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  • 7 Shocking Facts About Meth in the Gay Community

    As one of the most popular drugs in the gay community, users mistakenly believe that crystal meth leads to fun and enhances their life experiences. Due to that train of thought, this drug has become somewhat of an epidemic among the gay ...

    ... s a look at 7 alarming facts concerning meth use in the gay community. Meth Abuse is Rampant In general, ... the gay community who are already HIV positive, using crystal meth speeds up the damage to their bodies and minds. ... continue reading
  • Get the Facts on Substance Abuse

    Substance abuse is a major issue in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 40.3 million people aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder (SUD) in 2020—with 28.3 million struggling with an ...

    ... population. 1 Prescription Drug Abuse While street drugs are known to be dangerous, such as heroin and crystal meth, prescription drugs are often viewed in a more favorable light, since they are prescribed by a physician ... continue reading
  • The Siver Lining for Meth-Exposed Newborns Starts Here

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

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

    ... always bounce back. The drug destroys brain cells that contain these chemicals, and over time, serious damage is done. In fact, meth causes more damage to your brain than heroin or cocaine. The permanent damage caused by ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Mouth: Worse Than Meth Mouth?

    Kim is 38-years-old; she had been smoking weed since college. Her dentist could tell. Kim had a bad case of gingivitis. Her gums were swollen and red. Her long-term use of marijuana had wrecked her dental hygiene. If nothing changes, Kim's mouth ...

    ... calcium they needed, Joe's teeth suffered severe decay. In fact, his dentist bought a shiny new sports car with the ... Rot? Gum disease. Missing teeth. Painful gums. Clearly, meth isn't the only drug that can ruin your mouth ... 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 ...

    ... in risky behaviors that can result in jail time. In fact, almost half of the prison population in the United ... . For example, continued abuse of crystal meth can cause what's referred to as “meth mouth,” when a drug user's ... 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 ...

    ... Crystal Meth DMT Ecstasy Flakka Kratom Hashish Heroin Inhalants LSD Ketamine Marijuana Meth ... of medical staff as you go through the withdrawal process. In fact, this is the main benefit of a detox program: trained staff ... 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. ...

    ... methadone provided a way to help keep his withdrawal symptoms at bay. What Peter wasn't focused on was the fact that his methadone dosage had gone up 300 percent during his decade long treatment, with no plans to wean ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

    Methadone maintenance has been around for years as an effective treatment for opioid dependency . Yet, its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging anyone from using it as a ...

    ... at discouraging anyone from using it as a treatment option. Setting the Record Straight Below, we've separated fact from fiction when it comes to considering methadone as a treatment choice: Myth #1 - Methadone Isn't ... continue reading
  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

    Methadone is in the hot seat again. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Medicaid to restrict access to the drug, citing that methadone - when prescribed for pain, not for opiate addiction - accounted for ...

    ... to be problematic, as recent reports discovered a correlation between overdoses and accessibility to methadone. In fact, the rates of fatal and nonfatal methadone overdose among Medicaid enrollees in Florida and North ... continue reading
  • Sentencing by State 2

    have led to overcrowded facilities, skyrocketing prison costs, and major social, economic, and political impacts. Currently, nearly half of all inmates in federal prisons are serving sentences for drug offenses. Many are fathers and mothers who miss ...

    ... /item/states-that-have-decriminalized http://www2.ussc.gov/research/quick-facts/methamphetamine-trafficking http://kfdm.com/news/local/fighting-the-meth-epidemic http://health.hawaii.gov/substance-abuse/files/2015/09 ... continue reading
  • Seized

    In 2015, Border Patrol prevented more than 1.5 million pounds of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and meth from entering the United States. 1 In the same year, the Coast Guard intercepted 72 vessels and more than 150,000 pounds of drugs. 2 These ...

    ... meth use in recent years. Meth-related deaths increased 32 percent from 2012 to 2013, with more than 55 percent of all drug-related deaths associated with methamphetamine ... national average. In fact, between those years, ... 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 ...

    ... diseases such as HIV/AIDS or hepatitis. #7 Methamphetamine Meth users spend over $17 billion per year in the ... Dismantling one meth lab can cost taxpayers anywhere from $3,000 to $25,000. Another chilling fact that you may ... 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 ...

    ... https://www.dea.gov/resource-center/meth-lab-maps.shtml http://www.nationaldec.org/goopages/pages_ ... _2016_web.pdf https://www.dea.gov/druginfo/all_fact_sheets.pdf http://time.com/3398086/the-worlds-deadliest-drug-inside-a ... 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 ...

    ... Most drugs linger a bit longer than alcohol. In fact, some of them stick around for a long time. ... after practice on Saturday. Will their Friday night use be detected? Meth stays in your blood for 1 to 3 days after use and ... 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 - ...

    ... on their own - but drugs have a powerful hold. In fact, substance abuse affects the part of the brain linked with self ... drug use rates are higher than those of cocaine, meth, heroin, MDMA, and PCP combined. The report ... continue reading
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  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

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

    ... turning to substitutes - like crystal meth . Though there has been little research into this issue, there is one recent study that compared d-amphetamine (Adderall) with methamphetamine. Using 13 participants who were ... continue reading
  • Why is Meth So Addictive?

    According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health, 4.9% of Americans aged 12 and older reported using methamphetamine in their lifetime. 1 Meth is an extremely addictive drug with limited medical use. It creates an intense high that can ...

    ... can last anywhere from 6-12 hours, but they are not as intense. 3 Short Terms Effects of Meth Methamphetamine is highly addictive due to its potent action on the brain's “feel-good” chemicals: dopamine and serotonin ... continue reading
  • Researcher Gets $431,700 to Study the Effects of Meth on Wounds

    It's widely known that meth use can lead to a multitude of health problems: rotten teeth, memory loss, a weakened immune system. Nobody knows this better than Luis Martinez, microbiologist and associate professor of biomedical sciences at the New ...

    ... . What made these wounds refuse to heal and why did meth users want to scratch them? Now, Martinez will be able research the impact methamphetamine has on wounds - the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded ... continue reading
  • The Damage Done: 6 Long-Term Reminders of Meth Abuse

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

    Methamphetamine is an extremely toxic and vile drug that produces an initial rush of euphoria and a ... rotting teeth, acne and extremely dry skin are all signs of meth use that can make the user look much older than their ... continue reading
  • Location, Location: “Dry” Counties Have Higher Meth Abuse Rates

    You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who would suggest that alcohol is a gateway drug to meth, but it looks like bans on alcohol sales have unintentionally had that effect. Research out of the University of Kentucky in Louisville has produced some ...

    ... among the top U.S. states with the highest rates of meth use . Need more proof? Take a look at these statistics ... themselves in much deeper trouble with illicit drugs like methamphetamine. If we're to learn a lesson from ... continue reading
  • Underage DUIs: 6 Sobering Facts About Drunk Driving

    Drunk driving can have serious consequences, including injury and death. If you're an underage driver, you will be slammed with a DUI (driving under the influence) charge if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level is 0.01% or higher; if you are ...

    ... , and come at great cost to the driver, passengers, and anyone else that happens to be nearby. These 6 facts will have you thinking twice before getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. #1. 1 in 3 driving-related ... 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 ...

    ... than 400% among women , compared to just 265% among men. Reasons for the increase may be related to the fact that women are more likely to be prescribed painkillers, be given higher doses, and use the drugs longer-term ... continue reading
  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

    “Smack” - “Junk” - “H” Heroin is a drug that goes by many names. But no matter what you call it, it's still the same potent, potentially deadly drug. While its name really isn't that important, knowing some basic facts about heroin can ...

    ... it, it's still the same potent, potentially deadly drug. While its name really isn't that important, knowing some basic facts about heroin can be both life-saving and crucial. With that in mind, let's go over five heroin ... 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 ...

    ... . W-18 won't deliver a great high; it will, however, deliver death. Introducing W-18 Here are the scary facts on this synthetic drug: Not for Human Use: The drug is a synthetic opioid with no known clinical use. A team ... 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 ...

    ... of the garbage days later. If little Aiden or curious Spot get their paws on the patch, it could be deadly. Fact Two: Even the FDA has gone out of its way to convince people NOT to abuse fentanyl. When Tom picked up his ... continue reading
  • Busting 6 Alcohol Myths: Fact or Fiction?

    Our beliefs guide our actions. We base our decisions on what we know to be true. But, what if the 'facts' we believe aren't true after all? Get Your Facts Straight Some people can enjoy a drink without any problems; others aren't so lucky. Binge ...

    ... . We base our decisions on what we know to be true. But, what if the 'facts' we believe aren't true after all? Get Your Facts Straight Some people can enjoy a drink without any problems; others aren't so lucky. Binge ... continue reading
  • 5 Alarming Facts About Benzo Addiction

    People tend to use benzodiazepines because they work, plain and simple. A group of prescription sedatives, benzodiazepines are classified as Schedule IV in the Controlled Substances Act and are most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, namely under ...

    ... 2 This sudden, strong wave of pleasure is understandably rewarding and, to some, can prove irresistible. In fact, researchers found that the addictive power of benzos was similar to that of opioids, cannabinoids, and GHB ... continue reading
  • Facts about Krokodil (the “Zombie Drug”)

    Desomorphine (dihydrodesoxymorphine) is an injectable opioid derivative of codeine . On the street and online, the drug is known as: Krokodil. Crocodile. Croc. Krok. Russian Magic. Poor Man's Heroin. The name “krokodil” is thought to either ...

    Desomorphine (dihydrodesoxymorphine) is an injectable opioid derivative of codeine . On the street and online, the drug is known as: Krokodil. Crocodile. Croc. Krok. Russian Magic. Poor Man's Heroin. The name “krokodil” ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

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

    ... when they came to the hospital from rural areas.” What Makes Meth So Dangerous? Methamphetamine - also known as meth , crystal meth, crank, speed, ice, and crystal - is a potent stimulant. It causes destructive long-term ... 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 ...

    ... in general can each be highly addictive. Methamphetamine/Crystal Meth Methamphetamine is a stimulant that is typically used as a powder or pill. Crystal meth is a type of meth that can resemble glass or shiny, bluish ... 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 ...

    ... and claimed his drug usage was the result of drinking a spiked soda, later revealed he had done crystal meth frequently during his career. 7. Josh Hamilton MLB player Josh Hamilton's career was delayed and derailed for ... continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

    What is Acamprosate? Acamprosate is thought to help recovering alcoholics stay sober by balancing inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmission. Acamprosate may be combined with behavioral therapy to decrease the chance of relapse and continued ...

    ... of euphoria, increased energy, insomnia, paranoia, and more. What is Crystal Meth? Crystal Meth is one of the street names for illicit methamphetamine. It is a powerful central nervous system stimulant with effects that ... continue reading
  • The Forefathers of Modern Illicit Drugs

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

    ... 's work that led pharmacologist Akira Ogata to synthesize the crystalline form of methamphetamine, which we today know as crystal meth . Friedrich Sertürner - The Forefather of Morphine Born in 1783, Friedrich Sertürner ... continue reading
  • Symptoms and Signs of Substance Abuse

    How to tell if Someone is Using Drugs Drug use affects people from all walks of life and all socioeconomic statuses. Whatever the reason a person starts taking drugs, whether recreationally or as prescribed, tolerance, patterns of increased use, ...

    ... find help for chemical dependence and drug and alcohol withdrawal . Alcohol Bath Salts Cocaine Crack Crystal Meth Date Rape Drugs DMT Ecstasy Hallucinogens Hashish Heroin Inhalant Ketamine Kratom Krokodil LSD Marijuana ... continue reading
  • Top 10 Myths (and Realities) About Drug Addiction

    More than many other topics, addiction is surrounded by myths and misinformation. Substance abuse is a hugely emotional issue and opinions on the issue vary widely. While this is to be expected, it is dangerous when opinions on such a life-impacting ...

    ... disqualify someone from being addicted to a substance. In fact, many addicts hold down jobs. For many, ... are Dangerous Drugs like heroin , cocaine, and methamphetamine have a reputation for being highly addictive, powerful ... continue reading
  • Drug Use | Myths

    There are many myths associated with drug use and abuse. Debunking these myths is the first step in understanding how drug use affects society and how we can tackle the problems associated with it head-on. Below are just a few of the myths that need ...

    ... what form it is used in. Drug use does not affect work habits . This is definitely a myth. The fact is The Department of Labor reports that drug use costs companies an average of $75 to $100 billion annually. Moreover ... continue reading
  • Ice Bugs: Don’t Scratch That Phantom Itch!

    Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive stimulant that causes irreversible harm to the body. Manufactured from a toxic concoction of chemicals, it damages blood vessels in the brain, destroys teeth and causes severe impairment in memory, judgment ...

    Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive stimulant that causes irreversible harm to the body. ... on a drug binge, finally gotten some sleep. However, meth is addictive and has powerful withdrawal symptoms. Once it wears ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Bath Salts Use

    Are Bath Salts Harmful? The term “bath salts” refers to a family of designer recreational drugs that contain one or more synthetic chemicals related to cathinone -a stimulant found in the khat plant, with effects similar to amphetamine. The name ...

    ... on the body and mind: Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Ecstasy LSD DMT Designer Drugs/Legal Highs MXE/Methoxetamine PCP Steroids Kratom Benzodiazepines Tramadol ... 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 ...

    ... . 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 cells in the ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

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

    ... of substances on the body and mind: Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Ecstasy LSD DMT Bath Salts Designer Drugs/Legal Highs MXE/Methoxetamine PCP Steroids Kratom ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean to be Dope Sick?

    Bill found John curled up on the couch; he looked miserable. Bill asked, “What's wrong with you?” “I'm sick, man. You got any?” was John's weak response. As Bill suspected, John was in withdrawal. An active heroin user, John was low on cash ...

    ... substances on the body and mind: Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Stimulants Ecstasy LSD DMT Bath Salts Designer Drugs/Legal Highs MXE/Methoxetamine PCP Steroids ... 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 ...

    ... high. (A)gitation: Some drugs, such as methamphetamine and cocaine, can cause irritability and nervousness. If your ... Using hot glass pipes to smoke drugs like crack or meth can leave small burns on the fingers and lips. ... continue reading
  • What is Molly? 5 Things You Didn’t Know About MDMA

    On the street you'll hear her referred to as Molly—as if she were a real person and not a drug. Molly is a street name for MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), a popular rave drug used at nightclubs and music festivals to alter mood and ...

    ... a street name for MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), a popular rave drug used at nightclubs and music ... others, and dance all night, but there are many facts about the substance of which users may be unaware. She ... continue reading
  • Party Culture and Substance Use

    Three out of five college students actively drink alcohol, and more than half of them practice binge drinking - or drinking enough to significantly raise blood alcohol content (BAC) levels in a short span of time. Typically, this means four drinks ...

    ... cocaine, ecstasy, MDMA, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methamphetamine. Drug use is on the rise, according to ... /alcohol/fact-sheets/underage-drinking.htm http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/binge-drinking.htm https://www ... 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 ...

    ... that's far from the case. Just the Facts About Flakka New findings published in the journal Psychopharmacology found that Flakka is even more addictive than methamphetamine . Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute ... 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 , ...

    ... cocaine. 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 ... 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 ...

    ... their highest levels on record. Additionally, methamphetamine positivity rates have reached their highest levels since ... users can have on the rest of the staff. In fact, a 2008 study found that 32 percent of workers ... 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 ...

    ... to 90 percent of all school-aged kids. In fact, the leading chronic infectious disease among children in the ... exposure, the protective enamel turns soft from decay. Methamphetamine: The use of this drug causes severe dry ... continue reading
  • Over-the-Counter Drugs of Abuse

    It is a common misconception that only illegal drugs are dangerous. There are many different over-the-counter (OTC) drugs with psychoactive, or mind-altering properties that may lead to a number of serious medical and mental health consequences if ...

    ... doses in order to get high or stay awake. In fact, taking too many caffeine pills can lead to an overdose. ... not the same as stimulant drugs such as methamphetamine or cocaine ; they simply increase muscular contractions ... continue reading
  • How Kids Get Hooked on Drugs at Such a Young Age

    It's every parent's fear: their kids doing drugs. In general, most kids will try something before the age of twenty, and it's a fairly natural part of experimenting with the world around them. However, some kids will have an addiction problem before ...

    ... , even detailing how to make and take them. While it's unlikely that your kid will become addicted to meth this way, your child might look at taking poppers (amyl nitrate) , solvents, or even mild hallucinogens that can ... 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 ...

    ... half of 2015. Synthetic Cathinones: “Bath Salts” These synthetics replicate stimulants (amphetamines) like speed and meth. They can cause nausea, vomiting, delusions, seizures, high heart rate and death. What's Next ... continue reading
  • Will the Nation’s First Safe Injection Site Make a Positive Impact?

    It's no secret that intravenous drug use poses major risks. While other forms of drug use carry a risk of HIV and Hepatitis C transmission, people who inject drugs by far have the highest risk. To put that in perspective a little better, the U.S. ...

    ... of 200 volunteers to pass out more than four million syringes by the end of the year, in addition to clean meth pipes and alcohol swabs. Murphy is trying to raise $150,000 to cover the initial startup costs by obtaining ... 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 ...

    ... and stimulants counteracts each substance's effects to an extent. In other words, stimulants (cocaine, speed, meth, Ritalin, Adderall) mask the depressive effects of alcohol, while alcohol dulls the “edge” of stimulants ... 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 ...

    ... but can be ground up and snorted. Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid: (Street names: GHB, liquid ecstasy, blue nitro, cherry meth, easy lay) GHB is a narcotic sedative that comes in liquid, powder and pill forms. It is currently ... 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 ...

    ... a woman is in the high-estrogen phase of her menstrual cycle and she takes a certain drug - think meth or cocaine - she feels more enjoyment. Those increased feelings of pleasure often lead women to associate the high ... 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 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 been successfully ... 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 ...

    ... is an especially common form of cocaine in inner-city environments; it is characterized by a crystal or rock-like appearance. Anabolic Steroids Anabolic steroids were originally developed to treat health conditions that ... continue reading
  • Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier

    The abuse of ADHD medication is commonly associated with black-market Ritalin or Adderall on campus to aid last-minute cramming sessions. However, a recent study indicates the abuse of ADHD drugs begins much earlier than college. The Dark Side of ...

    ... such as prescription diet pills and medications containing methamphetamine. Some of the most concerning findings include ... This effect on brain chemistry, coupled with the fact that roughly 6.4 million young people are now ... continue reading
  • Cryptocurrency: A Payment For Treatment or a Reason For Treatment?

    Do residential treatment facilities accept cash, charge, insurance - or cryptocurrency? Despite cryptocurrency's newfound popularity, hopefully that last form of payment is not an option. Why? Because it may be the cause for treatment. ...

    ... option. Why? Because it may be the cause for treatment. Cryptocurrency may be joining the ranks of cocaine, methamphetamines, gambling and alcohol. For some, it is just as addictive. Is This Really an Issue? Well, it's ... continue reading
  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

    When you think about the drug trade in America's big cities, it seems like it might be easier for teenagers to abuse drugs like prescription painkillers. With the massive amount of drugs flowing in and out of large cities, there's certainly no ...

    ... religious beliefs. “Religious beliefs and the fact that their friends are more disapproving of ... those associated with other drugs abuse. Alcohol, methamphetamine and marijuana make for great examples of that statement ... 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 ...

    ... same thing - people working on drilling rigs, abusing methamphetamine, getting injured, having pain.” However, under the ... itself is not registered with the DEA.” In fact, the National Council is organizing a sign-on ... 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 ...

    ... 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 these users are getting ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

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  • Dark Web Oxy Dealer Could Get 20 Years in Prison

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  • Bath Salts Abuse

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    ... salts, including stats and information on scheduling. The National Institute on Drug Abuse also has information on the facts about bath salts. You can learn more at the following pages: The Effects of Bath Salts Use How ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know about Adderall Addiction

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  • Facing Reality: 8 Shocking Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics

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    ... the media and pop culture, these mind-altering substances can lead to overdose or severe, long-term damage. The fact that alcohol is a drug is often ignored due to its prominence in our daily lives. Some drugs of abuse ... continue reading
  • Effects of Smoking During Pregnancy

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  • America’s Pill Mills

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  • Overdosed

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  • More Proof that Boozing is Bad for Your Sexual Health

    We've all heard a story or two about someone acquiring a sexually transmitted disease after an alcohol-fueled night,right? But, as it turns out, the alcohol itself could be contributing to a higher rate of the human papillomavirus infection (HVP). A ...

    ... itself could be contributing to a higher rate of the human papillomavirus infection (HVP). A Look at the Facts A new study appearing in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections evaluated data from 1,300 U.S. men and ... continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

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    ... Past the Withdrawal Phase It's also a good idea to be prepared for an extended withdrawal process. In fact, full resolution of benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms can take up to 6 months or more. The acute phase lasts ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

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    ... 't want to go to rehab. There's only one thing to do; I just have to get more pills.” The Facts About Withdrawal If you take opiates (like oxycodone , tramadol , fentanyl or morphine ) every day for more than four weeks ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

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    ... - if not more so. It doesn't require the cocktail being used by prison officials to kill. In fact, that combination is designed to make the injection lethal, but humane. Drug dealers aren't so considerate. Popping up ... continue reading
  • 7 “Rock-Bottom” Myths and the Truth Behind Them

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    ... a disease, but it is different from anything else most families have ever dealt with. Combined with the fact that it's extremely difficult to predict someone else's lowest point, manufacturing a rock-bottom is a massive ... continue reading
  • Ill Inventory: Drug Theft and Loss in the United States

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  • Russian Roulette: The Hidden Dangers of Cutting Agents in Cocaine and Heroin

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  • Arkansas Woman Drowns after Huffing Duster

    Duster, also known as canned or compressed air, is used to clean pieces of electronic equipment or other sensitive devices. Unfortunately, duster is also a product commonly abused. Known as “ huffing ,” users inhale the chemical-laden compressed ...

    ... at the nearby Salvation Army and was battling addiction problems , according to a Salvation Army official. Shocking Facts About Inhalant Abuse More than 2.6 million children between the ages of 12 to 17 abuse duster ... 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 ...

    ... a lack of money, food, support, or guidance or because you're afraid of violence from your parent, you need to take action. To learn more about the facts of alcohol use and drug abuse, call our helpline today at today. continue reading
  • What Are Bath Salts and Why Are They So Dangerous

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    ... these drugs, and they're named bath salts as the crystals resemble Epsom salts. Brand names include Ivory Wave, Vanilla ... , bath salts can be fatal thanks to the fact they cause serious sleep withdrawal. This leads to ... continue reading
  • When Does Medical Marijuana Use Morph into Full-Blown Addiction?

    In more US states, marijuana is becoming legalized and socially accepted as treatment for a range of illnesses. But, like many medicines, it can lead to misuse and dependence. So, how do you know where to draw the line? Relief Turns to Habit Joseph, ...

    ... that most marijuana users don't become dependent, Joseph's story may be more common than you think. Marijuana Facts A 1994 study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse estimated that about 9 percent of pot users will ... continue reading
  • 6 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know

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    ... certain things that can be done to help manage symptoms and minimize severe risks of withdrawal. Learn about alarming facts about benzo addiction Here are 6 things you'll need to know about benzo withdrawal: 1. A Long ... continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

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

    ... medication that provides a “rush” similar to that of OxyContin…especially when snorted or injected. Other facts of concern include: Opana is actually stronger than OxyContin per milligram. Although Opana is designed for ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription ...

    ... goal actually harmful to the public? Do they keep things hidden from their customers? Let's take a look at some facts and figures, then you can decide. Big Pharma Spends Big Bucks $880 million. That's the total spent by ... continue reading
  • Watch the Fahrenheit With Your Fentanyl

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    ... . Let your doctor know if your temperature increases. Adjustments to your medication need to be made to avoid serious side effects. Additional Reading: The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • The Other Side of Suboxone

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    ... . No matter where you stand on the issue, it's important to do your research and understand the facts before starting down this, or any other, treatment path. Additional Reading: Recovery Roundtable - Should Doctors Be ... continue reading
  • Heartbroken Parents Use Obituaries to Raise Addiction Awareness

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    ... substance abuse? What do you say then? Were they at their best at the end? Should you ignore the facts and pretend they passed peacefully? This is a common struggle for thousands of families across the nation as overdose ... continue reading
  • True or False: Ready to Put Your Fentanyl Knowledge to the Test?

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

    ... struggled to revive those who have overdosed. Often, they must use multiple doses of Narcan and, even then, not everyone makes it. Additional Reading: The F-Word - 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Buzzkill: Mary Jane’s Not as Relaxing as You Think

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    ... cannabis ) this type of research is critical. It's important for marijuana users to have all the facts and fully understand the risks involved. These researchers recommend further study on the subject, but we now know ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... additional restrictions on gabapentin? If so, what should those restrictions look like? Sound off in the comments section below! Additional Reading: 6 Facts You Need to Know About Opiate Withdrawal Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... to be up-to-date with proper protocol for fentanyl exposure - measures that will hopefully prevent more unnecessary casualties. Additional Reading: The F-Word - 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Don't Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance - It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

    You may have heard about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine. What you may not have heard about, however, is the ultra-potent concentrated version of it: carfentanil . What We Know About Carfentanil Developed in the mid-1970s as a ...

    ... remain optimistic. But in the meantime, one thing's for sure: Keep your distance from this deadly drug. It has a license to kill. Additional Reading: The F-Word - 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Wait…Marijuana Can Increase My Risk of Alzheimer's??

    Meet Bill. Bill smokes marijuana every day - a lot of it. From blunts and bowls to bongs and wax, there's barely a waking moment Bill isn't high. Meet Bill's Brain As we travel through Bill's cranium, we see the blood flow (in nearly all areas of ...

    ... with Alzheimer's disease,” and marijuana use inhibits hippocampus activity and disrupts memory formation. Putting these facts together, we see that marijuana use might lead to a greater risk for Alzheimer's. Researcher ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

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    ... belief about methadone maintenance treatment—good or bad, moral or immoral—hopefully you've learned some of the facts: methadone is a safer alternative to illicit drug use, it can lessen some of the withdrawal symptoms ... 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 ...

    ... . Producers mix in water, ammonia and baking soda with the cocaine. The resulting hardened, brownish “crystals” are then smoked, reaching the bloodstream even faster than injecting or snorting more traditional cocaine ... continue reading
  • DEA: Heroin ‘Probably’ More Dangerous Than Marijuana

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    ... pot on equal footing with heroin. In fact, federal judge Kimberly Mueller declined to change ... most important cases,” which commonly involve opioids, cocaine and methamphetamines. “Let me say it this way: I'd rather ... 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 ...

    ... “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 puncture ... 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 ...

    ... first person in Tennessee to be charged under the new law after she and her newborn baby tested positive for methamphetamines . What's the End Game? “Hopefully, it will send a signal to other women who are pregnant and ... 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 ...

    ... the other side. As time went on, people began using drugs for a quick creativity boost. As a matter of fact, two separate studies have shown that people with higher IQ's are far more likely to use drugs than a person ... continue reading
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