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  • Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates

    Suicide is tragic no matter what the circumstances. When compared to the general population, however, reports indicate the heartbreaking act is a staggering 120 times more prevalent among adult alcoholics. As if that weren't enough, alcohol abusers ...

    ... a combination of alcohol and prescription medication 2 percent of these multiple-substance suicides also included recreational drugs Only 1 percent of these suicides only involved alcohol Avoiding a Tragic End If you ... 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, ...

    ... society, many of them didn't start off as recreational. On the contrary, many started off with medicinal and ... his addiction to morphine, which he had been using as a painkiller . After experimenting with coca and ... 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 ...

    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, ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... on privacy, comfort, fine dining, and recreational activities in a beautiful setting. Most centers ... mountains. Treatment approaches are diverse - patients can use 12-step and non-AA alternatives, and cognitive-behavioral ... continue reading
  • Let’s Clear the Air About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

    Picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights up a cigarette. Sitting next to her, you inhale the secondhand smoke for one minute. Over the next half-hour, your blood vessels are affected by the smoke, impaired as they recover from ...

    ... and enjoy harmless smoke. The increase in legalization of medicinal and recreational marijuana makes this issue even more serious. As its use becomes more acceptable, secondhand marijuana smoke becomes harder to avoid ... 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 ...

    ... of 75 mg. It acts as a stimulant, but recreational users are quick to point out that tramadol doesn't come ... for doctors in poor countries to obtain it for legitimate use. And in African nations, such as Cameroon, tramadol ... continue reading
  • An Uncomfortable Truth: Drug Abuse Raises STD Rates

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

    ... or group sex, and/or visit sex clubs for couples.” The researchers found that 48 percent of the swingers used recreational drugs while engaging in sex acts. And that number jumped up to 79 percent if alcohol and erectile ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Smoking Weed Can Damage Your DNA

    Scientists are finding “convincing evidence” that marijuana can damage DNA and even cause certain forms of cancer. These revelations are more than alarming, considering that Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, Washington and the city of Washington, D.C. ...

    ... , Oregon, Colorado, Washington and the city of Washington, D.C. have all legalized marijuana for recreational use, while all the previously mentioned states plus 19 others have legalized forms of marijuana for medical ... 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 ...

    ... for certain minor surgical procedures. Similar to the U.S., most countries prohibit the recreational use of cocaine. Trafficking of the drug has fueled particularly powerful organized crime networks. In places ... continue reading
  • Will Diplo’s New Anti-Drug Video Impact EDM Culture?

    Mad Decent label head Diplo just put the EDM drug culture on blast, releasing a dark music video for the track “Techno.” Teaming up with fellow Mad Decent producers Yellow Claw, Waka Flocka Flame, and LNY TNZ, the 3-minute video shines a ...

    ... -on-his-luck farmer presumably struggling to send his young daughter to college. A deal is made and the duo begins using the farmer's barn to cook up what appears to be ecstasy . We later see the farmer's pretty daughter ... continue reading
  • What's In My Baggie? Documentary Highlights the Danger of Mystery Drugs Sold at Music Festivals

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

    ... with a narrator who tells viewers that each time he purchased Molly (MDMA) at a music festival, he used a drug kit to test the product. What the narrator discovered was alarming. Every single test revealed that the ... continue reading
  • How Edie Falco Portrays Addiction and Lives Recovery

    Edie Falco has tackled a wide variety of roles on the stage and screen since beginning her career in the late '80s. But she is arguably best known for her breakthrough performance as mafia wife Carmela Soprano in HBO's drama, The Sopranos . Falco ...

    ... her professional success “an embarrassment of riches” that she never expected, especially back when she was still using alcohol and drugs. “I had never anticipated also to not be going through my days drinking,” she ... 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 ...

    ... that addiction can make people do crazy things. Here's a look at seven of the most outrageous methods ever used to fund a drug addiction: Law Breakers Addicts in Baltimore took recycling to a whole new level by cutting ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... percent of men receiving methadone maintenance for their addiction reported low testosterone levels. Opioid addiction or using long-acting opioids for over a month can result in androgendeficiencies and menstrual cycle ... continue reading
  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

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

    ... ), while 11.9 percent claim cocaine as a drug of choice (vs. 5.6 percent rural). Rural addicts began using drugs at a younger age (between 15 and 17 years) and abused their drugs of choice intermittently. They abuse ... continue reading
  • Exploring the Resort-Style Addiction Treatment Centers

    It's hard being a celebrity. All that visibility, stress, worry, and fear of losing it must be quite hard to deal with. Sure they get paid a lot of money, and they seem to be afforded a certain amount of immunity when things go wrong, such as when ...

    ... have some of the highest success rates in the world. Passages offers the height of luxury, however, and it uses a one-on-one treatment method, rather than the usual twelve-step programs. Promises offers a more regimented ... continue reading
  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

    We are an anxious nation. A whopping 40 million American adults are affected by anxiety disorders; that's 18 percent of the adult population! With such astronomical numbers, it shouldn't be surprising to learn anxiety disorders are the most commonly ...

    ... panic attacks, insomnia, seizures, restless legs syndrome, migraines and Tourette syndrome. Commonly used/abused benzos include: Xanax (alprazolam) Ativan (lorazepam) Valium (diazepam) Klonopin (clonazepam) Spotlight on ... continue reading
  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

    Most of us know that exposure to secondhand smoke can produce serious consequences for unborn children, including low birth weight, heart defects and learning disorders. But the potential ramifications of secondhand smoke certainly don't stop at ...

    ... $6.6 billion. Even worse, all of these statistics are likely an underestimate due to inherent issues in using statistical estimates of populations. Clearing the Smoke If you're ready to quit smoking , there are plenty of ... 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 ...

    ... initially do so with good intentions. They've likely heard the stories…you know, the ones that say using these drugs can help students study round-the-clock and soak up exorbitant amounts of knowledge. What those rumors ... continue reading
  • Guess What’s in Your Marijuana?

    Cannabis, or marijuana , is a complex plant that has psychoactive and medicinal elements. It contains more than 480 naturally occurring ingredients, including at least 65 unique chemical structures called cannabinoids found in the actual plant. What ...

    ... is known about THCA, but experts have found that is an effective therapeutic agent that has been used to reduce pain, relieve nausea and stimulate appetite. Cannabidiol Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the second most popular ... continue reading
  • Fake Xanax is Here…And It’s Deadly

    We're feeling the anxiety these days and an increasing number of people are turning to drugs like Xanax - a mild sedative used to treat anxiety - as a way to better function in their daily lives. But with more users, the likelihood of abuse also ...

    ... the anxiety these days and an increasing number of people are turning to drugs like Xanax - a mild sedative used to treat anxiety - as a way to better function in their daily lives. But with more users, the likelihood ... 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 ...

    ... into this issue, there is one recent study that compared d-amphetamine (Adderall) with methamphetamine. Using 13 participants who were regular methamphetamine users, each was given a dose of either meth, Adderall ... continue reading
  • An Ultimate Guide to Understanding the Dangers of Spice

    “It's not bad for you, dude. It's all natural. It's just plant materials, so it can't hurt you,” a friend whispered in Dave's ear. Unfortunately for Dave, he believed his friend and they spent the next hour smoking Spice . The seizure Dave ...

    ... tender lung tissues can be permanently damaged by these noxious chemicals. Kidney damage: The CDC reports that using Spice can injure the kidneys - it may even result in complete kidney failure. Seizures: Users of Spice ... 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 ...

    ... fentanyl. The Deadly Rise of Fentanyl Abuse Officer Harrison's “level A suit” is the same kind officials used for protection against Ebola contamination. He was pretty confident he'd be safe, but he'd also heard enough ... continue reading
  • Do Safe Injection Sites Violate the Hippocratic Oath? One Nurse Says Yes

    Michael Hesch is a conscious sedation nurse. His job is to intravenously infuse fentanyl and other medicines during surgical procedures. If and when safe injection sites open in the United States, professionals like Hesch may be asked to work with ...

    ... with the safe injection site scenario. “As a critical care nurse…my main job is to watch over people who are using fentanyl. When we are doing conscious sedation, there are three providers - a doctor, an RN, and also a ... continue reading
  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

    During the four years I spent behind bars, I encountered hundreds of women - all with a unique personal story and background. I remember wondering to myself, “How did all these women end up in prison?” Some of them had traumatic childhoods, some ...

    ... diagnosis . To arrive at this conclusion, the researchers utilized administrative data from Western Australia, using records of women with a birth recorded in their Midwives Notification System between 1983 and 2007 ... 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 ...

    ... effects on it's own. However, drug abusers say it has the power to increase euphoric effects when used in combination with drugs like opiates or benzos. In 2013 alone, gabapentin played a role in 41 deaths, mostly ... continue reading
  • Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

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

    ... general practitioners and internal medicine doctors. Interestingly enough, roughly 23 percent of opioids in the U.S. are used for a non-medical purpose, according to the same study. “Dentists don't like to see patients ... continue reading
  • Portrait of the American Overdose: Do You Fit the Profile?

    Overdoses from illicit drugs and prescriptions painkillers claim a total of 45,000 lives in the US each year. Who are the people typically among these tragedies? You might be surprised. Statistics show that the profile many Americans envision when ...

    ... will ultimately suffer a relapse. When this happens, drug overdose is a serious concern. When they haven't been using for a while, their drug tolerance drops. Unaware of this drop, they take a “normal” dose of the drug ... 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 ...

    ... 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 presentation. Worse yet, I knew my pal had ... continue reading
  • 3 Thank-You's I Owe to My Old Addiction

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

    ... really stepped up to the plate. You really learn who your true friends are when you hit rock-bottom , and I used this insight when I got out of prison to surround myself with people who had my best interests at heart. I ... continue reading
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

    We all know that getting enough sleep is important to your mood and overall health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. According to a recent Penn State study , squeezing in enough shut-eye can actually lower drug cravings ...

    ... recorded details about their sleep quality, mood, and level of drug cravings. They kept these “diaries” using a smartphone app developed by the Dynamic Real-Time Ecological Ambulatory Methodologies (DREAM) program in the ... continue reading
  • My Confusing Experience Following the Kratom Trail

    Three years ago, I lived with a boyfriend who was a functioning addict. He was in law school at the time, so he looked for anything he could get his hands on to sharpen his focus, then allow him to relax after hours of intense studying. He chewed ...

    ... Southeast Asia and its leaves contain some of the same chemicals found in opioids.” I found out that some people used it as a stimulant , while others relied on it as a pain reliever or a mood enhancer. Kratom's listed ... continue reading
  • Study Shows Alcohol Boosts THC Levels in Your Blood

    With four states legalizing recreational marijuana and several others considering the possibility, driving while high on pot is becoming a much bigger concern for motorists. More Danger Behind the Wheel Plenty of marijuana users routinely get behind ...

    With four states legalizing recreational marijuana and several others considering the possibility, driving ... more likely to display unsafe driving than those who only used one substance. Teens who smoked pot and drank were ... continue reading
  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

    This is your brain on pot: A new study has found that regular marijuana use is linked to both lower IQ scores and impaired decision making skills. It's All in Your Mind The findings from the University of California Davis Centre for Neuroscience ...

    ... in 2003, millions of pre-teens and teenagers are still using the drug. These studies show that what many view as “harmless” recreational marijuana use could have permanent cognitive implications for adulthood and beyond ... 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 ...

    ... in the combined U.S. workforce increasing by a staggering 6.2 percent. However, states with “recreational use” marijuana laws (Colorado and Washington) saw the percentage of positive drug tests increase by double digits ... continue reading
  • Why Painkillers Are So Hard to Detox From

    Pain is a curious product of the human body. Why do we suffer from it? How does it help us? And why do some enjoy it? First, pain helps us avoid the things that could hurt us. We don't put our hands on a hot stove because that hurts. This means we ...

    ... Morphine's half-life is about four hours, and methadone typically lasts for around twelve hours. The body gets used to the painkiller coursing around the body, which means that you end up needing more to be as effective ... continue reading
  • Big Pharma: Are They Advertising Addiction?

    Pharmacological companies do not have a good rap. They've been known to bury bad news, which has had an effect on people's health, and therefore their lives. Whether it's not testing drugs properly, as with the case of thalidomide (caused defects in ...

    ... other serious side effects that would stop it from being used. A drug that kills pain is useless if it also ... brain to function without them once the drugs have been used for a while. The first company to make an effective ... 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 ...

    ... , the user could suffer a fatal aneurysm. Meth is especially dangerous when injected. Due to the chemicals that are used to produce meth, a toxic mix can cause an overdose in a first-time or long-time user. Overdose is ... 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 ...

    ... . Although it does have the potential to be abused, Suboxone is considered safe by most clinicians when used as prescribed. However, despite its many benefits, an increasing number of pharmacies are now refusing to fill ... 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 ...

    ... the number one cause for overdose deaths in the U.S. More than 20,000 people in 2016 died from using these substances. In New York City, fentanyl-laced cocaine caused 37 percent of overdose deaths last year. As dealers ... continue reading
  • Police Are Gearing Up to Face Down a Couple of Killers

    Guns won't help. A bullet-proof vest won't cut it. No badge, baton, hat, or handcuffs will stop the threat. The latest danger faced by law enforcement officials is a class of drugs that can kill on contact. Standard-issue equipment is no longer ...

    ... percent. And here's the kicker; fentanyl and carfentanil pose a threat to more than just the people using them. Since they come in powder form, officers are getting sick or overdosing after accidental exposure. With such ... 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 ...

    ... it. This restriction could also have far-reaching negative effects on the public's view of methadone , whether it's used for treating chronic pain or addiction. Only time will tell how - or if - this move by the CDC will ... continue reading
  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

    One in 20 Americans are popping pills that have been prescribed for someone else. And the CDC reports that most misused prescription opioids are obtained from family members - many of them stolen from medicine cabinets. We Need Solutions This abuse ...

    ... in aircraft landing gear. It is equipped with a fingerprint sensor, similar to those used in iPhones. The virtually impenetrable bottle ensures pills are correctly dispensed to the proper patient. But do you really want ... 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 ...

    ... I got sober for?” Six months abstinent from heroin and crack , she'd gone from being the family member who used drugs to the family caretaker. It seemed like a pretty bad deal to her. Leading a New Life Hanging out in ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

    ... risk of an overdose from prescription opioids. Using laboratory mice, the researchers found that the ... vaccine triggers an immune system response when two widely used painkillers - hydrocodone and oxycodone - are detected. ... continue reading
  • Should We Offer Suboxone in Jails and Prisons?

    Of the hundreds of thousands of people entering our country's jails and prisons each year, an estimated 15 percent are addicted to opiates, according to a 2009 study . Yet, a majority of these facilities don't provide a single medication or a moment ...

    ... the system suffering from withdrawal symptoms, while some used whatever drugs they could find to relieve their pain ... access to buprenorphine (Suboxone), a medication widely used to wean people off opioids by relieving the ... continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

    If you think you might be addicted to benzodiazepines, you're certainly not alone. In 2011, an estimated 61,000 Americans sought treatment for benzo addiction. And that number has been climbing at an alarming rate ever since. The Benzo Specifics ...

    ... the effect Drastic reductions or completely ceasing important school, work or recreational activities Spending large amounts of time either getting, using or recovering from benzos Unsuccessful attempts to reduce benzo ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know about Adderall Addiction

    Adderall is most commonly known for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but its use as a study aid has effectively turned this medication into one of the most widely used - and abused - recreational drugs among teenagers and ...

    ... as a study aid has effectively turned this medication into one of the most widely used - and abused - recreational drugs among teenagers and young adults. The Students' Drug of Choice The demographic most susceptible to ... continue reading
  • Voices From Both Sides of the Medical Marijuana Debate

    About eight months ago, I moved to California from Texas - two states that have very different viewpoints when it comes to legalizing medical marijuana . The drug seems to be everywhere here, smoked by people walking across the street or consumed in ...

    ... quality of life, as well as health problems and financial issues Is an excuse for drug legalization and recreational use Do Your Own Research Regardless of which side you fall on, there are potential dangers and side ... 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 ...

    ... of the original ingredients in Coca-Cola. Today, cocaine has no accepted medical application and is used illegally for recreational purposes. The drug can be taken by rubbing cocaine powder into the gums, by chewing the ... continue reading
  • Can’t Sleep? Try Putting Down the Marijuana (Seriously)

    For as long as she could remember, people told Sue that marijuana helped you sleep. So once she started having problems catching z's, she decided to give weed a try. Sue smoked pot every night for nearly three months, but for some reason, the ...

    ... s Not a Sleep-Aid As of 2016, half our nation's states have legalized marijuana for medical and/or recreational use. More and more patients are turning to marijuana to ease ailments, but a recent study shows sleep issues ... continue reading
  • New Bone Loss Study Points the Finger at Marijuana

    “We have known for a while that the components of cannabis can affect bone cell function, but we had no idea up until now of what this might mean to people who use cannabis on a regular basis.” - Prof. Stuart Ralston , Centre for Genomic and ...

    ... until now of what this might mean to people who use cannabis on a regular basis.” - Prof. Stuart Ralston ... 25 states have legalized marijuana for medical and/or recreational use - a number that will most likely continue to ... continue reading
  • Introducing the Drug That Can Kill With a Single Dose

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

    ... t have a way of telling if the heroin they've purchased is pure or if it's laced with something else before using it. That's how gray death has inadvertently made its way into some drug users' lives. “You don't know what ... 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 ...

    ... brain) is reduced. Compared to someone who doesn't use marijuana, Bill's brain is getting less of the essential ... general impression that marijuana is a safe recreational drug, this research directly challenges that notion ... continue reading
  • Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

    The primary psychoactive component of marijuana (cannabis)—what deliver the “high” in other words—is the substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). 1 THC's powerful, mind-altering effects derive from its interaction with and activation of the ...

    ... in the marijuana product industry, particularly in Washington state and Colorado (where both medical and recreational use are legalized). Different methods of cannabis consumption include: 4,5,6 Joints or bongs (smoking ... continue reading
  • The Great Debate: Alcohol vs Marijuana

    You may have had the debate yourself—what's worse? Alcohol or marijuana? With new studies coming out, more laws legalizing the recreational, and medicinal use of marijuana, the conversation seems to come up again and again. Even though we may all ...

    ... yourself—what's worse? Alcohol or marijuana? With new studies coming out, more laws legalizing the recreational, and medicinal use of marijuana, the conversation seems to come up again and again. Even though we may all ... 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 ...

    ... show business and addiction run in the Downey family. The cult filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. also had a substance use disorder and allowed his son to try marijuana at the age of six. According to a 1996 People article , ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... top of the Florida drug trade by treating human life as valueless as long as he isn't able to use the people around him. He murders his boss and another dozen characters along the way while snorting ample quantities of ... 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 ...

    ... the long-term risks of Suboxone, namely dependency, there is also a more immediate risk of use — the dangerous Suboxone drug interactions with other substances. According to statistics gathered by the Substance Abuse ... continue reading
  • Released from Prison…and Still Addicted

    There are over 2.3 million people in American prisons and jails, making the U.S. the most heavily incarcerated country in the world. More than 65 percent of this segment meet medical criteria for substance abuse addiction, but yet are provided with ...

    ... the number of drug offenders swept into the system is to enact various forms of decriminalization policies for drug use and possession. This not only makes sense from a human standpoint, but a financial one, as well ... 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 ...

    ... onset of withdrawal symptoms occurs startlingly fast and can result in extreme panic attacks and projectile vomiting. Prolonged use can also lead to heart and kidney failure, as well as diminished brain function. Why are ... continue reading
  • Why are We Seeing More Drug-Dependent Newborns?

    Drug addiction not only impacts the chemically-dependent, it has serious ramifications on their friends and loved ones. While no one wants to watch someone they care about struggle with addiction, the unborn children of drug-dependent women don't ...

    ... with addiction, the unborn children of drug-dependent women don't get the luxury of choosing. who use during pregnancy, the results can potentially be fatal. Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a group of problems ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, and 65 percent of this population meets the medical criteria for ...

    ... tapered off. One month later, 18 percent of the tapered group self-reported they had returned to opiate use, compared to just 8 percent of the inmates who continued methadone maintenance. “For most of these people, the ... continue reading
  • Addiction in the Medical Field: Balancing Healing and Hiding

    Medical professionals work hard to heal the sick, but underneath those white lab coats and cartoon scrubs, many are secretly struggling with the disease of addiction. Working in the healthcare field can feel like a pressure cooker at times. The ...

    ... like Oxycontin , Percocet , Xanax and Klonopin for a quick boost of energy or a stress reliever. Others use opiate pain relievers as a remedy for aching back muscles or unbearable shoulder pains after a long shift. What ... 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 ...

    ... painkiller market. Rise of the Opiate Industry Looking back, this astronomical rise in OxyContin use indicated a consequential mishandling of a highly addictive drug by manufacturers, distributors, commission-happy ... continue reading
  • Disguising Danger: 7 Marijuana Edibles Side Effects Shockers

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

    ... pose. And on that note, let's look at five very real problems and/or outcomes caused by the use, quantity and sale of marijuana edibles. A Longer-Lasting High Marijuana edibles produce a much longer-lasting and potent ... continue reading
  • Childhood Traumas Haunt Many into Adulthood

    It's a widely accepted theory that some people are more susceptible to addiction than others. Many of those “at-risk” are labeled as such due to specific genetic or neurological issues. However, a recent study indicates that traumatic ...

    ... times more likely to become an alcoholic, while boys in this category were 46 times more likely to use intravenous drugs. Specific adverse experiences weren't the catalyst for later addiction, but rather the effects of ... continue reading
  • 10 Things to Look for in Faith-Based Treatment Centers

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

    ... may not approve of this approach. On the contrary, some treatment centers may promote or encourage the use of certain medications, whereas you might be seeking full abstinence. Find a facility where both the therapeutic ... continue reading
  • The Surgeon General Finally Gives Addiction Its Own Label

    A new Surgeon General's report finds drug and alcohol addiction to be one of America's most pressing public health concerns. “It's time to change how we view addiction,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wrote in his landmark report last month. ...

    ... ? Would it significantly impact all those who were struggling with substance abuse behind bars? Substance-use disorder costs our country $442 billion annually in health-care and criminal justice-related spending. Over ... continue reading
  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

    A crushing avalanche is crippling Appalachian communities, but it's not the mountainous disaster you might think. This avalanche is a deadly onslaught of opioids . In 2014, the seven Appalachian states accounted for more than a fifth of nationwide ...

    ... resources add to the challenge of fighting the opioid epidemic. All of this adds up to increased drug use and staggering rates of overdose. In addition to the main initiative, four other awards were issued this year ... continue reading
  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

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

    ... tool for battling anxiety. Panic attacks often involve hyperventilation, and this often triggers additional symptoms. A use of calming breathing techniques can keep your heart rate slow and stave off the panic. Eat Away ... 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 ...

    ... misrepresented the addictive nature of their pills. Something else to consider: Pharma-funded advocates often use their influence to spread opioid-friendly messages, but they fail to mention their partnership with the ... continue reading
  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

    Tom fell off a ladder and hurt his back. His doctor gave him a prescription for Percocet , a powerful opioid painkiller. He only took a couple and now he's got ten pills left over in a bottle sitting in his medicine cabinet. If this scenario (or a ...

    ... They may simply take too many, unaware of the danger because a doctor didn't consult with them about their use. Ultimately, it's not worth the risk. Hey Doc, How About Lending a Hand? People sharing their extra pills put ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

    After falling off a ladder, Suzanne was rushed to the hospital and examined from stem to stern. Her pelvic bone was fractured and she'd sprained her wrist, but the pain in her left shoulder was unbearable. Suzanne dislocated her shoulder and ...

    ... avoiding opiate withdrawal Methadone is regulated and never cut with other drugs or dangerous substances dealers often use on the streets Suzanne spent a year in the program, slowly tapering her dosage down under the ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

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

    ... our anxiety “pill-free.” They recommend feeling our feelings, rather than relying on a crutch. The more Xanax we use, the less we're able to navigate tough situations without them. We start thinking we have to have them ... 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 , ...

    ... , too. These well trained canines were trained to detect the scent of marijuana . Now that it's legal to use cannabis in some cases, the K9 unit no longer needs them to focus on this drug. Instead, police departments in ... continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    $6.5 million is up for grabs. The state of Ohio recently launched its Opioid Technology Challenge, calling on healthcare providers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. The goal is to generate ideas that can be developed into solutions to curb the ...

    ... die each day from an opioid overdose. Over 2 million Americans are currently struggling with an opioid use disorder . More than half of those struggling aren't receiving treatment. Clearly, whatever we're currently ... 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 ...

    ... . It's Time to Break the Pattern When addictive thinking is present, the harmful consequences of drug or alcohol use don't outweigh their euphoric effects and will eventually lead to relapse. So, it's important to change ... 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 ...

    ... Daily Beast his client was shocked after seeing his own image on television. “He asked me how they could just use his video like that, without his permission, but since it happened in public they can do what they want ... 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 ...

    ... dependency are given progesterone, the hormone plays a therapeutic role in curtailing smoking and cocaine use. Unlike estrogen, progesterone reduces a drug's rewarding effects and lowers the motivation for 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 ...

    ... the probation option without reading the not-so-fine print. The first “condition” of my probation was to not drink or use drugs . The second was to not drive a car. I broke both of these, at the same time, on the first ... continue reading
  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

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

    ... 't answer. She didn't know if he was alive or dead. Allison lived with the fear that all families of people who use illegal drugs feel. When is the call going to come? When is he not going to make it out alive? The phone ... 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 ...

    ... pregnant is one of the only ways to stop the cycle of babies being born addicted, poverty, crime, and more drug use. What Do You Think? Every day, about 92 people die from an overdose. And in rural areas of the nation ... continue reading
  • Pop Quiz: Let’s Test Your Benzo Knowledge

    In 2013, 13.5 million adults filled a benzodiazepine prescription in the US. These drugs are used to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia and seizures. They are also highly addictive and frequently abused. How much do you know about this class of ...

    In 2013, 13.5 million adults filled a benzodiazepine prescription in the US. These drugs are used to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia and seizures. They are also highly addictive and frequently abused. How much do you ... continue reading
  • Do I Have to Hit Rock Bottom Before I Get Help?

    No! Hitting rock bottom is not a prerequisite to seeking help for substance abuse; help is available whenever you are ready for it. Unfortunately, statistics show that many people who are struggling with substance abuse will not seek help until they ...

    ... struggling with substance abuse will not seek help until they do hit rock bottom. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that of almost 23 million people who needed substance abuse services in 2013, only 2.5 ... 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 ...

    ... the safety of 12-step meetings, especially for women. There are people who believe that some men use the vulnerability of women attending meetings to their advantage, and that some members are actually sexual predators ... 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 ...

    ... in relationships. Previous childhood trauma. Previous sexual assault. Eating disorders associated with drug use. Difficulty ending relationships with other drug users, especially in cases of spouses, romantic partners ... continue reading
  • Over 1 in 10 Americans admit they would ignore social distancing rules to see friends on NYE.

    Party like it's 2019? Just 1 in 10 Americans are optimistic they will be out celebrating this NYE, reveals survey. Although it may not seem like it, the end of the year is fast approaching, which means many Americans are beginning to think about ...

    Party like it's 2019? Just 1 in 10 Americans are optimistic they will be out celebrating this NYE, reveals survey. Although it may not seem like it, the end of the year is fast approaching, which means many Americans are ... continue reading
  • What Are the Current Substance Addiction Trends Among Teens Today?

    Although you might think your home is drug-free, your teenager might know otherwise. Many of the current substance abuse and addiction trends among teens today are shocking simply because they involve household products that are readily available. ...

    ... as well, if not better, and it's much safer. Teens are also getting high off of simple spices often used in baking, so you'd better think twice before leaving the kids alone to make cookies after school. Videos of teens ... continue reading
  • Injured on the Job, Now I’m Addicted to Painkillers… What Do I Do?

    Addiction to prescription drugs is one of the most common substance abuse problems in the United States. Many people associate drug abuse with poverty and the purchase of illicit substances on a street corner. However, prescription drug abuse is ...

    ... , which is called dependency. This can lead to cravings for the substance. Additionally, as the person's body becomes used to the drug, a higher and higher dose will be required to obtain the same effects. This is called ... continue reading
  • You’ve Gotta Dig In: Brain Health and Drug Abuse

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

    ... : These are also essential for neurotransmitter creation and function. Vitamin B6 and B3 and iron are specifically used to create dopamine (which plays a role in your reward/happy behaviors.) Sources : Vitamin B6 - ... continue reading
  • Curing Alcoholism: We’re Finally Putting MDMA to the Test

    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 about to begin the world's first ...

    ... new approach will help get to the root of the participant's substance abuse issue . He said, “It's using drugs to enhance the relationship between the therapist and the patient, and it allows us to dig down and get to ... 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 ...

    ... as marijuana ) contains THC, a mind-altering chemical. Marijuana is legal in some states for medical uses and/or recreational use. It can cause many effects, such as feeling high, mood changes, altered senses, change in ... continue reading
  • Smoking Can be a Serious Pain…in the Back

    If you have chronic back pain and are a long-time smoker, the latter may be causing the former, according to a study released by the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. A New Worry for Smokers The study, which was published in ...

    ... for chronic conditions can quickly escalate from regular use to dependency and addiction if not closely monitored. ... with your doctor to address the back pain using non-narcotic or holistic options. Additional Reading : ... continue reading
  • Legalizing Marijuana Decreases Fatal Opiate Overdoses, Study Shows

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

    ... overdose less likely. Currently, 23 states and the District of Columbia have passed medical marijuana laws. Use of medicinal cannabis is approved for a number of conditions, including cancer, HIV, multiple sclerosis, and ... continue reading
  • What You Need to Know About ‘Zombie Drug’ Krokodil

    Krokodil (Crocodil) is a homemade version of a synthetic drug called desomorphine. As the name deso-morphine suggests, the chemical is in the opiate family and closely mimics the effects of heroin and morphine. Pure desomorphine is a very addictive ...

    ... so-called users did not test positive for desomorphine. Instead, it was likely a bad staph infection or use of unsanitary needles. The reports of Krokodil in the U.S. may have been sensationalized. However the “zombie ... continue reading
  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

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

    ... provide addicts with clean, sterile, and safe locations to use drugs. At its core, safe rooms seek to ... rooms, the federal government would likely shut them down using the Controlled Substances Act. To learn more about the ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Oxycodone? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Opiates are one of the best inventions of mankind for so many reasons. They formed the basis of modern medicine and inspired a huge range for pharmaceuticals. Plenty of drug companies started off by manufacturing painkillers that were based on ...

    ... In addition, they can really guide you to making the right choices. Quitting isn't just about stopping the use of oxycodone, though. When addictions are caused partially by circumstance-it's rare that anyone is born with ... continue reading
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