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  • 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 ...

    ... permissiveness concerning these illegal drugs, there are definite drug abuse signs that signal a problem. Increased ... by dilated pupils, watery eyes, diarrhea and panic. Drug abuse signs for prescription drugs are ... continue reading
  • Before & After: Physical Effects of Drugs

    Drug abuse is a national issue continuing to plague Americans of all walks of life. An estimated 19.7 million Americans age 12 and older struggled with a substance use disorder in 2017. Research also shows that many people who suffer from untreated ...

    ... bloodshot eyes, dilated pupils, changes in skin tone, appearing tired and lethargic, weight loss and marks on the face such as sores or scabs. The morphing gifs below show that the physical changes of drug use and abuse ... continue reading
  • The Scary Facts About Designer Drugs and Legal Highs

    Read Time: 30 minutes Introduction What Are Designer Drugs and Legal Highs? The terms “designer drugs” and “legal highs” are used to refer to substances such as synthetic marijuana and “bath salts” that are engineered in a laboratory to ...

    ... and symptoms such as: Jaw clenching. Dilated pupils; sensitivity to light. Reduced appetite. ... their widespread proliferation on the illicit drug scene. The first of these is a drug that has the technical name 1-(8- ... continue reading
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  • 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 ... rate. Hypertension (high blood pressure). Dilated pupils. Involuntary rapid eye movements. Dizziness. ... 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 ...

    ... and symptoms of a drug overdose can include: 3,4 Dilated pupils. Unsteady walking. Chest ... of overdosing. However, certain actions and conditions may further increase that risk, and it is important to be aware of them in ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... 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 their ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... continually increase their dose, putting users at an especially high risk of overdose. In recent years, different drugs that come with new dangers have emerged. “Krokodil,” which has been called the world's deadliest ... continue reading
  • Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to the Curb

    If you're reading this, chances are you or your loved one is on the road to recovery, so congratulations! Thinking about ways to combat cravings and prevent relapse are among the most important steps you can take to maintain a sober lifestyle. It ...

    ... adjustment going forward, conditioning you to find new ways to have fun and spend free time that doesn't involve using drugs. Engage in a Support System Addiction can be an isolating illness, which is exactly why ... continue reading
  • The Use and Abuse of Date Rape Drugs

    Although Bill Cosby has been making headlines for his alleged use of date rape drugs, sexual assault cases involving these substances have been a problem in the U.S. for decades and continue to be a growing trend. What's more, many young adults and ...

    ... else's body Spiking Food and Beverages Most date rape victims are unaware that their food or drink has been “spiked.” That's because the drugs are generally added while the intended victim has looked away or stepped out ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

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

    ... women differently than it affects men. Let's take a look at three other common drugs that highlight these biological differences. Opioid Painkillers : Biological differences are seen with administration of prescription ... 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 ...

    ... teen to make healthy decisions when faced with pressure. Seek support when necessary. Parents who learn that a teen is abusing drugs may feel unsure of what to do. Consider reaching out to a professional for help or seek ... 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
  • What Drugs Cause the Most Insane Behavior?

    Many substances that are addictive cause mental changes or unusual behavior. Even if a substance does not inherently have mind-altering properties, people who are addicted to it may display strange behavior if they need the drug are unable to obtain ...

    ... parts of another man's face in a brutal attack has drawn media attention to the drug. Cocaine Cocaine is an illegal, addictive drug that has stimulant properties. It is derived from the coca leaf, and it was used in the ... 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 ...

    ... addiction, ask him or her to refer you to a specialist. Your doctor may suggest that you go to drug rehab or talk to counselor familiar with drug addiction. Either way, you will be able to find the help you need to get ... 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 ...

    ... United States around the turn of the decade, it's been no surprise to see a rise in news about the drugs that may have helped fuel the scene: both ecstasy and ecstasy's purer form, MDMA. The reports range from the silly ... continue reading
  • Mixing Alcohol with Drugs

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

    ... issues. 1, 4, 5 Since alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, combining it with other drugs that depress certain physiological functions like breathing­, such as opioids and benzodiazepines, can intensify these ... 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 ...

    ... is a mere smokescreen. The reason for many of the deaths as a result of this combination of drugs is that people feel less vulnerable to heroin overdose because of their cocaine intake. In fact, users are no less ... 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 ...

    ... with them for the rest of their life. It Hurts Your Job No matter the type of drug you take, abusing that drug can have serious consequences when it comes to landing and maintaining a job. In the short term, impaired ... 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 ...

    ... (72 percent). Trump voters were more split with their stance: 37 percent agreed that drug laws should be more rigid, and 45 percent said that laws should be less strict. In his campaign , Trump vowed to leave marijuana ... continue reading
  • 12 of the Most Addictive Drugs

    Addiction affects millions of lives in the U.S. It is a chronic disease that frequently includes cycles of relapse and remission, and it is progressive without treatment or participation in recovery work. It is characterized by being unable to ...

    ... symptoms. 16 Alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening. 17 Cocaine/Crack Cocaine is a stimulant drug that causes dangerous physical effects such as euphoria, increased alertness and energy, rapid heart rate, and ... continue reading
  • Injecting Drugs: 9 Hidden Dangers

    Did you know that injecting drugs into your body can increase your risk for a number of health problems? Additionally, did you know that injection-related injuries not only include bruising, scarring, and venous injury, but also infectious diseases ...

    ... bodies and their overall health. And because of the illegal status of most drugs that are injected and the perceived stigma of injection drug use, many PWIDs do not seek medical attention. Continue reading to find out ... continue reading
  • Over-the-Counter Drugs of Abuse

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

    ... be addictive and life-threatening when misused or abused. Below are some of the most common OTC drugs that people abuse. Dextromethorphan Dextromethorphan (DXM) is the active ingredient found in many different OTC cough ... continue reading
  • The 9 Most Expensive Drugs in America

    Each year, Americans spend nearly $100 billion on illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. These figures do not even account for the billions of dollars that are spent on prescription drugs each year—about $374 billion according ...

    ... on advertising to draw in new and young users. #2 Alcohol Alcohol is the second costliest drug in the United States. It is one of the few drugs that are legal and easily available, which is why it's number 2 on this list ... continue reading
  • Who Manufacturers All these Crazy Semi-Legal Designer Drugs?

    Designer drugs have been subject of much media attention of late, as the Internet has made obtaining them easier than in the past. In many cases, it's simpler to order designer drugs online than to try to obtain street drugs. Designer drugs can be ...

    ... the list of illegal substances. In 2012, President Obama signed into law an act that made synthetic drugs illegal. Designer drugs have been around since the prohibition, when diethyl ether became a popular alternative to ... 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 ...

    ... -free help line can answer any questions you have about insurance and help you connect with a drug or alcohol treatment center that'll be a good fit. Call for free at when you're ready. Addiction Treatment Levels of Care ... continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

    What is Acamprosate? Acamprosate is thought to help recovering alcoholics stay sober by balancing inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmission. Acamprosate may be combined with behavioral therapy to decrease the chance of relapse and continued ...

    ... -detox). What is Desoxyn? Desoxyn is a brand name for methamphetamine hydrochloride. It is a stimulant drug that causes appetite suppression and is sometimes used to treat obesity in patients who have had unsuccessful ... continue reading
  • Date Rape Drugs: It’s Not Just Roofies Anymore

    Rape is a serious criminal act, with the potential for severe and lasting repercussions on the victim's life. Rape involves sexually taking advantage of another person without their consent, and this includes having sex with a person who is ...

    ... it is not your fault. Fuzzy memory of the night before and extreme hangover symptoms may indicate that you were drugged. Here are some things that you can ask yourself to give you a better idea of whether or not you were ... 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 - ...

    ... may sometimes have difficulty talking about it. Their grieving is complicated, as there can be a stigma surrounding drug overdoses that does not exist when people lose a loved one to an illness. For many people, it's ... 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 ...

    ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • instagram-drug-dealers

    Social media platforms operate in a Wild West world of limited regulations, often hiding behind the shield of user privacy to avoid taking action against predatory accounts, spammers, and misinformation campaigns. This neglect and hands-off approach ...

    ... of physical and psychological harm. To illustrate this point, American Addiction Centers researched the ease of finding drugs for sale on social media outlets. Not surprisingly, it didn't take long to find other users ... continue reading
  • Celebrities & Drug-Related Deaths

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

    ... the allures of pleasure. High incomes and a developed American party culture allow them sustained access to drugs, which when combined with the stresses and pressures of fame, sometimes leads to addiction and overdose. continue reading
  • Commonly Abused Drugs

    Hotlines to Call For help with any of these commonly abused drugs, or for drug abuse or addiction of any kind, call our Drug Abuse Helpline for free at . We offer support, counseling and referral services 24/7. All calls are toll-free and ...

    Hotlines to Call For help with any of these commonly abused drugs, or for drug abuse or addiction of any kind, call our Drug Abuse Helpline for free at . We offer support, counseling and referral services 24/7. All calls ... continue reading
  • Let’s Play: How Much Do You Really Know About Drug Schedules?

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

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

    ... Has your 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 ... 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 ...

    ... . Gabapentin is already a drug of abuse in prison, but individuals residing in halfway houses and sober living homes are also beginning to pick up on this trend. Furthermore, those receiving treatment in halfway houses ... continue reading
  • Drugs at School: Are Zero-Tolerance Policies Really Working?

    Adopted over 20 years ago, zero-tolerance drug policies still dominate the conduct codes of most American public schools. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education reports an estimated 88 percent of schools enforce these policies. Zero-Tolerance as ...

    ... tolerance supporters have hailed these policies as strong drug deterrents , ensuring a safer learning environment. ... 6 times more likely to use marijuana than those peers attending schools without such policies. Surveying ... continue reading
  • Infographic: Top 5 Deadliest Drugs

    The top 5 deadliest drugs may not be the first that come to your mind. In fact, several of them are legal and commonly used! View our infographic below to learn ...

    The top 5 deadliest drugs may not be the first that come to your mind. In fact, several of them are legal and commonly used! View our infographic below to learn more. 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, ...

    ... robbed of a lot of its essential nutrients - and that causes damage. By eating the right “brain power” ... hydrated. Additional Reading: Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain Image Source: iStock 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
  • Let’s Talk Truth: Exactly How Long Do Drugs Stay in Your System?

    If you throw back a beer on Friday night, it's out of your system by Monday morning. But, what about other drugs? Most drugs linger a bit longer than alcohol. In fact, some of them stick around for a long time. This slower processing can surprise ...

    ... they smoked meth to “really get the party going.” What they didn't realize was that their coach would be giving them a drug test after practice on Saturday. Will their Friday night use be detected? Meth stays in your ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... cocaethylene in the liver, a dangerous chemical compound that increases the chances of overdose. Like a game of Russian roulette, mixing alcohol and drugs commonly produces tragic results, especially after spinning the ... 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 ...

    ... 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 injection, issues ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... to treatment. Less than 20 percent of those needing treatment in 2014 actually received it . ... 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 ...

    ... National Survey on Drug Use and Health provides mental health and drug abuse statistics that report that 52.9 million people ... for no reason. Bloodshot eyes. Abnormally large pupils. Tremors, a lack of coordination, or ... 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 ...

    ... already are. It is important that as a parent, you remain aware of the warning signs of drug use so you can give your ... (from joints). Pinpoint pupils (a common sign of opiate use). Smelling like drugs, alcohol, or other ... 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
  • Drugs vs. Supplements: What's the Difference?

    Your regular doctor suggests taking a supplement to improve your overall health. And then your specialist recommends a completely different combination of drugs and supplements. It's so easy to get overwhelmed. Which one's right for you? Navigating ...

    ... thorough research before taking any supplement and always practice caution when mixing drugs and supplements. It's extremely risky to assume that, since a supplement is “all natural,” it doesn't cause adverse effects ... 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
  • 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 ... drug use disorder in the past year and about half, or 1.37 million, received treatment. Among those ... 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
  • Signs and Symptoms of Commonly Abused Drugs

    When you suspect that you or a loved one is struggling with a substance abuse problem, it's important to know some of the signs and symptoms of addiction to that drug. You can find a brief overview of the major drugs of abuse below. For a full list ...

    ... , flushed (and often itchy) skin. Constricted pupils. Respiratory depression. In the long run, heroin ... get a rush of energy. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that 2.4 percent of 12th-grade students had used ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... damage a company's reputation. Employers also have to consider the negative effect drug users can have on the rest of the staff. In fact, a 2008 study found that 32 percent of workers polled admitted a co-worker's use of ... 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
  • History Channel Explores “America's War on Drugs”

    No one gets a closer view of America's war on drugs than the officers and drug traffickers who stand on opposite sides of the battle line. What really goes on behind the scenes in each camp? What kind of power struggles wage? Who's really behind the ...

    ... us from communism, but was it worth the concessions made to allow drug trade in our nation instead? The series explores these questions and others that arise from the power struggle among war lords, spies, street gangs ... continue reading
  • So-Called “Legal” Drugs and the Trojan Horse Game

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

    ... effects, addiction and even death. What's Really Inside? Users of so-called “legal” drugs don't know what is in them…and that's part of the problem. Manufacturers can change the contents without warning. They do this ... 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
  • 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
  • Your Brain on Drugs: Studying Cocaine's Effect on Blood Flow

    Stimulant drugs like cocaine can cause serious blood flow problems within the brain. When there is an insufficient flow of rich, oxygenated blood to the brain, it can result in aneurysm-like bleeding and strokes. Researchers have developed a new ...

    ... aneurysm-like bleeding and strokes. Researchers have developed a new brain imaging tool that can help them better understand how stimulant drug abuse affects the brain. Developed by a team of researchers from Stony Brook ... 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
  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

    I had just started studying for the Bar Exam when I realized the extent of legal information I'd have to retain wasn't humanly possible. Terrified of failing, I sought outside help in the form of a small white pill: Adderall . Within minutes of ...

    ... in the long-term? Doctors are unsure how chronic use of this “smart drug” will affect healthy brain function down the road, but do agree that it has mild side effects and low abuse potential. But they do urge caution ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

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

    ... “To Daddy” on the pages to make the book like harmless. But the prison was already well aware that drugs were being smuggled in coloring books. The book in question was seized upon arrival; both the prisoners and 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
  • Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs?

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

    ... safe space for the sick and suffering to seek help from law enforcement and partners. By recharging the drug war, those requesting assistance might be afraid to come forward due to the risk of arrest. Under the Americans ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... dry mouth and, much like heroin, it sparks a constant craving for sugar. Aside from that, methamphetamine drugs are extremely acidic, creating a detrimental environment for teeth. Cocaine: Cocaine has lethal effects on ... continue reading
  • The Forefathers of Modern Illicit Drugs

    While illicit drugs are a major concern in today's society, many of them didn't start off as recreational. On the contrary, many started off with medicinal and anesthetic purposes. Here's a look at some of the forefathers of modern illicit drugs, ...

    ... today known as heroin . Following Wright's discovery, the drug was marketed as an analgesic and a cough sedative in 1888. It wasn't until 1913 that its addictive qualities were officially discovered and it was swiftly ... 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
  • Ice Bugs: Don’t Scratch That Phantom Itch!

    Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive stimulant that causes irreversible harm to the body. Manufactured from a toxic concoction of chemicals, it damages blood vessels in the brain, destroys teeth and causes severe impairment in memory, judgment ...

    ... develop what's known as “ice bugs” or meth sores - that's what we're going to talk about in this blog post. A ... the user to do whatever it takes to get more of the drug. This is why it's so important to seek outside help. ... 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
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine revealed medical marijuana users take fewer other medicines—such as opiates. Researchers monitored the use of prescription medication by participants enrolled in the ...

    ... wasn't in the study) told the Chicago Tribune that cannabis helped her overcome a substance abuse issue. She' ... of the Medical Marijuana Debate How to Find Help for Drug Misuse If you or a loved one is struggling with ... 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 ...

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

    ... its brands name Suboxone, blocks opioid receptors in the brain and prevents opioid cravings. That means people can't feel the effects of opioid drugs or overdose if they do happen to relapse. The mayor's budget proposal ... 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 ...

    ... 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 on a 30 ... continue reading
  • 5 Genius Minds Who Dabbled in Drugs

    For hundreds and thousands of years, human beings have experimented with drugs. Some people used illicit substances to celebrate the gods; some used drugs to “communicate” with the other side. As time went on, people began using drugs for a ...

    ... a place in history, Jobs never shied away from speaking his mind or discussing his views on drugs. Jobs never hid the fact that he experimented with LSD in the 1960s. In fact, the computer genius went on record saying ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... , said his team found a “strong association” between the perceived numbers of neighborhood drug sales and actual drug use. “Those who reported seeing neighborhood sales 'almost every day' were 11 times more likely to ... 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 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
  • 5 Movies That Will Make You Never Want to Do Drugs Again

    Hollywood has a knack for glamorizing controversial subjects and drug use is certainly one of them. Yet for every Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or Trainspotting , there are also those films that will make you never want to touch drugs again. Here ...

    ... and Loathing in Las Vegas or Trainspotting , there are also those films that will make you never want to touch drugs again. Here are five movies that might drive anyone to sobriety. The Basketball Diaries This classic ... 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 ...

    ... constantly being changed. This modification makes it more difficult to detect in drug screens, making it ideal for those who are court-ordered to take regular drug tests. It's Cheap Experts warn it can cost as little as ... 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 ...

    ... and use of naloxone , then dramatically increased the prices. First responders, schools, and community groups that rely on this drug to save lives are now finding it tough to keep up with the rising costs. The AMA ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 (STD), 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 (STD), 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
  • What's In My Baggie? Documentary Highlights the Danger of Mystery Drugs Sold at Music Festivals

    Let's face it; drug users never really know what their drug dealers are selling them. But now more than ever, users are reeling from the negative impact of “misrepresented” drugs being sold. And music festivals are by far one of the most ...

    ... cathinones,” bath salts are commonly passed off as MDMA or Molly. Meet The Bunk Police Recognizing that drug-related deaths at music festivals is an increasingly prevalent problem, an organization called “The Bunk Police ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Drew Barrymore Former child star Drew Barrymore's drug abuse in her teenage years found her controversial fame, including two trips to rehab that motivated her to get back on track with her career. 2. Mary-Kate Olsen “Full House” actress ...

    ... inspiring comeback from addiction . 11. Farrah Fawcett All-American beauty Farrah Fawcett suffered a drug and alcohol addiction that saw her promising acting career thrown into a series of tumultuous twists and turns . ... 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
  • Psychedelic Drugs and Prayer Have Similar Effects on Brain

    When it comes to “out-of-body” experiences, plenty of people have reported having them during both religious awakenings and while tripping on psychedelic drugs. Although these two experiences may seem completely opposite to each other, one ...

    ... world clearly. It's possible these kind of experiences [with drugs] are not artificial or false, but really enable a person ... religious doctrine. It simply means that you are adhering to the belief that if you put in the ... continue reading
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