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  • The Effects of Heroin Use

    Is Heroin Harmful? Continued use of heroin can bring devastation to both physical and mental health, and is likely to culminate in a number of social and legal ramifications for the user. Heroin is the name for a modified version of morphine that is ...

    ... different varieties, with purer product tending to occur in white powder form . White powder doesn't always equate with pure, however, as heroin ... results. In short, heroin is very harmful. The speed and intense effects of ... continue reading
  • Heroin Abuse

    About Heroin Abuse What Is Heroin? Heroin use is increasing across new demographics. Learn more about this disturbing trend. Heroin is a substance that is both illegal and extremely addictive . The substance derives from opium from the poppy plant ...

    ... is sold and used in a number of forms including white or brown powder, a black sticky substance (tar heroin), and solid black chunks . These different forms of heroin can be smoked, snorted, or injected under the skin ... continue reading
  • Why Is Heroin So Deadly Today?

    For more than a century, heroin has been a dangerous drug of abuse . For years, people have been attracted to the substance's ability to produce a relatively inexpensive, rapid-onset, and intensely euphoric high 1,2 . While the drug's high holds a ...

    ... it and sometimes sold to users with heroin separately (in a different package) as a modifier to enhance its ... there, the substance may be mixed into heroin or formed into pills that closely resemble legitimate prescription ... continue reading
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  • Heroin Overdose

    Heroin is one of the most common, addictive, and lethal drugs in the world. A morphine derivative, heroin is sold illegally in the form of white or brown powder, or a sticky black substance known as “black tar heroin”. In its various forms, ...

    ... sticky black substance known as “black tar heroin”. In its various forms, heroin is snorted or smoked, or it may ... age and weight. Warning Signs Heroin overdose affects a number of different body parts and systems. Some ... 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 ...

    ... between both forms of opiates, with most people switching from prescription drugs to heroin instead of ... on opiates . As a result, heroin is now impacting a completely different segment of the nation - white communities ... continue reading
  • Heroin Addiction Hotline Guide

    Call Now 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? What is a Heroin Hotline? Heroin addiction is a very hard challenge to overcome alone. That is why doctors, mental health professionals, and support group members advocate seeking help if you believe you or ...

    ... heroin addiction hotline can be nerve-wracking. However, it is important to remind yourself that it is just a phone call. You make phone calls every day, and this one is no different ... offers forms of MAT at our heroin ... continue reading
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  • Heroin Withdrawal

    Heroin is an illicitly manufactured opioid drug and morphine derivative. Both the pain-relieving and pleasurable properties of heroin are initiated through the drug's interaction with opioid receptors in the brain. It is most often distributed on ...

    ... MAT as an effective method of treating heroin and other forms of opioid abuse. According to a 2011 ... the withdrawal period. In theory, this method may speed up the withdrawal process, though recent research has proven ... continue reading
  • Can You Get Addicted to Heroin After the First Use?

    Trying heroin can set into motion a pattern of use that can be dangerous and deadly. Heroin has the reputation of being one of the most addictive illicit drugs. Many government and academic institutions all report that heroin is either very ...

    ... by how soon it can reach the brain. Consider the speeds of the following routes according to the Center for Substance ... . How Do You Get Addicted to Heroin? The path to addiction is different for each person, as it is ... 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 ...

    ... - and more money to be made. Once cut, the powder takes on a brown or off-white color. “Black tar” is another form of heroin and - as the name implies - it is dark brown or black in color. And tends to be sticky like tar ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

    For centuries, people have debated one age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? While both sides of this argument have their valid points, the question itself has evolved, making its way into other areas of society, including the ...

    ... are getting. Suddenly, the whole game changes.” So, why would a heroin addict switch to OxyContin? Turns out there are a few different reasons—the main one being an overwhelming misconception about medication-assisted ... 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 ...

    ... when she got the call. Alex had been arrested for heroin possession . She sat up late with her husband, the ... was reading online and found an article about a different kind of rehab - something called “harm reduction.” It ... continue reading
  • Gray Death: The New Killer on the Street

    While heroin adulterated with fentanyl has been in the news in recent years and the risks are well-known, there is a new danger on the streets, and it's even deadlier. It is a frighteningly powerful combination of heroin and synthetic opioids known ...

    ... . Experts are struggling to understand what this drug is exactly. Reports of gray heroin have been made since 2012, but it was different from the current formulations seen today. 5 One of the most frightening things ... continue reading
  • Why Is Heroin So Addictive?

    Despite its dangers and reputation for harm, use of heroin continues to climb higher in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Rates of heroin use have increased across gender, socioeconomic status, age group, ...

    ... when they want to stop. The New Face of Heroin Heroin epidemics are popping up in the most unlikely of places ... . Runny nose. Aches. Sweating. Additionally, different medications can be used to manage the symptoms ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Heroin Addict

    More than 590,000 people had a heroin use disorder in the U.S. in 2015, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. If you or someone you love is addicted to heroin, you're not alone, and there is help available. Approaching Someone About ...

    ... 3,600 deaths in the US were connected to heroin usage . If you're suffering form the effects of Heroin use and need help, don't wait to find treatment. Recovery from Heroin Addiction is Possible View the video below to ... continue reading
  • Snorting Heroin

    Heroin is a highly addictive Schedule I controlled drug. Heroin has a long history—it was first synthesized (as diacetylmorphine) in 1874 from morphine. Paradoxically, heroin was originally marketed as a safer and non-addictive form of morphine. ...

    ... —it was first synthesized (as diacetylmorphine) in 1874 from morphine. Paradoxically, heroin was originally marketed as a safer and non-addictive form of morphine. By 1914, however, the drug was banned in the United ... continue reading
  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

    According to recent statistics gathered during a detailed research investigation - a project aptly dubbed The National Heroin Threat Assessment - the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA) reports that the availability and abuse of heroin is ...

    ... and growing threat.” The Official Word In a sad twist, this growing heroin epidemic is linked to policy changes that were initially formed to lower prescription drug abuse . In recent efforts, drug manufacturers and ... continue reading
  • Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms

    It's common knowledge that injecting drugs like heroin poses a huge risk for transmission of the HIV virus. In fact, around 30 percent of all HIV infections worldwide (outside sub-Saharan and African areas) occur through this method. But a new study ...

    ... . Seventy-seven participants from Russia self-reported their use of heroin and other drugs at the beginning of the study, as ... users with “risk reduction” supplies in the form of things like condoms and bleach. Additional ... continue reading
  • Heroin’s Effects on Pregnancy

    Heroin is an illegal and highly addictive substance that may be injected, smoked, or snorted. This powerful opiate drug can easily harm any user, and it can cause numerous problems for a pregnant mother and her developing baby. Unfortunately, heroin ...

    ... the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health report showed that 329,000 people in the US reported using heroin in the past month 1 . This includes women of childbearing age. The survey found that approximately 79,000 ... continue reading
  • Heroin's Death Toll Hits an All-Time High in New York

    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 ...

    ... the biggest jump by far was in Queens. Believe it or not, 81 residents of Queens died at the hands of heroin last year - that's 28 more deaths than Queens saw in 2012. Affluent areas of the north Bronx and eastern Queens ... continue reading
  • Record-Breaking Number of Overdoses Traced Back to Bad Heroin

    A dangerous batch of heroin circulating throughout the city of Chicago has caused a record-breaking 74 overdoses in the span of just three days. When the numbers began to climb at such an astonishing rate, medical professionals began to suspect a ...

    ... . Combined, these two drugs prompt body systems to not only slow down, but grind to a halt. The heroin/fentanyl combo is also one that sets in quickly. Effects are felt almost instantly and collapse occurs in a matter of ... continue reading
  • The Price Tag of Heroin in America: $51 Billion

    If you're hooked on heroin, you'll spend an average of $150 a day to support your habit. That's nearly $55,000 per year. Heroin abuse comes with a pretty hefty price tag, unfortunately personal financial burden isn't the only cash-flow issue left in ...

    ... your habit. That's nearly $55,000 per year. Heroin abuse comes with a pretty hefty price tag, unfortunately ... 11,148 per person. At more than $50K per user, heroin's cost blows those two diseases out of the water. The U ... continue reading
  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

    It looks like our nation has found a “bullet” deadlier than the traditional calibers. As of 2015, heroin is killing more people than guns. This shift in statistics has happened rather quickly. In 2007, gun homicides outnumbered heroin deaths 5 ...

    ... opioid deaths . It was the first year in which opioid death tolls surpassed the 30,000 mark. The increase in heroin use can be traced back to the late 1990s and early 2000s. The era saw a drastic increase in prescription ... continue reading
  • Heroin History and Statistics

    History Heroin is a powerful opiate narcotic that has no legal medical use in the US. Outside of the US, pharmaceutical grade heroin is still produced for limited therapeutic use. It is occasionally prescribed for severe pain in countries such as ...

    ... the first time in 2013—this number has not changed much over the last decade. More than 680,000 people used heroin at some point during the last year in 2013—a number that has steadily risen from over 370,000 in 2007. A ... continue reading
  • Heroin Relapse

    Heroin Relapse is Common Anyone can develop a heroin addiction—it's not limited to a specific demographic—but once you develop an addiction, it can be difficult to overcome. Heroin addiction is very powerful and, because of its interaction with ...

    ... tools you need to stay sober. A well-thought-out plan can help you identify and manage the signs of heroin relapse before things get worse. You can implement some of the elements of a relapse prevention plan on your own ... continue reading
  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

    You've worked hard to build a new life. Brick by heavy brick, you laid the foundation for a life of sobriety . You were happily on the path to recovery, but somewhere along the way you got off course. You relapsed on heroin. It might feel like ...

    ... a depression that can rob you of a successful life in sobriety . Do a Body Check As you know by now, heroin abuse wreaks havoc on your body. To get back on track after a relapse, get your body back on board. Revisit the ... 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 ...

    ... to be fatal for them,” said Dr. Neil Capretto . What's more, thousands of people are unknowingly buying heroin that's laced with the deadly drug. This has become a common practice among dealers, mainly because synthetic ... continue reading
  • Supervised Heroin Shooting Galleries: Coming to a Public Housing Site?

    Vancouver is facing an unprecedented number of opioid overdoses, prompting the government's housing partners to launch a new effort in hopes of curbing this deadly trend. The goal is to get intravenous drug users to use in designated supervised ...

    Vancouver is facing an unprecedented number of opioid overdoses, prompting the government's housing partners to launch a new effort in hopes of curbing this deadly trend. The goal is to get intravenous drug users to use ... continue reading
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    Amphetamines are prescription medications or illegal substances that are also known as stimulants, as they speed up your metabolism and increase your alertness. When legally prescribed, they are typically used to treat attention-deficit ...

    ... 's blood, liquid red, ox blood, or red speed. Illegal amphetamines are available in the following forms: Liquid. Pill. Capsule. Powder. Paste. Crystal. People use them in different ways, such as: 3 Swallowing the pills ... continue reading
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    The Function of the Liver The liver plays an extremely important role in the body. It ensures the removal of toxins and has numerous other functions, including: Fat metabolism: The liver cells — or hepatocytes — are able to process dietary and ...

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  • Snorting Tramadol

    Tramadol is a medication prescribed to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults and, in its extended release forms, to manage certain chronic pain conditions. Similar to other pain medications like oxycodone, morphine, and hydrocodone, ...

    ... will increase the speed at which the substance's effects are felt compared to ingesting the medication in pill form 6,7 . ... or school. Shift their social networks towards different friends or have more conflict with loved ... continue reading
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    Drugs can be abused in a variety of ways; while some people may take them orally, others may smoke, snort, or inject them. The practice of “shooting up,” or injecting drugs directly into the bloodstream by means of a needle is particularly ...

    ... Lungs. Brain. Because chronic, repeated injection of drugs such as heroin may lead to venous sclerosis, or a loss of veins to ... with continued and persistent use. Although different kinds of drugs have varying long-term ... continue reading
  • Snorting Vicodin

    Vicodin is the brand name for a prescription medication that is frequently used for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. Vicodin is comprised of two active pain relievers 1 : Hydrocodone - an opioid pain reliever. Hydrocodone it is a ...

    ... of harm. So why is snorting Vicodin any different from taking it orally? When the medication is ... of Vicodin, in turn, get weaker, users may transition to heroin for a more potent high 6 . Second, opioid medications tend ... continue reading
  • Lethal Drug Combinations

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

    ... look, taste, and feel vastly different, both substances are central nervous system ... this combination of drugs is that people feel less vulnerable to heroin overdose because of their cocaine intake. In fact, users are ... continue reading
  • This Is Your Brain on Drugs

    Read Time: 20 minutes Readers of a certain age might remember the public service announcements from the late 1980s showing a frying egg with the tagline: “This is your brain on drugs.” Although these commercials were effective at delivering the ...

    ... acts very differently than someone who is abusing heroin, both individuals may find it close to impossible ... if they desperately want to. To understand how different drugs—with their diverse mechanisms of action and ... continue reading
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    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 ...

    ... similar from product to product. While different forms of marijuana intake have been around for ... a joint and eating an edible are reflected in the speed of onset of effects, the duration until peak effects are ... continue reading
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    While substance abuse may cause a user to feel a short-lived euphoria or impart a sense of temporary well-being, the adverse effects can be dangerous and, in some instances, may lead to permanent brain damage. Chronic drug and alcohol abuse is ...

    ... as well as illicit drugs, such as heroin . Research suggests that long-term heroin use can cause the white matter in ... minutes of only one use. Since inhalants have different chemical components, they will vary in terms of ... continue reading
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    What are “Study Drugs?” The colloquial term “study drugs” typically refers to prescription stimulant medications (such as Ritalin and Concerta) that are used to enhance aspects of a user's mental functioning, such as: Memory. Concentration. ...

    ... Dexmethylphenidate Methylphenidate is actually a mixture of 2 different forms of the drug, called dextro-threo-methylphenidate ... of people who have become addicted to “speed” since the 1930s. Additionally, the performance ... continue reading
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    While painkiller use is widespread, there is a vast amount of false information surrounding them. Unfortunately, many people begin using opioid painkillers knowing little about them. Given few details about these drugs - how they work, when to take ...

    ... mechanism of action is similar to that of heroin . Examples of opioid pain medications include: Hydrocodone ... , including: Receiving multiple prescriptions from different prescribers. Using painkillers at high doses. ... continue reading
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    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 ...

    ... orally, injected, or even smoked in the form of “ice.” They speed up the body systems, which can cause a ... the driving force behind this unfortunate upward trend. Heroin deaths have also skyrocketed. Tragically, in around 8 ... continue reading
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    Crack is a very addictive substance due to its potency and the rapid high that results from its particular method of use. For thousands of years, the well-known stimulating effects of the coca plant have been sought for a variety of uses, and the ...

    ... played an important role throughout a number of different geographic locations and diverse cultures. Its uses ... . As a stimulant, crack has the potential to speed up various actions throughout the body and brain . While ... continue reading
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    What is Adderall? Adderall is a prescription stimulant used and abused for its ability to increase energy and mental focus, as well as for its potential to elicit pleasurable feelings at high enough doses 1 . It is prescribed for the treatment of ...

    ... both instant release (IR) and extended release (XR) pill forms. Adderall IR's effects last 4 to 6 hours, while ... help for Adderall addiction. There are several different types of treatment for Adderall addiction: Detox ... continue reading
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    ... join 12-Step groups like Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or Heroin Anonymous (HA), or non-12-Step groups like SMART ... , or scholarships . Some rehabs may offer different forms of financial assistance based on need/ability to ... continue reading
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    Valium is a prescription sedative medication that falls into the class of drugs known as benzodiazepines 1 . Also available as generic diazepam, Valium is prescribed in pill form to treat anxiety and panic symptoms 1,2 . When taken as prescribed, it ...

    ... Also available as generic diazepam, Valium is prescribed in pill form to treat anxiety and panic symptoms 1,2 . When taken ... without professional help 2 . Several different types of treatments are available for Valium ... continue reading
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    ... it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, the bohemian yet lonely world ... famous for his book titled Junkie, Burroughs was a heroin and opioid addict. He even accidentally shot his ... continue reading
  • Snorting Methadone

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  • Snorting Fentanyl

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  • 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 ...

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  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2013 across the nation. That's two times the amount of overdose deaths a ...

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  • Side Effects of Vyvanse

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  • The Effects of PCP Use

    What Is PCP? PCP abbreviation for the powerful, dissociative sedative drug phencyclidine. PCP is found sold on the street in many forms including: White powder. Crystal. Capsules. Tablets. Liquid. The tablets can be found in multiple colors and, ...

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  • 4 Hangover “Cures” You Need to Ignore

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  • Warning Signs of Drug Abuse

    Drug abuse continues to be a major concern in the United States. According to the report by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2013: Half of all Americans regularly drink alcohol with about 25% binge-drinking in ...

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  • The Effects of Ketamine Use

    Is Ketamine Harmful? “It's easy to get ketamine abuse wrong because of its potency; it's more powerful than speed or coke weight for weight, so it's easy to accidentally overdose.” Like its sister drug CP, ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic, ...

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  • Methamphetamine History and Statistics

    Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant drug, originally synthesized for therapeutic use but now found predominantly as a recreational drug of abuse. Though it is a drug that is FDA-approved and prescribed for attention-deficit/ ...

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  • Side Effects of Librium Use

    Librium , which is a brand name formulation of chlordiazepoxide, belongs to a class of sedative medications known as benzodiazepines . Librium has been widely used as a treatment for anxiety and for managing the symptoms of alcohol and other ...

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  • The Side Effects of Xanax Use

    What Is Xanax? Xanax (generic name: alprazolam) is a powerful benzodiazepine drug that is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain. 1,2 The medication comes in the form of a tablet that quickly ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • Snorting Percocet

    Percocet is a prescription opioid containing both oxycodone and acetaminophen. While it is an effective pain reliever, as a Schedule II controlled drug it has a high potential for abuse due to the oxycodone in it. Oxycodone is a semisynthetic opioid ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • Drug Abuse: The Oral Health Kryptonite

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  • Painkiller Detox and Withdrawal

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  • The Deadly and Costly Consequences of DUIs

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  • Adderall Withdrawal

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  • The Effects of Clonazepam Use

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  • Snorting Vyvanse

    Vyvanse is the brand name of a medication prescribed to treat attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and binge eating disorder (BED) 1 . This substance is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that interacts with several ...

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  • Find a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab Center in Alabama

    Addiction is a chronic, relapsing condition that most people need professional help (often in multiple forms) to overcome. With the right treatment, however, many people move past addiction to lead successful, healthy, and happy lives. You can be ...

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  • 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. ...

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  • Get the Facts on Alcohol Abuse

    As a substance that most adults can easily obtain from their neighborhood store, or order off the menu at a favorite restaurant, the hard facts about alcohol use and abuse are frequently overlooked. Statistics about alcohol abuse can be quite ...

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  • How to Help an Adderall Addict

    Help for Adderall Addicts Adderall is the brand name for a drug that contains two active ingredients: amphetamine and dextroamphetamine . These ingredients work to stimulate and speed up the body. Doctors use this drug in the treatment of ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • Suboxone Withdrawal

    Suboxone is a medication approved for the treatment of opioid addiction and dependence . As part of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) regimen, Suboxone can help return the recovering individual to a life free of the intense highs and lows ...

    ... the same opioid receptors with which drugs like heroin and OxyContin act but is incapable of ... off opioids for good. Signs of Withdrawal Suboxone's speed of onset and total duration of action are comparatively longer ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Alcohol on the Body

    Drinking alcohol puts you in a league with 70 percent of Americans who also do. And though nights spent with a beer, a glass of your favorite vino, or a mixed drink might seem like harmless fun, do you really know how it's affecting your body? Like ...

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  • Get The Facts on Alcohol Abuse

    As a substance that most adults can easily obtain from their neighborhood store, or order off the menu at a favorite restaurant, the hard facts about alcohol use and abuse are frequently overlooked. Statistics about alcohol abuse can be quite ...

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  • New Study: Amphetamine Abuse and This Old Heart

    It's called speed for a reason. Amphetamines, like Ritalin or Adderall, accelerate your heart rate. They send your nervous system into overdrive. Guess what else it speeds up? The aging process. That's right. Pumping your system full of amphetamine ...

    ... Ritalin or Adderall, accelerate your heart rate. They send your nervous system into overdrive. Guess what else it speeds up? The aging process. That's right. Pumping your system full of amphetamine makes you get older ... continue reading
  • Find a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab Center in Maryland

    Addiction can affect people of all socioeconomic, religious, racial, and educational backgrounds. For many, it is a chronic disease and lifelong struggle, but it one can be managed through treatment and a commitment to recovery. Begin searching here ...

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  • Colorado Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab Center

    When compared with much of the country, Colorado has relatively high rates of substance use, and the numbers suggest that there may be many people in the state in need of addiction treatment. Addiction tends to get worse the longer it goes ...

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  • Clonazepam Abuse

    Introduction to Clonazepam Abuse A person can form a physical dependence on the drug in a short amount of time, even when using the drug as instructed. What Is Clonazepam? Clonazepam is a prescription drug that belongs to a group of medications ...

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  • Find a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab Center in South Carolina

    Addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease, and it can be extremely difficult for people to quit using drugs or alcohol without the help of professional treatment. Rehab centers in South Carolina offer a range treatment models that can include ...

    ... to prescription painkillers addiction to drugs in all forms persist across the country. In South Carolina ... 11,000 South Carolina residents older than 12 reported using heroin in the past year. Within that same age group, ... continue reading
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