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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 pain, the number of opiate prescriptions has nearly doubled over the last decade. Today, opiates like ...

    ... injury death in the United States. In 2011, 55 percent of drug overdose deaths were related to prescription ... deaths on average after implementation of a medical marijuana law,” lead study author Dr. Marcus Bachhuber said. ... continue reading
  • 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 the high seas? In the U.S., officials turn to several different sources for disposal of confiscated ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Progressive Ways Some States Are Reducing Nonviolent Drug Offender Incarcerations

    The United States has some of the highest incarceration rates in the world. In 2008 alone, the United States had placed one out of every 48 working men behind bars; that's a lot of people to support with tax money. In fact, about $75 billion was ...

    ... the state's prison population by 27, ... 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 ... continue reading
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  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

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

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 high. Meet Bill's Brain As we travel through Bill's cranium, we see the blood flow (in nearly all areas of ...

    ... . 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia, can be much more severe. Here are twenty countries ...

    ... Indonesia Indonesian drug laws are harsh. If you are caught with marijuana , you can get up to twenty years in jail. Other drugs carry jail terms of up to twelve years, and the sale of drugs is punishable by death. Laos ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

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

    ... is. Signs and Symptoms by Drug Let's take a ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 essential part of a person's recovery plan, mainly due to its accessibility. Users can attain it ...

    ... buprenorphine products. A subsequent phone call to the Wal-Mart pharmacy, placed by Dr. Jana Burson, seems to back up the claims. In her ... 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations states that: “The responsibility for the ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

    With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers and law enforcement. While all eyes have been focused on this front, we may have ignored another battle that needs greater ...

    ... died 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. ... continue reading
  • 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 on you and your loved ones. It can put a strain on your relationships and affect both your personal ...

    ... at the financial toll of addiction. Addiction and Poverty Addiction is by far most costly for the poor. If you're at the ... care costs and $7 is saved in law enforcement costs . Drug abuse treatment not only saves lives—it ... continue reading
  • 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 course of a year, that number grows to 18,250—which is enough to fill every seat at Madison Square ...

    ... high. Risk of heroin overdose is especially dangerous because the drug is often laced with fentanyl , which can be deadly ... billion dollars, 81% of which is paid by state Medicaid programs. It is clear that prescription ... continue reading
  • 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 day when marijuana is considered “legal” throughout the U.S. However, the Drug Enforcement ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 people are willing to do whatever it takes to get high - even taking medication that's prescribed to ...

    ... of the medication prescribed to animals can also be taken by humans - the only difference being dosage. One such painkiller ... of doctor shopping is new, veterinarians and law officials are already aware of it and trying ... continue reading
  • 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, it's simpler to order designer drugs online than to try to obtain street drugs. Designer drugs can be ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 American pharmacies topped $259 billion. But as legal sales continue to rise, it's perhaps not too ...

    ... in the United States. Last year alone, the total retail sales for prescription drugs filled at American pharmacies ... reviewed, only three percent complied with pharmacy laws and standards. Many of the websites display ... continue reading
  • Record-Breaking Number of Overdoses Traced Back to Bad Heroin

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

    ... can be deadly. As an opiate, fentanyl produces a state of relaxation or euphoria. It is often used an as ... nervous system, including the brain. Combined, these two drugs prompt body systems to not only slow down, but ... continue reading
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  • 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 scenario pops up, lawmakers create another regulation to deal with it. The legislation process sure does ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
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  • Two Groundbreaking Tobacco Laws in the Works

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

    ... 2013. 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 ... continue reading
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    Terms of Use Last Updated: June 14, 2018 Recovery Brands LLC and its affiliates and subsidiaries (together “ Company ”, “ we ,” or “ us ”) provide the website located at RecoveryBrands.com, and the various related websites, software, ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 experimenting with drugs? A college student? If so, your image needs some updating. The Centers for Disease ...

    ... 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 all ... continue reading
  • 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 an Unexpected Detour At 27 years old, I seemed to have everything in front of me: a promising future ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • 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 than alarming, considering that Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, Washington and the city of Washington, D.C. ...

    ... 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 continue ... continue reading
  • A Dangerous Trio: Skipping Dinner, Binge Drinking and Overeating

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

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Buzzkill: Mary Jane’s Not as Relaxing as You Think

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

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 entrepreneurs. The goal is to generate ideas that can be developed into solutions to curb the ...

    ... “challenge phase” begins. At this point, the state will seek worldwide businesses and innovators to advance the ... public. Additional Reading: Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

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

    ... morphine, OxyContin, Fentanyl) are depressants, meaning the drugs slow down your breathing and heart rate. As such ... can then lead to severe retardation, a vegetative state, and death The Importance of Rescue Breathing If ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage III

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

    ... 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. ... continue reading
  • 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 hands on to sharpen his focus, then allow him to relax after hours of intense studying. He chewed ...

    ... 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, ... continue reading
  • 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 word from your brain. You might even have a perfect visual, but the verbal communication center in ...

    ... had 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 new study, published in the latest issue of the journal PLOS One , came from a joint research project ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 celebrating motherhood. For me, this day hosted three generations laughing and loving. Our time was ...

    ... I still have my own mother, sister and daughter-in-law, there is nothing happy about Mother's Day for ... take care of myself one breath at a time. * Submitted by Mary Beth Cichocki Learn More Find out how you can help an ... continue reading
  • 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 substance abuse . I didn't put up a fight. After the police finally got me to pull over, I ...

    ... the 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 ... continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

    “Yeah, I was feeling uptight before he was about to pick me up for our date, so I popped a Xanax,” said my friend. I cringed. It seemed like everyone I knew was using benzos to calm down, chill out, get through a first date, or ace a ...

    ... trick 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 ... continue reading
  • 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. She'd already herded these girls out of a bar where they were getting out of control, paid off the cab ...

    ... got 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 some ... continue reading
  • 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 range of plants that produce hallucinogens, including fungi, cactuses, and weeds , but you've also got ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 money, and they seem to be afforded a certain amount of immunity when things go wrong, such as when ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 federal facilities are methamphetamine users. The result is hundreds of thousands of babies at risk. ...

    ... in 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 your spouse. You do things for your friends and help them take actions that will be beneficial. ...

    ... for your 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 endorsers including Bruno Mars, while several other stars were seen puffing away on e-cigs during the 2014 ...

    ... ,” said Dr. Karen Smith, CDPH director and state health officer. Taking on the Dangers Here are ... children and away from any items that could be contaminated by the nicotine juice. Additional Reading : Smoking Can be ... continue reading
  • 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 marijuana for pets a reality. Animals and Weed Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom is sponsoring the bill ...

    ... 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 viable ... continue reading
  • 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 treatment centers that lack a spiritual component may not necessarily be effective for people with strong ...

    ... . 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 blinders on our perspective, corrodes our value systems, and compromises our ability to prioritize ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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, including at least 65 unique chemical structures called cannabinoids found in the actual plant. What ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 eight hours of sleep per night to maintain good health. Of course, we don't always get these hours. All kinds ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

    We're an anxious nation. According to data from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States. (The fact that we have an association devoted to anxiety says something about us, ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 with ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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, everyone in town will know where you went and why. If this were your situation, how likely would you be ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

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

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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, so he continued to drink - all the way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and Liver ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 parent means wearing many hats. You are both the compassionate protector and the discerning ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 spent the afternoon shooting cocaine . “Just play it cool,” he told himself. “You've faked your ...

    ... influence of illicit 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 enforcement officials ... continue reading
  • The Surgeon General Finally Gives Addiction Its Own Label

    A new Surgeon General's report finds drug and alcohol addiction to be one of America's most pressing public health concerns. “It's time to change how we view addiction,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wrote in his landmark report last month. ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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. It's All in Your Mind The findings from the University of California Davis Centre for Neuroscience ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 not in women. The research project, published in the journal Scientific Reports , collected data from ...

    ... that the 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 . continue reading
  • 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 dose of methadone. Five years ago, Kathy decided she needed help to break her Vicodin addiction. ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 those struggling with substance abuse. The National Council for Behavioral Health reported shortages ...

    ... . Stern plans to seek support from leaders across the state and the nation to gain the necessary funds. He ... needed change in Tennessee - one of the states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic . Additional Reading: Should ... continue reading
  • 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 of them carried on with the same addictive thoughts and behaviors. Manipulation, isolation, instant ...

    ... addictive thinking is present, the harmful consequences of drug or alcohol use don't outweigh their euphoric ... re well rested and properly nourished maintaining a positive state of mind is much easier. Get Active If ... continue reading
  • 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 have likely distanced themselves from you. Things are falling apart. The question is - how do you ...

    ... . It involves 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 continue reading
  • 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, statistics show that many people who are struggling with substance abuse will not seek help until they ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 painkillers. With the massive amount of drugs flowing in and out of large cities, there's certainly no ...

    ... Town 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 (THC). 1 THC's powerful, mind-altering effects derive from its interaction with and activation of the ...

    ... marijuana 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 ... continue reading
  • 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. Naturally, you want somewhere that's a little more exclusive to avoid running into someone who might ...

    ... than with other treatment centers, and the idea is that by trusting you, you'll trust in yourself. Naturally, the ... addiction experience with a strong and positive vibe. It states it has helped over 5,500 people (over 200 ... continue reading
  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

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  • Inmates Receive Federal Funding to Re-enter Society Sober

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  • In the Rooms: 11 Benefits of Seeking Online Support in Recovery

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

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  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

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  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

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  • How to Stay Productive at Work While Still in Recovery

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  • So-Called “Legal” Drugs and the Trojan Horse Game

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  • Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates

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  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

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    ... developing an addiction. The only way to get rid of these cravings for good is to separate yourself from drugs and alcohol - first through detox, and then through treatment and a program of recovery . Additional Reading ... continue reading
  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

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  • Welcome to a New Tramadol Nightmare

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    ... 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. ... continue reading
  • Study Shows Alcohol Boosts THC Levels in Your Blood

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  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

    After suffering an embarrassing panic attack at the mall, Kara visited a psychiatrist. He prescribed medication to help Kara with her symptoms - within a couple of months, this “solution” turned into an addiction. Now Kara has anxiety issues as ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Let’s Clear the Air About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

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  • The Dos and Don'ts of Ritalin Recovery

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    ... and Don'ts As Darren continued to use Ritalin for extra “boosts,” his tolerance and dependence on the drug increased, along with the side effects. Before long, Darren's roommate was worried. Patrick could see Darren was ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

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    ... 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, ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Mouth: Worse Than Meth Mouth?

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    ... in. Is it Really Worth the Rot? Gum disease. Missing teeth. Painful gums. Clearly, meth isn't the only drug that can ruin your mouth. Still, most marijuana users aren't thinking about their dental hygiene 15 or 20 years ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

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    ... It'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 ... continue reading
  • Curing Alcoholism: We’re Finally Putting MDMA to the Test

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  • 15-Minutes of Narcan Internet Fame Leaves Permanent Scars

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  • Hooked on Benadryl: It’s Much More Than a Harmless Dependency

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

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

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    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 8 Tips for Coming Out of the Addiction Closet

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

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  • 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 young adults and college students is prescription medication. In fact, prescription stimulants are ...

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  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

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

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  • 9 Memorable Quotes from Former Addicts

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  • The Great Debate: Alcohol vs Marijuana

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  • 9 Mind-Blowing Facts About W-18

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

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