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  • Decade of Drug Overdose

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains a publicly accessible database on causes of mortality, which is used here to shed light on the drug overdose epidemic currently ravaging the nation. Using the CDC's data from 10-plus years as ...

    ... maintains a publicly accessible database on causes of mortality, which is used here to shed light on the drug overdose epidemic currently ravaging the nation. Using the CDC's data from 10-plus years as well as recently ... continue reading
  • Drug Overdose Signs and Symptoms

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

    ... many cases, if substance abuse behavior persists, there remains a real possibility of a drug overdose. What Is a Drug Overdose? An overdose, sometimes referred to as OD for short, happens when the body is overwhelmed by ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs. Reward

    According to the latest Census in 2015, the United States has a total population of 321 million people. In the same year, 57 million prescriptions for gabapentin were written. Gabapentin , or its brand name Neurontin , is an anti-seizure medication ...

    ... Rehabilitation-Related Articles How to Help Someone With Drug Addiction Drug Overdose Signs and Symptoms Drug Withdrawal Symptoms Drug Relapse Information Faith-Based Rehab Programs Specialized Rehab Programs Private ... continue reading
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  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

    It's well-documented that heroin and prescription painkiller abuse are two of the biggest drug problems in the U.S., but a new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration highlights just how serious the problem is. Shocking Death Rate Chuck ...

    ... and Midwest. Meanwhile, prescription opioids were responsible for roughly 16,000 of the 23,000 overdose deaths that came from prescription drugs in 2013. Benzos were responsible for the other 7,000 deaths. The Hold of ... continue reading
  • State Sentencing: How Drug Sentencing Varies Across the U.S.

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

    ... sentences? Compared to the national average, West Virginia comes in first here. Faced with the highest drug overdose death rate in the nation, West Virginia has cracked down on deadly prescription painkillers and heroin ... continue reading
  • Prescription Drug Abuse Problem

    For some time now, the abuse of illicit substances such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin has been a persistent national problem. In more recent years, however, our country has seen an alarming rise of prescription drug abuse - now ...

    ... , is also taking its toll, as more and more people find themselves in the ER or hospitals for prescription drug overdoses or worse, deaths. Video: Mind Your Meds https://youtu.be/faN7ByQ9UNI Credit: Partnership for ... continue reading
  • The Rise of Drug Deaths in America

    This year, drug overdose deaths surpassed firearm deaths for the first time, making the issue of addiction and drug abuse an even greater concern for Americans . The public is aware of the numbers associated with overdose deaths; however, big ...

    ... by the U.S. in World War II - 291,557 . It only took four years, from 1999 to 2002, for drug overdose deaths to eclipse the number suffered by the U.S. in the Vietnam War. The total U.S. casualties during the Vietnam ... continue reading
  • What Could Illicit Drug Synthesis Expose You To?

    For the 44 million Americans aged 12 and older who used illicit drugs in 2014, the associated health risks are grave. But there's another risk that accompanies illegally manufactured substances - the exposure to hazardous chemicals. Clandestine drug ...

    ... , we'll look at the worst possible result of using any type of drug - experiencing an overdose. Paying the Ultimate Price In the United States, drug overdoses have hit an all-time high - and the opioid epidemic has been ... continue reading
  • Political Parties on Drug Use

    A recent Pew Research Center survey indicated that 86 percent of Americans believe the country is more politically divided than ever before. Polarized viewpoints surrounding topics like immigration and foreign trade are broadcasted daily on ...

    ... policies than women. State of Crisis The CDC found that the four states with the highest age-adjusted drug overdose death rates in 2015 were West Virginia (41.5 per 100,000 residents), New Hampshire (34.3), Kentucky (29 ... continue reading
  • America’s Drug Awareness

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

    ... -one-dies-of-overdose-what-happens-to-the-family www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/drug-addiction-treatment-in-united-states www.samhsa.gov/newsroom ... continue reading
  • Prescription Drug Helpline

    Prescription drug abuse is a serious concern that impacts the health and well-being of the people abusing the drugs, as well as their family and friends. Consistent abuse of prescription drugs like opioid painkillers (e.g., oxycodone), stimulants ...

    ... , don't call a helpline. Call 911! In the case of drug overdose, especially respiratory depressants like opioids and benzodiazepines, overdose can be deadly. Call for emergency assistance right away. SAMHSA's National ... continue reading
  • Prescription Drug Addiction: Treatment and Rehab

    Many prescription medications have the potential to become drugs of abuse, if they are misused. Misuse of prescription drugs means taking them other than prescribed. This includes taking a larger dose, using them more frequently, or taking them for ...

    ... of people using heroin used prescription opioids first. 3 Opioid abuse is also highly dangerous; nearly 70% of drug overdose deaths in 2019 (equivalent to about 50,000 fatalities) were caused by an opioid. 4 Between May ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Statistics

    Statisticians analyze numerical information on subjects as varied as medicine, politics and even commercial retail sales - allowing researchers to investigate trends and test new ideas. As the phenomenon of substance abuse stubbornly continues to ...

    ... to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Every day in the United States, 114 people die as a result of drug overdose, and another 6,748 are treated in emergency departments (ED) for the misuse or abuse of ... continue reading
  • Ill Inventory: Drug Theft and Loss in the United States

    Every year, countless people become reliant on pharmaceuticals. And every year, drugs go missing. Despite extensive efforts to curb addiction and abuse, America's war on drugs is far from over. Guidelines for improving opioid prescribing practices ...

    ... arrest data, we used the FBI's uniform crime reporting database , and for our crude rates of prescription drug fatal overdose - all of which are considered “controlled substances” by the DEA - we used the CDC's WONDER ... continue reading
  • San Francisco Mayor Proposes Drug Distribution to Homeless

    For San Francisco, the statistics related to opioid abuse are staggering: The Department of Public Health estimates there are 11,000 people addicted to heroin in San Francisco. It is estimated that thousands of these individuals are homeless. The ...

    ... opioid receptors in the brain and prevents opioid cravings. That means people can't feel the effects of opioid drugs or overdose if they do happen to relapse. The mayor's budget proposal allocates $6M to the funding of a ... continue reading
  • What We Learned From SAMHSA's 2015 Prescription Drug Study

    The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides national and state-level data on the prevalence, patterns and consequences of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug use in the U.S. It's sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health ...

    ... mean? The abuse of prescription drugs has become an epidemic in this country and consequences are on the rise, especially with the growing number of unintentional overdoses. By highlighting this critical issue through ... continue reading
  • Introducing the Drug That Can Kill With a Single Dose

    Just when we'd thought we'd heard it all, an even more lethal drug concoction popped up on our radar. It's just the latest killer in the opioid epidemic ravaging our country. Dubbed “gray death” by authorities, this high-potency cocktail is ...

    ... s how gray death has inadvertently made its way into some drug users' lives. “You don't know what you're getting with these things,” said Richie Webber, who overdosed on fentanyl-laced heroin in 2014, told The Associated ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol in the Community

    Half of Americans are concerned about increased substance use in their community due to the economic impact of Coronavirus, a survey reveals. There was no way that Americans could anticipate, let alone be prepared for, the aftermath of the global ...

    ... for Treatment Treatment Without Insurance Private Rehab Centers State-Funded Rehab Centers Drug and Alcohol Detox Drug and Alcohol Overdose * https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/may/28/us-job-losses-unemployment ... continue reading
  • Ruthless Drug Dealer Ordered to Pay for His Client’s Funeral

    Opioid abuse is killing thousands of Americans each year. Every day, nearly 100 lives are lost to the opioid epidemic. Many of these fatalities are caused by a deadly drug that's secretly added to baggies of heroin (or cocaine) as a cheap way for ...

    ... . Of course, dealers don't tell customers they're buying drugs that are laced with fentanyl…and the results can be catastrophically deadly. Increase in Overdoses Linked to Fentanyl Last year, fentanyl and other synthetic ... continue reading
  • Study: Drug Forums Aren’t Very Helpful if You Want to Get Clean

    Libraries. Encyclopedias. Professors. Doctors. Pre-Internet, these were our top sources of information. If we wanted answers, this is where we looked. Fast-forward to modern times. With access to pretty much everything now at our fingertips, we've ...

    ... noted that, while they might be designed to prevent harmful drug use and exchange knowledge, the sharing practices of drug forums “may lead to overdoses and other risky behavior, and thereby contribute to increased harms ... continue reading
  • An Uncomfortable Truth: Drug Abuse Raises STD Rates

    A new study claims that swingers play a major role in the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) but, in addition to the sex, it's their drug abuse that is ultimately contributing to this increase. Linking Drugs and STDs Researchers at the ...

    ... Day Detox Programs Sober Living Housing Aftercare Programs Recommended Drug or Alcohol Rehab-Related Articles Drug or Alcohol Relapse Drug or Alcohol Overdose Drug or Alcohol Withdrawal How to Help Someone With Addiction ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction is Killing a Huge Number of Inmates

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

    ... their release. Among those who died from alcohol and drug-related causes, 42 percent of the male deaths and ... female deaths came from preventable causes like accidental overdoses or suicide. How Can We Improve? Although ... continue reading
  • 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 massive number of people on prescription painkillers. Abuse of morphine, an extremely powerful and ...

    ... 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 New Bag Image ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... JAMA Internal Medicine indicates medical marijuana might be the key. Over the past two decades, deaths from drug overdoses have become the leading cause of injury death in the United States. In 2011, 55 percent of ... continue reading
  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

    With fatal overdoses increasing each year, the need for action has never been greater. Despite funneling billions into the anti-drug movement, the addiction problem remains unsolved. Acknowledging that fact, several countries are looking to “safe ...

    ... of operation, Denmark's safe rooms seem to have provided a positive impact. In 2011, Denmark recorded 285 drug overdose deaths. In 2012, the number was down to 210 - the lowest in 19 years. Canadian Supervised Injection ... continue reading
  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

    A drug overdose occurs when the body has been overloaded with either prescription medication or an illicit substance. Under normal circumstances, our body's metabolism would be able to detoxify the substance in order to avoid its potentially harmful ...

    ... . With that in mind, let's take a look at what happens to your body during an overdose situation when one of three common drugs are consumed. Opioids Opiates, such as heroin, and prescription pain pills like Vicodin, are ... continue reading
  • Portrait of the American Overdose: Do You Fit the Profile?

    Overdoses from illicit drugs and prescriptions painkillers claim a total of 45,000 lives in the US each year. Who are the people typically among these tragedies? You might be surprised. Statistics show that the profile many Americans envision when ...

    ... Ranking third on the list are semi-synthetic opioids, which account for 18 percent of overdoses. This family of drugs includes the potent compound fentanyl . Exponentially stronger than typical opiates, dealers often mix ... continue reading
  • Barbiturate Overdose

    Barbiturates - sedative medications that include phenobarbital , pentobarbital, secobarbital, and butalbital - have historically been used as hypnotic (sleep inducing) agents and sedating anesthetics. Though less commonly prescribed today, they ...

    ... the symptoms and minimize the risk of dangerous complications or death. If you witness a person experiencing a drug overdose, it is recommended that you stay with the person and remain on the phone with a 911 operator ... 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 ...

    ... that has been around for years. Users may feel euphoric and calm while taking the drug. Overdoses of ecstasy can cause convulsions, heart palpitations, kidney failure, coma, and death. The active ingredient in ecstasy ... 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 ...

    ... three to five minutes, administer another dose of naloxone. Don't Let Fear Prevent Intervention Too often, drug overdose deaths occur because a person is hesitant to call an ambulance due to a fear of police involvement ... continue reading
  • Drugs in the News

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

    ... villain. This may have been caused by the large number of deaths associated with prescription drug overdoses. Given the drug's new legality in several states, we expected sentiment for marijuana to lean toward neutral ... continue reading
  • Overdosed

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

    ... in 2014 were highest among white people aged 45 to 54 (16.3 deaths per 100,000 persons). Prescription drug overdoses among black or African American people in the same age category were nearly two times lower, at 8.5 ... continue reading
  • Hydrocodone Overdose

    Hydrocodone (brand names include Anexsia, Vicodin, Vicoprofen, Norco) is an opioid painkiller medication that is available by prescription. It is the most frequently prescribed opioid analgesic in the United States, and it is diverted and abused at ...

    ... pre-abstinence dose can put the user at a much higher risk of overdose. Mixing hydrocodone products with other drugs . Other drugs may have counteracting or compounding effects, creating an even more dangerous symptom ... continue reading
  • Opioid Overdose

    Opioids are a class of substances that includes many synthetic and semi-synthetic drugs manufactured from opiate alkaloid precursors found in the opium poppy. Some of the most commonly prescribed opioid medications— Vicodin , OxyContin , and ...

    ... tolerance, which can lead to a very dangerous overdose situation. Mixing drugs : Combining opioids with other drugs may increase the risk of overdose, especially when combined with another CNS depressant like alcohol ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

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

    ... can be a fatal mistake. It's in these situations - when Xanax is mixed with other drugs or alcohol - that an overdose is most likely. What's Happening? Combining Xanax with other depressants (like alcohol), or by taking ... 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 ...

    ... , Fentanyl) are depressants, meaning the drugs slow down your breathing and heart rate. As such, the most significant risk of an overdose is the lack of oxygen. An opiate overdose typically leads to unconsciousness and a ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Overdose : Signs and Symptoms

    Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Overdose When a person abuses cocaine, their body experiences a number of sensations and physiologic changes, all relating back to its strong stimulant effects. These effects can spiral out of control when a person uses ...

    ... cocaine . Combining cocaine with other substances is also a major risk factor for overdose. When used with sedating or depressant drugs, cocaine's stimulant effects may seem diminished, leading the user to more easily ... continue reading
  • Inhalant Overdose

    Inhalants are a group of chemicals that users inhale to create a mind-altering experience. Many of these substances are household items—easily obtained from the local hardware store, if not already in your garage or kitchen cabinets. Often, homes ...

    ... . Mood changes. Prevention The best way to prevent to overdose of inhalants is to avoid any use, as even one ... 12 th graders admitted use 1 . Prevention of drug abuse of any kind includes ongoing communication. Parents ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

    A Cincinnati woman and her incarcerated boyfriend are now facing criminal charges after she reportedly tried to smuggle a Bible laced with heroin into the prison. Tehani Teepe, 39, and Timothy King, 28, were charged with illegal conveyance of ...

    ... pleaded guilty last August to concealing 80 prescription drugs inside her vagina and smuggling them into a correctional facility. An inmate reportedly overdosed on that very medication just two months later. Youngs ... continue reading
  • 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 often prescribe sleeping pills or hypnotic medications. However, many people end up using these drugs for ...

    ... medications. However, many people end up using these drugs for long stretches of time, unaware that the medications ... created a sleeping pill epidemic, with overdose numbers skyrocketing. There are several sleep-inducing ... continue reading
  • Heroin Overdose

    Heroin is one of the most common, addictive, and lethal drugs in the world. A morphine derivative, heroin is sold illegally in the form of white or brown powder, or a sticky black substance known as “black tar heroin”. In its various forms, ...

    ... of states have laws that provide protection from arrest for possession of illegal drugs or paraphernalia if emergency help is sought for overdose, so do not hesitate to get help for fear of legal consequences. The ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

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

    ... it happen that for 20 some years, women, millions of them, were essentially overdosing on Ambien?” Effects of Other Drugs Naturally, Ambien isn't the only prescription medication that affects women differently than it ... continue reading
  • Percocet Overdose

    What is Percocet? Percocet is an opioid painkiller medication containing oxycodone and acetaminophen 1 . When abused, it has a high potential for deadly overdose . In fact, in 2015 nearly 18,000 people died due to overdose on opioid painkillers like ...

    ... should be a priority if you suspect a Percocet overdose has occurred. Percocet Overdoses Percocet overdoses may arise in conjunction with misuse of the prescription drug (in doses or frequency that exceed that indicated ... continue reading
  • Vicodin Overdose

    Vicodin is the brand name for an opioid painkiller medication that contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen 1 . Opioids can be very addictive for individuals who abuse them, which can include taking more than the prescribed dose, taking them in a way ...

    ... . Combining substances is always a risky activity, and users who mix it with other drugs run an especially high risk. What to Do If You Overdose If you suspect that you or someone you care about may be experiencing a ... continue reading
  • Crack Overdose

    Crack cocaine is the term for cocaine that has been processed with weak bases such as baking soda or ammonium salts, resulting in a hard “rock” form 1 . While very similar in nature and effects, it is a much more potent form of cocaine—in ...

    ... doses in a short period of time, putting themselves at extreme risk of overdose. The only sure way to prevent crack overdose is to cease all use of the drug. If crack use has become a problem in your life, don't hesitate ... continue reading
  • Flexeril Overdose

    Flexeril, a branded form of cyclobenzaprine, is a muscle relaxant that can treat musculoskeletal pain and stiffness such as that associated with muscle spasms. This drug works by decreasing somatic motor activity 1 , thereby relieving the discomfort ...

    ... can also be life-threatening or cause an overdose. Known as polysubstance use —using multiple drugs to attain the desired high—this practice can be deadly. Some drugs that should not be taken in addition to Flexeril ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl Overdose

    What is Fentanyl? Fentanyl (brand names include Actiq, Duragesic, and Sublimaze) is a very powerful synthetic opioid painkiller medication that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine 1 . Individuals who abuse or struggle with addiction to ...

    ... into abuse after an extended period of abstinence—and an accompanying drop of drug tolerance—presents another major risk of overdose. When a person is abstinent for a while, their tolerance diminishes, meaning the ... continue reading
  • Naloxone Kits: Are Pharmacies Set to Combat Opiate Overdoses?

    Mike was at his apartment and using heroin with a group of friends. Since Mike's regular dealer was out of town, he'd picked up the batch from someone different. After shooting up, Mike immediately noticed a difference in the way he felt. Something ...

    ... and became unresponsive. Tragically, he was pronounced dead upon arrival at a local hospital. An opioid overdose reversal drug such as naloxone could have immediately reversed the symptoms, but he hadn't felt comfortable ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone Overdose

    Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller that is available in a range of doses and formulations (brand names include OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan, and Roxicet). Individuals who abuse oxycodone are at high risk of experiencing an overdose, ...

    ... dose and frequency of dosing—can help you minimize the risk of overdose. Abusing the drug puts the user at a much higher risk of experiencing a fatal overdose. Abuse entails taking oxycodone in a way other than intended ... continue reading
  • Tramadol Overdose

    Tramadolis the generic name for the drug Ultram, which is an opioid painkiller medication prescribed to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults 1 . Opioid medications have a high addiction potential, and overdose can be deadly—in fact, ...

    ... for their body to handle without the built-up tolerance. This can result in a deadly overdose. Combining tramadol with other drugs can lead to a new, more dangerous, symptom profile that also increases the person's risk ... 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 ...

    ... antidote known as naloxone. Paramedics in the city are faced with enough opiate overdose cases that the drug is now kept on-hand. (Chicago leads the nation in heroin-related emergency room visits.) Unfortunately, the ... continue reading
  • So-Called “Legal” Drugs and the Trojan Horse Game

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

    ... lead to organ failure, mental health problems, nervous disorders and sometimes death (just like illegal drugs.) They also have a high risk of overdose , partly due to their mystery contents. Let's take a look at a couple ... continue reading
  • Bath Salts Overdose

    Synthetic cathinones , commonly referred to as “bath salts”, belong to a group of drugs health officials call “new psychoactive substances”. These are psychoactive drugs that mimic the effects of existing illegal drugs and have only made ...

    ... Due to the recent emergence of bath salts in the global drug market, there is little research on the factors that contribute to bath salt overdose. Scientists do know, however, that dose and purity are largely unknown ... continue reading
  • 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 to the brain, it can result in aneurysm-like bleeding and strokes. Researchers have developed a new ...

    ... days of chronic cocaine use or two repeated injections of the drug, Pan and his team noted a dramatic drop in blood flow ... Recommended Cocaine Rehab-Related Articles Cocaine Overdose Cocaine Relapse Snorting Cocaine Using ... continue reading
  • Morphine Overdose

    Morphine is a powerful opioid pain medication that can have life-threatening effects in those who abuse it. It is an opiate analgesic, and one of many commonly used narcotic painkillers 1 . Morphine works to reduce severe pain by changing the way ...

    ... tablet in half to take a smaller dose, your body may absorb too much of the drug at once, which may lead to an overdose 1 . What to Do If You Overdose on Morphine If you or someone you know may be suffering from morphine ... continue reading
  • Recognizing a Codeine Overdose

    A national crisis, opioid abuse includes a wide range of drugs—from heroin to any number of prescription medications. Nearly 4 million Americans older than 12—1.4% of the population—abuse prescription pain relievers, including codeine . Half a ...

    ... . Signs and Symptoms Codeine induces a sense of euphoria and relaxation, while a codeine overdose occurs when you ingest enough of the drug to cause dangerous—even fatal—side effects. While a single misuse can be fatal ... continue reading
  • 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—such as opiates. Researchers monitored the use of prescription medication by participants enrolled in the ...

    ... marijuana dispensaries had a reduced number of opioid overdoses . Another paper , published in a ... Sides of the Medical Marijuana Debate How to Find Help for Drug Misuse If you or a loved one is struggling with substance ... continue reading
  • Marijuana (Weed, Cannabis) Overdose Symptoms, Signs & Treatment

    Marijuana is a very popular drug—and a legal one in several states—yet many people don't realize it still carries risks and the possibility of harm in excessive quantities. Signs and Symptoms of Marijuana Overdose While rare, a marijuana ...

    ... to recovery. Inpatient treatment involves 24-hour medical care and therapeutic support for people dealing with drug abuse, addiction, or overdose. Patients live onsite for 30 to 90 days and then move on to a lower level ... continue reading
  • Xanax Overdose, Risks and How Much it Costs

    What Is Xanax? Xanax (generic name alprazolam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine drug and central nervous system depressant—a grouping that includes several other sedative, hypnotic, and anxiolytic drugs. 1,2 When taken as prescribed, Xanax can be ...

    ... Cigna UnitedHealthcare Recommended Xanax Rehab and Recovery-Related Articles Snorting Xanax Drug and Alcohol Overdose Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Drug and Alcohol Intervention How to Help Someone With Xanax Addiction ... continue reading
  • Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs?

    In 1971, President Nixon declared the “War on Drugs,” labeling drug abuse as “public enemy number one.” The creation of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) followed soon after; they were charged with enforcing federal regulations and ...

    ... help from law enforcement and partners. By recharging the drug war, those requesting assistance might be afraid to come ... truly plan to halt our nation's rising overdose and dependency rates. Additional Reading: The ... continue reading
  • Celebrities & Drug-Related Deaths

    With great wealth and fame also comes great responsibility - especially for celebrities. Famous actors, musicians, and athletes all have to maintain a public image while balancing the rigors of their work with the allures of pleasure. High incomes ...

    ... work with the allures of pleasure. High incomes and a developed American party culture allow them sustained access to drugs, which when combined with the stresses and pressures of fame, sometimes leads to addiction and ... continue reading
  • 20 Genius Minds and the Drugs They Were Addicted To

    Intelligence doesn't preclude people taking drugs any more than fame does. When those who are under stress need to relax, some turn to drugs or drink as an escape from reality. Others do it because they believe it enhances their creativity or allows ...

    ... died at the age of 27 due to suicide, alcohol, or drug use. In Cobain's case, it was suicide, presumably exacerbated ... undoing, and they may have contributed to her overdose. She was also known for doctor shopping—where a ... continue reading
  • Mixing Alcohol With Drugs

    Mixing alcohol with prescription drugs or illicit drugs (known as polysubstance use), can have dangerous health effects that many people may not realize. Since alcohol is such a commonly used substance, it's even more important to understand how it ...

    ... therapeutic medication is otherwise used as prescribed. 2 When alcohol is combined with drugs, it may increase the risk of potential side effects, overdose, and a range of other medical and mental health issues. 1,4,5 ... continue reading
  • LSD Overdose

    LSD is a hallucinogen drug capable of altering thoughts and perceptions in those who use it, including pseudo-hallucinations and synesthesias—a condition where they see and hear things that are not real, while others report being able to hear ...

    ... tolerance, and withdrawal, so much remains unknown here 2 . Preventing LSD Overdose The best way to avoid an overdose with LSD is to never take the drug in the first place. It is unpredictable and dangerous—a person can ... continue reading
  • Meth Overdose

    Methamphetamine, most commonly known as “meth,” “crystal,” “speed,” and “ice,” is an addictive stimulant that causes users to experience an intense euphoric rush 1 . Meth can be smoked, snorted, injected, or consumed orally by users. ...

    ... help as quickly as possible is important during a meth overdose. The long-term prognosis for those recovering from an overdose will depend on how much of the drug was used and how quickly the person was treated 5 ... continue reading
  • Over-the-Counter Drugs of Abuse

    It is a common misconception that only illegal drugs are dangerous. There are many different over-the-counter (OTC) drugs with psychoactive, or mind-altering properties that may lead to a number of serious medical and mental health consequences if ...

    ... the laxative in order to pass wastes. Addiction to any drug is a lonely and isolating journey. Take a step in a ... you inadvertently risk an acetaminophen overdose. Acetaminophen overdose can result in the following: ... continue reading
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  • You’ve Gotta Dig In: Brain Health and Drug Abuse

    While battling chemical dependency , your brain is robbed of a lot of its essential nutrients - and that causes damage. By eating the right “brain power” foods, you can repair this damage and prevent further deterioration. Mood, memory, ...

    ... hormones and neurotransmitters. You need to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to stay properly hydrated. Additional Reading: Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

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

    ... and sends otherwise shy people like Heather onto the table tops. Not What You Bargained For The rationale behind using drugs is that it “helps” you meet people and interact more. The problem, however, is that it's a ... continue reading
  • Let’s Play: How Much Do You Really Know About Drug Schedules?

    Have you ever heard someone mention a Schedule I or Schedule II Controlled Substance? Most of us have seen these labels, but what exactly do they mean? Let's break down this drug scheduling system to get a better understanding of controlled ...

    ... medical use in the U.S. Abuse potential Likelihood of causing dependence when abused Schedule I Schedule I drugs are highly addictive and have no accepted medical use. They cannot be prescribed and aren't available for ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse: The Oral Health Kryptonite

    It's February and we've all celebrated Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day and even President's day. So, that's basically it for February, right? Well…actually it isn't. February is also National Dental Health Month, making this a great time to promote ...

    ... what's the bottom line? Well, if you want to show off your healthy and bright smile…don't do drugs! Let's face it; no one likes rotten teeth! Additional Reading: Tooth and Consequences: Alcohol Can Wreck Your Smile Image ... continue reading
  • Mother of Newborn Arrested After Failing Drug Test

    There has been an enormous amount of debate and passion as of late - all of it spurred on by one question: what should happen to mothers who give birth to addicted children. Alabama came up with its own solution that involves jail time and bringing ...

    ... is either harmed or becomes addicted to the drug . The bill passed through both houses of ... send a signal to other women who are pregnant and have a drug problem to seek help,” said Bill Bivens, Sheriff of Monroe County. ... continue reading
  • Will Diplo’s New Anti-Drug Video Impact EDM Culture?

    Mad Decent label head Diplo just put the EDM drug culture on blast, releasing a dark music video for the track “Techno.” Teaming up with fellow Mad Decent producers Yellow Claw, Waka Flocka Flame, and LNY TNZ, the 3-minute video shines a ...

    ... the electronic music world. Viewers follow a couple of shady dealers looking for a “safe” place to set up their drug lab. They hit pay dirt when they find a down-on-his-luck farmer presumably struggling to send his young ... continue reading
  • Health Insurance for Drug and Alcohol Rehab

    If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, it can feel overwhelming. Getting help through an addiction treatment program is a way to start the road to recovery, but the cost may seem out of reach. While you may be ...

    ... , but the cost may seem out of reach. While you may be unsure of how to pay for alcohol and drug rehab treatment programs, there are a number of ways to get assistance with paying for treatment. Many insurance companies ... continue reading
  • How Drug Addiction Hurts Relationships

    Many of the discussions surrounding addiction tend to focus on the physical and psychological effects of substance use. The effects of drug addiction, however, expand beyond these issues and further encompass one's social health and well-being. ...

    ... excuses. A classic example of enabling is providing money on a consistent basis so that the user is able to retrieve drugs. He or she may ask for money for gas or groceries, and while their loved one may suspect it is ... 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 ...

    ... to shop on the Internet for cheaper alternatives. If it turns out that you need to take a prescription drug, you should only get them from your doctor and fill the prescription at a certified pharmacy. Shopping online or ... continue reading
  • The AMA to Drug Companies: It’s Time You Stop Lying to Consumers

    Transparency: The condition of being free from pretense or deceit; readily understood; characterized by accessibility of information. According to the American Medical Association (AMA), Big Pharma lacks transparency. Consumers don't really know ...

    ... use of naloxone , then dramatically increased the prices. First responders, schools, and community groups that rely on this drug to save lives are now finding it tough to keep up with the rising costs. The AMA plans to ... continue reading
  • What You Need to Know About ‘Zombie Drug’ Krokodil

    Krokodil (Crocodil) is a homemade version of a synthetic drug called desomorphine. As the name deso-morphine suggests, the chemical is in the opiate family and closely mimics the effects of heroin and morphine. Pure desomorphine is a very addictive ...

    ... , light fluid and the phosphorus scraped off a match book - among other things. The resulting product is a drug called Krokodil which mimics the effects of heroin for a quarter of the price. Krokodil's Scary Side Effects ... continue reading
  • Who Are You Without Your Drug of Choice?

    Addiction is the ultimate identity thief. It doesn't set up false bank accounts or hack your email - it steals your identity from within. Spinning in a cycle of chemical dependency , those battling with drugs and alcohol often don't realize one ...

    ... a cycle of chemical dependency , those battling with drugs and alcohol often don't realize one important ... repair this image. The truth is, you're way more than your drug of choice. You're more than what you do or what you ... continue reading
  • Why are We Seeing More Drug-Dependent Newborns?

    Drug addiction not only impacts the chemically-dependent, it has serious ramifications on their friends and loved ones. While no one wants to watch someone they care about struggle with addiction, the unborn children of drug-dependent women don't ...

    ... . Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a group of problems that occur in a newborn who was exposed to addictive drugs while in the mother's womb. NAS-related problems are the direct result of newborns forced to go “cold ... continue reading
  • If Old Drug Ads Told the Truth

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

    ... - may seem daunting, there is hope in the form of addiction treatment . If you're concerned about your own drug use, or that of someone close to you, visit DrugAbuse.com or call to speak with someone today about recovery ... continue reading
  • Six Colossal Drug Abuse Meltdowns and How to Spot the Warning Signs

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

    ... ex-husband Kevin Federline for the rights to her two sons. While Spears may have shaved her head to prevent drug testing , there are plenty of other ways to test a person for illegal substances. Later in 2008, this stint ... continue reading
  • Drug Trafficking Across Borders

    Data on drug seizures at the U.S. border indicate an alarming volume of trafficking taking place in recent years. Since 2009, heroin seizures at the southwestern border have almost tripled, while meth seizures quintupled through 2014. Worse yet, ...

    ... tripled, while meth seizures quintupled through 2014. Worse yet, cocaine and marijuana remain two of the most commonly seized drugs along our southern borders, equating to millions of pounds seized by U.S. Border Patrol. continue reading
  • State Sentencing: How Drug Sentencing Varies Across the U.S.

    We took a look at drug sentencing statistics from a 2013 report by the United States Sentencing Commission on sentences handed down in federal ...

    We took a look at drug sentencing statistics from a 2013 report by the United States Sentencing Commission on sentences handed down in federal courts. continue reading
  • Global Drug Prices

    The cost to get high can have a profound effect on the percentage of people active in substance abuse. The cheaper a drug is, the more accessible it ...

    The cost to get high can have a profound effect on the percentage of people active in substance abuse. The cheaper a drug is, the more accessible it is. continue reading
  • Rise or the Study Drug

    In the United States, a Schedule II drug is one that has some accepted medical use, but at the same time a high potential for abuse that may lead to severe psychological and physical dependence. Cocaine, morphine and methadone are all Schedule II ...

    In the United States, a Schedule II drug is one that has some accepted medical use, but at the same time a high potential for abuse that may lead to severe psychological and physical dependence. Cocaine, morphine and ... continue reading
  • The 10 Most Insane Drug Addict Movie Characters

    Insanity is a hard thing to define, but there are a number of characters in films who are definitely nuts in some way. Here's a quick rundown: 1. Francis Begbie Francis Begbie from Trainspotting was played by Robert Carlyle. A violent, intimidating ...

    ... a coked-up Tony Montana who gets the insane label. Played by Al Pacino, he rises to the top of the Florida drug trade by treating human life as valueless as long as he isn't able to use the people around him. He murders ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Intervention

    Addiction and Drug Abuse Drug abuse is one of the most serious health risks in the United States. People of all ages can fall into a destructive habit of using illicit or prescription drugs. Over time, the human body builds up a tolerance to the ...

    ... needs more of it to get the same high. In many cases, people become physically and mentally dependent on drugs to function, and their whole lives begin to revolve around getting their next fix. This is addiction, and it ... continue reading
  • 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 first time in over a decade. Increased stress in the workplace, a lack of job security, and the trend ...

    ... service roles can quickly and permanently damage a company's reputation. Employers also have to consider the negative effect drug users can have on the rest of the staff. In fact, a 2008 study found that 32 percent of ... 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 ...

    ... 's Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) has shown that participants were less than half as likely to be taking drugs when tested, and they were three times less likely to be arrested. In fact, arrest rates were ... continue reading
  • Dangers of IV Drug Use: What You Need to Know About Track Marks

    Certain drugs can be injected into the muscle, under the skin, or directly into a vein. The later is the most popular method, as the intense effects of the drug occurs very quickly. Those that use this method will begin to show marks on their body ...

    ... the skin, or directly into a vein. The later is the most popular method, as the intense effects of the drug occurs very quickly. Those that use this method will begin to show marks on their body called track marks. What ... continue reading
  • Lethal Drug Combinations

    What are the Deadliest Drug Combos? Combining drugs (“polysubstance abuse”) is both common and potentially dangerous. There are various reasons why individuals use substances in combination. For some, the activity is done haphazardly, without ...

    ... , it may be difficult to detect toxic and dangerous levels of the each separate drug, which increases the risk of overdose. However, the combined use, as previously stated, puts added stress on the heart, increasing ... continue reading
  • Five Reasons Spice is a Dangerous “Last Resort” Drug

    Spice is one of the newer drug is in town and its wreaking havoc among the homeless, military personnel, students, prisoners and those on probation or parole. This designer drug mimics marijuana , but can be 100 times more potent, experts warn, with ...

    ... can cost as little as $2 to score a “hit” of Spice. When users blow all their savings on “expensive” drugs like OxyContin or even heroin, the notion of getting high for a couple dollars can quickly morph into a welcome ... continue reading
  • 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 unregulated substances, many of which are sold in bodegas or head shops as “legal highs,” are ...

    ... 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 using ... continue reading
  • Three Lethal Drug Combinations That Can Kill You

    We all know that certain drugs can cause dangerous interactions when taken together, but some people either don't take the threat seriously or they're simply uninformed when it comes to specific chemicals and substances. Most Dangerous Drug ...

    ... intoxication, which can more easily lead to accidental overdose . How to Get Help for Substance Misuse ... of science always apply. Don't risk your life with lethal drug combinations; it's never worth it. If you are afraid ... continue reading
  • Acid Drug Abuse

    D-lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD, acid, blotter) belongs to a group of drugs known as hallucinogens. Like other hallucinogens such as peyote (mescaline) and psilocybin (magic mushrooms) , LSD produces images, sounds, and other sensations that may ...

    ... from 1947 to 1966, it was sold as an experimental drug for psychiatry under the brand name Delysid. Possession and ... may sometimes continue for multiple years 2 . LSD Overdose The main risk of ingesting high levels of LSD ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Treatment Center

    Drug abuse treatment centers vary in a number of important ways. Finding the center that best meets your individual needs is paramount to a lasting recovery. The toll-free Drug Abuse Helpline at can assist you in finding a drug abuse treatment ...

    ... 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help you take the steps to a successful drug abuse recovery. Drug abuse is a disease that requires the assistance and care of licensed medical professionals. This assistance is ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Effects

    Learn More About the Effects of Illicit Drugs Alcohol Bath Salts Cocaine Crack Crystal Meth DMT Ecstasy Flakka Kratom Hashish Heroin Inhalants LSD Ketamine Marijuana Meth Methoxetamine (MXE) Mushrooms Peyote PCP Spice Steroids Stimulants Long-term ...

    ... PCP Spice Steroids Stimulants Long-term use of drugs can have major effects on your body; however ... and regain control of your life. The first step to drug addiction recovery is ridding your body of the substance. The ... continue reading
  • Facing Reality: 8 Shocking Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics

    It's no secret that drugs and alcohol can have detrimental consequences on your mind, body and life. They are indiscriminate in who they affect; anyone who abuses alcohol or drugs is at risk for developing an addiction. Although sometimes glorified ...

    ... glorified in the media and pop culture, these mind-altering substances can lead to overdose or severe, long-term damage. The fact that alcohol is a drug is often ignored due to its prominence in our daily lives. Some ... continue reading
  • An Analysis of Drug Sentencing Trends in the US

    The United States justice system tries drug offenses on a daily basis, primarily through state courts. Because the vast majority of drug offenses are state cases rather than federal cases, individuals convicted of these crimes are largely tried and ...

    ... next highest states. Regardless of where you live or what kind of sentencing standards your state adheres to, drug offenses are typically a difficult consequence of the disease of addiction. If you or someone you love is ... continue reading
  • 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 studying the drug habits of Americans for decades. Their survey results reveal patterns of drug use among ...

    ... used each substance over the past year. The NSDUH results give us a glimpse into each generation's overall drug preferences, as well as the age at which each generation used various substances the most (their peak). And ... continue reading
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