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  • 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 ...

    ... used in cocaine manufacture, can ignite or explode when mixed with certain substances. It is also used as a ... on a whim or used regularly over time, illicit drugs are not only addictive, but also put users at risk for ... 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 ...

    ... and PTSD. Prescription Drugs One of the most dangerous drug trends in the US today are not drugs we buy off ... 's son was arrested for selling meth. Sentiment The chart above is a sentiment map of the publishers used for ... continue reading
  • 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
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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 ...

    ... 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 well as ... 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 ...

    ... intimidating social situations. The substances decrease inhibitions, allowing you to do things you might not otherwise. How? Well, each drug works and affects its users in slightly different ways. Let's take a look at ... 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
  • 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. ...

    ... Damage Associated with Addiction When addiction enters the mix, many of the elements that make for ... Secrecy Someone that begins using alcohol or other drugs excessively may not be outwardly open about their use due to ... 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 ...

    ... whether you're brushing and flossing properly and, if not, give you tips to beef up your oral health ... want to show off your healthy and bright smile…don't do drugs! Let's face it; no one likes rotten teeth! Additional ... 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 ...

    ... been transported to a Birmingham hospital. Hyfield-Parker must give a negative drug test before she can be released from jail and, by court order, may not have unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 18. Her ... 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 ...

    ... daughter in a club, mixed in with scenes of the dealers cooking up several batches of “bad” drugs. In a cruel twist of ... The video ends on a sobering message: “Drugs are not worth the risk.” What viewers are seeing is ... 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 ...

    ... While you may be unsure of how to pay for alcohol and drug rehab treatment programs, there are a number of ways to get ... Members are not required to choose a primary care physician. Insurance Coverage for Drug and Alcohol ... 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 order them online from Canada, but 20/20 examined several of these outlets and found not only that they were selling impure drugs, but that the substances weren't even from Canada. That isn't entirely surprising to ... 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 ...

    ... An estimated 119 million Americans used prescription psychotherapeutic drugs in the past year, representing 44.5 ... 2015 survey? How does it affect your view on drug abuse in our nation? Additional Reading: Can a Label ... 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 ...

    ... responders, schools, and community groups that rely on this drug to save lives are now finding it tough to keep ... patients and communities will not be able to afford life-saving drugs.” Additional Reading: Big Pharma ... 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 ...

    ... . Although there were numerous reports of the new “flesh-eating” drug, the Daily Beast and Forbes confirmed that most of the so-called users did not test positive for desomorphine. Instead, it was likely a bad staph ... 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 ...

    ... of waiting for addicts to come into a clinic voluntarily is not working. Plain and simple. So, we're going to take ... That means people can't feel the effects of opioid drugs or overdose if they do happen to relapse. The ... 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 ...

    ... infants are treated, the parents struggling with addiction are often not. At Boston Medical Center, 85 percent of the 106 babies suffering from drug withdrawal are returned to their parents. Robert Sege, medical director ... 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 ...

    ... can cause severe respiratory depression , especially when mixed with a strong concentration of alcohol. Any dose ... addiction treatment . If you're concerned about your own drug use, or that of someone close to you, visit ... 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 ...

    ... and community resources? Surely there's no harm in that. Not so fast… A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the Forum Specifically speaking, drug forums might not be the helpful bastions of information they're billed to be ... 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 ...

    ... hippos). And to top it all off, there's also U-4770 mixed in, which is a synthetic opioid known on the streets as “ Pink ... your life.” Do Not Underestimate This Drug An exact number of deaths from the drug is unknown, but ... 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 ...

    ... her image. According to some friends, she mixes her drugs and alcohol , which could account for her ... but he has allegedly passed all recent drug and alcohol tests. He does not respond to questions about his mental health, ... 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 ...

    ... time in prison every year. Although alcohol abuse is as common as drug abuse, and the high mortality risks following release are similar, it does not receive the same level of attention or funding,” said Professor Fazel ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... by now: fentanyl. Classified as a synthetic opioid, fentanyl is flooding the illicit drug market. Fifty times stronger than heroin, fentanyl not only offers a cheap way for dealers to make more money, it's also an easy ... 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 ...

    ... researchers found that 48% of the swingers used recreational drugs while engaging in sex acts. And that number jumped up ... The number of sexual partners they had did not have any correlation with the increase. Women are ... 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 ...

    ... character hallucinating that a check-in receptionist is a moray eel, you know the guy has an issue with drugs. Whether he's insane or not is a good question, but you can't help but feel that his life would be a lot more ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... anti-anxiety and anti-insomnia medications. Before it's too Late… If someone you know is abusing prescription drugs , encourage them to talk with their doctor about the over-the-counter or all-natural alternatives to ... 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 ...

    ... : It allows focus on the other affected family members. Addiction causes problems for everyone, not just the person abusing the drugs. In the event of a failed intervention, the professional helps the other participants ... 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 ...

    ... negative effects , and for those cities that do not have sufficient systems in place to address the substance ... https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/drug-addiction/news/covid-unemployment-abuse/ [therecoveryvillage.com] *** ... 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 ...

    ... production lines), impaired workers pose a risk, not only to themselves, but everyone around them. ... of drugs or alcohol had a negative impact on their job performance. Drugs and Work Just Don't Mix On-the-job drug use ... 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 ...

    ... sensible and appropriate to the particular crime. However, not all states are on board with these changes. ... participants were less than half as likely to be taking drugs when tested, and they were three times less likely ... 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 ...

    ... never be healed. The appearance of track marks are not only a sign of drug use ; they also carry a social stigma due to the health risks that are associated with this drug sub-culture . The use of unsanitary needles can ... 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 ...

    ... Regardless, when it comes to the danger of simultaneous drug use, not all combinations are created equal — a select number ... that forms in the liver when these drugs are mixed. Cocaethylene is cardiotoxic, meaning that it ... 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 ...

    ... . “However, we're pretty confident that use of new drugs was severely underreported, as the research subjects were not asked about most of these drugs specifically,” said Dr Palamar. He added that past research suggests ... 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 ...

    ... A lot of people mistakenly think this is a somewhat “safe” combination because the two drugs “cancel each other out” (think mixing alcohol with cocaine ). But the truth is the combined effects of this dangerous combo ... 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 ...

    ... 1947 to 1966, it was sold as an experimental drug for psychiatry under the brand name Delysid. Possession and ... Unlike many other illicit drugs, chronic users of LSD do not experience physical withdrawal symptoms when ... 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 ...

    ... as morphine. Researchers discovered that the significant respiratory depression seen with morphine use was not present with use of the new drug. However, it did deliver the same level of pain relief. In fact, it produced ... 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 ...

    ... worries about the cost of treatment. They believe the cost is not covered by insurance. This is not always the case. Check with a number of drug abuse treatment centers to determine what costs may be covered by your ... 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 ...

    ... regain control of your life. The first step to drug addiction recovery is ridding your body of the substance. ... through a supervised medical detox program. While not all substances will produce life-threatening withdrawal ... 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 ...

    ... % of the world's prescription painkiller supply, despite not even making up 5% of the world's population ... Drugs impair decision-making and judgment in users, which leads to a number of negative consequences, such as mixing ... 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 ...

    ... give us a glimpse into each generation's overall drug preferences, as well as the age at which each ... Just like the other two generations, alcohol tops the charts as the most commonly used substance. At the highest point ... continue reading
  • What Can I Do if My Mother or Father Is an Alcoholic or Drug Abuser?

    One of the most common issues we hear about is that a parent has become an addict and the children don't know what to do about it. Sometimes, they're scared of being taken away from the parent if the authorities find out. Sometimes they want the ...

    ... help. Ask questions like: When did you first start using [drug]? How much do you reckon you get through in a day ... violent, you need to seek extra help. You should not have to live in a home where violence happens, whether ... continue reading
  • Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain

    Drug addiction is a chronic brain disease, and it can cause you to compulsively seek out drugs even though you're aware of the harmful results taking them can cause. Initially, your choice to take drugs is voluntary. So, if someone offers you drugs, ...

    ... being triggered, you'll likely be paranoid and anxious during the time the drug is active. The problem with drugs like these is that they are not always going to elicit the same response. The brain is intelligent; when ... continue reading
  • IV Drug Abuse: 3 Potentially Deadly IV Injection Sites

    The dangers of intravenous drug use are well documented. Although most available information focuses on the very high risk of overdose and the diseases associated with sharing needles (both very real dangers), injecting drugs can also be incredibly ...

    ... body in many other ways. Shooting Up Is No Laughing Matter Even the most experienced, careful intravenous drug user is not immune to the havoc that needles can psychically cause to veins and blood flow. After prolonged ... continue reading
  • Facts about Krokodil (the “Zombie Drug”)

    Desomorphine (dihydrodesoxymorphine) is an injectable opioid derivative of codeine . On the street and online, the drug is known as: Krokodil. Crocodile. Croc. Krok. Russian Magic. Poor Man's Heroin. The name “krokodil” is thought to either ...

    ... the appearance of krokodil in the United States based on a small number of suspected cases; however, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) had not confirmed any cases of krokodil use in the country as of 2013. continue reading
  • Mental Health and Drug Abuse

    Chronic drug abuse and mental health disorders are closely related. Individuals who have psychiatric disorders, such as PTSD, bipolar disorder, or depression, may be more likely to abuse substances, and people who abuse substances may be more likely ...

    ... rehab takes place. Treatment providers should take not only the substance abuse but the mental ... 1, 11 How to Identify a Co-Occurring Mental Health and Drug Abuse Problem Co-occurring disorders can occur for a number of ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Signs

    Some drug abuse signs are obvious and others are subtle. Drug abuse takes a toll on the body both physically and psychologically. Physical drug abuse signs may be exhibited in an array of physical symptoms including an increase in blood pressure and ...

    ... you know suffers these drug abuse signs, please do not wait to call our helpline. Family members, friends or associates showing these drug abuse signs need professional care. The Drug Abuse Helpline at stands ready ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Help

    Drug abuse help is available for everyone. Whether it is for yourself or someone close to you, there is a drug abuse help center with a program to suit you. Our website provides confidential help, free of charge and provides you with a team of ...

    ... abuse help is available for everyone. Whether it is for yourself or someone close to you, there is a drug abuse help center with a program to suit you. Our website provides confidential help, free of charge and provides ... continue reading
  • New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

    Breathe on this. Spit on that. Provide a urine sample. You know the drill. The methods of drug testing are relatively common and well-known. From breathalyzers to blood tests, most people are familiar with the process… but all that's about to ...

    ... . What Are the Advantages? “This is a real breakthrough in our work to bring a real time, non-invasive drug-testing method to the market that will provide a definitive result in a matter of minutes—we are already working ... continue reading
  • 7 Crazy Ways Addicts Fund Their Drug Habits

    It's no secret that drug addiction can drive people to do things that are completely out of character. When addiction takes hold, scoring drugs to avoid withdrawals is a 24/7 job. And there's no glamour in that kind of career path. Little girls ...

    ... day of deliveries, addicts are generally compensated not with money but with drugs. How to Find Help for Drug or Alcohol Misuse If you or someone you love is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction , call our toll-free ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    Drug and Alcohol Addiction Can Affect Anyone Of course, some are more susceptible than others, and writers are notorious for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, ...

    ... and he wasn't well at the time. Of course, the drug mentioned in The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde involved ... he wrote this. He became a lifelong psychedelic drug advocate. John Cheever A Pulitzer Prize-winning ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

    According to statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of substance-related emergency room admissions involve a combination of both drugs and alcohol. Poly-Drug Abuse Although ...

    ... , both substances inhibit coughing reflexes. Not surprisingly, respiratory arrest is particularly common ... Like a game of Russian roulette, mixing alcohol and drugs commonly produces tragic results, especially after ... continue reading
  • DMT Drug Abuse

    DMT (dimethyltryptamine) is a hallucinogen capable of inducing a psychedelic “trip,” which typically ranges from 30 to 45 minutes in duration 1 . DMT is a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substance Act and has no recognized medical use in ...

    ... . Experiencing flashbacks/feeling psychoactive effects similar to the DMT trip when not using the drug. Feeling out of touch with reality. Lying about drug use to friends and family. Extreme preoccupation with using DMT ... 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 ...

    ... as any of the List I or List II chemicals in 21 U.S. Code § 802. Other drugs are all other controlled substances not individually mentioned by the Sentencing Commission Report. Sources 1. http://www.ussc.gov/research-and ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse Across Generations

    Substance abuse—both of alcohol and/or illicit drugs—has always maintained a consistent presence in American culture. As new drugs have been developed over the decades, their popular use has gone hand in hand with sweeping societal changes. From ...

    ... .edu/exhibits/show/sixties/walkthrough/illicitdrugs 3. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/drugs/buyers/socialhistory.html 4. http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/barbiturate-abuse 5. http://www.samhsa ... 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 ...

    ... abuse and addiction are quite complex problems to address, as they involve not only patient misconduct in obtaining and abusing these drugs, but physician prescribing issues as well. Risk assessment surveys such as the ... continue reading
  • Drug Recovery | Programs

    Understanding Drug Recovery Programs Drug recovery is an ongoing process of denial and acceptance. The body is denied its cravings for drugs, and the mind begins to accept the reasons why drug abuse occurred in the first place. Drug recovery ...

    ... a day, seven days a week, to help you take the steps to a successful recovery. Drug Recovery Program Options Drug recovery is extremely difficult to achieve alone. It generally takes a group effort supported by medical ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction Quiz

    The drug addiction quiz is designed to provide you an idea of whether a drug addiction or drug abuse problem exists. The drug addiction quiz is not perfect and the drug addiction quiz should only be seen as a guide. Take the drug addiction quiz ...

    ... you an idea of whether a drug addiction or drug abuse problem exists. The drug addiction quiz is not perfect and the drug addiction quiz should only be seen as a guide. Take the drug addiction quiz honestly and with an ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Centers

    Treatment can be provided on an outpatient, intensive inpatient or residential basis, depending on the type of center. Drug abuse centers are places where health, confidence, and optimism can be restored to people who have lost these positive ...

    ... holistic rehabilitation philosophy. For help finding a the best drug abuse center for your needs, call us at . ... the treatment program itself. Outpatient programs do not afford those participating the round-the-clock ... 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 ...

    ... patients crave more of it. Playing With Fire Gabapentin is not a narcotic and produces little, if any, mind or mood-altering effects on it's own. However, drug abusers say it has the power to increase euphoric effects ... continue reading
  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

    With Obama out of office, Republicans are looking to nix the limits his administration imposed on drug testing the unemployed. Instead, they want to make it easier for states to enact drug screening requirements for various forms of public ...

    ... and uncovered just 321 positive tests overall. In more than one of these states, not a single substance abuser was discovered through drug testing. Do Taxpayers Need a New Plan? There's already a huge stigma attached ... continue reading
  • Teen Drug Abuse: The Warning Signs

    It is never easy to find out your teen is using drugs. Communication is a powerful tool for reducing and preventing teen drug abuse. Talking to your teens about drug use can help them make the decision not to use in the first place or to stop using ...

    ... (i.e., valuable items which may be pawned for drugs). Finding hidden stashes of drugs or alcohol. Of course, not all of the signs listed above will point directly to drug abuse. Some signs on their own may be indicators ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Ozzy Osbourne Rockstar Ozzy Osbourne has long struggled with addiction. In fact, his heavy alcohol and drug abuse led to him being fired from Black Sabbath in 1978. 2. Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain got to know his wife Courtney Love while they used ...

    ... Izzy Stradlin of Guns N' Roses once swallowed his entire drug stash in order to enter Japan on tour and ended up ... .G. Famous rapper Notorious B.I.G. was notorious not only for his music but for his cocaine and marijuana ... 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 ...

    ... they may be ready to stop using. Do not put pressure on yourself to make the “right” choice or worrying that calling is the “wrong” decision. Calling a prescriptions drug abuse helpline is a safe, responsible choice and ... continue reading
  • How to Treat MXE Drug Addiction

    Methoxetamine, also known as MXE, M-ket, or Mexxy, is a synthetic drug with effects similar to that of the dissociative anesthetic ketamine . It can be inhaled through the nose, injected, or taken orally 1 . It is, in fact, so similar to ketamine, ...

    ... as 5 to 7 hours 1 . According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2011, 21.6 million people over the age of ... afford participants greater freedom since they are not required to stay in a facility. Recovery ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Recovery Program

    No one expects to become addicted to drugs. Drug abuse isn't planned. It does occur however, and finding a drug abuse recovery program becomes an absolute necessity. When recreational or prescription drug use turns into uncontrollable drug abuse ...

    ... and become more aware of their feelings. Some drug abuse recovery programs incorporate holistic approaches and exercise ... technique will help minimize the need for drug use. These drug abuse recovery tools will help you ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Program

    A drug abuse program is normally located within a drug treatment center. These centers are licensed and approved facilities that are staffed by experienced physicians, trained therapists, qualified nursing staffs and numerous other support staff. ...

    ... This type of treatment is geared for drug and alcohol abuse but will not overcome addiction or severe cases of dependency. Regardless of the type drug abuse program, recovery from drug dependency and addiction is a long ... continue reading
  • 7 Things You Don’t Realize About Teenage Drug Abuse

    It's difficult to convince adolescents of the harmful and potentially deadly effects of drug abuse. After all, teens have an exaggerated sense of invulnerability: “Nothing bad will ever happen to me, regardless of what anyone says, thinks they ...

    ... ourselves emotionally handicapped as adults. #5. Chemical Imbalances We may not have cared much as teenagers, but it's been a well-known fact that drugs affect delicate chemical balances in our brains. Because the human ... continue reading
  • Neighborhood Watch: Drug Sales Drive Drug Use

    Community prevention organizations have known for many years that one of the best predictors of drug use is what's known as “perception of risk.” In general, the higher the perceived risk for a particular drug, the fewer teens and young adults ...

    ... to report 30-day use of more than one illicit drug… -Dr. Dustin T. Duncan Perception Among Peers Report ... continues to fall among youth, so changes in this belief do not seem to explain the change in use this year, as it ... 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 ...

    ... North Korea, but there are several tour groups that can help you visit the reclusive nation. Do not bring drugs into North Korea, because you could find yourself sentenced to an extremely lengthy stay in a prison camp ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Michael Phelps Eight-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps has not only plunged into the water, but into drugs. In 2009, he lost his endorsement contract with Kellogg's after a photo emerged of him taking a hit of marijuana . 2. Dock ...

    ... gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps has not only plunged into the water, but into drugs. In 2009, he lost his ... Boogaard became addicted to prescription pain medication. A mix of oxycodone and alcohol led to his May 2011 ... continue reading
  • MXE Drug Abuse

    Methoxetamine, also known as MXE, is a drug similar to ketamine and known for its hallucinogenic and dissociative properties 1 . MXE (sometimes called “Mexxy,” “M-ket,” “Special M,” or “legal ketamine”) is commonly sold on the ...

    ... the internet as a “research chemical” and labeled as “not for human consumption,” in order to avoid federal regulations ... . Many of these reports involved mixing MXE with other drugs, thereby increasing the risk for ... continue reading
  • Peyote Drug Addiction

    Peyote (“buttons,” “mesc,” “cactus”) is a cactus plant consumed for its hallucinogenic properties and ability to alter a user's thoughts, feelings, and perceptions 1 . The top of the cactus plant that protrudes from the ground (the ...

    ... . Peyote toxicity can result when a person takes a large amount of the drug and/or has a bad reaction. In most cases, symptoms are not life-threatening and often subside within 24 hours 6 . However, symptoms should ... continue reading
  • The Five Most Famous Drug Cartels

    It should come as little surprise that the five most famous drug cartels are centered in Mexico. After all, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, known as “The Godfather” for controlling all drug trafficking in Mexico as well as that along the country's ...

    ... Guadalajara Cartel is one of the five most famous drug cartels in history as it was among the first ... most profitable illegal trade schemes in the world, it is not hard to understand why these cartels have continued on, ... 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 ...

    ... choice in facilities or providers, but if they are not in-network according to your plan, you may pay more ... hours a day and 7 days a week when you call our drug abuse helpline at . Our friendly staff can help you find the ... 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 ...

    ... suffered 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 ... continue reading
  • The 25 Best Sources for Drug Addiction Research

    1. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) : Aims to bring effective substance abuse prevention to every community; works to improve accessibility to and quality of substance abuse prevention services. 2. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment ...

    ... : An information source of professionals working to reduce substance abuse and help people live drug-free. 21. RAND Drug Policy Research Center (DPRC) : Provides firm research on substance abuse to help public officials ... continue reading
  • A Decade of American Drug Use

    In the nation's ongoing drug crisis, grim statistics abound. Each day, approximately 115 Americans die of opioid overdoses. Methamphetamine use is on the rise, reviving a scourge public health officials once thought to be improving. Simultaneously, ...

    ... re primarily used by teenagers , who are using fewer drugs overall. When we consider trends in use by substance ... the American population, and data before 2002 were not comparable to more recent years due to population ... 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 ...

    ... Centers accepts many insurance plans and can work with you on a manageable payment plan. Preventing Drug Overdose Of course, not using drugs is the most advisable way to prevent an overdose. But if you, or someone you ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Assessment

    Drug abuse is a serious problem that can lead to legal problems , financial problems and health problems . Long-term drug abuse destroys your relationships and your body. Sadly, many people don't realize they are abusing drugs because they only use ...

    ... Problem If you're concerned that you may have a drug abuse problem, you can take a self-assessment online . Self-assessments are not a substitute for a diagnosis by a professional, but they are a good starting point ... continue reading
  • Drug Use | Myths

    There are many myths associated with drug use and abuse. Debunking these myths is the first step in understanding how drug use affects society and how we can tackle the problems associated with it head-on. Below are just a few of the myths that need ...

    ... It is one of the biggest contributors to absenteeism, tardiness and decreased productivity in the workplace. Drug use does not have a direct affect on society . It costs society billions each year and is directly related ... continue reading
  • 10 Ways Drug Abuse Hurts You and Those Around You

    Most of us have heard countless times that drug abuse isn't beneficial—the word “abuse” is in the name, after all. But a lot of people don't realize just how dangerous it can be, both to the person using and the people that person loves and ...

    ... behaviors that breach that trust. Dishonesty about money spent on the drug, lying about whereabouts, or not being forthcoming about the use of the drug are some of the ways trust, and ultimately relationships can be ... 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 ...

    ... discussing the Trump campaign. Clinton received half the amount of media airtime, with 506 minutes. Drug use and other drug-related issues did not appear on the list of the top 20 stories of 2016. Survey results show a ... 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 - ...

    ... overdoses in the U.S. - an average of 127 deaths every single day. You may not read or hear much about drug deaths, but they're occurring at an alarming and ever-increasing rate. In fact, since the turn of the millennium ... 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 ...

    ... 's hard to ignore the armed robberies and pilfering that are also happening across the country. Drug theft and loss is not the cause of America's drug problem; it's a symptom. So maybe it's time we take it more seriously ... 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 ...

    ... special facility, indicating people with drug and alcohol issues are not seeking or receiving the treatment ... combination with other drugs) source: SAMHSA - Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN Report) [Charts] The good news ... continue reading
  • Drug Arrests Across America

    The Current Drug Landscape An estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or over used an illicit drug in 2013. That's 9.4% of the population. 1 The number was similar in 2012 (9.2%), and in that year the FBI reports that there were 1.5 million drug ...

    ... pretty steady over the last few years (averaging not much more than one a week, which seems ... 5 a day in 2012. The line chart below gives a clearer picture. Most drug arrests in Chicago are pretty evenly distributed across ... continue reading
  • Sexual Abuse Treatment

    What Is Sexual Abuse? Sexual abuse can be defined as a form of sexual violence , including: Rape. Unwelcome touching. Molestation. Forced intercourse. Sexual abuse can occur at any age and is not biased towards race, gender, religion, or sexual ...

    ... experience, many victims turn to self-medication/drug abuse as a simpler option to seeking professional ... .. This situation is often more ideal for clients who are not able to commit to time away from work or school, ... continue reading
  • Dual Diagnosis: The Link Between Addiction and Mental Health Disorders

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

    ... If you have a mental health disorder, such as anxiety or depression, you may find that alcohol or certain drugs help relieve some of your symptoms, such as: 3,4 Feeling hopeless or helpless. Weight gain/loss. Changes in ... continue reading
  • The 12 Most Expensive / Luxury Rehabs in the US

    You don't need to be a millionaire to go to rehab, but a person with a little extra money to spend and the desire to get sober can choose from many expensive or luxury rehabs in the United States. Southern California, specifically picturesque ...

    ... Meadows The Sonoran Desert hideaway treats addictions to alcohol, drugs and sex, as well as mental health conditions like ... 45-day inpatient program for $54,300 , not including travel and insurance copays, and a series of ... 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. ...

    ... General Vivek Murthy wrote in his landmark report last month. “Not as a moral failing, but as a chronic illness that must ... in state and federal prisons for convictions related to drugs, and more than 2 million inmates - or ... 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 ...

    ... seemed to have started once the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cracked down on both Walgreens ... prescribed for a legitimate medical purpose, we're certainly not going to get in the way,” Payne told the National ... 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 ...

    ... you drum up an image of a teen experimenting with drugs? A college student? If so, your image needs some ... down their consumption of pot, the nation as a whole is not. In 2014, 2.5 million Americans over the age of 12 ... continue reading
  • Recovery Roundtable: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone?

    Suboxone is a medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction . It's widely used as a replacement for methadone and can be prescribed in the comfort of a doctor's office, whereas methadone can only be ...

    ... Suboxone is now one of the most frequently prescribed drugs for a combination of behavioral therapy and medications known ... Opening the door to multispecialty group practices not only increases the network of available ... continue reading
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