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  • 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 ...

    ... “independent association” between drug use and STI's among female swingers. “High rates of multiple drug use, ... know struggles with alcohol abuse, learn more about the available treatment options . Elite Images ... Learn more

  • 10 Ways Drug Abuse Hurts You and Those Around You

    Most of us have heard countless times that drug abuse isn't beneficial - the word “abuse” is in the name, after all. But a lot of people don't ...

    ... person loves and cares about. One of the most effective ways you can work to prevent the dangers of drug abuse is by learning what, exactly, those dangers are so that you can better understand the nature of the problem ... Learn more

  • Neighborhood Watch: Drug Sales Drive Drug Use

    Community prevention organizations have known for many years that one of the best predictors of drug use is what's known as “perception of ...

    ... the higher the perceived risk for a particular drug, the fewer teens and young adults are using that drug. A new study published in the journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy zeroes in on peer ... Learn more

  • Does Methadone Treatment Suppress Testosterone in Opioid Addicts?

    A new study out of McMaster University in Canada has found that common treatments for opioid addiction reduce the level of testosterone in men, ...

    ... already have depleted levels of testosterone before starting treatment. The very notable side effect leaves some ... using Suboxone and methadone as part of opioid substitution treatment is about half of what it is for ... Learn more

  • Positive Workforce Drug Tests Increase for the First Time in a Decade

    A shocking new report released by Quest Diagnostics reveals that the percentage of positive drug tests among American workers has increased for the ...

    ... . In addition to lost productivity, absenteeism, injuries, fatalities, theft, or low employee morale, drug abuse can cause problems at work including: After-effects of substance use (withdrawal) affecting job ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... substance-related emergency room admissions involve a combination of both drugs and alcohol. Poly-Drug Abuse Although heavily abusing “just alcohol” or “only drugs” is hazardous, the combination of the two can be a ... Learn more

  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

    Years ago, while I was in a nine-month substance abuse treatment program, I realized that everyone around me had one thing in common - they smoked. ...

    ... studies, these higher rates negatively affect substance abuse treatment success. Let's take a look at ... . Incorporating smoking cessation interventions into drug treatment is an important step.” Additional Reading ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... tool that can help them better understand how stimulant drug abuse affects the brain. Developed by a team of researchers ... will eventually lead to better treatment options for recovering drug addicts, improve brain-cancer ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... immune system) than those who either regularly abused the drug or didn't use it all. Symptoms that ... function” for future research projects and potential treatment methods . Desperate for Solutions In 2003 ... Learn more

  • The 25 Best Sources for Drug Addiction Research

    1. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) : Aims to bring effective substance abuse prevention to every community; works to improve ...

    ... Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) : Offers educational and scientific information on drug addiction in an effort to support effective substance abuse prevention and treatment programs ... Learn more

  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

    When you think about the drug trade in America's big cities, it seems like it might be easier for teenagers to abuse drugs like prescription ...

    ... easier for teenagers to abuse drugs like prescription painkillers. With the massive amount of drugs flowing in and out ... adolescents there are major implications for increased treatment demand, risk of overdose and even ... Learn more

  • 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, ...

    ... is as common as drug abuse, and the high mortality risks following release are similar, it does not receive the same level of attention or funding,” said Professor Fazel. Drug treatment in American prisons is even ... 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 ...

    ... fuzzy world. I put my glasses on and I see the world clearly. It's possible these kind of experiences [with drugs] are not artificial or false, but really enable a person and a person's brain to experience the world in a ... Learn more

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

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

    Do residential treatment facilities accept cash, charge, insurance - or cryptocurrency? Despite cryptocurrency's newfound popularity, ...

    ... Issue? Well, it's widespread enough that Scotland is now home to a hospital that offers residential treatment for dependency on cryptocurrency. The center, Castle Craig Hospital, is the first of its kind, but it ... Learn more

  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, revealed medical marijuana users take fewer other medicines - ...

    ... alternative to prescription painkillers. An Effective Treatment Option? The study was conducted ... published in a Journal of the American Medical Association, discovered states with forms of legal marijuana reported ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 's stomach because they have less gastric acid than men. In the end, this causes the drug's effects to be felt more quickly and powerfully. Your Body, Your Medications When taking prescription medications, it ... Learn more

  • Mirror Mirror: Landmark Study Paints a Portrait of Synthetic Drug Users

    Use of synthetic psychoactive drugs like “ bath salts ” and “Flakka” has been growing in the U.S. and across the world in recent years. The ...

    ... in bodegas or head shops as “legal highs,” are created in labs and meant to mimic the effects of drugs like marijuana or LSD. Though their potential dangers are widely reported, little is actually known about who is ... Learn more

  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

    Although drugs like heroin and cocaine tend to grab flashier and more dramatic headlines in the media, arguably the biggest substance issue ...

    ... with pulling an all-night study session or improving their academic performance. About 24 percent said they misused or abused these drugs to improve work performance at a job. One in five college students reported ... Learn more

  • Everything You Need to Know Inhalant Abuse

    A new study has found an unusual link between inhalant abuse and head injuries, mental illness and traumatic experiences. The findings of ...

    ... problem could literally mean the difference between life and death. Although treatment centers that solely focus on inhalant abuse may be hard to find, there are plenty of inpatient rehab facilities in your area with ... Learn more

  • Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

    Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

    It's tragic. People are reaching out for help…and there's no one there. As a nation, we're experiencing a severe shortage of treatment options ...

    ... 's no one there. As a nation, we're experiencing a severe shortage of treatment options for those struggling with substance abuse. The National Council for Behavioral Health reported shortages of behavioral health ... Learn more

  • Turns Out Abusing ADHD Meds Won’t Get You on the Dean’s List

    Lindsay felt overwhelmed. With three finals and a term-paper deadline looming in her near future, she didn't know how she would survive, much less ...

    ... like that, it's important people know the truth about these so called “study drugs.” If you or someone you know is abusing prescription stimulants in hopes of boosting your grades, chances are they'll have the opposite ... Learn more

  • New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

    New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

    Breathe on this. Spit on that. Provide a urine sample. You know the drill. The methods of drug testing are relatively common and well-known. From ...

    ... benefits of fingerprint testing in a variety of situations, such as: Drug testing in locations like workplaces, hospitals, and treatment centers In emergency situations, due to the quick results and determining ... Learn more

  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet , has reached epidemic levels in the United States. ...

    ... of the American Medical Association (JAMA). “The results ... Treatment of opioid addiction frequently requires medication, like the opioid substitutes Methadone or Suboxone. Due to problems related to stigma and abuse ... Learn more

  • Drugs at School: Are Zero-Tolerance Policies Really Working?

    Adopted over 20 years ago, zero-tolerance drug policies still dominate the conduct codes of most American public schools. In fact, the U.S. ...

    ... - without prejudice. However, many psychologists, educators, independent researchers and substance abuse professionals are now giving zero-tolerance drug policies an “F” in effectiveness. A recent study published by ... Learn more

  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

    I had just started studying for the Bar Exam when I realized the extent of legal information I'd have to retain wasn't humanly possible. Terrified ...

    ... Doctors are unsure how chronic use of this “smart drug” will affect healthy brain function down the road, but ... mild side effects and low abuse potential. But they do urge caution in acquiring this drug, as many have bought ... Learn more

  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

    Concerns over the risks of combining benzodiazepine and opioid prescriptions has 41 state health officials petitioning the Food and Drug ...

    ... adverse reaction) that it is essential that it be considered in assessing the risks and benefits of using the drug ;” OR “ There is a serious adverse reaction that can be prevented or reduced in severity by appropriate ... Learn more

  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

    Millions of Americans suffer daily from chronic pain. Factor in all the people managing temporary pain after accidents or surgeries and you have a ...

    ... in the next two years. If proven effective, particularly by reducing the risk of abuse and overdose , we might have a “miracle” drug on our hands! Additional Reading: Opiate Alternatives: Doctor's Got a Brand ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... , but meth is the state's most commonly abused illicit drug. Oklahoma counties are about one-third dry and the ... counties don't have a handle on local alcohol abuse. Data from Kentucky State Police also showed that wet ... Learn more

  • Chronic Disease Treatment Success Rates

    Testicular Cancer Testicular cancer was perhaps one of the most feared cancers of the 70s and 80s. However, advances in treatment meant that the ...

    ... drugs, including oxaliplatin and carboplatin, both of which have been used to treat other cancers with a great deal of success. However, not every treatment ... and it isn't often abused, although the potential exists. ... Learn more

  • Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier

    The abuse of ADHD medication is commonly associated with black-market Ritalin or Adderall on campus to aid last-minute cramming sessions. However, ...

    ... fact that roughly 6.4 million young people are now diagnosed with ADHD, the risk of abusing a potentially “feel-good” drug has to be addressed proactively. “Ultimately, we need to see more interventions that are school ... Learn more

  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

    Every generation has its trends. From hairstyles, to music, and yes, even drugs. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has been ...

    ... give us a glimpse into each generation's overall drug preferences, as well as the age at which each ... II trend when amphetamines were frequently prescribed as a treatment for depression . Sedatives: At their peak use ... Learn more

  • Curing Alcoholism: We’re Finally Putting MDMA to the Test

    It seems ironic that one of the first drugs I used on my way to full-blown addiction is now being used in a study to cure alcoholism. Last week, ...

    ... root of the participant's substance abuse issue . He said, “It's using drugs to enhance the relationship between ... new studies doesn't stop with MDMA; drug therapy treatments are on the rise. The Guardian article ... Learn more

  • Attorney General Nominee Thinks Booze Is Safer Than Pot?

    President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general made serious waves during her confirmation hearing on Jan. 28. Despite statistics and data to ...

    ... with other substances. That doesn't mean marijuana use is safe, though. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that 9 percent of those who use marijuana will become addicted. The British Medical Journal also ... Learn more

  • Can’t Sleep? Try Putting Down the Marijuana (Seriously)

    For as long as she could remember, people told Sue that marijuana helped you sleep. So once she started having problems catching z's, she decided ...

    ... insomnia.” As of 2014, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found 22.2 million Americans used marijuana ... make marijuana one of the most commonly used drugs in the country. A whopping 60 million Americans ... Learn more

  • Do Women Pay a Higher Price for Smoking Weed?

    Tetrahydrocannibinol, better known as THC, is the most potent component of marijuana. It's the chemical that causes feelings of euphoria and makes ...

    ... to the hormone estrogen. Groundbreaking details of their National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded study were recently published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence . In both males and females, effects of ... Learn more

  • Overdosing on Sleep Medication is a Big Problem

    According to a recent survey , 69 percent of primary care patients complain of insomnia and other sleep issues. To solve the problem, doctors ...

    ... and relaxing neurotransmitter that makes patients feel drowsy. The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) report presents evidence that shows the use and abuse of zolpidem is creating serious health concerns. Highlights of ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... the amount of foreign substances in your body. Although signs and symptoms vary depending on the type of drug abused and the person's tolerance, it's best to choose caution over discernment. Simply put; if you feel ... Learn more

  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

    Although opioids are effective pain relievers, they can do a number on your health and overall body systems. One of the most negatively affected ...

    ... You Do? Fortunately, there are several treatments to combat opioid-induced constipation, ranging ... -counter anti-constipation drugs. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of drug abuse . Image Source: ... Learn more

  • Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Grip of Addiction

    For most people addicted to drugs or alcohol, the compulsive desire to use is complex. That urge is often triggered by certain environments, ...

    ... extreme drug cravings, obsession, anxiety or panic attacks, depression and suicidal tendencies. The treatment for ... : Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain Photo Credit: Google/scholieren ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... cocaine in the world; it is the second most popular illegal recreational drug in the country. Data from the 2013 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHADA) revealed 601,000 people over the age of 12 used cocaine ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... pills, as compared to 0.3 million Americans who use heroin, according to data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. But experts are quick to point out that this is a statistic that could very easily shift. There ... Learn more

  • Can a Hormone Make You “Hungry” for Alcohol?

    New findings suggest that ghrelin, a natural hormone traditionally associated with healthy appetite and food intake, might also increase hunger for ...

    ... Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National ... of blocking ghrelin signaling as a new promising treatment for alcoholism .” The Role of Alternate Hormones ... Learn more

  • Legalizing Marijuana Decreases Fatal Opiate Overdoses, Study Shows

    According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. In an effort to relieve that constant ...

    ... about the signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse . Additional Resources on Health Insurance Providers ... on Drug and Alcohol Rehab Whether you're looking for a specific type of rehab treatment, substance ... Learn more

  • When Does Medical Marijuana Use Morph into Full-Blown Addiction?

    In more US states, marijuana is becoming legalized and socially accepted as treatment for a range of illnesses. But, like many medicines, it can ...

    ... from alcoholism, more people seek treatment for abuse of pot than any other drug. Legislation Fears In Illinois, ... life, according to the American Psychiatric Association. Another concern is a potential rise ... Learn more

  • Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

    Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports an estimated 1.5 million Americans use cocaine. In 2015, our nation saw more than 6,700 ...

    ... doctors responsible for the study report: “Treatment with a G-CSF modulator would have the distinct advantage that it may be harnessed to reduce drug taking while ostensibly having no abuse potential on its own - a ... Learn more

  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

    Urban and rural addicts don't seem to have a whole lot in common, according to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services ...

    ... ). Rural dwellers were also more likely to seek out treatment for prescription painkillers and stimulants. Urban addicts, however, primary abuse traditional street drugs like heroin and cocaine. Around 21.8 percent of ... Learn more

  • Why Don’t We Have Addiction Vaccines?

    After three decades of research, people with addiction still have few medication options. While there are a handful of modestly effective ...

    ... and behavioral therapies, could significantly raise the standard of addiction treatment. ,"children":" National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2014).\u00a0 Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction. Penn ... Learn more

  • Ibogaine: Can it Cure My Addiction?

    What does it take to quit using heroin or other opioids? It's a question that is very much on the minds of millions of Americans. The ...

    ... and is even classified as a Schedule I drug by the Food and Drug Administration. 1 Because of this, the use ... factors seriously before deciding on ibogaine as a treatment for your substance addiction. It's important to ... Learn more

  • This is NOT a Drill: Alcohol Causes 7 Kinds of Cancer

    Everyone knows a can of beer isn't as good for you as a glass of orange juice. And, it's common knowledge that excessive amounts of alcohol ...

    ... of death in the U.S. One of every four deaths is from cancer. Considering these newly found associations, it certainly seems like alcohol plays a frightening role in these statistics. It makes you wonder - How ... 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 ...

    ... percent of Americans are afflicted with chronic back pain at some point in their lives. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) estimates that back pain is the main reason most people call in sick to work and is ... Learn more

  • Your Spouse May Be a Weapon Against Alcoholism. Learn what study says

    We all know what to avoid when it comes to succeeding in sobriety (like hanging out with the wrong crowds and the wrong environments), but what ...

    ... - could these results really be attributed to being married? They sought to further clarify the association between divorce and alcoholism by looking at close relatives who shared common genes and childhood environment ... Learn more

  • Got 15 Minutes to Spare? Why Not Spend it Reducing Impulsive Drinking?

    Do you want to cut down on drinking? Would you like to be able to say “no” more often? Guess what? There's an app for that. Well, there's ...

    ... will help you to choose non-alcoholic drinks in the future. Additional versions have been developed for treatment of anxiety, depression and other issues. The goal is to redirect negative thought patterns so you can ... 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 ...

    ... 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

  • Tooth and Consequences: Alcohol Can Wreck Your Smile

    People who consume alcohol excessively and regularly are at great risk to develop tooth decay and periodontal disease. Even having a few drinks ...

    ... of my teeth - flossing and brushing - I realized I was learning again how to take care of myself emotionally as well,” says Lisa. Learn more about the effects of alcohol abuse . Image Source: pixabay.com 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 ...

    ... 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

  • Alcohol Might be Causing Your Bathroom Misery

    Anyone's who had a urinary tract infection (UTI) knows that it's irritating at best and extremely painful at worst. While dehydration and bacterial ...

    ... . The diuretic action of the alcohol itself is what causes the urge to frequently urinate. If you regularly abuse alcohol, it's nearly impossible to avoid UTIs. In fact, the only foolproof method is to avoid drinking ... Learn more

  • Proof that Alcohol and College Exams Don't Mix

    For decades, the night after big college exams has served as a standing invitation to kick off some serious alcohol-soaked partying. Often ...

    ... consumes in a week, the lower his or her GPA slips, according to data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). A student with a GPA in the A range consumes, on average, 3.3 drinks per week ... Learn more

  • Total Alcohol Abstinence vs Moderation: Which One Wins in the End?

    Sara knew she drank too much . After years of struggling, she decided she needed help. She admitted she was dependent on alcohol and started ...

    ... study conducted at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden found that the Reagans of the world are more successful in treatment than the Saras. Simply put; those who want to learn to drink in moderation are less likely to ... Learn more

  • Teens Who Drink Solo Are in More Trouble Than We Thought

    Have you found yourself knocking a few back when no one else is around? A recent study calls solitary drinking into question, finding that young ...

    ... drinking, and the rate of solitary drinking was much higher in the teens with early symptoms of alcohol abuse . The solitary drinkers also drank more often than the other teenage drinkers, consumed more during each ... Learn more

  • Alcohol Poisoning Deaths are Occurring at an Alarming Rate

    The perception that it's the college crowd most given to binge drinking and alcohol poisoning has just been proven false, thanks to a study ...

    ... The Finer Details The New York Times' health page lists the difference between alcoholism and alcohol abuse: “Alcoholism is when you have signs of physical addiction to alcohol and continue to drink, despite ... Learn more

  • Why Do Binge Drinkers Have a Hard Time with Healing Wounds?

    The term binge drinking applies when a pattern of alcohol consumption results in the rapid increase of blood-alcohol content that meets or exceeds ...

    ... patients,” the researchers concluded. If you or someone you know struggles with binge drinking, learn more about alcohol abuse signs, symptoms and treatment options . Image Source: deathtothestockphoto.com Learn more

  • Meet the Silent Generation: Adult Children of Alcoholics

    Twenty-eight million children in the U.S. today have alcoholic parents. One in eight Americans is an adult child of an alcoholic (ACoA). That means ...

    ... has silenced them. While their parent may have gotten treatment, it is likely these victims of addiction did not ... also conquerable. Learn more about the effects of alcohol abuse . Image Source: iStock 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, ...

    ... . More than half of those struggling aren't receiving treatment. Clearly, whatever we're currently doing (or not ... Reading: Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs? Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... . What does all this mean for marijuana users? The bottom line is you should be cautious. Turning to this drug as a source of stress-relief could backfire. If you consume higher amounts of marijuana , you might end up ... 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 ...

    ... role in wound healing. Using images of cells in wounds from meth-injected mice, they will also study the drug's effect on the production of a particular protein gene called IL-6. Those results will be compared with mice ... Learn more

  • Is Alcohol Wreaking Havoc on Your Sexual Performance?

    Alcohol is often viewed as an aphrodisiac, but this label is far from the truth. While drinking may lower social inhibitions and increase the ...

    ... is responsible for triggering the signals that cause an erection. Studies have also shown that prolonged abuse can cause irreversible damage to the nerves in the penis. Additional studies have shown erectile dysfunction ... Learn more

  • Alcohol: The Breast Cancer Risk in a Bottle

    Can drinking alcohol cause breast cancer? That's the question multiple experts, research teams, scientists, and medical oncologists have set out to ...

    ... 2 drinks per day for men. If you or someone you know struggles with binge drinking, learn more about the signs, symptoms and treatment options for alcohol abuse . Image Source: deathtothestockphoto.com 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 ...

    Thousands of pregnant women in the U.S. are abusing meth during pregnancy. In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at federal facilities are methamphetamine users. The result is hundreds of ... 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 ...

    ... to variables like legalizing marijuana and the synthetic drug epidemic. If you or someone you know is ... free helpline can connect you to the best addiction treatment centers to fit your needs. We're available around ... 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 ...

    ... 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 Sanford were raided by state ... Learn more

  • What You Need to Know About Secondhand Drinking

    Lisa Frederiksen likens the public's understanding of secondhand drinking to 30 years ago when doctors proved that lung cancer in nonsmokers was ...

    ... sanity and your health.” If you or someone you know struggles with alcohol abuse, help is available. Start by learning more about the available treatment options . Image Source: deathtothestockphoto.com Learn more

  • Listen To Your Gut: It Could Save Your Liver

    Do you know what's swimming around in your gut? Bacteria. What else is in there? Antibiotics. And no , not prescription meds like doctors give ...

    ... “Unknowns” We've known for a long time that alcohol abuse causes liver damage. In fact, liver disease (called cirrhosis) ... liver damage. This could be used as a treatment for those with alcoholic liver disease. These ... Learn more

  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

    This is your brain on pot: A new study has found that regular marijuana use is linked to both lower IQ scores and impaired decision making skills. ...

    ... millions of pre-teens and teenagers are still using the drug. These studies show that what many view as “harmless” ... Learn more about the signs and symptoms of marijuana abuse . Image Source: Flicker/DankDepot Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... cues, even when they are no longer under the influence. “We know that cocaine is a powerful and addictive drug and an important question remains: does cocaine mess up this process so that when cocaine users are off the ... Learn more

  • When Does a Moderate Drinker Turn into an Alcoholic?

    Although there are many factors which bring a person from being a moderate social drinker into an alcoholic, new research has found that a ...

    ... a moderate amount. Will this Data Help the Treatment Process? “When there is a breakdown in [BDNF ... devastating disease .” Although medications for for alcohol abuse do exist, they have their own drawbacks. Most ... 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 ...

    ... projects conducted in the United States. A 2009 analysis of data from male drug abusers currently enrolled at a treatment center, also published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine , noted that erectile dysfunction ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... these suicides only involved alcohol Avoiding a Tragic End If you're seeking treatment for an alcohol or drug addiction, while concurrently suffering from suicidal thoughts, there are special rehab centers that ... Learn more

  • Marijuana Mouth: Worse Than Meth Mouth?

    Kim is 38-years-old; she had been smoking weed since college. Her dentist could tell. Kim had a bad case of gingivitis. Her gums were swollen and ...

    ... teeth. Painful gums. Clearly, meth isn't the only drug that can ruin your mouth. Still, most marijuana users ... should. Learn more about the history and statistics of marijuana abuse . Image Source: iStock Learn more

  • 5 Scary Side Effects of Ambien Sleeping Pills

    5 Scary Side Effects of Ambien Sleeping Pills

    We've all been there—you can't sleep, and you're left tossing and turning in your bed. You know that getting a good night's sleep is one of the ...

    ... being used as a date rape drug. It carries a risk for abuse: If you have to continually increase ... . (2019). MedlinePlus: Zolpidem . \\ American Sleep Association. (n.d.). Sleep and Sleep Disorder Statistics . ... Learn more

  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

    Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

    Withdrawal. It's a huge hurdle on the path to recovery. Those struggling to leave opioids behind know they'll eventually have to face the ...

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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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