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  • 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 ...

    ... of injury death in the United States. In 2011, 55 percent of drug overdose deaths were related to prescription ... on average after implementation of a medical marijuana law,” lead study author Dr. Marcus Bachhuber said. ... 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 ...

    ... sources for disposal of confiscated drugs . The DEA uses EPA-approved incinerators. State police, on the other ... a truck in Serbia at the end of 2016. Current laws in Germany permit the medical use of marijuana with a ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... keep nonviolent drug offenders in drug abuse treatment programs and out of prisons. At the same time, Michigan was creating laws that would result in an overhaul of mandatory sentencing laws. States such as ... Learn more

  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

    It looks like our nation has found a “bullet” deadlier than the traditional calibers. As of 2015, heroin is killing more people than guns. ...

    ... dependencies on the drugs. To combat the upward trend, state and federal laws of the late 2000s ... Century Cures Act . It is expected to be signed into effect by President Obama before the end of his term. The bill, with ... 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 ...

    ... . It's also the first region of the brain affected by Alzheimer's disease. We notice the reduction in blood flow is ... results as a warning for marijuana users , stating, “Our research demonstrates that marijuana can have ... Learn more

  • The 20 Countries with the Harshest Drug Laws in the World

    United States drug laws are often considered harsh, but the penalties for carrying or trafficking drugs in other countries, particularly those in ...

    United States drug laws are often considered harsh, but the penalties for carrying or trafficking drugs in other countries, particularly those in Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia, can be much more ... 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 ...

    ... Signs and Symptoms by Drug Let's take ... states and Washington, D.C. have enacted Good Samaritan Laws to encourage seeking medical help. The Good Samaritan Laws provide limited immunity for minor drug violations, drug ... Learn more

  • The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

    Buprenorphine, the generic name for Suboxone, is a medication used to treat opiate dependence - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an ...

    ... seemed to have started once the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cracked down on both ... products. A subsequent phone call to the Wal-Mart pharmacy, placed by Dr. Jana Burson, seems to back up the claims. In her ... Learn more

  • The Financial Toll of Addiction

    If you've ever known someone who has suffered from addiction or have been that person yourself, you'll know how much of an emotional toll it can have ...

    ... and Poverty Addiction is by far most costly for ... States approximately $223 billion dollars in health care expenses, law enforcement costs, and lost productivity in 2006. In 2007, similar problems relating to illicit drug ... Learn more

  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

    With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers and law enforcement. ...

    ... from drug overdoses involving methamphetamine in 2014. This is twice the number from 2010. By 2015, ... all the lab incidents of the '90s, federal and state laws restricted the sale of over-the-counter cold medicine. ... Learn more

  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

    An opioid epidemic has swept the nation. Every day in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Over the ...

    ... Risk of heroin overdose is especially dangerous because the drug is often laced with fentanyl , which can be ... billion dollars, 81% of which is paid by state Medicaid programs. It is clear that prescription ... Learn more

  • DEA: Heroin ‘Probably’ More Dangerous Than Marijuana

    With 23 states and Washington D.C. legalizing medical marijuana and four states legalizing it for recreational use, it's quite possible we'll see a ...

    ... drug without consequences. The Federal Law According to the DEA, weed is classified as a Schedule I drug ... be in a car accident at all,” he begrudgingly stated . Rosenberg's statements are vastly different than the ... Learn more

  • Doctor Shopping…at the Local Vet's Office?

    The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic ; each day, 91 people die of an opioid-related overdose . It has gotten so bad that some ...

    ... of the medication prescribed to animals can also be taken by humans - the only difference being dosage. One such painkiller ... veterinarians and other stakeholders, including law enforcement officials, that will discuss ... Learn more

  • Who Manufacturers All these Crazy Semi-Legal Designer Drugs?

    Designer drugs have been subject of much media attention of late, as the Internet has made obtaining them easier than in the past. In many cases, ...

    ... Non Consumables sold many types of designer drugs. The business, which was based United States, was shut down by the DEA in 2004. This company tried to circumvent the law by claiming that the chemicals were for research ... Learn more

  • Counterfeit Prescription Drug Operations Thrive in the US

    Prescription drugs continue to remain big business in the United States. Last year alone, the total retail sales for prescription drugs filled at ...

    ... in the United States. Last year alone, the total retail sales for prescription drugs filled at American ... they reviewed, only three percent complied with pharmacy laws and standards. Many of the websites display ... 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 ...

    ... that can be deadly. As an opiate, fentanyl produces a state of relaxation or euphoria. It is often used an as ... Forward Officials hope to trace the source of these drugs and get them out of circulation. They hope to ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... period in 2014. And these are just New York State's statistics . The New England Journal of Medicine has ... find their way around these laws by changing the makeup of the drug. While law enforcement does what it can ... Learn more

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  • 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 ...

    ... this law-making domino effect. One of the most recent examples comes out of California. In the Golden State, ... unmanned vehicles. Deliveries may be made only in person by enclosed motor vehicle. Cannabis goods may not be ... Learn more

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    ... ANY WARRANTY REGARDING ANY OF THE COMPANY ENTITIES OR THE SITES THAT IS NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THESE TERMS. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, YOU ASSUME ALL RISK FOR ALL DAMAGES THAT MAY RESULT FROM YOUR USE OF OR ... 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 ...

    ... Not only that, more Americans than ever say they're simply grossed out by the habit. NOLA is Snuffing out Tobacco Most states have outright banned smoking in restaurants and bars, while the practice is increasingly ... 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 ...

    ... ANY WARRANTY REGARDING ANY OF THE COMPANY ENTITIES OR THE SITES THAT IS NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THESE TERMS. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, YOU ASSUME ALL RISK FOR ALL DAMAGES THAT MAY RESULT FROM YOUR USE OF OR ... Learn more

  • Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC Answered

    Close your eyes. Picture someone smoking pot. What do they look like? Most importantly, how old are they? Did you drum up an image of a teen ...

    ... of marijuana for medical reasons . As more and more states legalize usage, the elderly seem to be turning to this ... use and opinions regarding appropriate punishment for breaking drug laws. So what can we take away from ... 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 ...

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

    ... last year). The Future of THC in America The upcoming 2016 election will likely see several more states putting forward their own versions of marijuana legalization bills. Experts predict, as a nation, we will ... 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 ...

    ... drinking and weight gain. “Given the rise in reported alcohol consumption in the United States, overeating following alcohol consumption may contribute to weight gain and significant health-related consequences,” the ... 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 ...

    ... to a 2016 Gallup poll , 13 percent of Americans stated they're marijuana users. This is nearly double the ... bottom line is you should be cautious. Turning to this drug as a source of stress-relief could backfire. If you ... 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 ...

    ... “challenge phase” begins. At this point, the state will seek worldwide businesses and innovators to advance the ... Additional Reading: Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs? Image Source: iStock Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... morphine, OxyContin, Fentanyl) are depressants, meaning the drugs slow down your breathing and heart rate. As ... then lead to severe retardation, a vegetative state, and death The Importance of Rescue Breathing ... 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 ...

    ... parents had just divorced, I loathed every second at my law firm and I'd just lost the most important person in ... you're finally willing to seek help . It's created by a particular event or from a slow decline over time. ... 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 ...

    ... popped up in the news. Last August, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published a notice of intent to ... s flip-flopping decision. Earlier this month, Florida State Rep. Kristin Jacobs, a Coconut Creek Democrat, ... 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 ...

    ... already been stored. The research, completed by doctors from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland ... be extremely hazardous to a brain in such a vulnerable state. Yet, more and more teens are simply ignoring the ... 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 this ...

    ... a joint research project involving scientists at Georgia State University and the University of North Carolina at ... physical damage to a patient that was caused by inhalants. Counseling and psychiatric care will also be ... 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 ...

    ... I still have my own mother, sister and daughter-in-law, there is nothing happy about Mother's Day for ... care of myself one breath at a time. * Submitted by Mary Beth Cichocki Learn More Find out how you can help ... Learn more

  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

    In 2010, I was arrested for a “DUI with Enhancements” and reckless driving. I was barely twenty-one and hadn't faced any real consequences of my ...

    ... probation option without reading the not-so-fine print. The first “condition” of my probation was to not drink or use drugs . The second was to not drive a car. I broke both of these, at the same time, on the first ... 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 ...

    ... anymore, you take two. It's a vicious cycle. An Acceptable Coping Mechanism? Benzos like Xanax are “socially acceptable” drugs. You can go to work on Xanax . You could never get away with that on alcohol - or at ... 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. ...

    ... sober for?” Six months abstinent from heroin and crack , she'd gone from being the family member who used drugs to the family caretaker. It seemed like a pretty bad deal to her. Leading a New Life Hanging out in ... Learn more

  • Exploring the Resort-Style Addiction Treatment Centers

    It's hard being a celebrity. All that visibility, stress, worry, and fear of losing it must be quite hard to deal with. Sure they get paid a lot of ...

    ... seem to be afforded a certain amount of immunity when things go wrong, such as when they're caught taking drugs. Rather than going to a low-end clinic where they share a bathroom with other people and have small beds ... 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 ...

    ... both the emotional and behavioral outcomes of pre-natal meth exposure. Specifically, the researchers noted that, by providing a supportive home environment, the negative effects of meth are greatly reduced. The latest ... 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 ...

    ... friends and help them take actions that will be beneficial. Things are different when you're addicted to drugs . Different Priorities The addiction is the top priority, not a friend's well-being. Those who are ... 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 ...

    ... said Dr. Karen Smith, CDPH director and state health officer. Taking on the Dangers Here are ... and away from any items that could be contaminated by the nicotine juice. Additional Reading : Smoking Can be ... 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 ...

    ... officials to issue the cards if the animal's owner lives in the state and a veterinarian can vouch that the pet has an illness which might be helped by pot. The only problem? There's no proof that marijuana is a ... Learn more

  • 10 Things to Look for in Faith-Based Treatment Centers

    Spirituality is at the center of many people's lives. Faith is a powerful catalyst for change for many individuals battling addiction. Secular ...

    ... . You may find that while some faith-based treatment centers appeal to you, they may not be covered by your insurance. With a little research, however, it is possible to find an affordable faith-based treatment center ... 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 ...

    ... at work, honing our talents or continuing to learn, old obligations that once made us feel successful are replaced by addiction. More than a job or making money, true success is the quality of our efforts that reflect ... 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, ...

    ... noticeable psychoactive effects and works in concert with THC to decrease any of its psychoactive effects. If taken by itself, CBD is a pain reliever that has anti-inflammatory properties and is effective at reducing the ... 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 ...

    ... as mascots. Of all the dangers, however, the most concerning is their deadly effects when combined with other drugs. For example, sleep aids should never be consumed in combination with alcohol; it can be a lethal combo ... 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 ...

    ... body and brain try to restore balance without the medication. Like Shelly, most people react to withdrawal by making bad decisions. Instead of enduring the process, it seems easier to start taking the medication again ... 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, ...

    ... country rural areas have been hit particularly hard by the opioid epidemic . These remote locations suffer ... Dr. Jed Magen, osteopathic psychiatrist at Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine, admits ... 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 ...

    ... of recovery involves therapy, yoga, and meditation. That means I had to find a place with both a near by yoga studio and a meditation center. I also wanted to live close to some support group meetings , like Refuge ... 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, ...

    ... than 21,000 Americans died due to complications of Alcoholic Liver Disease (ALD), a spectrum of damage caused by over-consumption of alcohol. A liver transplant is the only known cure, yet many ALD patients are unable ... 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 ...

    ... a full blown addiction? Parenting a teenager is already difficult, but finding out that your teen is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol is an even greater challenge, one that seems nearly almost impossible. And, for many ... 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 ...

    ... that was well known for its psychoactive effects by the Roman Empire. People would consume small amounts ... but when smoked produce a hallucinogenic effect. In some states, it's legal to catch these creatures as long ... 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 ...

    ... anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States. (The fact that we have an association devoted ... Xanax is extremely addictive and often abused. In fact, by 2010, over 125,000 annual ER visits were directly ... 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 ...

    ... when safe injection sites open in the United States, professionals like Hesch may be asked to work ... their vital signs.” Hesch pointed out that fentanyl works by repressing the respiratory system. It's a potent opioid ... Learn more

  • Driving Just Got a Little Safer – Thanks to This Device

    Steve saw the flashing lights in the mirror; his heart skipped a beat. He was on his way home from his friend's house, where he and three others ...

    ... approach to detect drugs in body fluids. ... drugs in 2013 (and that's just the ones who were willing to admit it.) Scientists hope this new development can help to curb this dangerous situation. The goal is to provide law ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... and criminal justice-related spending. Over 300,000 inmates are currently serving time in state and federal prisons for convictions related to drugs, and more than 2 million inmates - or approximately 65 percent - “meet ... 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 for ...

    ... , this effort could be the beginning of much-needed change in Tennessee - one of the states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic . Additional Reading: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone? Image ... Learn more

  • My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

    My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

    In prison, many of the women I met struggled with substance abuse issues. Although alcohol and drugs were no longer in endless supply in there, many ...

    ... addictive thinking is present, the harmful consequences of drug or alcohol use don't outweigh their euphoric ... well rested and properly nourished maintaining a positive state of mind is much easier. Get Active If ... 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. ...

    ... 2002 to 9.5 percent in 2003, millions of pre-teens and teenagers are still using the drug. These studies show that what many view as “harmless” recreational marijuana use could have permanent cognitive implications ... 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, but ...

    ... rate of death for those using Suboxone and methadone as part of opioid substitution treatment is about half of what it is for those using street heroin . Learn more about the symptoms and signs of drug abuse . 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 ...

    ... Addiction Sociologists at Penn State looked at the 2011 and 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a ... Khary K. Rigg, assistant professor of mental health law and policy, University of South Florida, who worked on ... Learn more

  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

    She's been going to the same clinic for five years. Every day, she takes a bus, walks the last two blocks from the bus stop and gets in line for her ...

    ... dosage had gone up 300 percent during his decade long treatment, with no plans to wean him off the drug. He's now dependent on methadone. But, no alternatives are offered at the clinic; so they just kept increasing ... Learn more

  • You’re Not a Victim: 5 Ways to Break Out of This Role

    When struggling with substance abuse , it's tempting to feel like the victim. Things are rough. Your life is probably in shambles. Your loved ones ...

    ... a bigger perspective and healthier responses . It results in better choices for a brighter long-term future. Additional Reading: 10 Ways Drug Abuse Hurts You and Those Around You Image Source: iStock Learn more

  • Do I Have to Hit Rock Bottom Before I Get Help?

    No! Hitting rock bottom is not a prerequisite to seeking help for substance abuse; help is available whenever you are ready for it. Unfortunately, ...

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

    ... product industry, particularly in Washington state and Colorado (where both medical and ... bloodstream, which quickly carries the chemical to the brain. 8 By smoking a joint, an individual is able to feel the effects ... 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. ...

    ... The first obvious place is the Crossroads Centre. Set up by Eric Clapton in the mid-'90s on the beautiful island of ... addiction experience with a strong and positive vibe. It states it has helped over 5,500 people (over 200 ... 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 ...

    ... along with a bulk of supporting data provided by their parents. The data included important information about ... try to quit cold turkey, most people have greater success by putting together a plan and sticking to it. This ... 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 ...

    ... on other medications that create a deadly combination . They may have other health concerns that will be affected by the pills. They may simply take too many, unaware of the danger because a doctor didn't consult with ... Learn more

  • Inmates Receive Federal Funding to Re-enter Society Sober

    Inmates Receive Federal Funding to Re-enter Society Sober

    After years in prison, freedom is just around the corner. Tom served his time and will rejoin society soon. But what are his options? With no job and ...

    ... options? With no job and no money, Tom's likely to return to his previous lifestyle. He'll be surrounded by triggers and find it extremely difficult to stay clean. In fact, his odds of overdosing within the first 30 days ... 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. ...

    ... to heart aging . Some of the most common heart problems caused by amphetamine abuse are: Angina: This chest pain is caused by reduced blood flow to your heart. Arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries ... 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, ...

    ... strangers can be a bit overwhelming and intimidating. Taking the first step online can make things much easier by eliminating a lot of the fear and anxiety associated with admitting your problem for the first time. It ... 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 ...

    ... causing the former, according to a study released by the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. ... the most common medical conditions in the United States. Eighty percent of Americans are afflicted with ... 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 ...

    ... courage and re-claiming your power. You won't be a victim to this disease any longer. Believe me, you'll gain respect by doing what you need to do to get healthy. After all, if you don't seek out the help yourself, it's ... Learn more

  • You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

    You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

    Years ago, I spent an entire summer behind a small desk in an upstairs room at my dad's house, studying for the Bar Exam. Cramming 18 different legal ...

    ... its consumers a kick, but they've recently been found to act as a bit of a gateway drug. Researchers at the University of Maryland discovered young adults who regularly drank highly caffeinated energy beverages - and ... 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 ...

    ... there something specific that took you off course? Start by making a list of your biggest triggers so you ... life in sobriety . Do a Body Check As you know by now, heroin abuse wreaks havoc on your body. To get ... 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 ...

    ... 't had to deal with addiction like you. Discouraged by such thoughts, you may find yourself delaying going back to ... and keeps your mind off of unhealthy thoughts. By integrating yourself back into a working community, ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... warning. They do this often as a way to keep the drugs “legal.” Current laws prohibit substances based on chemical components, so creators of these drugs simply alter the chemical structure enough to avoid falling under ... 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 ...

    ... 51,347 cases of alcohol-related suicides from 14 states. Scientists concluded that: The odds were greater for ... re seeking treatment for an alcohol or drug addiction, while concurrently suffering from suicidal ... Learn more

  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

    A craving is an intense desire to use a particular drug and experts consider this the second stage of addiction. This overwhelming urge to use is so ...

    ... with loved ones, their good behavior days. Their need to get high was their first priority, and with drugs being readily available around the compound, there was no rush for them to quit cold turkey. Feeling like you ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... , these hazmat precautions are now standard when law enforcement seize fentanyl. Fact One: It can ... the label this time. On the box was a notice stating the drug had a new black-box warning. Since Tom wasn't sure ... Learn more

  • Welcome to a New Tramadol Nightmare

    People seeking safe opiate detox in Alaska were recently left out in the cold - in more ways than one. Only two state facilities currently offer ...

    ... in the cold - in more ways than one. Only two state facilities currently offer detox services to Alaskans - and both of ... controlled substance. What does this mean? The drug now has additional regulations on its use. ... Learn more

  • Study Shows Alcohol Boosts THC Levels in Your Blood

    With four states legalizing recreational marijuana and several others considering the possibility, driving while high on pot is becoming a much ...

    ... in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found that teens that combined the two substances ... also negatively impairs judgment. A study conducted last April by the Alcohol Research Group, a program of the Public ... Learn more

  • 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 - ...

    ... out like Kara's, but it's clear we've become a pill-dependent nation. By 2013, nearly 36.5 million Americans were taking anti-anxiety drugs and about one-fifth of Americans who struggle with an anxiety disorder have a ... 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. ...

    ... to her, you inhale the secondhand smoke for one minute. Over the next half-hour, your blood vessels are affected by the smoke, impaired as they recover from the exposure. Now picture this : You're at a friend's house ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... of Ritalin abuse and the consequences of addiction. He pointed out the potential side effects of the drug - Darren had already experienced a number of short-term effects , including loss of appetite, nausea, disturbed ... 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, ... My first year back in the “free world” was plagued by many curve balls and setbacks. I had to abandon friends, ... 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 ...

    ... . His smile was ghastly. Over time, the drug had caused periodontitis (an inflammatory disease that attacks ... teeth. Painful gums. Clearly, meth isn't the only drug that can ruin your mouth. Still, most marijuana users ... 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 ...

    ... s in these situations - when Xanax is mixed with other drugs or alcohol - that an overdose is most likely. What's ... Xanax with other depressants (like alcohol), or by taking a much larger dosage than prescribed, causes ... Learn more

  • 15-Minutes of Narcan Internet Fame Leaves Permanent Scars

    Imagine overdosing in public, prompting police officers to administer Narcan - the powerful opiate antidote - to save your life. Now imagine ...

    ... police department defended its decision to release the video, stating “there was a lot of value in the public ... an actual solution to be reached in our nation's drug crisis , we need to eliminate the shame and cue the ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... to serious mental complications when used in excess and for long periods of time. Benadryl is an anticholinergic drug. Some people use it as an over-the-counter sleep aid, while others enjoy the sedative and euphoric ... Learn more

  • Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

    Imagine you're getting your wisdom teeth removed and at the end of the procedure, your dentist hands you a prescription for a pain reliever - maybe ...

    ... action. Now, some states are requiring dentists to educate themselves by taking classes on prescribing, ... and new guidelines argue for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs ( ... Learn more

  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

    Alex didn't answer the phone. He missed their father's birthday party and still wasn't answering. But Allison kept dialing. It didn't seem right, ...

    ... with the fear that all families of people who use illegal drugs feel. When is the call going to come? When is ... of jail. He'd been through more than seven rehabs by now. Her parents were going broke after paying for ... 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 ...

    ... to do just what they claim: support you. Tip 4: Write About it When I got out of prison, I was surprised by how insecure I was at admitting where I'd been the last four years. While all my friends and family knew the ... Learn more

  • Methadone Programs: A Bad Treatment Plan for Addicted Parents?

    When it comes to the negative effects of substance abuse , addiction casts a wide net. Addicted parents, in particular, are faced with a unique set ...

    ... 2 percent of parents (19 people) remained in recovery and drug-free ten years later. Another 14 (9.7 percent) met ... mortality rate in the general population of Washington State, and a 14.8 percent mortality rate among ... 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 among ...

    ... the stories…you know, the ones that say using these drugs can help students study round-the-clock and soak up ... Students prescribed stimulants at Marist College and Fresno State are now required to sign a contract saying ... 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 ...

    ... the body. Under the influence of these anti-anxiety drugs, drivers are simply unable to make the quick, ... , they risk driving while half asleep. In this sedated state, it's nearly impossible to react as quickly as needed ... 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, UK ...

    ... lying down with an eye mask in a state of quiet meditation. Digging Deeper Sessa believes this ... s substance abuse issue . He said, “It's using drugs to enhance the relationship between the therapist and the patient, ... 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 ...

    ... may be different, the internal chaos brought about by those emotions is the same; and it can ... However, no one wants to be a person who is consumed by addiction either, so sadness is very prevalent in a substance abuser ... Learn more

  • 9 Memorable Quotes from Former Addicts

    Robin Williams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman were both in recovery when drug relapses ultimately led to their tragic and untimely deaths. For someone ...

    ... that gives me my life today.” Russell Brand: Actor, Comedian, Author “The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their ... Learn more

  • 9 Mind-Blowing Facts About W-18

    Just when we thought things couldn't get any worse than fentanyl … The street-drug market has a new player - and it's even deadlier than ...

    ... . It can also be cut with cocaine or other drugs in unknown amounts. Pills and powders containing W-18 ... a controlled substance under U.S. law or “on the DEA's radar as a drug of concern.” No Antidote: Because of ... Learn more

  • Dual Diagnosis: The Link Between Addiction and Mental Health Disorders

    If you're suffering from a mental health issue, you may find yourself turning to drugs or alcohol to help you cope with the symptoms. Similarly, if ...

    ... up making your treatment for your mental health condition more complicated. On the flip side, if you abuse drugs, you are putting your mental health at risk and you may find yourself suffering from a conditions such ... Learn more

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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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