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  • The 10 Most Insane Drug Addict Movie Characters

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

    ... 's a rising star in the world of crack cocaine . Characterized by brutality and murder, Snipes' ... film about the drug trade in Miami, and it's a coked-up Tony Montana who gets the insane label. Played by Al Pacino ... continue reading
  • 20 Genius Minds and the Drugs they Were Addicted To

    Intelligence doesn't preclude people from 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 ...

    ... movement, and he is famous for his poems and stories, many of which dealt with the macabre. “Quoth the ... the creator of Sherlock Holmes, gave him a major cocaine addiction —so much so Conan Doyle wrote that Holmes kept a ... 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 ...

    ... addiction on his ex-wife, Whitney Houston. 9. Natalie Cole Natalie Cole's 2000 autobiography revealed her lifelong struggle with drugs, specifically crack cocaine and heroin. Although she did enter rehab once, she ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... benzoylmethyl ecgonine (C17H21NO4), users refer to cocaine as coke, snow, blow, nose candy, dust, white lady, ... between 2002 and 2012. The Legalities of Cocaine Both cocaine and crack are considered Schedule II drugs in the ... continue reading
  • From Snort to Synapse: We Map Out Cocaine's Trip in Your Brain

    The powder is perfectly lined on the table. With no straw handy, you roll up a Washington and seconds later, the snow is gone. Inhaled into your nostril, this stimulant drug has started a trip that will change your brain…forever. What does this ...

    ... euphoria, let's take a look at what happens when the coke crosses that BBB line. Rest assured, this is not a ... intently studied this coke trip under the microscope; they tell us a single dose of cocaine changes your brain ... continue reading
  • Meet Cocaine and Her Wicked Step-Child, Crack

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

    ... difference in cocaine and crack is the length of the high. While coke can be felt up to two hours, a crack high lasts ... high-dose use, creating a deadly cycle of addiction and wreaking havoc on the body systems. Learn ... 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 ...

    ... lyrics. In it, Stitches brags about his coke-dealing past and says things like “Better have my money when I come to collect” and “I love selling blow!” He also raps about selling cocaine to “pregnant b*tches” in another ... 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 ...

    ... got sober for?” Six months abstinent from heroin and crack , she'd gone from being the family member ... a long sleep. She sipped on her sixth Diet Coke while the bridesmaids got progressively drunker. They were ordering ... continue reading
  • Crack Cocaine’s Effect on the Brain (Simple Animation)

    “Crack is whack” - that much is widely understood and accepted. But, what exactly is crack? How is crack different from cocaine? Is it possible that crack gets a bad rap, or is it as lethal as it seems? AsapSCIENCE breaks down what we need to ...

    ... , what exactly is crack? How is crack different from cocaine? Is it possible that crack gets a bad rap ... addiction doesn't discriminate. Many wealthy and talented celebrities from varying backgrounds have used crack cocaine ... continue reading
  • Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About a Resurgence of Cocaine in the U.S.?

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

    ... 2010, these numbers have started to climb again, reaching over 6,700 in 2015. Coke Smugglers Do the Darnedest Things In 2016, 92 percent of cocaine seized in the U.S. came from Columbia, with the remainder originating in ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Truth: Exactly How Long Do Drugs Stay in Your System?

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

    ... It's likely Joe and his friends just played their last game. Coke-Laiden Pink Slip After six months of searching, Kevin finally landed a great job. He uses cocaine frequently, but managed to pass his employer's drug test ... 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 ...

    ... star Diego Maradona struggled with a twenty-year cocaine addiction, leading to three suspensions and multiple failed ... struggled with drugs early on in his rookie season—”coke was the only bright spot in my future,” he ... continue reading
  • Dangerous Additives: What's Really in Your Cocaine?

    Cocaine is one of the most lethal illegal substances. This can be explained by the extraordinary psychoactive and biological effects of the drug; cocaine is the single most powerful central nervous system stimulant. At high doses it can stop the ...

    ... injecting or snorting more traditional cocaine. Crack cocaine is particularly addictive because the ... of overcoming a cocaine habit. If you are looking to transition back into a healthy, addiction-free lifestyle, call ... 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 ...

    ... brutal attack has drawn media attention to the drug. Cocaine Cocaine is an illegal, addictive drug that has stimulant properties. ... to sit still. Crack cocaine is an especially common form of cocaine in inner-city ... continue reading
  • Twelve 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 ...

    ... withdrawal can be life-threatening. 17 Cocaine/Crack Cocaine is a stimulant drug that causes ... time to stay high. Repeated use of cocaine can lead to addiction. Cocaine increases the amount of available dopamine in the ... continue reading
  • DEA: Heroin ‘Probably’ More Dangerous Than Marijuana

    With 23 states and Washington D.C. legalizing medical marijuana and four states legalizing it for recreational use, it's quite possible we'll see a day when marijuana is considered “legal” throughout the U.S. However, the Drug Enforcement ...

    ... for abuse and no accepted medical benefits. In other words, it's in the same category as heroin and crack cocaine . Even the staunchest anti-drug supporters have hard a time putting pot on equal footing with heroin. In ... continue reading
  • You’re Fired: Police Departments Weaning K9’s Off Marijuana

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

    ... . Retraining Traditionally, law enforcement agencies taught their dogs to sniff out heroin, crack, cocaine, meth and marijuana. However, there's no way for the dogs to indicate a specific substance or the amount present ... continue reading
  • Is Your Friend High? Here’s How to Tell…

    Your friend seems a little “off.” Is he simply having a bad day? Did he not sleep well? Is he sick? Or is he high? To the untrained observer, it can be hard to tell. But it's important to discern. Depending on the circumstances, it could affect ...

    ... due to the influence of drugs . For example, cocaine can cause jaw clenching/grinding, excessive talking, and paranoia ... drugs. Using hot glass pipes to smoke drugs like crack or meth can leave small burns on the fingers ... 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 ...

    ... as dangerous if not more so than drugs like heroin, cocaine , and marijuana . Designer drugs are drugs created in a ... different, though similar, from drugs like heroin , crack , and others, up until 2012 many could be ... continue reading
  • Shocking Stories Reveal Serious Dangers of Flakka

    There's a whole new synthetic drug “craze” sweeping the nation courtesy of a drug known as Flakka. The Drug Enforcement Agency had no reported cases involving Flakka as recently as 2010, but that number soared to 670 in 2014. While many of the ...

    There's a whole new synthetic drug “craze” sweeping the nation courtesy of a drug known as Flakka. The Drug Enforcement Agency had no reported cases involving Flakka as recently as 2010, but that number soared to 670 in ... 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 ...

    ... Takes the Lead? It's this kind of sad story that some police departments are trying to prevent. Recently ... off the street,” says Julie, a former heroin and crack user who had many run-ins with law enforcement before ... continue reading
  • 9 Mind-Blowing Facts About W-18

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

    ... selling fentanyl pills that actually contain W-18, which is 100 times more potent. It can also be cut with cocaine or other drugs in unknown amounts. Pills and powders containing W-18 are created in homemade labs, so the ... continue reading
  • My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

    In prison, many of the women I met struggled with substance abuse issues. Although alcohol and drugs were no longer in endless supply in there, many of them carried on with the same addictive thoughts and behaviors. Manipulation, isolation, instant ...

    ... thrive in the dark, so it's beneficial to bring your struggles to light. Find a support group, share your story with others who understand and can provide some helpful insight. Working alone is possible, but it's so much ... 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 ...

    ... times more potent, experts warn, with an addiction level stronger than heroin. Though effects of smoking ... as $2 to score a “hit” of Spice. When users blow all their savings on “expensive” drugs like OxyContin or even ... 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 ...

    ... How is this happening - especially in light of a full-blown opioid epidemic sweeping the country? Round and Round The Suboxone ... the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cracked down on both Walgreens and CVS, fining ... continue reading
  • First Responders Worry About Accidental Fentanyl Exposure

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

    ... into 2017 as street drugs like heroin and cocaine are unknowingly laced with fentanyl. Proceed With ... it accidentally comes in contact with his skin or the wind blows it in his face, he could have a serious problem,” ... 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 ...

    ... I was a superhero. In fact, my 15-hour study days seemed to fly by, and I found I couldn't wait to crack open my Property textbook the next morning. Now, years into my career, I often wonder, would I be better at my job ... continue reading
  • The Dangerous (and Deadly) Effects of Spice

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

    ... who is using Spice, warn them of its dangerous effects. Educate them, then let them know how and where they can get help . Additional Reading: Shocking Stories Reveal Serious Dangers of Flakka Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... deadly drug that's secretly added to baggies of heroin (or cocaine) as a cheap way for dealers to add weight to their ... that lead to J.H.'s death. But the story doesn't end there. Chandler's sentencing included a very ... continue reading
  • Would You Give Medical Marijuana to a Chronically Ill Pet?

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

    ... cannabis for pets. Veterinarians also find themselves between a rock and a hard place. Though some hear personal stories of marijuana's effectiveness, they yet aren't allowed to write prescriptions for it. And, in states ... continue reading
  • Your Brain on Drugs: Studying Cocaine's Effect on Blood Flow

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

    ... a decreased flow of blood, no matter the frequency of use. Whether the mice received 30 days of chronic cocaine use or two repeated injections of the drug, Pan and his team noted a dramatic drop in blood flow speed ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Could Mess With Your Brain's Ability to Recognize Sadness and Fear

    Cocaine is a stimulant drug with a reputation for making people more social, but in reality, it tends to make users paranoid and insufferable. And according to a new study , this may be in part because people who use cocaine are less capable of ...

    ... they were seriously sad or just a little angry. Researchers also found that the subjects who had taken cocaine had an increased heart rate and higher levels of cortisol, the hormone that regulates how the body responds ... 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 ...

    ... are 8 tips to keep in mind when coming out of the addiction closet. Tip 1: Embrace First and foremost, you must admit ... experience to strangers. Tip 6: Cushion the Blow Chances are, your friends and family already know ... continue reading
  • Driving Just Got a Little Safer – Thanks to This Device

    Steve saw the flashing lights in the mirror; his heart skipped a beat. He was on his way home from his friend's house, where he and three others spent the afternoon shooting cocaine . “Just play it cool,” he told himself. “You've faked your ...

    ... false results. In roughly five percent of cases, the test showed positive - even though the person hadn't used any cocaine. That's a pretty small percentage, but I wouldn't want to be one of those five percent, would you ... 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 ...

    ... of “Vin Mariani”, a Bordeaux wine treated with coca leaves. The active ingredient of this beverage was cocaine, which undoubtedly played a huge role in Edison's chronic insomnia. Learn more about the signs and symptoms ... continue reading
  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

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

    ... certain high. Stimulants affect two key areas of the body: the brain and the heart. The effects of cocaine and meth focus on the central nervous system, increasing the production of dopamine. With increased amounts, the ... continue reading
  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

    Although drugs like heroin and cocaine tend to grab flashier and more dramatic headlines in the media, arguably the biggest substance issue among young adults and college students is prescription medication. In fact, prescription stimulants are ...

    ... do so with good intentions. They've likely heard the stories…you know, the ones that say using these drugs can help ... but are very likely to cause long-term addiction issues. Additional Reading: What Every Parent Needs to ... 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 ...

    ... creating a detrimental environment for teeth. Cocaine: Cocaine has lethal effects on the body, ... dry mouth and increases exposure to cavity-causing bacteria. Cocaine also causes users to clench and grind their teeth, ... continue reading
  • Closing Candy Land: Our Vets are Stuck in the VA’s Revolving Door

    Across our nation, the brave men and women who defended its freedoms are suffering. The burden they bear isn't regret, loss, emotional trauma or illness…even though all of these things may be present. No, the cargo many of them carry is the weight ...

    ... chime in, labeling the resulting painkiller craze as “the worst drug addiction epidemic in the country's history, killing more people than heroin and crack cocaine.” In the wake of a media nightmare, VA pain experts were ... continue reading
  • History Channel Explores “America's War on Drugs”

    No one gets a closer view of America's war on drugs than the officers and drug traffickers who stand on opposite sides of the battle line. What really goes on behind the scenes in each camp? What kind of power struggles wage? Who's really behind the ...

    ... officers. From covert LSD experiments to the rise of the cocaine cowboys, no stone's left unturned as we're taken ... on to divulge the CIA's connection to the crack epidemic , the CIA's unintentional popularization of acid ... 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 ...

    ... . Dustin T. Duncan Perception Among Peers Report findings also showed lower peer disapproval of marijuana and cocaine use when associated with neighborhood drug sales. “The clear association between open drug selling and ... continue reading
  • Robert Downey Jr.'s Incredible Comeback from Addiction

    A great Hollywood comeback story, Robert Downey Jr. is now one of the most bankable and highly paid actors in show business, starring in blockbuster comic book films like Iron Man and The Avengers as Iron Man—a role he continued in 2019's ...

    ... Rising Star in Hollywood Despite his active drug and alcohol addiction, Downey Jr. made a name for himself as a ... when he was arrested for possession of heroin and cocaine. As reported in a 2003 interview with the New ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

    According to statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of substance-related emergency room admissions involve a combination of both drugs and alcohol. Poly-Drug Abuse Although ...

    ... . This significantly increases the risk of taking more than your body can handle. Also, when you mix cocaine and alcohol, your body creates a byproduct called cocaethylene in the liver, a dangerous chemical compound that ... continue reading
  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

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

    ... . Put Your Life in Order Every person struggling with addiction lets certain things slide. Maybe you're behind on ... day than struggle to the corner store for a can of Coke, you'll start to reap the rewards in all areas of ... 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 ...

    ... Heather and Dave share a common story. Alcohol, pot, benzos, cocaine…they're all frequently used ... , not connect. Continued use leads to reliance, then addiction …and this cycle does not encourage intimacy. Quite the ... continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

    “Yeah, I was feeling uptight before he was about to pick me up for our date, so I popped a Xanax,” said my friend. I cringed. It seemed like everyone I knew was using benzos to calm down, chill out, get through a first date, or ace a ...

    ... - drinking after she took Xanax. I hate to be the buzz kill of the gang, but here's the straight story on the dangers of benzos. The Deadly Allure of Benzos Benzos can kill you. Especially if you mix them with alcohol ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal

    Many substances of abuse can lead to the development of physiological dependence—especially if they are taken in large amounts and for a long period of time. When a person becomes dependent on a substance and then decides to stop using it, they ...

    ... stimulants include crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, or crack. Some prescription stimulant ... underlying psychological, behavioral, and social issues that contribute to addiction. 2 Detox is only the first stage in the ... 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'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 ... continue reading
  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

    With his heart pounding, Officer Harrison approached the warehouse. His dreams of fighting crime never included this scene. He wasn't chasing a fugitive; he wasn't even trying to arrest anyone. The other officers had already taken the dealers down ...

    ... safe, but he'd also heard enough horror stories about the power of this drug to make him ... strongest warning, and it cautions about the risk of abuse, addiction, overdose and death . Fact Three: Abusing fentanyl or mixing ... continue reading
  • 15-Minutes of Narcan Internet Fame Leaves Permanent Scars

    Imagine overdosing in public, prompting police officers to administer Narcan - the powerful opiate antidote - to save your life. Now imagine this entire experience being captured on video and streamed across the Internet. Strangers witnessing your ...

    ... s an attention-grabbing way to get headlines without getting to the whole story.” For many dealing with substance abuse, the “whole story” includes a traumatic past, multiple stints in jail, and numerous attempts to quit ... continue reading
  • 7 Tips for Keeping Your 2016 Resolution to Get Sober

    Once January has come and gone, new years' resolutions can be difficult to follow through on—especially when your resolution is to get sober. It's easy to keep putting it off every month until you eventually forget why you wanted to do it in the ...

    ... to use. Tip #2: Read other people's success stories Learning about how someone else found the drive to get and ... are countless support groups that exist for almost any addiction, and most of them are free to join. ... 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 ...

    ... with the repeated use of cannabis. The drug abuse signs associated with the use of cocaine are agitation, insomnia, depressions, fatigue, nausea, muscle pain, anger, exaggerated cravings and increased irritability. Drug ... continue reading
  • 5 NFL Players Who Tackled Their Addictions

    Drugs and alcohol have become a major part of NFL culture. From March 2013 to March 2014, NFL players were arrested 27 times on drug charges, and several players have also received lengthy suspensions for positive drug tests, including Cleveland ...

    ... painkillers by his senior year of college, but heroin, cocaine and alcohol were his primary drugs of choice. He ... pick up some of the tab. It's such a bad word, addiction… but it really isn't. That's my truth. Tautolo, 60, ... 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 people-participated ...

    ... to the baby boomers' historically higher rates of illicit drug use compared to those of previous cohorts. In 2010, cocaine abuse among this demographic nearly quadrupled as it rose from 2.9 to 11.4 percent, while heroin ... 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 ...

    ... opioid overdoses . To put these alarming statistics into perspective, more people use prescription drugs than cocaine, heroin, MDMA and methamphetamine combined. And because the DEA report shows that more than half of ... 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 ...

    ... Irregular or slow breathing Clammy, pale, or bluish skin Stimulant Overdose While overdosing on stimulants (cocaine, speed, methamphetamine) is not as deadly, statistically speaking, as overdosing on depressants, it is ... 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 ...

    ... to as “jacking up,” “shooting up” or “slamming” and is typically identified with the use of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines and opiates. Usually found on the forearms, fresh track marks are identified as non-healed ... 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 ...

    ... that were established before January 2015. City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell created the bill after being moved by the story of Mervin Lewis, a 77-year-old casino employee and n0n-smoker who contracted lung cancer from ... 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 ...

    ... . Health Risks : Nicotine, the main ingredient in e-liquids, is as addictive as heroin and cocaine . People who smoke traditional cigarettes already have a hard enough time breaking their nicotine habits; adding E ... 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 ...

    ... with a balloon isn't uncommon, but a baby with a balloon filled with 20 grams of pot is a totally different story. A woman attempted to use her infant to smuggle weed into a New Zealand prison in 2010, but the “sad and ... continue reading
  • Meth on the Mind: It’s a Mental Downhill Slide for Users

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

    ... over time, serious damage is done. In fact, meth causes more damage to your brain than heroin or cocaine. The permanent damage caused by meth weakens your ability to get excited and happy, reduces your ability to learn ... continue reading
  • New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

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

    ... The Netherlands Forensic Institute Intelligent Fingerprinting, a private company The primary focus of their research was cocaine , but they say this technique will work for detecting a variety of drugs, including heroin ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

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

    ... heightening the danger of overdose. In search of cheaper mixes and stronger highs, dealers now lace heroin and cocaine with this potent drug. We've already talked about how potent fentanyl is, but the latest use of this ... continue reading
  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

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    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 ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

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

    ... . The woman at the core of this issue is the mother of four and has struggled with alcohol , cocaine, and meth problems for years. Family Court Judge Patricia Gallagher ordered that she not get pregnant until she has ... continue reading
  • Getting Sober: 17 Ways You Probably Didn’t Know About (#8 is Controversial)

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    ... .S., though in other countries it's used to treat addiction to opiates, alcohol, and other drugs. It's thought ... But today there are hundreds of people sharing their stories just a few clicks away. Search Google for “ ... continue reading
  • Teen Drug Abuse: The Warning Signs

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    ... loss or gain. Coordination problems. Nosebleeds (may occur due to the snorting of drugs such as cocaine). Constipation. Seizures (without a history of epilepsy or other seizure disorder). Runny nose. Shakes or tremors ... continue reading
  • What is Molly? 5 Things You Didn’t Know About MDMA

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    ... much of the MDMA seized by police contains other substances including: 1,2 Ketamine. PCP. DXM. Cocaine. Methamphetamine. Synthetic cathinones (“bath salts”). Ephedrine. Pseudoephedrine. Caffeine. Various over-the-counter ... continue reading
  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

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    ... often manifest in the form of a powerful addiction to benzodiazepines. Those who have reached this level ... dangers these drugs present. As more people share their stories, however, the truth seems like it's finally coming ... continue reading
  • Warning: 3 Dangerous Suboxone Interactions to Avoid

    Suboxone is a popular, prescription-only drug that effectively suppresses opioid cravings and reduces the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Although Suboxone has assisted thousands of individuals struggling with opioid addiction , the drug is not ...

    ... has assisted thousands of individuals struggling with opioid addiction , the drug is not without its risks. ... Suboxone and cocaine produces two dangerous effects for users. As a stimulant, or “upper,” cocaine has shown to ... continue reading
  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

    It's against state and federal law to use telehealth (remote medical services) to obtain buprenorphine for the first time; a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - often known by its brand names, Suboxone or Subutex. This law is known as the ...

    ... treat a new patient. She states, “'The problem with addiction is that the experts may know how to start people in ... that, “The Ryan Haight Act was enacted to crack down on illegal online pharmacies, and we supported it ... continue reading
  • Take the Backdoor: Why Your Brain Can't Refrain From Cocaine

    Ted just snorted two lines of cocaine. If we could see inside his brain, we'd see some pretty alarming results. The blood vessels of Ted's brain are shrinking and blood flow is restricted, diminishing his ability to think, remember and function. ...

    ... A recent study gives us more insight into the human brain as it is continually exposed to cocaine, eventually leading to addiction. With Ted's first few uses, taking the drug is voluntary. However, the use eventually ... 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 ...

    ... to traditional drugs such as marijuana and cocaine, in order to quickly pick up on potential drug epidemics.” Additional Reading: What Are the Current Substance Addiction Trends Among Teens Today? Image Source: Pixabay ... continue reading
  • Cocaine and the Ultimate Battle of Neurons

    Sean was ready to give up. His brother, Tony, seemed to be a lost cause. After years of cocaine use, Tony had been through three rehab programs and countless relapses. Each time, Sean hoped for the best, only to have his hopes crushed by cocaine . ...

    ... their brains. Loved ones should keep in mind it's more than “just saying no.” Those struggling with cocaine addiction need the right treatment and support to break free from this cycle. With time and treatment, Tony can ... continue reading
  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

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

    ... Kathy decided she needed help to break her Vicodin addiction. Someone told her about a clinic that offered “ ... ,000 Americans enrolled in methadone clinics, these stories are becoming more and more common. Methadone ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Miracle Cure or Dangerous Botanical?

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    ... and temporarily eliminate cravings, its use remains illegal in the U.S. A Story of Using Ibogaine to Overcome Heroin Addiction One ibogaine advocate highlighted in The Guardian article says he discovered the substance ... continue reading
  • 4 Physical Signs You're Addicted to Ritalin

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    ... — meaning it's in the same class as cocaine, morphine and amphetamines. By some accounts, the number ... he wanted. When his friends expressed concerns of addiction, he blew off their warnings. Now the semester was over ... continue reading
  • In the Rooms: 11 Benefits of Seeking Online Support in Recovery

    For the longest time, support for people in recovery was limited to in-person meetings or telephone conversations. Attending 12-step meetings, 12-step alternative meetings, or chatting over the phone with your sponsor or other people in recovery ...

    ... a plethora of learning opportunities. People are always providing links to valuable information or sharing their stories of addiction and recovery. By tapping into an online network, you expand your ability to learn from ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

    An opioid epidemic has swept the nation. Every day in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Over the course of a year, that number grows to 18,250—which is enough to fill every seat at Madison Square ...

    ... heroin have tripled since 2010, and when compared to cocaine, heroin takes twice the number of lives per year ... of 18 , they are more likely to develop addictions in adulthood. From a public health standpoint this could ... 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 ...

    ... certainly don't dream of becoming prostitutes who trade sex for crack rocks. And you'll never find a little boy who's ... aren't. Legalities aside, there's no denying that addiction can make people do crazy things. Here's a ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

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    ... Mary-Kate Olsen suffered with anorexia and a related cocaine addiction that led her to rehab. The Olsen twins have ... Jeremy London denied his drug use with a ridiculous story about how a guy kidnapped him and forced him ... continue reading
  • New Study Reveals Cocaine Robs You of Loss

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

    ... impairment might underlie disadvantageous decision making in these individuals.” Luckily, a potential antidote for cocaine addiction could soon be on the way. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen recently found ... continue reading
  • Does Your Personality Put You at Risk for Addiction?

    Are certain personality types more prone to substance abuse? Although it certainly seems so, this question has been the focus of debate for some time. It used to be believed that addiction could be explained by way of the two contrasting personality ...

    ... debate for some time. It used to be believed that addiction could be explained by way of the two contrasting personality ... using “hard” drugs like heroin , amphetamines or crack. But don't worry; you aren't automatically ... continue reading
  • Weed Gets a “Fancy” New Name: Craft Cannabis

    We've become a country consumed with what goes into our food products. While many want organic foods, others want gluten-free meals and non-GMO practices. It looks like this trend has expanded to include drug use. The latest trend in marijuana is ...

    ... much really, except they increase their prices to cover the cost of the fancy new containers and colorful labels. Additional Reading: When Does Medical Marijuana Use Morph into Full-Blown Addiction? Image Source: iStock continue reading
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    It seems ironic that one of the first drugs I used on my way to full-blown addiction is now being used in a study to cure alcoholism. Last week, UK researchers from Imperial College of London broke the news they were ... continue reading
  • The Price Tag of Heroin in America: $51 Billion

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    ... 148 per person. At more than $50K per user, heroin's cost blows those two diseases out of the water. The U.N. Office on ... Reading: Chicken vs. Egg - Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain

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    ... take drugs for a longer period of time, the addiction sets in and you no longer can refuse drugs without ... quitting drugs without medical help. There is more to the story behind what happens to the brain, and there are a ... continue reading
  • The Forefathers of Modern Illicit Drugs

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    ... Cola company ran into controversy after it was discovered cocaine was an addictive and dangerous substance. A glass ... in 1841. If you or someone you know has an addiction to drugs or alcohol, please call 1-888-744-0069 ... continue reading
  • Before & After: Physical Effects of Drugs

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

    ... related offenses . Along with the emotional toll an addiction can take on a person's life, drug abuse ... meth mouth,” when a drug user's teeth begin to crack and decay. Additionally, meth abusers may experience sores on both ... 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 ...

    ... than any other drug - including heroin and cocaine. And shockingly, it remains unregulated…on the recommendation ... something that's helped spread abuse and addiction among developing and developed countries alike. The ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports an estimated 1.5 million Americans use cocaine. In 2015, our nation saw more than 6,700 cocaine-related deaths. Research indicates around 40 percent of drug-related emergency department visits involve ...

    ... and Suicidal Thoughts Mood Swings and Irritability Treatment Barriers Slow Progress Successfully treating a cocaine addiction can be difficult. Truth be told, the options available to physicians and clinicians at ... continue reading
  • You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

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    ... published in the June 2017 edition of Journal of Addiction Medicine. To arrive at this conclusion, researchers asked ... these students exhibited: Higher rates of cocaine use Prescription stimulant misuse Higher rates of ... continue reading
  • Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine - But Why?

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

    ... them more likely to get hooked. Should We Adjust Our Cocaine Rehab Treatment Methods? “Our study will change the way we think about addiction research to emphasize the need to further understand female subjects, as ... 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 ...

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  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs Reward

    According to the latest Census in 2015, the United States has a total population of 321 million people. In the same year, 57 million prescriptions for gabapentin were written. Gabapentin, or its brand name Neurontin, is an anti-seizure medication ...

    ... over traditional therapies when treating ailments such as depression, ADD, bipolar disorder, and even cocaine addiction . Some of the common side effects of gabapentin include: Lack of stability Drowsiness Memory ... continue reading
  • Teenagers and Drugs: 11 Real Reasons Why Teenagers Experiment

    There is a common misconception that teenagers who experiment with drugs and alcohol are inherently “bad kids.” Many parents assume that teenagers experiment because they are rebellious and want to lash out. That may be the reason a small ...

    ... alcohol are often used to enhance certain experiences. Cocaine and Adderall are commonly used to enhance energy and ... If there is a family history of drug addiction or alcoholism, teenagers may be genetically predisposed ... continue reading
  • Facing Reality: 8 Shocking Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics

    It's no secret that drugs and alcohol can have detrimental consequences on your mind, body, and life. They are indiscriminate in who they affect; anyone who abuses alcohol or drugs is at risk for developing an addiction. Although sometimes glorified ...

    ... F. Callado, and J. Javier Meana. (2014). Recent Cocaine Use Is a Significant Risk Factor for Sudden Cardiovascular Death in 15-49-year-old Subjects: A Forensic Case-control Study. Addiction 109 (12), 2071-078. 6. Gage, S ... continue reading
  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

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

    ... a drug than is necessary, which can also lead to addiction. The following is a list of the seven most addictive ... it also can be used as a substitute for cocaine when snorted or injected. This drug can cause increases ... continue reading
  • Addiction and Your Hormones: Pointing the Finger at Estrogen

    Could a hormone imbalance be to blame for your chemical dependency ? The answer might surprise you. If you're a woman, chances are you're familiar with the effects of a fluctuating estrogen level. Symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, and depression ...

    ... cycle and she takes a certain drug - think meth or cocaine - she feels more enjoyment. Those increased feelings of pleasure ... pills be implemented as a possible addiction intervention. Progesterone Lowers Drug Seeking ... continue reading
  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

    In 2010, I was arrested for a “DUI with Enhancements” and reckless driving. I was barely twenty-one and hadn't faced any real consequences of my substance abuse . I didn't put up a fight. After the police finally got me to pull over, I ...

    ... my car crying and exclaiming that I was drunk. In fact, I blew a .32 and was under the influence of a sizable amount of ... you or a loved one have experience with active addiction and the legal system? Feel free to share ... continue reading
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