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    New York City has a serious heroin problem on their hands and new data released by the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reveals just how deep the issue goes. In fact, more people died from unintentional heroin overdoses in New York ...

    ... users in the Bronx. A Look at the Hard Numbers New York City experienced a total of 782 drug overdoses in 2013 ... north Bronx and eastern Queens have also become hot spots for heroin, a result of heavy opioid pill and heroin ... 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 ...

    ... ecstasy, MDMA, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methamphetamine. Drug use is on the rise, ... haven for party schools, though the state's 22.3 percent binge drinking rate falls below the national average. New York, which ... continue reading
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    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 ...

    ... -trafficking http://kfdm.com/news/local/fighting-the-meth-epidemic http://health.hawaii.gov/substance-abuse/files/2015/09/ADTreatmentServices2014.pdf http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/authorities-report-increase-in-meth-use ... continue reading
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  • Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

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    ... unleashes deadly results. A recent drug seizure in New York took more than 140 pounds of fentanyl and ... out the entire state of New York, along with neighboring Pennsylvania. Let that sink in for a minute. Beyond the Death ... continue reading
  • Heroin Abuse

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    ... the New York Times illustrates the heroin addiction epidemic in the US. Credit: The New York Times ... detox treatment to a rehabilitation program for continued treatment. Rehabs are residential programs that vary length ... continue reading
  • States Scramble to Prevent Sale of Powdered Alcohol

    Palcohol, a new form of powdered alcohol , hasn't even made its way to U.S. shelves yet, but some states are already taking immediate steps to ban the product from seeing the light of day. Early Intervention in Colorado Palcohol, marketed by ...

    ... any place in our society…we have enough problems with the liquid kind.” New York Joins the Ban New York Senator Charles Schumer has also pushed for a ban on powdered alcohol, expressing concern that it could become the ... 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 ...

    ... , which is a classic precursor warning for strokes. Cocaine and Neurological Blood Flow Previous research experiments conducted at McLean Hospital in Belmont, New York allowed scientists to watch blood vessels constrict ... continue reading
  • From Bath Salts to Flakka: Searching for Designer Drugs

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

    ... the stimulant found in bath salts and flakka is man-made. For the most part, both drugs are synthesized in China ... for cocaine, heroin, and marijuana; authorities have now added flakka to that list. Georgia, Texas, New York ... continue reading
  • 5 Things About Kratom You Need to Know

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

    ... the drug as a brewed beverage. States like Colorado, New York, North Carolina, are opening spots where you can sit ... after you take it and you can feel the effects for 2 to 5 hours. Although it's most commonly consumed ... continue reading
  • Overdosed

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    ... of the people whose lives were prematurely ended by them. Men are more likely to die from drug overdoses than women ... of witnessed drug overdose in New York City: implications for intervention,” Drug and Alcohol Dependence ... 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 ...

    ... the U.S. illicit drugs market. For more than a decade, these dealings have ... meth busts in the news since 2009. So far in 2016, 8.7 percent of U.S. news stories about major drug interdictions have involved methamphetamine ... continue reading
  • Risk of Counterfeit and Laced Drugs

    Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that approximately 27 million people aged 12 or older were current illicit drug users. That figure amounts to 1 in every 10 people having used illegal drugs in the past month. With a ...

    ... of nightclub/festival-attending young adults in New York City who reported lifetime Molly/MDMA/ecstasy use ... adulterated drugs. Many sellers will alter their products for convenience or to cut cost and make more money ... continue reading
  • Progressive Ways Some States Are Reducing Nonviolent Drug Offender Incarcerations

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

    ... the United States had placed one out of every 48 working men behind bars; that's a lot of people to support with ... $1 billion. In New York and Rhode Island, mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offenders was repealed in ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

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    ... increase in the number of people who reported using opioids for more than 200 days. The slight decrease in nonmedical opioid ... sign, wrote Dr. Lewis Nelson of the New York University School of Medicine and coauthors in a ... continue reading
  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

    Opiates are a group of drugs that manage pain by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). There are two different kinds of opiates: natural and synthetic. Natural opiates come from the dried “milk” of the poppy plant and include opium, ...

    ... of heroin. Synthetic opiates, on the other hand, are man-made in a laboratory and are most often used to treat ... College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center in New York. 3 Addiction milestones have continued to mount ... continue reading
  • Over 1 in 10 Americans admit they have had a drinking problem at one stage of their life

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    ... 8 Nebraska 10 Nevada 12 New Hampshire 50 New Jersey 12 New Mexico 25 New York 10 North Carolina 4 North ... deal with during these unprecedented times,' says a spokesperson for DrugAbuse.com “Now more than ever, it is ... continue reading
  • An Analysis of Drug Sentencing Trends in the US

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    ... possession is far less severe. In fact, in 39 states, the median prison sentence for possession was 0 months. Georgia, New York, Oklahoma, and Texas all had 2 months as their median sentence followed by California with ... 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 ...

    ... New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). What's Going on Under the Skin? Martinez has spent years studying the relationship between methamphetamine ... of meth use . He also hopes his findings can form the foundation for new ... continue reading
  • Russian Roulette: The Hidden Dangers of Cutting Agents in Cocaine and Heroin

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  • History of Drug Abuse

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    ... illness that could be managed. In 1864, the New York State Inebriate Asylum, the first hospital intended to ... with abuse potential became available. LSD, methamphetamine and synthetic opiates are all relatively recent ... 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 ...

    ... and compares them to the perceived frequency of drug use and drug sales. Community Influence New York University's Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) used renowned data from the University of Michigan's ... 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 ...

    ... Spice use. These numbers are ten times higher than those for the same time period in 2014. And these are just New York State's statistics. The New England Journal of Medicine has reported large-spread usage resulting in ... 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 ...

    ... people in 2016 died from using these substances. In New York City, fentanyl-laced cocaine caused 37 percent of overdose ... it a step further by making them pay for medical bills or rehab treatment , as well? Tell us what ... 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 ...

    ... amount of heroin . Recently kicked out of a rehab for fraternizing with men, she was living between the couches of different ... published a full-page ad in the New York Times calling for police to have the ability to force ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning Deaths are Occurring at an Alarming Rate

    The perception that it's the college crowd most given to binge drinking and alcohol poisoning has just been proven false, thanks to a study recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Cause of a Deadly Problem Of ...

    ... or more drinks in one occasion and five or more for men. The massive quantity of alcohol used by binge drinkers can ... an alcohol dependency. The Finer Details The New York Times' health page lists the difference between ... continue reading
  • A Closer Look at the History and Use of Cocaine

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

    ... at such iconic establishments as Studio 54 in New York City. Today, powder cocaine remains popular among ... 601,000 people over the age of 12 used cocaine for the first time during the course of the previous 12 months ... continue reading
  • Want Healthy, Clear Skin? Say No to Alcohol!

    Drinking too much alcohol too often has negative effects on the body, something anyone with nasty hangover experience can validate. Most people are aware that prolonged use of alcohol negatively impacts the liver, kidneys and heart. However, a fact ...

    ... a hepatotoxin, says Dr. David Colbert, founder of New York Dermatology Group, meaning it attacks the cells in ... our best to mask potential problems, part of the reason for a $55 billion annual cosmetic industry. By the way ... continue reading
  • 5 Movies That Will Make You Never Want to Do Drugs Again

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

    ... tale of addiction, robbery, prostitution and death makes for one of the most chilling portrayals of drug ... drug scene of 1970s New York City. Needle Park takes its name from a popular hangout for heroin users on Manhattan ... 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 ...

    ... But I'm enjoying the sober life.” Erik Ainge (New York Jets) Shortly before training camp began for the 2010 season, Ainge, 28, went on a two-week bender and ended up in rehab. What came as a surprise to his fans was the ... 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 ...

    ... a 2003 interview with the New York Times , Downey was arrested multiple times for drug offenses and cycled in ... back to prison, the now-broke actor was ordered to rehab . The Turning Point Downey's wife Susan Downey (née ... continue reading
  • The 12 Most Expensive / Luxury Rehabs in the US

    You don't need to be a millionaire to go to rehab, but a person with a little extra money to spend and the desire to get sober can choose from many expensive or luxury rehabs in the United States. Southern California, specifically picturesque ...

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  • 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 ...

    ... medication. But that might not be the case for much longer… According to one recent study, a group of doctors from Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York may have finally overcome these roadblocks. This Discovery Offers ... 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 ...

    ... the legitimate cargo - a load of shaving kits headed for Pennsylvania. How Cocaine Kills On its own, cocaine is ... This deadly duo was responsible for 37 percent of overdose deaths last year in New York. What to Expect The ... 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 ...

    A judge in New York recently ordered a woman who's addicted to drugs not to get pregnant. While no ... and has struggled with alcohol , cocaine, and meth problems for years. Family Court Judge Patricia Gallagher ordered that ... continue reading
  • 9 Things People Get Wrong About Anxiety. #6 Makes it Worse!

    With more than 40 million Americans over the age of 18 currently struggling with some form of anxiety, there's a lot of misinformation floating around out there. From old wives tales to downright dangerous “cures,” if you're struggling with an ...

    ... is one of, if not the, oldest wives tales for people having an anxiety attack. When overcome by symptoms of ... associate professor of psychology at Stony Brook University in New York. He goes on to say that safety behaviors ... continue reading
  • Crystal Meth Abuse

    What Is Crystal Meth? Street Names for Crystal Meth Crystal meth is known by many slang terms including: Glass. Blade. Crystal. Quartz. Ice. Crystal methamphetamine (crystal meth) is a powerful central nervous stimulant with highly addictive ...

    What Is Crystal Meth? Street Names for Crystal Meth Crystal meth is known by many slang terms including: Glass. Blade. Crystal. Quartz. Ice. Crystal methamphetamine (crystal meth) is a powerful central nervous stimulant ... continue reading
  • 5 Things to Look for in Addiction Treatment Centers for Men

    Addiction affects millions of men and women across the United States and many of them seek help from addiction treatment centers each year. National surveys conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicate ...

    ... fix. Recovery continues well after treatment ends, so having a good aftercare plan is essential, especially for men at risk of relapse. Aftercare planning can include setting up therapy appointments, finding housing, and ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Crystal Meth Abuse

    Crystal meth is an illicit and powerful stimulant drug that is most commonly smoked, snorted, or injected. It is characterized by its ability to produce a powerful euphoria, increased energy, decreased appetite, and increased heart rate. It is ...

    ... 133,000 new crystal meth users , 12 ... For more information, visit these pages on crystal meth addiction treatment and alcohol abuse: Crystal Meth Addiction Alcohol Abuse Get the Facts on Alcohol Abuse Methamphetamine ... continue reading
  • Effects of Crystal Meth Use and Abuse

    What is Methamphetamine? Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that can have long-lasting effects on your body. This is a man-made substance that, with the advent of other more efficacious prescription stimulants, now has limited ...

    ... for intractable ADHD and severe obesity. The illicit drug crystal meth is methamphetamine in the form of a rock-like crystal ... a more protracted stay at an inpatient rehab program or participation in a structured outpatient ... continue reading
  • Crystal Meth Addiction

    Crystal meth is a form of methamphetamine -a substance that is widely abused throughout the country. Its widespread illicit production dwarfs that of its pharmaceutical counterpart - marketed as Desoxyn - a stimulant medication with very limited ...

    ... methamphetamine is manufactured and distributed illegally in the US and sold at a low cost. Crystal meth ... through support groups . To learn about treatment for crystal meth addiction, call . Our treatment advisors can talk ... continue reading
  • Can You Get Addicted to Crystal Meth After the First Use?

    What is Crystal meth? Crystal meth is a powerful, synthetically made stimulant. It can be ingested orally, injected intravenously, snorted or smoked. Crystal meth is notorious for its high addictive potential and many people suggest that taking just ...

    ... elicit different effects from various neural processes. For example, crystal meth is more slowly metabolized by the body ... from methamphetamine was $23.4 billion in 2005 alone. Overdose Acute overdose of crystal meth is ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Crystal Meth Addict

    What is Crystal Methamphetamine? Crystal methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth is a highly addictive white cystalline drug that can be taken by snorting, smoking or injecting into the body. The drug also has some common street names such as ...

    ... methamphetamine in the previous year, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse . With this rate of crystal meth ... . When looking for the signs of a crystal meth problem in someone you love, check for both the short ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

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

    ... crisis has been making headlines for years, but there's another ... crystal meth . Though there has been little research into this issue, there is one recent study that compared d-amphetamine (Adderall) with methamphetamine ... continue reading
  • Meth Overdose

    Methamphetamine, most commonly known as “meth,” “crystal,” “speed,” and “ice,” is an addictive stimulant that causes users to experience an intense euphoric rush 1 . Meth can be smoked, snorted, injected, or consumed orally by users. ...

    ... and can mean the beginning of a new life. CHECK YOUR INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR METH ADDICTION TREATMENT Find out if your insurance coverage includes meth addiction rehab and treatment by visiting the links below ... continue reading
  • Meth Abuse

    Summary Methamphetamine is a psychostimulant often abused for the euphoric “high” it provides. Some signs of abuse include frequent paranoia, agitation, sweating, insomnia, skin changes, weight loss, and more. Abusing this powerfully addictive ...

    ... teen drug abuse. Resources, Articles and More Information For more information, please see the following articles: The Effects of Crystal Meth Use How to Help a Crystal Meth Addict Methamphetamine History and Statistics continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... usage belonging to gay men between the ages of 17 and 29. This risk includes both risk of crystal meth addiction and risk of acquiring HIV. For those who are HIV negative, using crystal meth could potentially put them ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Meth Addict

    Methamphetamine (meth) is a substance that has very limited medical use. The substance is only available legally under the name Desoxyn , which is a medication with limited indications for the treatment of obesity and ADHD. As a substance of abuse , ...

    ... year. Almost 2% of high school seniors admitted using meth for nonmedical reasons. Fortunately, effective treatments exist for people trying to quit methamphetamine. Although the best treatment will be tailored to the ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Meth Use

    Is Meth Harmful? Meth, the abbreviated colloquialism for methamphetamine, is a wildly addictive and dangerous substance. Users can rapidly develop a dependency on its effects, which themselves exert a number of health risks. The illegal production ...

    ... form is crystal meth, which can provide a high for up to ... Methamphetamine assessment Test Long Term Effects of Meth There is a lengthy list of long-term health consequences for those who have experienced prolonged meth ... continue reading
  • Meth and Pregnancy

    As methamphetamine use continues to rise, so do treatment and hospital admissions. In 2012, meth ranked first in drug-related treatment admissions in Hawaii and San Diego. 4 Females have also been found to start using meth at a younger age and use ...

    ... men. 5 With increasing numbers of methamphetamine users, meth abuse during pregnancy is a growing public health concern. 6 One study of meth-related ... 15 When babies are exposed to meth for at least two-thirds of the ... 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 massive ... Talk to Us : Have something to add about meth abuse? Looking for support? Curious what others are saying? You're ... 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 ...

    ... find themselves in much deeper trouble with illicit drugs like methamphetamine. If we're to learn a lesson from this ... to Us : Have something to add about meth abuse? Looking for support? Curious what others are saying? You ... 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. ...

    ... meth during pregnancy. In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at federal facilities are methamphetamine ... . A New Hope A previously conducted study followed meth-exposed newborns for several years ... continue reading
  • Therapy for Addiction Treatment and Recovery

    How Can Therapy Help Me? The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) outlines several principles of addiction treatment based on data the organization has collected for the past 40 years. 1 These principles aim to improve the odds of success in ...

    ... substance use. During sessions, they will find new ways to communicate effectively. Lastly, chances are good ... found clinically appropriate for people dealing with use of stimulants like cocaine, crystal meth, and ADHD ... 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 ...

    ... reformulation may have succeeded in some small measure, OxyContin abusers simply adapted to the market by searching for a new, easier drug to inject or snort. Not surprisingly, Opana has since become a street-favorite in ... continue reading
  • New Jersey Brings Mobile Recovery to the Streets

    Residents of Morris County should watch for a new vehicle roaming its at-risk areas. Hope One, a mobile recovery access center, is officially bringing addiction treatment to the streets. The goal of the program is to remove barriers that prevent ...

    Residents of Morris County should watch for a new vehicle roaming its at-risk areas. Hope One, a mobile ... substance abuse and behavioral health issues to look out for the truck. The folks requiring services will be brought ... continue reading
  • Should People Who Abuse Alcohol Qualify for Liver Transplants?

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

    ... my uncles - a long-time alcoholic - was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He was told he didn't qualify for a new one, so he continued to drink - all the way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

    What Is Alcohol Abuse? Those who abuse or misuse alcohol are not necessarily addicted to or dependent on alcohol. An individual can misuse alcohol without drinking on a consistent basis. For example, an individual who abuses alcohol may only drink ...

    ... defined as 5 or more drinks in 2 hours for a man and 4 or more drinks for a woman. Most people who are binge drinkers are ... Salts Cocaine Crack Crystal Meth Ecstasy Heroin Inhalant Ketamine Marijuana Meth PCP Steroid Mixing ... continue reading
  • 6 Things to Look for in Addiction Treatment Centers for Women

    Drug addiction impacts men and women in different ways, which is why there are many women-only addiction treatment centers. Women who have issues with men or simply want the support of other women may feel more comfortable attending a treatment ...

    ... addiction treatment centers. Women who have issues with men or simply want the support of other women ... attending treatment if they have to care for children. 1,2 Each rehab program is unique and offers different treatment ... 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 ...

    ... often go on binges where they don't eat or sleep and continue to take methamphetamine to stay awake for days at a time. 2 Here we explore why meth is so addictive and some of the negative effects that can come from using ... continue reading
  • Methamphetamine Detox and Withdrawal

    Methamphetamine (meth) is a powerful central nervous system stimulant with highly addictive properties. It can be smoked, nasally inhaled, injected and even eaten. No matter how it is used, the effects have a rapid onset followed by a high that can ...

    ... . There is no currently accepted medication to treat methamphetamine withdrawal and addiction. Behavioral therapy is the most effective treatment for meth addiction. This can involve: Cognitive-behavioral therapy , ... continue reading
  • Why Is Methamphetamine So Addictive?

    Methamphetamine is a highly addictive chemically compounded stimulant. Similar in chemical structure to amphetamine, meth is widely and illicitly manufactured using a variety of production methods. Methamphetamine is a white, odorless, ...

    ... old. An equal distribution of males and females seek treatment for meth abuse. Addictive Properties of Methamphetamine Using methamphetamine, regardless of method, impacts a number of neurotransmitter systems throughout ... 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 ...

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

    ... forced to restrain her daughter and called 911. At the hospital, Bethany learned Kristin had been using meth for months. It was the cause of her daughter's aggressive behavior, irritability and hallucinations. Dopamine ... continue reading
  • Methadone Programs: A Bad Treatment Plan for Addicted Parents?

    When it comes to the negative effects of substance abuse , addiction casts a wide net. Addicted parents, in particular, are faced with a unique set of challenges, as an opiate dependency ultimately affects the whole family. For thousands of parents ...

    ... for many of the parents. More than a third (36 percent) reported at least one year not having a place to live, in the past decade. Men ... Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There's Good News and Bad News Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

    A new study out of India has found that most men suffering from opioid addiction are also dealing with sexual dysfunction as a result. The research paper, titled “Sexual Dysfunction in Men Seeking Treatment for Opioid Dependence: A Study from ...

    A new study out of India has found that most men suffering from opioid addiction are also dealing with sexual dysfunction as a result. The research paper, titled “Sexual Dysfunction in Men Seeking Treatment for Opioid ... continue reading
  • Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics, Study Finds

    The face of heroin in the US is changing. As the drug becomes more commonly abused among new racial, geographic and socioeconomic groups, the profile of those users is also evolving. The change is, in part, because heroin is becoming more ...

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  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

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  • Cryptocurrency: A Payment For Treatment or a Reason For Treatment?

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  • Everything You Need to Know About Alcohol and Drug Rehab

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  • New Study: Amphetamine Abuse and This Old Heart

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  • Golden State Gives No-Go for Booze-Cannabis Combo

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