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  • The Dilaudid Dilemma

    Every day, physicians across the nation prescribe painkillers to help patients cope with pain. The types of painkillers prescribed are as varied as the type and intensity of pain levels; however, more potent painkillers - like opioids - are ...

    ... Because Dilaudid is a sedative that slows heart rate and reduces lung function, mixing it ... with other central nervous system depressants (such as alcohol, Valium, and Xanax ... 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 ...

    ... (Xanax, Valium, Klonopin) are typically prescribed to alleviate anxiety and treat insomnia. Categorized as depressant drugs, or “downers,” benzodiazepines sedate the central nervous system, which slows heart rate ... continue reading
  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

    In recent years, opioid abuse has received a lot of attention - and for good reason. In 2014, 19,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids ; that's up 16 percent from 2013. But notice the wording; it's important: “Overdoses ...

    ... is particularly deadly because both classes of drugs slow down your body systems and create a sense ... produce the desired sensation. The effects on breathing and heart rate are exponential. It's not like taking one dose ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... type of CNS depressant, meaning that they can slow activity in the brain. 24 Barbiturates cause drowsiness ... depression, trouble thinking, increased blood pressure and heart rate, nausea, and loss of consciousness. Because ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

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

    ... Valium, Xanax ) are all depressants, meaning they significantly slow your breathing and heart rate. When ... still very dangerous. Overdosing on stimulants can cause heart attacks, strokes, seizures and psychosis. Signs of ... 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 ...

    ... regulation is also compromised, causing an erratic heart rate. If not addressed by a medical professional ... on the central nervous system, sedatives like Xanax and Valium , slow down brain and body functions. Unless taken ... 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 ...

    ... use of calming breathing techniques can keep your heart rate slow and stave off the panic. Eat Away ... (and medication) well worth the effort? Additional Reading: Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... of cocaine wear off, which they do at a faster rate than heroin. Signs of overdose from speedballs include: Bluish ... on the cardiovascular system, which includes the heart and lungs. Because alcohol and cocaine counteract ... 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 ...

    ... And that number has been climbing at an alarming rate ever since. The Benzo Specifics Benzodiazepines (benzos) ... the treatment will include transferring you from a slow acting benzo to an extended release formulation. ... continue reading
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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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... if that weren't enough, alcohol abusers also have higher rates of attempted suicides. So, how are alcohol and the ... alcohol-related suicides to larger numbers of bars and liquor stores in their community. Researchers ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

    Shannon was feeling even more anxious than usual, so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as prescribed, but she figured an extra one wouldn't hurt. Feeling calmer, she decided to drive over to her ...

    ... is most likely. What's Happening? Combining Xanax with other depressants (like alcohol), or by taking a much larger dosage than prescribed, causes a slowed heartbeat and severe breathing problems. An overdose can ... 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 ...

    ... of this population meets the medical criteria for addiction. In many cases, this high rate of addiction correlates directly with high rates of recidivism, or repeat incarceration. In other words, issues with drugs often ... 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 ...

    ... least nine people in the San Francisco area fell prey to fake Xanax pills laced with fentanyl. Three suffered from heart attacks and one from heart failure, while others experienced a major hit to respiratory and nervous ... continue reading
  • Xanax Passes Marijuana as Second-Leading Cause of DUI

    When it comes to driving under the influence of substances that aren't alcohol, marijuana is the biggest concern for many Americans. Colorado has spent millions of dollars on a series of “ Drive High, Get a DUI ” commercials, while Washington ...

    ... are no longer the main substances plaguing drivers on the state's highways and byways. Believe it or not, Xanax now far surpasses marijuana as a leading cause of DUI. Benzos and Driving are a Bad Combo Data compiled by ... continue reading
  • Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down

    “It's the worst mistake I've ever made. I wish I had never gotten that prescription filled.” That's the regret Kelly says sums up her experience with Xanax . At the age of 20, Kelly says she didn't realize what she was getting into when her ...

    ... . I wish I had never gotten that prescription filled.” That's the regret Kelly says sums up her experience with Xanax . At the age of 20, Kelly says she didn't realize what she was getting into when her doctor offered ... 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 ...

    ... = 4.” Look, I get it. It's so easy to get hooked; it's so easy to fly under the radar. But Xanax is addictive and it's dangerous, especially when mixed with alcohol. If you're hooked on benzos, here's my advice: Talk to ... 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, ...

    ... is extremely addictive and often abused. In fact, by 2010, over 125,000 annual ER visits were directly related to Xanax abuse . A Medication Nation What's really going on here? Why are we a nation full of anxiety-ridden ... 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 ...

    ... journal found that men who drank 9.9 grams or more of alcohol per day had a significantly higher rate of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. The number of sexual partners they had did not have any correlation with the ... 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 ...

    ... states with the highest number of dry counties, but they're also among the top U.S. states with the highest rates of meth use . Need more proof? Take a look at these statistics: Nearly half of the 75 counties in Arkansas ... continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

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

    ... . These aversive effects include headache, flushing, and increased heart rate. It comes in tablet form and is taken by mouth ... from drug or alcohol addiction. What is Xanax? Xanax is the name brand of the generic drug ... continue reading
  • The Scary Facts About Designer Drugs and Legal Highs

    Read Time: 30 minutes Introduction What Are Designer Drugs and Legal Highs? The terms “designer drugs” and “legal highs” are used to refer to substances such as synthetic marijuana and “bath salts” that are engineered in a laboratory to ...

    ... and vomiting. Shortness of breath. Blood pressure instability. Heart rate instability. Sweating and chills. Chest pains. Muscle twitches ... Demerol Oxycontin Klonopin Alprazolam/Xanax Valium Clonazepam Percocet Lortab ... 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, ...

    ... heart rate, cause chronic constipation, create a widening of blood vessels, depress coughing and slow ... convulsions, dizziness, drowsiness, low blood pressure and slow heartbeat. 7 Heroin: Made from morphine, heroin ... continue reading
  • If Old Drug Ads Told the Truth

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Through the late 19th century and mid-20th century, many of today's illicit drugs of abuse were available legally in the United States. Products containing cocaine, heroin, or amphetamine were readily available for ...

    ... especially in the same drink. Cocaine increases the heart rate, potentially to levels of cardiac arrest - ... would toe the line between slowing breathing to the point of calmness and slowing breathing to the point of ... continue reading
  • Drug Overdose Signs and Symptoms

    Drug abuse always carries the risk of serious side effects, including overdose. Whether you abuse alcohol, an illegal drug such as cocaine, or medications prescribed by a doctor—such as opioid painkillers—addiction development will always be a ...

    ... in the person taking them. Check the person's breathing and heart rate. If the person is unconscious, try to get a response ... Percocet Steroids Tramadol Valium Vicodin Vyvanse Xanax CHECK IF YOUR INSURANCE COVERS ADDICTION ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

    Permanent brain damage due to an opiate overdose is a very real, life-altering consequence of opiate abuse . The dramatic increase of opiate-related deaths is now demanding public attention, but the consequence of permanent brain damage remains ...

    ... Brain Damage Opiates and opioids (heroin, morphine, OxyContin, Fentanyl) are depressants, meaning the drugs slow down your breathing and heart rate. As such, the most significant risk of an overdose is the lack of oxygen ... continue reading
  • 4 Physical Signs You're Addicted to Ritalin

    Ritalin is a stimulant drug used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. It's classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule II narcotic — meaning it's in the ...

    ... financially and things slowed down at work. Unfortunately, he might never get the chance. Darren felt his heart suddenly start ... withdrawal . Effects can include increased heart rate and elevated blood pressure, even ... continue reading
  • Risks of Smoking While Breastfeeding

    The numerous health hazards associated with smoking tobacco are well researched and documented. There is no safe time to smoke , but in some situations, the potential for harm is more unequivocal than usual. One such situation is smoking before and ...

    ... 4 : Increase blood pressure. Increase breathing rate. Increase heart rate. In addition to the epinephrine, nicotine also ... like: Shock. Vomiting. Diarrhea. Restlessness. Rapid heart rate. Additional risks include 4,6,7 : ... continue reading
  • What Does Ecstasy do to Your Mind and Body?

    The night started off exactly like the last few Saturdays…Chloe entered the club with her girlfriends. Soon after, each of them took a bundle of ecstasy. Not long after washing down her dose with water, Chloe felt the familiar effects of the drug. ...

    ... she was “rolling,” we would notice her pupils had become extremely dilated. As she danced, her heart rate skyrocketed, her core body temperature spiked and her blood pressure increased. As with other hallucinogens, the ... 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 ...

    ... Decreased appetite. Rapid breathing rate. Rapid and/or irregular heart rate. Elevated body temperature ... : 4 Dangerously high body temperature. Convulsions. Stroke. Heart attack. Death. Long-Terms Effects of Meth Chronic, ... 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 ...

    ... , headaches and restlessness. In some cases, users also experience increased blood pressure and heart rate, as well as irregular heart palpitations. According to statistics, Adderall is being abused at an alarmingly high ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Miracle Cure or Dangerous Botanical?

    We all know healthcare providers and researchers are desperate to find solutions to the opioid crisis, but are they overlooking a possible cure? The answer, according to a recent article , appears to be yes. The article, which was published by The ...

    ... with ibogaine use . According to research, ibogaine interferes with the heart's electrical signals and significantly lowers the heart rate, resulting in heart muscle damage. In fact, it's estimated that one in 400 ... 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 ...

    ... How Cocaine Kills On its own, cocaine is deadly. A potent stimulant, it causes a dangerously high heart rate and other heart problems which can be fatal. Cocaine also elevates blood pressure, which can lead to stroke or ... continue reading
  • What is Molly? 5 Things You Didn’t Know About MDMA

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

    ... pressure, body temperature, breathing rate, and heart rate. Severe dehydration (especially when mixed ... (rhabdomyolysis) and may be additionally associated with kidney, heart, and other organ failure, and in rare cases, ... continue reading
  • K2 Knowledge

    For the last few years, the use of synthetic cannabinoids - also known as K2, Spice, Fake Weed, and over 500 other street names - has been on the rise. In a single three-day period in 2016, at least 130 people in New York overdosed on K2 . In 2015, ...

    ... do try K2, how will it affect you? What are the side effects commonly associated with the drug? Rapid heart rate, vomiting, violent behavior , and suicidal thoughts are all side effects of the drug. Even worse, K2 use ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Spice Use

    Is Spice Harmful? “Spice” (synthetic marijuana) has grown in popularity in recent years. Synthetic marijuana is sold under a variety of names other than “Spice,” including: K2. Skunk. Moon rocks. Potpourri. Substances like Spice and K2 - ...

    ... in the drug (which is unregulated, and frequently changing) and may include: Increased heart rate. Hypertension. Myocardial ischemia. Vomiting. Hallucinations. Paranoia. Severe anxiety. Panic attacks. Aggression. Long ... continue reading
  • Bath Salts Abuse

    What Are Bath Salts? Are Bath Salts Legal? Bath salts are formed from cathinones, but because they were unscheduled - primarily because no one used them - they were legal for a while. This prompted a wave of drugs to hit the streets, many of them ...

    ... and Symptoms As with most stimulants, bath salt use leads to: Rapid heart rate. High blood pressure. Dilated pupils. This increases the risk of heart attack and stroke during even short-term use. Bath salts have been ... 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 ...

    ... breathing by altering neurochemical levels in the brain stem, where automatic body functions like breathing and heart rate are controlled. Create feelings of euphoria by altering activity in the limbic system, which is ... continue reading
  • Get the Facts on Substance Abuse

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

    ... of drugs produce a variety of short-term effects, but the most common may include increased heart rate, high blood pressure, dizziness, tremors, mood changes and paranoia. In high dosages, the risk for more ... 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 ...

    ... dosage and the person using it. These may include insomnia, paranoia, anxiety, increased body temperature, faster heart rate and nausea/vomiting. Long-term users who snort cocaine run a high risk of damaging cartilage ... continue reading
  • So-Called “Legal” Drugs and the Trojan Horse Game

    Are you familiar with the concept of a Trojan Horse? It's pretty on the outside but filled with deadly enemies inside. It creates an appearance of innocence, but is designed with trickery in mind. Legal drugs are a lot like a Trojan Horse. These ...

    ... replicate stimulants (amphetamines) like speed and meth. They can cause nausea, vomiting, delusions, seizures, high heart rate and death. What's Next? Synthetic drugs continue to find their way into buyers' hands through ... 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 ...

    ... the brain. Side effects of Spice can include: Hallucinations Vomiting Confusion and Paranoia Rapid heart rate Myocardial Ischemia Heart Attack Psychotic and Violent Behavior Renal Failure Anxiety Tremor Seizures Loss of ... continue reading
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Ritalin Recovery

    His paper was due tomorrow and Darren had barely started (if you count typing his name and the title of the paper as “started”). What Darren had really started to do was panic. He knew he'd have to stay up all night to finish, but he was already ...

    ... experienced a number of short-term effects , including loss of appetite, nausea, disturbed sleep patterns and increased heart rate. Patrick wanted Darren to realize he was also at risk for hallucinations, seizures ... continue reading
  • Buzzkill: Mary Jane’s Not as Relaxing as You Think

    Mellow. This is the word many people associate with marijuana. Take a few tokes and you'll feel relaxed. As it takes effect, your stress just melts away. Mary Jane is smooth and easygoing. Right? Not so fast… It's a common claim, but a recent ...

    ... group received none. Researchers asked participants to complete tasks and rate their stress levels. They also monitored the groups' heart rate, blood pressure, and cortisol (stress hormone) levels. The Surprising Results ... continue reading
  • The Harmful Effects of Drugs and Alcohol

    It should come as no surprise that drugs and alcohol can have negative effects on your life. Although sometimes it may be difficult to imagine, the abuse of these substances can change everything from your body to your bank account. This can include ...

    ... and alcohol use impacts nearly every part of your body from your heart to your bowels. Substance abuse can lead to abnormal heart rates and heart attacks, and injecting drugs can result in collapsed veins and infections ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Could Mess With Your Brain's Ability to Recognize Sadness and Fear

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

    ... or just a little angry. Researchers also found that the subjects who had taken cocaine had an increased heart rate and higher levels of cortisol, the hormone that regulates how the body responds to stress. Small Study ... continue reading
  • Workplace Adderall Abuse: 9 Signs It’s Time to Get Help

    Colleges and universities across the country are struggling to tackle the huge rise in students using ADHD drugs like Adderall as study aid , but the problem doesn't magically disappear after graduation. Businesses across the country are finding ...

    ... or injected. The side effects can be significant; abuse of this drug can cause cardiac arrest, irregular heart rate, seizures and extreme paranoia. Thanks to the large number of medical emergencies and rampant abuse, the ... continue reading
  • Hooked on Benadryl: It’s Much More Than a Harmless Dependency

    Ad·dict·ed /??dikt?d/ adjective: Physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance, and unable to stop taking it without incurring adverse effects. The concept may sound a little silly, especially when there are millions of people ...

    ... days. Additional adverse effects associated with Benadryl abuse include: Nausea Excitability and fast heart rate Anxiety Dry Mouth Difficulty urinating Constipation Blurred vision The University of Washington and Group ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    Drug and alcohol addiction can batter anyone Of course, some are more susceptible than others, and writers are notorious for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, ...

    ... writing, though. F. Scott Fitzgerald Died at the age of 44 thanks to an alcohol-induced heart attack, the Great Gatsby writer produced numerous fantastic books despite his incredibly heavy drinking . Charles Baudelaire ... continue reading
  • 6 Common Sense Tips to Avoid Alcoholism

    Our society is soaked in alcohol. So many activities are drenched with it. This can make it tough to cut back, and easy to overdo it. The good news is, you can take several steps to keep your alcohol consumption in check. Try out the following six ...

    ... alcohol in these situations and admitted she needed to slow down a bit. Donna forced herself to slowly sip ... non-alcoholic ways to prove herself. # 4 Don't Go to Bars Well, duh! This one might seem a bit obvious, but it ... continue reading
  • 6 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know

    What are Benzos? Benzodiazepines (benzos) are an anxiolytic class of drugs that belong to a larger group of substances that can be categorized as central nervous system (CNS) depressants. 1 Benzodiazepines work by increasing inhibitory ...

    ... Some of the more commonly prescribed benzos include Valium, Xanax, Ativan, and Klonopin. 1,2,3 Benzodiazepine Withdrawal ... could be life-saving. 4. Consider a Slow-Taper Detox Once the body has grown dependent on a ... 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 ...

    ... each drug's effects are enhanced . Breathing may slow to dangerous levels or cease altogether. This can result ... phase lasts seven to 90 days. Short-acting drugs like Xanax have a shorter acute phase, closer to seven days. ... continue reading
  • A Response to Hooked In Wisconsin

    “I don't want to be here. I don't want this to be my life,” Sarah Bear says from the Marathon County Jail. Currently serving two years behind bars, she is one of 10 people interviewed by USA TODAY-Wisconsin as part of Hooked in Wisconsin, a ...

    ... want this to be my life,” Sarah Bear says from the Marathon County Jail. Currently serving two years behind bars, she is one of 10 people interviewed by USA TODAY-Wisconsin as part of Hooked in Wisconsin, a project that ... continue reading
  • Exploring The Dangers of Benzodiazepines

    A recent study found that one in six adults in the United States take psychiatric drugs for the treatment of mental health conditions. Among the most commonly used medications are benzodiazepines. These sedative drugs, used for the treatment of ...

    ... at similar rates. Data on ER visits due to nonmedical use and misuse of different benzodiazepines show that Xanax was most ... especially risky for older adults, as they can slow reaction time and lead to greater chances of ... continue reading
  • Two Groundbreaking Tobacco Laws in the Works

    We've come a long way, baby. Fewer Americans than ever before are smoking cigarettes, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting last November that the smoking rate dropped from 20.9 percent in 2005 to an all-time low of 17.8 ...

    ... Control and Prevention reporting last November that the smoking rate dropped from 20.9 percent in 2005 to an ... states have outright banned smoking in restaurants and bars, while the practice is increasingly frowned upon ... continue reading
  • State Sentencing: How Drug Sentencing Varies Across the U.S.

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The United States has 5% of the world's population - and 25% of its prisoners. The average cost to house a minimum-security prisoner for one year is $21,006. By comparison, the average cost of putting a K-12 ...

    ... here. Faced with the highest drug overdose death rate in the nation, West Virginia has cracked down on ... [Hover over the bars below to expose the % of sentences for each substance] [Hover over the bars above to expose the ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

    I used to live in a neighborhood blanketed in liquor stores, dive bars, and convenience stores that sold beer until two in the morning - even on Christmas. My old apartment building smelled so much like pot you'd have thought a herd of skunks lived ...

    ... cycle. All of the noise, the availability of alcohol , and the social atmosphere where every event took place at a bar and everyone drank, was too much of a temptation for me. I finally chose to put my recovery first and ... 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 ...

    ... correlation between a parent's substance abuse history and whether or not their children ended up behind bars. This study , published in the Research Society on Alcoholism, investigated if children whose mothers had a ... 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 ...

    ... smuggled from jungles in Thailand for sale in countries like the U.S. #2. It's Easy to Obtain Kratom “bars” are popping up and serving the drug as a brewed beverage. States like Colorado, New York, North Carolina, are ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

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

    ... rampant prescription drug abuse, benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax and Ativan) are the most common drugs ... one of the most lethal. Both alcohol and benzodiazepines slow down the central nervous system. When combined, the ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Devotion

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Why do some people seem compelled to experiment and others live their entire lives without ever taking a single puff, snort, sniff, or dose of an illicit substance? Thanks to decades of social studies, we now know ...

    ... (red and blue lines) on the right Y-axis and the difference between the religious and nonreligious rates (purple bars). Right away, we can see that across all substances, the nonreligious group has higher past year usage ... 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 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 ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

    I can hear the sirens blasting through my neighborhood, and it reminds me of when they were taking me away to the hospital after I passed out drunk on a city street. I put my head under the covers and pull my cat closer. The sound of sirens is one ...

    ... , like when we feel a wave of panic as we walk past a dive bar. I also used my triggers to figure out that, if I had the urge to take a Xanax before hanging out with someone, that probably wasn't the best person for me ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction is Killing a Huge Number of Inmates

    It's common knowledge that a vast majority of the U.S. prison population is suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Despite having months, years or even decades to work on themselves and overcome the chains of chemical dependency, almost none of ...

    ... suicide. How Can We Improve? Although Sweden's incarceration rate is low compared to most of the world, the ... the state can now ask for sentencing and many behind bars in county jail would be able to be released immediately ... 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. ...

    ... who were struggling with substance abuse behind bars? Substance-use disorder costs our country $ ... , or participating in court-ordered rehab programs. The recidivism rate remains so high in our society because a one-size- ... continue reading
  • Vivitrol's New and Controversial Role in Prisons

    When I was in prison, the majority of inmates struggled with substance abuse. And because the prison system did very little (if anything at all) to rehabilitate us, it wasn't unusual for those who were released to almost immediately overdose or ...

    ... has finally opened its eyes to the staggering recidivism rate and realized the urgent need to take action. ... to get high. Additional Reading: Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • 25 Harmful Effects of Morphine

    Morphine is an effective pain reliever. It's administered frequently by healthcare professionals. It's prescribed to manage moderate to severe pain after an accident, post-surgery, or for a chronic condition. It's accepted for common use throughout ...

    ... sleep patterns. Severe Depression - As morphine slows down our systems and effects our physical and ... Morphine can cause inflammation of the inner lining of the heart. HIV/AIDS - Shared needles used for morphine abuse ... 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 ...

    ... What are Benzos? Benzodiazepines are depressants. They slow the central nervous system by altering brain ... Tourette syndrome. Commonly used/abused benzos include: Xanax (alprazolam) Ativan (lorazepam) Valium (diazepam) ... 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 ...

    ... yet are provided with few treatment options while behind bars. As a result, these men and women are ... addiction has resulted in staggering growth in incarceration rates. According to The Sentencing Project , federal ... continue reading
  • Drunken Air Rage Incidents Take a Troubling Turn

    From delayed flights to lost luggage, most of us have experienced a minor form of rage courtesy of an airport. But when alcohol is added into the mix, things can go from “minor” to “major” in the blink of an eye. The Air Rage Trend New ...

    ... for causing disruptions mid-flight or violating blacklist restrictions should the bans be approved. Additional Reading: Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates Image Source: en.wikipedia.org continue reading
  • Is There Ever a Good Time to Use Benzos?

    Carol had a severe panic disorder. It started when she was assaulted at age 34. She'd tried many medications, but only Xanax helped. She worked closely with her doctor and never abused them, but over time she felt the negative cognitive effects of ...

    ... triggered the panic and she found herself nailed to the bed unable to stop shaking, she instinctively reached for a Xanax . And at the time, her doctor felt that was the best option - certainly better than reaching for a ... 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 ...

    ... crossroads happened to many people I knew behind bars. I frequently saw women enter the system ... treatment once released, which could ultimately cut addiction rates, reduce crime and limit the spread of infectious ... continue reading
  • A Dangerous Trio: Skipping Dinner, Binge Drinking and Overeating

    In today's culture, binge drinking is becoming more and more prevalent. This is especially true on college campuses, where a lot of partying takes place and many students spend their nights at clubs and bars, rather than in the dorm studying. Today, ...

    ... true on college campuses, where a lot of partying takes place and many students spend their nights at clubs and bars, rather than in the dorm studying. Today, however, the phenomenon of foregoing dinner for alcohol is an ... continue reading
  • The Use and Abuse of Date Rape Drugs

    Although Bill Cosby has been making headlines for his alleged use of date rape drugs, sexual assault cases involving these substances have been a problem in the U.S. for decades and continue to be a growing trend. What's more, many young adults and ...

    ... that comes in liquid, powder and pill forms. It is currently abused by teens and young adults at bars, parties, clubs and raves. Date rape victims become incapacitated due to the sedative effects of GHB, plus they ... continue reading
  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

    Heather always feels awkward at parties. She's quiet and shy. She never knows what to say and finds it hard to interact with people in these intimidating settings. To help her “loosen up,” she tries smoking pot before going to a party. Once ...

    ... he finds it difficult to approach anyone while at a bar or club. To overcome this inhibition, he snorts cocaine ... booze . Alcohol increases chemicals in the brain that slow things down. At the same time, it increases ... continue reading
  • Has Kombucha Gotten a Bad Rap?

    Often touted as a miracle elixir, Kombucha offers a plethora of health benefits. For those who don't know, Kombucha is a fermented beverage made from tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast. It's available in most health food stores in a variety of flavored ...

    ... contain trace amounts of alcohol , such as: Coca Cola Vanilla extract Vinegar Mouthwash Sugarless gum Protein bars Vitamins Ripe fruit Chewing tobacco/dip (fruit flavors) Nyquil All of these substances are known to skew ... continue reading
  • Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens

    During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders - and almost all were battling some type of chemical dependency. For those with substance abuse problems , incarceration did ...

    ... should be required to participate in community-based treatment programs, rather than being placed behind bars. This belief was shared by Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike. This Issue Has Bipartisan Support ... 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 ...

    ... , Katrina was sent to prison for a year. Deeply anxious and depressed to begin with, she emerged from behind bars much worse. Nothing but heroin seemed to take the edge off her pain. At the young age of 29,Katrina ... 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 ...

    ... the higher drinking rates in the city where social activity revolves around club and bar scenes where alcohol ... involve an intoxicated driver or pedestrian. Alcohol slows reaction time, and drugs can impair judgment, ... continue reading
  • Drugs in the News

    In a world grappling with issues of substance use and abuse, drugs are bound to see their days in the spotlight of our 24-hour news cycle. Maybe it's because of another tragic celebrity overdose, forcing us to confront the fact that even our heroes ...

    ... trends in the US today are not drugs we buy off the streets but ones prescribed by our doctors. Xanax , and other powerful painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin , have become tools for drug abuse — with scary results ... continue reading
  • America’s Drug Awareness

    For the first time in a decade , the CDC reported that death rates in the United States have increased. While news outlets trumpet the increased violence rampant in many areas of the country, the public is largely unaware of a silent contributor - ...

    ... and Ultram) and tranquilizers (like Valium, Klonopin, and Xanax) are easy or somewhat easy to obtain. This perception of easy availability mirrors the skyrocketing rate of prescription drug deaths. According to the DEA , ... continue reading
  • The 9 Most Expensive Drugs in America

    Each year, Americans spend nearly $100 billion on illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. These figures do not even account for the billions of dollars that are spent on prescription drugs each year—about $374 billion according ...

    ... long-term costs of using marijuana include a higher risk of heart attack, lung disease, anxiety, and depression. #6 Heroin ... disorders. Brand names you may have hard include Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, and Valium. In one ... continue reading
  • Overdosed

    The United States is experiencing an epidemic of drug overdose deaths: every year, nearly 44,000 lives are tragically lost, with more than half of the fatalities caused by prescription drugs. We've analyzed the latest government data to find out why ...

    ... in 1999 in New Mexico, which at the time had the highest rate in the country, at 11.4 per 100,000 residents. Over ... other states for a relatively long time (as the green bar of cells extending to 2007 shows), but then saw a ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Bath Salts Use

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

    ... to a person causing himself or others serious harm). Dizziness. Heart problems. Ulcers. Loss of coordination. Malnutrition. Arguably, the ... Demerol Oxycontin Klonopin Alprazolam/Xanax Valium Clonazepam Percocet Lortab ... continue reading
  • 5 Alarming Facts About Benzo Addiction

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

    ... commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, namely under the brand names Xanax, Ativan, and Valium. 1 They work on the ... Increased tension and anxiety. Panic attacks. Heart palpitations. Muscle tremor. And for those ... 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 ...

    With his heart pounding, Officer Harrison approached the warehouse. His dreams of fighting crime never included this scene. ... unfortunately for Gary, he was already abusing Xanax. Fortunately, Gary's roommate was home when ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

    When the book Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus hit book shelves back in 1992, it was a huge hit. By highlighting the differences in men and women, the book's theory is still solidly ingrained in our culture. Though gender equality has come a ...

    ... Medications : Prescription medications like Valium and Xanax are used to treat anxiety disorders, but ... among men and women. The pills themselves dissolve much slower in a woman's stomach because they have less gastric ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

    Quick reflexes and sharp thinking - these are two of the most important qualities of a safe driver. If someone is sharing the road with you or if you're a passenger in their car, you want them to possess these traits, right? Well, if they're taking ...

    ... lack both. Recent research shows that benzodiazepines - like Xanax and Vailum - increase the risk of traffic accidents ... never worth it in the end. Additional Reading: Xanax Passes Marijuana as Second-Leading Cause of DUI ... continue reading
  • Effects of Smoking During Pregnancy

    In the U.S., there are an estimated 42 million people (nearly 18% of the total population) who currently smoke 1 . Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death in the U.S. In fact, smoking accounts for nearly 1 in ...

    ... to experience 17 : Reduced likelihood of developing heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, chronic lung disease ... deep breathing at least once a day. Take long, slow breaths to center yourself. Talk to friends and loved ones ... 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 ...

    ... When the numbers began to climb at such an astonishing rate, medical professionals began to suspect a batch of bad ... , these two drugs prompt body systems to not only slow down, but grind to a halt. The heroin/fentanyl ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage III

    Days before my rock bottom moment, I remember thinking: “Could things get any worse?” My parents had just divorced, I loathed every second at my law firm and I'd just lost the most important person in my life who'd had an unexpected and sudden ...

    ... my life who'd had an unexpected and sudden “change of heart.” I was knee-deep in self-pity and mistakenly thought my ... 's created by a particular event or from a slow decline over time. Either way, hitting rock bottom ... continue reading
  • Is Your Friend High? Here’s How to Tell…

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

    ... 're overstimulated by drugs. (B)reathing Issues: Opioids suppress the central nervous system, slowing down the body. Too much of these substances can slow breathing - so much that it becomes life threatening . Shallow or ... 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 ...

    ... a time also increases the risk of overdose. For example, combining opiates with alcohol can cause respiration to slow to a lethal rate. Mixing heroin with pain pills can have similar effects. Are You at Risk? Do you or a ... continue reading
  • Life After Prison: 6 Things I Love About My Sobriety

    6 years ago, my life hit rock bottom: my parents unexpectedly got divorced, I hated my job (especially my “Boss from Hell”), and my live-in boyfriend walked out on me for another woman. Just when I thought my life couldn't get any worse, I ...

    ... empty late-night calories. More Time for Hobbies In my past life, my nights and weekends were usually spent at a bar or club. Now, I focus my energy on learning new things and developing new skills. In the last two years ... continue reading
  • Busting 6 Alcohol Myths: Fact or Fiction?

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

    ... your body. The alcohol still gets in your system. It may be delayed a bit by the food, which will slow the rate of absorption, but if you drink heavily, you still get drunk. Myth #6 A drink before bed helps you sleep ... continue reading
  • Watch the Fahrenheit With Your Fentanyl

    Fentanyl is an opiate (narcotic) pain reliever typically prescribed to people for severe, ongoing pain or after surgery. This medication is 50 times stronger than heroin and, needless to say, it can be very addictive. Fentanyl can be delivered in ...

    ... to three days; the medication is absorbed by the skin at a slow, steady pace over those 72-hours. Too Hot to Handle Fentanyl' ... this increases to 102, the fentanyl absorption rate can quadruple in less than 30 minutes! If ... continue reading
  • What is Ativan? Is Ativan Addictive? Dangers of Ativan Abuse

    Ativan is one of the top 10 psychiatric drugs used in America. Many have taken it; many have abused it. What do you know about it? If you're like most people, your knowledge of Ativan is limited. Even those who use it are often unaware of its ...

    ... under a class of drugs called benzodiazepines . It interacts with chemicals in the brain to slow down communication between brain nerves. Ativan is used to treat anxiety disorders or anxiety associated with depression ... continue reading
  • Sedative Detox and Withdrawal

    Sedatives are a class of drugs that depress, or slow down, the central nervous system. This substance class encompasses a wide variety of drugs, the most common of which include: Benzodiazepines (treats anxiety and seizures). Barbiturates ...

    ... safety and improve the chances of successful detox completion. Signs of Sedative Withdrawal Sedatives reduce and slow communication throughout the brain. As an individual withdraws from a persistent period of sedation, a ... continue reading
  • Six Colossal Drug Abuse Meltdowns and How to Spot the Warning Signs

    It's no mystery that celebrities, as well as the everyday Joe, can have problems with drugs. Because celebrities are in the limelight, though, we often see the drug abuse meltdown of famous people more prominently. The following six meltdowns were ...

    ... , the bartender gave her the tab for the two expensive bottles of champagne that she took from the bar's kitchen, and he expected her to pay for it. According to onlookers, she screamed profanities at everyone, including ... continue reading
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

    You've just taken an opioid painkiller . The medication travels to your brain, making the pain sensations stop. The same opiates also make you feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is ...

    ... few hundred cells, regulates your breathing. This neurological “channel” is where opioids interfere with the breathing mechanism, slowing it down - often too much - and resulting in death. The researchers found that mice ... continue reading
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