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  • Supervised Heroin Shooting Galleries: Coming to a Public Housing Site?

    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 ...

    ... . The primary goal is to reduce the number of drug-related incidences, even if IV users aren't able to ... to keep people alive long enough to get them into treatment. We've always been told to avoid enabling someone who ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... smoke, impaired as they recover from the exposure. Now picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights a joint. Sitting next to this person, you inhale secondhand marijuana smoke for 60 seconds. For the ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... Your Pills Aren't Candy A recent study revealed that twenty percent of people with leftover pills share their medications. And it's pretty easy to see how this happens. Let's say your friend's in pain from a recent ... Learn more

  • Sorry – Drones Can't Legally Deliver Your Weed

    Sorry – Drones Can't Legally Deliver Your Weed

    What happens when a new law is put into place? Dozens of other rulings follow suit to regulate the ramifications of the first law. As each new ...

    ... would need to be made. Businesses didn't sell marijuana . They didn't deliver it to customers, and they certainly weren't considering getting their products to consumers via drones. Today, with new marijuana laws in ... Learn more

  • Do Safe Injection Sites Violate the Hippocratic Oath? One Nurse Says Yes

    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 ...

    ... build up on the valves of the heart.” Hersch also pointed out that these infections can last for months - and that's in a hospital setting where the patients are being treated properly. When asked if working at a safe ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... Chiropractic Association (ACA) estimates that back pain is the main reason most people call in sick to work and is the second highest reason for visits to the doctor (second to sinus infections). The ACA urges smokers ... Learn more

  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

    Would you ever give pot to your pooch? Most of us likely think this idea is, well, barking mad, but a new bill out of Nevada could soon make medical ...

    ... was adamantly clear that animals don't get high from ingesting these products. “It has truly been a miracle and I don't say that lightly,” said Kelly Conway, the owner of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who uses the ... Learn more

  • 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, ...

    ... it actually lacks any noticeable psychoactive effects and works in concert with THC to decrease ... heat. Though it lacks the strong psychoactive and medicinal qualities of THC and comprises less than one percent of cannabis ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... unanimously passed a sweeping ban on both tobacco and e-cigarettes in most locations throughout the city. ... The bill would ban the sale, use and possession of cigarettes and e-cigarettes to anyone under that age. ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... in the U.S. each year, including 900 babies. Those who died lost an average of 14.2 years off their life, and the lost productivity cost the U.S. economy $6.6 billion. Even worse, all of these statistics are likely an ... Learn more

  • California: 5 E-Cigarette Dangers We Can't Ignore

    Many people see e-cigarettes as a harmless alternative to nicotine cigarettes. E-cigarette companies like NJOY have even hired on celebrity ...

    ... If you know someone who uses E-cigarettes, educate them about the dangers of these products. Suggest that they quit and offer support in doing so. But if they insist on continuing to smoke, you can at least urge them to ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... hit a rock bottom beyond my wildest dreams. The term “rock bottom” refers to the very lowest level you can reach, and it's used to describe a point in your life when you're finally willing to seek help . It's created ... Learn more

  • 8 Tips for Coming Out of the Addiction Closet

    To many, the term “alcoholic” carries a very negative connotation - one that implies being a loser or a failure. It's no mystery, then, why ...

    ... . It's also helped me reconcile my past. In fact, I've found the more I get up in front of a group and admit my weaknesses, the more whole I've become. Tip 8: You're Not Alone There are millions of alcoholics in this ... Learn more

  • Surviving Mother's Day One Breath at a Time

    Mother's Day - those two words once brought memories of cards and flowers, crabs and beer. It's a time when families come together in the name of ...

    ... their children are all living. Now, rather than sharing joy for the day, I'm jealous that their children are here…and mine is not. There's that guilt again. How can I feel this way? What kind of mother is jealous that ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... they drink all night,” says Dr. Kevin Wandler. “A lot of the patients I see binge drink and have eight to 10 alcoholic beverages at night over only a few hours. But when you have a patient who has a drinking problem ... Learn more

  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

    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 ...

    ... night. All of these elements served as around-the-clock triggers for me. The urge to walk to the corner deli and buy a 12-pack of cheap beer was often too hard to ignore, so I relapsed a lot. Home Sweet Home? I ... Learn more

  • 21 Powerful Tips to Get and Stay Sober

    The time is now to make a change, and stick to it . The following 21 tips will help you get and stay sober in 2017. 1. Live in the now. You ...

    ... to a massage or a new pair or shoes to celebrate how far you've come. 13. Get active. When your mind and body are engaged, there is less room for cravings. Go for a run in the woods or kick a soccer ball around with ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... body. Under the influence of these anti-anxiety drugs, drivers are simply unable to make the quick ... is a group of symptoms that includes dizziness, light-headedness and unsteadiness. It's also a side effect of benzos . ... Learn more

  • How to Stay Productive at Work While Still in Recovery

    We live in a very competitive society when it comes to finding a job and keeping it. Even for a person that's never tasted a drop of alcohol, it's ...

    ... why you decided to quit in the first place. Talk to Your Boss It's very important to make sure that you and your boss are on the same page. If you feel that you'll need to reorganize your working hours, take breaks ... Learn more

  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

    One of the hardest parts after hitting rock bottom is asking for help. This is the ultimate lesson in humility; it forces you to toss your ego aside ...

    ... model. By asking for help, you're showing courage and re-claiming your power. You won't be a ... bottom line is that it's never too late to ask for help . Treatment is going to be hard, no doubt about it, but when you're ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... people start taking them to get high instead of to manage severe anxiety , they're highly addictive and easily abused. Tapering Off Xanax…Slowly Carol wanted to stop taking them with her doctor's help, but every ... Learn more

  • 10 Tips for Staying Sober This Holiday Season

    With the holidays just around the corner you may be wondering how you can stay sober with parties, dinners, and social gatherings. Whether you are ...

    ... experience an urge or craving you can step outside and call this person. Bring a Non-Drinking Holiday Buddy ... avoid seeing friends who you used to drink or use drugs with. You know yourself better than anyone else. Make ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... may get lost in the shift, however, is the information about the potential harm ingested marijuana smoke can cause. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of marijuana abuse . Image Credits: Jeff Chiu/Instagram Learn more

  • Counting Dangerous Sheep: Why You Should Stop Popping Sleeping Pills

    Here's a question for you: How much sleep do you get every night? As adults, the Centers for Disease Control tells us we require seven to ...

    ... Instead, they've turned to a new class of drugs called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) medications. These pose less risk of addiction (although it's not completely eliminated) and affect the body in very similar ways to ... Learn more

  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

    Shelly's knee surgery went great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure some ...

    ... . She figured, why not? They gave her a boost of energy and mentally made her feel like a champ, so why let them go ... Additional Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There's Good News and Bad News Image Source: iStock Learn more

  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

    Experts consider recovery the fifth stage of the addiction process, and it's so much more than overcoming a dependency to drugs or alcohol. It's a ...

    ... it's so much more than overcoming a dependency to drugs or alcohol. It's a complete transformation of mind, body and spirit - and an ongoing process that spans the rest of your life. The Choice Really is Yours When ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... It's in these situations - when Xanax is mixed with other drugs or alcohol - that an overdose is most likely. What's ... in 2013. If someone you know and love is currently taking or abusing Xanax , you'll want to watch ... Learn more

  • The Thief: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Us

    Addiction is much more than a psychological or physical reliance on substances or behaviors; it's a physical, emotional and spiritual issue that puts ...

    ... thief of our time, our minds, our hearts and our relationships. After taking everything else, addiction also ... hope of our recovery. However, quality treatment programs offer millions of individuals hope when there ... Learn more

  • 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, ...

    ... you're new to recovery. It's Always On The Internet is up and running 24/7, every day of the year, so odds are you ... regular meetings, therapy sessions, or outpatient treatment. Sometimes there can be a strong need ... Learn more

  • The Strangest Hallucinogenic Substances on Earth

    It's a funny old world as the saying goes, and nowhere is that saying more true than in the world of hallucinogenic substances. You've got a wide ...

    ... It's often used in initiation rituals and is common in the Bwiti religion, and it's also used as a stimulant in lower doses. The active ingredient, ibogaine, has been used in the treatment of opiate addiction , although ... Learn more

  • Weed: The Vocabulary Killer

    Have you ever struggled to recall a word or phrase? You know the perfect term exists for what you are trying to describe, but you can't extract that ...

    ... same time, marijuana use disorder among adults has also nearly doubled. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), which provides this data, stresses the importance of educating the public know on ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... . Do a Body Check As you know by now, heroin abuse wreaks havoc on your body. To get back on track after ... support group . Attend meetings. Reach out to your sponsor. (And if you don't have one, get one.) Look to ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... appreciate how my substance abuse led me to the life I have today. I've Realized Who My True Friends Are When you're in prison, the highlight of your existence is receiving mail and getting visits - any contact ... Learn more

  • Should People Who Abuse Alcohol Qualify for Liver Transplants?

    Three years ago, one of my uncles - a long-time alcoholic - was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He was told he didn't qualify for a new one, ...

    ... way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and Liver Disease In 2015, more than 21,000 Americans died ... and social workers, weigh factors such as physical symptoms, substance-abuse history and whether ... Learn more

  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

    Methadone maintenance has been around for years as an effective treatment for opioid dependency . Yet, its use remains controversial, and there's ...

    ... from 60 to 90 percent, with long-term outcomes improving the longer someone remains in treatment. Abstinence-based and non-medical treatments, on the other hand, carry a long-term success rate of only 5-10 percent ... Learn more

  • Weed Gets a “Fancy” New Name: Craft Cannabis

    We've become a country consumed with what goes into our food products. While many want organic foods, others want gluten-free meals and non-GMO ...

    ... gluten-free meals and non-GMO practices. It looks like this trend has expanded to include drug use. The ... money for marijuana that has specific tastes or potency. And thanks to some pretty slick branding practices, shop ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... abstinent from heroin and crack , she'd gone from being the family member who used drugs to the family ... and a group of bridesmaids was a far cry from where Jeana was just six months ago. Before she went into treatment ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... this part of Bill's brain. That can't be good - and researchers agree. Our tour of Bill's brain is based on the ... impression that marijuana is a safe recreational drug, this research directly challenges that notion.” ... Learn more

  • Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

    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 ...

    ... . Check Your Insurance Coverage for Marijuana Addiction Treatment Find out if your insurance coverage includes marijuana addiction rehab and treatment by visiting the links below: Blue Cross Blue ... Learn more

  • Psychedelic Drugs and Prayer Have Similar Effects on Brain

    When it comes to “out-of-body” experiences, plenty of people have reported having them during both religious awakenings and while tripping on ...

    ... there are some pretty striking similarities in the brains of people who observe prayer and the people who indulge in psychedelic drugs . A Different Kind of Trip Neuroscientist Andrew Newberg , who is the director ... Learn more

  • Hitting the Grass Ceiling: 6 Surprising Ways Weed is Sexist

    Estrogen, testosterone and THC: What do these three things have in common? Apparently, not much. Studies reveal that THC (the active chemical in ...

    ... marijuana) interacts differently with these three hormones. What's the result? Men and women experience different effects from the same drug. Here's the breakdown on Mary Jane's sexism: Pain Relief: Multiple ... Learn more

  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

    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 ...

    ... How did all these women end up in prison?” Some of them had traumatic childhoods, some were victims of physical and/or sexual abuse and others had grown up visiting their loved ones in jail. The majority had substance ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... It seems like the only answer is to chew up another Xanax . And when “just one more” doesn't do the trick anymore, you ... are. Work with your provider, map out a treatment plan that you're comfortable with, then follow ... Learn more

  • Would You Give Medical Marijuana to a Chronically Ill Pet?

    Medical marijuana isn't just for humans anymore. All around the country, pet owners are turning to pot as a way to alleviate their furry friends' ...

    ... s effectiveness. Because of this, the Food and Drug Administration hasn't approved cannabis for pets. ... they yet aren't allowed to write prescriptions for it. And, in states where marijuana is illegal, vets are cautious of ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... -like chemicals found in the kratom plant , mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, in the Schedule I category - the same category that houses other drugs, like heroin and LSD. But then the DEA quickly repealed its intent ... Learn more

  • German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

    German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

    What happens to confiscated pot? Does it go to Mary Jane jail somewhere? Is it donated to hospitals for medical research? Does it get tossed into ...

    ... years, local law enforcement agencies have used everything from large steel drums to crematories and hospital incinerators for drug disposal . However in Germany, confiscated pot is fueling the economy - literally ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... when I needed it, I can go to the hospital and stay calm. Here are some tips I picked up to ... and your treatment needs. Call us today at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . Additional Reading: Kicking Drugs (and ... Learn more

  • I’m a Millionaire and I Need to Go to Rehab. Where Do I Go?

    You've realized you have an issue, whether it's a heroin or coke addiction or a sex addiction, so you need to find somewhere nice to attend rehab. ...

    ... singing or a millionaire because you've ended up in a very high-powered job, you only want the best treatment, and you can afford to pay for it. So where would you go? The first obvious place is the Crossroads Centre ... Learn more

  • Misery Loves Company…Especially Among Addicts

    In a healthy relationship, each individual wants what is good for the other. You want good things to happen to your friend. You hope for the best for ...

    ... real bond that exists between them is the substance abuse. We are drinking buddies . We use together. ... perspective on life, our old pals may look down on us and even try to tell us that we have a problem. This ... Learn more

  • Rapper’s Shocking On-Stage Antics are Cause for Concern

    A Florida rapper by the name of “Stitches” has earned a name for himself as of late, but for all the wrong reasons. The joker-like face tattoos ...

    ... are willing to pay up to $60 for meet-and-greets with him after local performances. The rapper has also ... , loses it . As the four girls take turns snorting drugs , Duarte can be heard declaring that she is “going to ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... hot these days. Unfortunately, the dangers of these drugs can be far worse than traditional marijuana . Marijuana ... Treatment Find out if your insurance coverage includes Marijuana addiction rehab and treatment ... Learn more

  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    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 ...

    ... and change the trajectory of our nation's health. The challenge calls for ideas that address: Prevention Treatment ... must then propose a solution, involving technology, and describe how it solves the issue. Finally, ... Learn more

  • Researcher Gets $431,700 to Study the Effects of Meth on Wounds

    It's widely known that meth use can lead to a multitude of health problems: rotten teeth, memory loss, a weakened immune system. Nobody knows this ...

    ... from meth-injected mice, they will also study the drug's effect on the production of a particular protein gene called ... of IL-6, which delays the body's inflammatory response and ability to heal. His goal, then, is to see ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... this truth, but wanted to find hard evidence to support their suspicion. And - surprise, surprise - results confirmed that amphetamine abuse does increase heart age. The research team also noted that previous studies ... Learn more

  • Druggie: The New Makeup Shade Making Ugly Waves

    Approximately 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, with drug overdose deaths continuing to rise. In fact, since 1999, the number of ...

    ... . As most of us know, drug addiction destroys lives and tears families apart - yet companies ... to do that. The shade was in a limited edition palette and was not planned to be re-ordered.” This comment is about ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... happened over a period of about two years. Moving Forward Officials hope to trace the source of these drugs and get them out of circulation. They hope to prevent these overdoses from turning into the first wave of ... Learn more

  • The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On

    Doctor shopping has become all too commonplace for addicts desperate to obtain drugs, but a new app could help determine whether emergency room ...

    ... Michael DeAngelis said in February 2012 that the company was adequately “trained and prepared ” to recognize doctor shopping and questionable drug use by customers. However, two CVS stores in the Florida town of ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... - Prof. Stuart Ralston , Centre for Genomic and Experimental Medicine at the University of Edinburgh With cannabis ... . A survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in 2014 found that 22.2 million ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... each year. Since it initially gives people the warm and fuzzies, blocking our ability to feel and process difficult emotions, Xanax is extremely addictive and often abused. In fact, by 2010, over 125,000 annual ER ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... claim that cannabis is used to reduce stress and relieve tension and anxiety . At the same time, our ... The bottom line is you should be cautious. Turning to this drug as a source of stress-relief could backfire. If you ... Learn more

  • First Responders Worry About Accidental Fentanyl Exposure

    Fentanyl. It's known to be 50 times more potent than heroin, and a speck the size of a few grains of salt can kill. By now, you've probably heard ...

    ... . A whopping 5554 people overdosed on the synthetic opioid in 2014, and deaths continue to surge into 2017 as street drugs like heroin and cocaine are unknowingly laced with fentanyl. Proceed With Caution But users ... Learn more

  • Do You See an Enabler in the Mirror? (Look Out for These 6 Warning Signs!)

    If you're experiencing any (or all) of these responses to your teenager's addiction, you may actually be causing more harm than good. Being a good ...

    ... finding out that your teen is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol is an even greater challenge, one ... doing more harm than good . Before an addict seeks treatment, they must first understand the consequences of their actions. ... Learn more

  • Teens Are Smoking and Drinking Less

    National, state, and large urban school district surveys are conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) every two years among high school ...

    ... legalizing marijuana and the synthetic drug epidemic. ... If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, take action today. Our toll-free helpline can connect you to the best addiction treatment ... Learn more

  • The Siver Lining for Meth-Exposed Newborns Starts Here

    Thousands of pregnant women in the U.S. are abusing meth during pregnancy. In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at ...

    ... are abusing meth during pregnancy. In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at ... respond to this study? The principle for a safe and supportive environment is one that can be taken well beyond ... Learn more

  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

    A Cincinnati woman and her incarcerated boyfriend are now facing criminal charges after she reportedly tried to smuggle a Bible laced with heroin ...

    ... get contraband in by any means necessary. Here are six other bizarre things which have been used to try and smuggle drugs into correctional facilities. A Baby A baby with a balloon isn't uncommon, but a baby with a ... Learn more

  • Let's Talk About the Elephant Tranquilizer in the Room

    It's 10,000 times more potent than morphine. It's 100 times more powerful than fentanyl . What is it? Carfentanil. Designed as a ...

    ... a tranquilizer for elephants, this deadly substance has made its way into our nation's illegal drug market. It's often disguised as heroin and can kill on contact. Just two milligrams is enough to kill 100 people. This ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... cause damage to every single system in your body. Due to its synthetic nature and its unregulated manufacturing, one batch of this drug usually contains very different ingredients from the next. What that means is that ... Learn more

  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

    Percocet is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone, landing this medication in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly ...

    ... family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and work by ... Roxicet, Magnacet and Xolox. Danger Ahead: Side Effects of Percocet Long-term use or abuse of Percocet ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... attribute to the growing prevalence of carfentanil in the States. And because it's so powerful, officials believe that even multiple injections of the anti-overdose drug naloxone may not even be enough to prevent a fatal ... Learn more

  • Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects…

    Spouses, family members, friends, and coworkers are often flooded with emotions as they watch someone they care deeply about struggle in the grip of ...

    ... a lesser person just because of our situation. And it's the major reason many people with substance use disorders and mental illnesses hesitate to seek the treatment they so desperately need. While the reasons behind ... Learn more

  • Terms of Use

    Terms of Use Last Updated: June 14, 2018 Recovery Brands LLC and its affiliates and subsidiaries (together “ Company ”, “ we ,” or “ us ...

    ... . You agree that Company and its affiliated and sponsored treatment providers may (1) call you regarding treatment services and centers, and related information, and (2) monitor and record any telephone calls made ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... whom were addicted to opioids for at least a year and 50 healthy participants with no addiction history. After surveying ... analysis of data from male drug abusers currently enrolled at a treatment center, also published in ... Learn more

  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

    The specifics of every person's addiction journey are different, but for most people, the path to recovery follows a similar trajectory: a ...

    ... that days, weeks or even months have passed since you last thought about drinking or drugs. When you're not obsessed by one thing, life opens up and you can appreciate the full beauty of every day. It won't be perfect ... Learn more

  • From Snort to Synapse: We Map Out Cocaine's Trip in Your Brain

    The powder is perfectly lined on the table. With no straw handy, you roll up a Washington and seconds later, the snow is gone. Inhaled into your ...

    ... a Washington and seconds later, the snow is gone. Inhaled into your nostril, this stimulant drug has started ... single dose of cocaine changes your brain's reward center. And that's partly why it's so easy to get hooked ... Learn more

  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

    Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

    The closest addiction specialist is three hours away. You don't have a reliable vehicle. If you arrange for a ride or take public transportation, ...

    ... is still three hours away. You still don't have a ride, and the stigma in town is still there. But, now you can sit ... increase the risk of substance abuse but hinder access to treatment. These risk factors include: ... Learn more

  • Police Are Gearing Up to Face Down a Couple of Killers

    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 ...

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  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

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  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

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  • Portrait of the American Overdose: Do You Fit the Profile?

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  • Let’s Talk Truth: Exactly How Long Do Drugs Stay in Your System?

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  • States Move to Ban Synthetic Urine

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Ryan Kelley is a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician and the former managing editor of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS). During his time at JEMS, Ryan developed Mobile Integrated Healthcare in Action, a series of in-depth articles on Community Paramedicine programs across the country that go beyond transporting patients to emergency rooms and connects specific patients, such as repeat system users, the homeless and others with behavioral health issues and substance use disorders, to definitive long-term care and treatment. In his current capacity as Medical Editor for American Addiction Centers, Ryan works to provide accurate, authoritative information to those seeking help for substance abuse and behavioral health issues.

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