition, opioids were responsible ... someone you know is abusing prescription drugs , encourage them to talk with their doctor about the over- ... 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 ...

    ... Produces Results Users report that the highs off Spice last much longer than most other drugs. But this effect comes with a price. The danger is that this drug has yet to be tested by the USDA or the FDA, so as a result ... 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 ...

    ... . A Look at the Numbers Overall, Washington schools employed a more punitively policy to drug use with frequent harsh penalties, while the Victoria schools typically offered a more comprehensive approach. Comparison ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Signs

    Some drug abuse signs are obvious and others are subtle. Drug abuse takes a toll on the body both physically and psychologically. Physical drug abuse signs may be exhibited in an array of physical symptoms including an increase in blood pressure and ...

    ... heart rate and increased blood pressure are some of the drug abuse signs affiliated with the repeated use of cannabis. The drug abuse signs associated with the use of cocaine are agitation, insomnia, depressions, fatigue ... continue reading
  • What We Learned From SAMHSA's 2015 Prescription Drug Study

    The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides national and state-level data on the prevalence, patterns and consequences of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug use in the U.S. It's sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health ...

    ... So, what does this all mean? The abuse of prescription drugs has become an epidemic in this country and consequences are on the rise, especially with the growing number of unintentional overdoses. By highlighting this ... continue reading
  • The Use and Abuse of Date Rape Drugs

    Although Bill Cosby has been making headlines for his alleged use of date rape drugs, sexual assault cases involving these substances have been a problem in the U.S. for decades and continue to be a growing trend. What's more, many young adults and ...

    ... drink has been “spiked.” That's because the drugs are generally added while the intended victim has looked away ... bartender or server. If possible, try to attend parties with a group of friends so you can watch each other' ... continue reading
  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

    Heather always feels awkward at parties. She's quiet and shy. She never knows what to say and finds it hard to interact with people in these intimidating settings. To help her “loosen up,” she tries smoking pot before going to a party. Once ...

    ... things. Did she make any new friends? No, but she sure was the life of ... with a different woman every weekend. Of course, the “relationships” never go anywhere. But at least he's getting out there, right? Different Drugs ... continue reading
  • Intoxicated Pilots Gamble with the Lives of Holiday Travelers

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

    ... , the roadways and skies are crowded with travelers. This massive surge of activity serves as a catalyst for travel-related accidents. And while the public is well aware of drug- and alcohol-related driving dangers, the ... continue reading
  • Popular Drugs By Demographic

    Drug use is a growing problem in America and a concern that affects various demographics. In fact, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2011, about 8.7 percent of Americans 12 years and older—22.5 million ...

    ... drug use and popular drugs by demographic. Teenagers—The Largest Group of Drug Users Unfortunately, teenagers make up the largest group of drug users in the country ... whites, although no specific drugs for these groups ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol in the Community

    Half of Americans are concerned about increased substance use in their community due to the economic impact of Coronavirus, a survey reveals. There was no way that Americans could anticipate, let alone be prepared for, the aftermath of the global ...

    ... businesses, as well as mass job loss across the country. By the beginning of June, the number of ... to Get Help for Drug or Alcohol Misuse If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol or drug misuse, help is available ... continue reading
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