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  • 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 ...

    ... personality disorders that commonly occur with addiction include borderline personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder. Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders . These disorders cause ... and Drug Abuse ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Prescription Drugs? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been using prescription drugs in a way that was not intended by your doctor, then it is possible that you are dependent on them, and dependency often leads to addiction. While addiction can be frightening, the good news is there's plenty ...

    ... that you are addicted to prescription drugs is if you go from doctor to doctor in an effort to get more prescriptions for the drug. Behavioral changes can also signal dependency . If your personality has been changing ... continue reading
  • The Harmful Effects of Drugs and Alcohol

    It should come as no surprise that drugs and alcohol can have negative effects on your life. Although sometimes it may be difficult to imagine, the abuse of these substances can change everything from your body to your bank account. This can include ...

    ... that while it may seem that drugs are making you feel better, they're actually causing ... change, including your personality, memory and bodily processes that you might currently take for granted. Health Complications Drug ... 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, ...

    ... of a lot of its essential nutrients - and that causes damage. By eating the right “brain power” foods ... hydrated. Additional Reading: Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... it “helps” you meet people and interact more. The problem, however, is that it's a completely flawed rationale. When talking about drugs and forming relationships, the questions you need to ask yourself are: Are these ... 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 ...

    ... based on: Accepted 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 ... 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. ...

    ... a substance that is known to cause aggression , the situation may be even more dangerous. Drugs known to ... with your communication. Be wary of promises for change and forms of manipulation. Remember to look out 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 ...

    ... and what they can potentially do to ruin that gorgeous smile. Drugs and Your Teeth Love Drugs: These include your basic “club drugs” like speed or ecstasy . They cause severe tooth decay, jaw-clenching and dry mouth ... 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 ...

    ... it will send a signal to other women who are pregnant and have a drug problem to seek help,” said Bill Bivens, Sheriff of Monroe County. “That's what we want them to do.” However, representatives from the American Civil ... 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 ...

    ... scenes of the dealers cooking up several batches of “bad” drugs. In a cruel twist of fate, the daughter gets her hands on some of those deadly barn-cooked drugs and, unfortunately, things go from bad to worse. The video ... 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 ...

    ... sobriety. Maintenance and Treatment of Medication: Some medications help those with certain substance use disorders, such as OUD, which are used to ease drug cravings and are often effective at preventing relapse. This ... 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 ...

    ... being sold don't meet FDA standards. The Dangers are Real The 20/20 investigation found that several of the drugs confiscated in one raid either contained impurities or were expired. Some consumers are simply trying 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 ...

    ... action deviating from doctor's orders on the prescription. That means anyone who took a higher or more frequent dosage ... deemed to have “misused” it. Taking these two changes into account, here are some of the highlights of ... 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 ...

    ... with current trends, doctors are calling for changes to correct this obvious deficiency in open, ... prices. First responders, schools, and community groups that rely on this drug to save lives are now finding it tough 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 ...

    ... a homemade batch of Krokodil. 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 ... 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 ...

    ... used to treat opioid addiction. Buprenorphine causes fewer side effects than its sister drug, and it also works faster. Rather than slowly reducing cravings and coaxing those who are addicted away from heroin, 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 ...

    ... 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 important truth: Your true identity is buried beneath the substance ... 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 ...

    ... can potentially be fatal. 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 ... 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 ...

    ... and blood vessels in the heart, which can cause heart attacks (even in users without heart disease). ... treatment . If you're concerned about your own drug use, or that of someone close to you, visit DrugAbuse.com or ... 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 ...

    ... what happens when I try it…) Researchers 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 ... 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 ...

    ... 've purchased is pure or if it's laced with something else before using it. That'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 ... 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 ...

    ... amphetamines in the past, and they may have caused her infamous meltdown. In 2007, the singer shocked ... all recent drug and alcohol tests. He does not respond to questions about his mental health, but some believe that he ... 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 ...

    ... of all the prisoners (2,874) died within the first five years of their release. Among those who died from alcohol and drug-related causes, 42 percent of the male deaths and 70 percent of the female deaths came from ... 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 ...

    ... 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 dealers to add weight to ... 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 ...

    ... 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 STI Clinic of the South Limburg Public Health ... 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 ...

    ... was played by Robert Carlyle. A violent, intimidating psychotic, he seems to thrive on the devastation that the drug trade brings. He has little control over his temper, especially in the final scene, after Renton ... 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 ...

    ... overdoses reported in 2013 came from heroin or prescription drugs. About half of all overdoses that year (23,000) came from prescription drugs and another 8,000 were caused by heroin . Heroin use has increased across the ... 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 ...

    ... that their addiction exists. Without help, the person would likely never change and therefore need outside persuasion. A drug ... members. Addiction causes problems for everyone, not just the person abusing the drugs. In the ... 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 ...

    ... say they are concerned the economic downturn caused by the Coronavirus will result in increased drug and alcohol use in their community. When broken down by city, it was found that LA is the most concerned about the ... 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 ...

    ... consider the negative effect drug users can have on the rest of the staff. In fact, a 2008 study found that 32 percent of ... , theft, or low employee morale, drug abuse can cause problems at work including: After-effects ... 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 ...

    ... government about $17 billion per year. That's not small change. Studies indicate these savings are produced without ... which individuals convicted of felony, theft, or drug charges are considered low-risk offenders. They ... 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 ...

    ... popular method, as the intense effects of the drug occurs very quickly. Those that use this method will begin to show marks on ... caused by sharing needles are hepatitis C and HIV. Over 80 percent of those diagnosed ... 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 ...

    ... deaths as a result of this combination of drugs is that people feel less vulnerable to heroin overdose because ... heroin is ingested, respiratory depression—often times the cause of death for heroin overdoses—can occur once ... 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 ...

    ... high for a couple dollars can quickly morph into a welcome change. It Produces Results Users report that the highs off Spice last much longer than most other drugs. But this effect comes with a price. The danger is ... 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 ...

    ... had used cocaine 74 percent had used LSD One of the reason synthetic, psychoactive drugs are so difficult to regulate is that drug makers continue to make new ones. And because so little is known about the substances ... 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 ...

    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. ... 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 ...

    ... —commonly referred to as “flashbacks”. The exact causes of HPPD are not known, and there is ... grades. This may reflect the fact that teens are less knowledgeable about this drug than earlier generations. Since 2014, 8 ... 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 ...

    ... of overdose deaths each year. Like other opiates, morphine has its drawbacks. In fact, the drug has over 25 official side effects that impact our behavior, brain, body, psyche and sexuality. It can even be lethal in high ... 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 ...

    ... steps to a successful drug abuse recovery. Drug abuse is a disease that requires the assistance and ... that not only assist an addicted individual during detox, but also help an affected individual understand what caused ... 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 ...

    ... the body can become tolerant to a drug relatively quickly. What this means is that it takes more and more of the drug for the user to feel the same effects. In seeking that initial high, the body becomes dependent, and ... 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 ...

    ... influenced by the common misconception that legality ensures safety. But these drugs are far from safe; opioid painkillers, which benefit those suffering from severe, chronic pain, are the cause of thousands of overdoses ... 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 ...

    ... examined sentencing trends for three types of drug offenses: drug possession, drug trafficking, and drug communication facility. The results of our research are compiled below. Of those cases where the offender went to ... 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 ...

    ... three times the use of sedatives by Gen Xers and ten times that of Millennials, (who apparently haven't been tempted much by this category of drugs). Generation X Alcohol: The next generation followed in the footsteps of ... 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 ...

    ... you while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, you need to seek help. It's likely that people have already noticed that you suffer from a lot of injuries or that you miss school a lot. You might have little ... 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, ...

    ... is it so hard to quit taking drugs? When you take drugs, your brain changes the way it works. It will change to cause you to be unable to resist the impulse to take drugs; you may feel that you need them. Because of this ... 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 ...

    ... 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 injection, issues such as ... 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 ...

    ... easy to make or obtain, produces a high similar to that of heroin, and delivers potent sedative and pain-relieving effects ... be extremely serious. Injection of the drug can cause: Skin infections. Soft tissue infections. ... 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 ...

    ... 's society. While there is an air of permissiveness concerning these illegal drugs, there are definite drug abuse signs that signal a problem. Increased appetite, heightened visual and auditory abilities, memory lapses ... 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 ...

    ... for you is dependent upon your specific drug addiction. Get drug abuse help by calling . Drug Abuse Help for Physical and Mental Addictions We can provide you drug abuse help that covers a range of addictions to various ... 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 ...

    ... with the process… but all that's about to change. The new instructions for drug testing might simply be: touch this ... and determining what substances have caused an overdose Routine drug monitoring in doctor's offices ... 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 ...

    ... they sell the expensive bags (and anything else of value) for drug money. Some addicts find out what their drug dealer's kids want for Christmas, steal those specific items, then bring them back and trade the “gifts” for ... 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, ...

    ... he wasn't well at the time. Of course, the drug mentioned in The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde ... his wife in the head under the influence after persuading her that a William Tell-like routine would be a good idea. ... 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 ...

    ... drugs and alcohol either masks effects, which increases the risk of consuming too much, or the combination causes ... that increases the chances of overdose. Like a game of Russian roulette, mixing alcohol and drugs ... 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 ...

    ... DMT is a popular drug of choice for those who want to experience psychedelic effects similar to that of LSD or ... who use DMT describe the trip as life changing, often returning to sobriety filled with insights they ... 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 ...

    ... , this was only true of three states bordering Mexico; marijuana is by far the most seized drug that's trafficked across the southern border. In fact, methamphetamine sentencing dominates throughout most of the western ... 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 ...

    ... of about 30-35%, around 50% of Boomers in that age group reported using marijuana within the past year. ... points in time, the general picture of drug and alcohol use has changed markedly over the years. Ultimately, though ... 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 ...

    ... deaths. Video: Mind Your Meds https://youtu.be/faN7ByQ9UNI Credit: Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Most Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs The broad classes of drugs that are most prone to non-medical use or abuse are 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 ...

    ... program's primary goal is to help individuals attain a permanent and total abstinence from drug use. It emphasizes the fact that recovery depends upon utilization of all the skills attained to achieve a long lasting ... 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 ...

    ... ever lost a job due to coming in late, mistakes or poor work performance due to drug use? Yes No Has your drug use caused problems or gotten you into trouble at your workplace? Yes No Have you been arrested for illegal ... 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 ...

    ... decision for some. Location will also influence the choice of drug abuse center - some will need to stay local, while ... educated in methods to make sustainable life changes and skills that they will take with them when the ... 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 ...

    ... or benzos. In 2013 alone, gabapentin played a role in 41 deaths, mostly caused by dangerous drug interactions . Gabapentin is already a drug of abuse in prison, but individuals residing in halfway houses and sober living ... 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 ...

    ... t improve as time went on. In 2015, a survey of the 10 states that implemented drug testing programs for those seeking assistance, including Mississippi, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Tennessee, showed they weren't exactly worth ... 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 ...

    ... of high energy. Other unexplained changes in attitude or personality. Health Problems There are many health issues that occur as a result of drug use such as: Appetite changes. Sleep disturbances. Excessive thirst (known ... 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 ...

    ... or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, help is available. Professional drug and alcohol treatment programs can start those battling addiction on the road to recovery. An admissions advisor ... 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 ...

    ... or if you've just noticed that prescription drugs are beginning to cause negative effects in your life, a ... that you are comfortable revealing. You can call multiple times if you feel uncomfortable or your situation changes ... 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, ...

    ... to ketamine, that it is sometimes called “legal ketamine.” MXE can cause users to experience ... change negative thoughts that lead to destructive behaviors, such as drug use. CBT also teaches coping skills, helps those ... 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 ...

    ... risk of overdose. In recent years, different drugs that come with new dangers have emerged. “ ... did so unintentionally. In fact, overdoses are the No. 1 cause of accidental death in the country. A variety of factors can ... 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 ...

    ... need to continue along your path of addiction recovery. The toll-free Drug Abuse Helpline at can assist you in finding a drug abuse recovery program that meets your individual needs. Call today for a free, confidential ... 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. ...

    ... -term inpatient treatment. This care is also provided at residential communities that are geared for detox and drug rehabilitation. Another drug abuse program is day treatment. This format includes most of the inpatient ... 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 ...

    ... abuse can change the brain in devastating ways. Some drugs have toxic effects that can kill ... a healthy, vibrant sex life as adults. In addition to causing damage to the organs and systems necessary for men to get and ... 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 ...

    ... and his CDUHR team remain hopeful that implementation of neighborhood-to-neighborhood policy changes will cause illicit drug use to eventually drop. “A reduction in 'open' drug sales will hopefully reduce peer approval ... 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 ...

    ... users are frequently sentenced to mandatory rehab. Dubai Dubai is known to be very intolerant of drug abuse . Many prescription drugs that are legal in other parts of the world can get you put in jail in Dubai. It is ... 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 ...

    ... his wedding. How to Get Help for Alcohol or Drug Misuse If you or someone you love is struggling with drug or alcohol misuse, rest assured that help is available and recovery is possible. Professional rehab programs ... 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 ...

    ... of Abuse MXE is a risky drug that poses dangers to users. Abuse may lead to physical health problems such as those listed above. In addition, however, MXE has been found to cause 2 : Kidney damage, including tubular ... 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 ...

    ... in peyote, and is responsible for causing users to see or sense things that are not present 2 . Peyote has ... less interest in using drugs. Early drug use in life can lead to changes in the brain that can have long-term ... 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 ...

    ... 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 border with the United States, started it all with the ... 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 ...

    ... nearly 70% of drug overdose deaths in 2019 (equivalent to about 50,000 fatalities) were caused by an opioid. ... must choose a provider/facility for prescription drug abuse treatment that is within your network, but services ... 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 ...

    ... access to treatment. Less than 20 percent of those needing treatment in 2014 actually received it . ... The Fight to Addiction With fatal drug overdoses continuing to rise as a leading cause of death for Americans there has ... 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 ...

    ... analytical information on the patterns and nature of drug abuse , drug use trends, consequences of drug use, and characteristics of those prone to drug use. 4. Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) : Offers information about ... 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, ...

    ... causes and other substance-specific factors in more detail below. But to better comprehend the reality of drug use nationwide, we'll need to dispense with the notion that drug ... witnessed substantial changes over this 12 ... 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 ...

    ... in the drug-free interim. Should that person suddenly return to using the drug, especially in doses that they may ... focuses on identifying and changing dysfunctional thoughts and behaviors that may have contributed to ... 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 ...

    ... Clinic, drug abuse causes the user to center his or her life around using the drug at the ... specialist. Your doctor may suggest that you go to drug rehab or talk to counselor familiar with drug addiction. Either way, you ... 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 ...

    ... both physically and psychologically. Marijuana affects the nervous system and creates a calm, relaxed state of mind that the drug's users hope to achieve time and time again. When smoked, heroin is not addictive . If you ... 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 ...

    ... abuse. It Hurts Your Friendships In addition to the deceit that commonly accompanies drug abuse, detrimental personality changes can arise, too. Having a short temper, lack of patience, decreased interest in others, and ... 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 ...

    ... Between 2009 and 2013, 40 states made changes to ease their drug laws, according to a Pew Research Center ... stance: 37 percent agreed that drug laws should be more rigid, and 45 percent said that laws should be less strict ... 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 - ...

    ... illicit drugs.” The Drug Free Action Alliance states that “Teens are abusing prescription drugs because many believe the myth that these drugs provide a 'safe' high … ” However, when asked which type of drugs cause the ... 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 ...

    ... in transit, it'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 ... 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 ...

    ... 8.2 percent, according to NIDA. While that statistic alone could have been influenced by several ... abuse of drugs. Nearly 9 out of 10 poisoning deaths are caused by drugs. Americans are dying due to drug abuse more ... 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 ...

    ... Raleigh's database lists it. The graph below shows how arrests for each of those drug categories have changed in volume over the last eight years. In 2010, law enforcement made 20,983 marijuana arrests in North Carolina ... 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 ...

    ... willing to change. Eye Movement and Desensitization (EMDR) is a relatively new therapeutic approach that uses eye ... experience, many victims turn to self-medication/drug abuse as a simpler option to seeking professional ... 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 ...

    ... These terms all mean the same thing: that you're suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction as well as a behavioral ... Depression. Personality disorder. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It's important that you receive ... 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 ...

    ... State-Funded Rehab Centers Free Rehab Centers Treatment Without Insurance Drug Abuse Hotline Numbers Alcohol Abuse Hotline Numbers Insurance Providers That May Cover Luxury Treatment Learn more about these insurance ... 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. ...

    ... Importance of This Report This marks the first time ever that a sitting U.S. Surgeon General has declared substance abuse ... the root cause of their addiction. If we really want change in this arena, we have to change our ... 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 ...

    ... to have started once the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cracked down on both ... feel a little riled, I asked him if he thought that decision would interfere with appropriate treatment of a potentially fatal ... 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 ...

    ... group had a 10 percent decrease in monthly usage. During that same time period: Adults aged 35 to 44 showed a 43 ... . Second, as the legality of marijuana continues to change across the nation, it's helpful to track where ... continue reading
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